And I guess this is another valid reason for going vegetarian. Raw organic vegetables diet has proven to cure cancer and other degenerative diseases. This therapy by a German physician Dr. Max Gerson who believed to cure cancer by applying a strict fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, vegetarian diet, based on great quantities of fresh organic vegetable juice, supplements, and systemic detoxification. His therapy dates back to 1928 when he started to use this method, previously efficient in curing migraine and tuberculosis, for cancer.
Ms. Gerson explains: "Dr. Gerson found that the underlying problems of all cancer patients are toxicity and deficiency. He had to overcome both these difficulties. He found that one of the important features of his therapy had to be the hourly administration of fresh vegetable juices. These supply ample nutrients, as well as fluids to help flush out the kidneys. When the high levels of nutrients re-enter tissues, toxins accumulated over many years are forced into the blood stream. The toxins are then filtered out by the liver. The liver is easily overburdened by the continuous release of toxins and is unable to release the load. Dr. Gerson found that he could provide help to the liver by the caffeine in coffee, absorbed from the colon via the hemorrhoidal vein, which carries the caffeine to the portal system and then to the liver. The caffeine stimulates the liver/bile ducts to open, releasing the poisons into the intestinal tract for excretion."
It has been explained that digestive system of a sick person is not functioning well thus not allowing to assimilate the nutrients in raw vegetables as they contain the pulp or fiber. If the pulp is removed, the nutrients pass directly into the blood stream feeding the cells and restoring the immune system within minutes after consumption. This is why Dr. Gerson chose juice form.
You probably ask why is this method not applied standardly if it has promising results. And it does! In brief, it is too simple and too cheap. Pharmaceutical industries are not interested in releasing such knowledge. Dr. Gerson faced many issues with the US pharmaceutical concerns and he was finally poisoned with arsenic that was found in his afternoon coffee.
A fantastic account of Gerson's struggles and successes are narrated in a documentary Dying to have known by Steve Kroschel.