Every month I'll do a post on a health and wellness related topic. This will give you a chance to explore other options, become informed, and make the best overall decision for your own well-being.
In the World of Wellness: The Gerson Cancer Cure, an alternative to chemotherapy and Western medicine treatments
Recently, I went to see my NMD (Naturopathic Medical Doctor) and she brought up the cancer research of Dr. Gerson. She told me that the clinic I go to, her clinic, would like to use his methods but fear doing so as his research is not widely supported in the United States. I was obviously curious about this gentleman, but my interest piqued when she mentioned a movie that had been sitting in my Netflix que for far too long: Dying to Have Known. A movie about his work, his findings, his cures for cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, and just about every other thing you can think of.
It had my attention.
Truth be told, the first five minutes makes you wonder what movie you're actually watching because the guy doing the documentary starts talking about himself and the wilderness, but get past that and it's worth it. (It should be noted that the last four minutes of the film are pretty darn interesting, too)
The film goes over all of his research, his cured patients testimonials, the centers that are still open and active, and the hundreds of lives he's saved. It also explains why many Western doctors disregard his work. Why they think he's a liar because he believes food - fruits and vegetables - and a healthy lifestyle can cure a patient of cancer. Quackery, they say, is his specialty. Not cures.
There are certain procedures you have to have done by trained professional, thus the requirement to go to one of his clinics in Mexico, Holland, or Spain for initial recovery. This is also where the controversy comes in. There is a technique used that, if done incorrectly, can cause a patient to have heart failure. My own NMD went over this with me. She explained that the older methods, if done incorrectly, could be fatal, but that they were few and far between. She said new methods have come out which have eliminated this entirely making this not only safe, but reasonable and effective in saving lives.
In the good old US of A we tend to second guess all natural or holistic ideas and banish some altogether. This is changing, which is a great benefit for all those who believe in it, but there is still a lot of controversy to overcome. Many times you have to be a seer to be a believer, and even then (as this movie demonstrates) sometimes that's not enough.
Give this video some thought, if you choose to watch it. Notice how the Japanese not only value this method, but have put a great deal of time and money into researching it further. Even the staff, who do not have cancer, are on the Gerson plan for better health. I point this out because it's interesting how other countries are ahead of us in their acceptance of holistic or alternative medicines when we, being such a powerful and influential country, are often behind in age old practices that have withstood the test of time.
Also, in my own personal research of this, I believe we have no reason not to let this treatment in and to give it a reasonable try. In fact, we have no reason not to try everything that is brought to the table. Pills are tested countless times and those tests are funded with millions of dollars. Why not test those with diabetes, M.S., all other diseases that the alternative medicine groups believe are curable? What's the harm, especially when we test things all day long, every single day? There is no harm in a wide, broadly studied test...unless it proves everyone else wrong.
The video will also explain this in some degree, but what everyone seems to have a hard time explaining is exactly why they won't let it be tested further. Because the Gerson Cancer cure has, actually, been tested and proven.
I was discussing this with my boyfriend the other day. He isn't all holistic and health nutty like I am. His dad is a Western medical doctor and he's been brought up with completely different beliefs than I have. He said the same things all these people in the video did- show me proof. The problem is, the proof for this cannot be summed up into one pretty graph with numbers and lines and decimals. The proof is in the actual people who have been cured. Not by a pill, but by an entire lifestyle change. It's hard to document that the way the scientific world wants it done and it's tragic that they will accept nothing less than that. It's tragic that they won't believe all those who have survived and instead call them liars just because it doesn't fit into a pretty little box that has been deemed "The Only Way".
I don't care about who's right or wrong, although it may seem that way. I care about the truth and options. If there is a way to save lives, we should use it. We should study it. We should invest in it as much as we invest in everything else and if we don't, we are no better as a civilization than those that have looked blindly as their people died. If we let people die without truly trying everything available to us, we are no better than they.
I will end by saying what I've always said: Believe in what feels right to you. We live in a varied world with many types of people, beliefs, thoughts and ideas. Believe in what you think will save your life.
If you want more information on this, I would recommend watching the videos available, as well as speaking to a Naturopathic doctor. There are also books you can read such as "A Cancer Therapy" by Dr. Gerson himself.
Educate yourself, inform yourself. Find what works for you and if something doesn't work, whether it be chemo or this, keep trying. Do not give up the fight for a healthy life.