Death by Doctoring
Part 2 of 2
Vitamins C and B17 (also called laetrile) have longstanding success in cancer prevention and treatment, yet the orthodox medical profession continues to deny their benefits.
Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 9, Number 6 (Oct-Nov 2002)
© by Steven Ransom © 2002
REPUTATION IS EVERYTHING
But what relevance does all this have to the debate on treatments for cancer? Where is all of this headed? This has been a necessary diversion--firstly, that we might begin to understand some of the frustrations that many reasoned thinkers have with the issues raised; and secondly, that we might begin to consider the impact that such weakened thinking has on genuine natural treatments for disease. For instance, what damage is secondarily being wrought upon the reputation of the genuine treatments in the cabinet, the ones that can actually heal?
Sadly, there is no clear division between the reputation of much of the unregulated alternative health industry and that of the many sensible and proven, non-conventional treatments available today. It has all become a horrible blur and is a point of major concern even to the non-orthodox regulatory bodies overseeing the alternative/complementary health movement. The whole arena is fraught with as many vested interests and misunderstandings as conventional health, but commentaries drawing such conclusions--even from those concerned bodies sympathetic to the natural approach--are viewed as almost heretical and somehow betraying the brotherhood of the alternative hierarchy.
Personally speaking, critical debate should commence as soon as possible with regard to those "helping" therapies that only temporarily distract the seriously ill. In need only of sensible advice and sensible treatment, these people can very quickly end up worse off in body, mind and spirit--and, last but not least, in pocket--leading very quickly to derision and a carte blanche dismissal of all the good that genuine natural treatments have to offer.
John Diamond stated that there was as much chance of his going down the alternative treatment route as there was of the Pope getting drunk on the communion wine and getting off with a couple of nuns.18 Whilst we can perhaps understand some of John Diamond's frustrations, his comparisons don't exactly aid the cause. Because the truth is that the alternativist's cabinet is not all "mumbo jumbo" by any means. Genuine medicine can be found in there.
Perhaps a name change is in order. Are we alternative? Are we complementary? But complementary to what? To chemotherapy, perhaps? But then, what medicine could possibly complement chemotherapy? Shouldn't there just be medicine and non-medicine, full stop? Be that as it may, many people are wrongly assuming that the non-orthodox medical cabinet is barren and not worthy of closer inspection.
The hazy and often crazy information being disseminated on numerous non-conventional treatments, coupled with our innate and naïve trust in the orthodoxy, is the reason why thousands of people like John Diamond are staying with, and relying upon, conventional treatments for serious illnesses including cancer. As a result, thousands of people like John Diamond are dying, and often in a horrible fashion.
In his UK Observer article entitled "Quacks on the Rack", John Diamond summarily dismissed what is arguably the most famous of the natural and proven anti-cancer treatments known to man: the natural extract of the apricot kernel, otherwise known as vitamin B17.
"Supporters of laetrile (vitamin B17) and Essiac, in particular, made so much noise about their miracle cures that both have been through the research mill on numerous occasions and found to be useless."19
Now we can ask ourselves whether it was perhaps the fault of some kindly but misguided soul who posted John Diamond an essay on the benefits of vitamin B17 mixed with walnut water which caused him to dismiss B17 so emphatically. Or was it that John actually trusted the conventional research reports he had accrued on this vitamin? Interestingly, Dr Dean Burk, the former head of the Cytochemistry Department of the National Cancer Institute and one of the co-founders of this famous American medical institution, had personally worked on vitamin B17. He described this substance in very different terms:
"When we add laetrile to a cancer culture under the microscope," said Dr Burk, "providing the enzyme glucosidase also is present, we can see the cancer cells dying off like flies."20
(Glucosidase is the enzyme heavily present in cancerous cells, which triggers the unique cancer-destroying mechanism found in vitamin B17. An excellent clinical analysis of this mechanism is found in B17 Metabolic Therapy - In the Prevention and Control of Cancer, a concise history of the research into this vitamin, including many clinical assessments.21)
Dr Burk also stated that evidence for laetrile's efficacy had been noted in at least five independent institutions in three widely separated countries of the world.22
So whom do we trust in this matter? Diamond or Burk? By looking at where John Diamond might have got his B17 research "information", the ugly features of conventional cancer research move more sharply into focus.
Because of the Money
Cancer is big business, and knowledge claims on any treatments that earn money and, conversely, on any treatments that do not earn money for the drug companies are never neutral.
Dr Ralph Moss served as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at America's most famous cancer research institution, Memorial Sloan-Kettering in Manhattan. He knows the cancer industry inside out. Read what he had to say in an April 1994 interview with Laura Lee, and judge for yourself the quality of the evidence against the effectiveness of vitamin B17:
Dr Moss: "Shortly after I went to work [at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute], I visited the elderly Japanese scientist Kanematsu Sugiura, who astonished me when he told me he was working on laetrile (B17). At the time it was the most controversial thing in cancer, reputed to be a cure for cancer. We in Public Affairs were giving out statements that laetrile was worthless, it was quackery, and that people should not abandon proven therapies. I was astonished that our most distinguished scientist would be bothering with something like this, and I said, 'Why are you doing this if it doesn't work?' He took down his lab books and showed me that, in fact, laetrile was dramatically effective in stopping the spread of cancer."
Laura Lee: "So this is verified, that laetrile can have this positive effect?"
Moss: "We were finding this and yet we in Public Affairs were told to issue statements to the exact opposite of what we were finding scientifically."23
Unable to sit on this information, Dr Moss later called a press conference of his own and, before a battery of reporters and cameramen, charged that Sloan-Kettering officials had engineered a massive cover-up. He provided all the supporting documents and named all the names necessary to validate his case. The following day he was fired for "failing to carry out his most basic job responsibilities".24
Similarly, in his book, World Without Cancer,
cancer industry researcher G. Edward Griffin notes:
The "evidence" supporting John Diamond's claim that vitamin B17 is useless and even dangerous is available in abundance in all of the major cancer institutions today. Well, of course it is! We're in the merchant's house, don't forget!
As Pat Rattigan, author of The Cancer Business,
The American Food and Drug Administration issued
one such story about the death of an 11-month-old girl, supposedly
from cyanide poisoning due to her apparently swallowing her father's
vitamin B17 tablets. Cancer specialist and B17 advocate Dr Harold
Manner takes up the story:
The scare stories always focus on the minute amounts of naturally occurring cyanide found in vitamin B17. But no mention is made in any of these stories of the wondrous mechanism governing the release of this cyanide. No harm is done to the person eating this vitamin (if that were the case, we've consumed enough apricots, apples, peaches, cherries, etc. containing B17 to have finished us off long ago). The cyanide is released only when cancerous cells are recognised by their high glucosidase content. B17 cyanide attacks cancer cells specifically. No large amounts of glucosidase detected means no cyanide release. Rest assured, there is no evidence that vitamin B17 can kill--unless, of course, one is accidentally crushed under a pallet of the stuff!
A further embarrassment for the cancer orthodoxy must surely be the research being carried out at the Imperial College in London, where researchers are looking at ways of using naturally occurring plant cyanide specifically to attack human bowel tumours. The idea came about after studying the pattern of specific cyanide release in the almond and cassava fruit which protects them from insect attack. Another one of those natural wonders, just crying out to be heard, is at last being listened to by the orthodoxy, perhaps?28
Very sadly, in assessing the deservedness of the "shady" reputation bestowed upon vitamin B17 metabolic therapy, we realise it is entirely unwarranted and that, instead, there has been a sustained attack by the conventional cancer industry on this treatment--an attack that has been carried on in one form or another for the last 40 years.
As mentioned earlier, with global spending on conventional cancer running into the hundreds of billions annually, a naturally occurring cancer cure of any description is an unwanted intruder.
Here is Dr Moss, again from the April 1994 Laura
Lee interview, this time on the money involved in conventional
Lee: "Why carry on doing it?"
Moss: "Because of the money, which is tremendous."29
When we understand the amounts of money involved, we can begin to understand the in-house desire to sustain a "fact-creating" process in support of conventional treatment. Conventional cancer treatment and cancer research are a licence to print money. Most definitely, conventional interested parties and institutions have colluded in a shameful anti-vitamin B17 "fact-creating" process, which in turn has surely led to the early and unnecessary deaths of thousands upon thousands of people.
As for John Diamond's dismissal of vitamin B17, he didn't write his comments on B17 as an intentional slur. He wasn't the forked tongue in this chain of events. He desperately wanted to live. His single paragraph read by thousands was just another example of the damaging knock-on effect of merchant-speak. Merchant-speak on vitamin B17 metabolic therapy has exacted a grave injustice upon this treatment, and subsequently upon all who have been persuaded to think likewise.
Let's now look at some testimonies from those who have not been persuaded by the negative propaganda.
Phillip now pays great attention to his diet and believes that what we put into our bodies can have a dramatic effect medicinally.
The Importance of Nutrition
Here's John Diamond again, this time on some
"nutter" with a magical diet:
Now if this cancer "nutter" was just an isolated case of recovery through diet, his recovery would not of course constitute proof. But with vitamin B17 metabolic therapy, we are seeing tremendous results time after time. Continuing on in the name of fair dealing╔
Says William: "The operation to remove the tumour was cancelled and I am still awaiting the results of the latest scan. I feel fit as a fiddle. I pay attention to my diet and I thank God quite literally for vitamin B17. It is time the NHS [National Health Service] recognised this vitamin as an alternative to the conventional treatments. I consider that any money spent on B17 is money well spent."32
What Are We Eating?
