Vitamin B17, Raw Bitter Almonds, and Apricot Seeds
In 2007, bitter almonds (not regular almonds) were becoming popular with alternative medicine due to their vitamin B-17 content. Health food stores stopped selling B-17 in the form of apricot seeds in 2002, due to armed raids. The F.D.A. openly banned apricot seeds, and the extract, because it was touted as a cure for cancer; and curing is not allowed in America. The British Government followed suit, and did the very same things during 2002. Innocent people in both countries were arrested and charged for merely selling apricot seeds, a carrier of B-17 (laetrile).
Bitter almonds were later discovered as the highest source of this vitamin. Vitamin B-17 was still a somewhat newly discovered vitamin, and it is rarely found in nature. In fact, there are organizations affiliated with orthodox Defy Your Doctor and B... Best Price: $6.64 Buy New $26.07 (as of 09:15 EST - Details) medicine which still will not officially recognize vitamin B-17 as a vitamin. The reason for the exploding popularity of vitamin B17, and thereby bitter almonds, was due to the fact that vitamin B-17 has dramatic and miraculous cancer killing properties. While alternative medicine has had effective and non-toxic cancer cures since the 1930’s, the new vitamin really looked like a magic bullet. There were reports everywhere of cancers being killed merely from patients eating bitter almonds daily. Soon there would be almond extract capsules, so that these same patients would need only to take one cheap, non-toxic pill per day. It did not bode well for the pharmaceutical industry. Hundreds of billions of dollars were about to be lost.
In September of 2007, the F.D.A. claimed that raw almonds had been linked to two salmonella outbreaks in five years, and that all almonds needed to be pasteurized, because they were suddenly a danger to the nation’s health. These salmonella outbreaks were not due to any organic almonds, which reminds us of the many meat recalls. Salmonella and e-coli are present in our foods only because of grossly unhygienic factory conditions; not because any natural foods are inherently covered with bacteria. For the organic bitter almonds, the required pasteurization would bring only one significant change in them. It would neutralize the vitamin B17. Pristine almonds are the only easily accessible source of vitamin B17. They are illegal now by F.D.A. decree. The highest source of B17, the bitter almond tree, was banned from the U.S. in 1995.
Never before in history had any nation practiced the absurdity of pasteurizing dry (often salted) nuts. Americans may not use raw almonds for food anymore, and much more importantly, Americans are outlawed from using bitter almonds (vitamin B17) to cure cancer. Judging from the F.D.A.’s bizarre aggression towards almonds that contain intact vitamin B17, and apricot seeds, it is easy to conclude just how powerful and effective vitamin B-17 is for curing cancer, at least for those of us who are knowledgeable about the F.D.A.’s history.
Despite floods of phone calls and letters of disapproval to the U.S.D.A. and the F.D.A., almonds sold in the U.S. must now be pasteurized. These same agencies have notified food producers that they may freely and dishonestly label their pasteurized almonds as ‘raw’. Therefore, almonds in the United States that are labeled as ‘raw’, are actually deceptively labeled, and we recommend boycotting the companies that participate in this fraud.
Most almonds are pasteurized with Propylene oxide. Propylene oxide is a known carcinogen, and it is on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals that are known to cause both cancer and reproductive harm. This means that the majority of almonds sold in the U.S. are not only nutritionally neutralized, but contain dangerous chemical toxins as well. Remember that before the F.D.A. decided almonds must be tainted, almonds were so healthful that they could quickly cure cancer without side effects in most test subjects. Alternative medicine’s magic bullet just had to go!
Whole Foods only sells almonds which have been pasteurized with steam, which is an improvement over poisonous pasteurization methods; but it still degrades the nutritional value of almonds, and of course, eliminates at least some of the anti-cancer vitamin B17. There is usually no way to know which method has been used for pasteurization, because labeling laws are made to benefit the manufacturers, and deceive the consumers.
Wait A Minute! Aren’t Bitter Almonds Poisonous?
According to the modern F.D.A., bitter almonds are poisonous, but somehow bitter almonds became a serious health danger just after it was also discovered that they contain the cancer destroying vitamin B17. Bitter almonds had been eaten by humanity unimpaired during the previous 9,000 years of history.
People who warn us about bitter almonds typically state that they contain prussic acid (a chemical precursor to cyanide compounds), and hydrocyanic acid (also in the cyanide family). Similar compounds exist in benign organic forms in most of our healthiest foods, so while it is true that bitter almonds contain these compounds (like other healthy foods), is it also equally true that our science does not understand how these organic forms operate inside the body. The danger of bitter almonds is generally assumed based on the discovery of these compounds, and not on empirical evidence of people actually dying. Real science does not present assumptions as facts.
We cannot find a single verifiable and credible case of death by almonds. The idea sounds almost ridiculous. We can find stories of deaths from almond consumption in medical journals, blogs, and pro-pharma web sites, but it is impossible to trace any of those reports to real deceased people. They do not exist, and this speaks volumes about the tactics of our adversaries. In the handful of cases in which bitter almonds or other sources for laetrile were cited as the cause of death, the victims did not show the classic symptoms of cyanide poisoning. In most cases, the victims were taking chemotherapy too, and the symptoms more closely matched that of death by chemo. The most emphasized death was that of Chad Green, who supposedly died of his alternative treatments, but we cannot uncover any in-depth details of his death. That is probably intentional.
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