Last week, I received a note from a reader who was responding to my recent post about the “cancer industry turning 41.” Like another reader, she had heard about Gerson Cancer Therapy and wanted to know my thoughts. She wrote:
Hi Jim, Have you watched the DVD, The Gerson Miracle? They’ve been curing cancer for 60 years. It’s on Netflix. I know it sounds incredible but that’s the first move I’d make if I ever get a cancer diagnosis. I think I read where Dr. Campbell did a water fast after exposure to dioxin. What are your thoughts? (gerson.org) Thanks for all you do. Regards, Joyce
In thinking about my response, I considered the career of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Although he operated primarily on cancer patients during his lengthy surgical career, it was with coronary artery disease patients where he has earned most of his fame. Why is that?
As he tells the story, while working as a general surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, he became disenchanted with the conventional treatment paradigm for treating chronic disease like cancer and heart disease. He felt that the medical profession should do more to help the next victim avoid these diseases—instead of treating with the standard surgical, radiation and chemo approach.
So after a decade or so of studying the published medical information that was gathered by many health professionals who’d preceded him by fifty years or more, he reached a conclusion. He became convinced that heart disease could be prevented, slowed, arrested or even reversed—even in older patients. But he wasn’t so sure about cancer and wanted to give himself—and his patients—the best chance of success.
Turned out that he was right as he went on to completely reverse the advanced coronary artery disease in all 17 of the terminally ill patients sent to him by the Cleveland Clinic. And the only thing that he did was change their diet to one of whole, plant-based foods, while keeping their fat consumption below 10% of their calories. But as we all know, reversals of cancer are not nearly as common and not nearly as predictable. With his story in mind, I responded like this:
Hi Joyce, I have watched some of the Gerson videos and notice that Leo just included a couple in his comment today. Like you, I would never subject myself to cancer treatment by conventional methods. Further, I am not likely to be diagnosed with cancer because I quit going to the doctor about ten years ago, except for treating injuries from accidents.
With cancer, I prefer to emphasize the fact that our toxic diet is the leading cause of cancer. But unlike heart disease or type 2 diabetes, cancer is more complicated and more difficult to reverse. As a board member of Colin Campbell’s foundation, I like to follow his lead. He speaks highly of Dr. Max Gerson but didn’t mention him in his book, “The China Study.” That’s probably because, while there have been lots of successful anecdotes, there have been no scientific studies about reversing cancer.
We know much more about what causes it; and also know that it can grow for decades undetected—and in many cases be discovered when it’s simply too late. We must start focusing on the cause and quit “skydiving for the cure.” Be well, Jim
A few of my earlier blogs on this topic
- So now they tell us…about “secondary cancers.”
- My only brother “unsubscribes” from my blog after reading what I said about cancer.
- Cancer survivors are on the rise. Is that good news?
- Focus on “risk factors”— is missing the whole point!
- PSA testing; latest news may open door to “real” prevention.
- Early Detection; then slash, burn and poison…
- The Big C—twice in one week for Warren Buffett
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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