Interview with CHARLOTTE GERSON
Andrew W. Saul Interviews Cancer Crusader
Introduction by Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD:
"Max Gerson, M.D., treated a series of cancer patients with special (mostly
vegetable juice) diets and with some nutrients including niacin 50 mg 8 to 10 times per day, dicalcium phosphate with vitamin D, vitamins A and D, and liver injections. He found that all the cancer cases were benefited in that they became healthier and in many cases the tumors regressed. In a subsequent report, Gerson elaborated on his diet. He now emphasized a high potassium over sodium diet, vitamin C, niacin, brewers yeast and lugols iodine. Right after the (second world) war there was no ready supply of vitamins as there is today. I would consider the use of these nutrients in combination very original and enterprising. Dr. Gerson was the first physician to so emphasize such use.
"I am familiar with the
Gerson method and believe that it has a lot of merit. I have always been
frustrated that it was not taken seriously and studied intensively as it
should be. It does take a lot of dedication and time, and patients do need a
lot of help in preparing their food and juicing and the coffee enemas. Of
course, as with any treatment, not everyone recovers. But I think it has a
very good track record. I know
DY NEWS: It is a pleasure to see the Gerson therapy continue to gain acceptance and press worldwide. All this is primarily due to your efforts, which are truly an everlasting honor to your father's work. Could we begin with these questions, please. I have seen the Gerson VHS videos produced about 15 years ago, such as "Doing the Gerson Therapy at Home." How is your intention for this new documentary different?
CHARLOTTE GERSON: The Gerson videotapes were produced well over
10 years ago mainly to provide information to patients about the therapy, how and why it produces results, how to manage the therapy (Vol. II, The Workshop) and (Vol. III) how to cook, juice, prepare coffee concentrate for enemas, and handle medications. The new documentary presents Dr. Gerson's work, how he started to understand the importance of the soil, how his own health problems forced him to search for solutions - then how he was able to elaborate on those to achieve healing of cancer. The documentary also presents 8 or 9 patients, most of them long-term recoveries after desperate diagnoses. This documentary should be distributed all over the world to inform the suffering public of the available healing, the natural approach instead of drugging symptoms. And this healing is not just for patients suffering from cancer, but for those suffering from other chronic 'incurable' diseases.
DY NEWS: The documentary contains some very strong words and absolute statements about pharmaceuticals and modern medicine. What are the chief obstacles to your work at present (2004)?
CHARLOTTE GERSON: The chief obstacles to spreading this information
worldwide is the powerful medical/pharmaceutical industry. According
to Dr. Ralph Moss, in his book "The Cancer Industry" (New York:
Paragon Press, 1989), cancer treatments are bringing in over $100 billion
dollars annually in the
DY NEWS: Dr. Gerson was, and still is, widely denounced by the
pharmaceutical/medical establishment. For a therapy that works, why the
resistance from doctors?
GERSON: After my father presented five "cured hopeless cancer
patients" before a U.S. Senate Committee in early July, 1946, the
medical establishment increased its attacks with articles in the JAMA on Dr.
Gerson. It published an editorial about the Gerson treatment with the heading
"Of Fraud and Fables." It even either forced or paid a physician to
retract his positive testimony during that hearing and had him write to
DY NEWS: I hesitate to bring this thought forward, but the movie more than suggests that Dr. Gerson was murdered by arsenic poisoning. Can you comment about this sensitive issue?
CHARLOTTE GERSON: Dr. Gerson rented his office in a building originally supplied by grateful recovered patients. However the staff, headed by the same physician I referred to earlier, spied on Gerson, reported names and addresses of his patients who were then contacted by their prior doctors - and many of the patients' files and records "disappeared." It was a fact that even at an advanced age (77 years) Dr. Gerson had a somewhat low blood pressure and enjoyed one cup of coffee in the afternoon. He noted at one point that every evening, after
having coffee served at his office, that he had violent cramps
and diarrheas. He stopped taking this coffee but a subsequent 24-hour urine
collection showed that he excreted arsenic! He did not die immediately;
however this weakened him considerably and he subsequently contracted a viral
lung infection that killed him Then the doctors committed their ultimate
insult: they claimed that he died of lung cancer! Of course his lung X-rays
did not show tumors but lung damage from his infection. You will find a good
deal of this information in my son's biography of Dr. Gerson (http://www.doctoryourself.com/gersonbio.htm).
