You are already familiar with the fact that vitamins are important for the overall health and well-being. But, did you know that there is a vitamin that its use is banned in USA. We are talking about Vitamin B17 which is found in leafy greens, nuts, tubers, berries, and as well as in the pits of fruits like apricots, peaches and cherries.
The vitamin B17 contains an active compound known as amygdalin, and its synthetic form is laetrile which in the past was used as an alternative cancer treatment. It was banned in 1980 by FDA claiming it poisonous due to the content of cyanide.
Prior its ban laetrile (B17) was comprehensively analyzed at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York by the Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Ralph Moss. Mr. Moss became a vocal advocate of the use of this vitamin in alternative cancer therapies.
Here it is what he states regarding the use of this vitamin, quoting:
“Shortly after I went to work [at Sloan Kettering], I visited the elderly Japanese scientist, Kanematsu Sugiura, who astonished me when he told me he was working on Laetrile (B17). At the time it was the most controversial thing in cancer, reputed to be a cure for cancer.
We in Public Affairs were giving out statements that laetrile was worthless, it was quackery, and that people should not abandon proven therapies.
I was astonished that our most distinguished scientist would be bothering with something like this, and I said, ‘Why are you doing this if it doesn’t work?’
He took down his lab books and showed me that in fact, Laetrile was dramatically effective in stopping the spread of cancer…We were finding this and yet we in Public Affairs were told to issue statements to the exact opposite of what we were finding scientifically.”
However, these findings of Mr. Moss provoked large controversy regarding the use of laetrile as a result of which he lost his job. But, all he wanted is to find the natural anticancer therapy which he believes is the use of vitamin B17. Nonetheless, he is still warning the public about the intentions of the medical establishment to suppress research into natural cancer treatments.
Yet, he did not stay alone in his beliefs as other experts also complied with his findings like G. Edward Griffin, who is a film-maker, author, and advocate for natural cancer treatment. In his book World Without Cancer with Dr. John Richardson, he maintains the following, quoting:
“Every Laetrile study had been tarnished with the same kind of scientific ineptitude, bias, and outright deception… Some of these studies openly admitted evidence of anti-cancer effect but hastened to attribute this effect to other causes.
Some were toxicity studies only, which means that they weren’t trying to see if Laetrile was effective, but merely to determine how much of it was required to kill the patient.”(Ibid.)
Amygdalin has in its content cyanide, but in the form of a cyanogenicglucoside of the nitriloside family of water-soluble sugar compounds found in plants. This compound hampers further development of cancer cell and thus leads to death of the cancerous cell (apoptosis) in breast, prostate, and kidney cancer.
Here it is how amygdalin works: cancer cells contain in large quantities an enzyme named asglucosidase which, when comes into contact with a nitriloside, triggers a chemical reaction which alters the nitriloside into hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde.
The cyanide kills the cell. The best part about this compound is that it does not harm the healthy cells as their level of glucosidase is so low that amygdalin does not release the cyanide, and in that way it kills only abnormal cells.
It is an undisputable fact that we take in foods that contain amygdalin all the time, like for instance blueberries, which can tell us a lot that they are not harmful when taken in small doses.
On the other hand, bitter almonds show a rich content of this compound, but growing these trees is banned in the United States. Sweet almonds are as well as high in amygdalin, but they cannot be purchased raw as they are banned in their raw form.
“In 2007, the USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] mandated that all U.S. grown almonds be pasteurized (heated) or, for non-organic almonds, gassed with the toxic gas propylene oxide (PPO), a probable human carcinogen.
Almonds treated with PPO are banned in Canada and the European Union but allowed, even encouraged by the ban, in the US. Don’t be fooled if you’ve seen U.S. almonds labeled ‘raw’.
The USDA allows almond growers and processors to label almonds as ‘raw’ even though they’ve been pasteurized or gassed…Pasteurization destroys enzymes and valuable phytonutrients and lowers vitamin E content.” [emphasis added]
The highest amount of vitamin B17 is in the seed of the apricot. Each apricot has it and all you need to do is to break open their pits and thus consume the seed. Note that the consumption of high quantities of this seed can harm the liver, but that negative influence is experienced only if you consume 50 to 60 seeds on daily basis.
Although this compound may be the possible cure for cancer very little money is invested into further research. The western medical community does not take into consideration the cancer-fighting properties of this vitamin, and are being extremely skeptical about its use. Not to forget the fact that it is still illegal, and that the mainstream media considers it a fake cancer treatment.
Regarding this issue, Griffin states the following:
“I think it’s important for people to understand that government, in most cases, is not the solution; it’s the problem. As long as people think that the government is supposed to take care of them and protect them and that they can trust their politicians–as long as they think that, they’re in deep trouble. And, in fact, we are all in deep trouble because of that kind of thinking.”