When you have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, choosing the best strategy for restoring your health can be a bewildering task, but no matter how many opinions you receive on how to improve your condition, you should be the one to make the final decision and you must be comfortable with what you are going to do.

Whatever anyone says, no treatment works for everyone, every time, so choose a treatment that makes the most sense to you.  We believe that each patient should have as much information and support as possible so they can make up their own mind about what treatment route they wish to follow.



It is important that before embarking on the therapy you should secure the full support of those around you. Even concerned loving friends and relatives may urge you to follow more conventional methods of treatment. If they will clearly never be persuaded, just point out politely that as a responsible adult you must be allowed to make your own choices. Before anyone embarks on the Gerson therapy® they are recommended to read “A Time to Heal” by Beata Bishop.  This compelling personal story reassures and encourages patients to trust that they can make their own intelligent choices about their treatment. It is also beneficial for patients to read "Healing the Gerson Way" by Charlotte Gerson and Beata Bishop, and to watch the dvd/video “Healing at Home”, which takes them through every single stage of a Gerson day, from washing vegetables to administering injections and enemas.


The decision to start the therapy is a huge one, as undertaking it will inevitably cause major rearrangements in your life and in your household.  

The level of commitment required, both financially and practically, is very high - this therapy is a 7 days-a-week, 16 hours-a-day task.  The patient will need plenty of rest, so usually cannot be active in preparing food and juices. This means reliable kitchen help is needed, for up to 55-60 hours a week.  Family and friends can be organised to help with these chores, or else volunteers or paid help must be found.

All food must be organic and prepared to exacting standards; the juices must be freshly made; all water used must be either distilled or filtered by reverse osmosis; and all household chemicals should be removed and replaced by non-harmful alternatives.

I know of one patient who turned to the Gerson Therapy having been told that she was suffering from terminal cancer and would not survive another course of chemotherapy. Happily, seven years later she is alive and well. So therefore it is vital that, rather than dismissing such experiences, we should further investigate the beneficial nature of these treatments.
— HRH The Prince of Wales (2004)

The therapy works as a finely balanced whole and omitting any part destroys its ability to heal.

It is therefore absolutely essential that both the nutritional and detoxification parts of the therapy are carried out if there is to be any chance of success.
It takes a long time for the body's internal environment to deteriorate to the point where any serious degenerative disease can occur.  Therefore, it is not surprising that it can take many months for the body to repair the damage. 

In all probability the patient will experience so-called flare-ups or detoxifying reactions.  These reactions are part of the body's way of healing itself.  They bring weakness, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite and other unpleasant effects, but there are tried and tested ways of dealing with these and afterwards the patient usually feels remarkably well.  During flare-ups large amounts of toxins are eliminated from the body through all the normal channels.
People who undertake the therapy often find that although it takes great commitment and effort, the time on the therapy can provide unexpected opportunities for inner development which they would not have had with other therapies.  And one other crucial benefit is that you will take charge of your own life, health and well-being.