After reading the original research on synthetic B-17 Laetrile treatments and talking to doctors and patients firsthand, I find that the “evidence” for both Laetrile and Almost does not exist.
The scientific logic of B-17 seems reasonable, and certainly pharmaceutical companies are investing significant resources to attack the very same unique properties of a cancer cell. But as I keep saying, I do not believe that a single entity is a “cure” for cancer – and so does B-17.
Can Laetrile treat cancer?
In the 1970s, Laetrile became a popular alternative cancer treatment.
In many states, however, it is now banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is because Laetrile can cause serious side effects. In addition, there is no evidence that cancer can be treated effectively
In two animal studies, the scientists treated a variety of cancers alone or in combination with an enzyme that activates them with Laetrile. In both studies, the animals showed no improvement after treatment with Laetrile
In addition, the animals appeared to have more side effects than they received both the enzyme and Laetrile, and not just Laetrile.
Now only two studies have investigated the effects of Laetrile on human cancer, but both have not been compared to placebo treatment. It is therefore not clear whether the use of Laetrile is better than no treatment at all.
In one study, 178 cancer patients were treated with Laetrile. Scientists found that it had no significant impact on cancer. In fact, some people experienced cyanide poisoning
In the other study, six cancer patients were treated with Laetrile. The researchers found that Laetrile did not contribute to cancer treatment as individual’s cancer spread further.
There are reports that Laetrile has helped treat cancer. However, these reports failed to prove that only Laetrile helped.
Finally, several studies in the test tube have shown that Laetrile can reduce the incidence of tumors by suppressing genes that they spread. However, there is no evidence that the same effect occurs in living human bodies.
Overall, the evidence shows that Laetrile is ineffective in the treatment of cancer. It is also hazardous as it may be highly toxic and cause death.
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