Health & ME/CFS

The Problem, The Plan, via Dr Z

So, everyone has their own idea for fibromyalgia, Lyme, etc. You read about supplements, diets, etc., everywhere on the web. Then there’s Dr Z, who has been my rhuematologist for like, I don’t know, ten or eleven years, I guess. So she knows me very well.

I’ve been a problem patient for her – she’s been frustrated that almost everyone else makes a wonderous recovery when they come to her, but not me. We try this, we try that, and nothing works.

For a while now, she’s been talking to me about my being “toxic.” Since 2007. A buildup of toxins in the system causing all kinds of problems, like the migraine I have right this minute. In short, the problem starts in my gut – I have “leaky gut syndrome.” This means that when my body tries to eliminate the normal toxins plus the nasty toxins from the infections I have like Lyme, that my body filters the blood with the liver, and deposits it in the small bowel. Then, it tries to poo it out, but my gut is not functioning correctly. Some of the toxins leak back into my system through the big blood vessels in the GI tract.

Over time, this causes the toxins to build up, and eventually the body has to decide where to put them, since there’s more than can be excreted. So, it deposits the toxins in the fat, causing a person to be unable to lose weight, since to lose the fat would mean releasing the toxins. And in the skin, causing this breakout I have on the back of my arms, for instance. And in the liver and the kidneys, until they get so clogged up they can’t function correctly.

Or something like that. I should have written it down when it was still fresh. It was a 45 minute appointment.

Another problem with my gut is malabsorbption- with all the problems down there, it doesn’t absorb the nutrients from my food correctly. We’ve known that for a long while.

So, the bottom line is that we have to find a way to eliminate the toxins that are built up, as well as new ones that come along.

How you ask? Well…that’s very complicated. In short, by juicing, eating a basically raw food diet which is alkaline (Dr Hattwick was pushing that, also), doing coffee enemas (uck), and progressing to liver flushes and kidney flushes (herbal stuff).

It’s so complicated, in fact, I’m supposed to get two books on the subject –

Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

although this appears to be out of print, but there is a new, updated version with a new title:

The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses

Gerson was a doctor who had problem patients as like me, as well as migraines himself. He finally figured out what was causing it, and how to heal it. In the process, he had a number of patients with cancer, diabetes, and other chronic health problems who were cured simply by following his plan. This plan is now decades old, but it’s still in use today, especially in clinics overseas (Gerson was from Germany). And, too, the FDA wouldn’t allow this kind of clinic in the US, since it’s using food to heal, not drugs.

Here’s a review of the first one that basically explains the concept:

Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

Reviewed by Andrew W. Saul in J Orthomolecular Med, 2007. Vol 22, No 4, p 217-218.

If I were asked to choose the most valuable two pages of any medical book ever written, I would not hesitate to nominate pages 196-197 of Healing the Gerson Way. They present a very concise listing of the full Gerson nutritional therapy as an “Hourly Schedule for Typical Cancer Patients.” These two pages deserve to be (and may already be) among the most photocopied-and-shared documents in alternative medicine. Authors Charlotte Gerson and Beata Bishop also provide additional, modified treatment schedule tables: one for patients who are severely weakened and/or on chemotherapy, and another for nonmalignant patients.

Any preconceptions that the seven-decades-old Gerson approach may be outmoded or inflexible will be put to rest in the second chapter. Long-time students of Gerson will appreciate new additions to the therapy, such as chromium, selenium, and pau d’arco. Chapters 5 and 6, supported by 175 references, discuss how chronic disease is primarily caused by what we do to ourselves. The remainder of the book tells you exactly what you can do about it, with sections on “Restoring the Body’s Defenses,” “Why Does the Gerson Therapy Work,” “Pain Control Without Drugs,” and “Preparing Food and Juices – The Basic Rules.”

It would not be Gerson book without a chapter on coffee enemas. The coffee enema is probably the most controversial, most misunderstood, and, perhaps, most memorable Gerson technique of all. Its purposes are detoxification, liver cleansing, and pain relief. Chapters also explain recommended laboratory tests and discuss non-pharmaceutical medications. I was pleased to see chapters addressing psychological support, necessary household procedures and equipment, and potential “healing reactions,” the Gerson version of the side-effect. A collection of frequently asked questions, and a broad sampling of case histories of recovered patients are also provided. Healing the Gerson Way is carefully supported with citations from the medical literature. Indexing is thorough, including both subject and author indexes.

