The Real Price of Gerson Therapy
I usually love sitting down at my computer each day to share my life as a Gerson person with everyone, but today I just feel ill. I am so crushed by the response I received from yesterday’s post that I didn’t feel like blogging at all. But then I opened up my inbox this morning, saw an email from a young girl who has multiple health challenges and needs my help, and that made all of this worth it again. However, I am seriously regretting ever putting a donation button on this site.
If you read yesterday’s post you might recall I listed one of the eight things I’m loving at the moment as a pair of really cool Puma shoes. Perhaps I should have specified that I didn’t actually buy these shoes. Because I’ve managed to attract quite a large following to this blog, and because I still have some friends in PR from my former life as a magazine journalist, I was able to get these shoes for FREE from the company in exchange for a mention on my site. Anyway, until now I didn’t realise that I need to let you all know that I am not buying luxury items while at the same time asking you for help via donations.
After reading some of the comments that were left under the post, I am really hurt. I was going to let it all slide, until someone questioned the validity of my asking for donations. They are concerned that my family isn’t actually experiencing hardship, and that the people who are donating to us are actually doing it much tougher. Again, I would let this comment slide, but I feel a strong need to stand up for my family. My parents are two of the hardest working, generous, kind-hearted and most importantly, honest, people you will ever meet. During this whole, harrowing ordeal they have never once asked for help – until each month the program was costing more than my dad was earning, and someone mentioned that I should put a call out on this site.
Anyone who has ever looked into Gerson Therapy, or done Gerson Therapy themselves knows how much it cripples a family. And that is just for one person. Try doubling it. We had been struggling to keep our heads above water while it was just me doing the therapy, but we were somehow making it happen. Now that my mum and I are both on the Therapy, we can’t make it happen. As you will see in a moment, when I outline our expenses, it is almost impossible. Which is why we decided to put ourselves out there, put our pride aside and ask for help.
The comments from yesterday have made us feel like we need to explain where our money is allocated – just so you can be assured that we are actually doing it tough. How embarrassing for my parents that we feel we need to do this. You could probably cut corners and not spend as much, but then the Therapy wouldn’t work and it would all be a waste.
One month on the Gerson Therapy costs us (this is for two people) …
Organic food – $2000 per month
Organic produce for juicing – $880 per month
Gerson supplements – $1000 per month
Organic castor oil – $66 per month
Toilet paper (the cheapest brand) – $30 per month (yes, we do use that much toilet paper – it’s usually 50c or less a roll).
Enema pads – $21 per month
Hydrogen peroxide – $30 per month
Integrative doctor visit – $80 per month
Gerson doctor appointment – $30 per month
Total = $4137 per month
And then there are the all-natural toiletries (toothpaste, soap, deodorant, tampons) etc.
And on top of all of that we have a mortgage, electricity bill, excess water, fridge hire, petrol etc. Plus the cost of feeding my Dad and my dog – the above is just for my mum and I.
Plus, there was the initial set up costs:
Three weeks at the Gerson clinic – $16500 (not including air fares)
Juicer (and juicer bags) – $4500
Water system – $3500
To those of you who are questioning whether we are actually experiencing financial hardship or not, my parents are not financially wealthy. We have lost my wage and my mum’s wage, so all of this has fallen solely on my father – who is a very humble man. We don’t spend money on anything that isn’t necessary. We don’t go out for meals, we don’t go out for coffee, we don’t buy clothes, alcohol, cigarettes or anything else that most people take for granted – heck, I haven’t even had a haircut in eight months.
On top of the financial burden, there is the whole emotional shit storm that comes along with cancer. Imagine what my parents must be going through. We have not one, but two people in our house dealing with potentially terminal illnesses. Take all of the fear, uncertainty and stress that cancer ensues and times that by two.
We do realise that there are families out there doing it tougher. We still have a roof over our head at this stage, food on the table and nice warm beds to sleep in at night, which is why it took so much for us to ask for help. We weren’t asking anyone to donate what they can’t afford. If you think there is a better cause, by all means donate to that. We know there are a lot of people out there who need it.
I really hate that I have had to write this post. I love this blog and everyone who has supported me along this journey, and I feel dirty having to explain where every one of our pennies goes. However, I do understand that by asking for donations I have opened up my family to scrutiny. That is the reason why I regret doing it, and the reason why I won’t do it again. My parents are the most amazing people you could ever know, and they don’t deserve this.
We are so grateful to everyone who donated to us, but we no longer feel like it is the right thing to do. I am taking the donation button off of the site, and if anyone would like their money back please give me your name and bank account details and I will do it straight away. We do not want help if this is the energy that comes with it.
I don’t want to end this on such a negative note, so …
Positive affirmation for the day: Today I will count each and every one of my blessings. The more I show gratitude for what I have, the more I will have to be grateful for.
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