BILLY BEST, PATIENT gained national attention as a teenager when he ran away from home to escape chemotherapy. In 1974 at the age of 16, Billy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. For personal reasons, he was against chemotherapy from the start, but as a minor, he had no legal decision-making power over his own fate. Against his better judgment, Billy began the standard treatment regimen.

After enduring a few rounds of chemo, Billy knew in his heart that this “medicine” with its harsh side effects was not for him. He decided he would rather live out his life – however long or short it might be on his own terms. He packed his bag and ran away, not yet knowing how that single act would put him on a path of discovery to finding an alternative way of healing.

The story of the runaway teen traveled like wildfire, appearing in newspaper headlines and on network news programs across the country. Thanks to the vast media attention, an outpouring of support from the public started to reach the Best family in Massachusetts in the form of letters and phone calls. It seemed everyone had advice for your Billy Best.

It was the promise of Alternative Medicine that finally convinced Billy to return home and seek out the therapies he could live with. As he and his family mapped out his new health regimen, the first step was to make significant nutritional changes to his diet – eliminating red meat, dairy products, white flour and sugar. He then added daily doses of vitamins and supplements, drank Essiac tea, and finally began injections of 714X, an immune system-boosting treatment that he obtained in Canada.

In the decade that followed, as his recovery continued to defy the norm, Bill made numerous appearances on television talk shows and at natural health conferences around the U.S.

It has been nineteen years, and Billy has remained cancer-free. He continues to advocate for the rights of individuals to choose Alternative Treatments. His new book, The Billy Best Story: Beating Cancer with Alternative Medicine, which he wrote with the help of co-author, Linda Conti (Sandcastle Memoirs), chronicles his amazing journey from cancer diagnosis to finding the Alternative Treatments that saved him.

Billy is currently employed as a Produce Associate Team Leader at Whole Foods in Brookline, Massachusetts. He can be reached via e-mail through his website,

Billy will speak on his new book and the Alternative Medicines he chose for his cancer treatment.

(Left to right)
Billy Best, Patient, Lorraine Rosenthal, Co-Founder CCS and Mr. & Mrs. Best at the 23rd Annual Cancer Convention held at the Pasadena Hilton in California, September 1995.

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