For this post I will first describe the work of the late Dr Nicholas Gonzalez and the metabolic diets and therapies that he utilized in order to heal people from cancer, and then move on to the work of Dr Linda Isaacs who has continued on with these therapies at her New York clinic.
Dr Nicholas Gonzalez
Dr Gonzalez graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature before pursuing premedical studies at Columbia University. Gonzalez received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1983. It was during his postgraduate immunology fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Robert A. Good that he was asked to review the work of William Donald Kelley, a controversial dentist/ alternative practitioner who had cured himself of pancreatic cancer and was said to be successfully treating other patients.
It was during that subsequent review that Dr Gonzalez found Kelley’s work to be so promising that he immediately found that he could no longer practice conventional medicine and began pursuing a new career as a practitioner of metabolic interventions. He states, “I started going through his records and even though I was just a second year medical student, I could see right away there were cases that were extraordinary. Patients with appropriately diagnosed pancreatic cancer, metastatic breast cancer in the bone, metastatic colorectal cancer… who were alive 5, 10, 15 years later under Kelley’s care with a nutritional approach.”
William Donald Kelley developed a comprehensive metabolic diet program back in the 1970’s after curing himself of pancreatic cancer. The therapies that he employed consisted of diet plans that were based upon individual body types, various supplements, along with high doses of pancreatic enzymes that have the ability to dissolve away the protein barriers that protect cancerous tumors, allowing the immune system to break them down, as well as employing various detoxification methods to clear the body of toxins that included liver flushing and frequent coffee enemas.
Over the years Kelley treated thousands of patients, but despite his success stories he endured endless harassment by a host of government agencies claiming he was practicing medicine without a license and guilty of “other charges”. “He was a dentist – not an MD, therefore he should not be treating those with cancer.”
All that harassment didn’t matter though, because his methods of curing cancer had an astonishing success rate of over 90% for those who followed his program exactly as prescribed. He kept meticulous records so that he could back up his statistics with factual records. You can read more about Kelley’s work in the links at the bottom of the page.
The Trophoblastic Theory- A key concept underlying the original use of pancreatic enzymes as part of a cancer treatment is the trophoblastic theory of cancer. When a human egg is fertilized by sperm, the early cell divisions produce a small ball of cells, which give rise to the blastocyst (or preimplantation embryo). The blastocyst possesses a surrounding layer of cells known as the trophectoderm, which is made of individual cells called trophoblasts. Responsible for protecting the developing blastocyst and for mediating its attachment to the wall of the uterus, trophoblasts create the placenta. During the process of attaching the blastocyst to the uterine wall, trophoblasts express invasive qualities similar to those found in cancer cells. Trophoblasts, however, cease their invasive activity once the placenta is in place and functioning and then differentiate into other cell types. When Scottish embryologist Dr. John Beard first observed the invasive activity of trophoblasts in 1902, he speculated on the similarities between these cells and cancer cells. In addition, he observed that trophoblast invasiveness begins to decline at about the same time that the pancreas in the developing fetus begins to function. He theorized that maternal pancreatic enzymes might play a role in containing trophoblastic invasiveness in the uterus. These considerations led to his proposal that cancer cells, like trophoblasts, arise from primordial germ cells. Dr. Beard also thought that some of these primordial cells—carrying latent capacities for invading tissues—could escape and spread throughout the body of the developing fetus. He thought it was possible that pancreatic enzymes modulated the degree of trophoblastic invasiveness and he suggested that these same enzymes play a role in either limiting or eliminating cancerous cells elsewhere in the body. Dr. Beard worked before the advent of molecular biology and human genetics. Although unable to experimentally establish that pancreatic enzymes had anticancer effects, he published papers and a book about his theory between 1902 and 1911.
As Dr. Beard had before him, Dr. Kelley also asserted that trophoblasts and cancer cells have a common origin in primordial germ cells. Dr. Kelley maintained that cancer was initiated when primordial germ cells migrated to a point in the body already weakened by toxic exposure and nervous system imbalance. With these presumably compromised sites, the germ cells met no opposition from the immune system and initiated an aggressive invasion of normal tissue, creating malignancy.
Dr Linda Isaacs, M.D.
Dr. Isaacs received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky, and graduated with a major in biochemistry and received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1985. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at New York University Medical School, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. After completing her residency, she shared an office with Dr. Nicholas J. Gonzalez for the next 24 years. They collaborated on two research projects, three articles published in scientific journals, and a book titled The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer: One solution to the medical enigma of our time. Since his untimely death in July 2015, she has dedicated herself to continuing the work that they both shared.
The Nick Gonzalez/Linda Isaacs Regimen
Incorporates many of Dr. Beard’s and Dr. Kelley’s key points into their dietary and detoxification regimens. This includes the use of high doses of pancreatic enzymes, along with nutritional supplements, coffee enemas, and prescriptive diets based on a theory of autonomic dominance.
