Laura and I really believed in the Gerson diet and its power to cure cancer and other diseases (we have friends from the clinic currently on the diet who are doing well – bravo, bravo. bravo!!!!). But the founder of the diet Dr Max Gerson is long dead, and his wonderful daughter Charlotte (who we met) is now 92 and not a key figure at the clinic in Mexico anymore (she visits once a fortnight). Sadly there wasn’t a day that went by when we didn’t wish we could talk to Max, Charlotte or a sympathetic doctor who could give us informative answers to our questions. Instead we were regularly met with: ‘Let me do the driving ma’am’! whenever we raised a probing question. Laura emailed the clinic organizers with concerns about her treatment shortly before she died. Over the next couple of posts, I will elaborate on my observations about Laura’s treatment. My aim is not to disparage the fundamentals of the Gerson diet, which I believe to be sound, but rather to raise questions about how the diet is currently practiced in hopes of stimulating debate, improving communication and ensuring better survival for those doing the diet in the future. May others succeed where we failed.
Dr Max Gerson, who devised the Gerson Technique in the 40s and 50s, wrote in his book A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases that high doses of potassium are key to killing cancer cells. ‘In the cancer mass…cells pick up potassium and the oxidizing enzymes and die by themselves. You have to realize that cancer cells live essentially on fermentation, but potassium and oxidizing enzymes introduce oxidation. And that is the point at which we can kill cancer cells because we take away the conditions which they need to continue to live.’ (page 409). Dr Gerson adds that high doses of potassium are vital for cancer patients regardless of whether they have elevated serum potassium levels (page 415). Both Dr Gerson and Charlotte Gerson (in her two books) recommend cancer patients take 40 teaspoons of potassium solution a day, which is then lowered to around 16-20 teaspoons a day after a few weeks. After re-reading Dr Gerson’s book last month, I looked back at how much potassium Laura was given (we received printed instructions every week and then every month from the clinic on what to do) and I was stunned to find that for the last 2 months, when Laura became very ill, she was taken off potassium altogether. In Laura’s case there appears to be a visible correlation between the amount of potassium she was given and the rise or fall of her LDH cancer marker (see below). No other alterations in her diet, number of enemas or any other stressors in her life correlate to these cancer marker fluctuations.
Laura’s potassium levels on the Gerson diet
1st week – 14 teaspoons of potassium a day, LDH down from 272-250 (normal LDH is below 176)
2nd week – 30 teaspoons of potassium a day, LDH down from 250-206
3rd week – 6 teaspoons of potassium a day, LDH up from 206-300
4 -6th week – 14 teaspoons of potassium a day, LDH down from 300-242
7-10th week – 0 potassium, LDH jumps up from 242-390
11-14th week – 0 potassium, LDH jumps up from 390-764
Note: Mexican and US LDH ranges are different. To get the US equivalent multiple these numbers by 3.4