Laetrile (i.e. amygdalin or Vitamin B17) therapy is one of the most
popular and best known alternative cancer treatments. It is very simple to
use and is very effective if used in high enough doses and if the product is
of high quality and if it is combined with an effective cancer diet and key
supplements (in other words, you need to do your homework to maximize its
Laetrile works by killing cancer cells and building the immune system to
fend off future outbreaks of cancer. It uses two different methods for
killing cancer cells. It involves a strict diet (as do all cancer
treatments) and several supplements.
How to Obtain Laetrile or Vitamin B17
The FDA has made the purchase of laetrile supplements effectively
impossible, even though it is a perfectly natural and safe supplement. In
order for a doctor to use laetrile supplements, they or their patient must
"confess" to the FDA that the doctor is using laetrile in their practice. In
other words, laetrile supplements are effectively illegal because no doctor
wants to admit they are using laetrile. Thus, if you illegally buy laetrile
supplements, how do you insure you are buying it from a highly trusted
source? This seems like an oxymoron.
Having said that, there are sources of laetrile pills. However, most
people take laetrile in the form of apricot kernels. In the middle of a
peach or apricot is a hard shell. If you break open the hard shell with a
"nut cracker," pliers or hammer, you will find a small seed/kernel in the
middle that looks like an almond. However, it is much softer than an almond
and certainly does not taste like an almond. It is this seed that is rich in
Most experts will recommend a daily dose of apricot kernels from
between 24 kernels a day up to 40 kernels a day, spread throughout the day.
For a person in remission, 16 apricot kernals a day should be used as a
Because I do not like any form of dehydration, especially if artificial
heat is applied (it can affect the bioavailability of the laetrile
molecule), I like apricot kernels sold still in the shell. Yes, it is extra
work to break open the shell for each kernel, but you KNOW the kernel
has not been dehydrated. The vendor "Our Father's Farm" will, on special
request, sell apricot kernels still in the shell (see the link below).
Other things rich in laetrile are millet grain and buckwheat grain.
Breads made with these grains, however, generally do not contain a high
percentage of millet or buckwheat or else they would be too hard.
Also, the seeds of berry plants, such as red raspberries and black
raspberries are rich in laetrile. Red raspberries also have a second cancer
killer in their seeds: Ellagic Acid, a phenolic. About four dozen foods have
Ellagic Acid, but Red Raspberries have the highest concentration.
Strawberries also have Ellagic Acid.
This means that when you buy berry jelly, make sure you buy preserves
that have the seeds. Basically, the seeds of any fruit, except citrus
fruits, have laetrile. My wife eats apples from the bottom up, meaning she
eats the seeds and always has. This is a good habit to get into - I picked
up the habit years ago.
Of course, apricot kernels are the best source of laetrile. Those who do
not yet have cancer might want to plant a few apricot or peach trees in
their back yard for a long term source of laetrile. The kernels can be
frozen while still in the shell.
The Dr. Philip Binzel list of foods that contain laetrile include:
apricot kernels, peach kernels, grape seeds, blackberries, blueberries,
strawberries, bean sprouts, lima beans and macadamia nuts (to name but a
If you live outside of the U.S. and are able to obtain laetrile pills,
it is important to take them with natural water on an empty stomach and to
not eat or drink anything for one hour after taking the pills.
The FDA claims that laetrile is toxic. This is an absolute lie. Read the
first chapter of Alive and Well (which is online and is linked to
below) to see how absurd the FDA claim is.
When the laetrile compound molecule comes across a cancer cell, it is
broken down into 2 molecules of glucose, 1 molecule of hydrogen cyanide and
1 molecule of benzaldehyde. In the early days of laetrile research it was
assumed that the hydrogen cyanide molecule was the major cancer cell killing
molecule, but now it is known that it is the benzaldehyde molecule that is
by far the major reason the cancer cell is killed.
The reason laetrile therapy takes so long to work, in spite of the
marvelous design of the laetrile molecule, is because if the laetrile
molecule happens to chemically react with the enzyme of a non-cancerous cell
(i.e. rhodanese), before it reacts with the enzyme of a cancerous cell
(beta-glucosidase), the rhodanese will break apart the laetrile molecule in
such a way that it can no longer kill a cancer cell. Thus you have to take
enough laetrile molecules, over a long enough time, that enough laetrile
molecules coincidently (as far as we know) hits all of the cancer cells
The second way that laetrile therapy works is because of the laetrile
diet. Like the metabolic diet, it is designed to build up the trypsin and
chymotrypsin in the body, and let them work on the cancer cells. What they
do is break down the enzymes surrounding the cancer cell so the white blood
cells can kill the cancer cell. More will be said about the cancer diet
One of the good side-effects of laetrile therapy is that more Vitamin B12
is made in the body. With this in mind, make sure you supplement laetrile
therapy with Vitamin C. Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 are, by themselves, a
treatment for cancer.
The Basic Treatment Plan
The specific therapy that I discuss comes from the Binzel book: Alive
and Well. There are other sources of a laetrile diet, but I would
compare any other diet with the Binzel diet if you want to use another diet.
As with any cancer treatment, the place to start is with the "diet,"
meaning the foods you can and cannot eat. The Binzel diet is very similar to
the Raw Food diet. This is interesting because he was taught by Dr. Krebs
himself, thus the laetrile diet probably dates back over 60 years.
It would probably be better to simply go on a Raw Food diet rather than a
modified Raw Food diet (i.e. the Binzel diet). The reason is that the Binzel
diet does not take into account many discoveries made about the cancer
killing nutrients in vegetables and fruits. In other words, the Binzel diet
does not discriminate between the best cancer killing fruits and vegetables
versus the far less effective (for treating cancer) vegetables and fruits.
