ABRAM HOFFER, M.D, ON THE GERSON CANCER THERAPY
"Max Gerson, M.D., treated a series of cancer patients with special (mostly
vegetable juice) diets and with some nutrients including niacin 50 mg 8 to
10 times per day, dicalcium phosphate with vitamin D, vitamins A and D, and
He found that all the cancer cases were benefited in that
they became healthier and in many cases the tumors regressed. In a
subsequent report, Gerson elaborated on his diet.
He now emphasized a high
potassium over sodium diet, vitamin C, niacin, brewers yeast and lugols
iodine. Right after the (second world) war there was no ready supply of
vitamins as there is today. I would consider the use of these nutrients in
combination very original and enterprising.
Dr. Gerson was the first
physician to so emphasize such use.
"I am familiar with the Gerson method and believe that it has a lot of
merit. I have always been frustrated that it was not taken seriously and
studied intensively as it should be.
It does take a lot of dedication and
time, and patients do need a lot of help in preparing their food and juicing
and the coffee enemas. Of course, as with any treatment, not everyone
recovers. But I think it has a very good track record.
I know Charlotte
personally and have been corresponding with her son, Howard Straus, who
wrote a very good book about his grandfather.
I think it is a shame the
National Cancer Institute refused to conduct adequate clinical studies, as
the methods are not that difficult if carried on in a properly designed
Gerson M: Dietary considerations in malignant neoplastic disease. A
prelimary report. The Review of Gastroenterology 12:419-425, 1945.
Gerson M: Effects of a combined dietary regime on patients with malignant
tumors. Experimental Medicine and Surgery 7:299-317, 1949.
Hoffer A: Orthomolecular Oncology. In, Adjuvant Nutrition in Cancer
Treatment, Ed. P. Quillin & R. M. Williams. 1992 Symposium Proceedings,
Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Research Foundation and American College of
Nutrition. Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, 3455 Salt Creek Lane, Suite
200, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1090, 331-362, 1994.
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