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Questions re: the Gerson Cancer Treatment

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  • Questions re: the Gerson Cancer Treatment

    So, I just learned about the Gerson therapy, and it sounds pretty convincing. I love eating Primally, and don't want to give it up -- I am just hoping that someone who is familiar with Gerson's philosophy (but follows the Primal lifestyle) can explain to me why it is [I]not[I] harmful to one's health to eat meat. Everything else about the plan seems to line up fairly well with the PB, though I suspect that those who follow Gerson's plan derive their main source of energy from carbs (in fruits & veg) rather than fat.

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond!

  • #2
    I followed the Gerson therapy diet for two months before I read "Primal Body, Primal Mind," and I can tell you that I never felt sicker in my life! Because my breast cancer came back last January, I wanted to find a natural way to treat it; hence, the Gerson diet. I felt that eating organic fruits and vegetables (and juicing them as much as possible) might be the answer. OMG! After drinking the juiced vegetables and fruits, I would nearly vomit...and I felt horrible for hours afterward. After reading "Primal Body, Primal Mind," I realized that drinking a concentrated glass of juice was like drinking sugar water...and I was hurting my health. I also didn't lose any weight whatsoever from this high-carb diet and am convinced that it is NOT a good diet, especially for a person with cancer. On the primal diet, I have consistently lost weight, feel great, and know that this is the diet I will follow for the rest of my life. Many of the tenets of the Gerson diet can be scientifically disproven. Either read the Primal Blueprint or the other book I noted above. The science makes sense with regard to a primal diet.


    • #3
      Have to agree with Primalrose. It has been a long time since I saw some of the Gerson videos, but I remember thinking at the time that it just didn't sound right. Primal Body, Primal Mind is a really wonderful book and I highly recommend it.


      • #4
        Minger's new critique of "Forks over Knives" goes into a fair amount of the science that doesn't support the vegetarian claims.


        • #5
          Given the evolutionary history of humans eating meat, I'm pretty sure the burden of proof is on the vegetarians to provide solid evidence that eating a healthy diet that includes meat from well-kept animals is harmful.

          It may work for beating cancer- lack of protein, high levels of nutrients and anti-oxidants, calorie restriction- I won't say that it doesn't work. However, I'm pretty convinced of the benefits of eating meat, and I don't have cancer, so the benefit of going on a long-term juice fast just isn't there for me.


          • #6
            I've also heard of people starving cancer by going low carb/sugar free... so.. who knows?
            Primal since March 2011

            Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs