Stephanie was diagnosed with cancer at the age of six. She had a Wilms tumor, a kidney cancer found only in children. Removal of her right kidney led to the terrifying discovery that the cancer had spread to her lungs and most alarmingly into the right chamber of her heart. After 16 surgeries, numerous drugs and countless bouts of radiation, Stephanie was a wisp of a girl and the cancer was still there. The doctors said she wasn't going to make it. Her family was desperate. They would do anything to save her, but none of the new drugs worked. Stephanie's body was so weakened by all the treatments that she could barely stand, let alone dream of going through another bout of chemotherapy or radiation. Stephanie's parents braced themselves for her death, but refused to give up.
After researching alternative healing methods, Stephanie's parents discovered the Gerson Method. The Gerson Method seemed like the best way for Stephanie's body to gain strength and heal before the next round of treatments. Stephanie and her mother stayed at the Gerson Institute for a few weeks. They came home and continue the therapy today, six years later. Stephanie never once returned to the hospital for radiation, chemotherapy or drugs. Her body is now on the road to recovery. Her hair has grown back and she can finally attend school. Though her body has been stunted from the years of drugs and radiation, she has a luminous smile and an incredibly upbeat attitude. Her parents, who remember holding Stephanie in their arms when she weighed a mere 60 pounds on her 11th birthday, consider the Gerson family dear friends.
The Gerson Method, which was meant to be a breather between more rigorous treatments, saved Stephanie's life. When I watched Stephanie's interview in The Gerson Miracle, a documentary about the Method, I was stunned. The whole documentary, in fact, seemed unbelievable to me. Where was the proof? And if people like Stephanie could be cured with such a simple, straightforward method, why wasn't the whole world lining up outside the Gerson Institute's doorstep? In my line of work I need to see the facts before I am willing to try something myself, or recommend it to my friends and patients. I had to find evidence in other ways, through the testimonials of actual survivors. There are thousands of complete medical files on cancer patients who have experienced total recovery on the Gerson Therapy.