FAQs – Practitioners, Home Set-up Trainers and Referrals


 I would like to speak to a recovered Gerson patient. Can the Gerson Institute provide me with the contact information for recovered patients?

Yes, the Gerson Institute maintains lists of recovered patients, organized by condition and location. Our Networkers are volunteers, who graciously donate their time to speak with new and prospective patients of the Gerson Therapy. We can provide contact information for Networkers to patients seriously considering following the Gerson Therapy.

For more information, see: 


Are there any private practice doctors that treat patients using the Gerson Therapy?

Currently there are a few doctors who are licensed to practice the Gerson Therapy. We are in the process of training more practitioners through our Practitioner Training Program, which takes two years to complete. Interns can take on a few patients with early-stage cancer or non-malignant conditions, but all their patients must first be screened by the head clinical instructor for the Practitioner Training program, Dr. Donato.

If you are a medical practitioner or student that would like more information on becoming a Gerson practitioner, see:

We welcome your assistance with locating qualified medical professionals who would like to participate in our Practitioner Training Program to become a trained Gerson practitioner.


How can a Gerson Practitioner help me?

A Gerson practitioner guides clients on the Gerson Therapy on an out-patient basis. This means that the client will visit the practitioner’s office for an initial consultation to review medical history, current lab and blood work results, do a physical exam and then design the initial protocol for starting the Therapy at home. The practitioner will continue to guide the client and manage the case by regular follow-up consultations where the new blood work will be reviewed as well as the current health status and necessary changes to the protocol will be implemented.

Some practitioners are willing to do long-distance consultations by phone or by Skype.

How long do I need to work with a Gerson Practitioner?

Patients should work with their practitioner for the duration of their time on the Gerson Therapy. For a serious condition such as cancer, patients will typically need to be on the Gerson Therapy for a minimum of two years. Often, patients will continue on a reduced and modified versions of the Gerson Therapy for three or more years to ensure better chances for a full recovery and to prevent a recurrence.

 Is the Gerson Institute where patients are treated?

No, the Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego that provides education, training and support for people on or interested in the Gerson Therapy. It is an office, not a treatment center. We do not treat patients at our office in San Diego or offer medical consultations here.

The Gerson Institute is not a clinic, nor does the Gerson Institute own or operate any clinics.

The Gerson Institute does not own or operate the clinics in Mexico or Hungary–they are independently owned and run by the clinic doctors.

However, we do license the clinics to ensure that they provide proper Gerson care. The Gerson Institute’s Education Department also assists patients with the process of applying for treatment at the clinic in Mexico, acting as liaisons between the patients and the clinic doctors. They help patients to compile their medical records properly, assist with travel arrangements, and generally help prepare patients for everything they need to know before their arrival at the clinic.

There are currently two licensed Gerson treatments centers where patients are treated – see our clinics pages for more information.


 I’m a doctor. How can I become a certified Gerson practitioner?

Our Gerson Therapy Practitioner Training is designed for licensed medical professionals with primarily the following degrees: MD, ND, DO, DC and NP. We do not accept graduates of correspondence schools. The training consists of two phases, Modules I and II, with an optional third continuing education Module. Module I is a week-long training held once a year in May.

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