How I’m Conquering Prostate Cancer

During a routine exam in 2007, the doctor found a nodule on my prostate. I got a biopsy and they found cancer on half of my prostate. They wanted to remove or radiate it but they couldn’t guarantee that I would be cancer free.

Afterwards, I spoke to my friend Allison. She told me about how she did the Gerson Therapy 25 years ago. When she described the rigorousness of the Therapy, I didn’t think I could do it. So I bought books on healing from cancer, fasted, changed my diet and took supplements. I also did cryotherapy, a treatment in which they froze the half of my prostate that had cancer in order to kill the cancerous cells. It took me a year to recover.

The doctors told me to just continue living as if nothing had happened.

Four years later…

In 2011, I got another biopsy and they found cancer on the other side of my prostate. They said they would not be able to do surgery due to the scar tissue, but that they needed to do radiation.

The side effects they described were horrible. My doctors told me I would be incontinent and need to wear diapers for the rest of my life, and that there was a good chance that I would develop intestinal cancer in five years.

I decided not to pursue that route.

I contacted my friend Allison again and asked “what are the chances the Gerson Therapy would help me?” She said that she guaranteed it could help, and she had full confidence I would get well.

Around the same time, my 20 year old daughter had married a 24 year old man. Soon after, he discovered that he had stage IV melanoma. At MD Anderson, he was told that his only option was an experimental treatment. Days later, he died from a heart attack in the hospital from the experimental injections.

This tragic event clinched my decision to pursue the Gerson Therapy.

My daughter bought Healing the Gerson Way and that book soon became like a bible to me.

In March 2011 I started doing enemas, borrowed a Champion juicer and did as much of the Therapy as I could. In July of 2011 I went to the licensed Gerson clinic in Mexico.

I started out doing the full Therapy: 5 enemas, 13 juices, 3 organic meals a day and castor oil every other day. I experienced some healing reactions, including severe depression, mood swings and self-pity but it passed. My body also released toxins through blemishes breaking out on my face and chest, and swelling and knots in my left breast. I used clay packs for a month and it went away.

Every time I have a healing reaction, I celebrate. I went through self-doubt. I realized I was making a life and death decision. But a year later I know I made the right decision.

It seems ludicrous now to do chemotherapy or radiation.

I am now doing 3 enemas, 9 juices, castor oil every Sunday, and have been able to add a few additional things to my diet as instructed by my Gerson doctor. I love the food! I hired a woman who used to be a cook at Whole Foods. She does the shopping, makes juices, lunch and dinner, and cleans and prepares all of the produce. I am self-employed as a jewelry designer.

My daily routine

I take my first coffee break, then take a shower. Then I eat breakfast, make and immediately drink a green juice, then make two carrot juices.

I go to work and come home for lunch at 1 pm, do another coffee break and drink 2 green juices. At 3 pm, my helper delivers three juices. After dinner I have another green juice and do my last coffee break.

I couldn’t have done the Therapy without…

My wife, who has provided me with emotional and mental support. She was my caregiver at the Gerson clinic. She has also kept me on point, making sure I do my juicing and setting the timers. She also inventories and orders all my supplements and puts them into weekly containers.

The Gerson experience requires two people. A partner is very important to this process. She has also adopted the Gerson lifestyle and eats Gerson foods 90% of the time. She loves it now too.

Luckily, my family practitioner also supports and believes in what I do, and I also go to a chiropractor who does energy healing. I keep in regular contact with my Gerson doctor from the clinic.

The challenge is traveling or any event, even going on a day trip. I have to prepare and take all my food with me. I make cole slaw, potato salad and carrot-apple juices in advance. I do my enemas in a hotel. I take along a hot plate and toaster oven since it is hard to find places with ovens. I also take a Champion juicer with me.

How I feel, one year into the Gerson Therapy

I weighed 220 pounds when I started the Therapy, now I am down to 168 pounds. My weight is stable; I have never experienced this sort of weight consistency in my life. I feel really good right now.

I have been on the Therapy for 15 months. My PSA is still under 1. In another year I will get a PET scan and maybe an MRI. But I am not worried about it right now. You either trust the Therapy or you don’t. A lot of this has to do with faith and commitment.

All my children and my wife are very supportive. My brothers were skeptical at first, but now both of them are juicers. I lead by example for others. People around me are starting to take notice and are buying juicers.

One time, a new neighbor invited us over for cocktails. I explained to her that I had to decline since I am battling cancer. She said she couldn’t believe that I was sick. She thought I was the healthiest man she had ever seen!

