Dr. Max Gerson – Healing the Hopeless


GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2013 Living Now Book Awards
Howard Straus

A detailed work on the life and struggles of Dr. Max Gerson and the development of his all-natural cancer therapy.

Author Howard Straus, President of Gerson Media and the grandson of Dr. Max Gerson, chronicles the life, and achievements of Dr. Max Gerson. The book discusses the development of Gerson’s world-famous dietary therapy and the struggles this medical pioneer faced as he challenged orthodox medicine with his nutritional protocol. This inspiring and uplifting biography follows Dr. Gerson through Nazi persecution, then persecution in the United States from the medical establishment, the continuation of his work despite the opposition, his death under questionable circumstances, and finally the present, where daughter Charlotte Gerson and the Gerson Institute work to continue his legacy and vision

[ISBN: 978 0976018612 – 412 Pages  –  Paperback  –  6×9  –   Pub: 2009]

Living Now in Gold AwardDr. Max Gerson Healing the Hopeless “Evergreen Health and Wellness Titles” category GOLD MEDAL WINNER in the 2013 Living Now Book Awards. These awards are designed to honor those kinds of life-changing books, and to bring increased recognition to the year’s best lifestyle, homestyle, world-improvement and self-improvement books and their creators.



Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, Co-Founder (with Linus Pauling) of the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine. From the Introduction:

“This biography should be required reading for every medical student so that they will know that the history of medicine progresses through the conflict of ideas. One paradigm becomes established and gives way to new knowledge, not without a struggle. Dr. Gerson’s dietary and detoxification ideas are now well established—although the establishment will certainly not acknowledge this. Almost all the complementary treatments for cancer of which I am aware use elements of Gerson’s work. Significantly, since the nutrients have become more readily available, they can now be used in larger amounts and greater variety than was possible for Dr. Gerson.”

From a review by Dr. Andrew Saul, DC, PhD, Associate Editor, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine:

“Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the Hopeless is a tribute, an education, and a warning: there is a price to pay for true lifesaving innovation in medicine. The best possible review of Dr. Gerson’s life story could not surpass what the great Nobel laureate Albert Schweitzer, M.D., wrote: ‘I see in Dr. Max Gerson one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine. He has achieved more than seemed possible under adverse conditions. Many of his basic ideas have been adopted without having his name connected with them. He leaves a legacy which commands attention and which will assure him his due place. Those whom he has cured will attest to the truth of his ideas.'”
(This book review was written by Andrew W. Saul, PhD and was published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Second Quarter 2002, Volume 17, Number 2, pages 122-124. Reprinted with permission.)

From Unconventional Cancer Therapies, US Office of Technology Assessment report, “History of the Gerson Therapy” section written under contract by Patricia Spain Ward, PhD, medical historian, University of Chicago:

“It is one of the least edifying facts of recent American medical history that the profession’s leadership so long rejected as quackish the idea that nutrition affects health (JAMA 1946, 1949, 1977; Shimkin, 1976). Ignoring both the empirical dietary wisdom that pervaded western medicine from the pre-Christian Hippocratic era until the late nineteenth century and a persuasive body of modern research in nutritional biochemistry, the politically minded spokesmen of organized medicine in the U.S. remained long committed to surgery and radiation as the sole acceptable treatments for cancer. This commitment persisted, even after sound epidemiological data showed that early detection and removal of malignant tumors did not ‘cure’ most kinds of cancer (Crile, 1956; updated by Cairns, 1985). The historical record shows that progress lagged especially in cancer immunotherapy—including nutrition and hyperthermia—because power over professional affiliation and publication (and hence over practice and research) rested with men who were neither scholars nor practitioners nor researchers themselves, and who were often unequipped to grasp the rapidly evolving complexities of the sciences underlying mid-20th-century medicine. Nowhere is this maladaption of professional structure to medicine’s changing scientific context more tragically illustrated than in the American experience of Max B. Gerson (1881–1959), founder of the best-known nutritional treatment for cancer of the pre-macrobiotic era. A scholar’s scholar and a superlative observer of clinical phenomena, Gerson was a product of the German medical education which Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries considered so superior to our own that all who could afford it went to Germany to perfect their training (Bonner, 1963).”

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Weight 1.54 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 1 in