Are Apricot Seeds Dangerous?

Or Are They A Cure For Cancer?


Vitamin B15 (DMG), Vitamin B17 (Laetrile) have vicious controversy surrounding them, and advocates on both sides of the controversy defend their “truths” with a vengeance. All the while, tens of thousands of people die every year from cancer (and other preventable diseases) or do they really die from the “treatment” prescribed to them for their condition! 

The undeniable fact is that the life expectancy from conventional cancers treatments is far lower than it should be. And when all fails… when there are no more surgeries that can be done and chemo no longer “works”, you are then the recipient of possibly the worse sentence you could ever hear – “I believe it is time to get your life in order.” With not a mention of holistic treatments that they could try.

But sadly, countless people listen to their medical doctor straight to their death. I have even read stories of people in this very position, who were still scared to try natural treatments, such as laetrile or apricot seeds, despite a diagnosis of only months to live!

And what of those who do not have health insurance? I suppose the skeptics of holistic medicine believe that they should just suck it up and allow the cancer to consume their body rather trying a holistic treatment that is substantial cheaper than conventional medical treatments for cancer. Is this the world we now live in?

The Truth About The Toxicity Of Apricot Seeds

The issue with apricot seeds is that they contain cyanide. Given this sentence alone, one would have to be a bit “off their rocker” to eat anything that contains cyanide, which of course is toxic. No need to know anymore on this subject, right?

Well, that’s exactly what the AMA, FDA and pharmaceutical companies are counting on. They count on you succumbing to their toxic chemo treatments and they expect you to pay the cost (see No Profits, No Cure for Cancer!); even if it is with your own life.

Let’s understand the truth regarding the toxicity of apricot seeds (laetrile) and see if the AMA, FDA and pharmaceutical companies are giving you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The claim (and reason) for the banning of laetrile in the USA is due to the so-called possibility of cyanide toxicity, which is found in apricot seeds…the source of laetrile (Vitamin B17). Unlike potassium cyanide, which is an extremely dangerous substance, laetrile is very different. And here’s why:

A form of cyanide (natural and man-made) is found in countless places in our environment: in our water, soil, air, and foods sources both plant and animal.

In fact, we even produce cyanide in small amounts within our own body as it is detectable during the conversion from cyanide to thiocyanate from foods that we eat everyday.

Once the conversion takes place,  our body can then safely eliminated it via urine.

All the negative attention to apricot seeds, and the fact that they contain cyanide, is amusing to me because so many other foods, including foods we eat every day, also contain cyanide compounds!

To give you an idea of some of those everyday foods that contain cyanide compounds, I put together this list. Mind you, this is a small list and by no means complete:

  • Fungi
  • Algae
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Soy
  • Coffee beans
  • Mustard seeds
  • Yams
  • Beechnuts
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Turnip greens
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Collard greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Millet sprouts
  • Grape seeds
  • Buckwheat grains
  • Turnips
  • Raspberries
  • Lima beans
  • Blackberries
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Mango
  • Horseradish
  • Strawberries
  • Peanuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Apple seeds
  • Cherry pits
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Dairy products
  • Meats
  • Apricot seeds
  • Cassava root

Do you consider these foods dangerous?

Notice that I also highlighted and bolded cassava root as well as apricot seeds (also known as tapioca or yucca).

You’ll see why in just a bit.

Medical Science Has Always Known The Truth!

A recent study done in May 2008 was published in Cancer Letters, which is an “International Journal providing a forum for original and pertinent contributions in cancer research”, focused on “multi-targeted prevention of cancer by sulforaphane.”

In case you are confused about this new term, sulforaphane, don’t be. You already know it. Sulforaphanes (SFN) are also known as isothiocyanates/thiocyanates, which are the major component of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower.

“…Recent studies suggest that SFN offers protection against tumor development during the “post-initiation” phase and mechanisms for suppression effects of SFN, including cell cycle arrest and apoptosis induction are of particular interest…”

And these studies are not limited to just a few. It is not new to the medical science world that “sulforaphane, an isothiocyanate from broccoli, is one of the most potent food-derived anticarcinogens.”

And yet it is Vitamin B17 still remains in banishment?

So what if these medical scientists really knew that laetrile is an effective cancer treatment without the long list of dangerous side effects that comes with chemotherapy drugs? What if the cyanide component really is the “magic bullet” in killing cancer cells?

Well guess what? We don’t have to speculate the “what ifs”, because based on current research studies, it is actually happening!

But the biggest “slap in the face” is the following article from the UK written in 2000 entitled (amazingly enough) entitled the ‘’Magic bullet’ of cyanide could kill cancer cells’! Check this out:

“Cancer patients of the future could be treated with a powerful “magic bullet” that attacks tumours with a cyanide cocktail derived from the cassava plant, scientists disclosed yesterday at the British Association’s annual meeting.

Researchers from Imperial College in London have devised a way of using cyanide, one of the most dangerous and fast-acting poisons, selectively to destroy cancer cells yet leave healthy tissue untouched…” (see Laetrile and Flawed Logic)

Remember the cassava plant? The article continues:

“Current cancer treatments are often toxic, with side-effects that limit their use. Also, cancers develop resistance to the therapies. Our approach suggests a more specific, safer treatment for a disease which touches one in three people at some point in their lives…although cyanide is deadly, it quickly dissipates in the human body.”

“…Studies in the test tube have shown that the approach can destroy tumour cells but leave normal cells untouched… For the first time we’ve been able to show we can kill cancer cells using this pro-drug activation approach…”

Well, well, well!

So research is proving that Vitamin B17 actually works and is safe! 

We now will have at least two so-called “pro-drugs” (remember “pro-drug” CEP-7055 from Vitamin B15). Meanwhile, clinical trials are not said to begin on this latest “magic bullet cancer pro-drug” for at least another five years (and as of 2012, it is still on deck waiting).

Sad isn’t it. Thousands of people have used Laetrile effectively for decades!

And I have to wonder what the cost of these “pro-drugs” will be? I suppose as with the Big Pharma monopolies… the sky is the limit! (The Cost of a Cancer (Or is is…Profit?))

Now that alone should tell you something!

Author: Dr. Michelle Kmiec

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