Individuals using the Gerson Therapy eat a diet primarily limited to organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains, take specific supplements to correct cell metabolism, and utilize detoxification treatments that include coffee and chamomile enemas, according to the National Cancer Institute. Participants drink 13 glasses of organic, freshly made juice daily, once every hour.
The Gerson Therapy treatment plan must be followed precisely, explains the National Cancer Institute. In addition to eating only vegetarian meals and drinking organic juices, potassium, flaxseed oil, pancreatic enzymes, pepsin and vitamin A are ingested. Vitamins C and B3, or niacin, and Lugol’s Solution, a mixture of potassium iodide, iodine and water, are also taken. Coenzyme Q10 injected with vitamin B12 is currently used in place of the original crude liver extract with vitamin B12. Food preparation must not be done using aluminum cookware or utensils, and oils, salt and spices are forbidden.
The goal of the Gerson Therapy, named after Dr. Max B. Gerson, is to restore health by removing toxins from the body while building the immune system. Dr. Gerson believed that cancer is the result of changes in cell metabolism caused by the accumulation of toxic substances in the body that stress the liver. He also believed that the excess sodium and insufficient potassium found in cancer patients causes damage to the tissues and weakens the organs. As of 2015, the Gerson Therapy is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in treating cancer.