Dr. William Donald Kelley received not one, but four degrees from Baylor University, in Texas, including a B.S., B.A., M.S. and D.D.S.. He performed postdoctoral work at Washington University, the University of Alabama’s School of Dentistry, and the University of West Virginia. For his Ph.D, Dr. Kelley completed three years postdoctoral work at Baylor University.
From 1954-67, he practiced both orthodontics and nutrition, then, in 1967, he devoted all of his time to treating patients using a nutritional protocol. His motivation to do so was inspired by his own cancer diagnosis, in 1961. Aged just 35, he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, with metastases into his liver, lungs and bones. His condition was far beyond anything that could be treated by conventional medicine, and he was told by his doctors that there was nothing they could do and gave him two months to live.
Fearing that his four adopted children would end up back in the orphanage, he was determined to look for alternative ways of surviving his terminal disease. In the local Dallas library, he discovered The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer by Dr. John Beard. Using the knowledge contained within, and by treating his own body as a laboratory, he formulated a nutritional protocol which would cure him of his stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Over the course of his 30+ year career, Dr. William Kelley treated over 33,000 patients, many of whom had terminal cancer. He achieved a cure rate of 93%, unmatched then and now by conventional medicine.
Among his many success stories is Arlene Van Straten, who in 1981 was diagnosed with Stage IV, biopsy proven pancreatic cancer, with metastasis into her liver, biopsy-proven at the Mayo Clinic. Following Dr. Kelley’s nutritional protocol, she lived over 35 years beyond her terminal diagnosis,. At the time of her passing, in 2017, Arlene was the longest known pancreatic cancer survivor in the world. To put this into context, the average survival for stage IV pancreatic cancer is between 3 and 6 months.
Throughout his career, Dr. Kelley was hounded by the conventional medical establishment and the authorities, who employed all manner of techniques to prevent him from treating cancer patients. These included, in 1976, the Texas Attorney General’s Office suspending his medical licence for 5 years, having fielded undercover agents posing as patients. Despite this, Dr. Kelley wasn’t deterred from helping people with cancer, and he continued to see patients for “nutritional counselling”.
At one point, he was arrested and briefly put in jail. That was until a very senior member of the Justice Department, a family member of whom was being treated by Dr. Kelley, heard about his incarceration, then threatened the local sheriff’s dept with a tax investigation. Unsurprisingly, Dr. Kelley was released immediately.
Dr. Kelley was all too well aware of the fact that his nutritional protocol posed a major threat to mainstream medicine, and is quoted as saying that it could “put the National Cancer Institute out of business in 3 months.” Ironically, all he ever wanted from the conventional community was for them to conduct a formal, clinical trial of his work, so that its efficacy could be officially recognised. Sadly for Dr. Kelley, this was never undertaken, neither during his lifetime, or since.
Dr. Kelley was a member of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, the International Academy of Metabology, and the Cranial Academy and was a fellow of the International College of Applied Nutrition. Dr. Kelley was the founder of the Council on Nutrition, an association of professionals who offered nutritional guidance to doctors around the country.
In 1975, Dr. Kelley received the Humanitarian Award from the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends. Dr. Kelley was a fellow of the International College of Applied Nutrition and a member of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. William Donald Kelley died of a heart attack, aged 79, forty four years after his terminal cancer diagnosis.