By Jimmy Downs
Tuesday march 26, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study most recently published in Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology suggests that it may be true that vitamin B17 or Amygdalin or laetrile found in Apricot kernels indeed can be used to cure cancer.
The current study led by Fan Li from Department of Bethune College of Medicine, Jilin University in Changchun, China and colleagues shows that Amygdalin induces apoptosis in vitro and in vivo in human cervical cancer cells.
Apoptosis is programmed cell death which is missing in cancer cells, leading to uncontrolled growth of cells (cancer). The finding suggests that there is a potential that Amygdalin may be used to treat cervical cancer if confirmed in trials.
Also, the researchers found that amygdalin inhibited the growth of HeLa cell xenografts in animals by inducing apoptosis.
They concluded "The results in the present study suggest that amygdalin may offer a new therapeutic option for patients with cervical cancer."
Another study provides evidence suggesting that amygdalin may be effective in fighting some cancers
Another study published in 2012 in Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology suggests that amygdalin can help treat cancer.
H. Mirmiranpour from School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran first induced diabetes in rats with an antibiotic called streptozotocin. Then eight weeks after the induction of diabetes, one group of rats received amygdalin via intraperitoneal injection. One day later, rats were sacrified and aortic arteries were excised and incubated in a cell culture well for seven days. During the process, angiogenesis was monitored.
It was found that cells treated with amygdalin had a significantly lower number of primary microtubules and microvessels than the untreated cells indicating that "amygdalin exerts inhibitory effects on angiogenesis in aortic rings of diabetic rats."
The researchers concluded " (Amygdalin) may pave a new way for treatment of unfavorable angiogenic conditions."
Cancer growth needs angiogenesis, that is, the generation of new blood vessels. Because amygdalin is proved here to be able to inhibit angiogenesis, this compound that has been used by some alternative physicians to treat cancer may actually be effective in treating some types of cancer to say the least.
The medical industry has been denying that vitamin B17 is effective in treating cancer over the years, according to a book World Without Cancer by G. Edward Griffin who carefully documented all evidence that shows this vitamin B17 really works as a cancer treatment.
Some best evidence was documented by Dr. Philip E. Binzel, late physician who treated with this alternative medicine more than 300 cases of cancer and found this medicine along with other supplements was far more effective in treating both early stage cancers and advanced or late-stage cancers than conventional cancer treatments.
Dr. Binzel reported in his book Alive & Well that vitamin B 17 along with a nutrition program resulted in a 5-year survival in more than 80 percent of patients with an early stage cancer and more than 50 percent of patients people with an advanced or lethal cancer.
Many plants are sources of vitamin b17 with high levels of vitamin B17 found in seeds of apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, and prune. And this compound is also found high in fava, bamboo, alfalfa, wild blackberry bitter almond, choke cherry and wild crabapple, according to