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 Cancer: Kelly's Nutritional-Metabolic Therapy 
Richard Walters ©

Bonnie, who tells her remarkable, moving story in the November 1991 issue of East West, began investigating alternative therapies through a cancer referral service. "I had known there were cancer survivors who had beaten the odds by using nontraditional forms of treatment. What I did not know was that there were so many of them-and that they were doing so well." She became a patient of William Kelley, and her CA 125-a standard medical test for ovarian cancer-dropped from 29 to 11. (A reading above 35 indicates tumor growth.) Her pelvic exams were negative. But Dr. Kelley abruptly moved away into semiretirement. A few months later, the ovarian cancer returned.

Her conventional doctor insisted that Bonnie undergo radiation once more, even though it would not save her life. When Bonnie refused to submit her body to more damage from radiation therapy, her doctor became incensed. "'You'll be dead in two months,' he yelled at me over the phone."

For two months, Bonnie followed a strict nutritional program, which she believes kept her alive, while searching for a responsible alternative practitioner. In January 1988, she began the Kelley-derived program with Dr. Gonzalez in New York. "He warned me that it could be years before I became completely well again because of all the damage the chemo and radiation had done to my immune system," she says. Under Dr. Gonzalez's supervision, Bonnie followed an organic vegetarian diet (one of the ten diets prescribed) and took massive doses of pancreatic enzymes, nutritional supplements, and coffee enemas.

Today, more than six years after her initial diagnosis, Bonnie is alive, free of pain, and writing a book about her experience. Her last three Pap smears were normal. Although she still has evidence of cancer and works hard to maintain good health, she keeps the cancer under control with a maintenance protocol of pancreatic enzymes, supplements, and sound nutrition and hopes to achieve complete remission. "The Gonzalez regimen requires discipline," Bonnie reflects, "but this is a small price to pay for having the chance to live out my life. And implementing the program is in my hands, so I feel that I am in command of my health care."

In a review of the Gonzalez study published in a leading insurance-industry journal, Robert Maver, vice president and research director of Mutual Benefit Life, stated, "The Research Division has been evaluating Dr. Gonzalez' results over the last four months, including numerous site visits.... The results are indeed extraordinary." He added, "This is a prime example of an innovative therapy that merits evaluation, but is being ignored. As costly as cancer is to our industry, and in light of such promising and cost-effective preliminary results, our industry should consider funding such a trial."9


1. Nicholas James Gonzalez, M.D., One Man Alone: An Investigation of Nutrition, Cancer, and William Donald Kelley, unpublished manuscript, 1987.
2. Robert G. Houston, Misinformation From OTA on Unconventional Cancer Treatments, invited review for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment (Otho, IA: People Against Cancer, 1990), p. 10.
3. Harold Ladas, "Book Review," Cancer Victors Journal, Summer-Fall 1988, pp. 23-24.
4. Interview in Healthview Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 5, 1976, pp. 4, 10.
5. For a review of these enzyme studies, see Max Wolf, M.D., and Karl Ransberger, Ph.D., Enzyme Therapy (Los Angeles: Regent House, 1972), pp. 135-146.
6. William Donald Kelley, One Answer to Cancer (Winthrop, WA: Wedgestone Press, 1974).
7. Cancer Forum, vol. 3, no. 5-6 1980; and interview with the author.
8. Gonzalez, op. cit., pp. 71-72.
9. Robert W. Maver, "Nutrition and Cancer: The Gonzalez Study," On the Risk, vol. 7, no. 2, 1991, originally published in Discoveries in Medicine, Mutual Benefit Life.


Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D.
737 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-535-3993

For further information on the modified Kelley therapy and details on treatment.

Reading Material

Dr. Kelley's Answer to Cancer (combining One Answer to Cancer, by Donald Kelley, and Metabolic Ecology, by Fred Rohe), Wedgestone Press (Winthrop, Washington), 1986. Out of print; check your local library.

The New Approach to Cancer, by Cameron Stauth, English Brothers Press (New York), 1982. Out of print; available from the Cancer Control Society (see page xv for address and phone number). Contains a good deal of information on metabolic therapies and the case histories of twenty cancer survivors who followed a Kelley-type program.

One Man Alone: An Investigation of Nutrition, Cancer, and William Donald Kelley, written and distributed by Nicholas James Gonzalez, M.D. (see above for address and phone number), 1987. Unpublished manuscript. Includes a biographical profile of Kelley, a detailed explanation of his system, and an analysis of fifty case histories documented with hospital and patient records.

Cancer Forum. Back issues of this magazine have numerous articles and case histories.

From Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book by Richard Walters, © 1992. Published by Avery Publishing, New York. For personal use only; neither the digital nor printed copy may be copied or sold. Reproduced by permission.

(Excerpted from Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book ISBN: 0895295105)
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