Juicers & Juicing –

For Dramatically Increased Healing

And Destroying the Cancer Cells

The type of juicer, according to Gerson decidedly affects the concentration of the nutrients of juicing needed to treat cancer alternatively.  See overview of the different types of juicers.


An excellent way to get high-quality nutrients and enzymes for help in the cancer recovery process is making and drinking home-made fresh juices.


Juicing enables both necessary detoxification and maximal nutritional input from live foods. Dr. Gerson recommends the Norwalk Juicer.


Juicing on the Gerson Therapy is a critical aspect of the regimen providing most of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals and other nutrients essential to healing along with adequate fluid intake.


Treating cancer alternatively recognized the work and effectiveness of the Gerson therapy.  Many inquired as to why chose such a time consuming protocol as the Gerson Therapy.


My answer was it had the best and most effective proven success rate.  I also considered the pain and time consumed in recovering from surgery, chemo and radiation treatment.  Both methods would take time and energy. Strengthening my body through juicing and detoxification made more sense than weakening my body through the medical treatments. 


I chose to trust that my body would heal itself in treating cancer alternatively with the different natural options. 


In treating cancer alternatively, we are often asked why individuals cannot simply eat the foods instead of making them into juices.  In juicing there is no fiber content to the juice, and invariably some nutrition is lost in the juicing process.


Part of the answer can be found in the fact that the typical Gerson Therapy person will ingest thirteen 8 ounce glasses - about 104 ounces of juice daily!  


This tremendous influx of liquid provides the nutritional equivalent of almost seventeen pounds of food a day. It is then obvious that the consumption of that quantity of food on a daily basis would be impossible.


A secondary reason for the use of juices has to do with absorption and utilization of all of the nutrients found in the foods from which the juices are made.


In treating cancer alternatively we took the time to compute the nutritional value of the juices consumed daily. 


Individuals suffering from degenerative diseases almost always have difficulty properly digesting and absorbing food.


This can be a result of

  • toxicity,

  • malfunction of the digestive system,

  • a decrease in stomach acid production,

  • or a variety of other causes.


This digestive weakness is the same reason that many individuals have difficulty digesting and absorbing vitamin and mineral supplements in pill or capsule form. With the increased juicing whole food organic vitamin and mineral supplements became an added benefit. 


Many will dispute the need for additional supplementation.  However remember that in treating cancer alternatively we are strengthening our immune system to fight mutated cancer cells.  We need only to choose the right whole food organic supplements.  As we drink the juices with the added supplementation, our body is able to take and use what is needed to balance itself.


In the individuals Gerson treated, he found it necessary to find ways of dramatically increasing absorption of nutrients in order to

  • effect healing, and

  • attain the remissions and cures of the otherwise terminal cases that he treated.


Dr. Gerson’s clinical experimentation showed that fresh juice from raw foods provided the easiest and most effective way of providing high quality nutrients and most importantly, produced the best clinical results. It was during this experimentation that he discovered that the Norwalk Juicer produced the best results.

In treating cancer alternatively, Dr. Gerson continue to evaluate the effects of juicers on the juices, considering other juices and juice products and look for ways to both enhance the healing process and minimize hardship in the practice of the therapy.


As yet, the Gerson protocol has not found any way to reduce substitute or eliminate any of the juices or the necessity of preparing them fresh at the time of consumption.


In treating cancer alternatively we are reluctant to make changes without a complete understanding of the underlying processes.


It is difficult to justify risking my life for the sake of experimentation when we have a protocol that has been extremely effective in treating and healing degenerative diseases including many types of cancer.

Questions also arise about the functions of the juice in the healing process, the choice of the specific juices, the way in which they are used and the necessity of making the juices fresh and even the type of juicers that are used.


During the course of Gerson's thirty years of clinical practice, his therapy changed considerably. A review of the case files for each of the cases he treated reveals considerable variation over the life span of his developing treatment regimen in the juicers, as well as the quantity, volume, and type of juices prescribed.


