The Happy Benefits of Plant-Based Foods

plant based foods

plant based foods

“Even the highest medicine can cure only eight or nine out of ten sicknesses. The sicknesses that medicine cannot cure can be cured only by foods.”
-The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Chinese, circa 400 B.C.)

“Food is better medicine than drugs.”
-Title of book by leading British nutritionist Patrick Holfor

“So what IS there to eat?” asks the startled newcomer to the Gerson way of life, after reading the list of forbidden foods. That is an important question to ponder, because it shows how alienated one can become from a natural way of eating, and above all from the huge range of available plant foods, rightly called the vegetable kingdom (which in this instance includes fruits, too.)

It is a fair guess that the majority of people in the so-called developed world regard vegetables as no more than incidentals that accompany a main course of fish or meat, while fruits are only considered if there is no dessert on offer. Well, this is the moment to think again—and to make some delightful discoveries.

The fact is that the plant foods, which are the basis of the Gerson regime, are much superior to animal-based ones. Besides being lighter, more pure and easier to digest and absorb, each one contains a subtle mixture of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and trace elements, which work in synergy, (i.e., in cooperation) and supply the depleted organism with valuable nutrients. Only when the non-healing—in fact, harmful—food items are excluded, the wide range and variety of plant foods becomes clear. It is not their usefulness as well as their beauty that needs to be acknowledged.

Try to look at a display of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables with the eyes of an artist. Note the glowing colors and varied shapes of golden carrots, deep red cabbages, creamy cauliflowers with their light green collars, beige pears, multicolored apples, translucent green grapes—the range is vast, and eye appeal adds a great deal to the enjoyment of the produce.

There is another happy surprise that awaits the novice explorer of the vegetable kingdom: the discovery of the true flavor of vegetables and fruits. At first, without salt and pepper, plant foods taste bland and, frankly, boring, but they are neither. However, a lifetime of excessive use of salt deadens the taste buds of the tongue until they are unable to convey the true taste of any food, and even the salt intake has to be increased all the time to have any effect.

On the salt-free Gerson regime it takes a week or so for the paralyzed taste buds to recover. Once that happens, fruits and vegetables suddenly begin to taste more interesting. At the same time one’s sense of smell also becomes more acute and contributes to the enjoyment of every meal.

“Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food,” said Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, some 2500 years ago. We might add, “Let your medicine consist of happy foods only!”

For plant-based recipe ideas, check out The Gerson Therapy Recipe Book in our store. You can also find Healing The Gerson Way, if you haven’t yet picked up a copy.

The Role of Stress & Chronic Disease

stress and disease

stress and disease


This is an excerpt from the book, Healing The Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases.


I am often asked whether stress can cause cancer. I don’t think it can, certainly not by itself, but it can be the ultimate extra burden that pushes an already weakened, barely functioning immune system over the edge so that it can no longer dispose of the irregular maverick cells that every healthy organism produces in vast numbers every day. Yet without the eternal vigilance of a well functioning immune system there is nothing to stop a few of those irregular cells to initiate a malignant process.

We are dealing with the mysterious interaction of biochemistry and emotions, which we have only begun to explore and understand. There is already enough orthodox clinical—as opposed to anecdotal—evidence to prove that inner attitudes can make a big difference to survival.

For example, British researcher Stephen Greer interviewed a group of women three months after they had undergone mastectomies, to find out how they were coping. He found four distinct types among them: a fighting spirit, denial, stoic acceptance and hopelessness. After five and ten years, 80% of the fighters, but only 20% of the hopeless, had survived. These rates had nothing to do with medical prognoses.

In the U.S., David Spiegel, M.D., invited 36 women with metastasized breast cancer to attend weekly meetings for a year where they could share worries and sorrows, encourage each other, and make their mental attitude positive. A control group of 50 women attended no such meetings. Spiegel only wanted to discover whether the group meetings enhanced the members’ quality of life, which it certainly did. However, he was amazed to find that they also lived twice as long as the members of the control group.

Another interesting insight comes from US oncologist Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of several best-selling books that have helped to extend public understanding of the body-mind link in health and sickness. He claims that 15-20% of cancer patients consciously or unconsciously want to die, no doubt to escape a difficult life trap; 60-70% wish to get well, but are passive and expect the doctor to do all the work. 15-20%, however, are exceptional: they refuse to be victims, they research their disease, don’t obey the doctor automatically, but instead ask questions, demand control and make informed choices. In Dr. Siegel’s words, “Difficult or uncooperative patients are most likely to get well.” Apparently they have a more warlike immune system than docile patients.


Maintaining healthy stress levels are an important element to not only staying healthy, but also in helping during the healing process. Luckily, there are a number of activities that have been proven to lower stress and relax the mind. Some ideas include:

  • Meditation
  • Listening to music
  • Talking a walk
  • Creating art – even just the act of coloring has been linked with lowering stress
  • Keeping a diary or journal

 

What Went Wrong: A Review by Howard Straus

What Went Wrong

What Went WrongWhat Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer, by Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D., 583 pp., New Spring Press, 2012.

Reviewed by Howard D. Straus of the Gerson Institute, reprinted with the permission of the author and The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, published there December 2012.

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a regular contributor to TLDP, has written a book chronicling the ins and outs of the much-awaited NCI/NCCAM clinical trial of his holistic, enzyme- and nutrition-based treatment for pancreatic cancer. Many of us in the alternative medicine world had waited for years with bated breath for the results, which ended up disappointing at best. Now, we can find out What Went Wrong.

Though the trial began with the major parties in general agreement that significant preliminary results warranted a full-scale, federally funded, controlled trial, the implementation left much to be desired from the very beginning. The difficult start was exacerbated over the first couple of years of the study when the administrators who were originally positive or enthusiastic about the trial moved on to other positions in government or private foundations, and were replaced by officials who were either neutral or openly hostile to the protocol being tested.

Dr. Gonzalez and his partner, Dr. Linda Isaacs, found themselves constantly battling their “colleagues” on the trial’s steering committee on points of enrollment, a key parameter when the treatment to be tested depends on the cooperation and support of family and local physicians. In addition, a ludicrously inappropriate provision (one of many) was added over Gonzalez’ vigorous objections. If a patient who was enrolled in the study, appropriately or not, and sent by the chief investigator to the “nutritional” arm of the trial, in other words, to Dr. Gonzalez for treatment, failed for any reason, the patient was considered a “Gonzalez failure,” because of his “intent to treat.” This ridiculous provision was enforced rigorously, as opposed to the rules that might have benefited the nutrition arm of the trial. Time and again, patients were enrolled inappropriately and excessively late to the study (a virtual death sentence for an advanced pancreatic cancer patient), making it impossible for them to ever take a single treatment, yet these were considered “Gonzalez failures.” This provision clearly has far more to do with politics than with a dispassionate and honest test of a medical procedure. There is no parallel in any other science for this kind of nonsense. (Imagine a breaking strength test on a steel beam, except that the beam was not properly delivered to the testing facility. The result would never be recorded as “beam failed.”)

