Editor's Corner...Internet Revisited

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Editor's Corner...Internet Revisited

Several issues ago, we wrote about the founding of the Gerson Therapy homepage on the Internet's Worldwide Web (WWW), and the opportunity that it afforded us to tell our story to a vast audience, uncensored by the print and broadcast media's addiction to advertising revenue. Since then, our page has grown, been linked to many other holistic healing pages, and referenced by newsgroups and other resources. Thousands of people from all over the world have found and viewed the data. Many have come to the Gerson Hospital in Mexico as a result of the information contained on the page. Many more have decided to do the home treatment or come to a seminar after seeing the page. It has proven to be a very valuable tool for getting our story to people who would not normally have had access to the information.

However, we expressed a concern about a year ago, when the "Communications Decency Act" was passed by a censorship-happy Congress, intent on suppression of the kind of freewheeling openness of expression inherent in the Internet. Using the indefensible bogeyman of child pornography, our elected representatives passed a repressive, broad and vague law that allowed anyone with a complaint to censor any site, be it political, sexual or medical. This terrible law was passed in record time by a bipartisan vote, in a year when Congress could not even pass a budget. We were apprehensive that, as soon as the law was confirmed in practice, our site, and many like it would be suppressed as well.

The concern was not ours alone. On the very day that President Clinton signed the CDA, the ACLU and other groups sued to keep it from being enforced. In the past few weeks, we are delighted to report, a three-member judicial panel in Philadelphia completely and thoroughly struck down the CDA as being so fundamentally opposed to our freedom of speech and expression that there was literally no redeeming value to it. The CDA was ruled utterly unconstitutional on the basis of being overbroad, vague and open to the interpretation of any zealous prosecutor in the land. For the moment, at least, the Internet remains a bastion of free speech upon which we can present the Gerson Therapy in open competition with other therapies, as it should be.

We cannot rest easy, however. It is virtually certain that our government will attempt to regulate or suppress the flow of information that is often contradictory to its views. The Internet represents the largest and most unruly of the information flows available to the average citizen. It is, therefore, the one that government will take to be the greatest threat. Stay tuned.

Acknowledgement

We would like to make a long-overdue acknowledgement. Long before we thought of the Web as a tool for the dissemination of Gerson information, Mr. Stephen Zins, a long-time friend, Gerson supporter, brilliant computer scientist and physicist brought the possibilities of the Web to our attention. He demonstrated its capability to us on his home computer, and suggested that we put the Gerson Therapy information on it. At the time, the Web was a novelty, mostly in use by computer experts, and it was actually difficult to convince us to expend any resources on it.

Thankfully, we were convinced, and put the information on the Web for all to see. We thank Steve for his vision, persistence and support through the years. He has helped many, saved the lives of several, and will share credit for the spreading of the Gerson Therapy story worldwide to many who would otherwise never have had access to it.

More food-borne diseases

Those who pay attention will note that hardly a day goes by now without some news story about a problem with our food supply. The latest concerns the new strain of E. coli that can kill children and older people. It appears that there was recently a fairly massive outbreak of the illness in Japan that killed several and sickened over 9,000 people.

Meat-borne E. coli kills thousands in the U.S. annually. How many more children must die before the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and more importantly, the U.S. public "gets it"?

The Gerson Institute.

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By Howard Straus

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