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By David Hornblend

In the United States we believe our social contract is in our best interest. Study hard, work hard, and reap the rewards of your labor. We also have systems in place to ensure our well being. If we get sick, we go to the doctor. If we can’t afford groceries, we apply for government assistance. Simple enough, right?

How many of you know a person who has fought cancer? My great aunt recently died of cancer. She lived a full life, and was a real nice lady, too. She died less than a week after her diagnosis.

The American Medical Association allows three treatments for any kind of cancer: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Each treatment is expensive and harmful to the body. If you receive treatment, the best case scenario is that you leave the hospital, weighing slightly less, and return for regular screenings. The worst case scenario is that the treatment kills you. That’s right. The treatment that is meant to kill the cancer, kills the patient instead (Gerson Miracle). How can that be? And, why would anyone voluntarily undergo a treatment that could kill them? The answer is simple: Hope is the last thing to leave Pandora’s box. Forget about the costs, the risks, and how it will effect your family. You want to live right? Well, the American Medical Association says that this is your only chance to live. So you sign the papers, and hope for the best.

It’s too bad there are no other options.

Well, it turns out there actually are. And, one of those alternative treatments has a higher-than-90 percent success rate. The only catch, however, is you have to leave the country if you want to receive this treatment in a hospital. It requires no surgery, no radiation, and no chemotherapy. It is based on a simple idea: Improve the nutrients the body ingests, release the toxins the body has accumulated, and the body will cure itself. It has been proven successful in thousands of case studies.

In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson discovered a cure for cancer and virtually every form of chronic disease. He began his experimentation and research on himself in an attempt to cure the migranes he suffered from as a young medical doctor. By eating a combination of raw fruits and vegetables, and at the same time removing alcohol, animal fat, salt, and spices from his diet, Dr. Gerson effectively cured his migranes. His migrane therapy became popular in Europe, and one of his patients reported that the treatment had also cured his skin tuberculosis. After hearing this news, a famed lung specialist offered to conduct a clinical trial of 450 incurable skin tuberculosis patients – 446 of 450 patients recovered.

Years later, in 1946, Dr. Gerson and five of his cancer patients testified before the U.S. Congress with evidence supporting his treatment for cancer. On July 3, 1946, ABC News corespondent Raymond Grand reported to a U.S. audience that a cure for cancer had been found. Raymond Grand was fired shortly thereafter, leaving his position of 30 years at ABC. And, Congress passed a law outlawing the Gerson Therapy for cancer in a hospital in the United Sates (Gerson Miracle).

In 1977, Max Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte, founded the Gerson Institute in San Diego. There is also a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, where cancer patients and others can receive the Gerson Therapy. The patient replenishes the bodies nutrients with an eight-ounce glass of juice from raw organic fruits and vegetables 13 times a day. They also eat raw fruits and vegetables. The detoxification part of the therapy is achieved by a coffee enema. The coffee stimulates the bioducts in the liver to release the toxins that the body has filtered from the blood. The toxins then go into the colon, and eventually into the rectum for expulsion with the coffee at the end of the 15 minute process. While it might sound gross, it’s important that people know about alternatives to what is being offered by mainstream medicine.

The orator Patrick Henry is famous for the phrase “Give me liberty or give me death.” A little more than 200 years after those famous words were spoken, the terminally ill citizens of this nation buy death at a high price.

*Photo from Wikimedia Commons


  • EE

    Let me begin by saying that I’ve had close friends that have used the Gersen therapy successfully, and I myself tried something similar and felt great afterwards. However, its dangerous and irresponsible to pitch this as something that works for everyone (or even some people), when in fact much of the information surrounding alternative therapies like this is second hand, not well controlled or rigorously documented or just plain misleading. One of the main problems with poorly controlled studies: if 100 seriously ill cancer patients tried this and say 5 are cured (which is probably close to placebo effect anyway), that means 95 people died and since they can’t speak out anymore, the voice of those 5 survivors is overrepresented and sounds miraculous. If no one is forcing you to count the dead people, it becomes pretty easy to misrepresent the effectiveness of something. Regardless of the approach, whether its Eastern, Western, alternative, etc, without a well designed, controlled study you can never know for sure whether something works for a large number of folks. Not trying to be a downer here, there is likely a lot of value to alternative treatments, but without the proper trials and testing its hard to know the risks. Anyone thats seriously ill should have a clear idea of all their options AND risks- its easy to be misled when one is in a vulnerable state. Read multiple sources, become informed and get multiple opinions. Here’s the other side of the coin http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/cancer.html

