HEALTH TIP: A few months ago, I spoke with a traditional oncologist about laetrile (aka vitamin B17 and amygdalin), which is found in the pits of peaches and apricots, apple seeds, and many other plants and grasses. Despite the fact that the oncologist is really an “outside the box” type thinker, he still believed that the studies have shown laetrile to be ineffective at treating cancer, citing
specifically the “California Report” of 1953. Nothing could be further from the truth.The 1953 “California Report” was performed by Dr. McDonald and Dr. Garland, both of whom were advocates of smoking at least at pack of cigarettes a day and both of whom died from cigarettes. It turns out that this “study” was a complete fraud and was later proven to be so (1963 public record). There were also “studies” done in 1953 project at Stanford University, a 1961 study at the University of California-Berkeley, one in 1962 at the Diablo Labs in Berkeley, and a 1965 study on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association at McGill University in Montreal. Every one of these has been tarnished by the same kind of scientific ineptitude, bias, and outright deception and fraud as found in the 1953 California report. Then we have the Sloan-Kettering study by Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura in the 1970s where the Board of Directors ordered him to LIE about his positive laetrile research. The list goes on and on, but you get the picture, right?Of course, the Medical Mafia has mounted highly successful “scare” campaigns based on the fact that vitamin B17 contains quantities of “deadly” cyanide. This is patently false. Studies show that vitamin B17 is harmless to healthy tissue. Here’s why: each molecule of B17 contains one unit of hydrogen cyanide, one unit of benzaldehyde and two of glucose (sugar) tightly locked together. In order for the hydrogen cyanide to become dangerous it is first necessary to unlock the molecule to release it, a trick that can only be performed by an enzyme called beta-glucosidase, which is present all over the human body only in minute quantities, but in huge quantities at only one place: cancer cells.
Thus the hydrogen cyanide is unlocked only at the cancer site with drastic results, which become utterly devastating to the cancer cells since the benzaldehyde unit unlocks at the same time. The cancer cells get a double whammy of cyanide and benzaldeyhde! Benzaldehyde is a deadly poison in its own right, but when it teams up with cyanide, the result is a poison 100 times more deadly than either in isolation. The cancer cells are literally obliterated! But what about danger to the rest of the body’s cells? Another enzyme, rhodanese, always present in far larger quantities than the unlocking enzyme beta-glucosidase in healthy tissues, has the ability to completely break down both cyanide and benzaldehyde into a thiocyanate (a harmless substance) and salicylate (which is a pain killer similar to aspirin). Interestingly, malignant cancer cells contain no rhodanese at all, leaving them completely at the mercy of the two deadly poisons. This whole process is known as “selective toxicity,” since only the cancer cells are specifically targeted and destroyed.