Dr. Max Gerson
Based on a True Story
by Nancy Kremer
A dramatization based on the book
"DR. MAX GERSON: HEALING THE HOPELESS"
by Howard Straus with Barbara Marinacci
Logline: A micro-focused doctor discovers a dietary cure for cancer and attempts to heal the world in spite of persistent hostile actions of communities with ulterior political and financial motives. Based on true events.
Doctor Max Gerson, a Jewish man living in Germany, achieved his success almost by accident. Since childhood, he suffered from terrible migraines. Following up on 17th century medical book, he attempted to correlate the food he was eating to his migraines. He learned by cutting red meat and table salt from his diet, he was able to completely eradicate his migraines. Gerson imparted his personal success on research patients as he proved the science of the dietary success on migraines. Surprisingly, a patient noticed that as he adhered to Gerson’s migraine diet, his Lupus vulgaris skin lesions disappeared. News of Gerson’s success of the diet on many incurable ailments spread throughout Europe. Gerson found himself called to the bed of a woman dying from terminal cancer. She requested Gerson’s assistance in implementing his dietary strategies to see if they would affect her cancer. Gerson reluctantly obliged, with clear understanding that he had no scientific research to insure success with cancer; but as Gerson’s remedies detoxified the woman and cured her cancer, he realized that what started as his personal remedy for migraines evolved into a process able to cure the incurable, and heal the hopeless. Just before WWII, Max Gerson was affected by the anti-Semitic views of the time. On a train ride to Austria in hopes of getting his research validated by a prominent doctor there, Gerson’s train was stopped by Nazi soldiers detaining people of suspected Jewish decent. While being searched, Gerson was asked about the nature of his travel and the documents he carried. Showing the soldier X-rays of the cured Tuberculosis, the soldier’s fascination distracted him from completing his search. Max sat down, the train took off, and Max Gerson escaped Nazi Germany. His family eventually settled in America and Gerson set up a practice in New York City. In the 1940s, the government subsidized a 100-million dollar cancer research bill. Doctors at the cutting edge of cancer research were asked to submit their work. Max Gerson was invited to testify before Congress and brought several of his healed patients. To great disappointment and surprise, Gerson’s entire testimony was redacted from the official record and his medical license suspended. Max felt the full weight of the government and media censorship when NBC host, Raymond Gram Swing, was fired for broadcasting Max’s testimony on air. Gerson continued his scientific research. Determined to share his findings, Max committed to writing a book of his best 50 cases. He hired an assistant, who was conspiratorially bribed by unknown forces to poison Gerson’s coffee every morning with arsenic, eventually leading to his death.