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Gerson Diet, Hippocrates Soup, Raw Juice Recipe, Romaine Smoosh (Smoothie)

[Previously UPDATED OCTOBER, 2011]

A Summary of the Gerson Regimen and Treatment Program
(See collection of Charlotte Gerson’s books at bottom of this post)

The Gerson Diet is credited with curing many people from terminal diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, arthritis, allergies, ulcers, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, mental disease, kidney disease, Multiple Sclerosis.

Hippocrates Soup Recipe | Raw Juice Recipe & Ingredients | Romaine Green Drink (Smoosh) Smoothie Recipe (Blender Drink)

Hippocrates Soup - Gerson Diet - Cdin Recipe
For the recipe, click HERE.


Dr. Max Gerson is likely one of the most honorable and generous physicians in the history of medical science. Risking his renowned reputation and the approval of his esteemed colleagues, he sacrificed unendingly to heal his patients of seemingly hopeless, terminal disease. And, with this great sacrifice, where others failed, he succeeded.

Through sheer will and unfailing determination, he discovered a working cure for the most desperate cancer cases; cases in which the patient had been left berefit of any hope of recovery.

His treatment involved a strict natural and organic diet along with precise nutrientional supplementation. Below, one will find details regarding his regimen.

He also cleansed the digestive tract of his heavily detoxing patients with enemas. These enemas helped eliminate the huge quantity of toxins contained with the body with the use of coffee, which stimulated the liver to hasten the excretion of heavily toxin-laden bile. This bile contains harmful cancer wastes and byproducts that could flood and overload the system causing extreme illness and eventually, death.

[Note: Coffee enemas do not generally cause the same reaction as that of coffee taken orally.]

Often, cancer patients excreted such toxins as to require the repainting of the patient’s room, due to the acidic and highly caustic nature of these eliminations.

Doctor Gerson met with great success using his health regimen. Not only was he able to cure previously diagnosed terminal cancer, but also migraine, tuberculosis, diabetes, arthritis, allergies, ulcers, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, mental disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis along with a host of other health concerns and issues.

Personal Testimony Story By Elle

We watched a personal friend go into remission from terminal cancer when he switched to the Gerson Diet. We also watched our friend’s German Shepherd recover from cancer when she was put on a slightly revised regimen. I personally watched my health drastically change for the better through the years while using this diet.

The truth is, this diet once saved my life when the medical community could find no cure and said my case was hopeless.

Over the years, I’ve seen what seems like a million cures, a million products, a million protocols and healing modalities. And it seems as though I’ve made a stab at them all in some form or another.

Actually, I experimented with quite a few having been sickly since birth it seems…

A number of these cures have worked to one small degree or another, but then, my illnesses would quickly return.

So – which to use consistently? It came down to several things – which was the easiest and least expensive.

There was only one that worked unfailingly. This was the Gerson raw food diet.

But there were a few other important contributions to healing:

1. Having friends care and pray for you.
2. Having positive energy from friends and loved ones around you, giving back same. I am finding that the support is vital.
3. Eating raw organic fruits, veggies.
4. Blending up Romaine Smoosh with Apples and a carrot or two with fresh natural apple juice and natural alkaline mineral water. (I believe this is good when mildly ill, not seriously ill, which requires juicing)

BUT – IMPORTANTLY – for the best healing, I have found that it is IMPERATIVE to use fresh raw juices from a true juicer rather than blender or other device. (See important update note below)

[UPDATE NOTE: Some people do receive benefit when using a blender. The fruit and vegetables are blended quickly and the juice is pressed using a pressing device, either squeezed from a cheesecloth wrap or bag, or through a sieve. There is hope even when funds are limited and one cannot afford expensive equipment at first.

Our greatest success occurred with the Champion juicer. We have also used the Omega single auger juicer and the Green-life Green-star twin-gear juicer. All juicers are excellent. Charlotte Gerson recommends the Norwalk juicer which is very expensive. However, she also recommends the Champion juicer if the pulp is simply ground and then cloth-squeezed using a separate vegetable press. Many people have succeeded using a number of various juicers, but if at all possible, following Charlotte’s advice as closely as possible is likely to be most beneficial.

