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"It has been condemned as a worthless quack remedy by others because they were genuinely misinformed or because they were BAREFACED AND DELIBERATE LIARS."—Dr Richards & Frank Hourigan.

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Doctors on Laetrile
After more than twenty years of such specialized work, I have found the nontoxic Nitrilosides—that is, Laetrile—far superior to any other known cancer treatment or preventative. In my opinion it is the only existing possibility for the ultimate control of cancer.---- Dr. Nieper [World Without Cancer by Edward Griffin]

So, here is a bureau of the Federal Government which, a short time before, had said that the reason Laetrile did not work was because it did not release hydrogen cyanide in the presence of cancer cells. Now, when they find that it does, they say that it is toxic. When offered an opportunity to present evidence of Laetrile's toxicity in Federal Court, they admitted that they had none. Laetrile and the Life Saving Substance Called Cyanide by Philip Binzel, Jr., M.D.

"I write what I see," he said repeatedly. "Laetrile is not a cure for cancer, but a good palliative drug."  REMEMBERING DR. SUGIURA by Ralph Moss

Certainly one story that needs to be told is that of Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura. In 1975, Dr. Sugiura was, and had been for some years, one of the most respected cancer research scientists at Sloan-Kettering. In working with cancerous mice, Dr. Sugiura found that, when he used Laetrile on these mice, seventy-seven per cent of them did not develop a spread of their disease (metastatic carcinoma). He repeated this study over and over for two years. The results were always the same. Dr. Sugiura took his findings to his superiors at Sloan-Kettering, but his study was never published. Instead, Sloan-Kettering published the results of someone else who claimed that he had used Dr. Sugiura's protocol. This "someone else's" study showed that there were no beneficial effects from the use of Laetrile. Dr. Sugiura complained. He was fired. A book was written about all of this entitled The Anatomy of A Cover-up. This book has all the actual results of Dr. Sugiura's work. These results do, indeed, show the benefit of Laetrile. Dr. Sugiura stated in this book, "It is still my belief that Amygdalin cures metastases." Amygdalin is, of course, the scientific name for Laetrile. ALIVE AND WELL by Philip E. Binzel, Jr., M.D.

"The anti-cancer effect of amygdalin was demonstrated in Mexico by government sponsored reserach under Dr. Mario Soto De Leon and its use is legal.  Dr Soto was the first medical director of the Cydel Clinic in Tijuana (taken over by Dr Manner) .It is very important that it be prepared and administred correctly in sufficient dosage or it will not be effective.  The trial performed at the Mayo Clinic in the early 80's involved the use of the racemic mixture rather than the levo-rotary form and thus was only 10% of the strength required.  In spite of this, towards the end of the experiment, the patients began to show improvement, but it was discontinued and declared ineffectual."--Dr Robert Willner, M.D.

I ... have specialized in oncology [the study of tumors] for the past eighteen years. For the same number of years I have been using Laetrile—amygdalin in the treatment of my cancer patients. During this eighteen year period I have treated a total of over five hundred patients with Laetrile—amygdalin by various routes of administration, including the oral and the I.V. The majority of my patients receiving Laetrile—amygdalin have been in a terminal state when treatment with this material commenced.  It is my carefully considered clinical judgment, as a practicing oncologist and researcher in this field, that I have obtained most significant and encouraging results with the use of Laetrile—amygdalin in the treatment of terminal cancer patients, and that these results are comparable or superior to the results I have obtained with the use of the more toxic standard cytotoxic agents.---Navarro, M.D., Manuel

"Amygdalin (laetrile) is another key component for keeping cancer from growing and should be considered a standard, entirely safe treatment for all cancer patients."---- Dr. Atkins.,M.D.

"Laetrile is most assuredly a very potent anti-cancer factor but requires stringent methods of use in order to succeed. Amateurs invariably fail. High sounding U.S. pronouncements that ‘laetrile’ is toxic and ineffective are fraudulent and calculated to deceive. It will become again one of the major weapons in the cancer therapy armamentarium."—Dr Richards & Frank Hourigan.

