Did the Cabbage Soup Weight Loss Fad Start out as a Cancer-Fighting Diet?

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The cabbage soup diet is a weight loss fad that may have started out as a cancer-fighting diet created by a famous doctor in the 1950's.

The ever-popular cabbage soup diet may have healthy origins, claims Jonni Good, on her website at http://www.stress-free-weight-loss.com.

The cabbage soup diet is a fad that has been around for years. The plan includes potatoes, bananas, and lots and lots of cabbage soup. It's a good way to lose a few pounds fast, states the author of this website, but she also mentions that there aren't enough calories or variety to keep people satisfied for long.

However, Ms. Good points out that the famous cancer doctor Max Gerson, who had a strong following in the 1950's, built his cancer-fighting diet around cabbage soup. Is this the origin of the fad diet that has been around for so long?

Dr. Gerson counseled patients to eat only organic foods, with many glasses of fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. He also insisted that his patients eat many bowls of cabbage soup. While this may seem like an odd way to fight cancer, Dr. Albert Schweitzer called Dr. Gerson "one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine."

Can cabbage soup and other foods really have health benefits? Although it took another 50 years for the research to be done, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and other scientists involved in the China Study have shown that a whole-food, plant-based diet does help prevent cancer, heart disease - and yes, obesity. In fact, this type of diet can even reverse some life-threatening illnesses, and it helps people lose weight.

While you may not want to eat cabbage soup every single day, it is probably a good idea to add a soup very much like it to your menu as often as possible to help you stay healthy and thin.

You can learn more about the cabbage soup diet, including a recipe for the soup, at http://www.stress-free-weight-loss.com/cabbage-soup-diet.html

To learn more about Dr. Max Gerson and his cancer-fighting diet, visit the Gerson Institute website at http://www.gerson.org/about/mg.asp

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