Re: the Champion Juicer
The Champion Juicer tears the vegetable matter with grated teeth, opening the cell walls causing juice and valuable pulp-like factors to be released. What we found particularly valuable was one of the larger Champion screens that allowed the vital pectin and rich material to be expressed into the juice.

Many of the other juicers seem to use a fine screen only. We found this juice to be less rich. Although we have the Omega and Greenlife juicers as well, we are considering also getting another Champion simply because of the thicker screen. The Champion also comes with a fine screen. We have not used the vegetable press, as it is quite costly.

Dr. Gerson was adamant about the importance of using pure, raw, organic expressed juice rather than blended beverages, smoothies or “smooshed” type drinks.

Again, a number of people have told us that quickly blending using the Blendtec, Vitamix or Oster blenders have been very helpful. The more quickly one blends, the less negative effect the blending will have on the resultant drink. The faster blenders can pulp vegetables within 15-30 seconds.

The reason blending is usually contraindicated is because blending blade rotation creates an electro-magnetic energy field that can inhibit enzyme activity (more about this, below). Long blending may be more destructive than short blending. We recommend always blending for the shortest period possible, while still getting a fine pulp.

Blending the Gerson recipes usually requires the addition of liquid such as water. According to Dr. Gerson, water need not be taken due to the large quantities of juice required. Again, Dr. Gerson dealt with the most grievously sick cancer cases; cases which often, were absolutely considered hopeless beyond recourse. Again, a number of people have received huge benefit with blending.]

5. Blending a mixture of fresh, organic vegetables in a press or grinding juicer such as a Norwalk or Green juicer
6. The full Gerson Diet – Please refer to the Gerson A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases (Amazon)


If someone is very ill, Dr. Gerson HIGHLY recommended that they use pure Gerson juices from a juicer proper and not a blender to make their juices and juice drinks.

The reason is because blenders, liquifiers, juice mixers or masters and centrifugal juicers generate a electro-magnetic current that destroys the efficacy of vital active enzymes. So the Blender Drink recipe below is for those who might want health improvement rather than expect a curing of a very serious illness.

The best juicers are those that use slow grinding without generating any excess heat. The Green Star juicer’s rotating grinders have special magnetic cores that create a special field which enhances the uptake of vital nutrients into the juices from the ground fruits and vegetables. Other great juicers include the Norwalk. This Norwalk is a two process juicer, a grinder and a press. The Champion juicer uses a fast spinning tearing mechanism.

However, any juicer is better than not juicing at all, and in fact, many people have accounts of successful results irregardless of the juicer used.

Dr. Gerson’s patients were considered the acutely ill and terminal at best – the “worst of the worst” in terms of prognosis, and thus, he was forced to use the most optimal conditions and methods to brings them back to health.


Romaine Green Drink (Smoosh) Recipe for Rejuvenation and Rebuilding

More Smoothie Resources
Best General Healing and Rejuvenation Smoothie Recipe
Perfect Blender Smoothie Drink Recipe

1 Head of Fresh Organic Romaine Lettuce
1 or 2 Stalk Fresh Organic Deep Green Kale
1 large or 2 Small Organic Carrots
2 Organic Apples (if you’re allowed)
2/3 Cup Fresh Apple Juice or Very Lightly
More if necessary to blend easily and taste
Processed Refrigerated Organic Apple Juice
Add More Liquid if necessary for the right
1 Cup Natural Spring Mineral Water – Alkaline
2-3 Tablespoons of Fresh Raw chopped Organic
Sprouts; sunflower, clover, broccoli, or other
similar more mild type

[Note: Charlotte Gerson recommends avoiding sprouts.
Therefore, we have crossed it out.]

