The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it.
Have you heard of Dr. Max Gerson, the health pioneer ? His story is something straight out of a movie, but his treatment for disease is pretty impressive. Max Gerson (1881-1959) was a German physician who fled to the United States during Hitler’s holocaust. Barely escaping, he came to the United states in 1936 to practice medicine, only to watch helplessly as many extended family members were killed in concentration camps.
I have read a lot about his therapies, which include a lot of fresh juices, and it was his book that convinced me that juicing was a great thing to add to my diet. I started adding cultured foods to my juices, but before I get into that I want to tell you all that he went through to bring his treatments of healing to the world.
Max Gerson was the personal physician to Albert Einstein as well as being the personal physician to medical doctor and missionary, Albert Schweitzer. Schweitzer believed that Gerson’s diet therapy cured him of adult-onset diabetes and cured his wife of tuberculosis. Max spent most of his life researching and creating a treatment that he claimed put an end to all the major diseases of the 20th century. In the mid-1940’s, he decided to tell everybody about his treatments. In an effort to prove that his therapies worked, he took five successfully cured “incurable” cancer patients to visit Congress. The AMA and Big Pharma went on the attack and said his claims were invalid.
he was poisoned and his manuscript stolen
While writing down all his research and putting it into a book, he was poisoned and his manuscript stolen. Using his own therapy, he was able to survive the arsenic poisoning only to scratch out the book again as there were no copy machines at that time. He was then poisoned yet again with a massive dose of arsenic and was dead within the year. The establishment claimed he died of lung cancer. But his daughter, Charlotte, claimed there were no tumors on his lungs and there was arsenic detected in his urine after he complained of stomach cramps upon drinking his afternoon coffee. There is forensic evidence to support her claim and she said his weakened condition was from ingesting arsenic at his 77 years of age which simply precipitated a lung infection. His daughter has carried on his legacy, published his book, and founded the Gerson Institute which helps many to this day.
walking in the food steps of those who came before me
The National Cancer Institute evaluated Gerson’s claims and concluded that his data showed no benefit from his treatment although hundreds of people claim the opposite. Whatever actually took place in all these conspiracy theories, I think there is much to learn from Max Gerson. I am grateful that he convinced me to start adding fresh juices to my family’s diet along with my own addition of cultured foods. Although he didn’t add fermented foods, his diet is full of prebiotics (food for bacteria) in the form of massive fruits and vegetables which essentially change your microbiome.
His theory states that “Ultimately, once the body, including the intestinal tract, is cleansed and nourished properly, healthy gut flora will be restored.” Of course, this was before the explosion of people taking antibiotics in excess. I have added cultured foods to my juices to further help the body restore itself and found it’s a terrific combination of enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and tons of vitamins and minerals. Walking in the food steps of those who came before me led me to find cultured foods. I think there is good in everybody and I think Max has wisdom to impart. In a day and age where everyone is preaching what you shouldn’t eat, I am surprised we can find anything to eat anymore! I believe so much in the body’s ability to be well. Whatever healing or wellness modality you believe in, do it with all your heart. Take the journey to wellness and find out for yourself what works for you, and then share it with others who are seeking what you have. You can decide for yourself by making fresh juices with added cultured foods and let your body guide you. It’s your best teacher.
My daughter Holli is obsessed with the musical Into the Woods. Every morning when I hand her a glass of green juice she starts singing these lyrics from the movie, “Greens, greens, nothing but greens; Parsley, peppers, cabbages, and celery, Asparagus and watercress and Fiddleferns and lettuce!” She cracks me up! We’ve been having fresh green juices for breakfast every morning with a song, and my Holli loves it. Which, let me tell you, is a big deal. Holli and her father are super picky eaters and I can cram all kinds of good ingredients in their morning juices and they drink it up! If you have a picky eater who doesn’t like cultured foods, then juicing and adding cultured foods is a godsend. You can pack all kinds of goodness and probiotics into one drink, and they will begin to crave it and ask for it. It’s pretty simple, you just pick some fresh veggies and a fruit along with a spoonful of cultured veggies and a little kombucha and you have one heck of a powerful drink. Tons of veggies and fruits plus probiotics, it’s a great way to start your day. I crave it now and I love that I can use up extra produce before it goes bad by juicing it with some cultured foods in the mix as well. Your picky eater will love it, too.
Do you want to know what juicer I use and why? I spent weeks looking for one and finally decided on this one. Click here: Donna’s Juicer.
A big thanks to Max Gerson who is long gone but left his mark on this world, so I could find it, use it, and make my life better. I love pioneers – they inspire me to do my best.