What conditions are not treatable with the Gerson Therapy?

There are certain types of cancer that do not respond well or do not respond at all. These include acute leukemia, pancreatic cancer after treatment with chemotherapy, and brain cancers other than an early stage astrocytoma. We have little or no experience with uncommon conditions of a congenital or genetic origin and would not expect the Therapy to reverse these conditions although overall health may be enhanced. The Gerson Therapy should not be administered to organ or stem cell transplant recipients or people on kidney dialysis.

In some cases, a few aspects of the Gerson Therapy (such as an organic, plant-based diet and a few daily juices) may be adapted to enhance overall health, but this would be unlikely to provide sufficient benefit to be used as a primary form of treatment.

The Gerson Therapy is not recommended for the following conditions:

  • ALS
  • Arthritis or Lupus after long-term steroid use
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Pancreatic cancer after chemotherapy
  • Parkinsons
  • Acute leukemia
  • Brain metastasis
  • Brain cancer and/or tumors
  • Recurrent ascites, advanced ascites (fluid in abdomen)

The Gerson Therapy should not be administered if any of the following conditions apply:

  • Organ transplant
  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • Kidney failure
  • On kidney dialysis
  • Pacemakers
  • Heart stent or heart valve replacement
  • Unable to eat or drink or on a feeding tube
  • Have been referred to hospice
  • Blood clots (until they are resolved)
  • Greater than half of the colon removed
  • Ileostomy
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Liver failure
  • More than 75% of the stomach removed
  • Pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart)
  • Recurrent pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs)
  • Severe bleeding
  • Bedridden, paraplegic, non-ambulatory or in severely weakened condition

Individuals with the following conditions may also need to use caution in starting the Gerson Therapy, as modifications may be neccessary *

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes type I or II
  • Heart disease
  • Severe high blood pressure
  • Taking many prescription medications

* Contact the Gerson Institute for more information.


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