It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a chapter in the book “World Without Cancer” by G. Edward Griffin. I’m sorry about that. I’ll try to publish my review of the book, chapter by chapter, more consistently. Any way, the next chapter is 7 and is entitled “The Cyanide Scare”.
The Cyanide Scare
You see, B17 has a naturally occurring source of cyanide. It’s the stuff found in apple seeds. So, you might be thinking that it sounds dangerous to be eating cyanide but it is typically found in such small quantities in fruit that it’s is not typically considered dangerous to swallow things like apple seeds when you eat an apple.
So, you might be wondering, what this is chapter about? Well, typically, when B17 is used to fight cancer it is used in higher concentrations and either taken orally or through an I.V. So, there is a greater exposure to this naturally occurring cyanide. In fact, many doctors have written that taking B17 is life threatening because of this cyanide. Now, of course, common sense says that anything taken to an extreme can be dangerous. We all know that you can die from taking too much aspirin and I think I’ve even heard of people who’ve died from drinking too much water. We need to remember that Amigdalyn (B17) when administered by a doctor is not typically one of these situations. Most cancer doctors are very cautious and responsible and care for their patients deeply. In the end Mr. Griffin makes the case that most of the objections to B17 is based on corruption and greed. Yes, I know, it’s hard to believe <sarcasm detector on overload>. 🙂
Now, when the average person hears cyanide there is a natural fear created. There are a few differences though. First, this cyanide is naturally occurring and is part of our food naturally so, it’s a bit different than a bucket of cyanide made by a chemical plant. In addition, this cyanide is chemically “locked” and not easily released into our body without the proper chemical “keys” to release it into our bodies but let’s here from a few prestigious doctors.
….December 20, 1972, Dr. Burk expanded his views further:
The facts are that a very considerable number of people eat 10-20 apricot kernels throughout the day, and after awhile, even 50-100 kernels safely, though hardly all at once as the…Angeleno gastronomes actually did. The same general situation holds with respect to a large number of ordinary foods that can be poisonous. or allergic, etc., such as strawberries, onions, shrimps, and so on, that are never removed en masse or in toto from food store shelves by health agencies imbued with the spirit of 1984….
It is one thing for a health agency to warn people against foolish and rare actions with respect to any aspect of health and quite another to totally deprive people of excellent food quite safe if ingested in a normal common sense way observed by 99.999% of the population. (Page 97)
Here’s some added info from another doctor.
….Dr. Krebs has suggested a minimum level of fifty milligrams of B17 per day for normal, healthy adult. Naturally, one who is pre-disposed to cancer would to cancer would require more, and one who already was afflicted with the disease would need much more.
The average apricot seed grown in the United States contains approximately four or five milligrams of B17. But this is an average figure only and can vary by as much as a factor of six, depending on the size of the kernel, type of tree, the climate, and soil conditions. But, using the average figure, we can see that it would take ten to twelve apricot kernels per day to obtain fifty milligrams of B17.
Is this a dangerous quantity? Hardly. there are cases reported in which people eat eighty-five to one-hundred apricot kernels every day with no ill effects. Let us hasten to point out, however, that this is not a recommended dosage. Since it is possible for these kernels to vary in nitriloside content by as much as six to one, it is conceivable that eighty-five kernels from one tree could be the same as over five-hundred kernels from another tree. (page 100)
So, as you can see, there are a number of doctors who feel that B17 is not dangerous when consumed responsibly.
So, why the scare? Why has B17 been “banned” and “black listed” as a cancer treatment? Well, Mr. Griffin makes a good case in previous chapters that it boils down to money. Yes, money. You see, if B17 is effective against cancer (at least some cancers) then much less money can be made in the continued treatment of cancer. Mr. Griffin points out that it’s not the doctor you see who he faults but the board of the cancer hospitals who, for the most part, have many conflicts of interest. Do I think this is possible? Absolutely. Do I know for certain that this is going on? No. Unfortunately, I don’t have first hand proof. There is quite a lot of evidence and I am inclined to believe Mr. Griffin’s case but I cannot be sure especially since quite of bit of time has passed since some of these decisions have been made. I suggest reading this book and making your own conclusions.
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