One Answer to Cancer

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One Answer to Cancer

In the fight against cancer, little attention is paid to diet. Instead, treatment is restricted to surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Had the work of three pioneering doctors not been overlooked, cancer treatment today would look very different. Diet would be front and centre.

Review the traditional medical literature and you won’t find any cases of treating advanced cancer which can match the achievements of Dr. William Kelley and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, who built upon the quite extraordinary findings of Dr. John Beard.

Dr. William Kelley

Dr. Kelley’s successful orthodontic career took a dramatic turn in 1961, when, aged 35, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with metastases into his liver, lungs and bones. When he was told by his doctors that he had only six weeks to live, his primary concern was for the welfare of his four adopted children. He had a very real fear that they’d end up back in the orphanage.

In desperation, he began experimenting with his diet and much to his surprise, discovered that when he ate some foods, his tumours, which were protruding from his liver, became more enlarged and he immediately felt worse. Other foods made him feel stronger. He contacted his mother, a nutritionist, who told him that if he was going to live, he would have to follow her instructions.

Adhering to her diet, although he began to feel an improvement, he soon began to experience digestive problems, so took a visit to his local pharmacy, in search of something to ease his discomfort. The pharmacist prescribed some digestive enzymes, which he began taking with meals. Through instinct or genius, he then began taking the enzymes away from meals. At first, he took just a few at a time, then gradually increased the dose.

He was surprised to learn that when he took larger quantities of digestive enzymes away from meals, he could feel pain in his liver tumours. His mother, however, wasn’t at all surprised, informing him that the enzymes were attacking the tumours. “That’s what enzymes are supposed to do”, she said. To understand why she was indeed correct, we need to take a brief detour, to review the work of the brilliant Dr. John Beard.

Dr. John Beard and The Origins of Cancer

Born in 1856 and nominated in 1905 for the Nobel Prize for his work in embryology, Dr. Beard went on to discover the origins of cancer.

Even in the early 20th Century, the characteristics of cancer cells were well understood. It was already known that they:

1. Have prolific growth, growing exponentially, without restraint.
2. Are primitive and undifferentiated.
3. Are angiogenic, able to develop their own blood supply.
4. Invasive, able to penetrate the epithelial lining of normal cells.
5. Migratory, able to metastasise into distant parts of the body.

As an expert embryologist, Beard was able to make an exact comparison between cancer cells and those of the trophoblast. Trophoblastic cells are what grow into the placenta. Within days of conception, just like cancer cells, the trophoblast grows rapidly, invading the epithelial cells of the mother’s uterus, to form the blood supply to the embryo.

Beard discovered that not only did these early placental cells behave like cancer cells; prolific, angiogenic, invasive and migratory, but looked like them too. Unlike normal cells, such as nerve, muscle or secretory cells, under the microscope, he could see that trophoblastic cells were undifferentiated, just like cancer cells.

He went on to discover that they differ from cancer cells in one, critical way. Trophoblast cells know when to stop proliferating. Cancer cells don’t. They continue to grow until they kill the host. He learned that these early placental cells make a remarkable transformation, from an aggressive, invasive cell, into a normal, mature one.

He spent the next 10 years investigating what could be the cause of this radical change, knowing the implication it could have for the treatment of cancer. Working 7 days a week, he finally unearthed the reason. The very day that this cellular transformation took place was the exact same time, 56 days after conception, as when the embryonic pancreas became activated and started to release proteolytic enzymes. He knew then that he had an answer to cancer.

(It is interesting to note that the pancreas of the embryo releases digestive enzymes two months into its nine month development, when it is already receiving, and will continue to receive for the next seven months, all of the nutrients it needs from the mother’s blood supply.)

Going against the commonly held belief that cancer cells are differentiated cells which go awry, Beard discovered that they were, in fact, trophoblastic in origin, which later stray and travel around the embryo in nests. These wayward trophoblast cells are what we know today as stem cells. He was 100 years ahead of his time.

In summary, Beard discovered that cancer cells are stem cells which grow without restraint when there is a lack of pancreatic enzyme production.

He first proved his hypothesis in mice, completely eliminating their tumours using injectable enzymes. He subsequently repeated this feat in humans, achieving total regression in multiple cancer patients. His accomplishments were first documented in the Dec 8th, 1906 issue of Medical Record and in the March 23rd, 1907 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Beard documented his achievements in his 1911 book, The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer, but by the time he died, in 1923, his findings had been largely overlooked in favour of Marie Curie’s work in the radiation treatment of cancer.

