Gerson Therapy is a safe and natural, full microbiome shifting, and mostly nutritional therapy aimed at revitalizing the body’s own healing potential by removing as much of the accumulated toxic burdens as possible and increasing oxygenation to all affected cells. The protocol involves juicing, a strict alkaline dietary regimen, specific supplements, and daily coffee enemas. The therapy is used in various diseases including cancer, degenerative diseases, heart disease and more. The therapy, created by Dr. Max Gerson, was first noted in the 1930s as a treatment for a type of tuberculosis and other uses for the therapy were seen as effective later on.

Over the last 50 years, our industrially advanced society has been increasingly exposed to more toxins, chemicals, prescription drugs, and poor quality food, water, and air than ever before. As a result, the population faces more complex and chronic conditions adversely impacting a once natural, healthy environment and ecosystem. We can now certainly point out two underlying causes of chronic diseases such as toxicity and deficiency and must take steps to restore and detoxify our bodies through natural remedies and healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Gerson reasoned that many common diseases were brought about by toxic, altered, and harmful food, water and air. Constant consumption and contact with these toxins lead to serious detrimental conditions. The Gerson therapy seeks to regenerate the body to health with a diet that consists of almost 20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables daily as well as a progressive detoxification program using coffee enemas.

While every individual responds differently, the Gerson Therapy has been witnessed to have impressive results in patients suffering from the following diseases: melanoma, lymphoma, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Gerson Therapy can be used as a complementary therapy to help achieve a better quality of life, even in cases where full recovery may not seem possible.

Benefits of Gerson Therapy

Clinical experience has shown that Gerson therapy may be used for a number of conditions and issues and that the benefits include:

  • Activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through specific and selective dietary guidelines
  • Implements fresh and organic products which help to detoxify and regenerate the liver.
  • Boosts the body’s own defense to fight disease with an increase in oxygenation

Here’s How it Works

Gerson therapy treats the underlying causes of disease: toxicity and nutritional deficiency. It heals the body as a whole, rather than selectively targeting a specific condition or symptom. Over the past 60 years, thousands of people have used the Gerson Therapy to assist in their recovery from chronic degenerative diseases.

The therapy utilizes juicing of fruits and vegetables in order to saturate the body with the essential enzymes, minerals, and nutrients needed for rejuvenating effects. Throughout the day, it is recommended that a person drink 1 cup of organic juice, 13 times daily. Raw and cooked solid foods are eaten in moderation. A result of the diet is an increase in oxygenation (usually more than doubled), an essential matter for combating degenerative diseases. The metabolism is also stimulated through the addition of natural supplements by avoiding heavy animal fats, excess protein, sodium, and other toxins.

Detoxification is also a very important element of Gerson therapy. Years of toxic overload must be addressed in order to stimulate a healing effect. Coffee enemas are one of the most effective and natural ways to detoxify and support the body. It has been reported that patients who employ enemas stimulate healing and relieve pain. This has been shown to enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxins from environmental, chemotherapeutic agents, and other harmful substances. The enemas work partly because of the presence of caffeine, which smooths muscles and causes dilation of blood vessels and bile ducts. Another benefit of using coffee is that it contains enzymes called palmitates which stimulate the liver to eliminate toxins.

The following is a typical daily diet for a Gerson patient on the full therapy regimen:

  • Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables
  • Three full vegetarian meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A typical meal will include salad, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, vegetable soup, and juice.
  • Fresh fruit and fresh fruit dessert available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet.

“I see, in Dr. Max Gerson, one of the most eminent geniuses in medical history.”


Science and Safety

While clinical research is lacking on Gerson Therapy specifically, there is ample research that illuminates the health benefits of juicing as a therapeutic option.

  • Fruit and vegetables contain phenolic compounds, which are known for their antioxidative, immunomodulary and antigenotoxic effects. In 2014/15, researchers at the UCLA School of Medicine found that a three-day juice cleanse encourages a healthy balance of microflora in the belly. It was also concluded that juicing significantly increased plasma nitric oxide, increased stool abundance of Bacteroidetes and Cyanobactera and decreased Firmicutes and Proteobacteria.
    sourceHealth Effects of 3-Day Fruit/Vegetable Juice Fasting, Center for Human Nutrition, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

NYCIM + Gerson Therapy

At the New York Center of Innovative Medicine, Gerson therapy is one of many different treatments considered for each patient. However, the use of this therapy is only recommended to patients after an in-depth initial evaluation reveals it would be necessary for your personalized program of treatment. Because each person is unique, and their health needs are different, there is no set protocol for using Gerson therapy nor is the patient able to request that they are placed on Gerson therapy if the medical team finds it would not be as helpful as another treatment or specific combination of therapies. The ultimate goal is the complete restoration of health in the most efficient and safe manner, and with so many therapeutic options, it is impossible to know if Gerson therapy is right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.

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Under the direction of distinguished physician Thomas K. Szulc, MD, the New York Center for Innovative Medicine (NYCIM) is a world-renowned healing center that considers a patient as a unique individual with incredible healing abilities. We employ over 75 therapies that range from advanced healing technologies to spiritual techniques, each patient is provided a personalized program to restore health on all levels - body, mind, and spirit.
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