Death by doctoring (3)

by Steven Ransom
Extracted from his book
Great News on Cancer in the 21st Century
(Credence, 2002)
Read the first and the second part of this article

The Importance of Nutrition

Here’s John Diamond again, this time on some “nutter” with a magical diet: “I was waiting my turn for zapping [radiation] one day and mentioned the ludicrousness of one diet I’d been reading about. The radiographer agreed and said that when she had started at the hospital there used to be a nutter who, having refused radiography, would come down and rail against those sitting in the radiotherapy waiting room, telling them they should abandon evil radiation and take up his magical diet. ‘Criminal,’ I said. ‘You kicked him out, of course?’ ‘Well yes,’ she said, ‘we kicked him out regularly. The only thing was, he did survive for years and the cancer did disappear.’ Which only goes to prove—well, nothing very much at all, really, but I thought I’d pass it on in the name of fair dealing. “

Now if this cancer “nutter” was just an isolated case of recovery through diet, his recovery would not of course constitute proof. But with vitamin B17 metabolic therapy, we are seeing tremendous results time after time. Continuing on in the name of fair dealing…

Most definitely, conventional interested parties and institutions have colluded in a shameful anti-vitamin B17 “fact-creating” process…

• William

William was diagnosed with a tumor in the esophagus. He could not swallow food without it being liquidized. He had read about vitamin B17 12 months previously and had kept the article. William began taking vitamin B17 soon after the diagnosis. After three weeks he was swallowing food a lot easier, and after about seven weeks he was told by his doctor that the only reason for this was because the tumor was shrinking.

Says William: “The operation to remove the tumor was cancelled and I am still awaiting the results of the latest scan. I feel fit as a fiddle. I pay attention to my diet and I thank God quite literally for vitamin B17. It is time the NHS [National Health Service] recognized this vitamin as an alternative to the conventional treatments. I consider that any money spent on B17 is money well spent.”

What Are We Eating? It is interesting to note that there are cultures today who remain almost entirely cancer free. The Abkhasians, the Azerbaijanis, the Hunzas, the Eskimos and the Karakorum all live on foodstuffs rich in nitriloside or vitamin B17. Their food consists variously of buckwheat, peas, broad beans, lucerne, turnips, lettuce, sprouting pulse or grain, apricots with their seeds, and berries of various kinds. Their diet can provide them with as much as 250–3,000 mg of nitriloside a day. The founding father of vitamin B17 research, Ernst T. Krebs, Jr, studied the dietary habits of these tribes. Krebs stated: “Upon investigating the diet of these people, we found that the seed of the apricot was prized as a delicacy and that every part of the apricot was utilized.” The average Western diet, with its refined, fibreless foods, offers less than 2 mg of nitriloside a day. It has also been noted that natives from these tribes who move into “civilized” areas and change their diets accordingly are prone to cancers at the regular Western incidence.

The Right Materials

In his book, Preface to Cancer: Nature, Cause and Cure, Dr Alexander Berglas has this to say about cancer incidence: “Civilization is, in terms of cancer, a juggernaut that cannot be stopped… It is the nature and essence of industrial civilization to be toxic in every sense… We are faced with the grim prospect that the advance of cancer and of civilization parallel each other.”

The human body has an amazing capacity to recover, if we look after it properly and if we supply it with the proper materials for repair. Working with non-toxic, physio-friendly treatments can only work in our favor. Just look at the side-effects of vitamin B17 as described by G. Edward Griffin in World Without Cancer: “B17 side effects include increased appetite, weight gain, lowered blood pressure, increased hemoglobin and red blood cell count, elimination or sharp reduction of pain without narcotics; builds up the body’s resistance to other diseases, is a natural substance found in foods and is compatible with human biological experience, destroys cancer cells while nourishing non-cancer cells…”

Compare the above with the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation: the dizziness, skin discoloration, nausea, diarrhea, loss of hair, loss of appetite, organ failure, internal bleeding, etcetera, etcetera. How long will it be before we find ourselves looking back on these treatments in the same way as we now look back on the blood-letting and ammonia infusions exacted upon King Charles II? Notwithstanding the often life-saving surgical removal of cancerous tissue, could there possibly be a more inhumane treatment in the 21st century than conventional cancer therapy?

• Flora

Flora was diagnosed with stage-four bowel cancer in 1999. “Before the operation they gave me chemotherapy, which was devastating. By the end of the course, I could hardly stand. They then removed the tumour from my bowel. I was told the cancer had spread to the liver. I was offered further chemotherapy, but declined. I attended Middlesex Hospital and had five sessions of laser treatment to try and contain the liver cancer, followed by more chemotherapy. After the fifth time of trying to contain the cancer, they said that it was beginning to grow yet again. So I began an organic diet and attended the Dove Clinic for intensive vitamin C treatment with other supplements. It was there that I was told about vitamin B17. I added that to my regime. Over a period of time, the cancer completely disappeared from my liver.

It is now February 2002 and I have been one year clear of cancer. I am maintaining my organic diet and eating about 50 apricot kernels a day. I’m 64, I’ve returned to work and I feel fine. Treatments such as these should at least be made known to patients by the NHS.” There are literally thousands of people who can attest to the pharmacological, life-saving power of vitamin B17 and its supporting nutritional regime. And the same can also be said of vitamin C.

