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B17 – Apricot Kernels

Ever heard of Vitamin B17?

It’s found in apricot kernels, bitter almonds and various other fruits and seeds – and there’s evidence, dating back 2700BC, of it’s incredible healing properties.

In his book B17 Metabolic Therapy in the prevention and control of Cancer Phillip Day lists a few historic references:

‘The great Persian apothecary and medical practitioner Avicenna used bitter almond oil to treat tumours of the uterus, spleen, stomach and liver.’

‘In the 13th century…Myreposos, a Byzantine physician, used bitter almonds to treat cancer of the oral cavity. In the same century Ibn-Al-Baitar was also using bitter almonds to treat breast cancer. Later, in the 16th century, we find a Swiss biologist called Gesner using the same almonds to treat cancer. … By the 19th century, bitter almonds were an accepted treatment for cancer both on the Old Continent and in the New World.’

In the1970s cancer doctors around the world – Dr Manuel Navarro (Philippines), Dr  Ernesto Contreras (Mexico) and Dr Hans Nieper (Germany) Dr Philip Binzel (America) – were experimenting with B17  ( also known as Laetrile and amygdalin) and witnessing phenomenal results.

During a visit to the US in 1972 Dr Nieper told reporters:

‘ After more than twenty years of such specialized work, I have found non-toxic nitrilosides – that is, Laetrile – far superior to any other known cancer treatment or preventative. In my opinion it is the only existing possibility for the ultimate control of cancer.’

So how can apricot kernels reverse cancer?

Cancer cells contain an enzyme called beta-glucosidase – this makes up part of the cancer cell ‘wall.’

When this enzyme comes into contact with nitrilosides, an amazing transformation occurs – much like when Eric eats a banana.

These nitrilosides turn into the tumourcidal trio of glucose, benzaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide.

This trio attack cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.

Want proof?

Dr Binzel’s book Alive and Well is full of testimonies from cancer patients brought back from the brink with Laetrile and nutritional therapy.

One 44-year-old woman with metastasized colon cancer was still cancer free, 13 years after being treated with Laetrile (no chemo, no radio).

The odds of her reaching a 5 year survival had she undergone ‘conventional’ therapy?

One in a thousand.

Then there’s Polly Todd, a 59-year-old woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer (spread to her lymph nodes) in 1975.

She was told her odds of survival were ‘slim’ and she was urged to have chemotherapy and radiation. Instead she chose to have Laetrile and nutritional therapies with Dr Binzel. When his book was published – 19 years later – she was 79 years old and had not had a recurrence of the disease.

Dr Binzel decided to ditch chemo and radio in the 1970s and start treating his patients with nutritional therapies instead.

In Alive and Well he acknowledges this choice wasn’t an easy one:

‘ My biggest problem at the time was understanding nutrition. In four years of medical school, one year of Family Practice residency, I had not had even one lecture on nutrition.’

Of the 180 patients Dr Binzel treated with primary cancer 87.3 % did not die of their cancer after 18 years.

In the year that Dr Binzel published his results the American Cancer Society was officially reporting that with conventional treatment – involving early detection and primary cancer – 85% of cancer patients would die within five years.

A Deadly Poison?

The FDA would have you believe that, since Laetrile contains cyanide, it’s dangerously toxic.

To borrow a cockney phrase that’s just plain ‘chicken oriental’ (mental).

A tonne of toxicity studies have been done on B17 confirming that it’s harmless to healthy cells.

(I won’t bore you with them now, but feel free to click here if you’re interested.)

You only need look at the Hunza people in the Himalayas to know that a diet rich in apricot seeds will keep you in near perfect health. The Hunzas are renowned for their longevity – it is common for a Hunzakut to live to be over 100 years old.

It is also extremely uncommon for the Hunzakuts to get cancer.

But Laetrile is dangerous to some people – namely conventional oncologists, radiologists and anyone else who’s likely to lose out from the therapy becoming widely available.