""You get cats in with high fevers, 105-108 degrees.  There is nothing you can give them that will bring down that high a fever--except laetrile."---Dr Kearns, DVM. (Dr Kearns uses 50mg of laetrile orally until the leukemia is under control.) 

Administered to cancer patients, Laetrile has proven to be quite free from any harmful side-effects, and I would say that no anti-cancer drug could make a cancerous patient improve fAster than Laetrile. It goes without saying that Laetrile controls cancer and is quite effective wherever it is located. ---Shigeaki Sakai, a prominent physician in Tokyo. [World Without Cancer by Edward Griffin]

     In Italy there is Professor Etore Guidetti, M.D., of the University of Turin Medical School. Dr. Guidetti spoke before the Conference of the International Union Against Cancer held in Brazil in 1954 and revealed how his use of Laetrile in terminal cancer patients had caused the destruction of a wide variety of tumors including those of the uterus, cervix, rectum, and breast. “In some cases,” he said, “one has been able to observe a group of fulminating and cauliflower-like neoplastic masses resolved very rapidly” He reported that, after giving Laetrile to patients with lung cancer, he had been “able to observe, with the aid of radiography, a regression of the neoplasm or the metastases.” [World Without Cancer by Edward Griffin]

The palliative action [improving the comfort and well-being of the patient] is in about 60% of the cases. Frequently, enough to be significant, I see arrest of the disease or even regression in some 15% of the very advanced cases.  ---Ernesto Contreras, M.D.

"The cyano group of vitamin B-12 (cyano-cobal-amin) is more labile and potentially more harmful than the cyano group found in Laetrile. Yet we know how safe and essential vitamin B-12 is." - Dr. R.A. Passwater, testimony, FDA docket # 77N-0048.

"When Dr. Manner reported on the total remission of breast cancer in lab animals (Using 'Laetrile in conjunction with vitamins and enzymes')..., ACS President, Ben Byrd, criticised (him) for making his announcement in public, and said such announcements should be made only in a proper scientific forum."

(Laetrile)"may be useful in sickle cell anemia...(Laetrile) used in animals with tumors show: a decrease in lung metastases; slower tumor growth; and pain relief." - Lloyd Old, MD, vice president, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, at FDA 7-2-1974.

As an explosive internal issue, the laetrile affair has almost attained the order of magnitude of the Vietnam conflict.  I still do not see how some of the exponents of official American cancer medicine, and certain bureaucracies in Washington, are going to emerge from this affair with clean hands.  The effect of this bitter almond substance is not strong, and can be observed only if the defense mechanisms are in operation.  In any event, it can and was clearly proven both clinically and experimentally, with positive results, at both the famous Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York, and at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.  An enormous suppression story was leaked to the press by a member of the New York institute.  A rather mysterious "testing" in five clinics, including the famous Mayo Clinic, led to the strong suspicion that certain oral (not intravenous) doses of laetrile were tested after having been previously and intentionally "contaminated" at the National Cancer Institute in Washington, with a certain highly poisonous cyano urea combination.  Officially, a "purification" was admitted. Dr. Hans A. Nieper of Germany has this to say about B–17

Medical Fascism
By 1978, 70,000 US cancer patients had taken Laetrile for cancer treatment, and many of those had gone to Tijuana to receive it. The turning point for the clinics came with passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which facilitated greater cooperation among the antifraud authorities of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In 1994, the tripartite members of NAFTA formed the Mexico-United States-Canada Health Fraud Work Group, or MUCH, whose brief is to strengthen the 3 countries’ ability to prevent cross-border health fraud. Under the auspices of MUCH and its members, regulatory crackdowns began in earnest early in 2001. Tijuana Cancer Clinics in the Post-NAFTA Era by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

(In)"1970, the Pennsylvania Health Dept., swooped down on a meeting...after the movie Laetrile,...was shown.  The film was confiscated and the association president arrested." - Vitamin B-17--Forbidden Weapon against Cancer: The Fight for Laetrile by Culbert, Michael L.

