No specific advice is intended - this is purely a gathering together of different sources of information so that an overview may be obtained and then specific advice can be sought by contacting the organisations or clinics and hospitals mentioned.

·         FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions including how to take larger doses of vitamin B17)

·         Herbal and Natural Supplements which are Anti-Cancer/Boost the Immune System

·         Some thoughts in conclusion (updated from time to time)

·         For the main summary of vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy see below

This page contains a summary of the treatment suggested by the differing sources expanded on the following pages. For the science

The therapy has 3 parts to it: (1) vitamin B17, (2) vitamins and enzymes, and (3) diet

It has been suggested that the most important single consideration is to get the maximum amount of vitamin B17 into your body in the shortest possible time. However, there are two other pieces of information to add to this. Firstly, that for those with cancer, there may be side-effects such as nausea and feeling giddy when first starting to take either the laetrile (concentrated form of vitamin B17) or apricot kernels, if too high a dose is taken initially. It is therefore best to increase the dose gradually over the first few days. Dr Binzel does not start his patients on high doses of laetrile until they have been on vitamins and enzymes and changed their diet for ten to fourteen days. So it would seem a good idea to increase the amount of kernels or tablets taken very gradually over a period of ten days or so, while also adjusting to the multivitamin/mineral and other supplements suggested and also getting used to the change in diet.

Vitamin B17 1 (for information on suppliers of laetrile and apricot kernels see ‘Contacts - Suppliers’)
After the initial period of adjustment mentioned above, the recommendation for a period of 21 - 30 days is:

·         3 - 5 apricot kernels per waking hour up to a total of 30 - 50 kernels per day,
(NB kernels vary in size: Californian kernels are large in compairson with e.g. Hunza and some South African kernels. If using small kernels, the equivalent measurement is approximately 2 - 3 gms per waking hour up to a total of 20 - 30 gms per day) and/or

·         3gms laetrile intravenously twice per day (2 vials directly into any vein or catheter). (Some clinics give 9gms intravenously, daily) or

·         Six to ten of the 500mg laetrile tablets per day, spread out during the day (see FAQ for more information)

If both laetrile and kernels are taken, then Dr Krebs recommends that there should be two hours between taking one and the other, i.e. don’t take laetrile and kernels at the same time. While high doses of laetrile are taken, the number of kernels taken can be less.

At the end of this period, it is suggested that two - three 500mg tablets be taken per day, indefinitely. (Binzel lowers the dose gradually over three months down to two tablets 500mg per day thereafter).


Vitamins, minerals and enzymes (giving the range suggested by differehere should be two hours between taking one and the other, i.e. don’t take laetrile and kernels at the same time. While high doses of laetrile are taken, the number of kernels taken can be less.

At the end of this period, it is suggested that two - three 500mg tablets be taken per day, indefinitely. (Binzel lowers the dose gradually over three months down to two tablets 500mg per day thereafter).


Vitamins, minerals and enzymes (giving the range suggested by different practitioners)
See ‘Contacts - Suppliers’ for where the following supplements may be obtained.

NB Check carefully the amounts of ingredients of all supplements taken.

·         Multivitamin/mineral - no level is suggested
See the books The Optimum Nutrition Bible and 100% Health for more details on vitamin and mineral levels. Therapeutic ranges for adults suggested include 50mg of main B vitamins and others in proportion; 400-1000ius vitamin D; 100 - 1000iu vitamin E; 800-1200mg calcium, 400-800mg magnesium, 2.5-15mg manganese, 25-100mcg selenium, 15-50mg zinc. Trace minerals are also important.


For those with cancer, a restricted diet is recommended - very restricted for four months, then if the patient is doing well, it is liberalised to a certain extent. The restricted diet is:

·         Vegetarian (it takes large quantities of pancreatic (digestive) enzymes to digest meat - these are the enzymes that dissolve the protein lining of the cancer cells which can then be killed by white blood cells) i.e. no meat (including chicken), fish, and no dairy produce.

Milk contains growth factors and hormones known to promote breast and prostate and other types of cancer - Professor Jane Plant CBE The Plant Programme (Virgin, London 2001) p9. This is a recipe book. To be convinced that your body can ingest sufficient calcium without resorting to dairy products, and for ideas to substitute in your diet also see her book Your Life In Your Hands (Virgin, London 2000). Plant is an eminent scientist and this book contains detailed research together with her own story of fighting breast cancer five times.    See also 'Should we be avoiding dairy?'