Good to Add as Tastebuds acclimate
Inch cubes Organic Beets
Small stalk of Organic Celery
Several inch cubes red, green organic cabbage
1/2 leaf organic collard greens
Sprigs of Parsley (not too much)
Red, Yellow or Orange Sweet Peppers

Pour liquids into blender, blend Romaine for as short a time as possible (just a few bursts) until liquified. Add Kale, then cut up apples and carrots, finally sprouts.

Blend Until Smooth. You may have to split batches. Do NOT remove pulp – it is as important as the liquid.

However, for those who cannot eat the pulp, you can squeeze and drain and use the pulp for either compost for your own home or container gardens or as an ingredient in homemade pet foods.

Drink (eat) slowly throughout the day – as much as you can. Eventually, you will actually grow to enjoy this concoction.

You might notice your skin changing and some physical afflictions diminishing. Please note: I am not a physician and everything I say is strictly my own experience so do talk to your doctor or naturopathic physician about any of this.

Smoosh is the ONLY thing that has saved me consistently and repeatedly EVERY time.

Perhaps SMOOSH is only for me, although my friend Nancy’s German Shepherd was healed from cancer with Smoosh plus most elements of the Gerson Diet.

Plus our friend Darlene’s husband’s cancer went into remission following the Gerson Diet as below.

There IS a problem.

I always discontinue Smoosh and go back to eating naughty naughty things…


Organic raw Smoosh or something similar is the best and least expensive solution to regaining health for me, my friend’s German Shepherd, everyone who goes on it.

UPDATE From Elle: For serious illnesses, I have not found smooshed drinks to be an answer. It is only an adjunct for me for milder illnesses or general ill health due to stress or strain.

Serious illnesses require serious treatment as used by Dr. Gerson and other medical specialists.


Hippocrates Soup (Hearty, creamy and mild soup)
Fresh raw juices (Pulp uses: for feeding pets, composting)
Greenleaf juice, carrot, apple, etc.
Raw fruits, salads, vegetables (minced very fine)
Sprouts of Seeds and Grains (minced very fine)
Steamed organic vegetables, fruits
Thin oat porridges
Raw organic calves’ liver juice
Special potassium supplements (lugol plus Others)
Special glass or stainless pots, dishes
No plastics (Use glass, pyrex, stainless steel)
Steamed organic potatoes (not bought in plastic)
Organic unsalted sprouted rye bread
Organic Peppermint Tea (very helpful for nausea)
NO SALT (Important for the Gerson Diet)
Dash organic honey, raw sugar, maple sugar allowed
(good in peppermint tea)
Pot cheese (Unsalted fat free cottage cheese
organic if possible)
Fresh Flaxseed Oil (the ONLY oil or fat allowed)
Coffee Enemas (Important for pain relief, detox)

Raw fresh pressed organic linseed oil ( as above)
Pancreatin (Pancreatic Enzymes)
Niacin (after juice or food) (will cause a blood flush)
Lugol Potassium (gluconate, acetate, phosphate
see substitutes in book)
Thyroid (see substitutes in book)
Oxbile (see substitutes in book)

Other Things (As mentioned above)
Coffee and Castor Oil enemas

(For very ill cancer patients)
All berries (unfavorable reactions)
Avocados (too fatty)
Nuts (too fatty)
Cucumbers (too much sodium)

tobacco, salt, sharp spices, alcohol, refined sugar, flour, tea, coffee, cocoa (here I majorly cheated), cream, ice cream, soy products, cake, nuts, berries, canned stuff, dyes, sulphered, smoked, salted stuff, bottled juices.

(All the above produced new growth for severely ill cancer patients)

no pressure or steam cookers, no aluminum

No water (only juices for the very very ill… they evidently need all the nutrition from juices they can get)

When I’m SMOOSHING, I need no water. And, I do get better with Smoosh. Also, my skin gets better. My energy goes up. My brain functions at a higher level.

IMPORTANT: Please consult with the Gerson Book – “A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases.”

