Without a doubt, one of the most difficult aspects of the Gerson Therapy is the detoxification process. When we went raw 4 years ago, we passed through some of the more obvious aspects of detox: breakouts, intestinal upset, congestion, food cravings, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, and more. We stuck with it because it only lasted 2 weeks, and it resulted in 4 years of glowing skin, happy tummies, few cravings, deep, peaceful sleep, and a state of what I love to call “unreasonable happiness.”
What we didn’t anticipate is that the Gerson Therapy would bring Helena’s body to a whole new level of detox. 13 juices and 5 enemas a day turned her body into a purification machine. It’s like putting your system on spin cycle 16 hours a day.
This is when I realized the true impact of social media. On the third day of the protocol, we were just sitting down to lunch when I looked over at Helena and thought, “Huh, she looks a little flushed.”
A minute later, she was turning a deep shade of red that traveled down her neck, all the way to her fingertips. Helena’s cousin was visiting, and we all looked at each other in alarm, as if to confirm with one another if what we were seeing was what we were actually seeing. Yes, my love was turning into an Oompa-Loompa before my very eyes.
I snapped a photo of tomato face, ran to Facebook and posted it on a Gerson support page I’d just joined 2 days earlier. “WHAT’S GOING ON?!!” I wrote.
Within 2 minutes, a group member in Austria responded: “Did she just take her niacin?”
I called to Helena, who looked at the list of supplements and confirmed that yes, she had just taken niacin before lunch.
“YES!” I wrote. “What IS this?”
“Niacin flush!” the woman wrote back within in seconds. “That’s fantastic…congratulations!”
Congratulations?! These Gerson people sure have a bizarre sense of humor.
I did a quick Google search on niacin flushes and backed it up with The Gerson Bible and lo and behold—niacin opens the small blood capillaries close to the skin, and this allows the toxins to be released more rapidly. The miracle of Gerson? Less than an hour later we’d be doing another enema, and all those toxins would be flushed right out of her system. Brilliant science.
Since then, we’ve learned about the ups and downs of Gerson detox, an entirely different beast than we could have anticipated. Graças a Deus, because we’re raw foodists, Helena’s detox was very mild and the worst of it lasted about 10 days.
We’ve heard stories of people who have been bedridden for the first 2 months with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme fatigue, and constant pain. We read the story of a woman who reported that for the first month of detox, her house smelled like a hair salon. Her body was eliminating the accumulated chemicals from 20 years of perming and coloring her hair! There’s an entire section of the Gerson Therapy book dedicated to assisting patients who are detoxing from chemotherapy because the consequences are so incredibly difficult on the body.
What is a Healing Reaction?
The most profound example of detox in the Gerson Therapy is called a Healing Reaction—the milestone that every patient hopes to achieve, because it indicates that the immune system is kicking in, but on overdrive. It can be accompanied by high fevers (105F), mouth ulcers, vomiting, and extreme mood swings. Our friend Claude bravely posted video last week in the middle of a healing reaction so that all of us could understand the process, and we’re grateful for his willingness to serve as a teacher for all of us.
For many patients, a Healing Reaction marks total remission of the cancer. We pray for this.
Helena and Detox…so far
During the first 10 days, Helena experienced some chills, a slight fever, and mild cramping. In just two weeks she lost 16 pounds (7 kilos), and Gilvania and I scrambled to find more foods that would help to keep on the weight. She took 3 hour naps, and rather than waking up refreshed, she would cry and cry without being able to explain why.
The worst of it was the mood swings. She was uncharacteristically irritable, frustrated, and impatient. This usually lasted from the time she woke until lunchtime, at which point she’d had three enemas and was able to flush out whatever had been hiding out in her body while she slept.
On the fourth day as we were preparing for the fourth enema of the day and Helena’s body was swirling with juices and toxins, she looked at me with big tears rolling down her face:
“Do you think I’m better yet?”
I took a slow breath and said quietly, “Meu amor, we’re just getting started.”
I stroked her hair while she cried and assured her that we can do this. We CAN. For as long as it takes.
After I tucked her back into bed, I went out onto the porch, hung my head in my hands, and cried. Great, heaving, silent sobs that racked my body until I had to stand and gasp for air in ragged gulps.
Apparently caregivers have healing reactions, too.
“Don’t waste another moment wishing you were someone else, somewhere else, doing something else. You’re not. You’re right here, right now, and everything you wish to become is within your grasp. You simply have to commit to yourself and do what needs to be done. It’s not easy, but it is simple. Begin by accepting the fact that your life will not live itself. It needs to be inhabited. Jump into your body, take possession of your journey and announce the astounding story of you.” –Rikki Beadle-Blair
extreme fatigue, sometimes waking only to eat, drink, or take enemas
- canker sores and mouth ulcers
- sensitive teeth and sore gums
- vomiting, diarrhea
- loss of appetite
- pain, stabbing sensations, or itching in the site of the tumor
- blurred vision
- strong reaction to chemical smells like chlorine, gasoline, or cleaning products (better to eliminate these from the home altogether!)
- skin eruptions in unusual places (see photo above)
- emotions like depression, fear, worthlessness, and hopelessness
This too, shall pass!
- elimination of all food-related addictions, like sugar and salt
- reaching an ideal body weight (yes, ideal!)
- improved mood
- clearer skin, eyes, and hair
- increased spiritual awareness
- in 85% of cases, full remission of cancer!
- Gerson and Me: What IS the Gerson Therapy? (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- Why You REALLY Want a Coffee Enema (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- The Gerson Therapy: What’s for Dinner? (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- Living on Gerson Time: “It’s 9:30…do you know what juice you’re on?” (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)