·         Fresh vegetables and fruit - should be eaten raw if possible because cooking destroys enzymes. (Juicing is a delicious way of ingesting raw fruit and vegetables - see ‘Recommended Books’.) Cook vegetables lightly if necessary. Eat a wide variety, and eat the seed of the fruit e.g. apple pips, grape seeds, peach kernels.

·         Use whole foods, not refined. Organic if possible.

·         Reduce added sugar levels.

·         No caffeine. Herb teas OK. Fresh juices. NB Keep a good intake of liquid. Pure water is ideal. This helps in the detoxification process.

·         After 4 months, if the patient is doing well, the diet is liberalised to include chicken, turkey and fish. 90% of the diet should be as above plus chicken, turkey and fish. The other 10% can be red meats, cooked vegetables and dairy produce.

·         Must always stay on vitamins, enzymes supplements and laetrile (1gm daily)




World without Cancer website: (not fully operational currently)
If you have cancer the most important single consideration is to get the maximum safe amount of vitamin B17 into your body in the shortest period of time.

Initial phase: B17: 3gms intravenous 2 times per day for 21 days. (2 vials directly into any vein or catheter) or 6 to 10 x 500mg tablets orally per day for 21 days.
Subsequent phase: 4 - 6 tablets per day for the following three months.
Maintenance phase: 1.5 gms (three 500mg tablets) orally per day, indefinitely.

It is good to take the apricot seeds with the B17 tablets - they contain components not included in the vitamin. A high intake of kernels is not necessary if you are taking tablets as well. Dr Krebs recommends 7 - 10 seeds daily for prevention. (But NB don’t eat kernels and tablets at the same time - leave two hours between.)

What should I take alongside B17?
Worldwithoutcancer website quote Dr Contreras of the OASIS Hospital, Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. He recommends taking pancreatic enzymes, vitamin C, pangamic acid (B15), shark cartilage, vitamin A (emulsified), Barley Grass, antioxidants and other nutrients. The idea is to attack the cancer very aggressively, without doing any harm to the patient, while strengthening the immune system.

For those people who have had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, or damage from the cancer itself, there are other supplements which help - this site is linked to another which sells supplements (


Oasis of Hope Hospital Website and
tel: USA +1 619 690 8400 (fax +1 619 690 8410) (8/9 hours behind UK).
Hospital in Mexico +52 6631 6161

At the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Baja, California, Mexico, which is 20 miles south of San Diego, California, U.S.A., the Contreras group of doctors treat the patient, not the disease. They will provide nutrition and non-toxic therapies that not only attack the cancer, but will equip the immune system to fight against the cancer itself. A special detoxification program is included. The programs are eclectic and often include:

·         Laetrile (vitamin B17), enzymes, mega-doses of vitamins

·         Regenerating agents, Immune modulating agents

·         Organic foods and juices, Shark Cartilage

·         Antioxidants, Hormone therapy, O-Zone

Normally treatment is given over 21 days. However, the Oasis of Hope Hospital also offer a 4 day/3 night treatment designed for the person who is

The four days include a full medical/oncological examination, clinical history, x ray and laboratory tests with an Oasis physician, a revolutionary food therapy, the complete Oasis IV therapy, consultation with the nutritionist, the case is reviewed and a home-care therapy programme is designed and prescribed.


Binzel, Philip E. Alive and Well (American Media, California 1994)
Dr Binzel, an American GP, offered his patients vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy for 18 years until his retirement. His book covers the results of those 18 years.   A summary of his therapy: the whole objective of this nutritional programme is to do two things:

1.      To put into the body the nutritional ingredients that the body needs in order to allow its immunological defence mechanisms to function normally, and

2.      to take away from the body those things that are detrimental to the normal immunological defence mechanisms.

There are three parts to this programme:

1.      Vitamins and enzymes

2.      Nitrilosides (vitamin B17/laetrile/kernels)

3.      Diet

Vitamins and Enzymes to be taken with meals

1.      Multiple vitamin - 1 twice daily

2.      Vitamin C - 1 gram twice daily, increasing to at least 6 gms daily while taking high doses of laetrileVitamin E 400 units - 1 twice daily

3.      Megazyme Forte (a combination of trypsin, chymotrypsin, bromalin and zinc) - 2 three times dailyPangamic acid (B15) 100mg - 1 three times daily

4.      Pro-A-Mulsion (25,000 I.U. Vitamin A per drop) 5 drops daily (i.e. 125,000 I.U. daily) (The equivalent of A&E emulsified drops would be about 8 drops with 15,000 iu vitamin A per drop)

