Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs – General Information

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Here, we’ve compiled questions and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. After the jump, find out which conditions the Gerson Therapy does and does not treat, whether the Therapy can be done alongside conventional treatments, and more!

  • What conditions does the Gerson Therapy have success in treating?
  • What conditions do not respond well to the Gerson Therapy?
  • Can the Gerson Therapy treat rare or uncommon genetic conditions?
  • How long will I have to be on the Therapy?
  • When will I see a noticable improvement from the Therapy?
  • Does insurance cover the costs of treatment?
  • Is radiation therapy allowed while on the Gerson Therapy?
  • Can I do the Gerson Therapy and chemotherapy at the same time?
  • Why do cancer patients begin on a modified version of the Gerson Therapy after chemotherapy pre-treatment? Why is the clinic the preferred place to start the therapy in this situation?
  • I am not sick myself, but I am interested in the principles of the Gerson Therapy for preventative health. Can I still follow the Gerson Therapy if I am not ill?

 

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FAQs – Juicing & Juicers

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FAQs - Juicing & Juicers

  • What types of juices are included in the Gerson Therapy?
  • How do I make the green juice?
  • Can I add another fruit/vegetable into the juice?
  • What if I can’t find one of the ingredients?
  • Can I store the juices?
  • Are the juices the same for diabetic people?
  • If I’m a healthy person, can I have other juices?
  • Can I drink water in addition to, or instead of juices?
  • What do I do if I cannot find organic ingredients?
  • Can I add raw spinach to the green juice?
  • Can I substitute with different apples if Granny Smiths (tart green apples) are not available?
  • What types of juicers are required for the Gerson Therapy?
  • Where can I buy the juicers you recommend?

 

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FAQs – Detoxification and Enemas

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Coffee Enemas and Detoxification

  • Do I have to take the enemas?
  • What should I do if I can’t hold the enema?
  • Why aren’t regular colonics a part of the Gerson Therapy?

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FAQs – Supplements

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Supplements

  • Why do Gerson patients take such high quantities of niacin?
  • What is the difference between the clay pack and the castor oil pack?
  • Can I use any additional supplements or therapies while I’m following the Gerson Therapy?
  • How can I obtain the crude liver extract? What should I do if I am unable to find the crude liver extract?

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FAQs – Diet

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  • What does the Gerson Therapy’s diet consist of?
  • Why are berries and pineapple not allowed on the Gerson Therapy?
  • Why aren’t avocadoes, nuts or seeds permitted on the Gerson Diet?
  • The Gerson diet is supposed to be salt-free. So what about vegetables that naturally contain some sodium? Are celery and cucumbers permitted on the Gerson Therapy?
  • Why aren’t any soy products permitted while on The Gerson Therapy?
  • Why is flax seed oil the only oil allowed, and why can’t the seeds be eaten?
  • Where can I find organic produce?
  • When and how do I get off the Therapy? When can I add new foods?
  • Organic, salt-free rye bread is permitted in small amounts on the Gerson Therapy. What is the recipe for the rye bread?

 

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FAQs – Practitioners, Home Set-up Trainers and Referrals

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  • I would like to speak to a recovered Gerson patient. Can the Gerson Institute provide me with the contact information for recovered patients?
  • Are there any private practice doctors in the US that treat patients using the Gerson Therapy?
  • Is the Gerson Institute where patients are treated?
  • I’m a doctor that would like some information on your physician training program. How can I become certified as a Gerson Practitioner?
  • I am a doctor, and I would like to open up a new Gerson clinic. How can I begin that process?

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FAQs: Clinics

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  • Where are the licensed Gerson Treatment centers?
  •  I see that the Gerson Institute is located in San Diego. Do you have a clinic there where I can go for treatment?
  • What is the Charlotte Gerson Health Restoration Center in San Diego? Can I go there for treatment instead of Mexico or Hungary?
  • Are there doctors at the clinics?
  • Why has your clinic traditionally been in Mexico and not in the U.S.?
  •  When will I start to see results? Will a two-week stay at the clinic be enough to rid me of my illness completely?
  • What happens after I leave the clinic? Do I need to return to the clinic for check-ups?
  • I am currently undergoing chemotherapy. Can I still apply to the clinic while I am taking chemo?
  • I’m very interested in undergoing the Gerson Therapy, but I simply can’t afford to go to a clinic. What other options do I have?

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Ask the Doctor: Gallbladder Removal, Food Allergies and Probiotics

Ask the Doctor: Food Allergies, Probiotics and Doing the Therapy Without a Gallbladder

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Ask the Doctor is a regular column in the Gerson Institute’s bimonthly newsletter, the Healing News. Our staff collects questions that we receive about the Gerson Therapy, and pose them to the Gerson Institute’s medical director, Dr. Kayla Smith, ND. Q: What do I do if I am allergic to foods on the Gerson diet? [...]

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