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Gerson Therapy: Alternative Treatment for Cancer and Other Diseases

Gerson therapy may be alternative treatment for disease including cancer iStockphoto/Thinkstock

When diagnosed with a serious illness, many individuals will weigh the pros and cons of several treatment options.

Unfortunately, along with the hope to make a patient healthier, many treatments also carry the possibility of making a patient more sick.

So often we hear that if chemotherapy doesn’t kill the cancer, it may kill the individual. Although alternative or complementary treatments may not work for everyone, many empowered patients consider more than just one treatment option.

One alternative therapy that is gaining momentum is Gerson therapy.

The Gerson therapy site explains the therapy as “a state of the art, contemporary, alternative and natural treatment which utilizes the body's own healing mechanism in the treatment and cure of chronic debilitating illness.”

This therapy is considered to be a metabolic therapy, which uses a combination of a special diet, supplements, and detoxification, based on the belief that much of disease is the outcome of an accumulation of toxins like insecticides, herbicides, air pollution, and chemicals.

Each and every day, we are exposed to toxins from the air, various foods sources, and even from what we put onto our skin. Gerson therapy practitioners believe that these toxins contribute to food contamination by decreasing potassium and increasing sodium content in food.

The American Cancer Society explains that “Food processing and cooking adds more sodium, which changes the metabolism of cells in the body, eventually causing cancer.”

Gerson therapy works to correct this imbalance through strict diet, supplements, and enemas.

The diet consists of ingesting approximately 15 pounds of fruit and vegetables through hourly glasses of organic fresh juice per day, along with three vegetarian meals low in sodium and fat.

Supplements can include pancreatic enzymes, potassium, vitamin B12, and other organ stimulating nutrients.

Coffee enemas are used to aid the body’s natural elimination of waste through this detoxification process.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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