Life-Saving Vitamin B-17
Contained in Loquat Seed Pits

"According Cancer Society, this year [this year being 2001?] 550,000 Americans will die from cancer. One out of every three will develop cancer in their lifetime. That is eighty-eight million people in the United States alone."

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"Amygdalin is sometimes confused with laevomandelonitrile, also called laetrile for short; however, amygdalin and laetrile are different chemical compounds.   Laetrile, which was patented in the United States, is a semi-synthetic molecule sharing part of the amygdalin structure, while the "laetrile" made in Mexico is usually amygdalin, the natural product obtained from crushed apricot pits, or neoamygdalin" - Wikipedia

A doctor from the USA FDA once said that Laetrile (Vitamin B17) contains “free” hydrogen cyanide and, thus, is toxic.  I would like to correct that misconception….. G. Edward Griffin marshals the evidence that cancer is a deficiency disease – like scurvy or pellagra – aggravated by the lack of an essential food compound in modern man’s diet (See his book, "World Without Cancer", Thousand Oaks, CA: American Media, 1974).   That substance is vitamin B17.  In its purified form developed for cancer therapy outside the USA, it is known as Laetrile (USA FDA law does not allow this therapy.).
This theory is not approved by orthodox medicine.  The FDA, the AMA, and The American Cancer Society have labeled it fraud and quackery — is it because it invades their monetary turf?  Yet the evidence is clear that here, at last, is the final answer to the cancer riddle.

When Laetrile (Vitamin B17) comes in contact with the enzyme beta-glucosidase, the Laetrile is broken down to form two molecules of glucose, one molecule of benzaldehyde and one molecule of hydrogen cyanide (HCN). Within the body, the cancer cell — and ONLY THE CANCER CELL — contains that enzyme, beta-glucosidase.  There is no “free” hydrogen cyanide in Laetrile.

The key words here are that the HCN must be FORMED by an enzyme in your body that is only present in a cancerous cell.  It is not floating around freely in the Laetrile and then released.  It must be manufactured by the cancer cell.  The enzyme beta glucosidase, and only that enzyme, is capable of manufacturing the HCN from Laetrile.  If there are no cancer cells in the body, there is no beta-glucosidase. If there is no beta-glucosidase, no HCN will be formed from the Laetrile [1].

Laetrile does contain the cyanide radical (CN).  This same cyanide radical is contained in Vitamin B12 rich foods, and in berries such as blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.  You never hear of anyone getting cyanide poisoning from B12 or any of the above-mentioned berries, because they do not.  The cyanide radical (CN) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) are two completely different compounds, just as pure sodium (Na+) – one of the most toxic substances known to mankind – and sodium chloride (NaCl), which is table salt, are two completely different compounds.  We all know that if we drink ‘cyanide’, we die.  Relax — it is not the same thing……

If the above is true, how did the story ever get started that Laetrile contains “free” hydrogen cyanide?  It was the Food and Drug Administration.

I remember reading in some newspaper back in the late 1960's or early 1970's a news release from the FDA.  This release stated that there were some proponents of a substance known as “Laetrile” (I’d never heard of it before) who were saying that this substance was capable of forming hydrogen cyanide in the presence of the cancer cell.  The release continued by saying that, if this were actually true, we had, indeed, found a substance, which was target-specific, and would be of great value to the cancer patient.  But, the news release went on to say, the FDA had done extensive testing of this substance, "Laetrile," and found no evidence that it contained hydrogen cyanide or that any hydrogen cyanide was released in the presence of the cancer cell.  Thus, they said, Laetrile was of no value.

When it was clearly established some time later that Laetrile did, indeed, release hydrogen cyanide in the presence of the cancer cell, how do you suppose the FDA reacted?  Did they admit that they were wrong? Did they admit that they had done a very inadequate job in running their tests?  No!  They NOW proclaimed that Laetrile contained “free” hydrogen cyanide and thus was toxic!

So, here is a bureau of the Federal Government which, a short time before, had said that the reason Laetrile did not work was because it did not release hydrogen cyanide in the presence of cancer cells.  Now, when they find that it does, they say that it is toxic.  (?) So when offered an opportunity to present evidence of Laetrile’s toxicity in Federal Court, they admitted that they had none.  (See Chapter One, "Alive and Well", by Dr. Philip Binzel, available at

Action of Laetrile In Cancer

The founder of I.G. Farbin, Co., Leibig, discovered amygdalin in 1822.  I.G. Farbin is a huge cartel containing some 2000 other cartels.  Krebs discovered L-Mandelonitrile-beta-glucoside in 1922 (extrinsic).  Beard sited the role of trophoblast in the British medical magazine, Lancet, in 1904 and discussed the intrinsic factor chymotrypsin.  It was Dr. Ernest T. Krebs, Jr. who discovered the role of Nitrilosides, the extrensic factor.

Though it has limitations in certain cancers, Vitamin B17 may be extremely effective in the most common tumors such as carcinoma of the lung, breast, prostate, colon, and lymphomas.  A highly publicized clinical trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 1981 tried unsuccessfully to prove Laetrile ineffective and toxic.  Today, Laetrile occupies a position on the "front lines" of alternative cancer therapy in other countries.  “We have found Laetrile to be effective in people that have active cancer”, says Dr. Contreras, "but that is not its only function, for the prevention of cancer and the maintenance of remission there is nothing as effective as Laetrile.  Its non-toxicity permits its use indefinitely in the prevention of relapses and the prevention of metastases.  Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can only be administered for a limited time, afterward patients are left without any protection".

[1.] For a more detailed analysis of the theoretical action of Laetrile against cancer cells, see G. Edward Griffin’s book, “World Without Cancer” (Thousand Oaks, CA: American Media, 1974).

The excerpt herein was taken from: “”   [This webpage is no longer available]

The info herein can also be found at:
Laetrile and the Life Saving Substance Called Cyanide
World Without Cancer
The Cancer Answer
The Educaton of Cancer Healing

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“Let your food be your medicine; let your medicine be your food.”
— Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”

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