  • Ardiel Gonzalez

    Ok, I’ve been reading this blog since ages, and this post is by far the worst I’ve read so far, let me explain:
    - It’s focused on a disease that kills, it will kill you if you do not get the right treatment.
    - It’s posted on a surf blog, which is NOT the right place to talk about a serious topic like a disease, not even the internet seems like the right place to talk about it, but let’s leave that.
    - Theres no evidence shown on this post about how effective this treatment is. He (David Hornblend) is not talking about how to make the perfect cutback, he is talking about science, science requieres evidence. And there’s a method to prove something ina scientific way, it is easy and it’s public domain, you just can google it.
    - There’s a ton of researchers looking to find a cure for cancer, and right now there’s not even a common cause for cancer, and you are telling me they haven’t looked at this treatment?
    - Tijuana??? So you are telling me that a great, new, and effective cure for cancer is JUST in Tijuana? Why not on Germany, Norway or Switzerland, where the big fortunes are?
    - If the answer to all above is: “There are lobby’s that doesn’t want this cure to see the light”. A lobby would rather be making money with this cure (like her daughter is) that fighting against it.

    There’s a lot of people out there with cancer desperate to find a solution, they will eventually google a key word that leads to your post. Be responsible about your words when talking about science or health, because lots of lives depend at some point on somebody offering hope.

  • Jeremy Taylor

    Did you mean “bile ducts” in the liver? I lost two friends to alternative treatments. Chemotherapy can be a death sentence and I am not an advocate for conventional treatments. I do however have a colleague that was in a mid-stage leukemia who survived and is doing well…and she had a bone marrow transplant and chemo. I would be apprehensive to say that the Gerson therapy works: http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/gerson-regimen

    That being said cooked meat and vegetables can be carcinogenic properties: Hetercylclic Amines from overcooked meat, Advanced Glycation End from overcooking food, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon from overcooked meat, and Acrylamide from frying vegetables.
    So going raw vegan is very much preventative measure for cancer, but not necessarily a cure. If you go raw vegan get your vitamin B12 and vitamin D as deficiencies in these are both neurodegenerative.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23356638

  • Mike Smyth

    I for one appreciate Korderoy’s attempt at giving us information concerning all aspects of our lives. Especially since I watched my mother waste away from her robust 180 pound loving self to under 100 pound shallow breathing fetal position I watched her die in. I wish I had known about any alternatives whether in the U.S. Tijuana or Timbuktu.

  • Christian Diaz

    Its ironic to see the contrast between the video promoting sound scientific research into marine-based biological molecules and the link to this blog post that promotes a completely different approach to a very serious affliction. Don’t get me wrong, the very thought of chemo therapy makes me nauseous and current cancer treatment will probably be seen as barbaric 100 years into the future (assuming better treatments are discovered) I’m not in favor of suppressing alternative hypothesis or treatment methods so long as they can be tested and falsified under standard deductive methods. If there is validity to alternative methods then it should definitely explored further. What I am against, is when these organizations such as the Gerson method or the Burzynski clinic make claims that are completely fabricated and lack legitimate verifiable evidence. The implication of a conspiracy to hide alternative cancer treatments couldn’t be any further from the truth. My dad was diagnosed with aggressive burkit-like lymphoma 8 months ago. Thankfully he was relatively young when diagnosed compared to most people who are seniors with reduced defense mechanisms. He is 55 and just recently finished his chemo and is in the final part of radiative therapy. He is currently cancer free not because of any pseudo scientific prescription like the “gerson miracle” but rather, because he is a University of California employee with access to successful experimental treatment, top oncologists and great overall health insurance that is inaccessible to most people. Alternative medicine isn’t alternative if it has been shown to effectively work; alternative medicine that actually works would just be called medicine.

    Research has shown the gerson method to be ineffective at treating cancer, this peer-reviewed article highlights the flaws in alternative cancer treatments including Gersons:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2630257/pdf/nihms80234.pdf

    Here are some more related links.

    http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/dietandnutrition/gerson-therapy

    http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/cancer.html

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-not-so-beautiful-untruth-about-the-gerson-therapy-and-cancer-quackery/