Lest the reader think that was the only, or even the worst roadblock, there were many more, and more serious breaches of scientific protocol by the chief investigator, Dr. John Chabot of Columbia University, some rising to the level of federal crimes. Dr. Gonzalez has documented these breaches in his book in painful detail, dispassionately and exhaustively, quoting directly from official correspondence with government regulatory agencies, investigators, even congressmen and other government officials, asking them to enforce, even obey, their own rules and laws. None of these pleas for fairness, or even enforcement of the regulations concerning research integrity or trial participant safety, were heeded.

There is no doubt about the complaints. In many cases, the violations were admitted to in writing by the very agencies responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations. Still, there were no enforcement actions, no sanctions against the violators, no adverse consequences, and the infractions continued unabated, unpunished. The Office of Research Integrity (ORI), charged with guaranteeing the integrity of scientific research funded by the federal government, failed to take any substantive action despite the thoroughly documented lack of integrity by the principal investigator. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), whose task it is to ensure the subjects of human trials funded by the federal government are treated with maximum safety consistent with the experiment, failed repeatedly to protect the patients so callously treated by the Columbia team. When the violations of the patients’ safety and survival were documented, the OHRP left it to the University to investigate itself! Of course, nothing came of that, either.

Probably the most egregious failure of the entire trial, and the one that explains much of the blatant bias in the way the trial was conducted, was appointing Dr. John Chabot as principal investigator of this trial. Despite his complete ignorance of any aspect of the treatment being tested, Dr. Chabot was charged with scientifically comparing a complex nutritional and enzyme therapy for advanced pancreatic cancer against a novel chemotherapeutic regime as a control. But Dr. Chabot was one of the main developers of the very protocol against which the nutritional therapy was being tested, a fact that was never brought to the attention of Drs. Gonzalez and Isaacs, and only came to light some years into the trial. None of the federal or university organizations seemed to have any problem with this most blatant conflict of interest, a fact that alone should have disqualified him as the principal investigator. None of the agencies that were supposed to protect patients seemed to care that advanced, pancreatic cancer patients were left untreated for weeks, a period of time that anyone familiar with the rapid progression of the disease knows, like Dr. Chabot does, would lose the “window of opportunity” for treatment, and condemn the patient to a painful and hopeless death. In the majority of the cases assigned to the nutrition arm by Dr. Chabot, patients were kept waiting for weeks beyond their availability for treatment, untreated by any means. No explanation was offered for the unreasonable and unconscionable delays.

This book offers copious extracts from years of correspondence and patient records, and should be a warning to any alternative practitioner, or any physician who goes against the immensely profitable pharmaceutical paradigm, that they will not be treated well, they will not even be treated fairly by government or by their colleagues, whether the actions of the establishment are ethical or even legal. But even more chilling is the callous and cynical disregard with which the desperate pancreatic cancer patients were casually tossed under the bus for the agendas and egos of the investigators. These patients, who had faith that the medical profession was trying to cure their cancer, or at least do ethical research, were abandoned to their disease so the allopathic physicians could prove a point, sabotage a competitive treatment, or destroy a reputation. They were left hanging by their government, by the medical establishment, by the research organizations set up to protect them. It should give pause to any patient hoping for anomalous results from a clinical trial, as the documentation shows they were simply being used as expendable ammunition, rather than being treated with the honesty, human dignity and care expected from physicians. I would never advise anyone to submit to such organizational and official abuse.

Oh, and incidentally, despite the systematic, long-term and thorough sabotage of the nutritional treatment (it is tempting to call it “Chabotage”), deeply buried in the final report is the noteworthy result that the two longest surviving patients in the clinical trial were enrolled in the nutritional arm, treated by Drs. Gonzalez and Isaacs. Neither Gonzalez nor Isaacs was given the “guaranteed” opportunity to contribute to the final report.

If I have any criticism of this book, it is that the complaints eventually became somewhat repetitive. I can understand why, since they were submitted to a whole alphabet soup of government regulatory agencies over the course of nearly ten years, and had to be repeated and documented in detail each time. My criticism does not have to do with a lack of careful and thorough documentation; but with a surfeit. Still, skipping repetitive areas is preferable to lacking the proof one might need. It is the reviewer’s hope that some federal agency could use this very thoroughly documented book to prefer charges against physicians and administrators who violated the law, and/or tortured trusting patients to death, if only to ensure that they don’t continue to do it, and that others conducting such highly manipulated “trials” might have a second thought about the consequences.

What Went Wrong is a cautionary tale for alternative practitioners, for desperate patients and their families. It is painfully obvious that many agencies in and out of our government do not want a cure, much less a prevention, for the immensely profitable disease of cancer, and they are willing to sacrifice anyone they need to make sure no cure is discovered.

For more on this, listen to Howard Straus radio interview with Dr. Gonzalez.

Natural Health Benefits of Apples & Our Favorite Apple Recipes!

Apple Health Benefits

Apple Health Benefits

If you are familiar with The Gerson Therapy, then you are certainly aware of the link between food and disease – and food’s ability to help heal disease. It should be no surprise to you, then, to learn about the natural health benefits of apples. In fact, according to a Cornell University review, studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. Studies have shown that apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol. Some studies have even found that they not only kill cancer cells, but also inhibit their spread.

These little fruits are packed with nutrients. The peels alone have at least 12 anti-cancer nutrients and also contain potent antioxidant and antiproliferative (inhibits cell growth) activities. It seems, an apple a day (at least an organic one), may indeed keep the doctor away.

While eating an apple raw every day is great, sometimes you may want to mix it up. Below are a few recipes that include apples from the Healing the Gerson Way book, as well as some additional recipe links.

One thing to keep in mind is that all the ingredients for the recipes need to be organically grown.  If you use apples that are not organically grown, you will get pesticides, many of them used for cosmetic purposes only, and reduced nutrient content.  This is true of virtually all ingredients in the recipes, which will reduce the nutritional benefits you would normally obtain.

Apple and Carrot Salad
Prep: 15 Minutes | Serves 2

1 small crisp red apple
1 large carrot
1 green onion
1 radish, sliced
apple juice
mint
mixed color salad leaves

Grate the apple and carrot into a dish and add a chopped green onion and a sliced radish. Pour a little apple juice over the mixture and sprinkle with mint. Serve on a bed of mixed colored salad leaves such as, radicchio, watercress or parsley.

Colorful Winter Salad
Prep: 20 Minutes | Serves 4-6

3 tart eating apples
lemon juice
3/4 medium-sized red cabbage
1 medium carrot
1/2 medium red bell pepper
2 sticks celery
1/2 red onion
watercress

Core and roughly chop the apples and mix with lemon juice in a small bowl. Core and finely shred the red cabbage. Peel and grate the carrot. (This is the only time to peel carrots. If they are grated with their skins on, they tend to turn brown.) Seed and chop the red pepper. Slice the celery. Peel and chop the red onion. Put all the above ingredients into a large bowl. Garnish with watercress.

