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Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the Hopeless (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Howard Straus , Barbara Marinacci , Abram Hoffer MD , MD Abram Hoffer

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The only biography of Dr. Max Gerson, German dietary therapy pioneer who developed the now-famous Gerson Therapy for cancer and other chronic diseases. Gerson started his departure from conventional medicine by curing his own migraine headaches with a diet of his own devising, and discovered by accident that it also healed skin tuberculosis. Further clinical experiments showed that the holistic, diet-based therapy was effective against virtually all chronic and degenerative diseases, including advanced cancer.
Gerson's lifelong friend, Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer, called Gerson "one of the most eminent medical geniuses to ever walk among us."
Despite unrelenting attacks by chemical, drug and surgically oriented colleagues and the pharmaceutical industry, and while on the run from Hitler's Holocaust, Gerson continued to refine his therapy and treat patients successfully. He eventually settled in the United States, where the constant attacks continued.
When Gerson was invited to speak to the Pepper-Neely Congressional Subcommittee, and brought with him five cured patients declared "terminal" by other oncologists, his testimony was expunged from the Congressional Record!
After he published his own book, A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases, he fell ill and died under mysterious circumstances, later revealed to have been linked to arsenic poisoning.
In the half century since his death, Gerson's empirical principles have been repeatedly and uniformly confirmed by the more precise analytical tools available to modern medical and chemical research. He is still considered a "quack" by the money-oriented pharmaceutical, agricultural, chemical and cancer industries, who have no interest in prevention or cure of the dread diseases Gerson healed.
In 2005 Gerson was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, co-founded by double Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling and orthomolecular pioneer Dr. Abram Hoffer.
Dr. Gerson's story spans World War I, World War II, the Holocaust and the rise of allopathic, drug-oriented medicine. It is instructive to see what happens to a true healer in a medical industry that has no interest in healing.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dr. Gerson, A Pioneer in The Search For A Cancer Cure 8 mai 2002
Par Jonathan Paul - Publié sur
This book tells the fascinating story of the life of Dr. Max Gerson who developed a successful dietary-based therapy for the cure of degenerative diseases, particularly cancer. Written by Gerson's grandson, it presents a personal yet objective portrait of a unique personality who has been called "one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine" by none other than Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer. And yet, due to the accidents of history and deliberate suppression of his work by the medical establishment, Gerson is today not well known outside the small but growing community of alternative medicine.
The book is very well written and tells an engaging story about a subject that could easily be deathly dull or sugared with personal family recollections. To the contrary, it is a crisp, fast-moving, narrative that slows down in only a few places where lengthy sources, including some of Gerson's writings, are quoted.
The book covers two parallel stories: First, the life of Gerson, and second, the step-by step discovery of the pieces of the therapy that bear his name.
Gerson was born in Germany (now Poland) in 1881, the son of well-to-do Jewish parents. He was the product of the world-renowned German medical universities who began his practice as a neurologist. The book portrays a reserved, sometimes shy, proud man whose intolerance for foolish and petty behavior in others often earned him a reputation for arrogance and the enmity of many colleagues. Gerson is also portrayed as an absent-minded professor of medicine who leaves the details of finances and the care of the home to his wife. His complete energy and the focus of his life was directed toward the curing of his patients.
The most interesting part of the book is reading how Gerson discovered each aspect of his therapy over a period of thirty to forty years. The story begins with the curing of his own severe migraine headaches through diet modification. Over his working career Gerson modified and perfected his therapy to embrace a widening collection of chronic degenerative diseases. He seems to have been a master of observation, a keen analyst of the works of others, and a medical pragmatist and improviser. The bottom line was that he cured diseases in patients who had been given up by conventional medicine.
Gerson's life was not easy, and his amazing accomplishments must be measured against the barriers erected in his path. First, his life and medical practice was totally disrupted by the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazi party. He and his family fled in turn Germany, Austria, and France before settling in New York in 1936. There, in spite of his remarkable successes, the US medical establishment closed nearly all doors for Gerson to promote his ideas, to practice, and to publish his findings. One gets the feeling that the story is much worse than presented in the book, and that there existed a well-organized conspiracy within the medical industry to suppress Gerson's work. It seems that the author is holding back from making overt accusations that seem plain to the reader based on the facts presented.
By way of qualification, the reviewer is a cured cancer patient thanks to the Gerson therapy. So the book was especially relevant and exciting for me. But I believe that anyone interested in alternative medicine and healthy living will thoroughly enjoy this book. It adds to the growing body of literature describing Gerson's therapy, most notably Gerson "50 Cases" and Charlotte Gerson's "The Gerson Therapy". In summary, this book is good reading and the engaging history of a great man.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A GREAT BOOK 5 août 2002
Par "elias8040" - Publié sur
This book is a wonderful and informative read. I found the storyline
portions to be riveting, especially the story of Dr. Max's escape from
the Nazis. Additionally fascinating were the historical facts of
Dr. Max's discoveries and disease-curing results and how they were
received by the mainstream medical establishments in Europe and USA.
The author's writing style is superb and very enjoyable to read.
I think that all readers will find the book interesting and will enjoy
learning Dr. Max's scientific & personal history and will recognize
the repeated chord the AMA strikes with regard to Dr. Max & the Gerson
diet. Also if readers follow recent health news & studies, they
have already seen many scientific studies
converging on the basic truths of Dr. Max's discoveries.
I strongly recommend this book and have bought copies for many friends
and relatives, and my primary-care MD... But in the
meantime, please buy your own copy and read it. It's a great book.
42 internautes sur 43 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Healing the Hopeless 22 juillet 2004
Par J. Ortiz - Publié sur
Here is the story of an authentic struggler; of a man of strict discipline and iron will; of a humble server of Humanity and courageous and strong defender of his profound convictions.

