max gerson, charlotte gerson and the gerson institute

MAX GERSON, CHARLOTTE GERSON,
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THE GERSON INSTITUTE

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There are doctors, and then there are healers.  In the mold of DR. ROYAL LEE, DR. FRANCIS POTTENGER, and numerous other Whole Food Pioneers, Dr. Max Gerson was definitely one of the latter.  I bought his famous book, A CANCER THERAPY: THE RESULTS OF 50 CASES, about two decades ago when I was a clueless recent graduate.  It was one of the books that began transforming my ideas about WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION and the effects that a whole food diet could have on disease.

Max Gerson was born in Germany in 1881.  While in medical school, he focused his efforts on using diet to cure his migraine headaches.  Having had good results treating himself, he began treating patients using his diet.  It was not long before one of Dr. Gerson’s patients who was on his “Migraine Diet” realized that it had cured his ‘Skin Tuberculosis’.  Eventually, Gerson ended up creating a special treatment program for Skin TB at Munich’s famed University Hospital using his diet as the foundation of the treatment protocol.  Dr. Gerson’s diet therapy for Skin TB was so successful that he ended up publishing numerous papers in the day’s peer-reviewed scientific medical journals.  But the icing on the cake was his experiment on 450 people with Skin TB —- 446 were completely cured using his Whole Foods diet as their treatment.

It was because of this that Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, sought out Dr. Gerson to help his wife.  She had contracted lung TB, and all forms of conventional medical treatment had failed her.  Dr. Gerson’s diet not only cured her, but ultimately, Dr Schweitzer cured his own TYPE II DIABETES with the same diet.  Gerson was eventually eulogized by Schweitzer (he moved to the US in the 1930’s).

“…I see in him one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine. Many of his basic ideas have been adopted without having his name connected with them. Yet, he has achieved more than seemed possible under adverse conditions. He leaves a legacy which commands attention and which will assure him his due place. Those whom he has cured will now attest to the truth of his ideas.”

Prior to his death, Gerson went on to use his Whole Food Diet to treat many other chronic health conditions —- including heart disease and cancer.  Despite the fact that he and his (cured) patients testified before congressional hearings back in the 1940’s, he was branded as what DR ROBERT MENDHELSON would have referred to as a ‘Medical Heretic‘ and persecuted relentlessly by our federal government.  Finally, in 1977 —- 18 years after his death —- his daughter Charlotte founded the Gerson Institute in Mexico (just south of San Diego in Tijuana) to be able to treat diseases like cancer, without harassment from the FDA and other governmental organizations.

Below is a recent video of Dr. Gerson’s 91 year old daughter Charlotte.  I love Charlotte because she is passionate about what she is doing, and has obviously practiced what she preaches.  Let me ask you a simple question before I leave.  Who do you trust more; Max & Charlotte Gerson, or the FDA?  If you have followed my blog for very long, you’ll quickly realize that the FDA has a serious credibility gap (HERE).

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