Book can be purchased here:

Charlotte Gerson has written another book which I haven’t read. I will be getting a copy of her book, soon hopefully. There is also a Gerson workbook. That is also on my list. See


This is the volume I personally used:


RECIPE for Dr. Gerson’s Hippocrates Soup

1 big or 2 small fresh organic leeks
1 pound fresh organic potato or several small ones
1 1/2 pounds organic fresh tomatoes
1 large organic onion or 2 small onions
1 sm/medium organic celery knob (I have found that
the smaller, fresher knobs are more delicately flavored)
or 3/4 stalks organic celery
1 small parsley root (if unavailable, can substitute
3/4 sprigs of organic parsley)

Don’t peel any of the vegetables as many of the minerals and nutrients are stored directly beneath the skin. Scrub carefully and cook SLOWLY at low heat for 3 hours with a small amount of clean pure water, then mash and eat.

You can add small amounts of fresh organic parsley and fresh pressed raw organic garlic to taste.

It’s hard to for anyone to say why this soup holds such particular power. I have attempted to creatively altered the recipe and not received the same results. Is it the placebo effect? I’m not sure. But even Dr. Gerson remarked that this soup was very special and highly effective in his regimen even if he wasn’t absolutely sure of the dynamics.

I now actually look forward to having this soup.


Gerson was able to heal terminally ill cancer patients through his therapy. He was also able to cure other patients with diseases such as tuberculosis, multiple schlerosis, diabetes, arthritis, allergies, ulcers, heart disease, arterioschlerosis, mental disease, kidney disease.

The renowned humanitarian and physician, Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote that Gerson was a “medical genius who walked among us.”


The way I discovered it was when a very sick friend of mine reappeared on the scene looking heavenly healthy and absolutely radiant beautiful after practically dying from AIDS, or something or equal magnitude. Unfortunately, I cannot remember his exact affliction.

He was adamant that I go on this diet because he knew of my grave illnesses since childhood.

I followed his advice and the rest is history – I was cured.



Original Dr. Max Gerson Book: A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases by Max Gerson


Questions and Answers About the Gerson Therapy

What is the Gerson therapy?

The Gerson therapy has been used by some people to treat cancer and other diseases. It is based on the role of minerals, enzymes, and other dietary factors.

There are 3 key parts to the therapy:

Diet: Organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to give the body plenty of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients.The fruits and vegetables are low in sodium (salt) and high in potassium.

1. Supplementation: The addition of certain substances to the diet to help correct cell metabolism (the chemical changes that take place in a cell to make energy and basic materials needed for the body’s life processes).

2. Detoxification: Treatments, including enemas, to remove toxic (harmful) substances from the body.

3. What is the history of the discovery and use of the Gerson therapy as a complementary or alternative treatment for cancer?

The Gerson therapy was named after Dr. Max B. Gerson (1881-1959), who first used it to treat his migraine headaches.

In the 1930’s, Dr.Gerson’s therapy became known to the public as a treatment for a type of tuberculosis (TB).

The Gerson therapy was later used to treat other conditions, including cancer.

What is the theory behind the claim that the Gerson therapy is useful in treating cancer?

The Gerson therapy is based on the idea that cancer develops when there are changes in cell metabolism because of the buildup of toxic substances in the body.

Dr. Gerson said the disease process makes more toxins and the liver becomes overworked.
According to Dr. Gerson, people with cancer also have too much sodium and too little potassium in the cells in their bodies, which causes tissue damage and weakened

What is the history of the discovery and use of the Gerson therapy as a complementary or alternative treatment for cancer?

The Gerson therapy was named after Dr. Max B. Gerson (1881-1959), who first used it to treat his migraine headaches.

In the 1930’s, Dr. Gerson’s therapy became known to the public as a treatment for a type of tuberculosis (TB).
The Gerson therapy was later used to treat other conditions, including

Charlotte Gerson goes into detail about the Gerson Therapy regimen in this book. Cost for this book is under $30 at Amazon »

What is the theory behind the claim that the Gerson therapy is useful in treating cancer?

The Gerson therapy is based on the idea that cancer develops when there are changes in cell metabolism because of the buildup of toxic substances in the body.

Dr. Gerson said the disease process makes more toxins and the liver becomes overworked.