"...In July 1974 About 15 agents (of Cal. Food and Drug) arrested me on the charge of selling Laetrile and other substances in the diagnosis, cure and alleviation of cancer. In Citrus Municipal Court, West Covina, on Feb 3, 1975, Judge Sam Cianchetti declared this statute unconstitutional. On Oct. 1974, I received a phone call from ...police at 1 (AM, Saturday morning) and he told me that my office was broken into. I went down to my office ...and 2 agents arrest(ed) me on a felony charge - conspiracy ...The law states that before you are even arrested, they must give you a hearing (Cal. Health Code 1707.4) (Another) judge denied this motion for a ...hearing and he gave no reason." - Dr. James Privitera; Roswell Park Memorial Institute,; Scripps Clinic; "The Nutritional Battle."

"...there is no basis for the use of Laetrile in man based on data derived from experiments on animals.": - Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, Surgeon General, US Public Health Service.

"Dr. (Howard H. )Beard 'was ...charged with...mail fraud...rendering fake and medically worthless cancer reports...Postal Investigators satisfied themselves the reports were willfully falsified...' On Oct. 30, 1967, Dr. Beard was sentenced in US Federal Court, Ft. Worth, Texas, 'to...mail fraud...He alleged he could detect the presence of cancer in urine in 95% of all tests made." - FDA Papers, 1967-1968 (in ACS, Unproven Methods of Cancer Management, 1967).

"Not that there are not real quacks in the field of cancer... But legitimate MD...with a thriving practice and after years of study and faithful service would give all that up to become a quack and subject himself and his family to Hell..." - John Richardson, MD, Laetrile Case Histories.

"Federal, state, and local police raided Dr. (John) Richardson's Clinic,...beat up a(n) aide, manhandled a nurse, and dragged the business manager off in handcuffs."

"Important Elements of FDA Policy: Encourage local medical licensing authorities to investigate and take appropriate action to deal with the use of Laetrile by physicians in their practice." - FDA Division of Federal-State Relations Director, 1974.

"The data provided by the McNaughton Foundation certainly indicates some activity (of Laetrile) in animal tumor systems.: - Dr. Carl Baker, Director, NCI 1970-1972.

"The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic ACT,...defines any article 'intended for use in the diagnosis, ...treatment, or prevention of disease' as a 'drug' an individual dying of thirst could called a 'drug." - Michael Culbert, Freedom From Cancer.

"..The woman...had been relieved of her cancer by Laetrile.....In the hospital they would not inject Laetrile as it was illegal.  She died.  This so incensed the editors of the Santa Ana Register (Dean and Martinez) that they wrote ("Laetrile Story") a series of articles on cancer and the true story for the first time was sent by UPI to (almost) every country in the world."          - Howard H. Beard, ScD, PhD, Yale U. The Anthrone Test.       

"Dr. (Donald R.) Cole (formerly of Sloan-Kettering and St. Vincent's Hospital in New York) was charged with three counts: giving false hope to the terminally ill, using experimental drugs illegally, and practicing medicine in an unlawful and dishonest manner....The illegal drug charge was defined as the use of vitamins, enzymes, and Laetrile. ...Dr. Cole administered Laetrile at the request of patients in the legally prescribed manner with a signed affidavit....An oncologist from Rosewell Park (Memorial Institute) who was brought in by the hearing panel...could not substantiate a single case of incompetence or negligence. ...Dr. Cole's license was revoked." - CCS, Cancer Control Journal, January 1978.

"...The ...experts of the FDA have declared Laetrile to be worthless...quackery and fraud...These experts are the professional descendants of experts...confident that mental illness should be cured by drilling holes in the skull, the better to let the demons out. ...This is the Orwellian fashion in which the medical establishment throws its weight around...." - James Kilpatrick, Washington Star, 1976.

