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Vitamin B17 for Cancer: Your Complete Guide

The B17 Cover-Up

In 1535 the French explorer Jacques Cartier and his expedition were frozen in the ice off the St. Lawrence river. 25 of the 110 crew were dead from scurvy and the rest were due to follow. At this point a friendly native American came forward with a potion made from the needles and bark of the white pine, rich in ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. This produced a dramatic recovery.

When Cartier returned to Europe and reported to the medical mandarins they were amused by the ‘witch-doctor cures of ignorant savages’ and went on with their search for mystery toxins and bugs lurking in the dark holds of the ships. 260 years later, after the British Navy alone had lost over a million men to scurvy, the practice of carrying oranges, lemons and limes on board ship led to the ‘limeys’ ruling the waves.

Scurvy – vitamin C; pellagra – vitamin B3; night-blindness – vitamin A; rickets – vitamin D; beri beri – vitamin B1; pernicious anaemia – vitamin B12. It should have needed no great intellectual leap to suspect that another chronic, metabolic disease – cancer – might also be a vitamin-specific deficiency disease.

The use of certain fruit kernels in the treatment of cancer goes back to the Emperor herbalist Shen Nung in the 28th century BC. ‘Bitter almond water’ features in the writings of the physicians of ancient Egypt, Arabia, Rome and Greece. Celsus, Galen, Scribonious Largus, Pliny the Elder, Avicenna and Marcellus Empiricus all used preparations based on the seeds of the bitter almond, apricot, peach etc.35

In 1952 the American biochemist Ernst Krebs PhD proposed that cancer was a deficiency disease: the deficiency being the factor linked for so long with cancer therapy. He identified the substance as part of the nitriloside group specifically, amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside first isolated, from the bitter almond, prunus amygdalus amara, in 1830 by the French chemists Robiquet and Boutron-Charland. Its chemical structure is D(1)-mandelonitrile-B-D-glucosido-6-6-B-glucoside, as recorded in the Merck Index, 1976.

Toxicologically, amygdalin falls between Class 1 and Class 2,36 which means it is virtually non-toxic. This compares with saccharin, between Class 3 and Class 4 and most ‘chemotherapy’: Class 6 – super toxic.

The Hunzas, a cancer-free society in the Himalayas, consume up to forty apricot kernels as an after-dinner snack. Coupled with the rest of their amygdalin-rich diet this constitutes an ingestion of 50 to 70 milligrams of the substance per day. According to Krebs: ‘There are many of us in the western world who do not ingest this amount…in the course of an entire year.’

Traditional Eskimos, the Hopi and Navajo tribes, the Abkhasians of the Caucasus Mountains and other notably cancer-free groups have amygdalin-rich diets.

After taking into account the required factors, Krebs allocated his substance the next available number on the vitamin B index: 17. He named his concentrated amygdalin preparation, Laetrile.

As many of the world’s cancer-free societies are outside of the polluted environment and distinctly advantaged in the quest to remain healthy, a group of Americans began, in the 1950s, to test Krebs’ theory:

‘For over two decades there has been a steadily-growing group of people who have accepted the vitamin theory of cancer and who have altered their diets accordingly. They represent all walks of life, all ages, both sexes, and reside in almost every advanced nation of the world. It is estimated that there are many thousands in the United States alone. It is significant, therefore, that after starting and maintaining a diet rich in vitamin B17, none of these people have ever been known to contract cancer.’37

Dr. Dean Burk, then head of the NCI, said he had been contacted, during the space of 12 months, by at least 750 people, including many MD physicians most of whom were ‘using it (B17) merely with prevention of development of cancer in view.’38

One of the first doctors to use Laetrile in the control of cancer was Dr. Maurice Kowan. This landed him in court in Los Angeles. The prosecutor told the jury: ‘This is not a kindly old man. This is the most thoroughly evil person the imagination can concoct…This man has to be stopped. He is very dangerous. The way to stop him is a guilty verdict.’39 Dr Kowan was heavily fined and, at the age of 70, sentenced to two months in prison.

