Gerson Therapy is a largely diet-based alternative treatment for cancer. What have 65 years of medical research concluded about its efficacy and safety?
A number of recent documentaries have renewed interest, in Gerson therapy, a largely diet based alternative treatment for cancer, invented by the late Dr. Max Gerson about 80 years ago.
According to a recent review out of Sloan-Kettering in the Journal Oncology, for about $16,000 you can fly to a clinic in Mexico and spend three weeks “consuming fresh raw fruit and vegetable juices.” OK. Eliminating salt from the diet. So far so good. And taking supplements such as potassium, B12, thyroid hormone, pancreatic enzymes and supposedly detoxifying the liver with coffee enemas to stimulate metabolism. I do not dispute that coffee enemas would not be stimulating, but would not recommend them due to the whole they could kill you thing.
To their credit, modern Gerson practitioners have moved away from the original tenets of the plan, which included feeding people raw calf liver smoothies, after too many people died from systemic blood infections. After learning of the outbreak, staff at the Gerson Institute decided the policy of drinking blended liver was to be altered and instead started injecting raw liver instead.
But hey, conventional cancer treatments are no walk in the park either. The reason people choose them is in hopes that they work. How does the Gerson therapy compare? The first formal investigation into the treatment was back in 1947, and in the 65 years since there’s been over a dozen studies published in the scientific literature and most came to the same conclusion, that Gerson therapy is useless or worse. (in tomorrow's video I'm show you some of the data)
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These negative reviews of Gerson Therapy were written before a head-to-head trial was published on the Gerson-style regime versus chemotherapy in terms of survival and quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients. What did it find? You’ll just have to wait until tomorrow's video-of-the-day Gerson Therapy vs. Chemotherapy. I've got 47 other videos on Alternative Medicine—the good, bad, and the ugly. The Campylobacter in the raw liver smoothies is the fecal bacteria in chicken I covered in Poultry and Paralysis. Is oral coffee okay for cancer patients? See Coffee and Cancer.
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