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This would be a shame because

  • a.       it is recognised by respected cancer research organisations that there is much you can do to guard against cancer (see for American Institute for Cancer Research’s views), and read Your Life In Your Hands (Virgin, London 2000) by Professor Jane Plant concerning diet and lifestyle factors that can affect/prevent breast cancer (also prostate and probably other types of cancer).
  • b.      the statistics of getting cancer and dying from cancer show that despite all the money thrown at research, the problem is getting worse, much worse.   At the beginning of the 21st century it is expected that one in eight women in the UK will get breast cancer and one in four men prostate cancer.   In the USA it is expected that one in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. One in four are likely to die from cancer.   In most types of cancer the survival rate has not improved.

Are you interested in cancer prevention?
GREAT! If everyone was interested, and decided to take action that became a life-time habit, then cancer could become a rare anomaly. Cancer is a chronic metabolic disease, and in history these (such as scurvy, pellagra, beri-beri, rickets) have only ever been conquered by a change in nutrition. The answer has always been in what we eat.

There are many ways you can fight cancer. One is to build up the immune system so that it is very strong. Another is to supplement with antioxidants which fight carcinogens in the body. However, vitamin B17/amygdalin seems to be unique in the way that it directly attacks cancer cells. This substance is found in many of the foods we eat. Examples of amygdalin rich foods are bitter almonds (amygdalin tastes bitter - sweet almonds do not contain it), apple pips, grape seeds, apricot kernels and the seeds of non-citrus fruits, millet, broad beans, and many other seeds (especially sprouted seeds) and beans and grains - but not ones that have been highly hybridised (wheat is low in amygdalin).

For prevention of cancer, Dr Ernst T Krebs Jr., the biochemist who first produced laetrile (concentrated amygdalin) from apricot kernels in the 1950s, recommended that if a person would eat seven to ten apricot kernels a day for life, then barring Chernobyl, he is likely to be cancer free. See 'Suppliers' to order apricot kernels.

Have you had cancer and are now in remission, or perhaps, if treatment was fairly recent, you are in a ‘wait and see’ time?
Ernst T. Krebs Jr, the biochemist who instigated the vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy, proposed that although cancer is triggered by many carcinogens/stress, etc., the body may not be able to self heal if there is a vitamin B17 deficiency (in the same way as scurvy is a result of a deficiency in vitamin C). For those who have had cancer treated conventionally and had tumours removed surgically, received chemotherapy and radiotherapy and have been told that they no longer have cancer, it needs to be very clearly understood that removing tumours and killing cancer cells does not remove the vitamin deficiency, and therefore the cancer may possibly return if this is not dealt with. In fact, for those who have received chemotherapy, which hits the immune system, the situation has undoubtedly been exacerbated. There is an urgent need (even after ‘successful’ conventional treatment) to take vitamin B17 and supporting nutritional supplements, to counteract vitamin B17 deficiency, boost the immune system, and help prevent a re-emergence of cancer.   If conventional treatment is in the recent past and been ‘successful’, nevertheless a HIGH DOSE vitamin B17 treatment programme plus nutritional support for a month or more may be advisable (see ‘NUTRITION THERAPY FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING WITH CANCER: a summary of different sources’).   It is important not to be complacent.   A permanently improved diet and full supplements, always continuing with vitamin B17, (two 500mg tablets daily for life) was recommended by Dr Philip E. Binzel who had such amazing results in his GP practise in the USA for 18 years until he retired. Alive and Well (American Media, California, 1994) by Binzel can be ordered from or  See 'Suppliers' for sources of supplements. You may have tackled the symptoms of cancer (the tumour), but have you investigated the cause?     See also ‘Maintenance lifestyle for those who have had cancer.’

Are you fighting cancer right now?
For details of the vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy see Alive and Well (mentioned above) or for a summary of this and other B17 protocols see ‘Nutrition therapy for people suffering with cancer: a summary of different sources’. Please also read 'The Importance of Enzymes'.

There is a lot of information to take in, but it is worth the effort. Your life is at stake and it is you who are responsible for what you do about it. In a war it is not usual to rely on one type of weapon. A combination of strategies is normal. Orthodox treatment uses surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It would seem sensible therefore not to rely just on taking concentrated vitamin B17 tablets, but also to alter your diet, take supplements and consider some of the natural therapies that work alongside laetrile/vitamin B17. (This holistic approach of using other therapies alongside the vitamin B17/laetrile and nutritional therapy is used in the hospitals in Mexico.)

It is good to be positive - this helps in keeping well, but nevertheless there needs to be an understanding of the reality that for most types of cancer, orthodox treatment has a dismal record, especially for secondary cancers. Oncologist Dr Albert Braverman says (Lancet, April 13, 1991): "…many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumour, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure."

The Oasis of Hope Hospital uses chemotherapy, if appropriate and has dramatically superior results
Dr Francisco Contreras, M.D. is a highly trained cancer expert, who specialised in surgical oncology at the prestigious First University in Vienna, Austria. He heads up the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Mexico where conventional chemotherapy is offered as well as nutritional therapies, if it is deemed appropriate, especially low-dose chemotherapy that is delivered directly to the tumour.

Since 1963, 100,000 patients have been treated at the Oasis of Hope Hospital, including currently over 600 cancer patients a year. In 1981 they conducted a retrospective study to document the five-year survival rate of their cancer patients. It is important to note that 95% of these patients came to them with stage IV cancers after conventional therapy had failed to help them. They had been sent home to die. (Francisco Contreras The Coming Cancer Cure,2002, p105). The results are tabled below:  


Oasis Patients



Lung cancer




Breast Cancer




Colon Cancer




Prostate Cancer




*source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts and Figures, 2001

See Nutrition therapy for people suffering with cancer: a summary of different sources on this website or telephone for a set of notes: 01483 423235 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm This is a private number. If no-one answers keep trying).     Also see Chris Woollams book Everything you need to know to help you beat cancer (Health Issues, Buckingham 2002). Chris is a biochemist and his daughter had cancer - this is what he found out in the fight to save her life. The book is very informative and easy to read. Excellent guide to the whole field plus prevention. His second book is also excellent The Tree of Life: Everything you need to EAT to help you BEAT CANCER. His charity CANCERactive publishes a magazine ICON. For his helpline See 'Suppliers'

If you have been diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer (duct carcinoma in situ) there is good news, but you need to take the initiative to benefit from it.    WDDTY (What Doctor's Don't Tell You) in their February 2004 newsletter have a special report on 'Breast Cancer: when its not cancer at all'.  "A growing number of experts believe that the advent of breast cancer screening has created a problem where none may actually exist, labelling many conditions as cancer which aren't serious or life-threatening.  The astonishing fact is that fully half of all cases of so-called breast cancer might not be cancer at all, but a harmless abnormality that will never progress to cancer."  If you have been diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer, get hold of this report from WDDTY:tel 0870 444 9886 and 

The UK's leading oncologist Professor Karol Sikora says "Get all the information you can. Find out all about the disease, find out what treatment's being offered, conventional treatment, find out what else you can do, what's available in the hospital, what's available locally, what's available nationally. Become an expert on your own disease and yourself, after all, you know yourself better than anyone else." (Message of Hope video, Health Creation 2003

It is much more difficult to get rid of cancer than to prevent it. Therefore while cancer sufferers have many things they can do to fight against this disease, it is to be hoped that, while the cancer sufferer is taking vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy, the rest of their family and friends will start on a lifetime prevention programme, so that they are not likely to have to take such extreme measures to combat cancer.