(In)" 1970, in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania....Bruce Butt...convened a meeting at which he showed...Nature's Answer to Cancer.  The film was made by the International Association of Cancer  Victims and Friends (IACVF)....(The) attorney...defending Mr. Butt (said):  Mr. Butt is criminally charged with 'unlawfully procuring and showing the film, Nature's Answer to Cancer, which the state of Pennsylvania claims 'constitutes dissemination of false or misleading advertisement, concerning the efficacy of Laetrile , as a cure or treatment for cancer'. (And) this constitutes a misbranding of a drug, ...although ...all parties ("stipulate") that no drug ("Laetrile") was sold or offered for sale!  Present at the preliminary hearing were...USDHEW, and the FTC,...and FDA... Again when the film was advertised for showing in a public theater in San Jose, the owner was threatened by the DA's office with a criminal charge, arrest, and seizure of the film." - IACVF, Cancer News Journal, 1964.

"...Medical mankind in particular, were supposed to be waiting for the advent of some new scientific discovery concerning the nature of cancer... ...The physical martyrdom was lacking; but there are, as I can testify from experience, many more ways than one of burning a scientific man at the stake." - John Beard. D.Sc., The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and its Scientific Basis. c. 1911 AD.

"Dr. Helen Calvin ...spearheaded ...Indiana to approve Laetrile, and then she used the Laetrile and metabolic program ...until the FDA arbitrarily and illegally held up her Laetrile shipments ...patients started dying ...When four of them had died, Dr. Calvin ended her own life." - Arlin Brown, Cancer Victory Bulletin, Oct. 1978.

"Dr. Emory Thurston, PhD, ScD, (lecturer, College of Pharmacy, USC; member APA (American Pharmaceutical Assoc.), Executive Secretary of Nutritional Research (had) ...inspectors from the Calif. Food and Drug office armed with a search warrant, (who) raided his business office.  They confiscated several bottles of Laetrile...and every piece of literature that contained the word 'cancer'.  (They) serve(d) a warrant for the arrest of Dr. Thurston on the charge of selling Laetrile and practicing medicine without a license.  He was taken to county jail..." International Association of Cancer Friends and Victims, Cancer News Journal, 1973.

(MD) "Certificate...of John A. revoked." - California Board of Medical Quality Assurance, 1975.

"..Dr. facing the possibility of a jail sentence stemming from violation of a 1977 court order not to speak publicly about Laetrile" - Voice of Medical Freedom, April 1981.

"Dr. Ernest J. Krebs, Jr., (and his secretary) ...began serving a six-month prison term in May (1983) in the San Francisco County Jail.  (They) were found guilty of continuing to promote the merits of Laetrile in cancer therapy in violation of terms of probation they had originally secured following their 1973 conviction." - Choice, spring 1983.

"In 1977, when the Laetrile bill was first introduced to the North Dakota Legislature, I was the only MD to testify for it...After that, my successful tenure...was ended and I was called before the State Medical Examiners Board in ND, for using vitamins and Laetrile. ...I work...with Dr. Davis, Dr. Cole, and Dr. Manner...When I returned...I was refused re-instatement to the medical staff...We are being investigated by the (state) attorney general's office because our methods are not 'usual and customary'."

"After presenting a rather effective lecture on cancer…the windshield was shot out of my car on the road back to San Francisco. The next night the glass window in the tail gate was shot out (300 miles removed from the first shooting). The police said, 'maybe someone is trying to tell you something'.  The late Arthur Harris, M.D. was threatened by two men with assassination if he continued to use laetrile. Since that time we have de-centralised the work so that, if any two of us are shot out of the saddle, it will have only a slight negative effect on the program."---Dr. Krebs

"...testifying for Dr. Privitera...To these 19 cancer victims, the enforcement of (California) Health and Safety Code Sect. 1701.1, the denial of them medical treatment, albeit unorthodox, albeit unapproved by a state agency, must surely take on a Kafka-esque, a nightmare quality.  No demonstrated public anger, no compelling interest of the state warrants an Orwellian intrusion into the most private of zones of privacy." - California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Rose Bird, dissenting opinion. 

