Loss

Peter Bach, a Memorial Sloan Kettering epidemiologist, lost his wife Ruth to cancer the same month that Laura died.  In last week’s New York magazine he wrote eloquently about his loss. ‘Our life together was gone, and carrying on without her was exactly that, without her.  I was reminded of our friend Liz’s insight after…

Gerson Revisited – part three

How many enemas & juices are enough? ‘In the beginning the most important part of the therapy is an intensive detoxification of the entire body,’ wrote Dr Max Gerson in A Cancer Therapy (p193). To achieve this, Dr Gerson immediately started his cancer patients on the full protocol of 13 juices and 5 enemas each day….

Gerson Revisited – part one

After Laura died a couple of people sniffed, ‘Well we knew the Gerson diet wouldn’t work.  Carrots and enemas – how could it?’   Other people have asked what I think in hindsight about the Gerson Technique.  So here goes – Pain + Stamina – The doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering told us that doing the…

The Cancer Doctor

Laura – I went again  to one of the “best cancer hospitals” this Friday. It’s a joke to me since they haven’t anything healthy to offer me. I saw the chemo doctor. I had to, since I needed to schedule a full body PET Scan which I will have today at 8 AM. I told…

Exhaustion

Laura – I can’t tell you how many times I want to stop the Gerson diet, especially now that I have a secondary infection. I feel dizzy and weak. I haven’t been juicing or doing enemas for days so in some way I’m not doing the Gerson therapy right now. All I can really do…

Fever + Cancer

Laura’s has had an unimaginably hard week what with her on/off fever, rigors, drenching sweats (three nights in a row), coughing and vomiting.  Yesterday, at the suggestion of her oncologist, we visited a local urgent care unit for a chest x-ray. It showed no metastasis (YHEA!!!!!!) and no sign of pneumonia (which the oncologist feared)….

Scared

Laura – I was scared by Dr. Cervantes of the Gerson clinic. On Tuesday he looked at my LDH blood levels and they were even higher than last time. The LDH is a cancer marker and he is worried something is happening that needs to be investigated. So he wants me to get a full…

Gerson Therapy Support Group

Laura – Today I joined the Gerson Therapy Support group’s Facebook page and I have been posting there ever since. I’m feeling less alone knowing there are other people I can connect with who are recovering from cancer using the same therapy as I am. People share advice and experiences and offer support.  I was…

Blood Work Update

Dr Cervantes at the Gerson Clinic in Mexico isn’t happy with Laura’s blood work. Her sodium and chloride levels have dropped too low, her LDH (the cancer marker) has leapt up to 390 and he is worried she isn’t eating all her meals, especially on castor oil days.  This is a big deal.  It’s really…

More Food Porn

Laura – I love food and don’t believe anybody could love it more than me.  Sometimes I scroll through Google images just looking at clams, sardines, lamb, oxtail, short ribs, pork belly, etc. I can get lost doing this for hours. Today it was Lobster Newburgh. I’ve had my share of New England lobster in…

Anxiety and Biking

Laura -Recently  I’ve been suffering from lots of anxiety about how different my life has become. I’m no longer working, living in a different place, afraid I’ll lose my business, worried about having enough money to get through 2 years of this treatment and how I’ll support myself in the future.  I’ve also got in touch…

Trampoline

Tigger from ‘Winnie the Pooh’ The fitness prescription for all Gerson cancer patients is rest, rest, rest…and a little trampolining. No kidding. So we’ve just ordered a mini trampoline so Laura can bounce around the living room like Tigger. The idea is a little gentle rebounding (sort of walking in place on the trampoline) helps…

Weekend Warrior Schedule

We’re trialing a new version of the Weekend Warrior schedule for our kind-hearted volunteers. We’ve pruned the schedule way back so it’s now 3.5 hour shifts (instead of the mammoth 5 hour shifts of yore) and we’re asking for just one Weekend Warrior for each shift (instead of two people each morning and one person…

Tumors Disintegrating

Laura – This is going to sound disgusting but the whole purpose of the Gerson protocol is to get rid of the cancer and I just had a sign that it’s working.  In my underwear I found a blob of flesh. Now never in my 58 years have I had this experience and I’m going…

Gerson French Fries

On castor oil days Laura usually can’t eat her soup, never mind her baked potato, because she feels bilious and poorly.  But we’ve discovered a neat trick, Gerson ‘French Fries’. You bake them in the oven for an hour @ 350 F (absolutely no salt or oil!). Even on her worst day, Laura will happily…