Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."
In spite of the great advances in the diagnosis and treatment of malignant tumors, cancer continues to be one of the main causes of death in the highly industrialized countries. It is calculated that one out of three persons will eventually die from some form of cancer. Although it is true that surgery and radiotherapy are capable of curing some patients with localized tumors and that chemotherapy has achieved cures in some ten types of malignant tumors, the general mortality rate from cancer has not improved substantially in the last 25 years. Nearly 60 percent of all cancer patients, upon being diagnosed, find that their disease is so widespread that the chemotherapy drugs currently being used cannot be given in dosages sufficient to destroy the large mass due to their high toxicity. Many cannot be exposed to chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy because of the undesirable effects. And there are several types of tumors for which there is no effective treatment yet known.
Worldwithoutcancer.org.uk, with great satisfaction, is able to present a vegetable agent whose anti-tumour action was known empirically for many years, but in the last thirty five years has been scientifically proven, primarily through the clinical studies directed by well respected metabolic physicians around the world. Among them are Dr. Ernesto Contreras Rodriguez, of the Oasis of Hope Hospital (Formerly Centro Medico y Hospital Del Mar at Playas de Tijuana, B.C.N. Mexico); Dr. Harold Manner of the Manner Clinic in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico; Dr. Hans Nieper, former director of the Department of Medicine at the Silbersee Hospital in Hanover; N. R. Bouziane, M.D., former Director of Research Laboratories at St. Jeanne d'Arc Hospital in Montreal; Manuel Navarro, M.D., former Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila; Dr. Shigeaki Sakai, a prominent physician in Tokyo, Japan. In Italy there is Professor Etore Guidetti, M.D., of the University of Turin Medical School; in Belgium there is Professor Joseph H. Maisin, Sr., M.D., of the University of Louvain where he was Director of the Institute of Cancer. And in the United States there are such respected names as Dr. Dean Burk, former head of the National Cancer Institute; Dr. John A. Morrone of the Jersey City Medical Center; Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, Jr., who developed Laetrile; Dr. John A. Richardson, the courageous San Francisco physician who challenged the government's right to prevent Laetrile from being used in the United States; Dr. Philip E. Binzel, Jr., a physician in Washington Court House, Ohio, who has used Laetrile for over twenty years with outstanding success; and many others from over twenty countries with equally impeccable credentials.
This anti-tumour agent is Vitamin B-17 (commonly known as Amygdalin or Laetrile). According to Dr. Ernest T. Krebs, Jr. its components make it vital for our survival without cancer. The greatest concentration is found in the seeds of the rosaceous fruits, such as the apricot pits and other bitter nuts. Various documents from the oldest civilisations such as Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs and from China 2,500 years before Christ mention the therapeutic use of derivatives of bitter almonds. Egyptian papyri from 5,000 years ago mention the use of "aqua amigdalorum" for the treatment of some tumours of the skin. But the systematised study of Vitamin B-17 really did not begin until the first half of the past century, when the chemist Bohn discovered in 1802 that during the distillation of the water from bitter almonds hydrocyanic acid was released. Soon many researchers became interested in analysing this extract and so Robiquet and Boutron isolated, for the first time, a white crystalline substance which they called AMYGDALIN (from amygdala = almond).
In the U.S. the Food and Drug Administration has used regulation, not law, to keep doctors in some states from using Laetrile therapy. There is no federal law against Laetrile, nor does Laetrile appear on an official list of proscribed items. The Food and Drug Administration has also used regulation, not law, to ban the interstate shipment and sale of Laetrile by alleging that it is either an "unlicensed new "drug" or an "unsafe or adulterated food or food additive". It is neither. Amygdalin is an extract of apricot kernels, which makes it a food supplement and nothing more. Vitamin B-17 was the subject of great controversy 18 years ago when some of the world's top scientists claimed that when consumed, its components make it 100% impossible to develop cancer and will kill existing cancer. Pharmaceutical companies pounced on this claim immediately and demanded that FDA studies be conducted. Pharmaceutical companies conduct studies on patented chemicals they invent so that at the end of their study, if the drug gets approved, they have exclusive rights to its sale. They never conduct studies on foods that cannot be patented and that can be sold at any supermarket (e.g. vitamins).