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.
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.
from degenerative diseases almost always have difficulty properly digesting and
This can be a result of
malfunction of the
a decrease in
stomach acid production,
or a variety of
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
In the individuals Gerson
treated, he found it necessary to find ways of dramatically increasing
absorption of nutrients in order to
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
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
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
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
Dr. Gerson felt strongly
that these types of juicers were the only acceptable choice for cancer
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.
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.
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.
These types of juicers are by far the most common and generally the least
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
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
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 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
Citrus juicers are reamer-type juicers used to juice orange and grapefruit
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
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
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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