The Moerman Guidelines

The Moerman guidelines

Although the popular expression is the ‘Moerman diet’, the guidelines cover a diet and a therapy. When the desired nutrition cannot be fully obtained from natural food and drink, i.e. the cancer patient still suffers from the ‘small clinical symptoms’ associated with nutritional deficiencies, then the guidelines include the use of supplements, in particular extra vitamin C.
The guidelines that I adopted were the guidelines for the original Moerman diet. It is important to realize the context within which these guidelines originated. This was the first diet that Dr. Moerman prescribed, and it was for a cancer patient with advanced cancer, suffering from loss of appetite, who was withering away and had entered the last phase of his life. The patient recovered fully.

The original Moerman diet:

  • no meat, fish or poultry
  • no water, coffee or tea
  • the juice of beetroot, sour apples and pears, made with a juicer, freshly squeezed and drunk straight away
  • no sugar nor food in which sugar has been processed
  • moderate use of salt
  • half a liter to one liter of buttermilk daily
  • the juice of lemons, eventually diluted with orange juice
  • the juice of berries
  • one or two egg yolks (no whites) daily
  • brown bread (whole grain) with dairy butter and cheese
  • no potatoes, but instead rice (whole grain) with dairy butter and green vegetables, especially lettuce with cucumbers and gherkins; also allowed are other vegetables such as carrots, beetroot and asparagus
  • use whole grain rice, such as brown rice, from which the pericarp has not been removed
  • the rice may be coarsely ground and cooked in full milk

also allowed:

  • plums, apricots, puree of sour apples, pears and peaches
  • pea soup without meat or bacon, but with onions, carrots, celeriac and vegetables
  • do not use laxatives, but, if needed, three times a day one tablespoon of olive oil
  • lots of fruit

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