Introducing the Gerson Archive Project + Joan’s Breast Cancer Recovery

The Gerson Institute has been around for over three decades. As you can imagine, a lot has happened over the years. While some parts of our past will live on only as memories, others we were fortunate enough to capture on video. Recently, we began a project to bring the Gerson Institute’s history back to life.

We’re excited to announce the Gerson Archive Project. We crawled through attics, cleaned out garages and opened many unmarked boxes to collect the recorded work of Charlotte Gerson and the Institute’s staff over the years. We’ve organized and digitized hundreds of hours of footage, and we would love to share it with you!

So, why should you care about this ancient standard definition media?

Because this information is still very relevant! And Charlotte is in most of it! We have enjoyed watching it all, and we think you will too.

We will also be adding a lot of new footage and information to some of the videos, so you won’t think you’ve teleported to a time where funny clothing and hair was the norm.

So without further ado, let us unveil our first installment of the Gerson Archive Project.

From the Vault: Joan’s Breast Cancer Recovery

In 1976, Joan had a radical mastectomy of her left breast. It was after this that she read up on alternative treatments for cancer, worried about the possibility of developing cancer in her right breast. The next year, in 1977, her surgeon found a mass and wanted to remove it. Instead, Joan chose to do the Gerson Therapy. Starting in August 1977, she followed the Gerson Therapy for 18 months. After 6 months on the Therapy, her surgeon told her that the mass was gone.

Joan filmed this testimonial in November of 1996, but we spoke to Joan just last month (October 2012) to check in and see how she’s doing. Joan is now 81 years old, in fantastic health, and never experienced a recurrence of cancer. Her son, who is a doctor, says she knows more about diet and cancer prevention than the American Cancer Society! She feels great and says Gerson has taken her a long way in life.

Joan continues to share her story with current and prospective patients as a member of our Recovered Patient Network. She is a big advocate for Gerson, and encourages and inspires anyone who calls her or asks about Gerson, whether they are getting ready to go to the clinic, starting the Therapy at home, or just beginning the process of taking control of their health.

About the Authors

Scott Stobbe is the Gerson Institute’s Marketing and IT Coordinator.

Scott started helping at the Institute as a volunteer, and joined the staff in 2009. He manages the Institute’s technology needs, and recently launched the Gerson Basics Livestream class, with the goal of making our class available to people all across the world. Scott is an avowed sci-fi geek, Neil Young superfan and do-er of many DIY projects.

Mallory Crowley is the Gerson Institute’s Multimedia Specialist. She first joined Gerson as a freelancer, to make a tribute video for Charlotte’s 90th birthday, but soon after became a full-time employee. She created the Gerson Institute’s video department and the Gerson Archive Project, digitizing, watching, and organizing the hundreds of hours of audio and video footage from as far back as thirty years ago, as well as shooting new videos for use on the website and beyond. Mallory enjoys reading, singing, and listening to R&B music.

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