The Vitamin B17 Scam

Steve McQueen, who died of lung cancer in 1980, took vitamin B17 at a Mexican clinic in an attempt to stop the progress of the disease.

McGill’s Dr. Joe Schwarcz says mega-star Steve McQueen, who died of lung cancer in 1980, presented him with the “vitamin B17” he had been taking at a Mexican cancer clinic in an attempt to stop the cancer’s progress. disease.

“By 1980, I had been teaching for a while and had developed several lectures on vitamins. But none of the books or publications I consulted had referred to a vitamin B17. As it turned out, for a good reason. Vitamins are substances that must be included in the diet to maintain health and prevent certain deficiency diseases. They can not be synthesized by the body. So, what is vitamin B17? Essentially a scam. 

In the 1950s, Dr. Ernst T. Krebs had the idea that a compound extracted from apricot pits, amygdalin, could selectively attack cancer cells and destroy them by releasing cyanide. Krebs and his son Ernst Jr. became the first advocates of “Laetrile” therapy. When the government began asking for evidence that the drug really worked, Krebs changed his focus. 

The public was becoming familiar with the benefits of vitamins, so he decided to turn Laetrile into one. Krebs now claimed, without any evidence, that the cancer was a “vitamin B17” deficiency. Numerous studies conducted since then have not been able to show that this substance can treat or prevent any type of cancer. “

There is no evidence that B17 cures cancer

There is no scientific evidence that laetrile or amygdalin can treat cancer. In South Africa, CANSA says in its fact sheet: “There is no scientific evidence to support claims that Laetrile or Amygdalin can treat cancer or any other disease. Despite this, it has been promoted as an alternative cancer treatment. “

Despite the above, laetrile continues to be promoted as an alternative treatment against cancer and people continue to use it because they believe it could improve their health, detoxify and cleanse their bodies and help them live longer.

There are websites and magazines that still encourage people to use laetrile instead of conventional cancer treatments. Most of these base their claims on unsupported opinions and anecdotal evidence.

Laetrile contains poisonous cyanide

Laetrile, which can be taken intravenously as an injection or as a tablet, contains cyanide, which is a poison. Side effects of cyanide may include fever; dizziness headaches; Hepatic injury; a drop in blood pressure; damage to the nerves causing loss of balance and difficulty walking; Confusion; coma; and eventually death.

Other foods that contain amygdalin are raw almonds, carrots, celery, apricots, peaches, bean sprouts, mung beans, lime, butter and other legumes, nuts, flax seeds, high doses of vitamin C and stones or crushed fruit pips.

These foods are safe to eat if you are not taking laetrile tablets because the levels of amygdalin in them are low.

Prohibited in Europe and the United States.

No one is allowed to sell laetrile in the European Union because there is no evidence that it works, and because of its serious side effects. It is also prohibited in the USA. UU For the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A word of caution

It is understandable that you want to try something if you think it might help treat or cure your cancer, but be careful when reading any website that promotes the use of laetrile or that recommends treatments in clinics abroad. Be cautious when you believe in this type of information or when paying for any alternative cancer therapy over the Internet. No accredited cancer scientific organization supports any of these claims.Stopping cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy for an unproven treatment, could be lethal to your health.

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