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Gerson Therapy

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Aside from traditional cancer treatments, there are many alternative natural therapies that patients have found to be efficient and powerful ways to prevent or treat cancer.

One of the most known alternative cancer treatment methods is the Gerson diet. It is a nutrition practice that involves a strict diet, supplements, detoxification, and raw juices.

Find out why and how it may be an effective method to treat cancer and various other chronic diseases. Here’s a detailed overview of the Gerson diet.



Dr. Max Gerson was a German-American doctor who developed the Gerson therapy diet. 

Dr. Gerson used the therapy for his recurrent migraine headaches. He then introduced it to the public for skin TB (tuberculosis), other degenerative diseases, and later for cancer patients.

The basic notion of Gerson Diet Therapy is that the body can heal itself. The only thing you need to do is restore and rebuild the healing mechanism. A mechanism that has been suppressed by chemicals, pesticides, fungus, heavy metals, etc. 

The therapy aims at boosting the entire body’s metabolism to prevent the body from damaging itself and instead initiate self-healing. The Gerson Regimen consists of nutrients (through fruit and vegetable juices), supplements, an organic plant-based diet, and detoxification (through multiple daily coffee enemas). 

The Gerson therapy diet has gained popularity as a complementary and alternative type of treatment for different health conditions as well as cancer. People also refer to Gerson therapy diet plan using other names such as Gerson regimen, Gerson diet, or sometimes Gerson method.


Watch this simple breakdown of the Gerson diet protocol:


How Does This Therapy Work?

Gerson’s main assumption is that diseases such as cancer thrive mainly due to metabolism changes at the cellular level. Toxins buildup in the body from toxic substances can overload and weaken the liver, damage the DNA, and allow cancer growth.

The idea of using the Gerson therapy diet is to eliminate toxins: Once you clear yourself of toxins, your damaged liver and cell tissues begin to repair. You then restore a healthy metabolism, a robust immune system, and hence overall body health.


Three Essential Therapeutic components of the Therapy


gerson diet plan

1. Nutrients:  Gerson therapy diet involves fresh organic products which include vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. The food is rich in potassium and low in sodium (salt) and designed to enrich your body with sufficient nutrients.


2. Supplements: The Gerson therapeutic procedure would require supplementation of selected products to restore healthy cells for proper metabolism and strengthen your immunity.


3. Detoxification: A cancer patient’s body is toxic from years of poor nutrition, environmental exposure, and stress. On top of that, going on a raw vegetarian diet- starts breaking down toxic tumor tissue and overloads the body with toxins. Coffee enemas are what have been used to eliminate these toxins.


Gerson Diet Treatment Plan

Looking to follow the Gerson therapy at home? Gerson therapy uses a strict treatment plan you should follow to the latter.

Here are the main components In a nutshell: 

  • 1. Fresh Juices – Fresh organic juice–about 13 cups a day of 8 ounces, at an hourly interval. The juices are easy to digest and boost energy and include: Orange juice, Green juice, Apple carrot, Carrot juice
  • 2. Vegetarian Meals – Cooked organic food that is easy to digest.
  • 3. Supplements – such as potassium, Lugol’s solution (iodine, potassium iodide, water), vitamins (A, B3, and Vitamin C), and flaxseed oil.
  • 4. Enzymes – Coenzyme Q10 with B12, pancreatic enzymes, and pepsin.
  • 5. Detoxifiers– In the Gerson therapy diet, coffee enema is a major component of detoxification and is used multiple times a day. The coffee enema is not to clean the colon! It is an extra benefit… However, the main goal is to detoxify the liver.

Coffee enemas were largely popularized by Gerson therapy, and nowadays most alternative clinics use coffee enemas as part of their protocol.


What to Avoid while on the Gerson Diet Protocol?

All animal products, MSG, soy products, some vegetables (such as raw spinach and mushrooms), sodium, sweets, condiments, some spices, fats, oils (except flaxseed oil), alcohol, most hygiene products, water, and others.



Science has denied Gerson therapy a chance to stand firm and claim a position in cancer treatment. As you may well know, most medical practitioners do not support alternative or natural treatment. Modern medicine would mostly deal with disease symptoms instead of the cause. Gerson therapy is contrary to this kind of treatment and instead deals directly with the root cause and eliminates the symptoms too.

