William Donald Kelley
William Donald Kelley, DDS, MS (November 1, 1925 – January 30, 2005) was an orthodontist who developed the Kelley cancer therapy, an ineffective alternative cancer treatment based on the concepts that "wrong foods (cause a) malignancy to grow, while proper foods (allow) ... body defenses to work" defeating the cancer.
Kelley's cancer therapy
In 1962, Kelley, then a practicing dentist in Texas, developed a disease involving body pains, weight loss, and depression. His doctor diagnosed pancreatic cancer, gave him only months to live, and told him that no treatment was available. Kelley then used diet and alternative medical methods as proposed by Max Gerson to treat his cancer. He then went on to formulate his own cancer cure, adapted from Gerson therapy, that included pancreatic enzymes, an individualized diet of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, and detoxification, including by using coffee enemas. Kelley also added prayer and osteopathic maninipulations to his treatment regime.
In 1980, his most famous patient, Steve McQueen, came to him in Winthrop, and after medical experts had given up on McQueen, Kelley's regimen was applied to McQueen in Mexico. Kelley became known as "McQueen's Holistic Medicine Man" (People Magazine) Although McQueen died only 3 months later, Kelley's regimen was sought out by many patients with terminal cancer.
Controversy and decline
In the 1970s, Kelley looked forward to a fair and proper evaluation of his controversial metabolic diet methods, but he eventually became despondent and paranoid due to fierce opposition from the medical orthodoxy regarding his treatment plan. He wrote a book entitled "One Answer to Cancer," detailing his experiences as well as his methods. By the 1980s, his marriage had broken up, he had lost control of his once-thriving organization, his dental license had been revoked, and his mental and physical health had deteriorated. Kelley died of a heart attack on January 30, 2005 in Arkansas City.
The Gonzalez regimen
In the 1980s, New York physician Nicholas Gonzalez started to develop and investigate Kelley's methods further. A randomized phase III clinical trial for the possible treatment of pancreatic cancer with the Gonzalez Regimen was funded by a $1.4 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, awarded in 1999 to Columbia University's Rosenthal Center for Alternative Medicine. The results of a clinical trial of the Gonzalez regimen on patients with pancreatic cancer were reported in 2009; compared to patients receiving conventional care, those taking part in the Gonzalez regimen died faster and experienced worse quality of life.
- Dr. Kelley's self test for the different metabolic types (1977), ISBN 978-0-9669422-1-7 (paperback 1999)
- The Kelley Program: The Science of Optimum Health (Paperback - Jan 1, 1980)
- Kelley metabolic ecology program: Workshop manual for nutritional counseling service (1982)
- One answer to cancer: A way to win the cancer war (1982)
- One Answer to Cancer (A do-it-yourself booklet outlining the path Kelley took in the 1960s to combat his own bout with cancer) (Paperback - May 15, 1997)
- Cancer: Curing the Incurable Without Surgery, Chemotherapy or Radiation ISBN 0-9704290-0-2 (paperback - Jan 1, 2001)
- One Answer to Cancer: reviewed after 30 years, 1967-1997 : the metabolic approach to the successful resolution of malignancy ISBN 0-9682174-0-0 http://www.drkelley.com/CANLIVER55.html
- Lerner BH. When Illness Goes Public. The Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore (2006). p. 146ff. ISBN 0-8018-8462-4.
- Saul Green, Ph.D. (April 2000). "Nicholas Gonzalez Treatment for Cancer: Gland Extracts, Coffee Enemas, Vitamin Megadoses, and Diets". Quackwatch. Retrieved September 2013.
- "Metabolic Therapies". Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 14 February 2013. Retrieved September 2013.
- FindArticles.com - 'William Donald Kelley, DDS, MS' (obituary), Ralph W. Moss, PhD, (2005)
- "Gonzalez Regimen". National Cancer Institute. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
- Chabot, J.; Tsai, W.; Fine, R.; Chen, C.; Kumah, C.; Antman, K.; Grann, V. (2010). "Pancreatic proteolytic enzyme therapy compared with gemcitabine-based chemotherapy for the treatment of pancreatic cancer". Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 28 (12): 2058–2063. doi:10.1200/JCO.2009.22.8429. PMC 2860407. PMID 19687327.