The basis used by the cancer mafia for the attack on Dr. Kowan was a falsified report produced by two doctors, Garland and MacDonald in 1953. The two, who had ideal credentials by way of their being involved in surgery and radiation and in the promotion of cigarettes as a health measure, produced a report which stated that no evidence of anti-cancer changes were observed by the consultants using Laetrile: a report found, later, to be demonstrably fraudulent but which has been quoted religiously by vested cancer interests.

Nemesis took her revenge in appropriate fashion on the two, one with lung cancer and one in a fire suspected as being caused by a cigarette.

Dr. John A. Richardson began to use B17 in the summer of 1971. His first patient was the sister of one of his nurses: a case of advanced malignant melanoma of the arm. She had been given around six weeks to live with a little longer if she had the arm amputated.

‘Amygdalin was administered and almost immediately the lesions began to heal. Within two months her arm had returned to normal…’39

The woman was also a diabetic who, after the treatment, controlled her disease without insulin. When she returned to her original doctor he still wanted to amputate: she declined the offer.

Dr. Richardson’s successes with B17, Laetrile, the vegan diet etc. attracted increasing numbers of patients. ‘For the first time in my entire career I began to see “terminal” cancer patients abandon their stretchers and wheelchairs and return to normal lives of health and vigor…word of my successes with cancer patients…brought far more new patients than I could handle alone. I increased the staff…soon my little neighborhood practice was converted into a busy cancer clinic with patients from many States. The inevitable finally happened at ten in the morning, June 2 1972.’

Four cars screeched to a halt outside of the clinic and disgorged ten uniformed officers. Guns drawn, they burst into the clinic, flashed a search warrant as they passed a receptionist on their way into the clinic, where they pushed the doctor against the wall and searched him ‘for concealed weapons.’

Dr. Richardson and his two nurses were marched out past the specially-invited television cameras and were arrested under the Californian ‘anti-quackery’ laws.

‘At the time of the raid, a little girl about seven years old was in examination room number three. She had just begun metabolic therapy for an advanced case of osteogenic sarcoma…Kerry had responded beautifully in terms of increased appetite, weight gain, freedom from pain and a feeling of well-being…Normally, Kerry would have received a massive injection of vitamins including vitamin B17…not being sure what kind of legal trouble I would be in, I simply cleaned and dressed her lesions and sent her home…the little girl – as well as her parents – were greatly upset by the threatening presence of police officers. The child died three days later and there is no doubt in my mind that this death could have been postponed or avoided altogether if it hadn’t been for the raid.’

The concerted campaign, which was to last for years, to ruin Dr. Richardson; physically, mentally, financially, professionally and legally had begun.

The authorities revoked his medical licence and he was ordered to attend meetings 600 miles away in San Diego, with many of the hearings cancelled at the last minute; a procedure kept up at weekly intervals for six months.

The threat to the cancer business from effective therapies was taken very seriously from the beginning. By the 1940s the Syndicate had 300,000 names on its ‘quack’ files. Vitamin B17, being a unique threat due to its simplicity, attracted more concentrated attacks than all the other treatments put together: fraudulent test reports; hired, banner-carrying pickets outside clinics; rigged juries; newspaper character assassinations; dismissal of heretic employees, etc.

The FDA, orchestrating the onslaught, sent out 10,000 posters and hundreds of thousands of leaflets warning about the dangers of the toxicity of the non-toxic substance. Earlier, a Congressional Accounting Office had found that 350 FDA employees had shares in, or had refused to declare an interest in, the pharmaceutical industry.

After much searching, geographically and historically, the FDA came up with three alleged cases of deaths from Laetrile poisoning: this in a country where hundreds are killed daily by FDA-approved treatments.

Two were women who had swallowed vials of Laetrile which were for injection only and one was an eleven month old baby girl, one of whose parents was taking the medicine for cancer.

According to the FDA the child had become ill after she had ‘accidentally ingested up to 5 (500mg) tablets of Laetrile’. This was doubted by many including Dr Harold Manner:

‘…I was lecturing in Buffalo, New York and…after I had made some strong statements – a man stood up and said “Dr. Manner, how in the world can you make statements like that when the FDA is making these other statements?” I reiterated that the FDA statements were lies.‘He said, “Look at this little girl in upstate New York, she took her father’s Laetrile tablets and died of cyanide poisoning.” Just then a little lady stood up:

‘”Dr. Manner let me answer that question…I think I am entitled to because I am that little baby’s mother.”

‘”That baby never touched her father’s Laetrile tablets.”

‘The doctor…knowing the father was on Laetrile…marked down “possible cyanide poisoning”. At the hospital they used a cyanide antidote and it was the antidote that killed the child. And yet that statement will continue to appear even though they know it is a lie.’40

The totally-fabricated stories of B17/Laetrile toxicity were eagerly grasped by the UK cancer combine. The ‘Dept. of Health’, aided by Gwyneth Dunwoody MP and her hysterical outbursts about ‘cyanide poisoning’, had apricot pit powder removed from the health food shop shelves.

In March 1984 the government brought in ‘The Medicines (Cyanogenetic Substances) Order 1984’. This Order meant that preparations which ‘..are presented for sale or supply under the name of, or as containing, amygdalin, laetrile or vitamin B17 or…contain more than 0.1 percent by weight…’ of the ‘cyanide-producing substances’ were to be under the control of the 1968 Medicines Act and, therefore, out of easy reach of any cancer patient who preferred to exercise freedom of choice instead of opting for the manslaughter on offer from the cancer hospitals.

The ‘0.1 percent’ figure shows the extent to which the cancer cartel were prepared to go to stop amygdalin. Apricot and bitter almond kernels are around 2 percent amygdalin and have long been found in British and Italian biscuits on supermarket shelves in the UK. The fact that the biscuits have not attracted any attention shows the non-toxicity of the substance and confirms it is only a danger to the cancer racketeers and not to the consumers.

A much greater farce, of course, is the fact that all the billions of seeds within the apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, pears etc., sold by fruiterers since March 1984, are all in contravention of the Order.

Whilst the battle over B17 in the UK has remained mainly dormant, due to the lack of awareness on the part of most of the alternative health movement, the US has seen an ongoing, pitched battle; with the cancer establishment using any and all tactics to re-inforce the original Garland/MacDonald fraud. Animal research has played a fundamental role:

‘…in almost every case the “patients” tested…were mice (which do not have the same metabolism as humans)..the tumours were transplanted (which do not react the same as spontaneous tumours) and…in all of the experiments cited, reduction of tumour size was the primary criterion for evaluating results…there is nothing quite so easy to accomplish as failure.’39

Or success: depending on which animal you choose and whether he who bank-rolls the research wants a positive or a negative result.

Other attempts to discredit Laetrile involved force-feeding large amounts of cyanide, extracted from amygdalin, directly into dogs’ stomachs: in Laetrile therapy small doses are used and the cyanide component is released only by the cancer cell, in the presence of protective enzymes.

As the Laetrile/B17 suppression was demonstrably failing, with the ban being lifted in State after State, and as public pressure built up against the cancer fraudsters, the NCI were forced into a two-year, two hundred patient trial of the medicine. The official verdict having been already decided, it was paramount that the trial was rigged to confirm the authorised version. This was achieved by a multi-facetted approach.

‘Phase IV’ – dying – patients were selected. In normal synthetic drug trials early stage patients are chosen. The NCI admitted, ‘All patients had proven cancer, beyond any hope of cure or therapy known to extend life-expectancy.’

Laetrile was not used: a Laetrile manufacture by-product was substituted. The usual junk diet, including animal products, was allowed the patients. The injections were discontinued after 3 weeks, not three months. The criterion applied to the test was of tumour reduction, not the improvement in well being, appetite, lack of pain etc.

