The Maverick M.D.: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight for a New Cancer Treatment
By Mary Swander
New Spring Press
Nicholas Gonzalez (1947-2015) was the son of a Mexican father and an Italian mother. He loved baseball and listened to classical music. He started his career as a journalist on the science beat. In many ways, he was a normal guy, but you don’t have to look very hard to find this man’s more unusual qualities.
The books on his shelf included Dr. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Gonzalez was also familiar with the work of Francis Pottenger. As a journalist, he met with Dr. Linus Pauling and other leading scientists. Combining that with a photographic memory and tremendous energy, he developed a keen understanding of science.
One of the greatest influences on young Nicholas was the dentist Dr. William Kelley. When Dr. Kelley called his mom to tell her he was dying of cancer, her response was “Oh no, you’re not.” She invaded his house, threw out his junk food and started fermenting and soaking things. He went along with most of it but was not immediately ready for the coffee enemas. (Apparently, not everyone enjoys a good enema.) Eventually she won that argument and cleaned up his life like only a mother can. One thing led to another and, even though he was a dentist, Kelley had a steady flow of people coming to him for cancer treatment.
Gonzalez had the good fortune of meeting Dr. Kelley before he received his MD or other brainwashing that might have convinced him that the only way to treat cancer was chemotherapy or surgery. He studied Kelley’s protocols as part of his medical education and advanced and refined the treatment in his own practice. Exceeding the success rate of standard cancer care does not require setting the bar very high, and he achieved success rates well beyond that.
Dr. Nick was unquestionably brilliant and adept at cutting through the fog to solve a problem, but one aspect took him longer to wrap his mind around. When you deviate from the standard of care, use nutrition as treatment, step on the toes of crusty old experts who can’t possibly learn anything from young whelps, and worst of all, when you succeed, you had better have a fully functional set of Kevlar underwear. He was under almost constant attack. There were frivolous lawsuits, medical board reviews and peers who considered Gonzalez the devil in a nice suit. The New York Department of Health tried to shut him down. The result was an intensive evaluation by Dr. William Grant, who said that in all his years of evaluating physicians, he had never seen one so lacking in deficiencies. When Dr. Gonzalez was assigned to be retrained by Dr. Hyman, the retrainer was ultimately more retrained than the retrainee.
Dr. Gonzalez did something that should be required of all oncologists. He followed his own protocol. It seems to have worked well. When he started dating thirty-something Mary Beth, she thought he was about her age. No wrinkles, gray hair or middle-age spread. She was a little rattled when she found out he was fifty-three but got over it and married him anyway.
What we see in this biography of a great doctor and scientist is consistent with a general pattern. The powers-that-be in the cancer industry (or any other) are much more concerned about maintaining their reputation and power than they are about helping people. They turn a blind eye to the damage caused by chemotherapy and surgery, while hyperventilating over how someone might get hurt by improved nutrition. Experts like this do not think outside the box and they don’t want you to either. If you dare to step outside the box, be ready for a fight. If everyone understood this, they might be less willing to submit to the medical dictatorship we see taking over in 2021. The thumb is UP for the book and the man whose box-free thinking enriched and extended so many lives.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2021🖨️ Print post
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