Vitamin B17, Fighting Cancer By Dr. Harold Gunatillake — Health Writer

I am copying below an article that appeared in the Sunday Leader by Dr Harold Bunatillake recently prior to the article from the Sunday Observer I copied below which I hope will be of interest.


The story about vitamin B17 appears in the website. Many names of doctors from various countries are given recommending the use of vitamin B17 to fight cancer and its outstanding success. Unfortunately, there is no information whether the efficacy has been proved by double blinded studies. The ENT surgeon’s story is remarkable. Her one kidney with the ureter and a little part of the bladder were removed and given radiotherapy seven years ago. She remained well for seven years and then in November 2009 there was a recurrence and a growth was removed close to the bladder. After eating manioc for one month she felt better and cystoscopy hadn’t revealed any pathology. She attributes this cure to vitamin B17 in manioc. The ENT surgeon remained well for seven years after the first treatment (surgery and radiotherapy). Recurrence was detected in November 2009 and a growth was removed surgically. I am of opinion that it is too early to get a recurrence within four months after the second operation, as the first recurrence was after seven years, and attributing the remission to taking manioc for one month is premature. I personally hope and pray that the learned surgeon will not get a recurrence even after several years. This anti-tumour agent in manioc and other seeds — Vitamin B17, is commonly known as Amygdalin or Laetrile. According to Dr. Ernest T. Krebs, Jr. its components make it vital for our survival without cancer. The greatest concentration is found in the seeds of the rosaceous fruits, such as the apricot pits and other bitter nuts. Various documents from the oldest civilisations such as Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs and from China 2,500 years before Christ mention the therapeutic use of derivatives of bitter almonds. Egyptian papyri from 5,000 years ago mention the use of “aqua amigdalorum” for the treatment of some tumours of the skin. But the systematised study of Vitamin B-17 really did not begin until the first half of the past century, when the chemist Bohn discovered in 1802 that during the distillation of the water from bitter almonds hydrocyanic acid was released. Soon many researchers became interested in analysing this extract and so Robiquet and Boutron isolated, for the first time, a white crystalline substance which they called AMYGDALIN. This is what the FDA has to say: “In the US the Food and Drug Administration has used regulation, not law, to keep doctors in some states from using Laetrile therapy. There is no federal law against Laetrile, nor does Laetrile appear on an official list of proscribed items. The Food and Drug Administration has also used regulation, not law, to ban the interstate shipment and sale of Laetrile by alleging that it is either an ‘unlicensed new drug’ or an ‘unsafe or adulterated food or food additive.’ It is neither. Amygdalin is an extract of apricot kernels, which makes it a food supplement and nothing more. Vitamin B-17 was the subject of great controversy 18 years ago when some of the world’s top scientists claimed that when consumed, its components make it 100% impossible to develop cancer and will kill existing cancer. “Pharmaceutical companies pounced on this claim immediately and demanded that FDA studies be conducted. Pharmaceutical companies conduct studies on patented chemicals they invent so that at the end of their study, if the drug gets approved, they have exclusive rights to its sale. They never conduct studies on foods that cannot be patented and that can be sold at any supermarket (e.g. vitamins).” Foods that contain Vitamin B17 are: KERNELS OR SEEDS OF FRUIT: The highest concentration of vitamin B-17 can be found in nature, aside from bitter almonds — apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, prune. BEANS: broad (Vicia faba), burma, chickpeas, lentils (sprouted), lima, mung (sprouted), Rangoon, scarlet runner. NUTS: Bitter almond, macadamia, cashew. BERRIES: Almost all wild berries. Blackberry, chokeberry, Christmas berry, cranberry, elderberry, raspberry, strawberry. SEEDS: Chia, flax, sesame. GRASSES: Acacia, alfalfa (sprouted), aquatic, Johnson, milkweed, Sudan, minus, wheat grass, white dover. GRAINS: oat groats, barley, brown rice, buckwheat groats, chia, flax, millet, rye, vetch, wheat berries. MISCELLANEOUS: bamboo shoots, fuschia plant, sorghum, wild hydrangea, yew tree (needles, fresh leaves). • A Letter To The Editor Manioc’s Vitamin B17 Kills The Cancer Cell In Humans Apricot seed kernels are used in the fight against cancer. The kernels contain Vitamin B17, and Vitamin B17 is used in medication to counter cancer. B17 tablets with apricot seed extract are available in Australia and in the US. All the information you need is available on the website. This letter is about how manioc, which also contains Vitamin B17, has the potential to combat cancer. My story starts with a cancer I developed seven years ago. A cystoscopy revealed transitional cell cancer. The kidney, ureter and a little part of the bladder where the ureter enters the bladder were surgically removed. I was given radiation treatment, and I remained in good health over the next seven years (I was examined once a year). My bladder was cancer-free until November 2009. That month I started passing blood. Another cystoscopy was done, and a polypoidal growth close to the bladder neck was removed. The biopsy this time again revealed transitional cell cancer. I had read on ‘world without’ that manioc – also known as cassava or tapioca – has a high B17 component. For a whole month following the removal of the polypoidal growth in the bladder, I ate manioc daily, usually twice a day. A cystoscopy done a month later showed that the bladder was completely symptom-free. I felt very well. Was my wellbeing the result of the cancer-fighting properties of manioc’s Vitamin B17? It would be wonderful, I thought, if a test group of cancer patients used manioc in order to confirm that manioc really does have the ability to fight cancer, as it seemed to have done in my case. Here is what happens when a cancer patient eats manioc: Once the manioc is consumed, the manioc’s Vitamin B17 combines in the normal human cell with an enzyme called Rhodanese, which breaks down the B17 into three sugars. The cancer cell, which is an immature cell, has a different enzyme, beta-glucosidase, which breaks the B17 into glucose, benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid. The hydrocyanic acid acts like an LTTE cyanide capsule, killing the cancer cell. I appeal to all cancer patients to try the manioc solution. If it works, it could be a great discovery for cancer patients around the world, especially those living in the tropics of Asia, Africa and the Americas, where manioc / cassava / tapioca grows and is freely available. Please note that there are precautions to be taken in the preparation of manioc. 1. Never, repeat never, eat ginger with manioc, or even after consuming manioc. If you have been eating manioc, do not take any form of ginger or ginger products, such as ginger beer and ginger-nut biscuits. The serious risks of mixing ginger with manioc are well known in Sri Lanka. 2. When preparing manioc for eating, check whether the tuber shows a blue line when peeled for cooking. If there is a blue line, the manioc must be rejected. Manioc has cyanide in it and the blue line is an indication of cyanide emergence. 3. Cook manioc in an earthenware pot. Fill the pot with water to completely cover the manioc, and well above the level of the manioc. When boiling, keep the pot open. Do not close the pot with a lid. Once the manioc is boiled, throw away the water in the pot. — Dr. Cynthia Jayasuriya (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon)


