Gerson Therapy

Gerson Therapy was actually my first introduction to healing food diets. I watched their documentaries and read "The Gerson Therapy" book.  Gerson Therapy is what convinced me that the body can heal itself if given the proper support it needs based on diet and nutrition.

Gerson Therapy is a nutritional program to heal cancer and other illnesses. Gerson Therapy is an intense protocol. "The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego, California, dedicated to providing education and training in the Gerson Therapy, an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases." (website)

While putting this page together I came across some interesting information at the Gerson Therapy website:

"Probiotics are not part of the Gerson Therapy, but they are not contraindicated and will not interfere. Ultimately, once the body, including the intestinal tract is cleansed and nourished properly, healthy gut flora will be restored. However, there are many conditions that can contribute to dysbiosis (unhealthy balance of gut flora) such as severe Candida albicans, parasites, heavy metal toxicity and use of chemotherapy, antibiotics and other drugs. Supplementing with probiotics can assist in restoring a normal balance more quickly while the Therapy will eventually create the ideal conditions for sustaining a healthy gut. In choosing a probiotic supplement, a multi-strain product is recommended. Although Lactobacillus and Bifidus are the main players, many other strains inhabit the GI tract and provide synergistic activity.

Yogurt is introduced to many Gerson patients after the first 6-8 weeks on the Therapy. Yogurt does contain healthy cultures of bacteria to support the gastrointestinal tract, but the number of friendly organisms is in the millions, whereas a good probiotic supplement should contain 20 to 40 billion organisms. The yogurt should not be ultra-pasteurized and should say “contains live active cultures” on the label–and of course, should be organic and fat-free.

Since there are at least 100 trillion microorganisms weighing about 1.5 kilograms inhabiting the human gut, we need to keep them friendly!"

My conclusion - probiotics are a key ingredient to quality health!