Thinking About Life After Gerson

I intend to stay on this diet the rest of my life. I am 100% sold on it one year in. It has become a life journey. I didn’t realize my life would change so much. The cancer is sort of secondary; changing your life is what it is truly all about. It is about healing my whole body, which will give me 10 or 15 more years of life. I think of it as an AA program for your health. Once you get into it you can never go back.

This is a gift from God. I just wish more people knew about it.

This is definitely the right way to conquer cancer.

by William Holman (as told to Diane Ake)

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18 Responses to “How I’m Conquering Prostate Cancer”
  1. this is inspiring..i pinned your story for inspiration and awareness. i wish i could afford to go to the gerson clinic as i 100% believe in this therapy. no doubt messengers from God to educate us of His healing foods..thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Tamela says:

    This says this post is reprinted from the September/October
    2012 issue of the Gerson Institute’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Healing News but it’s only
    August 28, 2012. Is it a typo?

  3. GersonInstitute says:

    Hi @8dc6e67e2ad0d66575ac7b2626dc4cc6:disqus! It’s not a typo, the new issue will be sent out in a few days. This story is a sneak peek!

  4. kate R says:

    I think its just not widly known because pharmacutpanies bdig $ corparation would be out of biz. Makes more sence to me to try something natural and homeopathi. To bad we often use such cures as only a last resort when it should become a 1st place to turn and even a lifestyle choice.

  5. c says:

    oh what a great story of success. my father too is battling prostate cancer and I have the Gerson Therapy book but just wish we could afford to get him to the center. Saying many prayer. Cheers 🙂

  6. steve.howells says:

    Good on you its hard to stick but well worth it

  7. john says:

    how much does it cost to go to the gerson clinic debra?

  8. john says:

    how much does it cost to go to gerson debra?

  9. Mike Q says:

    Congratulations on your success and strength to put your faith in the therapy. Stories like this choke me up and make me upset at the same time because of the mainstream system that tries to demonize natural therapies. As a chiropractic student we learn a lot about the innate healing ability the body has, if you just help it out by providing nutrient rich non toxic foods. I hope more peers of mine wake up and start educating their community about the wonderful possibilities a therapy such as Gerson can provide.

  10. April says:

    Thanks for sharing so many aspects of the diet and experience. It is inspiring. Prayers for your full health.

  11. disqus_4uGxWaEvLj says:

    People are talking about not being able to afford to go to the clinic. I thoroughly understand being financially conscience, but for living- truly living, how can you afford NOT to go?? My dad passed from prostate cancer 5 years ago, before I had ever heard about the Gerson Therapy. I would have had him go, and then go again. I’d much rather be concerned with paying bills and be healthy than not worried about bills because I’m dead.

    I would have just much rather still had him here. Bills and all. 😉

  12. Does the author drink his juices before, after or during meals? My mom says juice doesn’t feel right in her stomach and perhaps her timing is off?

  13. Gary says:

    I too, was diagnosed with Pca, prostate cancer. My doctor also wanted to do surgery but said I should research and find the treatment that best suited me. This was in 2000. I looked at all the various types of treatments, who did them and who had the best substantiated cure rate. I chose a form of radiotherapy consisting of radioactive seeds and conformal beam therapy. It is too bad the author’s doctors gave him such a bleak outcome using radiotherapy. I did not have any of the problems the author’s doctors said would happen. And have been cancer free for 12 yrs now. I will say that I went to the best and most experience clinic of this type in the world. And not only was I treated there, but they promoted learning a healthy lifestyle consisting of eating right and proper nutrition. I would say it was a holistic approach. Every man with prostate cancer must chose wisely the best treatment approach for them. I would highly recommend researching very hard and not relying on local doctors to give you the whole truth. I wish the author all the success in his battle with Pca.

  14. Jess DC says:

    thanks for sharing! you are such an inspiration 🙂

  15. Rob says:

    Thank you for sharing. Very inspiring! Keep the faith my friend

  16. kaney 20 says:

    The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is located directly beneath the bladder and in front of the rectum. Many men, especially those later in life have made the decision with their doctors to simply watch and wait.

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  17. Remir Rosko says:

    Many years ahead..

  18. Misheal Schroff Brown says:

    Had I known about gerson sooner my mom Would have gone sooner than she did, we didn’t know till it was too late and her colon cancer grew back and when we sent her there they sent her home, they are an amazing place and and the people really care for you and I am so great flu that they tried, the doctors gave my mom 4 months to live, with diet changes she prolonged her life….we just didn’t know of the gerson therapy at the time, a friend of ours was diagnosed at the same time as my mom and chose chemo and died in a month, my mom live 10 months, so thankful for the extra time


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