Many mesothelioma patients are interested in non-conventional cancer treatments. Therapies vary, from acupuncture to hypnosis to specialized diets aiming to activate the body's own immune system to destroy cancer cells. One of these specialized diets, esteemed by many, is the Gerson Diet. Developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1930s, the therapy was originally intended to treat and cure Gerson's own chronic migraines and tuberculosis. The therapy is now continued by his daughter, Charlotte Gerson Strauss.
The Gerson Institute is now based in San Diego, California, and focuses on providing education and training in alternative, non-toxic cancer treatments. At the turn of the twentieth century, Dr. Gerson's dietary therapies attracted the attention of famed thoracic surgeon Dr. Ferdinand Sauerbruch. Together, the two developed a skin tuberculosis treatment at Munich University Hospital, which was established as the first ever cure for the ailment. The diet was then successfully applied to heart disease, kidney failure, diabetes and, ultimately, cancer.
In 1938 Dr. Gerson began practicing in New York, where, for twenty years, he treated hundreds of cancer patients. At the time, the idea that diet affected health to this degree was a somewhat radical concept. In 1958, he published A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases, which outlines the theories, treatment methods, and results of his work.
The therapy itself is an organic, vegetarian diet, involving raw juices, enemas, and natural supplements. The diet takes a whole-body approach to healing, aiming to reactive the body's natural ability to heal itself. Although the diet has no significantly damaging side effects, it is a powerful treatment. Dr. Gerson believed that most degenerative diseases were caused by toxicity and nutritional deficiency. The diet supports each metabolic requirement in attempt to regenerate the body back to health.
The Gerson Diet floods the body with nutrients from 15 to 20 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables a day. Most produce is used to make raw juice, which is to be taken up to 13 times per day. Animal fats, excess protein, sodium, and other toxins are avoided. The therapy also utilizes intense detoxification methods to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, and restore the body's essential defenses.
The philosophy is that, with high-quality nutrition, increased oxygenation and metabolism, and detoxification, the body can regenerate, cure itself, and prevent future ailments. The typical daily diet for a Gerson patient includes thirteen glasses of fresh juices, three freshly prepared full vegetarian meals, and fresh produce for snacking. There are five medication supplements used: potassium, Lugol's solution, Vitamin B-12, a thyroid hormone, and pancreatic enzymes.
Detoxification is accomplished through coffee enemas. Gerson Therapy cancer patients may take up to five coffee enemas a day. Charlotte Gerson states that the diet provides an immense clearing-out procedure that risks overburdening and poisoning the liver, which may already be compromised in cancer patients. Coffee enemas assist the liver in detoxification and removing residual waste from the body. The therapy also uses castor oil to assist the liver and stimulate bile flow.
Those who have undergone chemotherapy or dialysis, have diabetes, brain metastases, severe kidney damage or foreign bodies, should not attempt Gerson Therapy without the supervision of a Gerson doctor. Unfortunately, the therapy cannot be administered to those with organ transplants. Two clinics in Tijuana, Mexico provide treatment based on Gerson Therapy, although it can be successfully completed at home if need be.
Mesothelioma lawyers maintain that each patient should research and find the treatment modalities that are best for their particular case. The Gerson Diet is a powerful detoxification and a viable option for those considering alternative cancer treatment. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illness, contact an asbestos exposure attorney immediately for a free legal consultation.