5.      Binzel stresses the need for zinc, to be able to absorb the vitamin B17 - take separately if not in enzyme supplement. (A therapeutic dose is 15 - 50mg daily2, or up to 150mg if deficient.6)

Nitrilosides i.e. Vitamin B17

Dr Binzel uses Amygdalin (Laetrile) available in 500mg tablets and in vials (10cc-3gms) for intravenous use. The dosage he uses is as follows: for three weeks

·         intravenous Laetrile is given three times weekly for three weeks with at least one day between injections. Dosage: 1st dose 1 vial (3gms); 2nd and 3rd dose 2 vials (6gms); 4th- 9th dose 3 vials( 9gms).

·         The oral dosage is given in a dosage of 1gm daily (two 500mg tablets) on the days on which the patients do not receive the I.V. Laetrile. (adding the intravenous and oral doses together they total 79gms over 19 days i.e. average just over 4gms per day)

Dr. Binzel has them take both tablets at the same time at bedtime on an empty stomach with water. The water is important because there are some enzymes in the fruits and vegetables and in their juices which will destroy part of the potency of the Laetrile tablets while they are in the stomach. Once the stomach has emptied, this is no problem. (However, other sources recommend taking the tablets while having food in the stomach. Personally we have found having food in the stomach best - but not raw fruit or vegetables because they contain enzymes - see Frequently Asked Questions)

The next three months
Following this first three weeks of I.V. injections, the patient then has one injection of 1 vial - 3gms once weekly for three months. If the patient notices a considerable difference in the way he feels when the injections are reduced to once weekly, the injections are increased to two or three times a week for three weeks. This is repeated as often as necessary until the patient notices no difference with the reduced dosage. Eventually just one gram per day is taken orally, and this is continued indefinitely.

NB. Dr Binzel does not start his patients on their Laetrile, either I.V. or orally, until they have been on their vitamins and enzymes and diet for a period of ten days to two weeks. He finds that the Laetrile seems to have little or no effect until a sufficient quantity of other vitamins and minerals are in the body. Zinc, for example, is the transportation mechanism for the Laetrile. In the absence of sufficient quantities of zinc, the Laetrile does not get into the tissues. The body will not rebuild any tissue without sufficient quantities of Vitamin C. When he starts the Laetrile he also increases the dosage of Vitamin C by 1 gm every third day until they reach a level of at least 6gms.

The level of nitrilosides in the body can be monitored. When the body metabolises nitrilosides, the by-product is thiocyanate. Thiocyanate levels in the blood can be measured. Dr Binzel finds in general, that patients who do best are those in whom the thiocyanate level is between 1.2 and 2.5 mg/DL. (A beneficial side-effect is that thiocyanate is known as a natural regulator of blood pressure.) (Griffin p 91)

Laetrile is not the only source of nitrilosides. There are some 1500 foods that contain nitrilosides. These include apricot kernels, peach kernels, grape seeds, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, bean sprouts, butter beans, and macadamia nuts. The advantage of taking laetrile is that it can raise the nitriloside level in the body (and, thus, re-establish the body’s second line of defence against cancer) much more rapidly than can be done by diet alone.

Diet For patients:

If it is animal or comes from animals you cannot have it! i.e. all meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese and milk. Reason: it takes large quantities of digestive enzymes to process animal protein (these are the enzymes that dissolve the protein lining of the cancer cells which can then be killed by white blood cells). Patient would be on this diet for a minimum of 4 months. To restore the enzymes back into the body for the first line of defence.

If it does not come from animal you can eat it, but not cook it!   Reason: fresh fruit and vegetables contain important enzymes, but any temperature over 130 degrees will destroy enzymes. For this reason fruits and vegetables may not be cooked, canned or bottled. They may be frozen at home, but commercial frozen food has often been processed in some way.

i.e. diet with lots of salads.
Salad dressings: use vegetable oil and no refined sugar - use molasses or honey.
Use sea salt in moderation, iodised is fine. Use herbs and spices.
No white flour or white sugar. No food preservatives.
Eat as wide a range of vegetables as possible. Aim for 60% vegetables and 40% fruit.
Also wide variety of fruit - except for citrus fruits, eat the seeds of the fruit - apple seeds, grape seeds, apricot kernels, peach kernels, etc. have a high nitriloside content.
Get protein from vegetables so that you use less pancreatic enzymes for digestion.
Protein content of diet can be cooked.
Wholewheat cereals, pasta, breads. Corn. Buckwheat high in protein.
Butter in small amounts - no margarine
Nuts high in protein. (Not roasted peanuts because of an acid formed in roasting)
Dried fruit provide protein.
Beans when eaten for protein can be cooked. What can be eaten raw should be.
No milk other than what used on cereal and in cooking. No caffeine. Herb teas OK.

