Gerson Therapy

Dr. Max Gerson fled socialist Germany in the early 20th century to bring his natural method of healing to the United States. He treated many hundreds of patients –

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primarily those with cancer – and continued to develop and refine his therapy up until his death in 1959, at the age of 78. One of his most famous patients was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, whom Gerson cured of advanced diabetes when Schweitzer was 75. Schweitzer later returned to his African hospital, won the Nobel Prize, and worked past age 90. Schweitzer directly commented about Gerson in his writing, “I see in Dr. Gerson one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine.”

In May of 2005, Dr. Gerson was finally recognized as a pioneer in his field when he was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in Ottawa, Canada. He joined seven other giants of medicine whose seminal work has been influential in the medical and scientific worlds, and are considered pioneers in their respective fields.

One fact always haunted Gerson: It is rare to find cancer, arthritis, or other degenerative diseases in cultures considered “primitive” by Western civilization. Is it because of diet? The fact that degenerative diseases appear in these cultures only when modern packaged foods and additives are introduced would certainly support that idea.

Max Gerson said, “Stay close to nature and its eternal laws will protect you.” He considered that degenerative diseases were brought on by toxic, degraded food, water and air.

What has come to be known as “Gerson Therapy” is really a diet, regenerating the body to health, supporting each important metabolic requirement by flooding the body with nutrients from almost 20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables daily. Most is used to make fresh raw juice, one glass every hour, 13 times per day. We utilize and recommend a ‘modified Gerson approach’ that encompasses a smaller number of juices combined with other therapies listed in this section. Consuming raw, juiced vegetables doubles oxygenation and increases pH; as oxygen deficiency in the blood contributes to many degenerative diseases (and obviously cancer). The metabolism is also stimulated through the addition of thyroid, potassium and other supplements, and by avoiding heavy animal fats, excess animal protein, sodium and other toxins found in processed foods. 

Degenerative diseases render the body increasingly unable to excrete waste materials adequately, commonly resulting in liver and kidney congestion and eventual failure. To prevent this, the Gerson Therapy uses intensive detoxification to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, reactivate the immune system and restore the body’s essential defenses – enzyme, mineral and hormone systems. With generous, high-quality nutrition, increased oxygen availability, detoxification, and improved metabolism, the cells – and the body – can regenerate, become healthy and prevent future illness.

I do not recommend a complete Gerson protocol for many of my patients. The intensity of juicing 13 glasses of juice each day is daunting for most and not always necessary. We recommend a ‘modified Gerson Therapy’ which Gerson die-hards might call heresy. But remember, I have been trained in integrative cancer therapy and utilize many different techniques, not just one. I also have some philosophical problems with my patients tied to a juicer all day long. I never want an ill patient to become so consumed in their healing that they then make healing an idol and destroy their relationships and quality of life they ironically seek to retain. I also want my patients to work, volunteer, and live life for others. Again, there is a reason this book is titled “Stop Fighting Cancer…” I want you to focus less on your cancer and more on LIFE. Balance in everything is the key!


Rife Light Frequency Technology

Possibly the most impressive method of detoxification ever developed, this technology was developed in the 1920s and 1930s by one of the true geniuses of the 20th Century, a microbiologist named Dr. Royal Rife. It involved aiming specific sound frequencies (piggy-backed onto a particular carrier wave for deep penetration) at cancer patients to kill their cancer. The treatment was so easy and non-toxic, it merely involved lying or sitting in front of the light. Documented cancer recoveries that resulted were phenomenal. However, this approach was finally suppressed to the point where it became virtually impossible to find a true Rife Machine that used the exact same technology and specifications of the original creator. Since many machines are being produced today that claim to be authentic, yet are not truly effective, it is important for cancer patients to know about the history and issues revolving around this particular treatment approach (believe me, I’ve tried many!)

The reason why Rife had his clinics shutdown by the AMA and the FDA was because he

was claiming that the light frequency “killed cancer cells.” Though this was his belief at the time (and no one could deny his success rate) it is NOT the current understanding of how light frequency works. We believe that since light is a photon, a particle on a waveform, it has different characteristics than other waveforms. Everything, on a quantum physics level, is made up of energy vibrating at a specific frequency. Bombarding cancer or any other particle (toxins, virus, etc.) with its own frequency simply vibrates it, making it recognizable to one’s own immune system for destruction. Rife technology does not kill cancer, it allows your body to recognize it and do its job in bringing you back to health.  

We recommend the Rife machine to all seriously ill patients. However, the frequencies we program the units with are unique to each person. A Rife machine is NOT magic; it is a tool. Like any tool, it can be used by a skilled craftsman or a weekend mechanic. I prefer that the programs be as specific as possible for the condition the patient is dealing with. We utilize several specialized techniques to determine the programs that we set for patients. Most people have seven different overnight programs and several daytime programs depending on our findings on examinations. I NEVER recommend that the Rife be used exclusive to everything else necessary to achieve optimal health. If a person refuses to change lifestyle habits, follow their diet we layout, and take their specific supplements, the Rife will do little good.

Hoxsey Therapy

Currently, this herbal approach to cancer therapy, involving an internal tonic, a topical salve, and a topical powder, can be obtained in its original form from Mexico. But for decades it was a thriving cancer therapy in the U.S. It was the first widely used non-toxic cancer approach, but was so heavily opposed by the American Medical Association that it was finally forced out of the United States in the 1950’s. Melanomas and lymphomas are considered the best responders to this herbal approach.

Hoxsey Therapy, a mixture of herbs, was first marketed as a purported cure for cancer in the 1920s by Harry Hoxsey, a former coal miner and insurance salesman, and Norman Baker, a radio personality. Hoxsey claimed that he traced the treatment to his great-grandfather, who observed a horse with a tumor on its leg cure itself by grazing upon wild plants growing in the meadow. John Hoxsey gathered these herbs and mixed them with old home remedies used for cancer. Among the claims made in his book, he purports his therapy aims to restore “physiological normalcy” to a disturbed metabolism throughout the body, with emphasis on purgation, to help carry away wastes from the tumors he believed his herbal mixtures caused to necrotize.

Over time, people sought out Hoxsey for the treatment of their cancer and he opened 17 clinics that would eventually be closed by the FDA. Dogged in many states by legal trouble for practicing medicine without a license (he wasn’t a doctor), Hoxsey frequently shut down his clinics and reopened them in new locations. In 1936, Hoxsey opened a clinic in Texas which became one of the largest privately owned cancer centers in the world. At one point in the 1950s, Hoxsey’s gross annual income reached $1.5 million from the treatment of 8,000 patients. No one can doubt the success he had in treating cancer patients and he won the respect of several heavy critics after successfully treating their family members, but Hoxsey made some critical errors. His ego was his downfall. He claimed to ‘cure cancer’ and stuck to his statements of ‘cure’ despite what the AMA and FDA did to shut him up. He may have ‘cured’ many cancer patients but NO ONE can claim a ‘cure’ regardless of how a patient responds. Ego and pride is the downfall of many.

The truth: The Hoxsey formula is a great detoxification tool which we make good use of with many of our patients. One does not need to go to Mexico to utilize Hoxsey protocols.


This was an excerpt from Dr Conners’ book, Stop Fighting Cancer and Start Treating the Cause.

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