The goal of Gerson therapy is to initiate your body’s complete self-healing by feeding it a plant-based and nutrient-rich diet. The concentration of Gerson therapy is to boost healthy digestion. With a healthy gut, you can have a robust immune system and prevent and even reverse different ailments.


Gerson Diet Main Recipes 

Carrot-Apple Juice Ingredients:


  • 3-4 large carrots, washed, scrubbed but not peeled, ends and tips removed
  • 1 large apple, cored, seeds 


Carrot Juice Ingredients:

5-6 large carrots, washed, scrubbed but not peeled, ends and tips removed 


Citrus Juice Ingredients

3-4 oranges Or 1-2 grapefruit



Green Juice Ingredients:

  •  ¼ head (6-7 leaves) Romaine, red or green leaf lettuce 
  • 2-3 leaves escarole 
  • 2-3 leaves endive 
  • 2-3 beet greens, inner leaves 
  • 7-8 leaves watercress 
  • 3-4 leaves red cabbage 
  • ¼ medium green bell pepper 
  • 1-2 medium leaves Swiss chard, any color
  • 1 large apple, cored, seeds removed


Hippocrates Soup

1 medium celery root, fibers removed roughly chopped 

2-3 medium potatoes (1lb) roughly chopped 

1-2 medium yellow onions, roughly chopped 

2 small or one large leek, roughly chopped 

4-5 tomatoes (1 ½ lb.), roughly chopped 

4-5 cloves of garlic 

1 medium parsley root (or ¼ bunch of fresh parsley) 

Purified water 


1. Place all ingredients in a 5-quart pot. 

2. Add purified water to slightly cover vegetables, about 2 quarts. 

3. Bring the pot to a boil. 

4. Reduce heat to a very low simmer and cook covered for 90-120 minutes, or until all vegetables are soft. 

5. Pass through a food mill to remove fibers. 


– Change this soup only by using more or less of any of the ingredients listed. Do not add ingredients not listed. 

– Alter the amount of purified water added to make a thicker / thinner soup 

– Use celery if celery root cannot be found. About 3-4 celery ribs take the place of one bulb. 

– If you can’t find leeks, use an additional onion or two. 

– Substitute red onion for the yellow onion.


Starting the Gerson Therapy
The Gerson Miracle (2004)

Gerson Therapy Diet- Relevant Research and News

Five-year survival rates of melanoma patients treated by diet therapy after the manner of Gerson: a retrospective review

OBJECTIVE: Compare 5-year melanoma survival rates to rates in the medical literature.

RESULTS: Of 14 patients with stages I and II (localized) melanoma, 100% survived for 5 years, compared with 79% of 15,798 reported by Balch. Of 17 with stage IIIA (regionally metastasized) melanoma, 82% were alive at 5 years, in contrast to 39% of 103 from Fachklinik Hornheide. Of 33 with combined stages IIIA + IIIB (regionally metastasized) melanoma, 70% lived 5 years, compared with 41% of 134 from Fachklinik Hornheide. We propose a new stage division: IVA (distant lymph, skin, and subcutaneous tissue metastases), and IVB (visceral metastases). Of 18 with stage IVA melanoma, 39% were alive at 5 years, compared with only 6% of 194 from the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. Survival impact was not assessed for stage IVB. Male and female survival rates were identical for stages I-IIIB, but stage IVA women had a strong survival advantage.

CONCLUSIONS: The 5-year survival rates reported here are considerably higher than those reported elsewhere. Stage IIIA/B males had exceptionally high survival rates compared with those reported by other centers.

Surviving against all odds: analysis of 6 case studies of patients with cancer who followed the Gerson therapy.

A considerable number of patients with cancer have used or are using the Gerson therapy, an alleged anticancer metabolic diet. However, there is almost no scientific support for this regimen. Hence, the present case review study of 6 patients with metastatic cancer who used the Gerson therapy aims at critically evaluating each case to derive some valid interpretations of its potential effect. All 6 cases had a cancer diagnosis with a poor prognosis. Despite the presence of some confounding variables, it seems that the Gerson regimen has supported patients to some extent both physically and psychologically. More scientific attention needs to be directed to this area so that patients can practice safe and appropriate therapies that are based on evidence rather than anecdotes.

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