Missouri and West Virginia legalised Laetrile after the verdict; reasoning, presumably, that if the American Medical Association, the FDA and the American Cancer Society had tried to ban Laetrile, it must be of considerable value in treating cancer. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute sacked one its senior directors, Ralph Moss, for blowing the whistle on the cover-up.

Basically, the results were coming out positive and we in public affairs were told to say the results were negative and this went on for three years.’Moss.

Dr. Dean Burk, head of cytochemistry at the NCI for 34 years, stated:

‘Once any of the hierarchy so much as concede that Laetrile anti-tumour efficiency was indeed once observed in NCI experimentation, a permanent crack in the bureaucratic armor has taken place that can widen indefinitely by further appropriate experimentation.’



“At the height of America’s “war on cancer” in the early 1970’s, the un-profitable truth that Vitamin B17 cured cancer was swept under the rug by the Sloan-Kettering Institute in one of the most corrupt coverups of all time.”

slice apricot on white backgroundVitamin B17, also known as Laetrile, is a purified form of a substance called Amygdalin, which can be found in apricot seeds, peach seeds, cherry seeds, and apple seeds.  Hailed as a cancer cure since the 1950’s, B17 is a natural compound that includes cyanide, and releases that cyanide only when in the presence of a specific enzyme group called glucuronidase.  “Miraculously,” Dr. Janet Star explains, “this enzyme group is found almost exclusively in cancer cells.”

At the height of America’s “war on cancer” in the early 1970’s, the un-profitable truth that Vitamin B17 cured cancer was swept under the rug by the Sloan-Kettering Institute in one of the most corrupt coverups of all time.  The documentary Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan Kettering documents the employment of science writer Ralph Moss, who exposed the Sloan-Kettering coverup of the efficacy of B17 at a highly publicized press conference.  Ralph found himself fired and escorted to the door by heavily armed guards the following day.  Ralph Moss has recounted his story in detail, in a book he wrote called Doctored Results.

In 1971, the FDA banned B17, and spread unwarranted fears surrounding the idea that it poses a cyanide-poisoning threat, but as you will see in the remainder of this article, the evidence clearly shows that B17 is a safe and very effective treatment for cancer.  “For the first time since I became a nurse 23 years ago, I do not fear cancer!” said registered nurse Mrs. R.E. Bruce from San Diego, California after reading World Without Cancer by G. Edward GriffinThe widespread understanding of B17 as a treatment for cancer could singlehandedly topple the American medical empire and obliterate its deep entrenchment in government.

Whistleblower: The Story of Ralph Moss

Describe story here.

Is Laetrile Safe?

Apricot kernelSince toxicity is often used to scare cancer patients away from using B17, it’s important to address this issue thoroughly.  It’s interesting to note the toxicities of radiation and chemotherapy are understated, and the toxicities of this natural food substance, though it is unwarranted, is used to scare people away from using it.

June de Spain, a former toxicologist and pharmacologist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a study to assess the toxicity of laetrile.  She took three groups of rats, and fed the first group white bread, the second whole wheat bread, and the third laetrile.  3 months later, 75% of rats in the white bread group were dead, the rats eating whole wheat bread were doing well, and the rats fed laetrile were the healthiest of all three groups.  The study was sponsored by the FDA and published in The Little Cyanide Cookbook, and concluded that “white bread is 70 times more toxic than laetrile.”

