Vitamin B17, The Force or The Dark Side?
Cancer, cancer, cancer… Just about everyone I know either has or has had cancer, or knows someone who is suffering, or has died from it. We have become accustomed to it, but cancer is not normal, and it should not be!
The medical community keeps saying that they are just around the corner from finding the cure for cancer, how long have they been saying that? Yet, on the “unproven” side of alternative medicine, there have been fantastic results with diseases like cancer. But this is not likely to be in the news very soon, just because there is no money behind healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. Modern medicine came around in the 19th century, but “alternative medicine” has been a part of human history since prehistoric times. Today I would like to present a very controversial subject, and leave it up to you to take a side.
According to Wikipedia,
Since the early 1950s, a modified form of amygdalin has been promoted under the names laetrile and “Vitamin B17” as a cancer cure. In reality, laetrile is not a vitamin, and studies have found it to be ineffective, dangerously toxic due to its cyanide content, and potentially lethal. The promotion of laetrile to treat cancer has been described in the medical literature as a canonical example of quackery, and as “the slickest, most sophisticated, and certainly the most remunerative [profitable] cancer quack promotion in medical history.”
But on the flip side of the coin, authors like Dr. Edward Griffin, in his book World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17, talk about this vitamin as the answer to get cancer out of our lives. Here are some quotes from the book.
“By 1952, Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, Jr., a biochemist in San Francisco, had advanced the theory that cancer, like scurvy and pellagra, is not caused by some kind of mysterious bacterium, virus, or toxin, but is merely a deficiency disease aggravated by the lack of an essential food compound in modern-man’s diet. He identified this compound as part of the nitriloside family which occurs abundantly in nature in over twelve-hundred edible plants and found virtually in every part of the world. It is particularly prevalent in the seed of these fruits in the Prunus Rosacea family (bitter almond, apricot, blackthorn, cherry, nectarine, peach, and plum), but also contained in grasses, maize, sorghum, millet, cassava, linseed, apple seeds, and many other foods that, generally, have been deleted from the menus of modern civilization.
It is difficult to establish a clear-cut classification for a nitriloside. Since it does not occur entirely by itself but rather is found in foods, it probably should not be classified as a food. Like sugar, it is a food component or a food factor. Nor can it be classified as a drug inasmuch as it is a natural, non-toxic, water-soluble substance entirely normal to and compatible with human metabolism. The proper name for a food factor that contains these properties is vitamin. Since this vitamin normally is found with the B-complex, and since it was the seventeenth such substance to be isolated within this complex, Dr. Krebs identified it as vitamin B17″
This is an extremely controversial subject, and has been severely attacked by the medical community, as Laetrile has been said to be a poison. Personally, with very few exceptions, I am not a big fan of fragmented vitamins, and believe in getting my nutrition from food as much as possible, so before going into the specifics of how vitamin B17 acts in our body, let me copy a fragment from Dr. Griffin’s book talking about cultures with diets rich in nitroloside, the natural source of this nutrient.
Chapter Three takes a look at several cultures whose diet is rich in nitriloside foods. In each case the people are cancer-free. One is the Hunza tribe in the Himalaya Mountains. “Their diet contains over two-hundred times more nitrilosides than the average American diet” (p. 63). The most highly prized food is the apricot seed, which is very high in nitrilocides. Apricots, their seeds, and oil from the seeds are used much like rice and rice products would be used in other eastern cultures. In addition, their diet contains other vegetation rich in Vitamin B17. The life expectancy of the Hunzas is eighty-five years.
Eskimos have also been free of cancer when they eat their traditional diet. They don’t have access to apricot seeds or other vegetation of importance, yet their diet is rich in nitrilosides from the flesh of caribou and other grazing animals that do eat nitrilosides. Eskimos eat the vegetative stomach contents of freshly killed game that has just been grazing on grasses full of B17.
Griffin notes that even populations in the U.S. who are predominately vegetarian, such as Seven Day Adventists and Mormons, have lower cancer incidents. Indigenous people like Eskimos, when introduced to “civilized” foods, do begin to develop cases of cancer.
The medical community’s argument, and the reason why vitamin B17 has been so severely attacked is because of its cyanide. But if we look at the diet of primitive men and most fruit-eating animals we will find them to be very rich in nitrilosides containing foods. Our ancestors regularly ate the fruit seeds (and kernels), as a source of protein, polyunsaturated fats, and other nutrients. Seeds contain as much as 2% or more nitriloside.