The Diet Plans for various cancers- there are ten basic diets that range from largely plant-based, raw foods diet to an Atkins-type red-meat diet where people may be eating fatty red meat two or three times per day depending upon the type of cancer that the patient is suffering from and their metabolic profile.
- Solid tumors– Dr Gonzalez stated, “we divide patients into different metabolic categories, depending upon each patient’s particular genetic, biochemical and physiological make-up. In this model, patients with solid epithelial tumors, such as tumors of the lung, pancreas, colon, prostate, uterus, etc. do best on a largely plant-based diet. Such patients have a metabolism that functions most efficiently with a specific combination of nutrients that are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, and with minimal to no animal proteins.”
- Cancers of the blood or immune based cancers– On the other hand, some patients with the blood or immune based malignancies such as leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma do best on a high-animal protein, high-fat diet. These patients do extremely well with a diet based on animal products, with minimal to moderate amounts of plant based foods. The particular design of the diet again depending on the individual patient’s metabolic make-up.
Supplements- Individualized supplement programs with vitamins, minerals, trace elements, as well as glandular extracts from animals such as liver and thymus, help to help repair the patients damaged organs. He says that these nutrients serve to improve the overall metabolic function of his patients.
Enzymes– Dr Kelley and Dr Gonzalez both believed that people are suffering from cancer because of a malfunctioning pancreas which is no longer producing enough enzymes to break down the protein encapsulation, or fibrin, that surrounds cancerous growths. To address this he would prescribe large amounts of pancreatic enzymes in order to break down this protein layer. He says that. “every cancer patient takes large quantities of pancreas product in capsule form, which we believe provide the main anti-cancer action. They consist of proteolytic (or protein-digesting) pancreatic enzymes. A lot of the digestive enzymes that you find at the store use plant-based enzymes such as bromelain from pineapples and papain from papaya. They have a digestive capability, however, they are useless against cancer. Plant-based enzymes will not digest a tumor. You have to use animal-based enzymes. We use the enzymes derived from the pancreas of a pig, because a pig pancreas is most like the human pancreas. For years, endocrinologists used pig insulin to treat diabetics, because of all the commercially available animal sources, pig insulin was most like human insulin in terms of the amino acid sequence. Pig pancreatic enzymes are most similar to human pancreatic enzymes of all the commercially available sources.”
Coffee enemas– As a result of the high doses of enzymes, many tumor particles are released into the bloodstream which can overload the body and liver with toxins. In order to address this overload in an efficient manner he would prescribe coffee enemas, liver flushes, and colon cleanses to neutralize and quickly eliminate the toxins from the body. You can read more about them with the link at the bottom of the page.
An example of the Gonzalez/Isaacs healing regimen for a patient with pancreatic cancer:
- The diet emphasizes fresh raw fruits, raw and lightly steamed vegetables, and freshly made vegetable juice daily. The diet protocol relies on plant-based sources such as unprocessed cereals, nuts, and seeds and whole-grain products such as Ezekial bread and brown rice. The patient may eat one or two eggs daily, organic whole-milk yogurt daily, and fish two or three times a week, but no red meat or poultry.
- Nutritional supplements that include a variety of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.
- Also prescribed are certain freeze-dried organ concentrates such as thymus and liver that is derived from range-fed beef or lamb.
- Ingestion of 25 g to 40 g of porcine enzyme capsules that are derived from range-fed animals. These are taken away from meals and spread evenly throughout the day.
- Approximately 130-160 capsules of supplements, nutritional concentrates and enzymes are taken throughout the day.
- Coffee enema are performed to detox the liver from tumor breakdown and toxins.
- You can read more about specific diet and supplement plans for specific cancers with this post.
Dr Gonzalez was the author of several books
- One Man Alone An Investigation of Nutrition, Cancer, and William Donald Kelley
- Enzymes and Cancer
- The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer: One solution to the medical enigma of our time
- What Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer. This book chronicles the failure of the National Cancer Institute / NIH funded clinical trials that were conducted to test his nutritional treatments in patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer against standard chemotherapy. In this first-hand account, Dr. Gonzalez reveals how poor trial design and poor implementation of his protocol helped to undermine this promising project. This occurred by allowing people who were too sick to eat, let alone swallow the large amounts of supplements and enzymes that are required to do the protocol into the program. When these very ill individuals died prematurely, the study was halted and his protocol was deemed a failure. The book also discusses two official government investigations that have confirmed Dr. Gonzalez’s allegations that the study was not properly supervised or implemented from the start. You can read more about his reaction to the study.
- This DVD explains the different diets he prescribed for the various metabolic body types Different Diets for Different Types
- His latest book was released posthumously Nutrition and the Autonomic Nervous System: The Scientific Foundations of the Gonzalez Protocol
Dr Gonzalez on cancer
Dr Mercola interviews Dr Gonzalez on his cancer therapy
Elena Pchjolkina heals her stage 3 colon cancer with surgery and therapies prescribed by Dr Nicholas Gonzalez
Linda L. Isaacs, MD
36A East 36th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
Link to Dr Isaacs clinic