A Story about Amygdalin / Vitamin B17 For Canine Cancer Treatment.
For some time now I have been researching into alternative cancer treatments. It is an sad and ironic coincidence that some time after I began my research my sister, aged 49, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has been in hospital since the end of September 2008 and is still there now. In addition, One of my dogs, Rocky, became ill at the beginning of December.
Rocky lost his appetite, lost weight became lethargic and had awful diarrhoea. We took him to our vetinary surgery. They did many tests on Rocky and he was found to have the campylobacter infection. He was treated for this but his diarrhoea persisted.
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After more tests and an x-ray (which didn’t really show anything untoward) the vets concurred that there must be a foreign object embedded in his stomach and, it was probably a tumour/s. The diarrhoea is a result of Rocky’s immune system trying to expel the object. As Rocky is fourteen years old the vets thought it unwise to operate on him to investigate further and said as long as his quality of life is ok then let nature takes its course and when the time comes and Rocky is suffering, well, we all know what follows.
Back to my research. One of the substances that I am particularly interested in is Vitamin B17 or Amygdalin. The synthesised form is called laertrile. For my purposes I will use the name amygdalin.
Amygdalin is a naturally occurring substance in over 2000 species of plants. The highest concentration being in apricot seeds. There has been much controversy about the use of amygdalin in the treatment of cancer. Amygdalin and laertrile are banned in the USA and the UK. However, in the UK apricot seeds are not banned and are considered a food supplement. Since I began my research I am now totally convinced that amygdalin, while not a cure for advanced cancers, is certainly a preventative and a controlling treatment of cancer, and I have, for the past six months or so, been eating about ten apricot seeds a day. They do taste a little bitter (bitter almonds).
Back to Rocky. Since the conventional treatments for Rocky (because of his age) were out of the question I started to give him about eight apricot capsules (you can buy the apricot seeds ready powdered in capsule form for people who don’t like eating the raw seeds. One capsule is roughly the equivalent to one and a half raw seeds. I wrapped the capsules in meat paste. After a few days, Rocky began to get his appetite back. He also became more active and started to ‘scrounge’ when we were eating our meals. Rocky always did this before he became ill. That’s how we knew he was really ill when he stopped scrounging.
After five weeks of amygdalin supplements Rocky is now back to his old self. However, he still does have diarrhoea. Sometimes though his stools do ‘thicken’ up. While the amygdalin will have killed of the cancer cells in the tumour/s it does not dissolve the tumour. That will either happen naturally or is removed by surgery. Rocky will have to continue having the capsules (now reduced to four a day) for the rest of his life. I also give three capsules a day to my other dog. Tammy (11 Years old) as a preventative.
Now, my dog loving friends, you may make what you will of this story. However, I would suggest you further enlighten yourselves before coming to a decision about amygdalin. I recommend the following, comprehensive website: