The Maverick M.D. - Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight for a New Cancer Treatment

The Maverick M.D. - Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight for a New Cancer Treatment

by Mary Swander

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THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY: When Nick Gonzalez was a medical student, he stood beside his father's deathbed and vowed that he would find a cure for cancer. Nick imagined his future as a researcher toiling away in a lab in Memorial Sloan Kettering, working on conventional approaches to the disease. Yet Gonzalez's life was anything but conventional. At the urging of Linus Pauling, he had already left an accomplished journalism career and entered Cornell Medical School.


Gonzalez's path took another turn when he met the controversial Dr. William Kelley, a dentist who, through an alternative nutritional approach, had arrested his own pancreatic cancer. Kelley had become infamous when he'd tried to help others.


The Maverick M.D. is the story of how Dr. Nick Gonzalez perfected the scientific theory behind Kelley's work and put the protocol into practice in New York City. Gonzalez drew courage from his Christian faith, from his Mexican-Italian-American family, and from key loved ones, colleagues and mentors. He spent years treating patients with the most serious conditions--from cancer to diabetes to lupus. But he wasn't satisfied as an outlier in the medical community. He wanted his work put to the test with a clinical trial.

Gonzalez could have gone to Mexico where his family had lived and set up a cancer clinic alongside other alternative practitioners. Instead, he stayed in New York City, secured the funding, and fought to have his protocol tested through a properly run clinical trial. The Maverick, M.D. dramatizes Nicholas Gonzalez' backstory and his battles with the forces that sought to squelch his research, keeping his healing discoveries in medicine from reaching the world. 

This book portrays a man who fought for the acceptance of a nutritional cancer treatment in the halls of some of the most established U.S. medical institutions. Against intense opposition, Nick Gonzalez's determination held up until the end--a scientist who developed a therapy that saves lives and promotes the healing of the human mind, body and spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998546094
Publisher: New Spring Press
Publication date: 11/23/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 408
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Mary Swander is the co-founder and executive director of AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote healthy food systems through the arts. She is also the artistic director of Swander Woman Productions, a theatre company that tours plays about agriculture and the wider rural environment. Swander is an award-winning author of poetry, non-fiction and drama, and is best known for her books Driving the Body Back, Out of this World, and The Desert Pilgrim. She has published widely in such places as The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and Poetry Magazine. Swander lives in an old Amish one-room schoolhouse, and raises sheep, goats, and a large organic garden.,


Ames, Iowa

Date of Birth:

November 5, 1950

Place of Birth:

Carroll, Iowa


B.A., Iowa State University, 1973; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1976

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