At end of 4 months if patient is doing well, diet is liberalised. Add chicken, turkey and fish.   90% of the diet should be as above plus chicken, turkey and fish. Other 10% can be red meats, cooked vegetables and dairy produce.

Must always stay on vitamins, enzymes and laetrile (1gm daily).

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Griffin, G. Edward World Without Cancer (American Media, California 1974,1997)

Protocol for Laetrile for Cancer Patients
By 1974 Laetrile was being used intravenously 6-9gms daily.   Generally it takes an accumulation of 50-70 gms over a period of about a week or 10 days before the patient can report tangible indications of improvements. (p33)

While the use of laetrile (B17) alone has proved to be effective in many instances, even better results usually are obtained with supplemental therapy as well. Dr John Richardson achieved one of the highest recovery rates among Laetrile practitioners (p110)

Dr. John Richardson’s advice to patients (i.e. not for healthy people for whom it is unnecessarily restrictive)

Vegetable Kingdom
Eat anything. Eat everything whole - all the edible parts, especially roughage. Preferably eaten raw.
If necessary cook very lightly.

Animal Kingdom
Eat any or all fish as fresh as possible and lightly cooked in the absence of animal fats. Eat the skin-free meat of poultry. Whatever does not fall within this formula, forget it. Don’t eat it - i.e. no dairy products, beef, mutton, pork, bacon, ham, etc.

Vitamin supplements  
Vitamin C          1.5 - 5gm
Vitamin E          800-1200 I.U.
Multi-vitamin - preferably organic in origin.
Vitamin B15 (pangamic acid) detoxifies the liver, and increases the oxygen uptake potential of the tissues (cancer cells do not like oxygen)
Pancreatic Enzyme Supplementation - desiccated pancreas substances

Beverages: Adequate liquid intake with fresh juices plain or carbonated. Avoid alcohol, coffee.
Avoid toxins of all kinds including tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tranquillisers, sedatives, analgesics.
Antibiotics OK.
Rest is important, while exercise should spare the affected area. see especially

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from Jason Vale of Christian Brothers - Abridged version - to see in full, visit the website
Words in italics are added - i.e. not on the above website

How much vitamin B17 (amygdalin) can I take….?
With cancer: It is most important to eat the kernels and everything else comes after. (Not counting prayer and understanding, which come first). The kernels should be chewed well. A few per hour is what should be ingested when you have cancer. The best results have come when the person eats 3-5 per waking hour. Alternatively they can be ground up and mixed with fruit juice or food, to make sure they get into the system. Some people find eating the kernels cures constipation! If this creates a problem the other way - this usually settles down soon.

Vitamin B17 tablets (amygdalin, laetrile, nitriloside) are water soluble and non-toxic. They are safer than sugar or salt. (However, you can get stomach cramps when you take too much - you must test and see just what your body needs.) Some people get nauseous if they take too much at one time. (This is also common when taking too much sugar, salt or water at one time.) If this is the case, take less amount of the vitamin tablets more often throughout the day. If you presently have cancer, you can have six to ten of the five hundred milligram tablets per day for the first month. (Taking two at a time is fine.) Most individuals with cancer only take 3 - 6 tablets per day. If you find that you are getting nauseous, cut the tablets in half and have one every other hour. It is a good idea to have a little food (but not raw fruit/vegetables) in the stomach just before taking the vitamin. From on 17.05.00: This website also emphasises that it is a good idea to have some food in the stomach when taking high doses of B17. (However, Binzel suggests taking the tablets on an empty stomach, so it is best to experiment. Personally we have found having a little food in the stomach best - but not raw fruit or vegetables. So having the tablets with a snack of bread or e.g. oat biscuits would be fine, somewhere in between the main meals which are supposed to include as much raw fruit and vegetables as possible.) (After the initial 21-30 days of the high dose, a subsequent dose of 3 - 6 tablets per day for the following three months is the proper protocol) The subsequent maintenance level is 2 - 3 tablets per day along with about 10 kernels per day. Studies show that cancer cannot grow anywhere else when there is amygdalin in the body.

