Posted September 15, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    I can hear the jabber in the doctors’ lounge at the hospital where a 67-year old cancer patient in remission from prostate cancer underwent an explorative procedure to check for recurrence.

    “What was the man thinking?  How could he mindlessly subject himself to these ridiculous alternative therapies,” the doctors must have been asking themselves.

    The patient, 67 years of age had been cutting up 70 apricot kernels for 5 years the news report says, and also consumed commercially made herbal fruit kernel tablets, in an attempt to keep his prostate cancer at bay.

    Doctors found high cyanide levels in his blood produced from the apricot kernels that were poisoning him, says the news report.

    “He nearly died” his doctors say.  Horrors.

    Apricot kernels or their derivatives (amygdalin or laetrile, aka vitamin B17) were introduced to the public in G. Edward Griffin’s landmark book WORLD WITHOUT CANCER published in 1974.  That book revealed the misdeeds and misdirection of an evil cancer industry.  In the book Griffin described people in primitive cultures who ate apricot kernels and remained cancer free.

    According to the published report of this patient’s case in BMJ Case Reports, his thiocyanate level (a measure of cyanide) was 521 with 20-60 being normal.

    Tests revealed the patient was consuming almost 17.32mg of cyanide every day.

    The news report said: “Just 1.5mg per kg of body weight is enough to kill a fully-grown man.”

    But upon further investigation we find a fatal dose of cyanide to be as low as 105.0 milligrams/day for a 154-pound human (1.5 mg X 70 kilograms or 2.2-lbs of body weight), far more than this patient reportedly consumed (17.32 mg).

    The antidote to cyanide poisoning is vitamin B12.

    The patient reportedly had no symptoms and his hypoxic (oxygen deprived) condition was only detected during monitoring while he was under anesthesia.

    He had no dizziness, no headaches, a heart rate of 80 beats per minutes and blood pressure within normal range (130/70).  Sounds pretty healthy, doesn’t it?

    After three days of not taking the supplement the patient’s condition returned to near normal, doctors reported.

    To the disbelief of the doctors, the patient returned to taking his apricot pits!  And why wouldn’t he?

    The fact is, apricot kernels worked for him for 5 years without side effects!  Five-year disease-free survival is considered a cure in modern terms.

    Oncologists typically leave their successfully treated cancer patients to fend for themselves, offering them no suggestions how to prevent recurrence.  It’s no wonder a majority of cancer patients are reported to opt for alternative therapies.

    Oncologists typically claim amygdalin from apricot pits may have been demonstrated to have cancer-killing properties in a lab dish but not in animal or human studies.  Yet we do find published reports of a “pronounced anti-tumor effect of amygdalin” in laboratory animals.

    A lone case is presented in the medical literature of elevated liver enzymes (a marker of liver failure and toxicity) associated with a patient taking apricot kernels in an attempt to cure his own cancer.

    But contrary to that report, an experiment where lab animals were administered carbon tetrachloride to intentionally induce liver toxicity was countered by amygdalin therapy.  Amygdalin is actually liver protective.

    While this report you are reading led off with the doctors probably asking themselves why this patient would venture to take an unproven cancer remedy like apricot kernels, in the end the patient must have been left wondering why his doctors attempted to warn him away from apricot kernels when he had no side effects and no recurrence of his cancer.

    A scientific explanation as to why a known toxin like cyanide may protect the liver and even be curative for cancer is explained by the human body’s internal antioxidant system.  When challenged with a modest biological threat (examples: heat, like from saunas, not from flame throwers; food deprivation but not starvation), the human body responds via a gene transcription factor called Nrf2 to increase the protective activity of internal enzymatic antioxidants (glutathione, catalase, SOD).  Ingestion of apricot kernels has been show to increase Nrf2 activity.  Biologists refer to this phenomenon as hormesis – low dose toxins stimulate a beneficial effect whereas high-dose toxins are truly destructive and potentially lethal to the body.

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