Variations: Serve with cottage cheese (unsalted and uncreamed or fat-free) and your favorite dressing.

Fruited Red Cabbage
Prep: 10 mins + soaking time | Serves 2

4 oz. raisins
4 oz. dried apricots, chopped
1 small red cabbage
2 dessert apples, cored and chopped
apple cider vinegar
a little sugar

Presoak the raisins and apricots (soak overnight in cold water, or pour boiling water over them and leave for a couple of hours until plump). Shred the red cabbage and sweat in a little water until slightly softened. Add raisins, chopped apricots and cored, chopped dessert apples. Toss in apple cider vinegar, to which a little water and sugar have been added. Pile into a bowl and serve with a baked potato.

Sweet Potato and Apple Bake
Prep 15 mins | Serves 2

8 oz. sweet potatoes
2 eating apples, sliced
a little water
a little sugar
allspice (optional)

Cook the sweet potatoes gently in their skins until just cooked. Allow to cool. Slice and put into a baking dish and alternating with layers of apple. Over each layer, sprinkle some water and a little sugar (and allspice, if using). Bake at 300-350 degrees F covered for 20 minutes, then remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Serve as a main dish with a salad (if omitting the allspice) or as a dessert (if using the allspice).

 

Additional Apple Recipes

 

For even more recipe ideas, check out The Gerson Therapy Recipe Book in our store.

 

Is Organic Becoming Mainstream?

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organic mainstream

Even just a few years ago, finding organic foods seemed to be limited to speciality food stores. However, as more people are becoming more aware of the connection between our diets and disease, interest (and buying power) has shifted to more natural and organic foods. This has been a wake up call to many companies who are having to change or get left behind.

Annual revenues for natural and organic foods have nearly tripled since 2001, and are expected to exceed $85 billion dollars by 2019. In fact, 51% of families are buying more organic products than a year ago. It’s no small thing to say that in the last few years, sales of natural and organic foods have become big business. As a result, big businesses want in on the action.

Did you know that 80 percent of organic brands are now reportedly owned by mega corporations? A few of the more popular brands that have been sold include:

  1. Clorox owns Burt’s Bees
  2. General Mills owns Cascadian Farms, Muir Glenn, Immaculate Baking and Annie’s
  3. Kellogg’s owns Kashi and Gardenburger

Food manufacturing companies are not the only ones trying to cash in. While not organic, restaurants like Panera and Chipotle are among the few making the big change. Panera stated that it will remove their 150 artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors from their products by the end of 2016. Chipotle, meanwhile, has committed to being 100% GMO free. According to their website:

“Chipotle is on a never-ending journey to source the highest quality ingredients we can find. Over the years, as we have learned more about GMOs, we’ve decided that using them in our food doesn’t align with that vision. Chipotle was the first national restaurant company to disclose the GMO ingredients in our food, and now we are the first to cook only with non-GMO ingredients.”

If you live in Rohnert Park, California, you’ve got another option for organic food. Amy’s Kitchen, a popular frozen food brand, has opened an organic drive through restaurant. The menu includes items such as french fries made from fresh, organic potatoes as well as shakes, chili and burritos.

This trend isn’t just for food related companies either. Big companies like Coca-Cola are also jumping on board. Coca-Cola Co. has decided to invest $90 million for a nearly 30 percent stake in Suja Juice, LLC. Suja Juice beverages include non-GMO ingredients and are created using high pressure instead of heat pasteurization to kill bacteria. This move increases their product diversity into natural beverages that already includes the following brands owned by the company:

  • Honest Tea
  • Honest Kids
  • Zico Coconut Water
  • Odwalla
  • Powerade
  • Peace Tea
  • Vitamin Water
  • Simply Orange

While any movement toward healthier, chemical free foods is a change in the right direction, not everyone supports the idea of big companies being in control of natural and organic brands. One huge red flag in support of this belief is the fact that the USDA does not include organic consumers or farmers on the board that determines the definition of “organic.”  This lack of oversight could allow the USDA standards to slip inexorably towards profit rather than guaranteeing clean, nutritious foods.  

To really ensure what you’re getting is the best quality, try to purchase as much of your food from local sources as possible. Farmers markets are a great way to get to know your local food producers and support your local economy.

In short, to be sure it’s what you want to be eating – buy local, buy organic and support your local organic farmers!

5 Reasons Why Organic Food Costs More

reasons organic food cost more

There are two main sources of degenerative and chronic diseases – toxicity and nutritional deficiency. Toxicity is accumulated from the pollution in the food, water, air and numerous chemical substances absorbed from your environment. Deficiency is the result of a diet that consists of artificially raised, chemically treated, processed and flavored foods that are engineered to appeal to your taste buds but are empty of real nutritional value. After a lifetime of chemical accumulation and low nutritional support, your body’s defenses break down and the result is the manifestation of one or more “chronic” diseases.

Toxins can’t always be avoided, but you can go a long way to avoiding toxins by choosing predominantly organically grown foods. If you’ve shopped for organic goods, however, you’ve probably noticed they can be more expensive. That’s largely due to the fact that producing food that is good for us and the environment isn’t cheap. In fact, there are a number of extra costs organic farmers incur that contribute to the heftier price tag.

Next time you are purchasing groceries, keep in mind that in order to bring chemical-free products to the market, organic farms have the following extra expenses and labor to consider…

Cost of Organic Certification
For farms producing organic goods, in order to use the “organic” label, they must be certified. In addition to the annual certification fee, some farms may have to hire additional help in order to comply with the USDA organic regulations. These extra tasks can include anything from daily record-keeping to land and equipment modifications.

No Chemicals
While you would think not using chemicals would lower the price of goods, the side effect is definitely more costly. Without the use of typical chemicals, farms need to hire more workers to handle the jobs the chemicals were doing. Weeding is a perfect example of this, as it takes a great deal more employees to hand weed crops. According to the Organic Farming Research Foundation, “The organic price tag more closely reflects the true cost of growing the food: substituting labor and intensive management for chemicals, the health and environmental costs of which are borne by society.”

Organic Fertilizer
By avoiding chemicals, organic farms need to fertilize with more natural alternatives such as manure and compost. If the farm cannot produce enough of their own natural fertilizer, they need to purchase it. Compost and manure are more costly to ship and therefore can add to the cost of producing goods.

Crop Rotation
As an alternative to chemical weed-killers, organic farms use a method of crop rotation to help with soil fertility and reduce insects and soilborne diseases. That means for some seasons, less profitable crops will need to be grown in areas to help replenish the soil. This reduced frequency means they are unable to produce at the same large volumes as conventional farmers.

Growing Time
In business, the faster you can get a product to market, the more money you can feasibly make. However, with organic farming techniques, crops can take longer to grow and since they are not full of growth hormones often are smaller compared to conventional farms.