"In 1964 (we) conduct(ed) an intensive investigation of Laetrile...conclud(ing) that there was no justification for making (it) illegal...Yet, 16 years after... , doctors are still being jailed for (it).  Dr. James Privitera;,... was recently released from 55 days...much of it doing hard labor...on a road gang...If he were solely interested in making money, as he points out, there is a great deal more to be made from traditional cancer treatments, than by use of Laetrile." - Santa Ana, The Register, April 13, 1980. 

"I had to stand three expensive trials in California courts, where in all three actions against me, the charges were dismissed. Then I had to stand an even longer and more expensive trial in Federal Court in San Diego, where I was convicted of 'conspiring to smuggle Laetrile' and was fined $30,000. ... Cal. then revoked my license." - John Richardson, MD.

"The (Laetrile) efficacy tests...clinically in humans..(by) the US NCI...were obviously conducted so that a negative result could be formulated.  The limited number and types of human cancer cases selected...the omission of necessary additional measures ('e.g dietary'), the far too short observation periods, and the undefined chemical properties of the (Laetrile)... all contributed to devaluation of...conclusions."
    "... The cancer statutes (are) discriminatory against the cancer patient.... No other disease is so restricted by politics....  It is also discriminatory against the Negro because Laetrile helps sickle cell anemia.... It is discriminatory against the poor because the poor can't afford to go to Mexico or Germany (for therapies outlawed in the US)..."
    "The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic ACT,...defines any article 'intended for use in the diagnosis, ...treatment, or prevention of disease' as a 'drug' an individual dying of thirst could called a 'drug." - Michael Culbert, Freedom From Cancer.

"The (MSKCC) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center report on amygdalin, or Laetrile(:)  It is incomplete because at least half a dozen experiments with amygdalin performed at the (MSKCC) between 1972 and 1976 have been omitted from the report.  (These,) the positive experiments (showing effectivity against cancer) with amygdalin, carried out by veteran researcher Kanematsu Sugiura appear to be valid and are not successfully challenged by the report.  (In contrast,) there are numerous errors in many of these (reported) experiments which allegedly prove amygdalin's ineffectiveness as a palliative or cure for cancer." - Second Opinion, Special Report: Laetrile at Sloan Kettering, 1977, published January 1978.

According to Richard Walters, Dr. James Cason of the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed the compound used in the Mayo Clinic study using infrared spectrophotometry and determined that it did not contain amygdalin at all.

The California Medical Association (CMA) evaluated the records of some 44 patients who received Laetrile therapy for cancer at a number of California hospitals. The review was irrefutably slapdash (Krebs had refused to cooperate with the CMA in a more controlled study since the CMA would not agree to let a Laetrile friend direct the study), inasmuch as these records, never intended for a study of any kind, were deficient in numerous respects. Patients were widely diverse, were treated with various therapies, including Laetrile, and the extent or even the reality of their disease poorly defined in many cases. They were given, by today's standards, nearly negligible doses of Laetrile. (In each case, Dr. Burk says, less Laetrile was given during the entire course of treatment than is given in a single injection today.) Yet the conclusion of the CMA, circulated without supporting data, was that Laetrile had now been thoroughly tested and that "no satisfactory evidence has been produced to indicate any significant cytotoxic effect of Laetrile on the cancer cell."
    The authors of these conclusions state also that some six pathologists who examined tissues of Laetrile-treated patients were of the "unanimous opinion" that "in no instance could any recognizable effect of a chemotherapeutic agent be observed in the histology of these various neoplasms." This was a witting lie, for when the raw data was, perhaps unwittingly, affixed to a reissue of the report in 1963 there was evidence that some of these pathologists had reported on a number of possible, amygdalin-related chemotherapeutic effects, e.g. "…hemorrhagic necrosis of tumor is extensive….an interpretation of chemotherapeutic effect might be entertained…." (This evidence may be found in Appendix Three of "Report by Cancer Advisory Council on Treatment of Cancer with Beta-Cyanogenic Glucosides ['Laetrile’].") Laetrile: The Goddamned-Contraband-Apricot Connection. It may not be the "magic bullet" but it scares the hell out of the American Cancer Society by David M. Rorvik

"My analyses and conclusions differ diametrically from those of the Southern Research Institute/National Cancer Institute report wherein it is concluded that amygdalin 'does not possess activity in the Lewis lung carcinoma system.'…. My analysis of the data is that it is overwhelmingly positive." — Dean Burk, while serving as Chief of the Cytochemistry Division of the National Cancer Institute, March 22, 1974, letter to Dr. Seymour Perry, Deputy Director, NCI Division of Cancer Treatment.

