Issue 131  May 11, 2015
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Cancer–– the mere mention of the word often brings fear and dread. In some way, it has affected all of us. We know of someone, a family member or close friend, who has it or has died from it. We need not fear cancer, but we must understand and respect it enough to KNOW how to deal with it. Today, we will take a closer look at an old, unorthodox, but safe treatment that many have used for cancer.
Laetrile or Amygdalin B17
In 1924, Laetrile was synthesized from amygdalin and promoted as a cancer treatment. Amygdalin contains glucose, benzaldehyde, and cyanide. Cyanide is believed to be the active cancer-killing ingredient in Laetrile. Laetrile is found in high concentration in the seeds of many fruits, such as apricot, plum, peach, and cherry pits, apple seeds, quince, and almonds.
From some perspectives, cancer is considered a vitamin deficiency disease. As in the case of scurvy, rickets, pellagra, and beriberi, vitamin deficiencies do cause serious life threatening diseases. When the necessary deficient nutrient is provided, then the disease can be prevented and even reversed.   The view that cancer is a deficiency disease of B17 has been held by several researchers. This is in part based on studies done in people groups that either do not develop cancer or have a very low rate. One example is the Hunzas who consume a considerable amount of apricot kernels. [1]
The book, Cancer: Disease of Civilization, by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, is a compilation of data on “primitive” peoples of both hemispheres that support the theory that cancer and diet are linked.  According to Stefansson, cancer is considered to be a disease of civilization. The fact is that cancer diminishes as people decline on the “civilization” scale. [2]  One important factor we need to consider in the diet of civilization, is the dire lack of Vitamin B17. Our progress in agriculture and food processing has nearly removed  B17. Do you know of anyone that eats apple seeds, apricot, or peach pits?
In 1970s, when America’s war on cancer was in full force, Sloan Kettering was regarded as one of the world’s leading cancer research centers. Yet, the Board of Directors swept positive findings about Laetrile under the rug when it became unprofitable. In 1977, one science writer, Ralph Moss has come forward with the truth about what turned out to be one of the most reprehensible cover-ups in the history of cancer research. This story is recounted in a new documentary Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan Kettering. As an insider, Moss reveals the cover-up on Laetrile. Yet, even today, Laetrile is not a popular treatment for cancer in America.
Natural foods that are high in B17 are millet, apricot,  plum, peach, and cherry pits, apple seeds, quince, almonds, and other seeds. Other foods that contain B17 are fava, bamboo, alfalfa, eucalyptus,cassava, boysenberries, huckleberries, raspberries, strawberries, black beans, black eyed peas, lentils, lima beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, cashews, macadamia nuts, spinach, watercress, sweet potatoes and yams.
At Herbs4You, we now carry high quality bitter apricot seeds grown in California. We also have vitamin B17 as well as chocolate bars with crushed apricot seeds. We all need this vitamin as part of our regular diet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Grind the almond and apricot kernels to chunks. Mix these and the sesame seeds in a bowl.  Add molasses and salt. You may add more or less depending on the consistency and taste that you want. Mix well. Pour or scoop into a glass quart jar and store in the refrigerator. Take a spoonful or more each day.
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Also known as pangamic acid. It is a safe, non-toxic water-soluble nutrient that may greatly boost physical energy and stamina by supporting your body's oxygen management.

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Resources: Vitamin B17, Forbidden Weapon Against Cancer,  Michael L. Curbert. 
[1] p. 92; [2]    p. 93
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