The Gerson Therapy
Hi, I’m Tiffany.
It is my goal to use my extensive education around the human body and nutrition to empower you to learn about how nutrition is linked to your health – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Gerson Therapy treatment protocol was originally used by Dr. Gerson in the 1800s to relieve his headaches. Later, uses for other chronic conditions and cancer have come about in its uses. The treatment is based on the belief that the body has a buildup of toxins that accumulate and create a disease state. The remedy to this is to adhere to a very strict nutritional protocol to rid the body of these toxins and, therefore, promote the body’s overall health and wellness.
The Gerson Therapy includes three parts that are used simultaneously in order to achieve desired results. The three parts are nutrition, supplementation and detoxification. Nutrition includes fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains which include necessary micronutrients and enzymes.
Supplementation includes such things as potassium, iodine, CoEnzyme Q10 and vitamin B12, Vitamins A and C, flaxseed oil, pancreatic enzymes and pepsin. For detoxification, coffee or chamomile tea enemas are utilized.
The approval of using the Gerson Therapy is not approved in the United States. One can travel to Mexico or Hungary and spend a minimum of two weeks and spend $11,000 in order to progress through the therapy.
With that in mind, there is not much supportive scientific evidence and most studies that have been done are retrospective. Documentation from the Gerson Institute itself suggest their method does help patients in treating cancer but then show that there have been no follow-up studies on these patients.
Overall, it seems the therapies are inconclusive. In addition, some view Gerson therapy as being dangerous as coffee enemas have been associated with serious infections, dehydration, constipation, colitis, electrolyte imbalance and even death.
(2013). Gerson Therapy. National Institute of Health: National Cancer Society, Retrievedhttp://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/gerson/patient/page1 2/3/2014