Gerson Therapy | Clinica Nutrición Y Vida | Tijuana, Mexico

The Gerson Therapy clinic in Tijuana

I thought I should carve out a few minutes to recap what our first few days have been like since arriving at the Gerson Institute’s “Clinica Nutrición Y Vida” in Tijuana last Friday. (If you’re just joining us, I recently outlined the story behind my mom’s battle with lymphoma and why we’re seeking alternative cancer therapies rather than putting up with another unsuccessful bout of chemotherapy.)

[EDIT: My mom ultimately found her cancer to be too strong for how weak her body had become when we started the Gerson Therapy, and she chose to stop the treatments, passing away peacefully in our home less than a week later. I certainly don’t regret our time spent at the Gerson Clinic, and there are several elements of what we learned there that I still practice regularly. I do also recommend to those inquiring about Gerson Therapy and other alternative treatments to look into Optimum Health Institute to see if it’s something that feels like an option for their healing. (Several BIG differences: OHI is incredibly more affordable and is far less invasive, in my opinion, and going there doesn’t require any international travel from the U.S.)]

We’re beyond fortunate to live in San Diego, since it’s so darn close to the facility. Our short drive—just over an hour—humbled us when we learned that other patients had traveled from Tennessee, Veracruz, and as far away as Australia to get another chance at life. Ever since we first stepped foot out of our car, from our initial interaction with the security guard, Juan, it’s been all smiles and positivity. The staff is beyond welcoming, and the doctors are rightfully proud of the work they do here. This is NOT chemo. This is NOT radiation. This is not the 20-30% chance of four-to-five-year survival my mom was told she’d have if she went the modern route. This was a radical change of diet and lifestyle that we’re already grateful to have found. This… this is going to work.

The premise of the Gerson Therapy is fairly simple: degenerative diseases, such as cancer, overburden and wear down our body’s natural defense mechanisms, namely our enzyme, mineral, hormone, and immune systems. At the same time, the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic glands become increasingly taxed and are unable to properly filter and eliminate toxins and waste, which only serves to compound the increasing weakness.

The Gerson diet revolves around fresh, organic juices—up to 13 a day—balanced with a breakfast of oatmeal and fresh fruit, followed by lunches and dinners that include a baked potato, a special “Hippocrates soup,” and an assortment of raw and cooked fruits and vegetables. No meat (fine by me), no dairy, no salt. Everything is fresh; no frozen, packaged, or processed foods. (Dried fruit is alright as long as it’s stewed, and it can’t be sulphured.) The only fat you consume is a small amount of raw flax seed oil twice daily. And everything must be organic.

Organic oatmeal and juice for breakfast at the Gerson Therapy clinic in Mexico

Breakfast at the Gerson Clinic in Tijuana: organic oatmeal with stewed fruit, fresh orange juice, papaya, and kiwi.

After examining my mom’s blood tests and learning of her medical history, Dr. Pedro Cervantes decided to start her off on seven juices at first, easing her into the treatment since she’d previously undergone chemotherapy, which in addition to not curing her lymphoma, also ravaged much of her body’s tissues and defenses. And then, there’s the coffee enemas. Certainly not the exciting part of the therapy, but this is what helps with the elimination of waste and the toxins that are being released as the diet reinvigorates the army inside us. There can be up to five of these per day, though she’s doing just two for now per doctor’s orders.

Dinner at the Gerson Therapy clinic in Tijuana. LOTS of organic potatoes and garlic being consumed here!

Lunches and dinners are full of organic fruits and vegetables here at the Gerson Therapy clinic. Potatoes play a big role in the detox, and patients are encouraged to have a rainbow of colors on their plate.

Anyway, things are going pretty well thus far. Mom was pretty tired when we got here… run down and tired. The blood work indicates that she’s anemic and confirms that her immune system is indeed impaired. BUT, her liver and kidney function are strong, as is her heart! So things look promising.

Day three was a little rough for her; she got a tad grumpy and (understandably) a little emotional as the treatment started to take effect. (As the toxins begin breaking down, they can cause a whole variety of discomforts—physical and mental—while on their way out.) But she’s been great otherwise, and it’s infinitely encouraging to see her getting stronger!

Organic spinach salad at the Gerson Therapy clinic

Organic spinach, sliced onion, and tomatoes tossed with a very fresh and bright vinaigrette made from orange juice and just a drizzle of flax seed oil

Charlotte Gerson—daughter of the late, eponymous Dr. Max Gerson—will be visiting tomorrow, which we’re looking forward to greatly. Though now in her nineties, she still is very active in teaching about the Gerson Therapy, and she comes down to Mexico every week to have lunch with the patients and give informative lectures. I’ll be sure to update soon, as our learning continues, and as mom’s healing progresses. Many thanks to you all for the kind words of support and love; they’ve meant the world to both of us.


Before heading down to the Gerson Clinic, my mom and I began a fundraiser to help others who may not be fortunate enough to afford these life-saving alternative cancer treatments. It is quite costly, and is NOT covered by insurance. While we were able to scrape together the money to pursue the Gerson Therapy ourselves, we really wanted to do more and turn this ugly circumstance into something positive. Click here if you’d like to contribute to our fundraiser and help those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to finance their recovery. No amount is too small.

And you never know who may need the help, but chances are that someone close to you will. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females will develop cancer in their lifetime; 1 in 4 males and 1 in 5 females will die from it. The time to change that statistic is NOW.