A control for cancer is known, and it comes from nature. But it is not widely available to the public, because it cannot be patented, and therefore is not commercially attractive to the pharmaceutical industry.
Here’s what happened. They began a series of tests on Laetrile and they turned it over to their top laboratory technician Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura, a Japanese fellow, he was sort of at the end of his career. He was very well known, held at high esteem by all of his associates. He was mr laboratory test. Whatever Sugiura said, went, for everybody, so they gave it to Sugiura. Sugiura ran his tests and this was his report. He came to five conclusions. Fist of all, he said, it improved the general health of the mice that he was using. Secondly it appeared to relieve their pain. Thirdly it inhibited the growth of tumors. Fourth it stopped the spread of tumors.. and five it acted as a cancer prevention. That was his official finding. And at the end of this report, this is a quote ‘ Dr has never observed complete regression of these tumors in all his cosmic experience with other chemotherapeutic agents’ end quote.
    Congressman John Kelsey used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the minutes of the board of directors of Sloan Kettering dated July 2nd 1974. And from the minutes it said quote ‘Sloan Kettering is not enthusiastic about studying Amygdalin, but would like to study cyanide releasing drugs.’ end quote. Now if you understand that sentence you understand everything that I’m talking to you about today.
    Rockefeller had become very influential in the pharmaceutical industry first in the United States and now around the world, but has chosen to remain pretty much behind the scenes. They know that it wouldn’t look good to have the Rockefeller name popping up under all branches of industry. It’s bad enough, they feel, that they’re so well identified with the oil industry. How much worse it would be if they were also identified as being a dominant factor pharmaceutical industry.
    Almost over night all of the major universities, which we now consider to be major universities in the field of medicine, received large grants from these sources and also accepted 1, 2, or 3 of these people that I mentioned on their board of directors, and the schools literally were taken over by the financial interests that put up the money. The Science and Politics of Cancer A discourse by G. Edward Griffin

"The oral (Laetrile) had been 'toxified' by adding cyano-urea in the NCI...(NCI's) Mayo (Clinic) dismissed well responding patients to discard them from statistical evaluation...This kind of fraud which I expressed...and which was openly published...has...not resulted in any denial." - Hans Nieper, MD, President, International Academy of Preventive Medicine; Director, German Society for Medical Tumor Treatment; author of over 200 articles, listed in Who's Who of World Science, and many other credentials.

"The slight variations in extracting procedure cause many of the amygdalin (Vitamin B-17, Laetrile) molecules to change to a form unknown to nature(:) isomers...There are ...purveyors who label their 'iso-amygdalin' products 'amygdalin' contrary to all of the recognized specs...For commercial or political purposes, they certainly cannot justify such a fallacy...This scientific heresy and commercial fraud...(is) tremendously reducing the effectiveness of amygdalin therapy. ...To mislabel iso-amygdalin as amygdalin is scientifically, medically, and morally indefensible." - Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, Jr. discoverer of vitamins B-15 and B-17.

Suppression conspiracy
"When results of the (Laetrile) toxicity tests at Loyola (University, Chicago) were complete, (Dr. Harold Manner, Chairman Biology Dept., author 50 articles, 5 texts) asked NCI to publish the findings in Journal NCI.  This the agency refused to do.  Publication in other journals was also denied him." - National Health Federation, Bulletin, Nov. 1977.

