Fighting Cancer with Apricot Seeds

It’s hard to imagine the controversy that a simple, natural seed has long stirred up for years in the medical community. But the heated debate about the effectiveness of apricot kernel therapy (also known as laetrile) in treating cancer rages on.

Ever since actor and late-stage cancer patient Steve McQueen crossed the border into Mexico for treatment he couldn’t get here in the U.S., word quickly spread, and patients around the world continue to seek the medical miracle promised by this humble seed.

Many cancer patients–desperate for help—find refuge at places like Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers. There, apricot seed extract therapy (a/k/a Vitamin B-17 IV therapy) is incorporated as part of their highly successful multi-faceted, non-toxic cancer treatment program.


“B-17, found naturally in the kernels of apricot, peaches, and almonds, can selectively target and destroy cancer cells, making it an effective non-toxic anticancer agent.” (Hope4Cancer)

How Do Apricot Seeds Kill Cancer?

Doctors at places like Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers attempt to eliminate cancer’s defense by destroying it from the inside out. To do that, it is necessary to understand how cancer tumors may become deadly despite conventional treatment.

Tumors often become resistant to traditional medical therapy, including chemo and radiation. Tumors may block anti-tumor treatments from getting through by encapsulating themselves with restrictive blood vessels or by amassing high concentrations of glutathione.

For glutathione to be produced, a substance called cysteine is required. And cyanide is cysteine’s natural enemy. In other words, cyanide depletes the supply of the body’s cysteine. Apricot seeds and their extract release cyanide, killing malignant cancer cells directly while also lowering cancer’s resistance to conventional treatment. It’s a truly knockout punch to cancer.

So What’s the Root of the Controversy?

The naysayers’ primary argument against apricot seed therapy is the very thing that makes it effective — cyanide. Even the very word often evokes the idea of cyanide poisoning. While it’s true that cyanide can be toxic to our body, when taken in very low doses derived from a natural food source, cyanide does not make us sick. In fact, many of us eat cyanide-rich food every day — apricots, pineapples, apples, or any of the other thousand cyanide-rich foods generously supplied by nature.

At clinics such as Hope4Cancer, the goal is to capitalize on natural, safe therapies in conjunction with the other treatments offered such as high-dose vitamin C therapy, UV light irradiation, ozone, lymphocyte treatments, and more. Their successes speak for themselves.

I invite you to learn more about Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers in my video interview with Dr. Antonio Jimenez, or as his patients affectionately call him, Dr. Tony, who founded Hope4Cancer in 2000.

It’s the next best thing to sitting in his office while he answers common questions!

What I Do

Along with the healthy habits I’ve established since surviving Stage 4 Melanoma over 30 years ago (detailed in my book I Used to Have Cancer), I eat three organic apricot pits once a day as a snack. You can find this tasty treat (they taste a lot like almonds) at your favorite local health food store or online at places like Organic Living Superfoods—Life’s Nuts (


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