Talking with Charlotte Gerson
As some of you may know, I have been spending this week down at the Baja Nutri Center in Tiajuana with a client of mine, Denise, who is battling metastatic breast cancer in her pancreas. (If you'd like to learn more about our time down here, please visit gottafriend.blogspot.com.) I thought today, however, that I'd post a little something of our visit with Charlotte Gerson, daughter of Max Gerson - the founder of the Gerson Therapy.
A gracious host, Charlotte spent time explaining the Gerson Therapy, different approaches to cancer treatment - successes and failures. What I found most compelling during her talk was her view on the phosphorus/sodium balance in diet. According to Charlotte, to maintain a healthy, healing blood pH of 7.4, we must consume a diet 90% potassium to 10% sodium. Unfortunately with our cooking processes and our copious use of salt, we have reversed the percentage of sodium and potassium in our systems. As you may know, enzymes, vitamins and minerals are often broken down through heating or washed away by water in our cooking methods.Charlotte states that most Americans have a blood pH of 6.8 which leads to "tissue death syndrome". Oxygen cannot be effectively bonded and transported to the tissues. This syndrome promotes an environment where cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease, heart disease and various other maladies flourish. To give you an idea, a blood pH of 6.4 is considered terminal. Your cells are dying because of the acidity of your blood.
When our blood pH is acidic, oxygen is not present for metabolism so our bodies must rely on fermentation metabolism. This form of metabolism promotes cell growth and division but, according to Charlotte, does not allow for cells to differentiate and fulfill their function. Fruits contain the best ratio of potassium to sodium, vegetables are next. Charlotte recommends the following fruits: cherries, apricots, peaches, grapes, and apples.I will continue to look into fermentation metabolism, as well as other information Charolotte presented and keep you posted. In the meantime you can find out more in her book, Healing the Gerson Way by Charlotte Gerson.
Until the next time,