Gerson Basics

How to get started:

  • Read Healing the Gerson Way
  • Establish your Gerson protocol
  • Find medical supervision
  • Get help at home
  • Purchase organic food
  • Obtain supplies and equipment
  • Set-up your home
  • Practice makes perfect
  • Makes a daily schedule

Recruit Ongoing help in your home

  • Hire an ongoing caregiver
  • Get volunteers (from church, neighbors, etc.)
  • Message board at health food stores
  • Place an ad in local health magazine
  • Contact culinary schools, acupuncture and holistic health programs

Home Set-up trainer

  • Will come to your home
  • Help you get started correctly
  • Can be vital to success of your treatment at home
  • They do not give medical advice
  • Teaches your helper

Purchase equipment

  • 2-step juicer
  • Second refrigerator
  • Cookware
  • Food mill
  • Water Purifier

Purchase Enema Supplies

  • Enema Kit
  • Organic medium or light roasted organic coffee (not green)
  • Lubricant
  • Pads or towel
  • Set up your enema area
  • Bench, mat or rug

Purchase Supplements

Create Timeline or Daily Schedule

  • Make enema solution
  • Clean produce
  • Make meals
  • Make and drink juices
  • Do enemas
  • Eat meals
  • Make gruel and tea(s)

Paradigm Shift

  • Everything is toxic
  • Can be difficult to hear at first
  • Change mindset
  • Don’t want new toxins
  • Start with simple things
  • Replace things one at a time
  • Ways to protect yourself-simple
  • Optional things

Set-up Kitchen

  • It is best to put the juicer next to the sink for ease at clean-up. Also to put trash can to get rid of the juice pulp. Label things that you will use. You can also post the recipes rind behind your juicer. Post your daily schedule as well.


  • New vinyl flooring
  • New cabinets
  • No pressure cookers
  • Teflon and aluminum cookware
  • Dish and dishwasher soap
  • Tile and floor cleaners


  • BPA-estrogenic chemical (can linings)
  • BPA free-72% synthetic estrogens
  • Worst #3-PVC #7- Styrofoam and #6
  • Better- #1,2,4,5


  • Bring mug/container
  • Use glass containers
  • Don’t use plastic utensils or storage containers

Microwave Ovens

Microwave cooked food:

  • Molecular damage
  • Weakens immune system
  • Exposure to electromagnetic radiation

Water Purifiers

  • If you have fluoride added to your water, use a water distiller with a carbon block filter, or purchase distilled water
  • If you do not have added fluoride you can use a reverse osmosis system with a carbon block filter.

Fluoride Hazards

  • Sodium silicoflouride and hydrofuorosilic acid
  • By products of steel, cement, aluminum and nuclear weapons processing
  • Skeletal fluorosis- arthritis, joint pain
  • Bone fracture
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Brain damage/impairment
  • Other health effects


  • Vaporizes water
  • Condenses steam back into water
  • Removes minerals, bacteria, viruses and chemicals with higher boiling point than water

Reverse Osmosis

  • Water pushed through semi-permeable membrane
  • Block particles larger than water molecules
  • Does not remove chlorine, VOCs, trihalomethanes

Carbon Filter

  • Activated carbon chemically bonds with contaminants
  • Some remove only chlorine, others more
  • Does not remove inorganic pollutants (fluoride, arsenic, lead)
  • Often combined with a distiller or reverse osmosis unit

Other Water Filtration System

  • Bone Char
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceramic
  • Ion Exchange
  • Mechanical Filters
  • Ozone
  • UV (Ultraviolet)
  • Water Softeners

Assess your Water

  • Contaminants
  • Disinfectants- chlorine and chloramine
  • Disinfectant by-products- trihalomethanes
  • Microorganisms – bacteria, viruses
  • Organic Chemicals – VOC’s
  • Inorganic Chemicals- fluoride, metals
  • Radionuclides-radon

Which filtration system to use?