At the end of the day, although organic foods “cost more than commercially grown foods” on an apple by apple or orange by orange basis, the net result if you eat only organic foods, fresh from the grocer or farmers’ market, will be a LOWER food bill by about 10-20%. Eating a vegan diet will further save you on food bills.

The lower food bill will only be the beginning. Because eating organic and vegan foods positively affect health outcomes, healthier children and family members don’t need so much medical care, medical and insurance costs are much lower as well. There will be fewer sick leave days and days spent taking care of sick children and other family members will also benefit.

[PART FOUR] How Do Cancer & Other Chronic Diseases Develop?

cancer development

cancer development
Here is the final part of our series covering Howard Straus’ incredibly enlightening lecture that was originally delivered at the Cancer Control Society in Japan in July 2009. If you missed our previous posts you can find them here:
Part One | Part Two | Part Three

PROTEOLYITIC ENZYMES AND THE REMOVAL OF DEAD CELLS
We touched above on the staggering numbers involved in the replacement and renewal of all our cells in any 18-month period, but have not yet discussed the problem of removing the hundreds of billions of cells that die each day. The cells that expire are almost always part of the matrix of a structure or gland that needs to keep on functioning as the repair work is being done. If the dead cells are not removed, they will constitute a diffuse mass of carrion that cannot be good for us on any level. Trash collection and removal is a critical, if unglamorous, function, it is true, but woe is the city (or body) that goes without it even for a few days!

One of the effects of not removing dead cells is that the surrounding matrix is the recipient of by-products of the decaying matter. Whether they are normal cells that have simply died as part of their normal life cycle, or cells that have died due to injury or toxicity, or if they are cancer cells that have died because they cannot survive an alkaline environment, or if they are pathogens and antibodies that have carried on their battle in the structure is immaterial. This necrotic material will further acidify the environment, and will further poison the patient if it is not efficiently eliminated.

The way the necrotic material is normally handled is by the proteolytic enzymes that should be perfusing the entire body and digesting dead cell matter for removal by the blood stream. If there is a shortage of proteolytic enzymes in the environment due to their use by the digestive system (to metabolize meals of animal protein, for instance), or if the environment is so acidic that the required enzymatic action is deactivated, the enzymes cannot perform their critical functions, the dead material is not removed, and the local environment becomes ever sicker and more acidic, and less conducive to healing and a healthy metabolism.

To put a more vivid image to this problem, imagine carrying an empty backpack around, and every day placing a single quarter-pound (115g) raw hamburger patty into the top. If the backpack is never emptied, it will not be very long before the backpack with several pounds of rotting carrion becomes the major issue in your life, yet the daily addition of more carrion continues. Essentially, this is the process that goes on inside our bodies when the proteolytic enzymes that should be dissolving and carting away the waste are disabled.

The Gerson therapy, as well as the Kelley protocol further developed by Gonzalez, both provide copious amounts of supplemental proteolytic enzymes to the body. Gonzalez describes in Trophoblast how he has researched the potency and production of pancreatic enzyme supplements, and developed what he considers the optimal supplement to supply his patients. To date, Gerson practitioners and patients have been using commercially produced enzymes, some manufactured in Europe, but they are now preparing to test Gonzalez’ preparation for any improvement in results it could bring.

In both therapies, supplemental proteolytic enzymes are a critically important element of the regime. It is certainly clear, at least to this author, that the enzyme- enabling alkaline environment is also of critical importance to the removal of masses of dead cells every day. Both important elements are partially or completely negated by a diet high in animal protein due to the use of the enzymes to digest the animal protein-rich meal and their resulting unavailability for other critical functions, and the neutralization of remaining enzymes due to the acidifying influence of the ash remaining after animal protein metabolism, among other causes.

The Gerson Therapy remedies at least one of the conditions that enable cancer formation and survival through its vegan diet (almost no animal protein) and juicing program (13 8-ounce glasses of fresh-pressed, organic vegetable and apple juices daily). The high vegetable intake quickly changes the body’s metabolism from acidic to alkaline, often in a matter of days, an oxygen-rich environment not conducive to the survival of cancer cells.

CONCLUSION

We have attempted to extend the rationale of the Gerson Therapy to the cellular level by explaining, with the help of Dr. Gonzalez’ work on trophoblasts and proteolytic enzymes, how stem cells developing into differentiated cells, and the removal of dead cells in our structural matrix need adequate levels of proteolytic enzymes, plus the proper pH levels for them to function. The Gerson Therapy has for over 80 years succeeded in preventing and reversing chronic or “incurable” diseases in part because it quickly adjusts the pH levels in the internal environment to an alkaline level using nutritional input as the prime means of manipulation, and restores the pancreatic enzyme levels and functionality to normal levels.

For those who are interested in this shift in understanding about how cancer develops, I highly recommend in addition to the work of Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Burzynski and Gerson Media a book by a mainstream author who does not hail from the natural medicine crowd: T. N. Seyfried was a cancer researcher at Yale University and is a professor of biology at Boston College; he has more than 150 PubMed-indexed scientific research papers to his name. His new book is entitled Cancer as a Metabolic Disease and published by Wiley 2012, available on amazon.com.

About the Author

Howard Straus is the grandson and biographer of Dr. Max Gerson, MD, and the son of Charlotte Gerson. He is a 1964 graduate of MIT (Physics), founded the Gerson Healing Center in Sedona, Arizona, and founded Cancer Research Wellness Institute, a non-profit educational agency. He lectures around the world on the Gerson Therapy and often appears on radio and Internet interviews. His wife recovered from her third occurrence of cancer using the Gerson Therapy during their engagement and wedding 21 years ago.

[PART THREE] How Do Cancer & Other Chronic Diseases Develop?

cancer development

cancer development
Here is part three of our series covering Howard Straus’ incredibly enlightening lecture that was originally delivered at the Cancer Control Society in Japan in July 2009. If you missed our previous posts you can find them here:
Part One | Part Two

PROTEOLYTIC ENZYMES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON STEM CELL DEVELOPMENT

An adequate level of proteolytic pancreatic enzymes in the developing cell’s environment is also critical to its proper development, as is a pH level high enough (alkaline) to allow enzymes to function properly. At one of its earliest stages, the developing stem cell is nudged in one of two directions by the level of proteolytic enzymes in its immediate vicinity. This, of course, translates into the requirement for an adequate amount of proteolytic enzymes in the entire body environment and a concurrent global alkaline pH, since the development of stem cells occurs billions of times daily in every nook and cranny of our structure.

The choice between the two directions in which the stem cell might develop is between metamorphosis into a normally-developing differentiated adult cell (with enough functioning proteolytic enzymes), or into a trophoblast (in most cases, the seeds of cancer).

We have seen the enormous flood of creation and renewal that occurs within a normal body on a daily basis, with nearly 200 billion cells a day being created and 200 billion cells a day dying and being removed. If the environment is a normal, healthy [alkaline] one with adequate and active proteolytic enzymes, the process runs smoothly, as intended. But lacking adequate levels of enzymes in the overall system, some of these billions of cells are going to be nudged down the wrong development path, into nascent cancer cells.

