Self help Gerson diet
I don’t recommend embarking on an intense supplementation program of thyroid hormone, iodine, niacin, and injectable vitamin B12 without medical supervision.
Always seek the advice of your nutritionist, physician, or cancer center before undertaking any diet or exercise program, and get monitored with regular blood tests by your doctor or cancer center.
3 pounds carrots
In an Omega juicer, this will make approximately 3 c. juice.
1 head romaine lettuce
several stalks celery
2 cups kale
1 bell pepper
1 small apple (or more, to sweeten)
Add: mint, lemon, parsley, endive, and/or radicchio, as desired.
In an Omega juicer, this will make approximately 3 c. juice.
Valencia oranges are best as they produce copious juice per pound of fruit. However, any citrus will do.
Chop (do not peel), the following vegetables, and cover with purified water. Simmer slowly for 2 hours, then put through blender or eat as a chunky stew:
1 medium celery knob
1-1/2 lbs tomatoes
1 medium parsley root
2 medium onions
Garlic as desired
1 lb potatoes
2 small leeks
1 c. carrots
A little parsley
*Note: Add any other vegetables or spices you desire. Have fun with this! Experiment and enjoy.
Chicken, Lamb, or Beef Stock
I highly recommend the addition of bone broth after 6 weeks: it’s rich in amino acids that are soothing to the digestive system and help to repair connective tissue. It’s also an excellent source of minerals that are deficient in modern diets.
beef marrow/knuckle bones/oxtails (beef) OR
neck bones/riblets (lamb) OR
necks, backs, breastbones, and feet or heads (chicken)
1/4 c. vinegar
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
water to cover
Add thyme, pepper, parsley (as desired) in the last 10 minutes
Simmer 10 - 24 (or in the case of beef or lamb, 48) hours on the stove or in a crock pot (adding water as needed). Remove bones with slotted spoon or tongs, and strain liquid into a large bowl. Cool in refrigerator and remove congealed fat that rises to the top. Transfer to smaller containers and freezer for long-term storage.
*Do not feed these cooked bones to dogs! Congealed fat may be put outside to feed the birds.
There is concern in the mainstream medical community over the potential dangers of ingesting high volumes of vegetable juice on the Gerson diet, which can in turn cause high serum potassium levels. (1) Also, coffee enemas can lead to bacterial infections if proper sanitary techniques are not followed, especially in immunocompromised patients. (2)
It is important to bear in mind that thousands of patients have used the Gerson diet over the past half century, with largely safe usage, and only a few case reports in the literature of problems. Common sense goes a long way! Equipment for juicing and enemas should be clean and sanitized, and the liquid should not be warmed past body temperature.
I recommend washing all equipment in hot, soapy water, followed by soaking in hydrogen peroxide. You can visit the Coffee Enema page for more information.
If you don’t have the basic equipment to implement the Gerson diet at home, you can purchase it by visiting the Amazon links below.
Why do I recommend an Omega juicer?
Unlike Vitamix and other centrifugal juicers, it removes lots of fiber that can be irritating to the cancer patient's digestive system.
It's one of the cheapest options, and you can buy a fancier Omega juicer if you want to use it for other purposes (food processing, and so on).
This particular juicer is used at alternative cancer clinics I trust. Very expensive juicers like Norwalk will make a finer juice and are more efficient at extraction, but I don't think the juice is substantially different or that the markedly increased cost is worth it for most people. Keep it simple and easy.
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In the past, the Gerson Institute has adopted a zealous approach toward the Gerson diet that is probably unjustified. However, they are now working with Gar Hildenbrand of the Gerson Research Organization in order to restore science and scholarship to Gerson Institute’s guidance of cancer patients.
If you desire professional, on-site guidance to implement the Gerson diet and you do not want to consider any other treatment approach, I recommend contacting the Gerson Institute.
Happily, you can also pursue your dietary therapy on your own with other conventional therapies. The available scientific evidence indicates that it helps patients undergoing conventional treatment to have a better quality of life (3-7).
(1) Nagasaki A, Takamine W, Takasu N. 2005. Severe hyperkalemia associated with “alternative” nutritional cancer therapy. Clinical Nutrition 24: 864-865.
(2) Eisele JW, Reay DT. 1980. Deaths Related to Coffee Enemas. JAMA 244(14):1608-1609.
(3) Hildenbrand GLG, Hildenbrand CL. Bradford K, Cavin SW. 1995. Five-Year Survival Rates of Melanoma Patients Treated by Diet Therapy after the manner of Gerson: a retrospective review. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 1: 29-37.
(4) Gerson M. 1978. The cure of advanced cancer by diet therapy: a summary of 30 years of clinical experimentation. Physiol Chem Phys 10(5):449-464.
(5) Molassiotis A, and Peat, P. 2007. Surviving Against All Odds: Analysis of 6 Case Studies of Patients With Cancer Who Followed the Gerson Therapy. Integrative Cancer Therapies 6(1): 80-88.
(6) Kushi LH, Cunningham JE, Hebert JR, Lerman RH, Bandera EV, Teas J. 2001. The Macrobiotic Diet in Cancer. Journal of Nutrition 131: 3056S-3064S.
(7) Tan-Shalaby JL, Carrick J, Edinger K, Genovese D, Liman AD, Passero VA, Shah RB. 2016. Modified Atkins diet in advanced malignancies - final results of a safety and feasibility trial within the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Nutr Metab (Lond). 13: 52. doi: 10.1186/s12986-016-0113-y
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