Dr. Ernest Krebs was a biochemist in the early 1950s who wanted to understand what makes cancer cells work. His dedication led him to discover a possible key to overcoming the disease. Working on a hunch that cancer is ultimately a metabolic reaction to a poor diet, Krebs started studying the lifestyle habits of the Hunzas whose remote country is “buried” near Northern Pakistan.
The Hunzas and Apricot Kernels
Major Sir Robert McCarrison wrote about the Hunzas back in the 1930s when he had a post with the Indian Medical Service. According to McCarrison, the Hunzas enjoyed near-perfect physical and mental health and some of them lived to be over 135 years old. It seemed to be no proof of diabetes, obesity, or heart attacks among them as well. There was also no indication of cancer.
What made the Hunzas so resilient? Their vitality had a lot to do with what they ate and their overall lifestyle. Their diet was simple. According to McCarrison, it consisted of raw milk, the occasional meat and bone broth, fresh grains and veggies. They ate very little sugar and their lifestyles as nomads and herders meant they got plenty of vigorous exercise.
What is Amygdalin?
Amygdalin is a substance that is discovered in over 1200 edible plants in nature (and, not surprisingly, is also missing in large part from the Standard American Diet). It is found in the highest concentrations and with the most effective accompanying enzymes in apricot seed kernels.
The substance laetrile was invented by Dr. Krebs as a concentrated form of amygdalin that is obtained by extracting it from apricot kernels. Amygdalin is a nitriloside and its structure bear a resemblance to a B complex vitamin, so Krebs named it B17.
What Makes Apricot Kernels a Cancer Killer?
Amygdalin found in apricot kernels and laetrile contains four potent substances: two of which are benzaldehyde and cyanide. Cyanide is one of the substances that makes apricot kernels a force to be reckoned with when it comes to beating cancer, including breast cancer.
Numerous healthy foods, such as bitter almonds, millet, sprouts, lima beans, spinach and bamboo shoots, actually have quantities of cyanide in them, yet they are still safe to eat. This is due to the cyanide that remains within the substance and thus it’s harmless when bound within other molecular formations.
Cancer cells are not normal cells, however; they contain beta-glucosidase, which healthy cells do not. Beta-glucosidase is also the “unlocking enzyme” for the cyanide and benzaldehyde in amygdalin molecules. When the beta-glucosidase in a cancer cell unlocks an amygdalin molecule, a toxic synergy is created that specifically targets cancer cells.
Laetrile: A Potentially Powerful Cancer Therapy
Laetrile was readily obtainable prior to 1971 when the FDA banned it in the US. Although it is not impossible to obtain laetrile, these days apricot kernels are the easiest way to ingest amygdalin. They are easy to obtain at health food stores or online and are also fairly inexpensive.
If you feel that B17 therapy is the way to go for you, be sure to get the facts about dosage and possible side effects. Talk to your integrated medical practitioner about your particular situation.
While the mystery remain as to the main cause for the Hunza’s wonderful vitality, one thing is sure: their simple and stress-free way of eating, working, interacting and moving their bodies set examples of the health that every one of us are able to have when you take passionate steps to heal your body naturally.