To understand just how much of a threat laetrile/B17/apricot kernels is to the cancer establishment, it’s worth reading Ralph Moss’ book The Cancer Industry.

Ralph Moss was a Phd science writer when he was hired to work at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in 1974. He later became an assistant of public affairs where he was told to distribute negative statements about Laetrile. The following is taken from his now famous interview with radio show host Laura Lee.

RM. …Shortly after I went to work there I went to visit an elderly Japanese scientist, Kanematsu Sugiura, who astonished me when he told me he was working onLaetrile (B17), at the time it was the most controversial thing in cancer ..reputed to be a cure for cancer. We in public affairs were giving out statements that Laetrile was worthless, it was quackery, and people should not abandon proven therapies. I was astonished that our most distinguished scientist would be bothering with something like this, and I said why are you doing this if it does not work. He took down lab books and showed me that in fact Laetrile is dramatically effective in stopping the spread of cancer. The animals were genetically programmed to get breast cancer and about 80 – 90% of them normally get spread of the cancer from the breast to the lungs which is a common route in humans, also for how people die of breast cancer, and instead when they gave the animals Laetrile by injection only 10-20% of them got lung metasteses. And these facts were verified by many people, including the pathology department.

LL So this is verified, that Laetrile can have this positive effect?

RM We were finding this and yet we in public affairs were told to issue statements to the exact opposite of what we were finding scientifically, and as the years went by I got more rapped up in this thing and 3 years later I said all this in my own press conference, and was fired the next day, “for failing to carry out his most basic job responsibility”–ie to lie to the public what goes on in cancer research.


But even those who know the truth about Laetrile face an uphill battle getting hold of it.

Phillip Day, photo from Food Matters

A few years ago Phillip Day looked into what was required to sell Laetrile in England.

They health authorities informed him that he simply needed to buy a licence… and come up with 150 million to buy the licence.

‘Here in England no doctor is going to advertise that he does Laetrile,’ Day said when I spoke to him recently. ‘It’s not that Laetrile is illegal, it’s that it’s unlicensed.’

You can order apricot kernels, grown without pesticides or other chemicals, from the Credence Website.

‘The great thing about apricot kernels is they come with their own enzymes. So they’re a belt and braces treatment in one,’ said Day.

A Kernel of Confusion

The vital difference between eating the apricot kernals and having Laetrile/B17 injections is that the latter must be done in conjunction with enzymes.

Pancreatic enzymes are essential to break the shell of the cancer cell – so the Laetrile can get in and do its work. You can read more about enzymes here.

Mum discovered this vital information when she was chatting to her friend Barbara while having Laetrile one day. Barbara recommended she take a particular enzyme supplement called Univase Forte.

Barbara’s son is currently battling brain cancer and, as you can imagine, she’s doing everything in her power to ensure he has the best chance of survival.

But sometimes the red-tape that surrounds so many of these alternative treatments, makes her feel like she’s banging her head against a brick wall.

A few weeks ago there was a problem with Barbara’s order of Laetrile. Having Laetrile therapy in Australia requires you to jump through so many hoops it would test even a Cirque Du Soleil performer and, with all the calls to Mexico and complicated forms to fill out, it also demands the patience of a saint.

And that’s just who Barbara decided she needed to call on a few weeks ago.

When her son had gone two weeks without Laetrile Barbara started to panic – and pray.

For three consecutive nights she called upon Archangel Raphael, who looks over healers and healing, to aid in the swift delivery of this much needed medicine.

On the fourth day she called Australian Customs to find out whether it had arrived. A young man picked up the phone. ‘I’m so sorry but we’re just drowning in packages at the moment – it could be days until I can even let you know whether yours is here.’

Barbara explained how desperate she was for the package and the man promised to do his best. She left her number.

About an hour later he called her back with good news. ‘ I can’t believe it! Your package was sticking out the top of the pile – I’ll have it to you by tomorrow.’

Barbara thanked the man profusely. ‘What is your name?’ she asked.

‘Raphael’ he replied.

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