Gerson tropical alternative to Beet Greens/Alugbati (Vinespinach) and Kale/Malunggay (Moringga)
One of the reasons why Gerson Therapy(Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
) is so hard to comply with in Asia is because the vegetables that are listed as part of the Gerson menu is not readily available in tropical countries such as the Philippines and Singapore.
When Nanay and I purchased Swiss Chard, Endive and Kale at Nature’s Glory in Outram Park, we started comparing it with local/tropical vegetables..e.g.
Beet Greens compared to Vinespinach (Alugbati in Tagalog) – nutritional comparison here
Kale compared to Moringga (Malunggay in Tagalog) or Purple Sweet Potato Leaves– nutritional comparison here
Kale still has more Vitamin A, C and K than Malunggay but Malunggay has more Folate and Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Malunggay is more readily available in tropical countries.
Other than being widely available in Singapore and the Philippines, alugbati(vinespinach), moringa (malunggay/horseradish leaves) and sweet potato leaves, are quite affordable compared to kale, swiss chard and beet greens. The caveat though is that the tropical vegetables does not have enough Vitamin K, perhaps we can get this from Cod Liver Oil supplementation instead. I hope Charlotte Gerson and Ms. Bishop will update their books so that the Gerson Therapy will be more doable in Asia.
Need proof? Go ahead and buy kale, swiss chard and beet greens at Nature’s Glory and buy vinespinach, moringa and sweet potato leaves in the Singapore/Philippine wet market, and taste them raw. Vinespinach tasts like beet greens. Kale tastes like moringga leaves.
This also proves that Gerson did not make advices based on random thoughts, but he carefully selected certain fruits and vegetables for its nutrition (vitamins and mineral content). He based it on his studies showing that cancer patients have deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals and he addressed this through whole foods (not supplementation). The other supplements he included in the regimen are for those vitamins and minerals that are not available in food/drinks and which the bodies of cancer patients are not ready to produce (due to their deficiencies). Its just sad that his daughter (Charlotte Gerson) did not make additional studies based on geography and availability for fruits and vegetables depending on seasons and climate.
Then God said, “Let the land burst forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant. And let there be trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. The seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And so it was. The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, and their seeds produced plants and trees of like kind. And God saw that it was good.
-Genesis 1:11-12 from the New Living Translation of the Bible
Most of all, I believe God has intended certain plants, herbs and trees to grow in certain lands for the consumption of the locals. I do not think he intended Asians to consume ONLY those vegetables in foreign land. This is the marvelous design of creation. The Pacific Yew Tree produced natural fungicide to protect itself from fungi that is present in its locality. Therefore, I believe anyone who lives in the same locality will benefit from derivatives of the Pacific Yew Tree. This probably goes without saying that Asians will probably be better off eating local vegetables and fruits, not only for practical reasons and for its availability but also because this is what was designed for us– our bodies needed the nutrients from these plants, herbs and trees. Our nutritional deficiencies may not be the same as those in Western countries, then why follow Western diets? Can’t help but appreciate the hand of God in how the environment was prepared by God for its human inhabitants. If only we are more wise in taking care of what was given to us…