Laetrile (vitamin B17)
A kernel of truth
Cancer is unheard of in the Hunza Tribe which is on the northwestern border of Pakistan. Huge interest in their diet has therefore mounted in recent years. They follow a very balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and very little sugar. They are also renowned for grazing on apricot kernels all day long. Hunzas are known for consuming 200 times more nitrilosides than the average american. Nitrilosides are not only present in apricot kernels but also in the seeds of the apple core (which most Westerners tend to throw away). Apricot kernels contain laetrile, also known as vitamin B17 and consuming 7 or 8 daily is very beneficial in the prevention of a number of chronic diseases. More kernels may be ingested for the treatment of a number of cancers. Western treatments for cancer usually act only as pallative care for the most life threatening forms such as bowel, liver, brain, pancreatic and lung cancer. Laetrile contains one molecule of cyanide and one molecule of benzaldehyde which get activated at the cancer cell due to the presence of the enzyme B – glucosidase. This in turn is believed to destroy the cancer cell. Wealth in the hunza tribe is measured by how many apricot trees they own. The FDA recommend only 2 a day however there is plenty of research on the web to promote their use and Mary Ellen has been consuming 20 a day since her mother got sick by chewing on them and swallowing. She built her tolerance up gradually by having 5 and then increasing slowly.