For those who dread the thought of living on some kind of a health-nut vegetable juice diet, there is more good news. Chapter 28 is entirely made up of recipes, some 80 pages of them. They look good, too: dips, appetizers, sorbet, dressings, numerous soups and salads, grilled vegetables, ratatouille, and desserts. You do not have to be sick to want to eat Gerson-style.

For over thirty years I have recommended the Gerson therapy to persons fighting cancer, and have never once had cause to regret it. This new Gerson manual is the best ever written on the subject: comprehensive, up-to-date, exhaustively referenced, and very well-written. It explains the therapy as it instructs on exactly how to do it yourself. Most importantly, Healing the Gerson Way is about healing chronic diseases other than cancer, including many that are supposedly “hopeless.” Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: There is much more than hope for “terminal” patients: there is Gerson. This is a compendium of knowledge, based on decades of success, that you will want to share with everyone you know.

And, also, I’m supposed to get another book:

Detox for Women by Natalia Rose

Here’s part of a review of this one:

The first section explains the importance of cleaning out on a cellular level and how toxins compromise not only our health but appearance (under-circle eyes, puffiness around the eyes, cellulite, etc). The second section deals with 3 steps to detox: various stages of starving the yeast, making a plan, and gearing up for action and discipline. Part three contains the program: what to eat, what food combinations work (and she has made this very simple!), what to avoid, what to stock up on, etc. There is even a 30-day guide for those that like everything spelled out for them. Part four is filled with recipes.

Part five has all kinds of detox and exercise tips, including handling ten objections of procrastinators. I love the way she handles the “my family doesn’t eat this way” excuse. She tells people to gradually feed the family better food, sneaking it in so they won’t even notice or feel deprived! She does a great job of handling the “but I’m on vacation” excuse as well. This section also dispels many myths, such as the causes of infertility, body odor, cancer, etc, showing that at the root of all dis-ease are toxins. Even the menstrual period is light and breezy when a woman is cleansed, which I discovered very quickly after going raw.

Interspersed throughout the text are real-life testimonials from women whom Natalia has worked with, as well as nice boxed information about various items such as the importance of alkalinity, herbal cleansers, and raw goat cheese.

Then there’s eliminating the damned yeast that keeping coming back no matter what I do (I think the second book has stuff on that), but also likely antifungal meds, antiparisite meds, etc. But we have to get started by healing the gut, detoxing the body, and unstuffing the liver and kidneys.


And, yes, I’ve sort of started…trying to eat better, more raw, though its hard cause I don’t have much appetite. And, yes, I’ve done the coffee enema thing…twice…and didn’t much enjoy the effect. It’s not doing it that’s such a pain, its that it makes my gut actually work, and after years on narcotic pain meds, which shut the gut down, getting it going again is really not pleasant at all. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that!

3 thoughts on “The Problem, The Plan, via Dr Z”

  1. I don’t know where to begin. This must have taken you all night.
    I have constantly urged you to eat better. I feel like what you eat is so important.
    You know I have been kind of a fanatic about what I eat for years. I can’t help but think that is why I have always been as healthy as I am. I haven’t been as careful the past few years, but still eat better than most. So you can see I agree with your changing your diet. Wish we lived closer so I could help more. I know Rhia is a marvelous help, but she needs help to. It is a lot of responsibility for her. We need to get together and discuss how we can all do this together.
    Speaking of food, I just finished making a large pot of vegetable soup, on this rainy day. It isn’t raw but it is nutritious. Let me know what I can do. I really wish I could help.


  2. I’m going to order the books, and read up, and we’ll go from there. The Gerson folks are very specific in the kind of juicer to get, and I don’t know about the Natalia Rose book, what kind they recommend.

    We can also get the movie of “The Gerson Miracle” either on DVD, or by downloading over the internet. I might do an Amazon download on demand, if I can put it on DVD. I’m not clear on how that works.


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