Eating the kernels is different, ingesting vitamin B17 at much lower levels, usually more frequently. Whereas with the tablets it seems best to avoid eating raw fruit at the same time, when eating the kernels stated that it is also important to eat some nitrilosidic fruits, (e.g. apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears, cherries, grapes) There is something in the flesh of the fruit which will neutralise the minute traces of beta-glucosidase present in the saliva, the stomach and the intestines, which is what may cause some people to feel a bit nauseous.) Many people have found eating dried apricots together with the kernels works well.

NB. Dr Krebs recommended leaving 2 hours between eating kernels and concentrated laetrile tablets, i.e. don’t eat kernels and tablets at the same time.

For prevention: if you do not have cancer Dr Krebs recommends eating 7 - 10 kernels daily. An alternative is taking one or two of the 100mg tablets per day. However, most people just eat the kernels. Dr Krebs states the whole food is best. This means eat the kernels no matter how bitter you think they are.


How soon should I expect results?

In 100% of skin cancer patients dramatic results are seen in just a few days. This is normal when the individual is taking at least 30 apricot kernels per day and a few of the B17 tablets. Bone cancers take the longest. Pain decreases over 80% of the time and completely stops over 50% of the time and is due to the stoppage of the cancer from getting larger and larger. Every cervical tumour we have dealt with has shrunk down within a couple of weeks. Carcinomas can take a few months to shrink.


Will the tumour completely disappear?
Most cancerous tumours will never completely disappear. This is where many people make their mistake of taking more chemotherapy to try to eliminate the tumour. My name is Jason Vale and I still have the tumour in my kidney. It shrunk down initially and then stopped shrinking. For oncology reports showing the tumour shrinkage see the website

Remember, a cancerous tumour is not fully cancer. It is mixed with benign cells and many times is only 5% to 50% cancerous. A tumour that is 5% cancer might only shrink 5%. A tumour that shrinks 5% will never come up as ‘reduction in size’ on the doctor’s oncology report. It will be reported as ‘no change’. The benign tumour is safe and in its core can even have some live cancer cells that have closed themselves off to the ongoing cyanide in the body…(B17 and kernels). They are of no threat as long as you keep an adequate supply of nitrilosides (foods with B17 in them) in your food intake.


Can I take the B17 and chemotherapy together?
Yes. If you decide to have chemotherapy then taking the Vitamin B17 alongside will give extra strength to the blood and body as well as attacking the tumour. (However some people find it is difficult to do both at the same time and prefer to wait until their chemotherapy is over before starting on the B17 regime.)

Please find out if there is any success rate with chemotherapy with the cancer you have. If the doctor says yes, then ask him if he means success as in cured, or success as in it might extend your life for a few months. If you are about to have an operation where the cancer cells are going to be disturbed, it is imperative that you take the kernels and the vitamin B17 to kill the free cells. Vitamin B17 can only help. It normalises blood pressure and is one of the healthiest foods on earth. It strengthens the arteries and heart and of course targets the cancer cells.

(Some of Jason Vale’s other comments on chemotherapy: "If you have to do chemo make sure you don’t overdo it. …. I’ve seen hundreds of people make the wrong decisions because they were expecting their tumour to disappear. Malignant (cancerous) tumours are only a small percent cancer and when the cancer part starts dying off the tumour only shrinks down the percent the tumour was cancerous. … Most doctors will still see a tumour and continue to give a person chemotherapy (until they’re dead) in attempts to make it disappear. ……. Those that continue on with chemotherapy have a poor outcome.")


Can I have the kernels and the vitamin together?
Of course. There are many components of the kernels that are not included in the vitamin. The kernels have vitamin B17 in them as well as many other vitamins and minerals that help the actual vitamin B17 assimilate into the body. Remember our scientists have only identified about a thousand vitamins and minerals. They say that there are hundreds of thousands that are still not identified yet. That means that you cannot just be a supplement person. One study showed scientists feeding one group of rats all of the vitamins and minerals known. The second group was given garbage. The vitamin and mineral group was skinny and sickly after a couple of weeks, but the garbage eating group was, of course, strong and healthy. At the same token, a garbage eating group with supplements added can be even stronger. This study means always eat the whole foods along with the vitamins, as Dr Krebs states.


