was very much aware that patients require
the intake of essential fatty acids. He
experimented with various substances, including
sunflower, safflower, olive and other oils
to try to satisfy this need. He even tried
fresh, unsalted butter. In all cases, fats
administered to patients, even after they
were already free of tumor tissue, caused
the regrowth of cancers. Therefore, Dr.
Gerson stated repeatedly and emphatically
when describing the practice of the Therapy
"NO OILS, NO FATS." In 1958, after
his book had been published, Gerson found
the work of Dr. Johanna Budwig.
described her successful use of flax seed
oil (linseed oil) in cancer patients. Dr.
Gerson tried this substance and found it
very beneficial. It supplies the essential
fatty acids, helps to carry Vitamin A through
the blood stream and supplies linoleic and
linolenic acids. In a letter to his long-time
friend, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Gerson described
his protocol for the use of Flax Seed Oil:
two tablespoons a day for the first month
on the Gerson Therapy; one tablespoon thereafter.
In the charts
on pp. 235 and 236 of A Cancer Therapy,
the reader will find that the use of flax
seed oil is described. The reason for the
"contradiction" is that, on the
basis of Dr. Gerson's research in the last
year of his practice, we added the flax
seed oil prescription. We did not change
the text in the book prohibiting all fats
and oils, because we wanted to keep Dr.
Gerson's original words as intact as possible.
that this explains any apparent contradictions
the reader may find. Flax seed oil is made
from organic flax seed, cold pressed, bottled
in a light-proof container, and sealed in
the presence of inert gas, not air. This
careful handling keeps the oil from oxidizing,
and becoming rancid. It must never be heated,
and should never be used to cook, bake or
fry anything. Unopened bottles may be stored
in a freezer for up to six months; in a
refrigerator for up to three months. Once
opened and exposed to air, still refrigerated,
the oil is only usable for three weeks.
Patients should use the golden, filtered
oil , not the brownish and viscous material
that includes lignins. The lignins come
from part of the fiber of the seed, which
also contains certain undesirable proteins.
These should be avoided. Also, when used
by patients, only the oil should be taken,
not freshly ground flax seeds, for the same
reason. Some patients have been told by
well-meaning friends that lignins or flax
powder can be used and added to cakes. That
is totally out of the question.