B-17, Laetril, Amygdalin and Your Dog’s Cancer.

I believe one of the most beneficial ingredients to Bart’s cancer-fighting regimen lies within the Apricot Seed. It looks identical to the Almond and is rich in Vitamin B-17 or Laetril. B-17 is said to be a crucial missing element from our Western Diet, and of all food sources, it is found in the highest concentration inside the seed of the Apricot.

Some researchers believe that cancer might actually be a nutritional deficiency, and what most of us are deficient in is bitter foods. The more bitter the food, the higher the concentration of vitamin B-17, and we’ve all but eliminated these important foods from our diets here in the U.S. For example baking ingredients that used to be eaten often, like B-17 rich millet, were replaced by bleached white flour. As we became domesticated, so did our diets, and the human animal stopped eating the parts of food that gave us great sustenance, mainly because we  experienced abundance in our food supply. If you didn’t know when you were going to eat again, you probably ate every last inch of the food before you, including the seeds. Now we just eat the best tasting parts, not aware of the dire consequences to being so selective.

I’ve had a few inquiries lately about how to dose your dog with these natural foods, and although I am not a doctor of any kind, I think it’s important to make these kinds of answers easier for people to access. So I looked up a page that offers a lot of good advice on how to introduce apricot seeds and Laetril aka Amygdalin into the cancer-fighting diet, how to keep them fresh, and so on. Below is from http://www.apricotpower.com

B17 & Apricot Kernel Common Questions

Q: How much B17 (Amygdalin) is in each apricot kernel?
A: Approximately 10mg of B17 (Amygdalin) is found in each apricot kernel.

Q: How many apricot kernels should I take each day?
A: You will need to determine the best amount for yourself. With that said most people find that one apricot kernel for every 10 pounds of body weight per day spread out throughout the day is a good amount. You should build up to this amount over a few days or even weeks. Start with one apricot kernel an hour and see how you do. If you notice any unwanted side effects like dizziness, headache or upset stomach, then you are consuming too many kernels too fast. Eating six to ten kernels daily is a very common amount. But remember to never over consume apricot kernels, always start with a small amount and slowly increase that amount if you feel you want to.

Q: Can I take apricot kernels and B17 together?
A: Yes, however they should be spread out at least one hour apart from each other. If you notice any unwanted side effects like dizziness, head ache or upset stomach then you’re consuming too much too fast.

Q: How much B17 should I take daily?
A: Quantities vary from person to person depending on their needs. Research all products before consumption. Consult your naturopath, homeopathic physician, kinesiologist or physician of choice. As with apricot kernels, always start with a small amount and slow move to a higher amount if desired.

Q: Can I freeze apricot kernels?
A: We recommend you do not freeze apricot kernels. They are better kept in a cool dry place like the refrigerator or pantry.

Q: How long can I store the apricot kernels?
A: Up to one year in the refrigerator.

Q: Isn’t B17/Amygdalin illegal in the United States?
A: No, however, making claims of any health benefit has been prohibited by the FDA.

Q: Can I give these products to my pets?
A: Many of our customers do and have had no problems. Keep in mind your pet’s body weight and adjust accordingly, and always check with your veterinarian.

Is Cancer A Nutritional Deficiency?

World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17
G. Edward Griffin helped provide a huge piece of this puzzle for me and my dog’s cancer. (Click on the image for a link to buy his book.) He advocates that cancer, in many cases, is the result of a lack of a particular vitamin, B-17. This vitamin also known as amygdalin, used to be far more plentiful in our diets before the age of processed convenience foods. It occurs naturally in many grains, vegetables, seeds, nuts and grasses. Yet the sad truth is, foods that contain this crucial vitamin have been almost eliminated from agricultural production in America. As farms become more corporatized, Con-Agra, Monsanto, ADM and other corporate giants are dictating more and more what we do and do not eat to the detriment of our collective health. This of course affects our pets as well, however, the pet food industry incorporates frightening practices with more health depleting issues than this. (I will cover that topic in much more detail in a future post. Brace yourself, the details of what is happening in commercial pet foods are really disgusting.)

One of the reasons it is being deleted from our typical diet is foods that contain amygdalin tend to be bitter in flavor. For the sake of increasing sales, our diet has been systematically refined with high amounts of fats, sugars and bleached bland flour. The average American no longer enjoys many foods with a bitter quality because they lack the acquired taste for it.

Bread used to be made with millet quite often. Millet is a large and nutty grain rich in, you guessed it, B-17. But the 50s and 60s gave rise to the emergence of lifeless, nutritionless, bland, white bread. We developed addictions to the bleached flour, and began craving empty calories to feed our drug-like food habits.

Wide blade grasses are carriers of the vitamin too, and this helps explain why dogs love to eat grass beyond the upset stomach myth. Since I learned about this, I have totally looked at my dog’s grazing habits with a lot more patience. I figure he needs all the help he can get in keeping cancer at bay, and he never vomits after eating grass any more. This is probably because I have allowed him to eat enough that his stomach has grown accustomed to it. Of course I am careful to keep him away from lawns that have been chemically treated.

The highest concentration of B-17 in any known food lies in the extremely bitter apricot seed. The main reason western people have become aware of the health benefits of the apricot seed, is because of a tribe of people known as the Hunzah. The Hunzah are tribal people from Palestine, who live healthy, long lives on average. The most intriguing fact about these people is there is no known occurrence of cancer among their population. What they do that is totally different from other cultures in which cancer is rampant, is they eat apricot seeds that are contained inside the pit, in plentiful amounts on a very regular basis.

I’ve been feeding my dog both apricot seeds in his meals as well as supplementing his food with pill based amygdalin. I buy them through a company called Apricot Power. Their products are high quality, and competitively priced, and they come in the mail really fast. You can find them at http://www.apricotpower.com and I’ve found that they give a decent discount if you buy a seed and pill combo package

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