Vitamin B17 can be found in nuts, tubers, berries, leafy greens, and in the pits of fruits such as apricots, peaches, and cherries.

Most of the people probably haven’t heard about it, and that is caused by the vitamin B17 supplements which are illegal in North America.

The active compound of vitamin B12 is Amygdalin, while its synthetic (manufactured) form is laetrile. The latter was used as an alternative cancer treatment until 1980 when the FDA banned it, because of the cyanide it contains, which is a known poison.

However, before it became illegal, laetrile has been analyzed in New York at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Ralph Moss, at the time Assistant Director of Public Affairs, became a vocal author and lecturer on the alternative cancer therapies. He reveals his findings in the following interview:

 “Shortly after I went to work at Sloan Kettering, I visited, Kanematsu Sugiura, the elderly Japanese scientist who astonished me when he told me that he was working on Laetrile (B17). Which, at the time was the most controversial thing in cancer, reputed as a cure for cancer.

In Public Affairs we were giving out statements that laetrile was quackery, it was worthless, and that people should not abandon the therapies that are already been proven.

I was amazed that our most distinguished scientist would be bothering with something such as this, and I said, ‘Why are you doing this if it doesn’t actually work?’

He took his lab books and he showed me that Laetrile actually was dramatically effective in stopping the cancer to spread in the body. We were finding this and still we, in Public Affairs, were told to issue some statements to the exact opposite of what we were scientifically finding.

The findings they found resulted in controversy about laetrile and expanded to include the natural form of amygdalin that can be found in plants, which is vitamin B17.

These statements forced his employers to fire him, but Ralph Moss continued warning the public about the practice of the medical establishment to suppress the research into some natural treatments for cancer.

Many other experts agreed with him, and G. Edward Griffin, film-maker, author, and advocate for natural cancer treatment was one of them. He published a book titled World Without Cancer with Dr. John Richardson, where he indicates:

“Every Laetrile study was tarnished with the same type of scientific incompetence, prejudice, and outright deception… Some of these studies openly admitted evidence of anti-cancer effect but rushed to attribute this effect to some other causes.

Some were only toxicity studies, meaning that they weren’t trying to see if Laetrile was actually effective, but merely to determine how much of it was needed to kill the patient.” (Ibid.)

As it seemed, amygdalin has cyanide in the form of a cyanogenic glucoside of the nitriloside family of water-soluble sugar compounds that usually is found in plants.

Many researchers found that it actually inhibits the cancer cell growth and it can also lead to cell apoptosis (death) in kidney, prostate, and breast cancer cells.

Cancer cells have an enzyme which is known as glucosidase at about 3,000 times the level in a healthy cell, which, once it comes into contact with a nitriloside, it will cause a chemical reaction that converts the nitriloside into benzaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide. And the cyanide is the one that destroys the cell. What is best about this all is that the healthy cells don’t contain enough glucosidase to release the cyanide, so the amygdalin can only kill the abnormal cells.

The fact that we are eating foods that contain amygdalin all the time, such as blueberries, is pointing out that it is not harmful if consumed in very small doses.

The bitter almonds are abundant in this compound. Yet, the trees from which they grow are illegal in America, although essential oil extracts could be made from their seeds. Sweet almonds are also abundant in amygdalin, and they are also banned to be sold in raw form.

“In 2007, the United States Department of Agriculture mandated that all American grown almonds be pasteurized (heated) or, for non-organic almonds, gassed with the toxic gas propylene oxide (PPO), a possible human carcinogen.

The almonds treated with PPO are banned in the European Union and Canada but allowed, even encouraged by the ban, in America. So you should not be fooled if you have seen U.S. almonds to be labeled ‘raw’.

The USDA allows the almond growers and processors to label almonds as ‘raw’ although they have been gassed or pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys enzymes and the valuable phytonutrients and it also lowers vitamin E content.”

The seed that is most abundant in vitamin B17 is the apricot. Therefore, you could purchase apricots and break open their pits. High amounts of this nutrient will tax the liver, but you will have to consume 50-60 seeds a day in order to experience any negative side-effects.

Furthermore, the Western medical community is still skeptical about the beneficial cancer-fighting properties of the vitamin. In addition, it’s still illegal, and the mainstream media regards its medicinal use quackery, so very little money is invested into any additional research.

In his book, Griffin’s comments:

“I think it is very important for persons to understand that in most cases, government is not the solution; which is the problem. As long as we all think that the government is supposed to take care of us and protect us and that we can trust our politicians–as long as they we that, we are in deep trouble. And, because of that kind of thinking we are all in deep trouble.”

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