Hope and Despair
Sounds great - but seems impossible
to do the juicing and coffee enemas
Hope and despair is an ever present vicious
thought pattern. Juicing and coffee enemas, etc. will work, but will it work
for me? Treating cancer alternatively is a lot of work and I hate the diet and
the coffee enemas.
How do I know it will work
for me? I am different. I have pain. I will need to change my lifestyle? Is
it worth it? What should I expect?
The decision is yours. The
decision was mine. That is the best and worse position to be in.
It is best because I am in
control of my decisions and the outcome of my decision.
It is the worst because I
can’t blame anyone else for how I feel and what I need to do. I am responsible.
Often it seemed that it would
be easier if someone told me what I had to do and they became responsible for
the decisions that they were making in my behalf.
However in the end I knew that
I had the responsibility for my own decisions and the results of those
A number of people have remarked, within the
first two weeks of the Gerson treatment of juicing and detoxing, that they
cannot “stand” the diet and wish to discontinue it.
They based their opinion on the following
In some cases vomiting
Spasms in the intestines
More gas accumulation than usual
Inability to drink the juices
Difficulties with coffee enemas.
All of the above are symptoms of what Dr.
Gerson call “the reaction period”.
These reactions appear with the present
treatment after from three to six days, and in more difficult cases after eight
to ten days.
It is at this point I found my
hope and beliefs dwindles and fall into a heap of despair. There has to be an
How do I know if this protocol
will work for me? Everything feels and taste awful. Is this worth the fight?
If this is what I am facing – I quit.
This is where my family or
supporters come in and make or break the fight in many families.
Thankfully my husband and
other supporters kept encouraging me to move forward and keep fighting. They
understood the importance of stimulating and strengthening my immune system
while at the same time detoxifying my body.
It is at this point that my
family and friends saved my life. They came alongside of me and encouraged me
to continue. They pushed, prodded, encourage, loved, and prayed.
I know of many families where
this is the point that it is easy for family members to allow and encourage the
loved one to quit and go another route that seems easier.
These “flare ups” recur almost every ten to
fourteen days, and later once a month.
Dr. Gerson found that there was no connection
with menstruation in women. However, in some cases, there is a return of the
menstruation which had already ceased for years. The return occurred after
three to four months of the treatment, with intense spastic pain on both sides
of the lower abdomen.
The tendency is to run to the
doctor to discover the cause. The doctor’s tendency is to blame it on the
juicing and the coffee enemas. They want to get you started on hormonal
What a shock when I was
suddenly faced with menstruation at the age of 55-60 years of age. However, I
can easily say that all “hot flashes” and other symptoms of menopause ceased.
My body was becoming healthy
and able to function properly.
Eventually I again stopped
menstruating with my hormones working correctly giving me more energy as well as
physical and emotional health.
As far as the regular “reaction periods” are
concerned, Gerson observed that some individuals may vomit some bile with an
Dr. Gerson found this common in his patients.
This bile, flowing out of the common duct, causes some spasms in the duodenum or
the upper small intestines, and flows over into the stomach, producing
Reluctance to food
Reluctance to juices.
At such times individuals need large
quantities of peppermint tea, served with some brown sugar and a bit of lemon.
They may drink one to two quarts of this
peppermint tea a day. Some individuals consume as much as four quarts in 24
These masses of peppermint tea wash out the
accumulation of bile from their stomach and duodenum. The peppermint tea
assists in relieving the individual of stomach spasms and permits them to resume
the intake of juices and administration of coffee enemas.
The juices may be mixed with gruel (thin
oatmeal). Individuals often refused to eat cooked food, but will eat raw grated
apples, mashed bananas, applesauce, etc. Such a “flare up” may last from one to
After a “flare up,” individuals often feel
normal circulation resumes,
the yellowish color with an occasional
tinge of jaundice, which sometimes is noticed on the sclera of the eyes at
these periods, disappears, and
individuals are able to eat and drink
With the present treatment, and with more
frequent enemas, the “flare up” period for the most part is reduced to 24 hours,
and in rare cases, to two days.
The first “flare up” is the most violent one
and is usually accompanied by
The individual often wants to remain in bed.
This is when many want to quit
and throw in the towel feeling like it isn’t working, they are sicker and
The family often agrees and it
takes great self-discipline and belief to get past this time period.
As one decides it is time to return to the
traditional medicine or another alternative method it is often suggested to back
off or quit the Gerson protocol.
Indeed this is often the time of serious
decision making for many people.
Dr. Gerson found that subsequent “flare ups”
became less violent and had a shorter duration. “Flare ups” can be made more
bearable by more coffee enemas.
Some individuals increase the number of their
coffee enemas by themselves, some taking as many as eight to ten or twelve in 24
There is a feeling of great relief after each
coffee enema. Dr. Gerson discovered that some of the individuals
These symptoms persist a little longer than
other symptoms. The aromatic acids eliminated during theses reactions are so
intense they may form chemical compounds with the paint of the walls and
ceilings of the bathroom and bedroom. These compounds cannot be removed by soap
and water or other cleaning methods. The room often has to be repainted.
At the beginning of the treatment individuals
assume that these are allergic reactions and refer to them as such in their
reports to physicians.
Some claim that they never could stand orange
juice; others say they could never take even a small piece o apple, and still
others claim they could never stand tomatoes or peaches, prior to the treatment.
Dr. Gerson discovered that laboratory analysis
shows a trace of albumin and a greater amount of sodium in the urine during the
reaction periods. He found that the blood count showed;
a relatively higher number of leukocytes,
(up to 12,000 – 18,000) and an increase in lymphocytes if the lymphocyte
count was abnormally low before, or
a light decrease in the lymphocytes if the
lymphocyte count was abnormally high before.
The detoxification during the reaction periods
gives the individuals a great psychological relief. Generally after a few days
the person will loose their fears and depressions, and demand to get out of
Their feelings of well being is supported by
conversation with other individuals who report similar favorable effects after
these “flare ups.”
I was doing the Gerson
protocol in my home. It was during this time that I relied on the reading of
the Gerson books and other similar books to understand that these “flare ups”
are normal and expected.
I also subscribed to a
newsletter of individuals that were following the Gerson Protocol.
I listened to How God heals
tapes, healing music and positive thinking.
Dr. Gerson found that clinically,
these “flare ups” are favorable reactions and should be regarded as part of the
I had to choose who I was
going to believe and trust.
I chose to trust God and his
creation of my body. I understood the ability of my body to restore itself if I
gave it plenty of juices and helped my body rid itself of toxins.