DR. NICK GON­ZA­LEZ

Sani­bel is­lan­der’s wife ex­plains his legacy

Times of the Islands - - Health & Wellness -

I be­lieve that Nick was here on earth to shift the par­a­digm of health care.

Ni­cholas Gon­za­lez was a jour­nal­ist-turned-doc­tor treat­ing can­cer pa­tients with pan­cre­atic en­zymes and in­di­vid­u­al­ized nutri­tional regimes. A reg­u­lar on Sani­bel much of his life, Nick Gon­za­lez died in 2015. His wife, Mary Beth, shares thoughts with TOTI Me­dia about her hus­band, Sani­bel and the pub­lish­ing of a posthu­mously re­leased book this July, Con­quer­ing Can

cer: Vol­ume Two―62 Pa­tients on The Gon­za­lez Pro­to­col. This new book in­cludes case re­port his­to­ries of 62 pa­tients cov­er­ing 17 dif­fer­ent types of can­cer. It is a com­pan­ion book to Con­quer­ing Can­cer: Vol­ume One―50 Pan­cre­atic and Breast Can­cer Pa­tients on The Gon­za­lez Nutri­tional Pro­to­col, which was posthu­mously pub­lished in Septem­ber 2016.

TOTI Me­dia: What mo­ti­vated Nick to pur­sue al­ter­na­tive medicine? Mary Beth Gon­za­lez: Nick once said, “There is re­ally only one truth. Ei­ther can­cer pa­tients get bet­ter with my treat­ment or they do not. If there was a signup sheet at Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health to run me down with a truck, peo­ple would stand in line for hours.” I stood stead­fast by his side for 15 years, proud of how Nick never com­pro­mised his be­liefs. I wit­nessed his mir­a­cle pa­tients and saw how his pa­tients com­pletely adored him.

TM: Nutri­tional can­cer treat­ment can cause the prac­ti­tioner grief with main­stream medicine. MBG: The Gon­za­lez Pro­to­col is highly con­tro­ver­sial. Nick was widely crit­i­cized by con­ven­tional doc­tors de­spite his clas­sic med­i­cal train­ing. They didn’t un­der­stand how Nick achieved his im­pres­sive re­sults. Nick re­ferred to him­self as an is­land― a healer who didn’t be­long in ei­ther the con­ven­tional or the al­ter­na­tive medicine world. He thought his crit­ics needed to get a life and stop wor­ry­ing so much about him.

TM: What was Nick’s great­est as­set? MBG: His faith in God.

TM How did Nick find time for per­sonal en­joy­ment?

MBG: Nick es­pe­cially loved to write while va­ca­tion­ing at our home on Sani­bel. Nick had ex­plored Sani­bel in his 20s as a bud­ding nat­u­ral­ist and fell in love with the serene na­ture and wildlife of the is­land. He loved to visit “Ding” Dar­ling and at­tend CROW lec­tures. He of­ten took long walks on the beach.

TM: What’s his legacy? MBG: I be­lieve that Nick was here on earth to shift the par­a­digm of health care as a teacher, au­thor, speaker and healer. Shortly be­fore Nick’s un­ex­pected death in July 2015, he wrote: “Let the cur­rent sys­tem ex­ist in a par­al­lel uni­verse and start from scratch with a com­pletely new sys­tem that’s based on nu­tri­tion, diet, psy­chol­ogy and spir­i­tu­al­ity. We want a new med­i­cal model where pre­ven­tion will be more im­por­tant than treat­ment.”

Af­ter Nick’s death, I founded The Ni­cholas Gon­za­lez Foun­da­tion, a 501(c)(3) non­profit com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing The Gon­za­lez Pro­to­col: ev­i­dence-based, nat­u­ral and pri­mar­ily food-based so­lu­tions with pan­cre­atic en­zyme ther­apy. His legacy is the proac­tive pur­suit of vi­tal­ity and the body's nat­u­ral self-heal­ing abil­ity.

AT A GLANCE

Ni­cholas James Gon­za­lez grad­u­ated from Brown Univer­sity with a de­gree in English lit­er­a­ture, sub­se­quently pur­su­ing pre­med­i­cal stud­ies at Columbia. He re­ceived a med­i­cal de­gree from Cor­nell Univer­sity Med­i­cal Col­lege in 1983. Dur­ing a post­grad­u­ate im­munol­ogy fel­low­ship un­der Dr. Robert A. Good, con­sid­ered the fa­ther of im­munol­ogy, he com­pleted a re­search study eval­u­at­ing an ag­gres­sive nutri­tional ther­apy in the treat­ment of ad­vanced can­cer. De­tails are at the­gon­za­lezpro­to­col.com. His books are avail­able at Ama­zon, Macin­tosh Books & Pa­per and The Sani­bel Sprout on Sani­bel.

Mary Beth Gon­za­lez in July re­leases a book by Nick Gon­za­lez, her hus­band and a con­tro­ver­sial doc­tor who died in 2015.

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