So is Vitamin B17 the Force, or the Dark Side? The answer to cancer problem, or a dangerous hype? Let’s look at a chemical explanation of what happens when it enters our system:
With the “trofoblastic” theory of cancer, there are no discernible differences between highly malignant cancer cells and certain pre-embryonic cells called “trofoblasts” that are normal in the early stages of pregnancy. These cells spread and multiply rapidly, and production of such cells are triggered when they come in contact with estrogen, such as in the case of a fertilized egg, or occurring non-sexually as a part of the general healing process which results in cancer.
When cancer begins to form, the body reacts by attempting to seal it off with cells that are similar to the location it occurs which results in a lump or a bump, with the resulting tumor consisting of a “hybrid” of trofoblast and surrounding cells, with the more malignant the tumor, the higher the percentage of trofoblast cells.
White blood cells are designed to attack whatever is foreign and harmful to a body, but they do not attack cancer cells because they are “trofoblast,” being cells that in some cases are vital to the life cycle such as with pregnancy. The protection that nature gives trofoblast cells is a protective coat which has a negative charge similar to the negative charge that white blood cells have, which makes the white cells and trofoblast cells repel each other.
The pancreas secrets an enzyme called “Trypsin,” which digests the protective coat of the trofoblast when it comes into contact with it in sufficient quantity, which then exposes the trofoblast to the attack of the white blood cells.
If the pancreas is weak or if the rate of Trypsin can’t keep up, then nature has provided a second line of defense which poisons malignant cells while nourishing all the rest, which is the compound known as Amygdalin from foods containing Nitrilosides. This molecule contains two units of sugar, one of Benzaldehyde, and one of cyanide all tightly locked together within it. The only substance which can unlock this molecule and release the cyanide and benzaldehyde is an enzyme called “Beta-glucosidanse.” This unlocking enzyme is not found to any dangerous degree anywhere in the body except in cancer cells where it is always present in great quantities. Therefore, unlocking takes place at the cancer cell, and only the cancer cell.
Another important enzyme called Rhodanese is the “protecting” enzyme because it neutralizes cyanide by converting it instantly to byproducts which actually are beneficial and essential for health. This enzyme is found in great quantities in every part of the body except the cancer cells which consequently are not protected.
Dr. Dean Burk, head of the Cytochemistry section of the National Cancer Institute has reported that in a series of tests on animal tissue, the B-17 had no effect, but released so much cyanide and Benzaldehyde when it came in contact with cancer cells that not one of them could survive. He said, “When we add Laetrile to a cancer culture under the microscope, we see the cancer cells dying off like flies.”
Vitamin B17 appears in abundance in untamed nature. Because B17 is bitter to the taste, in man’s attempt to improve tastes and flavors for his own pleasure, he has eliminated bitter substances like B17 by selection and cross-breeding. It can be stated as a general rule that many of the foods that have been domesticated still contain the vitamin B17 in that part not eaten by modem man, such as the seeds in apricots. Listed below is an evaluation of some of the more common foods. Keep in mind that these are averages only and that specimens vary widely depending on variety, locale, soil, and climate.
Fruits Range* blackberry, domestic low blackberry, wild high boysenberry med. choke cherry high wild crabapple high market cranberry low Swedish (lignon) cranberry high currant med. elderberry med. to high gooseberry. med. huckleberry med. loganberry med. mulberry med. quince med. raspberry med.
Seeds Range* apple seeds high apricot seed high buckwheat med. cherry seed high flax med. millet med. nectarine seed high peach seed high pear seeds high plum seed high prune seed high squash seeds med.
Beans Range* black low black-eyed peas low fava high garbanzo low to med. green pea low kidney low to med. lentils med. lima, U.S. low lima, Burma med. mung med. to high shell low
Nuts (all raw) Range* bitter almond high cashew low macadamia med. to high
Sprouts Range* alfalfa med. bamboo high fava med. garbanzo med. mung med.
Leaves Range* alfalfa high beet tops low eucalyptus high spinach low water cress low
Tubers Range* cassava high sweet potato low yams low
High — above 500 mgs. nitriloside per 100 grams food
Medium — above 100 mgs. per 100 grams food
Low — below 100 mgs. per 100 grams food
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