His findings were publicised in reputable medical journals throughout Europe. In 1939 he escaped Hitler’s madness and fled to the USA. However, when he started advocating his Gerson Therapy here, he soon found himself branded a quack. What Gerson did not know was that there were, and still are, huge drug companies making big money from treating cancer.
Effectively blocked from mainstream medical practice, he continued his work by opening a clinic in Mexico. To this day, his daughter, also a doctor, has kept up his therapy with excellent results.
Before I’m ripped to shreds by the anti-Gerson lobby, let me make it clear that I’m not advocating his form of treatment per se. I’m merely using his example to illustrate, once again, what wonderful products we have in our fresh fruit and vegetables. When he practised in Germany, Gerson eagerly listed the tremendous medicinal value of fresh produce – properties known to humanity for thousands of years. It was just that, until the late 1800s, an inability to prolong the ‘shelf life’ of these good things hampered their use.
In a society where everything we eat, touch, use, or in any way consume, is measured and tested, we know there is no shortage of solid scientific evidence to support the nutritional, health and medicinal values of fresh produce.
And many reputable organisations around the world enthusiastically back the generous use of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Most of us can recall our grandmother or mother urging us at a young age to “eat your veggies, they’re good for you”. And most of us probably hated the idea at that time. Our grandmothers and mothers were not trained medical scientists, but they instinctively knew what was good for their children. Many of us should have listened to them more.