In response to a posting that claims cancer is a deficiency of laetrile (amygdalin or vitamin B17), known to be acquired from apricot pits and other foods, the following response is offered. See CANCER PREVENTION: A CHANGE IN OUR DIETS)
While this article is very well written and documented, and has some truth to it, cancer is not an apricot kernel deficiency.
Cancer is a disease associated with aging. Whatever causes aging causes cancer.
If cancer were an amygdalin (laetrile) or cyanide deficiency (there is a little bit of cyanide in laetrile) we would all be getting cancer when we are 20 or 40 years of age. If environmental toxins caused most cancer, as the author of the above cited article claims, we would all be dead.
There is an anti-cancer diet — no added sugars. In fact, no cancer treatment is likely to be effective in the face of a high-carbohydrate/added sugar diet (carbohydrates convert to sugar). A high fat diet (aka ketogenic diet) by default becomes an anti-cancer diet.
Sugar is cancer’s food. Added sugar (sucrose from cane sugar; fructose from corn) in our diets accelerate the growth of cancer; however the body makes its own sugar (glucose in the liver) that feeds cancer. (Read: We already know how to cure cancer. Knowledge of Health)
But sugar alone does not initiate cancer, nor do gene mutations per see, which is the common explanation.
There is a slow conversion in the body of cells utilizing fats to utilizing sugar for energy. That is the turning point when cancer risk rises. More about this below.
Cancer cell metabolism and immunity predominate in cancer research. Every drug company is scouring the planet for immune therapies for cancer now that leukemia and lymphoma have been largely cured by taking white blood cells (T-cells, short for thymus-primed cells) out of patients, priming them, increasing their numbers and injecting them back into patients. The cost of this is ~$75,000. The treatment is performed in a hospital, taking Big Pharma out of the picture.
T-cells emanate from B-cells in the bone marrow and then pass through the thymus gland for priming and become T-cells. However, as we age, the thymus gland shrinks and become dysfunctional. Our T-cell immunity is compromised. But the thymus gland can be re-generated with zinc therapy. Not a word about this is said to cancer patients. Vitamin C is also helpful in thymus gland renewal. Thymus gland extract can also be used and has a long history of success in cancer therapy but it is being ignored. Modern medicine supplements thyroid hormone, sex hormone (estrogen), pancreas hormone (insulin), but not thymus hormone, leaving older adults prone to infection and cancer.
However, immune therapies are mostly good for non-solid tumors like cancer of the blood (leukemia) and lymph (lymphoma), not solid tumors of the liver, colon, breast, prostate, lung and brain.
There is avid interest now in utilizing natural killer cells which directly kill cancer cells without having to develop antibodies. Resveratrol is mentioned as an activator of natural killer cells (a type of white blood cell).
Then there is the macrophage cure. A macrophage is another type of white blood cell that digests tumor cells. This is now a viable cure for cancer with some patients having been cured completely. It is being suppressed by health regulatory agencies and oncology. A molecule that transports vitamin D, vitamin D binding protein, has two sugars removed from it as it circulates in the body and it becomes macrophage activating factor, or gcMAF. (See: Real help for cancer?)
In Europe gcMAF injections are curing people. FDA is blocking shipments to the U.S. (First Immune) In Japan an oral version of gcMAF is encapsulated as colostrum (first milk) and is now available.
We are on the cusp of curing cancer without oncologists. Oncologists are not going to give up chemotherapy which only contributes to a cure 2% of the time because chemo administered intravenously is ~80% of their income. (Clinical Oncology 2004; Medical Oncology) The public is going to have to skirt around oncologists to find cures on their own.
Yet another white blood cell cure is the use of neutrophils. These are the first-arriving white blood cells that respond to any immune challenge. Neutrophils literally track down cancer cells and germs (called chemotaxis) and then dock up next to them and blow them up (free-radical burst). This was demonstrated at Wake Forest University where cancer-proof mice with very active neutrophils could not develop cancer even when million of tumor cells were injected directly into lab animals.
It was later discovered there are cancer-proof human whose active neutrophils kill off 95%+ tumor cells, but this phenomenon was only demonstrated in young students in the summer. Obviously, sunshine vitamin D activates neutrophils. It is important to maintain healthy blood levels of vitamin D throughout the year, particularly in winter when vitamin D levels are low (winter is the “season for cancer”. Also, vitamin D is needed with gcMAF treatment. (See: Are cancer cures being hidden?)
It was Linus Pauling who showed vitamin C alone can extend cancer survival. His intravenous vitamin C treatment at the time (in the late 1970s) was far more effective than chemotherapy, however, only about 20% of patients benefited. There is renewed interest in intravenous vitamin C therapy today. However, most of the effect of Dr. Pauling’s therapy was achieved with oral vitamin C.
In commenting about the low response rate to vitamin C therapy, Pauling wrote that white blood cells seemed sluggish which was impeding vitamin C therapy. Had the patients been placed on a low carbohydrate/no added sugar diet (high sugar levels make white blood cells very sluggish), Pauling would likely have observed a better response to vitamin C therapy.
A review conducted by this author found that Abram Hoffer MD had a far more successful experience with vitamin C therapy because he employed a regimen of oral vitamin C + zinc. His 2-year cure rate was ~60-70% and his 5-year cure rate ~30-40%. Obviously, zinc primed the T-cells and produced a more effective treatment. Following Dr. Hoffer’s lead, cancer patients should be taking 3000 mg of vitamin C four times a day and 30-50 mg of zinc. (See: Reassessment of vitamin C therapy and cancer)
To get back to the problem of aging, which spawns cancer, living cells begin to produce less and less energy in the form of adeno-triphosphate (ATP), produced in the mitochondria of living cells. There are a few hundred mitochondrial power plants in every cell. Only about 4% of these mitochondrial are functional by age 80. (Cell 2005)
Unable to utilize oxygen for cell energy, which is how mitochondria produce ATP, cells begin to utilize sugar. (Science Daily Feb 42016) This is the first step towards cancer. Mitochondrial renewal is a way to prevent cancer in the first place, so it doesn’t need to be treated. Mitochondrial renewal has been demonstrated in the animal lab in a process called fission/fusion. Spare parts of mitochondria are collected (fission) and then assembled (fusion) to create new mitochondria. This has been demonstrated with the use of resveratrol and more so with Longevinex®, a commercially available resveratrol pill. [Oxidative Medicine & Cellular Biology 2014]
There is much more to say about cancer. For instance, cancer cells do not grow very well in an omega-3 oil environment. Flooding the body with omega-3 is another anti-cancer treatment for existing tumors. But I’ve said enough for now.
Oh, yes, small amounts of cyanide (amygdalin) from apricot pits are mildly toxic and likely activate a protective mechanism in the body via the Nrf2 switch. This Nrf2 molecular switch turns on the production of endogenous (internal) enzymatic anti-oxidants glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD), which maintains cellular survival. Chew on apricot pits and you might break a tooth. Vitamin B17 (aka, laetrile, not really a vitamin) is available from various sources. Don’t think it is a cure-all. A low carbohydrate/no added sugar diet is the starting point to prevent and treat cancer.