This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of the Gerson Institute’s quarterly newsletter, the Healing News. Clay might provide us with the earliest example of using the earth’s resources to solve medical problems. When placed on the skin, clay draws out toxins to the outside surface of the clay (adsorption). These toxins then [...]
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so in the spirit of awareness-raising, I’d like to make you all a little more aware of what awareness campaigns are actually making you aware of.
Women’s Voices for the Environment released a report this year called “Chem Fatale” that examined the toxicity of various feminine hygiene products. They found that tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products contain a number of unwanted chemicals and pesticides, and can be detrimental to women’s health. I know menstruation—and the vagina, generally—is [...]
Nothing ushers in the fall season like pumpkins. I’ve always seen them as the mascot of autumn, bright and festive and fun – not to mention delicious and packed full of nutrition. A cup of cooked pumpkin is loaded with vitamins A and C and is a powerhouse of potassium. Like carrots and butternut squash, [...]
Last week, we looked at the nasty chemicals lurking in feminine hygiene products. Today, let’s talk about what kinds of menstrual products you can use to replace the standard drugstore products that contain those troubling substances. There is virtually no good reason to use douches, wipes or deodorants; they do more harm than good! [...]
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Many people are surprised to learn that potatoes play such an important role in the Gerson diet. Through no fault of their own, potatoes have gotten a bad reputation nutritionally. If the most popular way to eat kale involved being deep-fried, covered in salt and doused with preservatives – well, even kale’s reputation might suffer [...]
The old Healing News The new Healing News! Since 1984, the Gerson Institute has published the Healing News, our organization’s newsletter, designed to keep Gerson patients and donors connected with the Institute. This month, we rolled out a brand-new redesign! Up until this month, our newsletter was 12 pages long, published bimonthly, and mailed out [...]
For almost a decade, I’ve followed a plant-based vegan diet. Throughout my early twenties I encouraged friends and family to change their diets, and many did, after seeing improvements I’d made to my own physical health and positive state of mind. When I was 24, I volunteered at The Gerson Institute. I knew immediately that [...]
Our staff’s favorite remedies for itchy and irritated skin. These are all totally natural and straight from nature – no lotions, potions or mysterious added ingredients.