What Is Laetrile?

What Is Laetrile?

What Is Laetrile?


What Is Laetrile? How about B17? And Amygdalin? It can be confusing. Laetrile has been used since the 1950s, as an alternative cancer treatment, with great success. Does it cure cancer? No, but it does fight the disease by targeting and killing cancer cells. It also fortifies the immune system, which is an essential component of any healing protocol.

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Amygdalin is a natural compound found in apricot kernels, and was first identified by a biochemist, Dr. Ernst Krebs Jr.in 1949.  Because it is a naturally-occurring, non-toxic substance, Krebs referred to amygdalin as a vitamin. Hence, the name, vitamin B17. In its concentrated form, amygdalin is called laetrile, which is used in integrative oncology therapies.

Unlike chemotherapy, laetrile does not harm normal cells. It targets and kills cancer cells by releasing cyanide. For this reason, laetrile is controversial. Keep in mind, cyanide would have to be given in doses significantly higher than 2,000 mg a day to be toxic.

B17 is found in other foods besides apricot seeds, including raw nuts, certain grains, and the pits of cherries, plums, pears, and apples.

How Does Laetrile Kill Cancer?


The mechanism behind laetrile’s effectiveness lies in a toxic compound, called cyanide, and an enzyme, beta glucosidase. Laetrile isn’t selective to just cancer cells, it can be absorbed by non-cancerous cells as well. These healthy cells aren’t harmed, due to an enzyme, rhodanese, which neutralizes the cyanide in laetrile.

Here’s where the magic happens: When laetrile penetrates a cancerous cell, an enzyme, beta glucosidase, breaks up the laetrile molecule, causing it to release cyanide. Cyanide is what kills cancer cells on contact. This process of obliterating cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells untouched, is called “selective toxicity.”

In addition to eradicating cancer cells, laetrile is also an analgesic, which is helpful for reducing pain, and increasing well-being. When laetrile attacks cancer cells, it is transformed into silicate, which is similar to aspirin.

Laetrile is highly effective in treating tumors of the lung, prostate, breast, and colon, along with lymphomas, but is potentially helpful for all types of cancer, but is likely not powerful enough to combat fast-spreading cancers.

 

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The Best Way To Take Laetrile


Both apricot seeds and laetrile/B17 supplements can be purchased online in the United States, and can be legally consumed as nutritional supplements. Laetrile is safe, with no known toxicity, associated with it.

Here’s what an effective laetrile protocol looks like: one 500 mg capsule, 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with the last dose given before bed, for a total of 2,000 mg daily. Laetrile can be taken in either capsule or tablet form.

This protocol is used therapeutically for patients with acute and chronic cancer. A large enough dose needs to be taken in order for laetrile to be effective. More is not better, and too high of a dose is ill-advised.

Laetrile is also given intravenously in doses of 12,000 mg. It is used either as direct IV or is diluted with saline, and administered slowly. Those with advanced-stage cancer should consider using IV laetrile.

Laetrile is not an overnight fix for cancer. Rather, it is used to slow cancer progression, treat pain, boost immunity, and improve quality of life. It is not a stand-alone treatment, but should be used in conjunction with other alternative cancer therapies.

Apricot Seeds


A common question is: “Why can’t I just eat the apricot seeds themselves?” To put this in perspective, you would have to consume one pound of apricot seeds to equal the amount of laetrile in one 500 mg tablet. The seeds can be used preventatively, but not therapeutically. Approximately 15 apricot kernels are used daily for cancer prevention.

Vitamin B12 is a critical methyl donor, and people who are ill often have low levels of this vital nutrient. It doesn’t help matters that its absorption is dependent on adequate digestion. More B12 is made in the body when undergoing treatment with laetrile.

This is significant because B12 is a viable treatment for cancer in itself. Vitamin C and minerals are given in conjunction with laetrile, as is vitamin D, to increase immune function. I like making my own liposomal vitamin C.

You can read my “Liposomal Vitamin C Review” here.

