Dr. William D. Kelley: Developer of Non-Specific Metabolic Therapy

A dentist and orthodontist by training, Dr. William D. Kelley discusses the nutritional concepts and practices underlying non-specific metabolic therapy, how they emerged over years of treating patients and himself for disease, and the results he has achieved applying them.

| September/October 1979

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    Metabolic therapy innovator Dr. William Kelley outside his office.
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    Dr. William D. Kelley during his interview. 

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Following this magazine's interview with Dr. Harold W. Manner, we received innumerable letters and phone calls. Much of that correspondence was from readers who hadn't known of the healthcare possibilities offered by nutrition therapy until they read about the Manner program in our pages, but a surprisingly large number of folks called to let us know that there are other revolutionary researchers who are "curing" degenerative diseases such as cancer. And the greater part of these "tips" suggested that MOTHER EARTH NEWS look into the metabolic therapy work of  Dr. William Donald Kelley at his Winthrop, Washington clinic.  

The information that we received from our readers raised a few questions, too: How, for instance, did Dr. Kelley—an orthodontist by training—come to develop the concepts of metabolic subtyping and non-specific metabolic therapy—ideas which won him the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends "Humanitarian Award " and recognition from such lofty "alternative" medical organizations as San Diego's Price-Pottenger Foundation?  

In order to find the answers to these questions—and to learn more about Dr. Kelley's reputation for providing successful treatments for a number of "incurable" diseases—MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor Cameron Stauth traveled to the former dentist's clinic high in Washington's Cascade Mountains.  

The edited transcript that follows summarizes more than three days of discussion. It presents a picture of a man who has made it his life's work to explore the frontiers of medicine, those unexplored areas where risks must be taken and, sometimes, breakthroughs are made. 

PLOWBOY: Dr. Kelley, when I arrived in Winthrop I must have walked around the block three or four times trying to spot a building imposing enough to be a research clinic. I couldn't believe that this little house was your office!

KELLEY: That's a pretty common reaction. People come here from all over the world expecting us to be sitting at the end of the rainbow, in a huge complex of white-pillared buildings with half a dozen research centers scattered around the grounds.

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