Over the years, many patients have successfully used nothing more than Norwalk juicers and the single table of juices and medications published in Gerson's book A Cancer Therapy as a roadmap to healing.


While most treatment protocols prescribed by Gerson physicians will follow the revised guidelines in this book, individuals under the care of experienced Gerson physicians may see their "juice prescription" changed in response to blood results, healing reaction responses, or other symptoms.


Severely damaged or weakened patients often require changes in the medications and juices on an almost daily basis during the first weeks of the treatment.

In treating cancer alternatively, we do not clearly understand the process of exactly how the Norwalk juicers and juices enhance healing, except for the obvious vitamin, mineral, enzyme, and trace mineral supplementation they provide.


The nutrient supplementation alone is probably not enough to explain why there is a different between juices consumed immediately after preparation and those consumed several hours later.


Clearly, oxidation causes loss of certain vitamins and enzymes. There has been much discussion of the enzyme activity in the juices when they are fresh, and the importance of these enzymes in numerous biochemical functions.


Many types of juicers destroy the important enzymes needed in reversing cancer.  It is the enzymes that the body needs to begin the healing process.


Yet, as any biology student knows, the enzymes are immediately destroyed on contact with stomach acid. What makes the difference in healing response between the fresh juice and the hours-old juice?


One possibility is that some of the enzymes present in the fresh juice are absorbed directly in the mucous membranes in the mouth and esophagus, before reaching the stomach.


This theory is born out by the observation that patients fed through a naso-gastric or stomach tube do not respond favorably to the Gerson Therapy.


Another possibility, from the esoteric medical literature (dealing with human and plant energies) is that there is a form of plant "vital force" present in the juices when freshly made, and that this "vital force" affects the individual, and promotes healing at the energetic, or physic, level rather than at the cellular/biochemical level.


In the Dr. Gerson studies they have little evidence to support either assumption but we don't want to rule out any possibility that gives us greater understanding.


In addition to the nutritional supplementation, the juices also serve, by virtue of their high liquid content, to help in flushing the kidneys.


However the process occurs, it is important to recognize that the healing that comes as a results of the intake of fresh juices from the Norwalk juicers are consistent, and has been validated.


That, along with the long-term positive outcomes that treating cancer alternatively, regularly observe, is, in our opinion, enough reason to follow Gerson's original directives in this regard.


Dr. Gerson believed that the method of juice extraction decidedly affects the concentration of those nutrients. This has been demonstrated through the analysis of juices produced by each type of juicers, and the clinical results experienced by individuals using each type of juicers provide further support for Gerson's recommendations.

The following types of juicers are currently being manufactured:

Triturator/Press Combination Juicers

These types of juicers have two separate components, a grinder to grind the vegetable into a fine, moist pulp and a hydraulic press to extract the juice of the vegetable from the pulp by squeezing it under high pressure (as much as 2,000 PSI).


Dr. Gerson felt strongly that these types of juicers were the only acceptable choice for cancer individuals.


Dr. Gerson recommended mixing the pulp of different vegetables together thoroughly before pressing to enhance the extraction of certain nutrients.


This, of course, is only possible with juicers that separate the grinding and pressing functions. Research in this area, indicates that juice produced by the grinder [triturator]/press juicers may be as much as 50 times higher in certain essential nutrients than other juicers.

Also, the juice itself is much fuller and richer tasting that that produced by other types of juicers, and is free of pulp.


Generally, this type of juicer will produce 25-50% more than other juicers from the same amount of raw produce, and even more when extracting from leafy vegetables.

This type of juicer combination tends to be large and heavy, usually of all steel and/or stainless steel construction. It is also generally more expensive than other types of juicers, ranging in price from $800 to $2200. To our knowledge, there are only three companies, Norwalk, Welles and K&K, who currently manufacture these types of juicers.


More than 80% or Gerson patients choose grinder/press juicers for their therapy.


In treating cancer alternatively, we chose to invest in the Norwalk juicer.  It was the most expensive investment, however we realized with the passing of time the juicer paid for itself by the amount of juices and the saving of produce waste. 


