I received a letter from one of our readers, Jimmy, which read: ‘I would like you to try getting hold of Vitamin B17. I went to a health shop to try and buy it, only to be told that it does not exist. The lady who served us argued that there was no such vitamin and even took out a large book to look it up. She was very pleased with herself when she couldn’t find it and gave us an I-told-you-so smirk… Later her manager gave us a call and told us that he was not allowed to sell it or even let people know that it exists…’
Well, as you can imagine a letter like this almost made all the alarm bells go off in my head… Firstly, I have a pet-hate for retail assistants on a power trip (especially untrained or ignorant ones in health shops). Secondly, how can you tell people something doesn’t exist when it definitely does?! What are we? Sheep? Lastly (and probably something that will annoy me for weeks to come), why is this extremely beneficial vitamin ‘banned’?
Vitamin B17: A Brief History of Oppression
Vitamin B17, also known as Amygdalin or Laetrile, is basically a glycoside (certain molecules in which a sugar part is bound to some other part). Initially, it was isolated from the seeds of the tree Prunus dulcis, also known as bitter almonds (banned from the US in 1995), by Pierre-Jean Robiquet and A. F. Boutron-Charlard, in 1803 and was followed by a thorough investigation of the glycoside, by Liebig and Wahler, in 1830.
Vitamin B17 is found in almost all fruit seeds such as the apple, peach, cherry, orange, nectarine and apricot, as well as some beans and many grasses such as wheat grass. The seeds of these fruits (particularly apricots) hold the source of one of the most important nutrients known to man. It is one of the main food sources in cultures such as the Navajo Indians, the Himalayan Hunzas and the Abkhasians.
Did you know that within these tribes there has never been a reported case of cancer? (And there are doctors and scientists from the US living within these tribes right now studying this phenomenon). Research has shown that these tribes never contract cancer or suffer from heart disease if they stick to their native diet, which is exceptionally high in both apricots and millet. However, once exposed to western diets they become as vulnerable as the rest of us.
During 1950 after many years of research, a dedicated biochemist Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, Jr. isolated a new vitamin that he numbered B17 and called ‘Laetrile’. Thousands became convinced that Dr. Krebs had finally found the complete control for all cancers, a conviction shared by even more people today. But back in 1950 Dr. Krebs had no idea of the hornet’s nest he was about to stir up.
How do we get cancer in the first place – through exposure to cigarette smoking, intense sunlight or perhaps the effect of toxic food additives? According to Dr. Krebs neither is the case. His hard biochemical evidence points to the fact that cancer is a simple deficiency disease of vitamin B17, long ago removed from our highly refined western diets. Dr. Krebs suggests that the so-called ‘carcinogens’ (substances, radionuclide or radiation that are agents directly involved in the promotion of cancer) are merely stress triggers, which finally expose the B17 deficiency with devastating effects: cancer.
The proof Dr. Krebs has presented over the years to support his claim of ‘lost’ B17 in our diets is impressive. For example, centuries ago, we used to eat millet and linseed bread rich in B17, but now we chew our way through wheat bread which has none at all. Generations ago we used to crush the seeds of plums, cherries, apples and apricots with our home made jams and preserves. Thus, B17 was part of daily diets and guess what… Centuries ago there was a lot less cancer around, if any at all…
Vitamin B17 at work
Vitamin B17 is harmless to healthy tissue for a very simple reason. Each molecule of B17 contains one unit of cyanide, one unit of benzaldehyde and two of glucose (sugar) tightly locked together. In order for the cyanide to become dangerous it is necessary to first ‘unlock’ the molecule to release it. This can only be performed by an enzyme called beta-glucosidase, which is present all over the human body in minute quantities. However, beta-glucosidase is present in vast quantities (up to 100 times as high) at only one place: the site of a malignant cancer tumour. Thus, the cyanide is unlocked only at the cancer site with drastic results, which become utterly devastating to the cancer cells because the benzaldehyde unit unlocks at the same time.
Benzaldehyde is a deadly poison in its own right, which then acts synergistically with the cyanide to produce a poison 100 times more deadly than either in isolation. The combined effect on the cancer cells is best left to the imagination.
Back to the attack
Unable to patent B17 or claim exclusive rights to the vitamin, the pharmaceutical multinationals launched a massive propaganda attack of unprecedented viciousness against Laetrile, despite the fact that hard proof of its efficiency in controlling cancer was everywhere (and still is).
Dr. Kreb’s B17 Laetrile was derived from apricot kernels and then synthesized into crystalline form using his own unique process. Out of the blue, the American Food and Drug Administration bombarded the media with a story about an unfortunate couple who had poisoned themselves by eating raw apricot kernels in San Francisco. The story made headline news across the US but strangely journalists never managed to establish the identity of the unfortunate couple, despite many determined attempts. But the multinational pharmaceutical/FDA boot had been put in with a vengeance. From that point onwards, eating apricot kernels or B17 Laetrile became synonymous with committing suicide.
You can only guess what happened next after the FDA and pharmaceutical multinationals started pouncing on the claims of vitamin B17… Yes, demands were made for government studies to be conducted and the results of these studies showed that evidence for the benefits of B17 as a cancer treatment were ‘inconclusive’ or not ‘comprehensive’ and it became a case of ‘same old story, same old song’.
Unfortunately, most governments have buckled under the pressure exerted by the pharmaceutical multinationals, the FDA, and the American Medical Association (AMA). All three have mounted highly successful ‘scare’ campaigns based on the fact that vitamin B17 contains quantities of ‘deadly’ cyanide; conveniently forgetting that vitamin B12 also contains large quantities of cyanide but is freely available in health food shops world-wide…
Join me next week when the story of vitamin B17 continues and I will tell you all about Laetrile Therapy as well as good food sources of B17 and how to source B17 supplements. For now, dear Jimmy, rest assured: Vitamin B17 exists (it’s been around since 1803), it’s not deadly and it can be sourced.
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‘Laetrile -Vitamin B17 ‘amygdalin’, published online, curezone.com
‘Vitamin B17 Benefits’ published online, lifestyle.iloveindia.com
‘Is Cancer Merely a Vitamin Deficiency Disease?’ by Joe Vialls, published online 13/10/03, illuminati-news.com