Conquering Cancer: Volume I and Volume II
By Nicholas J. Gonzalez
New Spring Press
If you ever heard Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez speak, you couldn’t help but notice that his mind worked several levels above the average IQ. It also showed in the results of his cancer treatment where he had significantly higher success rates than his mainstream competition. Even though he is tragically no longer with us, he continues to educate. Volume I of Conquering Cancer details fifty cases of pancreatic and breast cancer. Volume II details sixty-two cases of a variety of other cancers, and there is an appendix covering a case of insulin-dependent diabetes.
In these two volumes, Dr. Gonzalez briefly describes his theory of what is really going on with cancer and how his views differ from the conventional understanding. Gonzalez wrote another book that goes into much more detail, called The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer. According to this theory, cancer does not arise from normal differentiated cells gone awry but from undifferentiated stem cells. Cancer acts much like a placenta, which crosses tissue boundaries, establishes its own blood supply and grows. But the placenta in a mother only grows up to a point, then stops. Why? It stops growing at about the same time the embryonic pancreas starts putting out enzymes. This understanding provided the basis for Dr. Gonzalez’s treatment using pancreatic enzymes.
Gonzalez does not claim to be the first to come up with this conception of cancer. Treatments based on this idea started with Dr. John Beard in the early twentieth century. Others followed up, and a dentist named Dr. William Kelley rediscovered Beard’s work in the 1960s. Gonzalez met Kelley and did an extensive student project studying his treatment, eventually carrying on the work of Beard and Kelley for the rest of his life.
The Gonzalez Protocol goes well beyond the use of pancreatic enzymes and includes other supplements, a personally tailored diet and detoxification, specifically coffee enemas. Moreover the protocol doesn’t stop there. Whereas the typical medical doctor today is little more than a drug dispenser, taking input from the patient and prescribing drugs—in a process that can’t take much more than ten minutes, on average, because the doctor must see many patients each day to assure financial survival—Dr. Gonzalez typically spent over an hour with each patient.
To the surprise of many, he did not see thousands of new pancreatic cancer patients each year. In fact, it was less than ten because he didn’t use an assembly line approach. (He did see patients with other forms of cancer or other diseases in addition to his pancreatic cancer patients). There was no one-size-fits-all treatment. This is because there are two sides to the autonomic nervous system—the sympathetic and parasympathetic. (Gonzalez was familiar with Pottenger’s work in that field.) Someone who is sympathetic-dominant needs a very different diet than someone who is parasympathetic-dominant. Because Dr. Gonzalez’s patients lived considerably longer than the average mainstream victim—I mean, patient—and he spent more time with them, he had less capacity to take on new patients.
The medical industry seems to view patients like machines. Replace a few parts, tighten a few screws, change the fluids, maybe remove some of the more troublesome “spare” parts and you’re good to go, right? Well…no. Maybe in a few rare and fortunate cases but in general no. Gonzalez once asked Kelley what percentage of disease is biochemical-nutritional, psychological and spiritual. The answer was “100 percent biochemical-nutritional in every single patient.” After an impish pause, Kelley continued, “It’s also 100 percent psychological and 100 percent spiritual in every single patient.” In keeping with this view, Dr. Gonzalez did not shy away from addressing the psychological and spiritual issues of his patients. He found that people who dealt with those issues did better and that it was wise to deal with them sooner rather than later. A frequently recurring theme in both volumes of Conquering Cancer is the importance of a positive outlook. Those of his patients who were optimistic and didn’t second-guess or question the protocol consistently did the best.
One important point that I see, not just with Dr. Gonzalez but other successful alternative practitioners, is how the medical industry reacts to success achieved outside of medical orthodoxy. Mainstream medicine did not exactly endorse Gonzalez and his predecessors. It is clear that the medical industry, like any other industry, cares first and foremost about money. The greatest threat to that industry would be a cure. Without that understanding, the war against alternative medicine is incomprehensible. With that understanding, the war is obvious. In other writings, Gonzalez summed up the war tactics commonly used:
There is really only one truth. Either cancer patients get better with my treatment or they do not. And if they do, I could not care less whether it involved moon dust or microbes from Pluto. What matters is that many— not all, by any means—of my patients are alive when they should be dead. And what has that made me in the eyes of the traditional cancer establishment? Simple. I am Gonzalez the quack, the fraud, the doctor who lies to cancer patients, steals their money and kills them. If there was a signup sheet at the NIH to run me down with a truck, people would stand in line for hours.
What kind of success did Gonzalez have, and how did that compare to the industry competition? Dr. Colin Ross states in the introduction to Conquering Cancer that no oncologist in any medical school in the Western world has achieved comparable survival times. I don’t know how many total patients Dr. Gonzalez saw in his career, but given such a low number of new cases per year, I would have to believe that the cases presented in these two volumes must represent a significant percentage of the total. Reputable experts from places like Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Mayo Clinic independently confirmed these cancer cases.
The first section of Volume I covers pancreatic cancer cases. The most common forms have an average survival time from diagnosis of less than one year. Gonzalez details fourteen cases with survival times ranging from three to twenty-five or more years. Deaths, especially in some of the shorter cases, were often due to surgery or other conventional treatment not directly related to the protocol. Some simply did not follow the protocol correctly. Some of his patients were in their eighties. He did not just take young and otherwise strong patients.
The remainder of Volume I includes thirty-six cases of breast cancer. Survival rates after diagnosis vary, but the average is two to three years. Many of Dr. Gonzalez’s patients survived over twenty years and unless I missed something, all thirty-six cases survived at least four years. Case 1 survived twenty-six years. Gonzalez includes one case of male breast cancer.
Scattered throughout are a number of useful bits of information. In one case, not only were cancer symptoms resolved, but a longstanding cat allergy disappeared. Other allergies in other cases also cleared up. Gonzalez found that vitamin C and lutein were effective treatments for glaucoma and cataracts. He found mammography to be of no value. He also found that fiber had little effect on colon cancer. Chiropractic adjustments, when done right, were very helpful. He particularly recommended the chiropractic approach developed by Dr. Roy Sweat, who came up with a unique way of adjusting without actually touching the patient. It involved using sonic forces to gently realign the atlas in particular, and the results were usually long-term or permanent.
Dr. Gonzalez had nothing good to say about the American Cancer Society (ACS), with its well-documented ties to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. His mentor, Ernst Wynder, MD, published some of the first evidence linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer. Wynder said the biggest obstacle to getting his work recognized was the ACS. Well-intentioned high school students who are “running for the cure” are partially supporting wealthy lifestyles of the ACS executive leadership.
The second volume of Conquering Cancer sorts numerous cancers into two categories: sympathetic- and parasympathetic-dominant cancers. Sympathetic cancers include adenoid cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, kidney (renal) cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, salivary gland cancer, thyroid cancer and uterine cancer. Parasympathetic cancers include leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, melanoma, sarcoma and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia.
What kinds of people develop cancer? All kinds. Even health nuts. Even Weston A. Price Foundation members. (One case was a very enthusiastic member—who did very well, by the way.) A number of things can interfere with treatment, some surprising, some not so much. Adding supplements or foods that may even be very good for most people can stop progress and cause trouble for people with specific kinds of cancer. Stress is a huge factor, to the point where it can overwhelm any protocol.
Many cancer patients on the Gonzalez Protocol were people who the medical establishment had given up for dead and whose situations were considered hopeless by conventional standards. Decades later, many are still alive. On behalf of them and all real humans who care more about that than about the money to be made, I say: Thank you, Dr. Gonzalez. Do I even need to say my thumb is UP for this?
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2017.