6 Studies on B17 vs. Cancer

  1. One of the most common types of cancer in men, South Korean researchers tested amygdalin’s ability to induce cancer cell death, or apoptosis, in human prostate cancer cells.  The team of scientists prepared a water-based extract of amygdalin, which they called a “natural cyanide-containing substances abundant in the seeds of plants of the prunasin family that have been used to treat cancers and relieve pain.”  Results of the study indicated that the amygdalin induced apoptotic cell death in two types of prostate cancer cells, and “amygdalin may offer a valuable option for the treatment of prostate cancers.”
  2. The aim of this 2014 study was to settle the argument amidst much conflicting information as to whether or not B17 truly exerts an anti-tumor effect.  Published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, German researchers discovered that the anti-tumor hype was true as amygdalin reduced growth and proliferation of 3 different bladder cancer cell lines.  They concluded that in vivo research must follow to assess its practical value as an anti-tumor medicine.
  3. In 2005, researchers from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, treated one group of colon cancer cells with amygdalin, and left another group untreated to compare its effects on gene expression.  The study found that by downregulating cell-cycle genes in cancer cells, amygdalin had an anti-cancer effect and “might be used for therapeutic anticancer drug.”
  4. UK scientists studied a novel treatment in 1999, which used amygdalin in combination with a substance called “HMFG1-beta-glucosidase”.  The study found that the combination of the two substances was more effective and completely non-toxic, enhancing the cancer-cell specific toxic effect of amygdalin 36-fold.
  5. Two Chinese scientists in 2014 published a paper summarizing the anti-tumor effects of amygdalin based on advanced research in recent years.  They wrote that amygdalin was “a natural product that owns antitumor activity, less side effects, widely sourced and relatively low priced,” but instead of promoting it as an effective treatment for cancer, which they knew it was, their aim was geared towards developing new drugs for pharmaceutical companies based on the findings of how amygdalin kills cancer cells.
  6. Published in Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology in February 2013, 8 scientists from China conducted a study studied the effects of amygdalin on human cervical cancer cells for the first time ever.  The study confirmed that amygdalin induced apoptosis of human cervical cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo, and lead researchers to conclude that “amygdalin may offer a new therapeutic option for patients with cervical cancer.”

People Who Have Cured Their Cancer with B17

  1. Award winning author and mother Sandi Rog was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoma Non-Hodgkin cancer in late 2010, at which point her cancer had already advanced to stage 4.  Sandi had Multiple Sclerosis, and her doctor told her that it was likely the drugs she was taking for her MS that caused the cancer.  Her doctor rushed her into chemotherapy, radiation, and even gave her stem cell transplants.  After the stem cell transplant her liver began failing, so her doctors put her on more drugs, and in time, her cancer returned in the form of additional tumors.  Sandi then acquired B17 from a naturopathic doctor and began taking 1000mg per day, and after only 8 weeks, her cancer was completely gone.  After being cured, Sandi has shared her story at cancer hospitals, telling patients to take B17.  Shortly after the hospitals told her she was not to return.

  2. In 1975, Carl O. Helvie was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given only 6 months to live.  After refusing chemo and other conventional methods, he began researching natural treatments to use instead.  Carl began speaking with a doctor who helped him put together a protocol for his cancer, which included 25 apricot kernels per day, 2000mg B17 tablets, high-dose vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, among many other supplements, and changes to his diet and lifestyle.  Today Carl is the longest living lung cancer survivor ever recorded.
  3. Babette Garfield, living in Las Vegas, NV was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2001.  The oncologist recommended chemotherapy to shrink the tumor prior to surgery.  Instead she had surgery done, and outright refused chemotherapy and radiation.  One year later, her CA125 test came back and she was cancer free, and has been for 5 years and counting.
  4. Jason Vale, a former arm wrestling champion, was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 18.   After surgery, chemo, and radiation, his cancer went away, but only for a year, at which point it came back worse than ever.  He heard about Laetrile or Vitamin B17, and after a couple months of eating seeds from apricots and peaches (containing amygdalin), his cancer was completely gone.  He began selling it to people, and because he used the word ‘cure’ while trying to help people heal, he was thrown into a maximum security prison for 5 years.  Watch Jason win the armwrestling championship here.
  5. When a German Shepherd named Baron was diagnosed with cancer of the blood and given two weeks to live, Mary Smith began treating him with B17.  7 Months later, at the time this testimony was written, Baron is alive and well.
  6. About 20 more cases of cancer successfully eliminated using apricot seeds can be found here.

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