  • Select system that removes the contaminants you have
  • Ask companies for independent third party test results
  • Then- retest the water
  • If you have added fluoride in your water, use a water distiller
  • If no added fluoride, can use reverse osmosis

Filter Location

Whole House

  • Carbon block/reverse osmosis
  • Distiller won’t work

Under Sink

  • All of them


  • Distiller won’t work
  • Removes chlorine

Alkaline Water

  • Not water filters- do not remove chlorine, fluoride, contaminants
  • Gerson diet is highly alkaline
  • Gerson patients do not drink water for their beverage

Personal Care Items- Cautions

  • Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth
  • Bypass detoxifying liver enzymes
  • 10,500 products in North America

Personal Care Items

Replace Remove
Toothpaste Deodorant
Shampoo Lotion
Conditioner Perfume
Soap Make-up
Shaving cream Hair Coloring
  Nail Polish
*No baking soda or sodium  


  • Trade secrets
  • Chemicals, carcinogens, including formaldehyde and hormone disrupters
  • Natural fragrance

Important Note

  • There is a website that is environmental working group skin deep


Body Products Solution

  • Make your own products
  • Shampoo- distilled water, castille soap, small amount of jojoba oil (can add aloe vera gel and glycerin for dry hair
  • Use safe products
  • Toothpaste- Weleda children’s tooth gel

Other Body Products Resources

  • Small companies like Etsy
  • Farmers market
  • The Safe Shopper’s Bible – David Steinman
  • Toxic Beauty – Samuel S. Epstein, MD
  • The Story of Cosmetics- YouTube video

Bathroom- Cautions

  • Tile and tub
  • Drain
  • Toilet Bowl
  • Mirrors
  • Floor
  • Air freshener
  • Avoid new plastic shower curtain (PVC/phthalates)
  • Green products

Cleaning Supplies Hazards

  • ½ tested harmed lungs
  • 1 in 7 asthma exacerbated
  • If you can smell it, it can affect you

Hazardous ingredients

  • Hydrochloric acid (Drain cleaners)
  • Nitrobenzene (furniture polish)
  • Bleach and ammonia
  • Formaldehyde as preservative

Cleaning Solutions

  • Make your Own
  • Window cleaner-  2 tsps. White vinegar with 1-quart warm water
  • Furniture polish- 2 parts olive with 1-part lemon juice
  • Floor cleaner- 1 cup white vinegar, 2 gallons hot water
  • Buy safe products
  • All purpose cleaners (Bon Ami cleanser and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap)
  • Bathroom cleaners (Green shield organic toilet bowl cleaner and Seventh Generation Natural tub and tile cleaner)

Living Room

  • Remodeling
  • New carpeting
  • Carpet cleaning
  • New furniture
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Fireplace
  • Extermination

(Solutions: Floor models, dry carpet cleaning)

Bedroom – Cautions

  • New furniture and mattress
  • Furniture polish and floor cleaner
  • New paint (VOCs)
  • Attached garage
  • Cordless phones or cell phones charging

Bedroom light

  • Light disrupts circadian rhythms and melatonin production
  • Night lights- red bulb
  • Avoid bright screens – 2 to 3 hours before bed


  • Dry cleaning
  • Formaldehyde
  • Blue and black
  • Pre-shrunk, anti-cling, water proof, no iron
  • Acrylic fiber


  • Hand wash, air out drycleaning
  • Organic fibers- cotton, hemp, flax, silk, wool
  • Avoid polyester, acetate blend, dark colors

Bedroom- EMFs

  • Alternating current- disruption of cells
  • Electric field suppress melatonin production and deep stage 4 sleep
  • Wiring in walls

Bedroom EMF Solutions

  • Do not use waterbed, heating pad, electric blanket
  • Bed 6-8 feet away from electrical fields
  • Unplug lamps, clocks near bed
  • Turn off circuit breaker
  • Battery operated clock


  • Laptops- grounding methods (battery mode, 3 pronged plug)
  • Shielded Ac power chord
  • Move away from body

EMF (Radio frequency field exposure)

  • Wi-Fi routers
  • Cordless phones
  • Cell phones –  worse inside of cars
  • Headset with plastic air tubes

Outdoor Pollution

  • Cell phone towers
  • Radio and TV broadcast towers
  • High voltage power lines
  • Pesticides
  • Air pollution


  • Free electrons from the earth transfer to the body
  • Stand/sit/walk barefoot on the ground
  • Earthing products – “barefoot substitute”
  • Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? By Clint Ober (

Plants that clean the air

  • Philodendron
  • Spider Plant
  • Ferns
  • Peace Lily

Cost Estimates        

  • 2-Weeks at the clinic: $11, 000
  • Juicer: Norwalk: $2,400 New
  • Champion/Press: $600
  • Produce for one month – Est. $600-$1000
  • Coffee (5lbs) : $38
  • Water Purifier: Distiller- $500 or RO Unit- $300
  • Miscellaneous: tea, clay, castor oil: $50
  • Supplements for 3 months: Est. $1000


  • Purchase equipment and supplies
  • Kitchen set-up
  • Get help in the home
  • Remove/replace indoor pollution and toxins
  • Water filtration and air purification
  • Electro magnetic fields