There is a great and ever-increasing need for Gerson practitioners. More patients than ever are beginning the Gerson Therapy from home, rather than at a clinic, and need oversight, guidance and qualified medical advice from someone fully trained and certified in the therapy. That’s why we have made training new Gerson practitioners a priority here at the Institute, and we know it will be a great investment in the future of the Gerson Therapy. Our goal is to have at least one Gerson practitioner in every state, and on every continent!
What is a Gerson Practitioner?
A Gerson practitioner is a medical professional who has successfully completed, or is actively enrolled in, our Gerson Practitioner Training Program and is authorized to guide patients following the Gerson Therapy on an out-patient basis.
Gerson practitioners provide long-term case management and develop personalized treatment protocols for their patients, specifically tailored to the individual patient based on their diagnosis, blood work, medical history, previous treatments and other factors. A Gerson practitioner monitors their patient’s ongoing progress, and can make adjustments to their protocol based on the patient’s progress.
There are many patients who, whether for financial, medical or other practical reasons, are unable to go to one of the licensed Gerson clinics for inpatient care. That’s why the direct guidance from a Gerson Practitioner through Web-Based Case Management is a critical resource of the Gerson Therapy.
Why Do We Need More Practitioners?
The Gerson Therapy is a long-term treatment. The minimum time a patient can expect to stay on the therapy is two years; in some cases, it can be as long as five years. Nutritional treatments work slowly, over time, and we see that healing does not happen as quickly as in Dr. Max Gerson’s day, when he recommended that patients stay on the therapy for 18 months. Gerson patients need to remain on the therapy until their cancer is completely gone, however long that may be–and then, remain on a reduced therapy protocol for a period of time to prevent a recurrence, and eventually transition to a maintenance diet.
Over the years that a patient follows the Gerson Therapy, there are flare-ups, healing reactions, detox reactions, improvements and sometimes setbacks. During this time, patients often need medical advice and guidance. A Gerson practitioner monitors progress, analyzes lab work and guides a patient through these ups and downs by making adjustments to the patient’s protocol to suit any specific needs that arise.
Many patients continue to work with their oncologists, doctor or naturopath for local support or urgent care; a Gerson Practitioner will help the patient maintain a positive rapport with their local medical team and further guide them on requesting tests, asking specific questions and even incorporating necessary conventional medical interventions such as chemotherapy or surgery.
Within our Gerson Practitioner Network, there are currently ten Certified Gerson Practitioners and many more practitioners currently in training worldwide. This means that more and more Gerson patients all over the world are getting the guidance they need from a qualified Gerson medical professional.
Our goal is for every Gerson patient, in every corner of the world, to have the opportunity to work with a Gerson practitioner who has the expertise and knowledge to guide them. We need the help of the entire Gerson community to make sure that Gerson patients get the help and guidance they need on their healing journeys.
If you are, or know, a practitioner who might be interested in the Gerson Therapy, please join us! Learn more about the program and how to apply at the link below.
How to Become a Gerson Practitioner
The first step towards becoming a Gerson practitioner is to take Module I, our annual 6-day seminar held here in San Diego. Module I covers foundational topics such as the physiological basis of the Gerson Therapy, patient assessment, individual therapy protocol design and ongoing case management skills. Participants will learn about nutrition and how food can be used as medicine, detoxification of the body, healing reactions, restoration of the metabolism, and more. Current Gerson practitioners will lecture and share their experiences and case studies.
Gerson Practitioner Training Program: Module I
Where: San Diego, CA
Eligibility: Participants must meet the requirements outlined through the link below; hold one of the following medical credentials: MD, DO, ND, DC, NP; and pass a short interview
If you have any questions about our Gerson Practitioner Training Program, please email us at [email protected]
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This article was originally published January 30, 2017. Edits have been made to update its contents.