With the historical contexts provided by writer Barbara Marinacci, Howard Straus leaves the realm of his academic field with the noble purpose of doing justice to his grandfather in a biography that ought to be required reading in more than one college subject.

Its reading is not only beneficial for anyone who is curious about knowledge, but also for those who take courses on the history of medicine, on nutrition, and even on the History of Europe of the beginning of the past century. Its reading certainly is indispensable in the field of the research of cancer as a specialized and highly lucrative industry.

The smoothly flowing account is organized in two parts on a chronological basis "The European Years" and "The American Years." It begins with the years Dr. Gerson lived in Europe because it was there, in Germany, where he was born in 1881. It ends in America because it was in the City of New York, in the American hemisphere, where he took refuge with his family in 1936, without knowledge of English, after he anticipated the imminent Nazi's barbarian affront against Humanity.

Without sacrificing details and without being boring, Straus describes the life of animosities, persecution, rejections, and reprisals that doctor Gerson faced on the part of the so-called medical class ? as well as an attempt to kill him with arsenic ?for having dared to dedicate the power of his genial intellect to finding a cure for patients who had been sentenced to a certain death that their physicians believed to be imminent.

With his careful research and daring innovations, Gerson made those galens look bad when he brought many of them back to health ? something they could not forgive him for.

In the course of doing research for this book, Straus had the support not only of his relatives and of former patients of his grandfather, but had also the benefit of abundant clinical files, handwritten notes, Gerson's formal and personal correspondence and of the book the intrepid physician got to publish: A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases (1958). Reference is made also to the numerous articles that this pioneer of holistic and alternative medicine wrote, as well as to the many that the entities that tried to discredit him, systematically refused to publish.

Although the justified pride with which the author describes his grandfather's odyssey in scientific research and in his unconventional practice of medicine is evident, the fact that he allows to see personality traits of him that could seem negative, at least at first glance, such as his rigid discipline and self esteem, is no less evident.

Moreover, plenty of evidence is shown pertaining to the role of some well known organizations to sabotage Gerson's work, that is, of entities which historically have reaped lucrative benefits from the fact that cancer is deemed an incurable disease. Within this context, Gerson told one of his patients in a letter in October 1954, that his "main opponent" was Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads, whose name the American Association for Cancer Research has dropped recently from one of its awards.

When he learned that his physician and friend died of chronic pneumonia in March 1959, his compatriot, patient, and colleague, Albert Schweitzer, said about Gerson that he was "one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine." Read this book and you will see why.

J. Ortiz

San Juan, P. R.
19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A book one should share 30 mars 2004
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
After talking with Howard (the Author) during business, he piqued my interest in his new book. He sold me a copy and I read it in a few weeks, and I was very impressed. This book opened my eyes to a lot of things, mostly things that I already knew, but never quite pieced together like that. (You ever get that? Know something but have it never really hit you?) the practice with Nutrition, the way doctors behave it all sadly made so much sense.
This book is a tragedy in my opinion, a man constantly shot down for his efforts. But we should all learn from his example, Dr. Gersons efforts are not in vain for his legacy lives on in this book.
More on the book however, I love many of the metaphors and vocabulary used IE "The Exodus of the Ants". Also, the book contains information that should be in everyone's thoughts. Now the reason it took a few weeks to read is it drags along toward the middle (as biographies tend to do). Taking a break solves this, reflecting on the information you've read for a while then starting it up again.

I put it in my great book category, and have already lent it to many friends.
19 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Name All Should Know 6 septembre 2002
Par Summer Boger - Publié sur
This book is extremely well wrote. You will be entertained from the very begining as you are hurdled through the multiple emotions of ones mans struggle to be able to truely heal all who have illness. The book tells the life story of an incredible healer and doctor and his nutritional and detoxifying diet therapy that he found was able to cure some forms of degenerative disease and benefit many other far reaching illnesses such as cancer. It is the story of a heroic man full of passionate veracity who was able to escape persecution from Hitler and the orthodox establishments that found him a threat to their standard treatments of disease. Yet today people do not have the knowledge of Max Gerson's treatment in order to make their own decision about their health and the treatments they would choose for any disease they might have.
Thank God Howard Straus wrote this book!
I think it is time that the story the American Medical Establishment and Pharmaceutical Companies have been hushing the last 40 years or more be told. Max Gerson is a genius that has worked next to all the greats of medicine. His concepts were early for his time. Now is the time that his treatment methods should be accepted, publicized and used mainstream as an alternative choice for those who would prefer something beyond pharmacy pills, surgery and radiation.
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