Actually, Howard found it impossible to find a publisher in the
DY News: Ms. Gerson, do you have early memories you'd be willing to share of your helping Dr. Gerson in the clinic?
Gerson: That would take us back to about 1949, in his clinic in upstate
DY News: As a New Yorker myself, I am curious to know where Dr. Gerson's clinic was located?
Gerson: My father's clinic was located in
DY News: What was your role there?
Charlotte Gerson: I helped mainly by relieving him of having to do the daily liver injections. But it was more a learning experience making rounds with him. I remember a lady who had colon cancer with liver metastases, very ill, pale and bedfast. My father asked her at one point when she had had her last bowel movement. She was silent for a little while, so my father repeated the question. Then she replied, "I heard you doctor, and I am trying to remember. While I was at the hospital, I think my last bowel movement was at least 6 weeks ago!" I'll never forget my father's face on hearing this statement.
I had a relative who had the same experience at
Gerson: An interesting experience was that of a lady suffering from breast
cancer. She was in an early stage, with 'only' a tumor in her breast, still
quite vigorous, eating and sleeping well and free of pain. But she presented
a strange problem: she didn't respond to the treatment in any way, no better
and no worse. And that was totally extraordinary. Then one day in the dining
room, I overheard her talk to her daughter who was coming up to visit her
DY News: What was the first health lecture you ever presented by yourself?
Charlotte Gerson: After my father passed away, there was one overwhelming thought in my mind: I have to continue to publish his book. (A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases, reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/bestbooks.html). I arranged for another printing
and then had 3,000 copies on my hands. So, I had to sell them since they
were not doing anybody any good stashed away in a warehouse. That is when I
started to do health lectures in
(http://askwaltstollmd.com/archives/cancer/139762.html) and at meetings of the
National Health Federation's (http://www.thenhf.com) many chapters.
One of my
first lectures took place in
DY News: I understand that all of Dr. Gerson's siblings perished in the Holocaust. How did you and your father spend your free time together?
Gerson: When we lived in
DY News: No doubt you are well aware of Prince Charles' recent (June 2004) statement supporting the Gerson therapy, and the resulting medical backlash against the Prince. The British press has taken some very rough shots at him
Would you please comment the intensity of this criticism of the Prince, and
His Royal Highness' actual statement:
"I know of one patient who turned to Gerson Therapy having been told she was suffering from terminal cancer and would not survive another course of chemotherapy. Happily, seven years later, she is alive and well. So it is vital that, rather than dismissing such experiences, we should further investigate the beneficial nature of these treatments."
Charlotte Gerson: I think that Prince Charles was very courageous to talk about the patient who recovered on the Gerson Therapy. I also think it is horrifying and shocking to note the intensity of the criticisms - actually not criticisms but outright vicious attacks.
A much more positive
Gerson: Overall, it is amazing that so many of the "learned
scientists" of the
Then they talk about a "$20,000/year cost for injections on the Gerson Therapy," which is simply not true. But what about the chemotherapy injections and their costs? The recently FDA approved cancer drug, Erbitox, costs $2,400 for the weekly dose, or $125,000 per year; and although it has been shown to shrink tumors, it has not been shown to prolong lives. (As reported by Michael L. Culbert, ScD. in the "Intl. Council for Health Freedom", Volume VIII:2, Fall 2004. http://www.ichf.info/history.php )
DY News: Have you been awarded any honorary degrees as of yet for your own work?
Charlotte Gerson: No.
DY News: On behalf of my readers, I thank you for all you have done to continue to bring your father's important findings to the public.
CHARLOTTE GERSON: Thanks for this opportunity to inform your readers.
For more information on the Gerson therapy:
My review of the complete how-to-do-it Gerson Therapy book:
Dr. Gerson's own words:
Review of Dr. Gerson's biography:
Review of new DVD about the Gerson Therapy
References and citations:
Gerson M: Dietary considerations in malignant neoplastic disease. A
prelimary report. The Review of Gastroenterology 12:419-425, 1945.
Gerson M: Effects of a combined dietary regime on patients with malignant
tumors. Experimental Medicine and Surgery 7:299-317, 1949.
Hoffer A: Orthomolecular Oncology. In, Adjuvant Nutrition in Cancer
Treatment, Ed. P. Quillin & R. M. Williams. 1992 Symposium Proceedings,
Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Research Foundation and American
Gerson Contact Information:
Tel. 619-685-5353; Toll-free: 1-888-4-GERSON firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gerson Institute's Website: http://www.gerson.org
Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html )
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