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. Hear what he has to say and judge for yourself the quality of the evidence against the effectiveness of Vitamin B17:

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.

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.

Unable to sit on this information, Moss called a news 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.”

Similarly, in his book World Without Cancer, cancer industry researcher Edward Griffin noted, “Every laetrile study had been tarnished with the same kind of scientific ineptitude, bias, and outright deception. … Some of these studies openly admitted evidence of anti-cancer effect but hastened to attribute this effect to other causes. Some were toxicity studies only, which means that they weren’t trying to see if laetrile was effective, but merely to determine how much of it was required to kill the patient.”

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 reports, “The threat to the cancer business from effective therapies was taken very seriously from the beginning. By the 1940's the Syndicate had 300,000 names on its ‘quack' files. Vitamin B17, being a unique threat due to its simplicity, attracted more concentrated attacks than all the other treatments put together: fraudulent test reports; hired, banner-carrying pickets outside clinics; rigged juries; newspaper character assassinations; dismissal of heretic employees, etc. The FDA, orchestrating the onslaught, sent out 10,000 posters and hundreds of thousands of leaflets warning about the dangers of the toxicity of the non-toxic substance. Earlier, a Congressional Accounting Office had found that 350 FDA employees had shares in, or had refused to declare an interest in, the pharmaceutical industry.”

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:

“I was lecturing in Buffalo, New York, and after I had made some strong statements a man stood up and said, ‘Dr. Manner, how in the world can you make statements like that when the FDA is making these other statements?' I reiterated that the FDA statements were lies. He said, ‘Look at this little girl in upstate New York, she took her father's laetrile tablets and died of cyanide poisoning.' Just then a little lady stood up: ‘Dr. Manner, let me answer that question. I think I am entitled to because I am that little baby's mother.' That baby never touched her father's laetrile tablets. The doctor, knowing the father was on laetrile, marked down ‘possible cyanide poisoning.' At the hospital, they used a cyanide antidote and it was the antidote that killed the child. And yet that statement will continue to appear even though they know it is a lie.”

The scare stories always focus on the minute amounts of naturally occurring cyanide found in VitaminB17. 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 have consumed enough apricots, apples, peaches and cherries etc containing B17 to have finished us off long ago.) The cyanide is released only when cancerous cells are recognized by their high glucosidase content. B17 cyanide attacks cancer cells specifically. No large amounts of glucosidase detected mean 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 to specifically attack human bowel tumors. 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?

Very sadly, in assessing the deservedness of the “shady” reputation bestowed upon Vitamin B17 metabolic therapy, we realize 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 carried on in one form or another for the past 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. Dr. Moss again, on the money involved in conventional cancer:

Moss: About 630,000 people die every year of cancer in the US, and it really is an epidemic disease. We have got a tremendous industry. Every one of those people who is getting cancer and dying of it is going to be treated, and these treatments are extremely expensive. Chemo is tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. A bone marrow transplant, which is basically another way of giving chemotherapy, or radiation, can run to about $150,000 per person and is almost never effective. It kills about 25 percent of the patients.

Lee: Why carry on doing it?

Moss: Because of the money, which is tremendous.

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 research is a license 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 even 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 hear some testimonies from those who have not been persuaded by the negative propaganda.


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As someone diagnosed with enormous cancer four years ago — and who was lucky enough to have had some truth put in front of me before the ax fell — I am so happy to be doing as much as I can to help spread the truth. It is so sad that I know supposedly “educated” people who just close their eyes and will not look at what can, in fact, save their lives — seemingly, they prefer to die. Yet, they do not want to die. How brainwashed are we? Keep it up.
— Jane May, Wagga Wagga, Australia