Thus, the base diet of the Binzel plan should be the Raw Food diet. The
Raw Food Diet
The question then becomes, how do we enhance the Raw Food diet to take
into account laetrile. There are several ways. First, give preference in the
Raw Food diet to those fruits (i.e. seeds), grains and nuts (e.g. almonds
and macadamia) that are rich in laetrile. Mix these items with the Raw Food
Second, make sure you get the nutrients that are necessary in order for
laetrile to work:
1) zinc (which is the transport mechanism for laetrile),
2) Vitamin C (build up to 6 grams a day),
6) Vitamins B6, B9 and B12,
7) Vitamin A,
8) Vitamin E (at least 2,000 I.U.)
If you are already taking a multi-vitamin (e.g. you are on the Bill
Henderson Protocol), compare its ingredients with the above list and take
extra supplements to make up any deficiency.
If you are not already taking a multivitamin, the recommended way to get
all of these nutrients is the Essence Health Blend. It has all of the above
items (plus the critical iodine). However, it does not have enough Vitamin C
or Vitamin E (which you will have to supplement separately):
Essence Health Blend
Binzel also adds "Megazyme Forte" for its trypsin, chymotrypsin, bromalin
and zinc nutrients - 2 pills three times a day. Other pancreatic enzymes
(also known as proteolytic enzymes) are: Vitalzym, 10Zymes (also from
Essence of Life), and Wobenzym N.
IT IS CRITICAL to take the pancreatic or proteolytic enzymes during
the laetrile therapy!! However, note that they are blood thinners and
should be taken within the vendor's recommended maximum dosage (on the
bottle). These are critical for the laetrile molecules to work at peak
Note that zinc is also one of the most critical parts of this therapy:
"Zinc is the transportation mechanism for laetrile and nitrilosides
in the body. Biochemists and researchers have found that you can give
Laetrile to a patient until its coming out of the ears of the patient,
but, if that patient did not have sufficient level of Zinc, none of the
laetrile would get into the tissues of the body. They also found that
nothing heals within the body without sufficient vitamin C. They also
found that magnesium; selenium, vitamin A, and B all played an important
part in maintaining the body's defense mechanism. This is way its
important to understand that cancer is best treated with a total
nutritional program consisting of diet, vitamins, minerals, laetrile and
He also adds Pangamic acid (B15) 100 mg. - 1 pill three times daily. This
is not in the Essence Health Blend, so it needs to be added.
Binzel recognizes the need for vegetable protein, and thus allows grains,
nuts, beans, etc. that provide that protein, even if they have to be cooked.
Binzel does not allow cottage cheese (it comes from an animal, thus it is
forbidden), however, if you are taking the two key elements in the Budwig
diet, taking cottage cheese is obviously OK. Doing this, however, makes the
proteolytic enzymes that much more important.
Warning #1 - Laetrile May Cause Low Blood Pressure
This is an important message I received by email: "Laetrile ingestion may
occasionally cause a temporary low blood pressure reaction due to formation
of thiocyanate, a powerful blood pressure lowering agent. In metabolism,
nitriloside is hydrolyzed to free hydrogen cyanide, benzaldehyde or acetone
and sugar. This occurs largely through the enzyme beta-glucosidase produced
by intestinal bacteria as well as by the body. The released HCN [hydrocyanide]
is detoxified by the enzyme rhodanese to the relatively non-toxic
Normally, lowering blood pressure is not an issue, however, for those who
are already taking blood pressure medications, or have heart issues which
would be made worse by a drop in blood pressure, be advised that laetrile
can lower blood pressure.
Warning #2 - Proteolytic Enzymes are Blood Thinners
Because many people on the laetrile protocol also use proteolytic enzymes
(i.e. pancreatic enzymes), it is important to know that proteolytic enzymes
are blood thinners. Proteolytic enzymes, such as Vitalzym, should NOT
be used in conjunction with prescription blood thinners.
Also, high doses of proteolytic enzymes should not be taken, just as too
high of a dose of any blood thinner should never be taken. See the bottle
for maximum doses.
Warning #3 - Do Not Take Laetrile With Probiotics
From an email: "It was our experience that taking laetrile with high
strength probiotics may also increase the amount of free hydrogen cyanide
and thus could create adverse side effects."
Warning #4 - Using Laetrile With the Bob Beck Protocol
If you plan on using the Bob Beck Protocol (an electromedicine treatment)
and laetrile at the same time, do NOT take any laetrile until you are
finished with both of the Bob Beck Protocol electromedicine devices (e.g.
the blood purifier and magnetic pulser) for the day. In other word, when you
are finished using the Bob Beck Protocol for the day, take your laetrile.
This gives the laetrile plenty of time to be absorbed by the body before
starting the Bob Beck Protocol on the next day.
If you are taken apricot kernels, take no more than one-third of the
daily number of kernels before the Bob Beck Protocol is finished for the
Warning #5 - Combining Laetrile With Other Alternative Cancer Treatments
Whenever a person combines two or more alternative cancer treatments
together, it is critical to do your homework. For example, Vitamin C should
be taken with laetrile, however, Vitamin C should not be taken with
Protocel, graviola (e.g. Amazon Factor Protocol), hydrazine sulfate, etc.
In other words, if you are taking a second or third alternative cancer
treatment with laetrile, or if laetrile is being used to supplement another
treatment, be careful to watch the warnings on each treatment.
Supercharging This Treatment
Unless you are using high doses of a quality source of laetrile, you
should not DEPEND on laetrile as the core treatment in a cancer
treatment program. Treat this as a supplemental treatment or a remission
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and any information about vitamin B17 to be sold together (or we would). We do
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Amygdaline/Laetrile or other associated products.
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