When Charlotte Gerson was twelve years old, her father, Dr Max Gerson, healed her of tuberculosis. It is important to note that at the time, tuberculosis was considered a death sentence. Now ninety-one, she has the longest survival record of anyone who has been treated by the Gerson Therapy. She is also the world’s leading authority on its theory, background, and practice.
The youngest of Max Gerson’s three daughters, she began in her teens serving as her father’s assistant, studying with him and working in his practice.
When the family fled Germany before World War II and the Holocaust, she was eleven years old. The Gersons’ first stop was Vienna, Austria, where Charlotte contracted bone tuberculosis, then considered an incurable, fatal disease. Dr Gerson cured her using his now famous therapy before they had to flee Austria for Ville d’Avray, France, then London.
After they relocated in New York City, Max Gerson established a clinic for his seriously ill patients, where Charlotte spent many hours making rounds with him. She also continued her formal education, attending Smith College for two years before dropping out to marry her husband, Irwin.
When her father died in 1959, she vowed his work would not die with him. With funds in short supply and opposition by such powerful forces as the drug companies and the American Medical Association, it would have proved a daunting task for one without Charlotte’s determination. She has never wavered in her dedication to her father’s work and has trained her children, Howard Straus and Margaret Straus Dego, to carry on after her, as Dr Gerson trained her.
Charlotte began lecturing, first locally, then around the country, and she was even asked to appear twice on the Oprah Winfrey show in Baltimore and Chicago before Oprah went national. She has appeared on Christian Broadcasting, Trinity Broadcasting, and PBS and she is regularly interviewed on radio stations nationwide. Until she was eighty-two, she undertook annual lecture tours in England, Ireland, Italy, Hungary and Germany.
In 1977, she founded The Gerson Institute with Norman Fritz, president of the Cancer Control Society. The Institute established treatment centres and trained holistic physicians, nurses and kitchen help in the elements of her father’s nutritional treatment. Their training programs have expanded and now train hundreds of practitioners and caregivers annually, coming from all corners of the globe.
Charlotte Gerson is renowned for her integrity and deep, intuitive understanding of chronic disease and of naturally sustained good health. She uses natural techniques and keen observation to accurately assess a patient’s condition. She will often detect conditions and ailments about which the patient does not tell her.
Howard Straus describes his mother:
There are people all over the world who love her and whose lives have been changed by the Gerson Therapy. She is a combination of Billy Graham’s fervent evangelism, Ralph Nader’s cautionary suspicion of industry, and June Cleaver’s warmth and maternal energy. She is absolutely rock solid, keeps her promises, generous, quite literally a world treasure, yet humble, like Dr Gerson. Surgeons and naturopaths, chiropractors and patients seek her out with admiration and honour.
Charlotte Gerson is the author of several books, with the most successful and acclaimed book being Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases. This book, an update and upgrade of Dr Gerson’s, A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases, has been translated into several languages. Her other books include Defeating Obesity, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure: The Metabolic Syndrome and Defeating Arthritis, Bone and Joint Diseases. The increasing incidence of these conditions means that her books sell well all over the world. Charlotte has appeared in four documentaries directed by Steve Kroschel: The Gerson Miracle, Dying To Have Known, The Beautiful Truth and Alive Tomorrow. Because of her sterling reputation for integrity and her unwillingness to compromise her principles, Charlotte has become the ‘Grande Dame’ of alternative medicine. Charlotte is invited to appear in a documentary approximately every month or two. Charlotte has also authored many articles for The Gerson Healing Newsletter, and a series of nine introductory booklets on healing various disorders using The Gerson Therapy.
Charlotte is a true reflection of her father’s medical philosophy. She is in robust good health and continues to work. In Healing the Gerson Way she describes the methods she has used successfully for six decades to help thousands of people recover from cancer, hepatitis, heart disease and other ‘incurable’ illnesses. It is a must-read for patients who have attended Gerson Therapy clinics and want to continue the work at home. In addition, many people who could not attend a clinic have found the help they needed from the book alone.
Today Charlotte Gerson lives in Southern California, and makes rounds at the Gerson Therapy clinic in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Though retired from the day-to-day operations of the Institute she founded, Charlotte remains an active member of its Board of Directors, participates in training sessions, lectures and appears on radio shows, inspires, encourages and advises practitioners, patients, radio listeners and millions around the world.
I am grateful for the gift of learning from Charlotte since being inspired by interviews she has given to My Serrapeptase Adventure, is the improvement in my eyesight, and visual perception, which have made reading, without assistance, a real pleasure and a useful skill for the first time in my life. Charlotte’s book, Healing The Gerson Way, was one of the first books about a truly natural approach to sustained good health that I was able to read. It is my pleasure to recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the awesome, lifesaving power of natural food., to increase the proportion of my diet, which consists of raw food and juicing. I have often said that one of the most precious gifts of
I am honoured to congratulate Charlotte, who is celebrating her ninety-first birthday, and to offer my personal thanks for her tireless determination to educate and inspire people, who are willing to take responsibility for regaining and sustaining their own health.
Thanks to Charlotte Gerson and The Gerson Institute, for original material, including the photograph. Thanks also to Joyce Riley: for her inspiration.