If even one tenth of one percent of these cells develop into trophoblasts, that means that there are 200 million new cancer cells being born every day. While our immune systems should be able to handle that, the fact that these cells are being created implies a serious depression in those functions, too. It does not require many surviving cancer cells being created every day to start or restart cancer, and their location in the body is almost irrelevant.

When a cancer patient is subjected to tumor removal surgery, and nothing is done about his overall internal environment, the very environment that gave rise to cancer in the first place, the daily processes in his body, when operating in the same environment, will continue to create cancer cells at an enormous rate, some of which will result in additional cancerous lesions. The insult to the body of surgery, of course, will accelerate the process.

ACID-FORMING INFLUENCES IN DAILY LIFE

Since the body’s pH level is so critically important in both oxygen transport and stem cell development, it becomes precisely that important to our overall health, cancer prevention, and even cancer reversal. We must work to maintain a nutrient input that keeps nudging us towards an alkaline pH.

But when we look around us, and analyze the Standard American Diet (SAD), we see all too many foods, substances, drinks that tend to push our body pH lower, towards dangerous acid levels. Chief among these influences, especially in the United States, is the amount of animal protein in our daily intake. However, there are many others, including coffee, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, recreational drugs, many fats and oils, fast foods, processed foods and refined flour products, all of which tend to acidify the body. Considering the percentage of the foods that Americans consume daily that are acid-forming, it constantly amazes us not that there is so much chronic disease in our culture, but that there is so little.

It is no surprise that as we age, the pH levels that we have cultivated over our lifetimes start to drop below 7.0. Most elderly people carry around pH levels of 6.5 or lower, and by the time cancer manifests as an identifiable disease (tumor, lesion), that level has dropped even lower. Topical or local solutions (surgery) for such a global problem are doomed to failure from the start. Likewise, poisoning various important physiological processes using targeted chemicals (pharmaceuticals) adds to the problem, rather than alleviating it. The dismal record of standard cancer treatment in the United States is mute testament to the above statement.

The only way to restore sanity to the sick body’s environment is to raise the pH level to its normal 7.35 or 7.36. Otherwise, we are “cleaning the carpet in a rainstorm, while ignoring the gaping hole in the roof.”

ALKALINE-FORMING INFLUENCES AND THE RESTORATION OF pH

In general, just as animal protein based food is acid-producing after metabolism, the ash remaining after the metabolism (digestion) of plant-based foods, with some exceptions, is alkaline producing. With the high volume of plant-based food and juices given daily on the Gerson Therapy, the patient’s pH is raised fairly rapidly, in the order of days rather than weeks. With the restoration of the pH to an alkaline level, the blood stream’s oxygen carrying capacity is restored, the blood thinned, the patients’ overall well-being and mental function are improved and pain levels significantly lowered, although he/she still has a long road ahead.

All structures and organs function better with oxygen, the brain being one of the primary ones, since it is one of the largest users of oxygen in the body. Optimism and a sense of hope return. Skin begins to regain its tone and color, since it is now being supplied with oxygen and oxidation enzymes from the copious input of fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices.

When the pH level is restored to alkaline levels, the all-important proteolytic enzymes are reactivated and resume their functions of directing the proper sequence of events in the replacement and renewal of expired cells, and the removal of the dead material, including the now-dying cancer cells, which no longer are receiving the nutrients or environment that cancer needs to grow and flourish.

This is by no means a claim that the patients are “cured.” One cannot possibly recover in a matter of days from a disease that took years, even decades to build, and is the result of an overall collapse of so many parts of the conglomerate system we consider “immunity”. But the rapid response of the body is not imagined or theoretical; the patient experiences it as a significant reduction in pain, a return of energy, a noticeable sequence of “healing reactions” (sometimes known as “homeopathic reactions”), and a much more positive outlook. Since cancer pain is often very intense, the rapid reduction in pain for most patients should be enough to justify use of the Gerson Therapy simply on compassionate grounds.
 

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our four part series where we cover proteolyitic enzymes and the removal of dead cells.

[PART TWO] How Do Cancer & Other Chronic Diseases Develop?

cancer development

cancer development
Here is part two of our series covering Howard Straus’ incredibly enlightening lecture that was originally delivered at the Cancer Control Society in Japan in July 2009. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

RENEWAL

It is generally accepted that the number of individual cells in the human body is some large fraction or small multiple of 100 trillion (1014) cells, so just for the sake of simplicity, we shall use 1014 as a round number. The count does not need to be precise for the purpose of this discussion, as the arguments hold true for numbers plus or minus an order or two of magnitude. It is also widely accepted that virtually every cell in the body is replaced at least once every year and a half. Many structures, such as the liver or the lining of the intestines, are replaced far more quickly, in the order of days or weeks. When the organs are replaced, they are replaced with healthy, new cells.

The numbers that this implies are staggering. A year and a half is approximately 550 days (1.5 x 365 days). Since there are about 1014 (about 100 trillion) cells to be replaced in 550 days, an average of 1014 / 5.5 x 102, or approximately 1.8 x 1011 cells are replaced each day. That means 180 billion cells per day must be generated, and another 180 billion cells that have died must be digested and quickly and efficiently removed from the system. This would be an impossible task if the cells were managed from a central control point. The only way that it is possible is if each cell, when generated, knows what to do on its own, and comes into existence in a medium conducive to its birth, development, growth, life cycle and eventual disposal.

A question that sprang to mind immediately upon looking at the above numbers for daily cell creation, was, “Where do these cells come from?”

It is our belief that each cell develops from an adult stem cell, of which we must have, or can create, almost as many as we have cells themselves. In addition, the cells that die must be replaced by new cells at a rate that is virtually indistinguishable from unity (1:1). The very mathematics of compounding show that if the replacement rate were so much as one percent higher than unity, or 1.01:1, then an organ that was replaced every six weeks, like the liver, for instance, over the course of a mature human lifespan would end up over 90 times larger at the end of life than at the beginning. Conversely, if the replacement rate were one percent lower than unity, or 0.99:1, the organ would end up just over one percent of its original size at the end of a normal 75-year lifespan.
Since neither is true, we may assume that the replacement rate is indistinguishable from unity. How this rate is regulated is a mystery: either an electrical or chemical signal is sent out when a cell dies, or, perhaps, a biological or other signal that we do not yet have the means to detect. When this signal is sent, a stem cell is either activated, or duplicated, then activated to begin the growth and replacement process.

THE SEEDS OF LIFE

Stem cells are defined by two properties: they can replicate themselves indefinitely, and they can develop into mature, differentiated cells1. There are at least two critical factors in the development of a stem cell into a mature, differentiated, functional cell. One factor is the internal mechanism inherent in the cell’s DNA that gives it a blueprint to follow in its development. The other factor is the environment into which it is born, and must develop.

