The Gerson Diet is the nutritional protocol for the Gerson Therapy designed by Dr. Max Gerson to treat cancer and other degenerative diseases. The Gerson Diet is an all organic, GMO free, plant-based diet that is high in potassium and low in sodium, oil/fat, and protein.

The Gerson Diet is a detoxification and rebuilding diet. It seeks to regenerate the body to health, supporting each important metabolic requirement by flooding the body with nutrients from almost 20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables daily. Most of the vegetables are used to make fresh raw juice, one glass every hour, 13 times per day. Raw and cooked solid foods are generously consumed. Oxygenation is usually more than doubled, as oxygen deficiency in the blood contributes to many degenerative diseases. The metabolism is also stimulated by avoiding heavy animal fats, oils and fats, excess protein, sodium and other toxins. As a result of detoxification and increased oxygenation, cellular regeneration of all organs occurs, in particular that of the liver, and the immune system is restored to its optimal function.

At Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat the Gerson Diet is used in the Gerson Therapy protocol and patients following the Comprehensive Alternative Cancer Treatment Program. In addition the Gerson Diet may be prescribed for individuals who are suffering from other degenerative diseases.

Degenerative diseases render the body increasingly unable to excrete waste materials adequately, commonly resulting in liver and kidney failure. To prevent this, the we use intensive detoxification to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, reactivate the immune system and restore the body’s essential defenses – enzyme, mineral and hormone systems. With generous, high-quality nutrition through the Gerson Diet, increased oxygen availability, detoxification, and improved metabolism, the cells – and the body – can regenerate, become healthy and prevent future illness.

Diseases Gerson Diet Can Be Utilized For:


Heart Disease


Multiple Sclerosis





Auto-Immune Disorders

The goals of the Gerson Diet are detoxification and nourishment of the body and restoration of the immune system.

Some individuals cannot tolerate all raw food diet due to digestive complications and fair better on a raw and cooked food combination diet, like the Gerson Diet. In some individualized protocols for chronic illness and medical conditions the juice protocol of the Gerson Diet is prescribed along with a raw food detox diet or as a juice fast.

The two most important aspects of the Gerson Diet in healing are freshness and purity. All of the foods ingested on the Gerson Diet must be fresh, organically or biologically grown, and consumed in their most natural form.

The Gerson Diet Consists Of:

  • Fresh organic vegetable juices: Thirteen glasses of organic, freshly made raw apple/carrot and green leaf juices (and orange juice at breakfast).
  • Three meals per day made of raw and cooked food, freshly prepared from organic produce and whole foods. A typical meal will include salad, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, Hippocrates soup and juice.

A full description of the Gerson Diet can be found in the Gerson Therapy section of the site.

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