It is interesting to note that there are cultures
today who remain almost entirely cancer free. The Abkhasians, the
Azerbaijanis, the Hunzas, the Eskimos and the Karakorum all live on
foodstuffs rich in nitriloside or vitamin B17. Their food consists
variously of buckwheat, peas, broad beans, lucerne, turnips, lettuce,
sprouting pulse or grain, apricots with their seeds, and berries of
various kinds. Their diet can provide them with as much as
250-3,000 mg of nitriloside a day. The founding father of
vitamin B17 research, Ernst T. Krebs, Jr, studied the dietary habits
of these tribes. Krebs stated:
The average Western diet, with its refined, fibreless foods, offers less than 2 mg of nitriloside a day. It has also been noted that natives from these tribes who move into "civilised" areas and change their diets accordingly are prone to cancers at the regular Western incidence.34
The Right Materials
In his book, Preface to
Cancer: Nature, Cause and Cure, Dr
Alexander Berglas has this to say about cancer incidence:
The human body has an amazing capacity to recover,
if we look after it properly and if we supply it with the proper
materials for repair. Working with non-toxic, physio-friendly
treatments can only work in our favour. Just look at the
side-effects of vitamin B17 as described by G. Edward Griffin in
World Without Cancer:
Compare the above with the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation: the dizziness, skin discolouration, nausea, diarrhoea, loss of hair, loss of appetite, organ failure, internal bleeding, etcetera, etcetera.
How long will it be before we find ourselves looking back on these treatments in the same way as we now look back on the blood-letting and ammonia infusions exacted upon King Charles II? Notwithstanding the often life-saving surgical removal of cancerous tissue, could there possibly be a more inhumane treatment in the 21st century than conventional cancer therapy?
There are literally thousands of people who can attest to the pharmacological, life-saving power of vitamin B17 and its supporting nutritional regime. And the same can also be said of vitamin C.
The all-round benefits of vitamin C to the human
physiology have been known and utilised for centuries. In terms of
its benefits in cancer treatment and prevention, we read the
following from Phillip Day:
Vitamin C can protect against breast cancer.
After reviewing 90 studies on the relationship between vitamin C and
cancer, Gladys Block, PhD, at the University of California at
And Geoffrey R. Howe, of the National Cancer
Institute of Canada, reviewed 12 controlled case studies of diet and
breast cancer and noted that vitamin C had the most consistent
statistically significant relationship to the reduction of breast
cancer risk.40 On the subject of the importance of mineral and vitamin
supplements, a recent New York
Times front-page article quoted Dr
Geoffrey P. Oakley, Jr, at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta, as saying:
Let the reader be assured that the recent scare tactics surrounding vitamin C and its supposed links to cancer are just another one of those smear campaigns orchestrated by the merchants.
Quite simply, any good news on vitamin C represents yet another threat to the pharmaceutical industry's considerable income from conventional cancer treatments. The full story on the vested interests supporting the author of the much-publicised vitamin C/cancer story can be found at the website http://www.whatareweswallowing.freeserve.co.uk/vitc.htm.
About nine months following the diagnosis, she was troubled with lower back pain and visited her doctor. He suggested a further scan based on Hazel's lower back pain, which the doctor believed was possibly the result of her cancer having spread to the base of her spine. Hazel said there was no way she was going for more chemotherapy or scans, which she believes in themselves can trigger carcinogenic activity.
Instead, Hazel supplemented her vitamin C regime with a course of vitamin B17 kernels, and she also maintained a sensible diet and stayed away from her conventional cancer physician. The blood count taken by her GP before Christmas read as normal. She feels very healthy and is in the process of writing a book about her experiences. She feels passionately that people need to know that there are alternative cancer treatments available, and she speaks to groups on this subject.42
Need for Data and Education
Finally, we hear from Dr Nicola Hembry of the Dove
Clinic, which specialises in the non-conventional approach to cancer
care and treatment:
Treating cancer is not just about getting hold of vitamin B17 as quickly as possible. We need to be educated in a whole range of issues. Phillip Day's book, Cancer: Why We're Still Dying To Know The Truth, has been written in an easily readable and understandable manner, specifically to inform the general public on all of the key issues pertaining to natural treatment for cancer. It makes for necessary and fascinating reading.
For those readers interested in finding out more on the issues raised in this article, just click on the following titles available from Credence Publications at the website http://www.credence.org:
Cancer: Why We're Still Dying To Know The Truth - A concise account of the cancer industry and of the good news on vitamin B17 metabolic therapy.
Vitamin B17 Metabolic Therapy: A Clinical Guide - A clinical account of vitamin B17, detailing the landmark research on this most vital of vitamins in the fight against cancer.
Food For Thought - Delicious recipes designed to promote health. A vital contribution to cancer prevention and recovery.
Firstly, I've been aware of my slender mortality and that only by the grace of God have I not had to face a cancer diagnosis of my own. I know that for many, the information contained in "Death by Doctoring" will bring sadness as well as anger. But in its telling, I also believe this story brings great hope.
Secondly, vitamin B17 metabolic therapy and vitamin C form only part of a much wider regime of treatments that have proven successful in the treatment of cancer. These and other sensible treatments are explained in more detail in the above Credence titles.
Thirdly, I am conscious of the fact that there are elements of conventional medical practice that are saving and enhancing lives every day, not least in some methods of early cancer diagnosis and in acute and emergency medicine. May the good continue, and may the bad be open to complete reappraisal.
Finally, I do so wish I'd been given the opportunity to meet John Diamond, because I reckon we'd have got on like a house on fire. And who knows what might have happened as a result?
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