F.W. FORBES ROSS, M.D., c. 1905


Intensive laboratory and field study into the relationship of potassium to the cause and cure of cancer needs to be conducted.

Working Summary: Ross was apparently the first to identify potassium as a key factor in eliminating cancer. The Gerson therapy expands on his principles.

With the beginning of the 20th century, X-rays and radium were added to surgery as leading methods of treating cancer. Due to inadequate shielding methods, many of the radiologists and their staff were burned and died of cancer, induced by the radiation.

Dr. Forbes, a London physician, blamed the ever-increasing rate of cancer deaths on poor diet,the surgery, and radiation used to treat the disease.After studying the chemical functioning of the endocrine glands, the blood, and the overall nutritional requirements of the human system, Ross identified potassium salts as the key missing element which normal cells needed for healthful activity.

He said these salts were being processed out of the food offered to the public. The soil was depleted, and cooking only intensified the problem—since the potassium was thrown out in the cooking water.

Ross prescribed potassium citrate and phosphate as part of his treatment of cancer, along with a weekly dose of five grains of potassium iodide.

As with the great majority of natural healers,Ross worked with the hopeless, inoperable, and those who had refused surgery or irradiation. Yet he was often remarkably successful.

Ross prescribed potassium routinely to all his patients; and he declared that, over a 15-year period, none of his patients contracted cancer.

Instead of cutting out the cancer, Ross tried to improve the general well-being of the patient.Hair color returned, along with better looking skin.As the diet improved, the tumor began to recede.He also noted that most cancer patients preferred rich, spicy foods; were primarily meat eaters;disliked vegetables; and rarely drank the water in which the vegetables were cooked.

Ross also studied the diets of primitive people,and found that they ate only raw and fresh foods,with all the nutrients retained.

His therapy primarily consisted of dietary instruction.Although many nutritional discoveries have been made since, Ross’ ideas remain just as solid as when he gave them.

Ross cited the case of the physician who dared to speak up in a medical meeting and suggest that tuberculosis was curable. The place was in an uproar because, Ross wrote, the young man haddared to challenge current medical opinion that TB was incurable. He added that the young doctor was later harried out of the medical profession for taking such a stand.


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