The Gerson Therapy Supplements
I’ve had quite a few requests lately asking for me to share the list of supplements I take on the Gerson Therapy. So, here it comes. Even though these supplements are specifically designed for the Gerson patient, they are actually really beneficial for anyone who wants to give their overall diet a bit of a boost. They are all natural and most of them are harmless at any dose (apart from the thyroid and B12).
Some of you might think the list is a bit extreme, but I assure you that it is totally manageable. It’s nowhere near as much of a pain in the ass to get through as the medicine cabinet full of pills and potions I was taking prior to Gerson. I swear, as soon as we heard that a supplement had anti-cancer properties, I was all over it. I’ve taken everything from sea cucumbers to bovine cartilage. This list is like a trip to the beach in comparison.
The supplements a Gerson patient must take generally varies to suit the individual. But all the medications are designed to support the diet therapy by increasing the energy capacity of the cell and by increasing the rate of detoxification.
According to Dr Gerson, the basic problem of all chronic degenerative diseases is the loss of potassium from, and the penetration of sodium into, the cells. Adding large amounts of potassium (a 10% solution of three potassium salts) to the already potassium-rich diet, enables the sick body to release excess sodium. Potassium not only encourages detoxification of sodium from the cell (sodium inhibits oxidation and perpetuates the disease cycle) but is also a key activator in the oxidative cycle hence it governs oxidation, energy production and the metabolism of the whole cell.
To prepare the compound, 100g of the potassium salts are dissolved in one litre of water and stored in a dark glass bottle. On the full therapy, four teaspoons of potassium compound are added to 10 of the juices. This is reduced after three or four weeks to two teaspoons in 10 juices.
Thyroid and Lugol’s solution
When thyroid and iodine in the form of ½ strength Lugol’s solution are added to the patient’s regime, the immune system is reactivated and kicks healing into gear.
The thyroid tablet and the Lugol’s solution are both tailored to the patient’s specific condition.
Also known as nicotinic acid, or vitamin B3, niacin assists in the digestion of protein and helps to open capillary circulation and bring freshly oxygenated blood to all the body tissues. I take three of these a day – one during each of the meals.
Anyone who’s ever taken niacin will be familiar with the notorious niacin “flush”. If you take the pill too fast, and don’t let it dissolve under your tongue, you break out in a delightful red rash and your skin literally feels like it’s crawling. It passes pretty quickly, but it’s not the nicest feeling.
Niacin has also been said to help with depression, alcoholism and to quit smoking.
Back in the day, Gerson patients used to have to drink several fresh raw liver juices each day. Man am I glad I wasn’t around then! These days, we just have to take liver capsules containing dried, defatted, powdered liver. Two of these are taken three times a day – with each of the plain carrot juices. According to Dr Virginia Livingston, the combination of the dry liver with the carrot juice produces abscisic acid, a precursor of vitamin A, which is essential in attacking tumour tissue.
B12 and crude liver injections
These injections, which are mostly crude liver with a small amount of vitamin B12, are also given to aid in the restoration of the liver. As all educated vegans and vegetarians know, we don’t get B12 from plant sources, so a supplement is needed. The B12 also helps to restore the hemoglobin count in the blood for patients who may be anemic.
These injections are given every day at the start of the therapy, but are reduced to every second day and then down to just once a week.
Pancreatic enzymes are super important in the digestion and elimination of tumour tissue. The dosage is three tablets per day – one after each meal. For extra large tumours, larger doses are given.
Essential for aiding in the boosting of the immune system and helping to protect your body, you may recall colostrum as the substance found in mother’s milk. I take six capsules of this per day – two before each meal.
These guys supply digestive stomach juices and aid protein digestion and the absorption of iron. They can also help with those who have poor appetite – a crucial aid due to the fact that Gerson Therapy relies on the high intake of fresh organic food and juices. Six are taken per day – two before each meal.
When you switch to an all-plant and mostly raw diet, you can often experience a lot of gas, bloating and digestive discomfort. Digestive enzymes assist in the digestion of foods and help to eliminate these issues. I take nine a day – three before each meal.
This coenzyme is valuable in replacing some of the nutrients that were available in the discontinued raw liver juices. They are also critical to the energy cycle. I take six of these per day – two after each meal.
This herb has awesome detoxifying and liver protective qualities and can protect against some severe liver toxins. I take six per day – two during each meal. Looking after the liver is one of the most important factors of Gerson Therapy.
Do you take anything on list already? What supplements do you swear by?
Positive affirmation for the day: Today I am willing to experience all of my feelings without running away from them, distracting myself from them or numbing myself from them. Feeling is healing!
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