by Alexis Black
November 03, 2005
Thirty-one years ago, a
man wrote a book exposing the politics involved in cancer therapy.
It painted a picture of a world in which an effective control for
cancer existed but was outlawed because it couldn't line the pockets
of the powerful pharmaceutical industry. In 31 years, little has
G. Edward Griffin's 1974 book
World Without Cancer is as poignant
today as the day it was written, and in some circles, just as
controversial. That's because Griffin tells the story of a powerful
substance that, despite its potential to aid in the fight against
cancer, few cancer sufferers will ever know about, and that their
doctors certainly will not offer them.
That substance is
vitamin B-17, also called
Laetrile, and it is a
naturally-occurring substance that has been banned for use in the
control of cancer in the United States.
Griffin was first introduced to the subject of vitamin therapy for
cancer control while on a fishing trip with San Francisco physician
John Richardson, he said in a telephone interview. Dr.
Richardson told Griffin he had seen great success in treating his
cancer patients with vitamin B-17, but he faced opposition from
local medical authorities who, when they caught wind of what he was
doing, balked at the fact he was using a treatment that was not
In an effort to protect
his right to administer a therapy he had seen work on so many
patients, Dr. Richardson turned to Griffin for help in advancing his
cause, and thus was the beginning of World Without Cancer.
Griffin, who knew nothing of the science of cancer when he began his
project, soon learned plenty. His research led him to the conclusion
that naturally-occurring Laetrile is indeed an effective treatment
for cancer. In fact, from the time he started his research to today,
Griffin says he has seen literally thousands of people benefit from
treatment with Laetrile.
He also learned that
cancer is a disease linked directly to a deficiency of vitamin
B-17, which is found in high amounts in
apricot kernels. However, perhaps
the most important and most troubling thing he learned was that
Laetrile and its health potential were being kept out of doctors'
hands for political not scientific reasons.
According to Griffin, the 1953 California Report continues to
be the basis of most scientific or legal opposition to vitamin B-17
The report, written by
Dr. Henry Garland and Dr. E.M. McDonald of the
California Medical Association's Cancer Advisory Commission,
claims there is no proof Laetrile is an effective control for
cancer. (It should be noted that these two particular doctors were
at the time also insisting there was no link between smoking and
However, Griffin writes in World Without Cancer that Garland
and McDonald actually falsified information from Laetrile
experiments cited in the California Report.
In fact, 10 years after
the report was published, original documents surfaced that proved
information had been falsified. Although the report was subsequently
updated, additional problems such as insufficient vitamin dosages
used in the experiments persisted, and the conclusions of the
original California Report remained embedded in the literature and
minds of many.
Additional studies conducted by well-known groups like the
Sloane-Kettering Institute have proven the effectiveness of
Laetrile, according to Griffin.
However, those study
results have not been publicized.
"When you dig into
the facts, and you read the reports by the people themselves
inside those institutions, you find out they found in their
testing that Laetrile was highly effective, but they received
directives from the top to suppress that information," Griffin
So why would the
"powers-that-be" work so hard to suppress information that could
benefit thousands of people dying of cancer?
"They do that
because they're trying to make a buck, and something that is
found in nature, like Laetrile, cannot be patented," says
But the story doesn't
World Without Cancer is divided into two parts, and in the
second half of the book, Griffin goes on to reveal some disturbing
information about an international drug cartel that came into being
in the years before World War II that he says played a significant
role in shaping the field of medicine in this country.
This powerful cartel was
created, Griffin argues, when
I.G. Farben, a German-based
chemical company and financial backer of Adolf Hitler, joined
together with Standard Oil of New Jersey, founded by American
John D. Rockefeller, in an
agreement not to compete. The partnership was largely concealed,
since neither company wanted their countries to know about the
relationship in the event of an inevitable second world war.
In a lecture, Griffin
once referred to the Farben-Rockefeller merger as,
"the largest and
most powerful cartel the world has ever known, even though most
people have never heard about it."
And so the extremely
influential Rockefeller came to be interlocked with the drug
industry, and under the guise of philanthropy, began donating
large sums of money to America's faltering medical schools.
Of course, the catch was
that such schools were told the money had to be used for drug
research, which would create a great profit for Rockefeller
In their time of need,
medical schools readily complied.
"When they accepted
the money, they had to follow the dollar, and they designed
their curricula so it favors pharmacy (and) pharmaceutical
drugs," says Griffin.
This effectively gave
birth to the conventional medical care system we know today, which
is based almost entirely on prescription drugs and knows little to
nothing about basic nutrition.
"The medical schools
of the United States now teach the students everything there is
to know about their product, which is drugs," Griffin
says, "And so [doctors] come out as highly trained drug
salesmen, and they don't even know it!"
Even doctors are kept
in the dark about B-17
It's no wonder then that natural treatments like
vitamin B-17 remain banned or
widely unknown in the United States; there is a long line of
profit and power ensuring they stay that way.
That's why doctors will
not offer cancer patients vitamin therapy with vitamin B-17, and why
most doctors, if asked about Laetrile, will say it has been proven
doesn't blame the doctors for conventional modern medicine's focus
on drugs, noting,
"They're kind of
victims of this whole system as much as the rest of us, and they
and their families die of cancer just like everyone else. So
it's clear that they're not holding back a control for cancer
that they know works.
If they knew about
it, they would use it, just like Dr. Richardson. It's just that
they're pretty well sheltered from that information, and they
rely very strongly on the prestigious sources at the top."
Since Griffin's book hit
shelves in 1974, awareness of natural health has increased, but
little has changed in terms of the availability of Laetrile in the
It remains illegal for
doctors to prescribe or sell Laetrile as a control for cancer.
According to Griffin, however, some clinics continue to quietly use
the substance, often only after the patient has obtained it. Many
other patients travel to Mexico for treatment.
Griffin worries that vitamin B-17 is not the only natural treatment
for serious disease being suppressed because of political and
"I'm convinced, and
this is just my opinion now; I can't back this up with facts,
but on the basis of what I've seen, I think this whole AIDS
field is just a rubber stamp of the cancer field," Griffin
He adds, "I am sure
that you'll find this thing all over the medical field because
they follow the buck. They have to have something that's
patented to do that, and patented medicines are usually toxic."
Today, Griffin says
World Without Cancer
dramatically changed his views and may have saved his life.
"It is like night
into day," he says. "I am firmly convinced that had I not done
this research and learned what I did, I probably would have been
dead today because I was living the lifestyle of the typical
American fast foods, no exercise (and) no awareness of the
fact that I had any responsibility for my health."
The politics of
On the first page of his book, Griffin openly acknowledges that what
he writes is not approved by the
Food and Drug Administration,
American Medical Association or
American Cancer Society and
says that they in fact would call it "fraud and quackery."
That is because, as
Griffin has often said, the politics of cancer therapy are far
more complicated than the science of cancer therapy. This core
problem, according to Griffin, cannot be solved until we get the
politics out of a lot of other areas as well.
In the meantime, it
is up to each individual consumer to take responsibility for his
or her own health and wellbeing.
"I think it's
important for people to understand that government, in most
cases, is not the solution; it's the problem," Griffin warns.
"As long as people
think that the government is supposed to take care of them and
protect them and that they can trust their politicians as long
as they think that, they're in deep trouble. And, in fact, we
are all in deep trouble because of that kind of thinking."
You can visit the
Cancer Cure Foundation, an
organization Griffin is a part of that promotes new information on
the prevention and control of cancer.