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    Hi Joe,

    You were recommended to me by my friend Anjali who you have been helping for some time now. I hope you can help me or point me in the right direction so I can help my father.
    My father has recently has been diagnosed with having lung cancer on one of his lungs which Ihey said is secondary which means it’s not the primary source. They have so far failed to tell us or rather don’t know where the primary source of cancer is from. Having looked at his age (75), they said he will not be getting any treatment due to the risks involved with chemo/radiotherapy. Bottom line is, we will be getting second opinion on his condition once we have all the test results from the hospital. The good news is that, he has never taken any drugs before, doesn’t smoke, doesbn’t feel any pain in his lungs and in general is in very good health.
    However, while all this has been going on, my father has been having indigestion problems for the last 8yrs or so. Having researched his condition, he has all the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome – constipation, abdominal pain, weight loss, tiredness, Bowel problems etc) all of which are also symptoms of Colon/Bowel cancer. Doctors carried out X-rays and said he does not have colon cancer but will caryy out CT scan if they need to in a couple of weeks. They have given him a Laxido (laxative) course to clean out his stomach and that’s where we are at the moment.
    This is where we are at the moment. I need advice on 2 counts. Firstly, how do we clean up his stomach and ease his Bowel problems, constipation etc. And secondly, lung cancer. Since they will not be treating him with chemo or radiotherapy, we need something that will stop it spreading. Good thing is that he is not on any medication so hopefully he will be willing to try alternative therapies. Your help and advice is much appreciated.



    • Joe says:


      Your dad’s case is complicated to say the least and I cannot account for his presenting Cancer in the lung especially since he does not smoke.

      My cousin and Dr Cynthia Jayasuriya presented cancer about 10 years ago and she has cured herself of her cancer by eating Manioc or Cassava as she has described in an article published in the local press a few months ago, the link to which I copy below:

      My Wonder Drug for Cancer

      Please also visit the 2 links below as they may give you more information about cancer:

      I note that his doctors have ruled out chemo and radiotherapy and I would suggest that you commence the treatment of his cancer with manioc which I presume you can obtain in the Indian shops in London.

      He will eat about 100gm twice daily and report his response in a month. He can also eat Apricot seed kernels as they too are recognized as helping with cancer.

      “my father has been having indigestion problems for the last 8yrs or so. Having researched his condition, he has all the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome – constipation, abdominal pain, weight loss, tiredness, Bowel problems etc) all of which are also symptoms of Colon/Bowel cancer. ”

      You have listed a number of his gastric problems which are classified under IBS. This disease does not point to constipation as it is a reverse that is the case with diarrhea which does not respond to the standard drugs. You mentioned that his doctors have given him a laxative in the hope that it will clear the gastric problems and I would like to know if in fact it does help.

      I see that you have again mentioned constipation and I would like to prescribe:

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      Order the remedy in the Liquid pack in Alcohol, also referred to as Liquid Dilution in a bottle preferably with a dropper arrangement.
      Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
      Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
      Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard at least 6 times before you sip a capfull of the bottle or a large teaspoonful which is the dose.
      Shaking the bottle hard is homeopathic succussion and this enhances the effect of the remedy on the user.

      Anjali informed me that she was experiencing some problems in obtaining Nat Pho 6x in London and you have to contact her to enquire where she was able to purchase it.

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