According to Dr. Gerson, people with cancer also have too much sodium and too little potassium in the cells in their bodies, which causes tissue damage and weakened organs.

The goal of the Gerson therapy is to restore the body to health by repairing the liver and returning the metabolism to its normal state.

According to Dr. Gerson, this can be done by removing toxins from the body and building up the immune system with diet and supplements.

The enemas are said to widen the bile ducts of the liver so toxins can be released.

According to Dr. Gerson, the liver is further overworked as the treatment regimen breaks down cancer cells and rids the body of toxins.

Pancreatic enzymes are given to decrease the demands on the weakened liver and pancreas to make enzymes for digestion.

An organic diet and nutritional supplements are used to boost the immune system and support the body as the regimen cleans the body of toxins.

Foods low in sodium and high in potassium are said to help correct the tissue damage caused by having too much sodium in the cells.

How is the Gerson therapy administered?

The Gerson therapy requires that the many details of its treatment plan be followed exactly.

Some key parts of the regimen include the following:

Drinking 13 glasses of juice a day.

The juice must be freshly made from organic fruits and vegetables and be taken once every hour.

Eating vegetarian meals of organically grown fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.


Dr. Gerson’s Juices consisted of mainly:

Carrot Apple Juice
Equal Parts Carrots Washed, Not Scraped to
Equal Parts Apples Washed, Not Peeled

Drink within 2 – 3 hours after pressing

Green Leaf Juice
Mixed Greens
Swiss Chard
Red Cabbage Leaves (2 to 3 leaves)
Beet Tops (small inner leaves)
Watercress (1/4 bunch)
Green pepper (1/4th of one pepper)
Sprouts of Seeds and Grains
1 Apple for every glass of Green Juice

Drink as soon as possible.


Dr. Gerson’s List of Supplements:

  • Potassium.
  • Lugol’s Solution (potassium iodide, iodine, and water).
  • Coenzyme Q10 injected with vitamin B12. (The original regimen used crude liver extract instead of coenzyme Q10.)
  • Vitamins A, C, and B3 (niacin).
  • Flaxseed oil.
  • Pancreatic enzymes.
  • Pepsin (a stomach enzyme).
  • Taking coffee or chamomile enemas regularly to remove toxins from the body.
  • Preparing food without salt, spices, or oils, and without using aluminum cookware or utensils.

Have any preclinical (laboratory or animal) studies been conducted using the Gerson therapy?

No results of laboratory or animal studies have been published in scientific journals.

Have any clinical trials (research studies with people) of the Gerson therapy been conducted?

Most of the published information on the use of the Gerson therapy reports on retrospective studies (reviews of past cases).

Dr. Gerson published case histories (detailed reports of the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of individual patients) of 50 of his patients. He treated several different types of cancer in his practice.

The reports include Dr. Gerson’s notes, with some X-rays of the patients over time.

The follow-up was contact with patients by mail or phone and included anecdotal reports (incomplete descriptions of the medical and treatment histories of one or more patients).

In 1947 and 1959, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reviewed the cases of a total of 60 patients treated by Dr.

The NCI found that the available information did not prove the regimen had benefit.

The following studies of the Gerson therapy were published:

In 1983-1984, a retrospective study of 38 patients treated with the Gerson therapy was done.
Medical records were not available to the authors of the study; information came from patient interviews.
These case reviews did not provide information that supports the usefulness of the Gerson therapy for treating cancer.

In 1990, a study of a diet regimen similar to the Gerson therapy was done in Austria. The patients received standard treatment along with the special diet.

The authors of the study reported that the diet appeared to help patients live longer than usual and have fewer side effects. The authors said it needed further study.

In 1995, the Gerson Research Organization did a retrospective study of their melanoma patients who were treated with the Gerson therapy.

The study reported that patients who had stage III or stage IV melanoma lived longer than usual for patients with these stages of melanoma.

There have been no clinical trials that support the findings of this retrospective study.

A case review of 6 patients with metastatic cancer who used the Gerson therapy reported that the regimen helped patients in some ways, both physically and psychologically.

