by Carmen George
When Ned Wright came
down with testicular cancer in 1999, surgery, chemotherapy and
radiation all failed to cure him.
After each treatment, the cancer returned. When his doctor offered
him another option: a bone marrow transplant followed by a high does
of chemotherapy, which offered a 20% survival rate, Wright decided
to try something different.
He opted instead for Gerson Therapy, a whole-body approach to
healing that uses natural foods and juices.
"The diet was tough
and time consuming, but I followed it just as the Gerson doctor
had prescribed," Wright said. "As you can see by my testimony,
it is 2009 and I am alive by God's grace and the Gerson Therapy.
I am now a Gerson person, because of a little-known man's
passion for healing."
Wright's testimony to
the Gerson Institute was similar to many others captured by
filmmaker Steve Kroschel, who produced the film "Dying
to Have Known," a documentary aimed to unearth the facts
and myths behind an alternative, and often discredited, approach to
The film was shown at
Willow Bridge Books Feb. 26 by Dr. Carl Bosco, who has been a
practicing naturopathic chiropractor in Coarsegold for 35 years.
Kroschel, who has made movies with Disney, BBC and IMAX for 20
years, traveled around the world gathering testimonies about the
Bosco is showing the film again at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at
the Produce Place in Oakhurst next to the Grocery Discount Center.
The documentary includes interviews with various patients that have
been cured by Gerson Therapy, along with medical experts and doctors
for and against the treatment.
Gerson Therapy uses a whole-body approach to healing that boosts the
body's immune system and other defenses to cure cancer, arthritis,
heart disease, allergies and many other chronic conditions. The
therapy stimulates the metabolism through the addition of the
natural thyroid hormone, potassium and other supplements and by
avoiding heavy animal fats, excess protein, sodium and other toxins.
These changes help the
body regenerate, become healthier and prevent future illness.
Gerson discovered the natural cancer cures after experiments with a
special "migraine diet" cured one of his patients suffering from
tuberculosis. He soon studied and developed many different natural
diets, each specialized to cure a different type of cancer.
One of the movie's segments includes interviews with doctors at a
medical hospital in Japan that is conducting studies of
Therapy - a project taken on by one of the doctors after he was
cured from cancer using Gerson Therapy.
According to testimonies from doctors there, of more than 500
patients being studied in Japan undergoing the therapy, more than
half are now cured from cancer or recovering.
Dr. T.Colin Campbell of Cornell University, interviewed in the film
and credited as the,
"foremost nutrition specialist in the world,"
said Dr. Max Gerson, who developed the Gerson Treatment in the
1930s, has been incorrectly labeled as a "quack" by many in the
Some interviews in the movie centered on the idea that with a
multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, natural cures for
cancer like Gerson Therapy are often not welcome.
definition is so narrow that the only thing that can be tested
are drugs," said Howard Strauss, grandson of Max Gerson.
"Medicine is an advertisement for drugs rather than research for
the truth. Our pollution-damaged bodies are in need of this (Gerson
Therapy) now more than ever."
"We need to take the filters off our minds, start thinking out
of the box, and have confidence in what you learn on your own,"
said Bosco, whose spent his life researching nutrition - a hobby
that began when he was sickly as a youth.
Shirley Lay, who
attended the film showing at Willow Bridge, said the Gerson Therapy
principles work for curing other ailments beside cancer.
Lay said she had been on 10 different prescription drugs for various
medical problems, many prescribed simply to treat side affects of a
prescribed drug. After chiropractic work from Bosco and changing her
diet - cutting out things like sodas, candy bars and fast food - she
got off all of her medications and didn't have any more pain.
Lay has been without all
medications for 12 years now.
"Keep it simple,"
"The No. 1 thing you
can do is eat real food. If you do that, you're 90% there.
You've got to cut out sodas and keep fast food sources to a bare
minimum. Get back to wonderful foods like cabbage and carrots.
Simplicity is where it's at, and like in the movie, get plenty
of sunshine and exercise."
Dying to Have Known
Jul 17, 2010