Assuming that a stem cell starts development with intact DNA, it must be the environmental variables that modulate and direct its growth for better or for worse. The body is responsible for the global variables rather than the individual development of each cell, and is very good at what it does. Oxygen and pH are maintained at precise levels, proteolytic enzyme concentrations are maintained at optimum levels, nutrients are provided, and each new cell develops in a nutrient and oxygen-rich environment, with genes expressing themselves at designed-in times to effect the proper development of a functioning cell.

The fact that this process occurs hundreds of billions of times per day, and that we humans survive so long in all manner of environments, climates and situations shows how incredibly resilient the process is. But it also calls into question why stem cell research is so important. We each have, or can create, as many stem cells as we need for a lifetime, probably almost as many as we have cells.

Stem cells can remain dormant, they can split into two stem cells, they can develop normally into a functioning, differentiated cell, or they can develop into a trophoblast, all determined by external signals received from their environment. All outcomes but the last are normal processes, and the last is a normal process for a fertilized egg in the uterus. If this last process occurs anywhere else, or under any other circumstances, it is the beginning of cancer.

ACIDITY, OXYGEN AND CANCER

We know that one of the vital responsibilities of the blood stream is to transport life-sustaining oxygen to each cell in the body, 24 hours a day. It does this through the medium of red blood cells (RBCs), which float in the blood stream, each separate from the others, carrying oxygen on their surfaces. If they collide in the presence of atomized fat, the RBCs stick together, rather like rolls of coins, and remain stuck until the fat in the blood is metabolized and removed. As long as they are stuck together, their surfaces of the RBCs are inaccessible to oxygen adsorption, plus these rouleaux (as the clumps of cells are called) can no longer pass through the smallest capillaries like the tiny, flexible individual RBCs can. The blood stream thus loses a significant proportion of its oxygen- carrying capacity, plus the ability to supply the furthest reaches of the capillary system, and important organs and structures begin to be oxygen-starved.

The danger of this situation is highlighted by many experiments done in the first half of the 20th century by Nobel Laureate Otto Warburg, who noted that when he deprived tissue of oxygen, it turned cancerous, and the cancer could not be reversed simply by restoring oxygen availability to the tissue.

We now believe that what Warburg was witnessing was not normal cells turning cancerous, but normal cells dying from lack of oxygen, and new cells being born into an environment where a normal oxygen supply was lacking. Without an adequate supply of oxygen, most such nascent cells would die, but some, even just a few, might figure out how to survive by using fermentation instead of the much more efficient process of oxidation as an energy source. Because of its low energy efficiency, fermentation does not supply cells with enough energy to develop normally or to perform normal functions; all they can do is to grow and split indefinitely. This is cancer.

If it is so desperately important for RBCs to keep from colliding, there must be a powerful mechanism that normally keeps them separated. In fact, we see in photomicrographs of normal blood a field filled with little circles that are unusually evenly spaced in the view. How do they maintain this uncannily regular separation in the presence of millions of other RBCs?

It turns out that healthy RBCs carry millions of electrons on their surfaces, enough to give them a net negative charge. When two RBCs come into each other’s vicinity, they repel each other due to their similar electrostatic charges, and the closer they get, the more strongly they repel each other8. In theory, they should never collide. This process should protect us, and normally does, but when the blood’s normal, slightly alkaline pH (7.35-7.36) goes acidic, the critically important electrons are stripped from the RBCs, allowing them to collide and stick together, forming rouleaux, or “clumps” that do not carry oxygen efficiently, and cannot pass easily through the smallest passages of the capillary system.

Here the macro factor of pH operates at a micro level (individual RBCs), maintaining an environment that is conducive to oxygen transport. Disturb that pH balance, and suddenly the blood can’t carry oxygen as efficiently as it needs to, and organs and tissue are in jeopardy of developing cancer.

 

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Are “Natural” Labeling Regulations Coming?

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Many people try to buy natural foods, but did you know that using the word “natural” on food packaging isn’t regulated in any way? Recently, however, Congress has proposed a new law that would add “natural” to the list of words the FDA regulates. Check out the video below for a more in-depth look at proposed law.

[PART ONE] How Do Cancer & Other Chronic Diseases Develop?

cancer development

cancer development

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,658,370 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2015. In their Cancer Facts & Figures Report for 2015, “about 589,430 Americans are expected to die of cancer, or about 1,620 people per day.” Cancer accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths, making it the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease.

So, how did this disease become the number two killer in the US? To help shed some light on how cancer and other chronic diseases develop in the body, we will be publishing a four part series covering Howard Straus’ incredibly enlightening lecture that was originally delivered at the Cancer Control Society in Japan in July 2009.

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THE GERSON THERAPY AND THE TROPHOBLAST THEORY OF CANCER DEVELOPMENT

The Gerson Therapy is a holistic, nutrition-based detoxifying therapy for chronic, degenerative diseases with an over 80-year track record of success with ailments as different as migraine and advanced melanoma, Fibromyalgia and tuberculosis, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Developed in the early part of the 20th century by Dr. Max Gerson in response to his excruciating and debilitating migraines, he found that it also reversed first skin tuberculosis, then other types of tuberculosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and eventually cancers of many different types. He did not approach this problem from a theoretical basis; instead, the treatment evolved empirically from his clinical experience and experimentation. The theory followed from both successes and failures; that which worked was retained, that which failed was analyzed, explained and discarded as an element of the therapy.

The Gerson Therapy is based on Gerson’s observations and deduction that chronic disease is caused by two major factors: nutritional deficiency and toxicity, and that when these underlying causes are remedied, the body’s own powerful immune system can repair virtually any ailment, often with startling speed. There is no need to “stimulate” the immune system, as many immune therapies today attempt to do; the immune system is designed and optimized to repair any dysfunction on its own. The reason that diseases manifest is not due to the immune system “ignoring” a threat, it is much more due to the immune system lacking the wherewithal to combat the disease, much as a splendidly trained army is not much use against an attacker if the troops do not have the proper armament, ammunition, food, shelter and clothing. Once the proper support is supplied to the immune system, it awakens and acts with awesome speed and power. Stimulating immune system response without providing it with the energy and fuel to respond can be likened to beating a nearly-dead horse: some temporary results may be observed, but they will use the very last of the body’s reserves, with catastrophic results.

The basic elements of the Gerson Therapy, in very simplified form, are:

Flooding the body with high-quality, complete nutrients to replenish the nutritional deficiencies of a lifetime.

Detoxifying the body from decades of toxic abuse, and continuing to detoxify the body as it ejects the byproducts of healing and the inescapable toxins to which we are all exposed supplementing the foods and juices with vitamins, minerals and enzymes to restore the body’s natural biological and chemical balance. All supplements are substances that are normally found in a healthy body.

The Gerson Therapy is a carefully thought-through and integrated medical system, and should not be used piecemeal, as elimination or isolated use of any one of the elements can actually be dangerous to the patient. The Therapy is rigorous, demanding of dedication and hard physical work (preferably by someone other than the patient) seven days a week for its nearly two-year duration. However, when used correctly and consistently, this therapy has produced excellent results for over 80 years.

