Laetrile, “Vitamin” B-17
Health Guru David Wolf turned me onto the amazing reality that Macnuts are packed in Laetrile, or B-17, not exactly a vitamin but a “Nitriloside”. Our love of Macadamia Nut and macnut butter went back almost 2 decades when I was first homesteading my 6-acres tropical fruit tree sanctuary on the Big Island of Hawaii, then called SkyRoots Village.
David and I sat in my screened in Jungle homestead (a screened in carport), which is now our “Roots” garden bed. We feasted gourmet raw macadamia nut butter, so liquid we could drink the stuff.
We felt like Kings in possession of this 5 gallons of macnut butter, a “bucket of gold” and fantasized about someday putting this precious butter in a chocolate truffle. Later I would present him with such a truffle, which I now make and share them with the world.
Years later, when David told me about Laetrile, he could’t say anything about its ability to kill cancer, because that would be illegal. He simply encouraged me to research it for myself. What I found was staggering:
The Physician who “Rediscovered” this substance in 1920 in California was Ernest Krebs. He found a link between the 100% lack of cancer in the native Eskimo, Hopi, Navajo, Abkhazian and people of the Hunza Land and their consumption of Laetrile-rich diet. In fact, the Hunzakuts consume about 200-times more of these Nitrilocides.
Later, it was is son Dr. Ernest Krebs, Jr., who named it “Laetrile”. This substance is abundant in apricot kernels and they were so esteemed that wealth in the Hunza Land was regarded by how many Apricot trees you had, while the most valuable possession was Apricot kernels, comprised of about 2% Laetrile.
It was common for a Hunzakut to be know to snack on up to 3o-50 apricot kernels per day. These kernels are found to be one of the highest Laetrile – containing foods. Macadamia Nuts are another, however much tastier, without the bitterness of apricot kernels.
It appears the Cyanide contained in the Laetrile can target the cancer cells. Organic Cyanide is relatively harmless. Whereas inorganic Cyanide, as we know, can be deadly. It seems that the organic cyanide locked up within the Laetrile has the ability to be broken down and release only to the cancer cells.
This trait appears to come from an enzyme that unlocks the B-17 into Cyanide and Benzaldehyde, which together are 100-X more poisonous then they are by themselves. Since the unlocking enzyme is only found in the cancer cell, then these substance target and are poisonous only the cancer.
And there is a protective mechanism put into place by another enzyme, Rhodenese, which neutralizes cyanide and breaks it down into beneficial nutrients for health. This enzyme is located everywhere in the body, except the cancer cells. Also, abundant in fresh fruit, there is enough for example in an apple, to deactivate the cyanide in apple seeds.
You can watch a great video on Laetrile, B-17 over at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
*Note: While caught early enough this treatment may be helpful, however there is a lot of misinformation out there trying to discredit Laetrile as a cancer treatment in cases where it was caught too late. However, after examining the evidence over at Cancer Defeated, it appears to be shown that Laetrile can be preventative by targeting cancer cells: you decide for yourself!
Here’s some of what they have to say about Laetrile over at Cancer Defeated:
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The medicinal macs are then covered in the same Superfood Chocolate blend containing: “Shamans Blend” used in all the Medicinal Foods raw chocolate formulations.
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