Gerson Practitioner Training

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The purpose of our Gerson Practitioner Training program is to train qualified medical professionals in how to clinically guide and manage people who choose to use the Gerson Therapy, as developed by Dr. Max Gerson, to address chronic degenerative disease and cancer.

The Practitioner Training program consists of two modules. Both modules must be completed before a practitioner can use the Gerson name and become a certified Gerson practitioner.

Gerson Practitioner Training: Module I
When: Spring 2016 (Dates TBA)
Where:San Diego, CA

**The application for Module I will be available in the near future. Please check back with us to apply!**


Five days with approximately 35 hours of instruction over one week taught by a team of Gerson Therapy professionals, including Gerson Institute staff and certified Gerson practitioners. Lectures include the biological and physiological basis of the therapy, patient assessment, designing individual therapy protocols and ongoing case management skills. Below are a few of the key principles that will be covered:

  • Food as medicine
  • Salt and water management: high potassium/low sodium diet to reverse tissue damage syndrome, increase oxidative metabolism and support cell rejuvenation
  • Cellular detoxification: far reaching detoxification of the whole body is a major element of the treatment.
  • Healing inflammation: activates the digestion of cancer masses and cells with subsequent absorption and elimination.
  • Restoration: the therapy must be continued until all cancer is destroyed and all metabolic functions return to optimal levels allowing for the recovery of the essential organs, especially the liver.
  • Demonstrations of food preparation, juicing, and coffee enema technique.
  • Breakfast and lunch served daily.
  • A complete set of Gerson Therapy instructional materials.


The purpose of Module I is for the participants to gain a working understanding of the Gerson Therapy:

  • To be better prepared to explain how the Gerson Therapy works to interested people.
  • To provide general support to a patient who may be undergoing the Gerson Therapy.
  • To utilize the principles of food as medicine with people not needing the strict Gerson Therapy for serious illness.

Upon completion of Module I, you can apply to see if you are eligible for Module II. Module II will allow you to immediately utilize your newly-acquired knowledge and skills, under supervision, with a limited number of patients.


Module II:

We are in the process of redesigning and enhancing our Module II training curriculum. Module II will consist of two phases. The first phase will consist of several online classes covering advanced skills in case management. In the second phase, the participant will enter the supervised case management phase, which involves working with cases under the supervision of a mentor. The length of this phase will depend on how soon the practitioner has patients to work with and how well he or she demonstrates appropriate skills in long-term case management.

Module II fees are yet to be determined. More information will be posted once the new program design is complete.

Note: Gerson practitioners must expend a great amount of time, energy, and expertise to guide people on the Gerson therapy, assisting them for two or more years. In addition to understanding the underlying philosophy, physiology and medical management skills, a Gerson Practitioner needs to have the ability to provide counseling in food and juice preparation, enema technique, setting up a non-toxic home, dealing with healing reactions and more.



You must hold one of the following credentials:

  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
  • Naturopathic Doctor (ND1)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP2)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Licensed Acupuncturist/ Oriental Medicine Doctor (Li.Ac./OMD3)
  • Registered Nurse (RN4)
  • Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN5)

Your license must be current in the country you reside and your standard of practice guidelines must allow you to treat people using nutrition on an out-patient basis. You need to have the appropriate medical and clinical background in order to do proper medical case management. Many Gerson patients are very ill and have a variety of metabolic abnormalities that require astute medical diagnostic and management skills, which includes interpreting blood work in correlating with clinical status.

1 Note for Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) – You must have a degree from an accredited school. We do not accept on-line courses.

2 Note for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) – A NP is an advanced practice registered nurse (CAPRN) who has completed additional training beyond that of a registered nurse and can practice autonomously.

3 Note for Li.Ac./OMDs – Acupuncturists need a four year degree, including training in Western medicine and clinical skills with lab interpretations, and be licensed as a primary care physician.

4 Note for Registered Nurses (RNs) – To be considered for Module II we will verify with you that you have the ability to work with patients in a private office setting.

5 Note for Certified Clinical Nutritionists (CCNs) –  Must have 4-year bachelor’s degree and  required internship hours to pass the national board exam issued by the CNCB.

***If you do need see your designation listed above please contact Amanda Onken at to speak about eligibility.***


Accredited Naturopathic Schools in US and Canada:


  • Bastyr University – Kenmore, WA or San Diego, CA
  • National College of Natural Medicine – Portland, OR
  • National University of Health Sciences – Lombard, IL
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine – Tempe, AZ
  • University of Bridgeport – College of Naturopathic Medicine – Bridgeport, CT


  • Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – Toronto, ON
  • Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine – New Westminster, BC

If you do not see your school listed please send the name of the school and a sample of the program curriculum to Amanda Onken at


If you are not eligible:

You can learn more about the practical aspects of Gerson Therapy by taking our Gerson Basics WorkshopClick on the link for more information.


Pre-requisites for Module I:

Before taking Module I we require that you read the following material to ensure that you have a good understanding of the Gerson Therapy and are in alignment with its principles. Please click the links below:



Module I (May 2016 session): TBD (includes the Gerson Therapy classes, training materials, and breakfast and lunch each day)

Module II: TBD


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