Vitamin C

The all-round benefits of vitamin C to the human physiology have been known and utilized for centuries. In terms of its benefits in cancer treatment and prevention, we read the following from Phillip Day:
“Dr Linus Pauling, often known as the ‘Father of Vitamin C’ and twice awarded the Nobel Prize, declared that daily intake of up to 10 grams a day of the vitamin aids anticancer activity within the body.
“Pauling was largely derided for making these declarations but, today, large doses of vitamin C are used by many practitioners for cancer patients in nutritional therapy, who believe Pauling was right and that the popular nutrient is indispensable to the body in its fight to regain health from cancer.”

Vitamin C can protect against breast cancer. After reviewing 90 studies on the relationship between vitamin C and cancer, Gladys Block, PhD, at the University of California at Berkeley, concluded: “There is overwhelming evidence of the protective effect of vitamin C and other antioxidants against cancer of the breast.” And Geoffrey R. Howe, of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, reviewed 12 controlled case studies of diet and breast
cancer and noted that vitamin C had the most consistent statistically significant relationship to the reduction of breast cancer risk.

On the subject of the importance of mineral and vitamin supplements, a recent New York Times front-page article quoted Dr Geoffrey P. Oakley, Jr, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, as saying: “We, the physicians, were mistaken not to recommend vitamin supplements to our patients for so long. We need just to admit that, on this one, we were wrong.”

“…today, large doses of vitamin C are used by many practitioners for cancer patients in nutritional therapy, who believe Pauling was right and that the popular nutrient is indispensable to the body in its fight to regain health from cancer.

Let the reader be assured that the recent scare tactics surrounding vitamin C and its supposed links to cancer are just another one of those smear campaigns orchestrated by the merchants.
Quite simply, any good news on vitamin C represents yet another threat to the pharmaceutical industry’s considerable income from conventional cancer treatments. The full story on the vested interests supporting the author of the much-publicized vitamin C/cancer story can be found at the website

• Hazel

Hazel had been given a virtual death sentence by her cancer doctor, who told her that although there was an 86 per cent recovery rate from her type of breast cancer, she was unfortunately in the smaller category. As previously noted, Hazel’s chemotherapy was only making her feel terrible, and she decided that if she were going to die then she would do so without further conventional treatment. Hazel began a regime of intravenously administered vitamin C and supplements, including vitamin B17, and paid great attention to her diet. She soon began to feel a great deal better. She regained her weight, her hair and her appetite.

About nine months following the diagnosis, she was troubled with lower back pain and visited her doctor. He suggested a further scan based on Hazel’s lower back pain, which the doctor believed was possibly the result of her cancer having spread to the base of her spine. Hazel said there was no way she was going for more chemotherapy or scans, which she believes in themselves can trigger carcinogenic activity. Instead, Hazel supplemented her vitamin C regime with a course of vitamin B17 kernels, and she also maintained a sensible diet and stayed away from her conventional cancer physician. The blood count taken by her GP before Christmas read as normal. She feels very healthy and is in the process of writing a book about her experiences. She feels passionately that people need to know that there are alternative cancer treatments available, and she speaks to groups on this subject.

Need for Data and Education

Finally, we hear from Dr Nicola Hembry of the Dove Clinic, which specializes in the non-conventional approach to cancer care and treatment: “Nutritional treatments such as high-dose vitamin C and B17 [laetrile] have been known about for years, and there are many success stories from patients lucky enough to have received and benefited from them. Research shows that levels of 400 mg/dL vitamin C in the blood can kill cancer cells by a pro-oxidative mechanism, and there is a great deal of data showing that B17 is preferentially toxic to cancer cells.
“The trouble is that thg why these trials haven’t been carried out. It has to be said that one of the reasons is a lack of financial incentive because these substances cannot be patented.

“Sadly, it is the cancer sufferers who lose out. To not even have the choice of these safer, more natural treatments, even when a cancer is deemed incurable and only palliative chemotherapy or radiotherapy is offered, is in my view totally unacceptable. I have seen many patients experience an improved duration and quality of life with an integrated approach, and some go on to achieve complete remission of their disease, even when dismissed as incurable by their oncologists.”

Treating cancer is not just about getting hold of vitamin B17 as quickly as possible. We need to be educated in a whole range of issues. Phillip Day’s book, Cancer: Why We’re Still Dying To Know The Truth, has been written in an easily readable and understandable manner, specifically to inform the general public on all of the key issues pertaining to natural treatment for cancer. It makes for necessary and fascinating reading.
For those readers interested in finding out more on the issues raised in this article, just click on the following titles available from

Closing Comments

Throughout the writing of this article, I have been acutely aware of three things. Firstly, I’ve been aware of my slender mortality and that only by the grace of God have I not had to face a cancer diagnosis of my own. I know that for many, the information contained in “Death by Doctoring” will bring sadness as well as anger. But in its telling, I also believe this story brings great hope. Secondly, vitamin B17 metabolic therapy and vitamin C form only part of a much wider regime of treatments that have proven successful in the treatment of cancer. These and other sensible treatments are explained in more detail in the above Credence titles.
Thirdly, I am conscious of the fact that there are elements of conventional medical practice that are saving and enhancing lives every day, not least in some methods of early cancer diagnosis and in acute and emergency medicine. May the good continue, and may the bad be open to complete reappraisal. Finally, I do so wish I’d been given the opportunity to meet John Diamond, because I reckon we’d have got on like a house on fire. And who knows what might have happened as a result?
 Article from Nexus Magazine August-September 2002 

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