A report in Alternative Therapies in September, 1995 was a retrospective analysis of all available data on Gerson melanoma results, and showed a great advantage over conventional approaches in five-year survival, with the greatest advantage being in the later stages of the disease.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN UNDERSTANDING CANCER

In a lecture in Tokyo in 2009, we spoke about the importance of proper pH (acidity) in the blood stream, and how it powerfully affects the transport of oxygen by the blood, with an improper pH (too acid) providing the ideal conditions for generation of cancer. In the past year, we have developed our understanding of the influence of pH considerably, and present that below.

In 2010, Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, Ph.D. and his partner, Linda Isaacs, MD published The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer. When we read this volume, it stimulated many questions and led to a spirited and highly illuminating discussion with Dr. Gonzalez.

Clearly, since the Gerson Therapy has been producing excellent results with chronic and degenerative diseases over the past eight decades, its practitioners’ understanding and explanation of the causes of cancer and other ailments must have some basis in reality. Unlike the highly manipulated data of chemotherapy manufacturers, the Gerson Therapy has always produced long-term recoveries from “terminal” cancer measured in decades, not weeks or months. But there is always room for improvement. It was clear that Trophoblast had the seeds of a fuller understanding of the origins of cancer, and of chronic disease in general, based in part on the brilliant work of John Beard, a late 19th and early 20th century researcher and professor of comparative embryology at the University of Edinburgh, who was later nominated for the Nobel Prize. Active and Passive Immune Systems

Our body has numerous defenses against attacks by pathogens of all kinds. Some of these defenses are active, some passive. The difference is analogous to a high stone wall or a castle moat, as opposed to a troop of soldiers. Neither is absolute proof against attack, but the defenders’ effectiveness is magnified many-fold by the presence of powerful defensive fortifications. In the case of our own immune system, the active immune systems consist of miniscule warriors, such as white blood cells, that can seek out and destroy threats to the body. Similarly to an army, active systems must be constantly maintained by a logistics train, typically an expensive exercise. A passive system, however, such as a high and thick stone wall, once constructed, requires minimal maintenance and care, and acts to discourage any potential attacker, while offering the active force a powerful strong point in any conflict.

We should like to concentrate here on the passive systems that are the legacy of our genetic code.

Nature always favors efficiency in any system. Immunity is no exception: Nature gave us highly efficient passive immune systems, with active immune systems to supplement them.

One of the most important factors in our passive defensive system is the maintenance of a proper level of alkalinity. We shall discuss below the ramifications of letting this factor slip out of balance, since several of the other systems depend entirely on the proper pH of the body’s environment.

Every cell in our body depends on a steady and plentiful supply of oxygen for its very survival. This supply is vital to the survival of every cell in every structure of our bodies. We shall show that adequate and properly distributed oxygen supply is dependent on a proper, slightly alkaline blood pH.

Proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes, produced by the pancreas, suffuse our body fluids and structures, and act as an important element of our immune system, regulating the growth and development of replacement cells in every one of our physiological structures. The adequate supply and overall distribution of these enzymes is critical to maintaining the orderly function of repair and replacement of our cells, and the removal of cells which have reached the end of their useful existence, or have met their demise by injury, disease, or pathogen. Proteolytic enzymes require an alkaline environment (pH > 7.0) to function, and are neutralized, or deactivated by an acidic environment (pH < 7.0).

Every cell in our bodies, with a few notable exceptions, is replaced about every 18 months, some considerably faster, others slower. When cells die after their normal lifespan, a process is triggered that generates a replacement cell on an almost precisely one-to-one basis. This means that we are constantly being repaired, replaced and tiny portions of us removed and disposed of, so that the average age of all the cells in our bodies is approximately nine months. Since our cells are constantly being replaced, any chronic disease that lasts more than eighteen months is the result of something we are doing to keep that disease in our bodies. Failing that, the complete replacement of any structure would dispose of and replace the sick tissue with new, healthy cells in 18 months or less.

Putting the above notions together yields an extraordinary opportunity for healing.

 
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10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Local Farmers Market

Farmers Market Tips

Unless you are growing your own produce, locally produced food from your nearest farmer’s market is about as close to farm to table as you can get. Farmer’s markets are not only a great way to eat healthy, fresh and organic food, but also a great way to support your local community. When everything in season that you could possibly want is available from a variety of vendors in one place, you’re able to make sure you’re not just finding old favorites, but discovering new varieties as well.

However, just like most things, your experience with your local market can depend on a number of factors. To help you make the most of your experience, we’ve put together our best tips for navigating your local farmers market.

Know What’s In Season
Heading to your farmer’s market with unrealistic expectations is a recipe for disappointment. Do a bit of research to find out what’s in season so you have a clear picture of the types of things you’re likely to see when you arrive.

Have Meals In Mind
Have a rough idea of the meals you want to prepare for the week ahead before you show up. Nothing is worse than getting home with your bags of delicious food and realizing you walked right past an important ingredient and forgot to grab it. That being said…

Don’t Be Scared Of New Things
If you see something interesting that’s new to you, don’t be afraid to add a bit to your purchases and give it a go. It may turn out badly, but you might just discover a new favorite food!

Timing Is Key
Depending on what you’re looking to get out of your trip, the time you show up can have a big impact. Looking for the largest selection? Show up as early as possible so that you can snag the deals that might be sold out well before closing time. Looking for the best deals? Show up late, as many vendors would be happy to knock a bit off the price instead of loading unsold goods back into their vehicles.

Look Twice, Buy Once
When you arrive, take a lap or two around the entire market to get a good general sense of what you can get before making any purchases. Those berries at the first stand you pass might look nice, but the ones stuck in the back corner might be even better – and cheaper! Also, if you realize you can’t find three of the four ingredients for a meal you planned, you can forgo buying the one you can find as well.

Bring The Right Bags
Nothing’s worse than stockpiling some seasonal favorites and then discovering that all your goodies were smashed in transit. Using the right bags, or even baskets, can ensure that your produce and other food items get home safely. You might also want to include a cooler bag for more perishable items – especially if you’re not going straight home.

Make Conversation
Don’t be scared to strike up a conversation with the farmers you’re buying from. Not only can they provide you with information on your purchases, but they can likely rattle off some great recipe ideas you may have never thought of. Additionally, getting in good with the vendors can net you some inside knowledge as to when new things are going to be showing up.

Show Up With Cash
Farmers market purchases go smoother with cash in hand. Ideally, bring more money than you think you’ll need and carry it in small bills so that you can get as close as possible to exact change and make the entire process as simple as possible.

Regarding Small Farms and Organic Produce
If produce isn’t labeled certified organic, talk to the vendor to find out why. Often, tiny farms are simply unable to afford the costly process of certification, but their wares are as clean and healthy as anything you’d find at any market. It never hurts to find out more about the food you’re eating.

Buy In Bulk
Great deals can often be found when buying larger quantities, so don’t be afraid to pile on extra helpings of your favorites. Extra produce can be frozen, canned, or even used to try out some new recipe ideas.

