MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

This announcement caught my eye:

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Dr Patrick Vickers of the Northern Baja Gerson Centre, Mexico will deliver a two hour riveting lecture of ‘The American Experience of Dr Max Gerson, M.D.’

The lecture will present the indisputable science supporting the Gerson Therapy and its ability to reverse advanced disease.

Dr Vickers will explain the history and the politics of both medical and governmental authorities and their relentless attempts to surpress this information, keeping it from the world.

‘Dr Max Gerson, Censored for Curing Cancer’

“I see in Dr Max Gerson, one of the most eminent geniuses in medical history” Nobel Prize Laureate, Dr Albert Schweitzer.

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Who is this man, Dr Patrik Vickers, I asked myself. And soon I found a CV in his own words:

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Dr. Patrick Vickers is the Director and Founder of the Northern Baja Gerson Clinic. His mission is to provide patients with the highest quality and standard of care available in the world today for the treatment of advanced (and non-advanced) degenerative disease. His dedication and commitment to the development of advanced protocols has led to the realization of exponentially greater results in healing disease. Dr. Vickers, along with his highly trained staff, provides patients with the education, support, and resources to achieve optimal health.

Dr. Patrick was born and raised outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the age of 11 years old, after witnessing a miraculous recovery from a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Patrick’s passion for natural medicine was born.

Giving up careers in professional golf and entertainment, Dr. Patrick obtained his undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Life University before going on to receive his doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 1997.

While a student at New York Chiropractic College(NYCC), Dr. Patrick befriended Charlotte Gerson, the last living daughter of Dr. Max Gerson, M.D. who Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer called, ” One of the most eminent geniuses in medical history. “

Dr. Gerson, murdered in 1959, remains the most censured doctor in the history of medicine as he was reversing virtually every degenerative disease known to man, including TERMINAL cancer…

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I have to admit, I find all this quite upsetting!

Not because the ticket for the lecture costs just over £27.

Not because exploitation of vulnerable patients by quacks always annoys me.

Not even because the announcement is probably unlawful, according to the UK ‘cancer act’.

I find it upsetting because there is simply no good evidence that the Gerson therapy does anything to cancer patients other than making them die earlier, poorer and more miserable (the fact that Prince Charles is a fan makes it only worse). And I do not believe that the lecture will present indisputable evidence to the contrary – lectures almost never do. Evidence has to be presented in peer-reviewed publications, independently confirmed and scrutinised. And, as far as I can see, Vickers has not authored a single peer-reviewed article [however, he thrives on anecdotal stories via youtube (worth watching, if you want to hear pure BS)].

But mostly I find it upsetting because it is almost inevitable that some desperate cancer patients will believe ‘Dr’ Vickers. And if they do, they will have to pay a very high price.

11 Responses to ‘Censored for curing cancer’: the Gerson therapy re-visited

  • Dr Alice Howarth has written about her experience of attending a talk that Vickers gave in Liverpool last year.

    https://dralice.blog/2017/09/18/report-attendance-at-a-pseudoscience-lecture-on-gerson-therapy/

  • Thanks for this link. The story is horrifying! I simply cannot understand why many people, ignorant of medicine, imagine someone like Vickers has a sure-fire cure for cancers that medical science has missed, or has tested and mistakenly rejected. Comments on this very blog frequently claim such cures are too cheap to be profitable to Big Pharma. Such commenters should look at the prices Vickers extorts for the Gerson cure, which is simply fruit juice!

    The Glasgow police should be informed that someone is likely to violate the 1939 cancer act on February 10th and arrest Vickers. Show them the link from last year’s meeting. Explain to them the harm that such messages can do.

    • An honest oncologist will speak with caution, don’t hesitate to mention side effects, even to a person who will perceive a simple surgical scar as a tragedy, not to say about losing body parts or letting introduce deadly chemicals in their bodies (not everybody will try to find out more abot cancer meds). And then there are “wise” friends and family members, or, as in the case of my country, Senior oncologist +Pharma rep who seems to have been appointed by ministry of health to promote unsubstantiated cancer treatment. It’s very natural that many patients turn to cancer quacks (or probably are brought there by relatives). Attentive doctor (an ordinary patient often won’t be able to tell the difference between doctor and a fraud) promising easy cure or at least many years of happy life.

  • “After witnessing a miraculous recovery from a Chiropractic adjustment”. I assume this means he witnessed a Chiropractor giving a patient a stroke…and then the patient miraculously recovered.
    Where are serial killers when you need them…

  • Gerson was murdered, was he? Presumably by sinister agents of Big Pharma who saw him as a threat?

    Oh. He died of pneumonia. How boring.

    • you must be mistaken!
      the conspirationists know better (http://whale.to/b/gerson.html):
      In the mid 1950s, after spending his entire life researching and creating a modality that practically put an end to all the major diseases of the 20th century – including cancer—Max Gerson was quietly putting together 30 plus years of his work into book form. Then along came his secretary, an efficient woman who looked after things, was just what he needed to manage his clinic, his out-patient work, new patients, and document his findings in a massive tome.

      Then, just as he finished his manuscript, “miss helper” took off with it, taking the only copy he had—the original. Keep in mind, these were the days before copy machines and the like. That’s when Max got even more bad news. He found out that he was suffering from massive arsenic poisoning; a parting gift from his secretary.

      Even though in advanced age, his healthy approach to curing modern diseases was enough to stave off this attack, allowing him to recreate from scratch his wonderful book:

      Max Gerson: A Cancer Therapy: results of fifty cases (1958)

      Once the book was published, he found that yet again, he had been poisoned by person or persons unknown. This time, the dose they slipped him was completely fatal. He was dead by the end of the year.

  • And the Schweitzer claim?

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