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Are you fighting cancer right now?

See Summary of Apricot Kernels and Vitamin B17 Therapy.

There is a lot of information to take in, but it is worth the effort. Your life is at stake and it is you who are responsible for what you do about it. In a war it is not usual to rely on one type of weapon. A combination of strategies is normal. Orthodox treatment uses surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It would seem sensible therefore not to rely just on taking concentrated vitamin B17 tablets, but also to alter your diet, take supplements and consider some of the natural therapies that work alongside laetrile/vitamin B17. This holistic approach of using other therapies alongside the vitamin B17/laetrile and nutritional therapy is used in the hospitals in Mexico.

It is good to be positive - this helps in keeping well, but nevertheless there needs to be an understanding of the reality that for most types of cancer, orthodox treatment has a dismal record, especially for secondary cancers. Oncologist Dr Albert Braverman says (Lancet, April 13, 1991):

" ... many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumour, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure."

[Quoted in The Cancer Handbook ed Lynne McTaggart (What Doctors Don't Tell You, London, 2000)]

The statistics continue to be depressing. However, there is a reason to be realistically hopeful when you look at some of the results obtained by alternative therapies. Dr Binzel used vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy in his GP practice in the USA for 18 years until he retired, and his results were amazingly more successful than orthodox treatment statistics. His book Alive and Well (American Media, California, 1994) can be ordered from or (tel: + (1) 805 498 2333).

Oasis of Hope Hospital uses chemotherapy, if appropriate and has dramatically superior results. Dr Francisco Contreras, M.D. is a highly trained cancer expert, who specialised in surgical oncology at the prestigious First University in Vienna, Austria. He heads up the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Mexico where conventional chemotherapy is offered as well as nutritional therapies, if it is deemed appropriate, especially low-dose chemotherapy that is delivered directly to the tumour.

Since 1963, 100,000 patients have been treated at the Oasis of Hope Hospital, including currently over 600 cancer patients a year. In 1981 they conducted a retrospective study to document the five-year survival rate of their cancer patients. It is important to note that 95% of these patients came to them with stage IV cancers after conventional therapy had failed to help them. They had been sent home to die (Francisco Contreras The Coming Cancer Cure, 2002, p 105).

Type of cancer Number of patients 5 year survival rate (%)
Oasis Conventional*
Lung cancer 200 30% 2%
Breast cancer 130 39% 21%
Colon cancer 150 30% 8%
Prostate cancer 600 86% 33%
* Source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts and Figures 2001

See Nutrition therapy for people suffering with cancer: a summary of different sources. Also see Chris Woollams' book Everything you need to know to help you beat cancer (Health Issues, Buckingham, 2002) His later book is also excellent: The Rainbow Diet: How it can help beat cancer (Health Issues, Buckingham 2nd ed. 2010). His charity CANCERactive publishes a magazine ICON - see which also has helpful information, articles and links. Jonathan Chamberlain's book Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide (2008) is also excellent.

If you have been diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer (duct carcinoma in situ) there is good news, but you need to take the initiative to benefit from it. WDDTY (What Doctor's Don't Tell You) in their February 2004 newsletter have a special report on 'Breast Cancer: when its not cancer at all'. "A growing number of experts believe that the advent of breast cancer screening has created a problem where none may actually exist, labelling many conditions as cancer which aren't serious or life-threatening. The astonishing fact is that fully half of all cases of so-called breast cancer might not be cancer at all, but a harmless abnormality that will never progress to cancer." If you have been diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer, get hold of this report from WDDTY: tel 0870 444 9886 and

The UK's leading oncologist Professor Karol Sikora says:

"Get all the information you can. Find out all about the disease, find out what treatment's being offered, conventional treatment, find out what else you can do, what's available in the hospital, what's available locally, what's available nationally. Become an expert on your own disease and yourself, after all you know yourself better than anybody else."

(Message of Hope video, Health Creation 2003, helpline: 0845 009 3366).

It is much more difficult to get rid of cancer than to prevent it. Therefore while cancer sufferers have many things they can do to fight against this disease, it is to be hoped that, while the cancer sufferer is taking vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy, the rest of their family and friends will start on a lifetime prevention programme, so that they are not likely to have to take such extreme measures to combat cancer.

See the notes Maintenance lifestyle for those who have had cancer.

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