Karen Kirkpatrick is happy to talk to anyone about vitamin B17 on 01483 423235 (UK) 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. This is a private telephone number and she may not always be able to answer, but keep trying.


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Are you an ostrich with your head in the sand, not believing it can happen to you?

This would be a shame because:

  1. It is recognised by respected cancer research organisations that there is much you can do to guard against cancer. Cancer Research UK (2011) says:
    "Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer."
    "Experts estimate that up to half of these cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes."
  2. The statistics of getting cancer and dying from cancer show that despite all the money thrown at research, the problem is getting worse, much worse. At the beginning of the 21st century it is expected that
    "one in three people will develop cancer at some point in their lives"
    (Cancer Research UK 2011).

    For women the risk of breast cancer is 1 in 8, and for men the risk of prostate cancer is 1 in 9. In most types of cancer the survival rate has not improved.

Are you interested in cancer prevention?

GREAT! If everyone was interested, and decided to take action that became a life-time habit, then cancer could become a rare anomaly. Cancer is a chronic metabolic disease, and in history these (such as scurvy, pellagra, beri-beri, rickets) have only ever been conquered by a change in nutrition. The answer has always been in what we eat.

There are many ways you can fight cancer. One is to build up the immune system so that it is very strong. Another is to supplement with antioxidants which fight carcinogens in the body. However, amygdalin/vitamin B17 seems to be unique in the way that it directly attacks cancer cells. This substance is found in many of the foods we eat. Examples of amygdalin rich foods are bitter almonds (amygdalin tastes bitter - sweet almonds do not contain it), apple pips, grape seeds, apricot kernels and the seeds of non-citrus fruits, millet, broad beans, and many other seeds (especially sprouted seeds) and beans and grains - but not ones that have been highly hybridised (wheat is low in amygdalin).

For prevention of cancer, Dr Ernst T Krebs Jr., the biochemist who first produced laetrile (concentrated amygdalin) from apricot kernels in the 1950s, recommended that if a person would eat ten to twelve apricot kernels a day for life, then barring the equivalent of Chernobyl, they are likely to be cancer free. Apricot kernels can be ordered from Dayspring 01483 418258.

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