Nick Gonzalez's Legacy
Sanibel islander’s wife explains his legacy
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 Cancer: 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.
I believe that Nick was here on earth to shift the paradigm of health care. Mary Beth Gonzalez in July releases a book by Nick Gonzalez, her husband and a controversial doctor who died in 2015.