Based on these results, the reviewers recommended that clinical trials of the Gerson therapy be conducted.

Have any side effects or risks been reported from use of the Gerson therapy?

Reports of three deaths that may be related to coffee enemas have been published.

Taking too many enemas of any kind can cause changes in normal blood chemistry, chemicals that occur naturally in the body and keep the muscles, heart, and other organs working properly.

Is the Gerson therapy approved by the U.S.?

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a cancer treatment in the United States?

The Gerson therapy has not been approved by the FDA for use as a treatment for cancer or any other disease.

For most cancer patients, nutrition guidelines include eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain products.

However, general guidelines such as these may have to be changed to meet the specific needs of an individual patient.

Patients should talk with their health care providers about an appropriate diet to follow.

Information about diet during cancer treatment is also available from the Cancer Information Service (1-800-4-CANCER [TTY: 1-800-332-8615]) and in the PDQ summary on Nutrition in Cancer Care.


Seasonings that are Allowed
Bay Leaves
Summer Savory

Spices must be used sparingly as they “counteract the healing reaction.”

Dr. Gerson recommendations were based upon his results. He recommended foods that brought him the successes and he eliminated the foods that brought failure.


Re: Dr. Max Gerson’s Recipes and Diet – From Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the renowned humanitarian and physician: “I see in Dr. Gerson one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine. …THOSE WHOM HE CURED WILL ATTEST TO THE TRUTH OF HIS IDEAS.”


“A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases”

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13 Things Your Waiter Won’t Tell You

Interesting Eating-Out Information –

1. Avoid eating out on holidays and Saturday nights. The volume of customers guarantees that most kitchens will be pushed beyond their ability to produce a high-quality meal.

2. There are almost never any sick days in the restaurant business. A busboy with a child to support isn’t going to stay home and miss out on $100 because he’s got strep throat.

3. When customers make personal attacks, adulterating food or drink is a convenient way for servers to exact covert vengeance. Waiters can and do spit in people’s food.

4. Never say “I’m friends with the owner.” Restaurant owners don’t have friends. This marks you as a clueless poseur the moment you walk in the door.

5. Treat others as you want to be treated.

6. Don’t snap your fingers to get attention.

7. Don’t order meals that aren’t on the menu. You’re forcing the chef to cook something he doesn’t make on a regular basis, and it won’t be as good.

8. Splitting entrées is okay, but don’t ask for water, lemon, and sugar so you can make your own lemonade.

9. If you find a waiter you like, always ask to be seated in his or her section. Tell all your friends so they’ll start asking for that server as well. The server will be grateful and take good care of you.

10. If you can’t afford to leave a tip, you can’t afford to eat in the restaurant.

11. Always examine the check. Sometimes large parties are unaware that a gratuity has been added to the bill, so they tip on top of it. Waiters “facilitate” this error.

12. If you want to hang out, that’s fine. But increase the tip to make up for money the server would have made if he or she had had another seating at that table.

13. Never, ever come in 15 minutes before closing time. While you’re chitchatting over salads, your entrées will be languishing under the heat lamp while the dishwasher is spraying industrial-strength, carcinogenic cleaning solvents in their immediate vicinity.

We’ve known that going out to eat often leads to mild food poisoning. Considering that many workers don’t necessarily wash carefully after you-know-whatting.

Now, any time someone tells me they have the “flu,” (throwing up, feeling sick, dia***hea), am more likely to suspect food poisoning than anything else. ESPECIALLY if they just ate out, which most likely they usually did.

That said, many people have a great deal of stomach acid which kills a lot of things. And tons of folks eat out all the time and seem to be doing fine.

Also, they say, when eating Sushi, a little alcohol helps prevent food “issues.” Of course these days, Sushi fish is frozen a good long while to kill pathogens and parasites.

Our bodies are quite strong, and can take a little sputum and pus… after all, it’s in every burger!

That said, we seldom go out to eat anymore. If ever!

13 points from 

Thanks to Reader’s Digest.