What should I take along with the vitamin B17?
The blood is the life of the flesh. Therefore Christian Brothers has put together a blood building blood cleansing package. Coral, enzymes and cansema (a herbal product containing chaparral, galangal, rhubarb, burdock, buckthorn, red clover, zinc oxide/zinc chloride, ascorbal palmitate).   (For other suggestions see earlier in these notes and below on herbal supplements)


Where can I go to get the injectable form administered?
You can just ask a nurse that will make a house visit to administer the injectable form. It is safe and non-toxic. For information on clinics in Mexico and elsewhere see ‘Contacts - Suppliers’  or telephone the helpline at Credence on 01622 832386 (UK)


Can it help me?
The kernels and vitamin B17 will help you even if you’ve been given a short time to live according to the medical prognosis. However, if the latter is the case, much more than just the vitamin B17 and the apricot kernels should be used.       See previous notes for summary of suggested nutritional therapy and sources of supplements.

If you have just been diagnosed and you’re starting B17 therapy without chemotherapy or radiation you should be fine. Dr Krebs claimed a 98% rate and the Del Rio Hospital of Tijuana, Mexico claims nearly a 100% success rate with virgin cases. (A virgin case is an individual that has not had chemotherapy and/or radiation.)


Why don’t medical doctors use vitamin B17? (In the USA)
Doctors are taught from the beginning while in school that Laetrile is not effective. On their own they are not allowed to use it or they will lose their license and face criminal charges. After attending years of medical school, internship and finally working in a hospital, most doctors only want to hear of the treatments they are allowed to administer, even if they are not successful. Only researchers can know the truth, those that seek knowledge. Start with Mr Griffin’s book ‘World Without Cancer’.



Carctol (only available on prescription) is a blend of eight Indian herbs. Dr Rosy Daniel feels she is seeing a breakthrough with this medicine.  See and which includes a list of prescribing doctors in the UK e.g. Dr Daniel 0117 949 3366 (Bristol) and 0207 299 9428 (London), Dr Michael Wetzler 07958 405877 (London).

Coral Calcium - cancer cells are acidic. See for the importance of alkaline pH levels in body fluids.   AAvailable in health food shops. Alka-mine coral calcium obtainable from Ecozone (UK) 020 8662 7200.

Graviola and N-Tense (Amazon herbs including graviola with cytotoxic (anticancer), antibacterial, immunostimulant and antiviral properties.) Graviola is a tree in the Amazon which has been studied in more than 20 laboratory tests since the 1970s, where it has been shown to effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 different types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer, without harming healthy cells. These findings have been leaked by a researcher, after the drug company dropped their unsuccessful attempt to synthesise two of the tree’s most powerful anti-cancerous chemicals and failed to bring the successful tests with Graviola into the public domain. See   Graviola can also be obtained from Resonance, tel: 0800 038 0303 and

CanSupport - herbal nutrient support for specific cancer types i.e. bone cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, kidney and liver cancer, leukemia/lymphomas, lung cancer, ovarian/cervical/uterine cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer. Each formula contains graviola and 7 -9 other herbs in varying proportion. For a list of the contents ofla see   

Shark Cartilage - once a cancer mass is forme

each formud it develops its own blood supply and defence system, a process called angiogenesis. One strategy against this is to cut off the tumour’s blood supply so that it effectively starves to death. Shark cartilage is an inhibitor of new blood vessels in tumours. Obtainable from and     Preven-CA is a natural blend of shark cartilage, milk thistle, garlic powder, grapeseed extract, carrotroot powder, alfalfa powder and boldo. Developed by Dr Fracisco Contreras and available from and from

Cellular Medicine containing vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and a green tea extract has been proved in the laboratory to halt the spread of cancer.   A natural product from Mathias Rath B.V.    For information call 01753 690000 in the UK. See and


The following herbal supplements boost the immune system and some could be helpful alongside other therapies which are specifically targeting cancer

Glyconutrients - promote cell-to-cell communication and boost the immune system by up to 400%.   For information call Sue Atkins on 01276 475070.

Immune (Detox and Cell Protector) A powder formulated by oncologist and founder of a clinic in Germany. A blend of herbs and nutrients designed to work synergistically to enhance immune system function, decrease oxidative damage and promote liver detoxification. Includes high levels of vitamins and minerals as well as anti-cancer herbs such as milk thistle, olive leaf, astragalus, grapeseed extract, turmeric, green tea extract, etc.   Provides support for those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and afterwards.  Available from (tel: 020 7436 5122)

Milk Thistle (silymarin) enhances overall liver function, as well as stimulating the production of new liver cells. The liver detoxifies poisons that enter our bloodstream, and is also the site where vitamins A, D, E and K are stored. Available from healthfood stores, and mail-order from Nature’s Best (01892 552117).

Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) (aka Uno de Gato) immune booster, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant. Available from healthfood shops.

Pau D'Arco
(Tabecuia impetiginosa) has been used to treat cancer, and is anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and good for digestion. Available at

Barleygreen contains at least 16 vitamins, 70 minerals, 18 amino acids, and numerous usable enzymes. It has a high alkalising effect. (Cancer cannot live in high (alkaline) pH level body fluids. Most processed foods, and meat are acidic.) More information is found at Also obtainable at (tel: 020 7436 5122) and (tel: +(1) 305 861 0898 U.S.)

Spirulina - a blue-green algae that grows naturally in mineral-rich alkaline lakes. Contains more protein than meat and fish, contains all eight essential amino acids, high iron, calcium and mineral content, more GLA than evening primrose, natural antioxidants and many vitamins. Available from health food shops.     Xynergy Health Products 01730 813642 ( sells several brands.

Dr Gillian McKeith’s Living Food Immune Defence contains 11 key superfoods and live sprouts, all organic.   Broccoli sprouts, astragalus, ginseng, reishi and shitake, lapacho (pau d’arco), milk thistle, oregon grape, olive leaf, ginger root, licorice root, lemon peel.   Obtainable in health food shops. For nearest stockists call 020 8944 7442 (UK)

Pure Synergy containing over 60 superfoods - algaes and organic green juices, freeze dried herbs, oriental therapeutic mushrooms, plant enzymes, royal jelly, natural antioxidants, etc. Capsules, tablets or powder.   From Xynergy Health Products 01730 813642 ( in the UK. (leaflet available)

Consider products from Garden of Life available from The Nutri Centre. The UK's Food Standards Agency has announced (February 2006) that half of all health vitamins and supplements contain irradiated ingredients (i.e. half of those they tested). This process changes the composition of products and may present a health risk. Garden of Life have a range of 'Living Multis'.

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This is a lot of information to take in. Unfortunately time is of the essence when someone has cancer, but it is worth trying to think carefully about what action to take. It is true that it is perfectly feasible to take the vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, it has to be recognised that the people who have worked with cancer patients state that they have a much better success rate with patients who have not been subjected to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, both of which harm healthy cells as well as cancer cells. As cancer is a chronic metabolic disease, and such diseases have only ever been cured by a change in nutrition, then hitting the immune system with toxic substances might seem to be counterproductive. (A chronic disease is one which usually does not pass away of its own accord. A metabolic disease is one which occurs within the body and is not transmittable to another person.7)

If you are considering orthodox treatment, it would be worth asking what the success rate is, ‘success’ not meaning just being kept alive for a few more weeks or months with a quality of life greatly affected by the treatment. During his ten years as a statistician, Dr Ulrich Abel discovered that the method used for treating the most commonly occurring epithelial cancers (lung, breast, prostate, colon and other organs) has rarely been successful. Abel published a summary of the results of chemotherapy, Chemotherapy for Advanced Epithelial Cancer, in 1990. 8 Some of the findings Dr Abel published are:

·         Colon and rectal cancer: There is no evidence at all that chemotherapy prolongs the life of patients

·         Stomach cancer: There is no evidence of effectiveness.

·         Pancreatic cancer: The largest study was "completely negative". The patients who experienced prolonged life were those who did not receive chemotherapy.

·         Bladder cancer: Chemotherapy is often applied but is not effective. No prospective study has been made.

·         Breast cancer: There is no evidence that chemotherapy raises the chance for a patient’s survival. Its use is "ethically questionable".

·         Ovarian cancer: There is no direct evidence, but it might be worthwhile to research the use of platinum.

·         Uterine and cervical cancer: There was no improvement in the survival rate of those treated with chemotherapy.

·         Cancer of the head and neck: There was no benefit to receiving chemotherapy in terms of survival. There was the occasional benefit of reduction of tumour size.

