Mucosal Melanoma – the cause?

Laura has a very rare mucosal melanoma of the cervix. The Gerson Clinic has only seen one other case in all its years.  But according to a top doctor we saw at Memorial Sloan Kettering these mucosal melanomas are becoming more common. What is the cause? Dr Cervantes at the Gerson Clinic thinks it is…

The Gerson Clinic

This is how we spend our days at the clinic… Note the barbed wire – Is it to keep us in or intruders out? Laura in ‘Poo Corner’.

Carers Beware

The Gerson Clinic is very strict about food.  Not only for the patient, but also for the carer.  You get the exact same 3 vegetarian meals (potato, potato, potato, salad and fruit)  as the patient. No deviation. Well, not unless you fancy a cup of coffee (I guess they have a lot left over from…

Dinner is Served…

Potatoes are a big part of the Gerson diet. Baked potato and potato soup (aka hippocrates soup) for lunch and baked potato and potato soup again for dinner. The only way to tell its breakfast is there’s no potato.

Norwalk Juicer – aka ‘the beast’

What a relief to discover that the Gerson Clinic kitchen also has carrot confetti spattered all over the ceiling and walls. Their Norwalk Juicer even blasted the guests during a juicing demonstration. We are hoping to pick up some tips on how to make life easier with ‘the beast’.  Using cloths instead of bags makes…

Hard Times

Up at 6am.  Fetch gruel. Days here at the Gerson Clinic are positively Dickensian. Maybe we should’ve gone to the Hippocrates Institute with its 50 acres of woodlands, 3 pools, luxury suites, movie nights, disco night, spa, zen meditation cabins, yoga and pilates classes and other new age comforts. The Gerson is so Germanic.  There’s…

The Gerson Clinic – we’re here!!!

Today we arrived at the Gerson clinic in Tijuana. It’s a small sleepy clinic (more like a hacienda) 2 blocks from the ocean. You would be in for a surprise if you were expecting the Canyon Ranch or the Hippocrates Institute. One big downer is that we have two skinny beds forcing us to sleep…

The missing Gerson product..?

Every Gerson patient should have one of these… apparently – a Los Angeles public library book mobile for the sick, circa 1928

Flare-Ups

Flare ups are supposed to be a good thing, but can be quite violent. 5 minutes after lunch, Laura is projectile vomiting (thank God, some went into the bowl), staggering about like a drunk with a hangover and blasting out dragon’s breath of the kind that can kind singe your eyebrows off at 10 paces. Poor…

Upside down coffee

Laura is really enjoying her bathroom time with her coffee enemas (‘upside down coffee’ in Gerson-ese).  She reads, chats on the phone and relaxes. Doing five enemas a day takes about 5 hours. Many Gerson patients take up hobbies while doing them – knitting, meditating.. and one patient read her way through math, philosophy, all…

Juicing Challenge – 45 mins

Floods of green juice gushed  from every side of the Norwalk juicer this morning. Accidentally over-filled the pressing bags. One good thing about the Norwalk, it makes LOTS of juice from very few veggies. Two carrots and 1 green apple is all you need for a very large glass of juice. My  beloved old Omega…

Coffee enema

The coffee enema is another Gerson Therapy staple.  Five a day for cancer patients. Each time you have to suck up 1 quart of organic coffee (no Folgers!) up your butt and hold it for 15 minutes. The coffee cleanses the liver and out whooshes all the toxins, parasites and other junk that has been…

Juicing challenge – 35 mins

Our first Norwalk juice took 1 hour to make. Got it down to 35 minutes today.  Dance round the kitchen to celebrate.  Then we realize that still translates to 7 hours 35 minutes a day juicing when we are on the full Gerson diet (13 juices a day x 35 mins) for the next two…

The Norwalk juicer

The Norwalk Juicer is the Ferrari of Juicers.  It is a 60lb, $2,500 stainless steel grinding and pulverizing machine and it is the key implement for healing the Gerson way. The delivery man staggered in through the door carrying its enormous box. On Monday, Laura and I sat for 2 hours watching the instructional video….