Not sure what to do with all this great produce? Check out our Gerson Therapy Recipe book or the over-90 pages of recipes in Healing the Gerson Way, Healing Arthritis the Gerson Way, Healing Diabetes the Gerson Way, or Healing High Blood Pressure the Gerson Way for ideas!

8 Ways to Prevent Cancer With Everyday Foods

8 ways to prevent cancer with food

What is the best way to deal with a problem? The obvious answer is to never let it become a problem in the first place! This is especially true when it comes to our bodies and disease.

One of the most effective ways to prevent disease is to eat foods that are rich in disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants, all of which counteract the conditions that can cause the onset of chronic illness. This is particularly true regarding cancer, a disease which is now estimated to affect up to one in two people over the course of their lifetime. Eating plenty of foods with proven anti-cancer benefits can make all the difference in determining whether or not you will live a vibrant, disease-free life, or become just another statistic of the “sick-care” industry.

This can be somewhat difficult, however. Our modern food supply has become so tainted with GMOs, herbicides, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals that it can be difficult to know exactly what is and isn’t healthy for your body.

If you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your body healthy, try focusing on the following foods:

Clean, organic, chemical-free fruits and vegetables
Apples, lettuce, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, celery, and various other soft and porous produce items tend to retain the highest levels of chemical residues, so it is especially important to purchase organic varieties of these items.

Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts
These greens are superior when it comes to blocking the formation of cancer tumors. These vegetables’ sulforaphane content alone has been shown to have a prolific ability to destroy and eradicate cancer cells. A study out of Texas, for instance, found that sulforaphane is highly effective at treating childhood leukemia. Cruciferous vegetables are also loaded with other powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals that detoxify carcinogens from the body before they even get the chance to damage cells.

Organic apples
Eating organic apples every day has also been shown to help prevent cancer, as this fruit’s unique combination of fiber, free radical-fighting antioxidants, and phenolic compounds kill cancer cells and inhibit their spread. Apple peels by themselves have been shown to contain at least 12 anti-cancer nutrients that protect the liver, colon, breasts, and other organs against cancer.

Apple seeds are also loaded with an anti-cancer compound known as amygdalin, which is also found in almonds, peach pits, and other fruit seeds, that basically trick cancer cells into dying by releasing deadly toxins from their glucose component.

Clean, fluoride-free, alkaline water
Clean water – and lots of it – is vital for preventing cancer. However, if you are on the Gerson Therapy, drinking water is on the “forbidden foods and food items” list. We do not drink water on the Gerson Therapy, but use clean, even distilled, water for all cooking and body contact purposes. We get our fluids through juices, fruit and vegetables.

Eating plenty of alkaline-forming foods
Focus on things like organic fruits and vegetables, mineral water, and raw almonds. Cancer requires an acidic body state in order to thrive, so alkaline foods are extremely beneficial. However, keep in mind that drinking water and eating nuts are on the “forbidden foods and food items” list in our book. They are NOT recommended for maintaining health. Juices provide fluids, vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients, while vegetables provide plenty of protein.

Avoiding eating acid-forming foods
This includes things like processed vegetable oils, refined sugars, processed flours, coffee, pharmaceuticals and alcohol. Maintaining a proper acid-alkaline balance is something your body is already pre-programmed to do, of course, but feeding it the nutrients it needs to ensure an optimal balance is critical for thwarting cancer.

Following the protocols of the Gerson Diet
The diet was developed by the late Dr. Max Gerson for the purpose of preventing and treating cancer. The Gerson Diet promotes full-body detoxification in conjunction with the heavy input of nutrients via juicing and the consumption of whole, organic foods.

Regularly taking coffee enemas
Coffee enemas are major component of the Gerson Diet, and serves the purpose of directly flushing your liver of built-up toxins so it can function at full capacity. Clearing the body’s primary blood filter, the liver, of a lifetime of built-up toxicity is immensely beneficial to health, energy production, a feeling of well-being, blood circulation and oxygen transport.

The History of Charlotte Gerson and The Gerson Therapy

History of Gerson Therapy

History of Gerson Therapy

Charlotte Gerson is currently 93 years of age, and has mostly retired from the The Gerson Institute, based in San Diego as well as The Gerson Therapy Clinic in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Now, the daily activities of the clinic are handled by the physician-owners of the clinic, who by now have over 30 years’ experience treating and handling Gerson Therapy patients. The Gerson Institute is headed by Ms. Anita Wilson, Executive Director, and a capable and responsible Board of Directors of their own.

Hard Life
Born in Bielefeld, Germany, Charlotte Gerson and her family fled the Nazi Holocaust to Austria, where at age 12, she was diagnosed with bone tuberculosis, a normally fatal disease. Her father, Dr. Max Gerson, started her on The Gerson Therapy which he had developed in Germany, and which had a shining success record against tuberculosis of all kinds. The Gerson Therapy is an all-natural therapy that boosts the body’s immune system to fight off any harmful disease or injury. When Austria fell into the Nazi orbit, the family relocated to France, then, later, to London. From there, they moved to New York City, where Charlotte helped her father run his clinic for very seriously ill patients. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts for two years before leaving college to marry Irwin Straus.

When Dr. Gerson died in 1959, there was nobody to champion the Therapy or sell the books that Gerson had published, so Charlotte took up her father’s banner by default, lecturing, selling books, and eventually setting up and training staff for Gerson Therapy clinics in the US and Mexico. These clinics have helped thousands of patients with cancer and other “incurable” diseases to recover their good health and return to long and productive lives with their families.

Boosting Immune Power
Though there are many cases of The Gerson Therapy helping people energize their bodies’ immune and healing systems by flooding the body with organic nutrition and juicing, detoxification and supplementation, Charlotte made enemies in the powerful pharmaceutical industry. The “cancer industry” was building an immense and highly profitable business treating, but not curing or preventing, the disease, so they were not delighted to see these potential billions of dollars of profit eliminated by people changing their diets! She never changed her goal of demonstrating that her father’s therapy was valid and that she herself was living proof, having survived a fatal disease with The Gerson Therapy. In 1978, she co-founded the Gerson Institute with Normal Fritz, President of The Cancer Control Society, an organization set up to open alternative cancer therapies to the world, give people choices other than allopathic medicine in their cancer treatment, and exchange ideas among alternative practitioners.

Next Generation
Charlotte Gerson used her father’s basic ideas, and cautiously added adjunctive therapies to his treatment protocol, such as ozone therapy, hyperthermia, Laetrile and others to enable the body’s immune system to fight off cancer without using surgery, expensive, ineffective and often harmful chemotherapy and radiation therapies. She has written many books about her experiences, some of which have become bestsellers around the world. She has also appeared in or been the subject of numerous documentaries where she has explained her father’s principles, his vision, her contribution, and constant fight to keep his dream alive, through her hard work and the efforts of her children, who are dedicated to keeping The Gerson Therapy flame burning far into the future.