Back to Kelley

On the combination of a tailored diet and oral pancreatic enzymes, Dr. Kelley began to steadily improve. He thought that he might actually survive, until a week later, when his progress came to a dramatic halt. Worsening by the hour, he felt more and more pain in his abdomen, feeling so ill that he thought that he was dying.

His mother, however, quickly identified that he was suffering from what we know today as tumour lysis syndrome. The breakdown in his tumours was making his body toxic. Without action, she said, he would die, so she insisted that he perform a coffee enema, a well-practiced hospital procedure of her day. To his amazement, he immediately felt better, so continued them daily.

Over the next three years, Dr. Kelley put his stage IV pancreatic cancer into remission, after he’d been given only six weeks to live. He did so using a three-tiered protocol:

1. Regular doses of pancreatic enzymes
2. Body detoxification procedures including coffee enemas
3. A personalised diet including natural supplementation

By the late 1960s, word of his remarkable recovery had spread, so with a long queue of eager patients, he swapped his career in dentistry for one in cancer treatment. Over the following decades, he successfully treated thousands of cancer patients, many with advanced disease.

Among his success stories is a stage IV uterine cancer patient, who, using his protocol, survived 34 years after her diagnosis, living until the age of 95. To put this into context, the average 5-year survival rate for stage IV uterine cancer is just 17%.

Another of his patients, Arlene Van Straten, with biopsy-proven metastatic pancreatic cancer, lived for over 30 years after diagnosis by following Dr. Kelley’s protocol. The average survival for stage IV pancreatic cancer is between 3 and 6 months. These outcomes were unmatched the world over.

Dr. William Kelley died of a heart attack, aged 79, forty four years after his terminal diagnosis.

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez

It is at this point where the story gets personal for me. In my eyes, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez is the greatest doctor who ever lived. He is the reason I do what I do and the reason I was able to help my father in his lifelong battle with depression.

You can read the story in my book, Saving Dad, but if it weren’t for Dr. Gonzalez, not only would my father still be dependent upon regular electroconvulsive therapy and psychiatric polypharmacy, but I would not have the career in nutrition which I have today.

Although traditionally trained as an immunologist at Cornell University, after meeting Kelley, Dr. Gonzalez’s plan for his career took an abrupt turn, away from medical research and into treating serious illness. After their meeting in 1981, Dr. Gonzalez spent six years reviewing the case files of Kelley’s cancer patients. Although Dr. Gonzalez wasn’t an oncologist, his medical training told him that Kelley’s patient outcomes were extraordinary. He later published his findings in the book, One Man Alone.

For the next 28 years, until his untimely death in 2015, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez continued the work of Dr. Kelley from his New York practice, successfully treating not only advanced cancer, but many other serious illnesses, including depression, OCD, chronic fatigue, lupus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Just like Kelley, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez used a three-tier dietary protocol to achieve remarkable outcomes. These include a stage IV breast cancer patient who is alive and well 26 years after her diagnosis, plus stage IV pancreatic cancer survivors, alive and well 13+ years after diagnosis. He had hundreds and hundreds of cases like these.

In studying his work over the last four years, I have learned that there is no one diet for everyone. Different people thrive on different diets. Some people benefit from a plant-based diet, others are genetic meat eaters.

The same goes for supplements. Some patients benefit from high doses of calcium, others need magnesium and potassium. Some need ascorbic acid as their source of vitamin C, others need calcium ascorbate. It all comes down to the autonomic grouping of the patient. The diet of some patients needs to be acidified, whilst others benefit from following an alkalinising diet. But whatever the cancer, there is a diet which is best suited to help. The key is to get patients back into homeostasis by manipulating their autonomic nervous system, using the nutrients contained in food.

Whatever the diet, Dr. Gonzalez’s nutritional approach was always supplemented with varying quantities of specific digestive enzymes, plus a number of detoxification procedures, including the infamous coffee enemas. They may sound folksy, but there is no more efficient way of detoxifying the liver than through a coffee enema. They were used in hospitals for decades, including in the success treatment of bipolar disorder, and featured in the Merck manual for 60 years.

To learn more about the brilliant Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, you can pre-order his authorised biography, The Maverick M.D., written by Mary Swander, who is also one of his patients. It’s available from The Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation.

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