‘The fact is, for most of today’s most common cancers, the ones that kill 90% of cancer patients every year, chemotherapy has never been proved to do any good at all and in fact may do harm.' 9    Chemotherapy may affect the brain - new evidence shows that systemic chemotherapy for breast cancer or lymphoma can result in a significant decline in cognitive function. 9

In The Cancer Handbook edited by Lynne McTaggart, oncologist Dr Albert Braverman is quoted (Lancet, April 13, 1991), "many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumour, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure." 9

The testimonies at ‘Vitamin B17 therapy - does it work?’ from the website are worth reading. They are very encouraging. So, also, is the book by Dr. Philip E. Binzel Alive and Well (American Media, California, 1994). The book World Without Cancer by G. Edward Griffin (American Media, California 1974 and 1997), and the video10 by the same name give an account of the story of vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy. After watching the above video10 Dr Binzel started treating his patients with B17 and nutrition therapy. His book covers the 18 years from that time until his retirement and the phenomenal results that he had.

Most people reading these notes will either have cancer themselves or be reading them with someone else in mind who has cancer. Hopefully these notes will help make a more informed decision, and lead to other websites and publications for more details and organisations for more help. There are many actions that can be taken by individuals themselves to fight cancer.   One of the most important is to try and work out what triggered the cancer in the first place.  If this is not dealt with then the cancer is more likely to come back again even if treatment is at first successful.  See Maintenance lifestyle for those who have had cancer.  and read Chris Woollams' book Everything you need to know to help you beat cancer (Health Issues, Buckingham 2002) (01280 815166 or  It is worth trying to work out what may have contributed to getting cancer in the first place and concentrate especially on rectifying those things that have caused vulnerability.   However, a changed diet becoming a lifetime habit is essential.

For those people who have had cancer and are now in remission, the information contained here will hopefully convince of the need to take action, even if the cancer is not currently a problem. Seize the opportunity to adjust diet and include foods containing vitamin B17, check pH levels and perhaps even have a month of a more concentrated regime to blitz any cancer cells which might be as yet unseen. People who have had cancer once are more susceptible, and perhaps need to take greater care.

Those who are looking after cancer sufferers are likely to be concentrating their attention on them. However, for cancer to become a thing of the past, a rare disease, it is necessary for us all to take note, and take action. It is far easier to take action before getting cancer, than afterwards. Dr Krebs, who first produced laetrile, the concentrated form of vitamin B17, was concerned that people should nevertheless obtain vitamin B17 from their food. There are many sources of this (see ‘Cancer Prevention - a change in our diet’). However, an easy way to make sure of taking vitamin B17 is to eat 10 -12 apricot kernels per day for life.11 This amount will help prevent cancer. According to Dr Krebs if we all did this it is likely that cancer could be confined to the history books.


1.  Dayspring sell kernels (01483 418258 or 07890 967813) and Ynoddfa Marketing sell B17 tablets (01639 871777)
2.  Can be obtained at a healthfood shop or mail order from Nature’s Best (01892 552118), as can vitamins C, E and A and enzymes.
3.  Patrick Holford (of the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London) - see his books The Optimum Nutrition Bible (Piatkus, London 1997) and 100% Health (Piatkus, London 1998) for more details on vitamin and mineral levels. Therapeutic ranges for adults suggested by Patrick Holford, include 50mg of main B vitamins and others in proportion; 400-1000ius vitamin D; 100 - 1000iu vitamin E; 800-1200mg calcium, 400-800mg magnesium, 2.5-15mg manganese, 25-100mcg selenium, 15-50mg zinc. Trace minerals are important.
4.  Obtainable tel:+(1) 305 861 0898 (US)   and phone the Credence Helpline concerning UK supplies (01622 832386)
7.  A chronic disease is one which usually does not pass away of its own accord. A metabolic disease is one which occurs within the body and is not transmittable to another person. Cancer, therefore, being all of these, is a chronic, metabolic disease. G. Edward Griffin World Without Cancer (American Media, California, 1974 and 1997) p56
8.  Published anonymously as "The chemo’s Berlin wall crumbles", Cancer Chronicles (December 1990) quoted in Francisco Contreras The Hope of Living Cancer Free (Siloam, Florida 1999) p119

9.  The Medical Desk Reference ed Lynne McTaggart (What Doctors Don’t Tell You, London, 2000 p50).        Article in What Doctors Don't Tell You monthly publication (February 2002, quoting J Clin Oncol, 2002; 20:485-93)       The Cancer Handbook ed Lynne McTaggart (What Doctors Don’t Tell You, London, 2000), although not being fully informed about laetrile contains damning information about conventional treatment in great detail, as well as discussing some alternative therapies.    WDDTY tel: 020 8944 9555
10. Video ‘World Without Cancer’ obtainable from tel: +1 805 498 2333 From the UK ask for PAL video.
11. Dayspring sell apricot kernels tel: 01483 418258 and 07890 967813

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