The Gerson Institute does not own or operate treatment facilities. However, we maintain a treatment center licensing program to ensure patients receive true Gerson care.
Currently, there are two licensed Gerson treatment centers:
No, the Gerson Institute in San Diego is the office for our non-profit organization, not a treatment center.
Yes, both clinics are staffed with MDs and nurses who are fully licensed and trained in the Gerson Therapy.
For many years, states had laws stating that is was illegal for any doctor to treat cancer using any method other than chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. Recently, a few states have begun to recognize alternative healthcare and begun to allow it with some oversight. In general, acceptance of alternative treatments is hard to come by.
When a patient goes to one of the licensed 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. 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 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.