"I and many other Members of Congress have received a large volume of mail from individuals...benefited from Laetrile treatments,...who believe the Government is party to a conspiracy to suppress an inexpensive, non-toxic and effective anti-cancer drug. ...public confidence in our Government has not been strengthened by the highly unusual actions of the FDA in first advising...that clinical studies with Laetrile could be initiated and then terminating this authorization..."
    (There is a) "deeply held conviction of a large number of Americans that they are being forced by their Government to leave the country in order to obtain therapy with a drug that is both safe and effective for the control of cancer... (A) review should be done by cancer experts who have no conflicting interest and who are able to evaluate the evidence objectively...In light of the tremendous sums of money that have been spent with relatively little productivity..., I find it very surprising that the NCI has not sought on its own initiative to do further animal testing with this drug which apparently has shown some activity in the tests sponsored by the McNaughton Foundation." - US Congressman L.H. Fountain (in a letter to HEW Secretary), 1971.

"The ...Times ...headlined the Assistant US Attorney ...grand jury investigation of myself, six months before the grand jury was even selected. ...Soon after Bantam printed 200,000 copies of our book, ...Times bought the serial rights to it. ...After sitting on the serial rights for a suitable period, the ...Times ...unctuously begged Bantam to be released from their gentlemen's agreement, and the serial market had been destroyed. ...Most libraries will not accept a book that has not been reviewed by the ...Times or its affiliate..." - John Richardson, MD, Richardson Newsletter, 1979.

"A nationwide Harris Poll showed that the public favoured the use of Laetrile by a 30% margin. ...In over 250 cases of cancer with which I have been associated, all of whom used (Laetrile, vitamin) B-17, not a single one had side effects as a result...." - Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, Member, British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association., An End to Cancer?

"Every study to date has not found any evidence of efficacy of Laetrile, and if there was one shred of evidence from animal or cell systems, I would issue an IND." — Dr. Alexander Schmidt, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

"20 Federal agents in 13 undercover cars...arrested and...jailed...Robert Bradford (President, Committee for Freedom of Choice in Cancer Therapy.)...on leave from Stanford University...and two Mexicans..on charges of conspiracy to smuggle (Laetrile)."

"Why is it that the US Supreme Court says physicians may perform abortions on the ground that the physician - patient relationship is inviolable; but that the same physician is not permitted to prescribe Laetrile for his patients...but not to destroy life but to save it?  Why are we told that a patient has the "right to die with dignity", but may not take Laetrile in an attempt to live?" - Alan Stang, American Opinion (from Princeton paper, "The Political Implications of Laetrile...").

"In a study of 252 people who attended a Laetrile symposium sponsored by the CCS (Cancer Control Society), we found that those attending were predominantly white, female, rural, and highly educated." - Gerald E. Markle and James C. Petersen, Professors of Sociology, Western Michigan University; editors of Politics, Science, and Cancer; the Laetrile Phenomenon.

(Maurice Kowan, MD) "served three months in jail, paid a fine of $3,000, and was forbidden to see a cancer patient...for three years.  Before sentencing, it had been suggested to Dr. sign a statement that...Laetrile...had proved no benefit....He refused any 'deals'..." - Betty Lee Morales, "The National Health Federation, Do We Need It?".

"The jury had never been allowed to see any evidence that Laetrile actually worked.  (Yes Virginia, they can bury medical breakthroughs in court this way also.) Dr. Kowan...was...age 70..." - G.E. Griffin, Cancer Control Journal, 1977.

"...In treating approximately 100 cancer cases, most ...terminal, (Dr. Kowan) was able to achieve dramatic relief from pain in virtually every single case. ...Several patients told...that the fees Dr. Kowan charged were ridiculously low.... Dr. Kowan was sentenced (including) 30 days in the workhouse..." - David Martin, Staff member, US Senate Internal Security Committee, in Cancer News Journal, Jan 1971.

