It is my last semester of my graduate program at the University of Southern California (USC), and by the end of May I will receive a Master’s in Social Work (MSW). Before I started this program I never thought that as a social worker, I would take a film class, let alone do a documentary! Part of my last project in my class, Social Work and the Media, is to do a short documentary on a social issue that is important to us. We had to create a proposal and pitch it to the class. Only 4 documentaries were chosen out of a class of 11, mine being one of them. Those that didn’t get picked became crew members of all sorts. My partner, Crystal Bettenhausen-Bubulka, and I are doing our documentary on the Gerson Method called “Juice for the Cure”.
The Gerson Therapy is an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego, CA, dedicated to providing education and training in the Gerson Therapy and has 2 clinics; one located in Hungary and one in Mexico. Currently, cancer is usually treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. The Gerson Method, however, is a safe and natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements. It treats the underlying causes of disease: toxicity and nutritional deficiency. Instead of treating a symptom or condition, as so-called “modern medicine” does, the Gerson Method treats the body as a whole, facilitating healing rather than trying to “kill” a disease.
Our film will be screened at the USC San Diego Academic Center Film Festival in May and is open to the public. Exact details will be posted at a later date. Please subscribe to our blog in order to get current updates on our documentary. To date, our film will have a medical doctor who left Kaiser and is now a Gerson Practitioner. She will contribute her experiences using the Gerson Method as a healing modality and explain the process in more detail. In addition, we have a member from the Think Before You Pink Foundation of the Breast Cancer Action, a watchdog of the breast cancer movement. They are very critical of the Susan B. Komen Foundation and of the many pink ribbon products that are being sold in the name of cancer awareness. They state:
We hope Juice for the Cure sheds light on other ways of treating cancer and/or other degenerative diseases. Moreover, we intend to show that alternative and holistic treatments will no longer be scorned or dismissed by the medical society at large. We should all come from a considerate viewpoint and encourage one another to no longer be dismissive towards alternative cancer treatments, but to see them as a complement to their overall health care options.