The Importance Of Enzymes


Pancreatic enzymes are also used alongside laetrile to boost its effectiveness. The outer coating of cancer cells carry an negative electrostatic charge, as do white blood cells. Because like repels like, the white blood cells cannot mount an attack on the cells that are cancerous.

Enzymes are so advantageous because they break down this outer coating, eliminating the negative charge, allowing the cancer cells to be targeted by the immune system. People that are ill, often have inadequate pancreatic function, so supplementing with these powerful enzymes will greatly enhance laetrile’s effectiveness.

Read my post “Why Enzyme Therapy For Cancer?” here.

Buy Apricot Seeds


IV Laetrile is illegal in the United States, but there are clinics in Mexico that administer this treatment.

Supplements can be found online, but should not be distributed across state lines. Apricots seeds, however, are legal and can be purchased in health food stores and online.

Click here to purchase B17 capsules. 

Here’s a good brand: Organic Apricot Seeds With Vitamin B17.

Check out the book The Little Cyanide Cookbook for tips and tricks on how to cook delicious meals with foods containing natural sources of cyanide.

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Key Points


Laetrile, also referred to as B17, or amygdalin, is a key player in the alternative cancer world. Identified in the 1949, by Dr. Ernst Krebs Jr., laetrile exerts its anti-cancer effect via an enzyme called beta glucosidase, and a potentially-toxic substance, cyanide. B17 doesn’t affect healthy cells because they lack the beta glucosidase enzyme, and are protected by the enzyme Rhodanese.

Aside from killing cancer, laetrile is also used to increase immune function, and as an analgesic to reduce pain. It can be taken orally via capsules or tablets, or administered intravenously. Apricot seeds can be eaten to prevent cancer, but are not potent enough to be used therapeutically.

If you are newly diagnosed with cancer, and are searching for natural, integrative therapies, please learn more about laetrile. It’s non-toxic, and has been shown to kill cancer cells on contact.

Do you or someone you love have cancer? Please take a moment to share your experience below. We all learn from each others’ experiences and insights.

 

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4 thoughts on “What Is Laetrile?”

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    Thank you for the info, I really could have used it a couple months ago.

    Back in September, I was diagnosed with cancer. Long story short, I had the tumor removed and it was caught so early that I didn’t need any chemotherapy!

    It was a hard time for me, so my heart goes out to all of those who are afflicted with cancer right now.

    I consider myself somewhat of a health nut, so natural treatments like this appeal to me. I’m not sure if this helped or not, but I did do intermittent fasting, so I wonder if that had anything to do with why the cancer didn’t spread.

    Thanks for the article, and my prayers go out to all those with cancer!

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      I’m sorry for what you’ve been through Billy. I can’t even imagine!

      I’m glad you had the tumor removed before it metastasized, and thank goodness you didn’t have chemotherapy. Your immune system would be obliterated. My heart goes out to everyone with cancer as well.

      Like you, I love natural treatments. I have been intermittent fasting for months, and feel so much better due to the hormonal-balancing effects. My mental clarity is better, and hurray, because I’ve even lost a few pounds.

      I’m confident this strategy potentially halted the growth of your cancer because intermittent fasting is so darn effective at reducing insulin levels. Elevated glucose and insulin feed cancer, and keep the body in a state of inflammation. 

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    Hello there,

    Thanks for this post, we all know of someone who has passed away or is currently been diagnosed with cancer. It seems like the only thing anyone dies of these days. It never ceases to amaze me the many natural products that can help prevent or heal. 

    The sooner the drug companies are outlawed, from dominating with the drug market just to ease or delay the inevitable, the better. The billions of dollars donated and contributed to research for a cure is mind-boggling and it’s a disgrace that no cure has yet been found. Thanks for putting this out there. Our awareness is starting to have an effect and is always the beginning of change 

    Paul

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      Thanks for your comment Paul. You’re so right, awareness is essential for things to begin to shift. Change isn’t possible without awareness. 

      The cancer epidemic will continue to escalate as time goes on, and our food supply and environment become more toxic. Conventional cancer treatments are obviously not working. Alternative therapies should at least be considered. 

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