"In truth, as time has gone on, I have found much evidence to make me believe that the FDA had, indeed, done a great many studies on Laetrile. The problem was they apparently had found that — when properly used with other vitamins, minerals, enzymes and diet — Laetrile could be very beneficial to many cancer patients. There was no way the FDA was going to admit this! For more than fifteen years they had been saying that Laetrile was of no value. To come out now and say that they had been wrong was unthinkable. The fuss and furor that would have come from the people of this country would have been tremendous. Congress, rapidly, would have been forced to do away with the FDA. To the government, this would have been a terrible loss. After all, the "most important" function of any government bureaucracy is to perpetuate itself. It is my opinion, and only an opinion, that it was easier for the FDA to say that they had done no studies than to reveal what their studies had actually shown. It was far less dangerous to go through Administrative Hearings than to admit that they were wrong."----ALIVE AND WELL by Philip E. Binzel, Jr., M.D.

Basically the attitude was best expressed by Lewis Thomas, the president of the centre, who told my boss, as he would not see me, "I am not going to die on the barricades for Laetrile. It is not a cure, it is only a palliative, (meaning it relieves pain and stops the spread of cancer), if it were a cure it might be a different story, but I am not going to give up my career, to die on the barricades". That's how they justified it in their own minds. I could not do that, nor could Dr Sugiura, who never renounced the results of his own studies, despite the fact they put enormous pressure on him to do so.
    If you look at the board of directors of MSK you will find that the drug industry has a dominant position on that board. One company in particular, Bristol Myers, which produces between 40 -50% of all the chemotherapy in the world, and they have top positions at MSK hospital.  They are selling their own drugs to that particular hospital but they have written into the by-laws of the centre that it does not constitute a conflict of interest to sell their company drugs to the centre. They get around it by not taking a salary. They are not paid, they are volunteers. Look what happens. You have a man like Benno Schmidt, who was first head of the president's cancer panel under Nixon, then becomes head of MSK. He then goes on using the knowledge he gained at MSK to set up his own drug company to make tens of millions of dollars......The chairman of the board of Bristol Myers, the main company producing anti-cancer drugs, who also happens to be on the board of MSK, is also on the board of the New York Times. Everybody's brother in law is an oncologist, or on the board of somebody else's something or other, so it is a money making thing for the establishment. A hundred and seven billion, with a B, dollars a year business, and we are not going to get rid of it easilyInterview of Dr Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

The Network of Evil
"Such letters...from the FDA, are, filled with objectively demonstrable lies, practiced deceptions and deviousness, red herrings, directed misinformation, misdirected information, etc. ...Once FDA-NCI-AMA-ACS...concedes that Laetrile anti-tumor efficacy was indeed even once observed...a permanent crack in bureaucratic armor has taken place." - Dr. Dean Burke, co-founder, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cyto-chemistry section: open letter July 3, 1973.

"Available scientific evidence does not support claims that Laetrile is effective in treating cancer or any other disease. ...The consensus of available scientific evidence does not support claims that Laetrile is an effective anti-cancer treatment, either in animal studies or in human clinical trials. Cancer cells do not seem to be more susceptible to the effects of Laetrile than normal cells. The successes claimed by its supporters are based on individual (anecdotal) reports, testimonials, and publicity issued by promoters. "--ACS [2008]

"Laetrile: Laetrile is one of the best known alternative cancer treatments. Proponents of Laetrile claim it selectively destroys cancer cells and relieves pain, although three clinical trials, as well as studies supported by the National Cancer Institute, have found it to be ineffective in the cure, improvement, or stabilization of cancer."---American Cancer Society (ACS) 1998



"On the very day that the NCI announced Laetrile's alleged worthlessness..., West Virginia became the 24th state to allow the use of Laetrile...In signing the bill into law, Gov. Jay Rockefeller said the study, 'made no difference at all.' - National Health Federation, July, 1981.

"It is not true that the Mafia play any part in the battle for the free and unhampered use of Laetrile…if they had it is most probable that Laetrile would have been cleared by the FDA years ago." — Andrew McNaughton, Chairman of the McNaughton Foundation.

"Does it make sense that a (Laetrile) smuggler who is supposed (by the Medical Establishment - Ed.) to be making millions of dollars off of what he is smuggling, would spend five years of his life trying to legalize it.?" - Frank Salaman, grad., northwestern U.