While the Gerson Institute, as a non-profit organization, does not own or operate any clinics, we license clinics that practice the full Gerson Therapy according to our high standards for treatment. As of now, there are two inpatient clinics that are licensed by the Gerson Institute: the Gerson Clinic in Mexico, and Gerson Health Centre in Hungary. Patients come to the clinics to begin the Gerson Therapy under the care of the Gerson doctors. While at the clinics, the patients and their companions also take classes and lessons to instruct them on how to practice the therapy on their own, so that they can continue following the Gerson Therapy once they return home.
For information on each of the clinics, see:
Gerson Clinic, Tijuana, Mexico (includes clinic application)
Gerson Health Center, Hungary
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the Gerson Institute in San Diego is the office for our non-profit organization, not a treatment center. There are currently two licensed Gerson clinics where patients are treated, the Gerson Health Centre in Hungary and the Gerson Clinic in Mexico. The Gerson Institute does not own or operate either of these privately owned businesses, but we do license them to ensure they are providing true Gerson care.
The Charlotte Gerson Health Restoration Center is not a clinic, it is a limited program that we hold every one or two months for healthy people to come and undergo a modified version of the Gerson Therapy for six days. As it is not a treatment center, we cannot accept guests who are sick. If you are ill and wish to begin the Gerson Therapy at a treatment center, please apply to one of the clinics for treatment.
Yes, both clinics are staffed with MDs and nurses who are fully licensed and trained in the Gerson Therapy through our Practitioner Training Program.
When a patient goes to one of our clinics, they are merely beginning the healing process. A cancer patient will need to follow the Gerson Therapy for at least two years after leaving the clinic. Most patients will go through their first healing reaction within the first week or two, and will begin to see changes in their blood work in that time period as well. There is no set timeline for when a patient will begin to see physical changes such as tumor reduction or elimination—healing is a very individual process, and there are many variables that affect how long it can take for a patient to heal (i.e., diet, diagnosis, whether or not a patient has already been through conventional treatments, etc).
After you leave the clinic, you will go home and continue the Gerson Therapy protocol as prescribed by the clinic doctors. Most patients do not return to the clinic, unless they opt to return for another stay there. Patients do follow-up consultations with the doctors by phone, by sending their blood work and medical records for the doctors to review, so that the doctors can track their progress and adjust the protocol as needed.
No. Chemotherapy works in conflict with the Gerson Therapy, which detoxifies the body in order to restore the body’s natural defenses. If a patient has undergone chemotherapy, they need to wait a minimum of 2-3 weeks after their last treatment to begin the Gerson Therapy (if they are starting from home), or wait a minimum of 4 weeks after completing chemotherapy before applying to the clinic. At that point, they need to begin the Gerson Therapy at a modified level, so that they do not detoxify too quickly. For this reason, we recommend that any patient pre-treated with chemotherapy begin the Gerson Therapy at a clinic, so that they can be safely and gradually introduced to the therapy under a doctor’s supervision.
The Gerson Therapy can be self-administered entirely from home, using the instructions in the Home Package, the set of books and DVDs that contain the full instructions for the Gerson Therapy. Ideally, a patient undergoing the Gerson Therapy from home would see a licensed Gerson practitioner, but if there are no local Gerson doctors, it is best to follow up with a naturopath, or a doctor friendly to and familiar with natural healing. A patient doing the therapy from home can also look into hiring a Certified Gerson Home Set-up Trainer, or attending one of our Gerson Basics Workshops to learn the basics of the Gerson Therapy so that they can practice it from home.
To open a licensed Gerson treatment center, there are many considerations and steps to be made. First, and most importantly, you must have at least one licensed Gerson practitioner. We provide our Gerson Therapy Practitioner Training Program to train and license doctors in the Gerson Therapy. Once you have a doctor that is fully certified as a Gerson practitioner, you can begin the process of applying to open a Gerson clinic. For more questions about opening clinics, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gerson Institute carefully evaluates its licensed clinics to ensure that they are providing the true Gerson Therapy, and that they provide exemplary care for their patients. Unfortunately there are several clinics and doctors that use the Gerson name without providing true Gerson care, so we can not license them or recommend them for patients seeking treatment on the Gerson Therapy. The Gerson Institute does not currently license any treatment centers in Hawaii, California, Japan, Spain or Colombia.
Reasons for not licensing a facility could include the following:
- The doctor in charge has not successfully completed the Gerson Practitioner Training
- Prescribing improper treatment protocols
- Adding unapproved supplements to the Therapy
- Issues of cleanliness of the facility
- Lack of private bathrooms
- Lack of medical supervision (i.e., if the doctor is frequently and habitually absent from the clinic)
- Inadequate (or lack of) patient follow-up consultations
- Excessive or unapproved credit card charges
If you are considering pursuing the Gerson Therapy with a clinic or practitioner who is not listed on this website, please contact the Gerson Institute first to ensure that they are licensed to practice the Gerson Therapy.
If you have any more questions, contact the Gerson Institute’s Education Department.