I needed the nutrients and the enzymes.  For me the cost of the juicers was small when I considered the cost of other medical treatments not covered by insurance.

Masticating Juicers


These types of juicers grind the vegetables and extract the juice in one step.


These juicers are generally not as heavy duty as the grinder/press juicers. They produce a fairly good quality of juice, although it comes high in vegetable pulp and separates more readily than the juice produced from two-step juicers.


A study treating cancer alternative have seen indicates that juice produced from masticating juicers is richer in nutrients than that from centrifugal juicers (which should not be used), but not as rich as that from grinder/press juicers.



Some reports indicate that masticating juicers can produce a very high heat inside the grinding chamber that may be damaging to the juice.


Some patients have successfully combined masticating juicers and a separate hydraulic press to produce a juice much closer in quality in the grinder/press juicers but at a much lower cost.


Manufacturers of masticating juicers include Champion and Green Power. Gerson individuals can use the Champion as a grinder only in conjunction with the Welles or K&K press. Prices range from about $250 to $700.

Centrifugal Juicers

These types of juicers are by far the most common and generally the least expensive juicers.


Unfortunately for the individual suffering from a degenerative disease, they are also the least desirable.


The centrifugal juicers work by pushing the vegetable against a rotating disc whose teeth reduce it to pulp. Centrifugal force then throws the pulp against a basket screen through which the juice is strained, while the pulp remains.


There are several problems with these juicers. First, these juicers do not grind produce, particularly green, as finely as other juicers.


Also, centrifugal force is less effective than the pressing action of other juicers in extracting juice.


Without the pressing action, many minerals and phytochemicals in the pulp remain in the pulp, so that the juice that is rendered is less rich in healing nutrients as opposed to the grinder/press or masticating juicers.


Gerson describes another problem with centrifugal juicers: "When the grinding wheel rotates against a resistance with insufficient access of air, positive electricity is produced and induces negative electricity on the surrounding wall.

The exchange of positive and negative [ions] kills the oxidizing enzymes and renders the juice deficient."


He goes on to say that in his many years of clinical experience, individuals who used centrifugal juicers did not have success with the cancer therapy.


We have some indications that the enzyme deficiency problem may be present only in centrifugal juicers with a vertical wall basket (such as the original Acme Juicers available in Gerson's lifetime) and not with the angled wall juicer baskets such as those found in newer centrifugal juicers (Juiceman, Braun, Hamilton-Beach and others).


Even if this is the case, however, we must still contend with the overall lack of nutrients and reduced quantity of juice when compared with juice produced by other types of juicers.

Wheatgrass Juicers

Wheatgrass juicers are small, specialized machines designed specifically to extract the chlorophyll-rich juice of wheatgrass. We generally do not use wheatgrass on the Gerson Therapy, as most individuals find it to be extremely harsh on the stomach.


In addition, the desirable components in wheatgrass are also found in the Gerson green leaf juice.

Citrus Juicers

Citrus juicers are reamer-type juicers used to juice orange and grapefruit juice.

A Note About Juicers

Any juicer is better than no juicer at all.


Even centrifugal juicers will provide more nutrients than could be consumed in the equivalent quantity of produce.


For many individuals, however, the choice of an appropriate juicer can be a life-or-death matter.


In treating cancer alternatively we have observed a number of cases in which patients rigorously following the Gerson Therapy with centrifugal juicers did not see either reduction in tumor masses or healing cancer reactions even after many weeks.


When these individuals switched to grinder/press juicers, healing reactions occurred rapidly, and several individuals saw dramatic improvement in their condition. While these observations were not part of a controlled study, they clearly point to the quality of juicers selected as a major factor in the individual's cancer progress.

Also, when considering investment in juicers, bear in mind the higher-priced grinder/press juicers produces more juice and nutrients from less produce than other types of juicers. In this way, given the quantity of produced used by the Gerson individual, the more expensive juicer will probably pay for itself in less than a year.   


With cancer and other debilitating diseases, the need for nutrients and living enzymes in juicing is extremely important for the healing and strengthening the immune system.  The body will heal.

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