In 2007, bitter almonds were becoming popular throughout alternative medicine for their vitamin B-17 (laetrile) content. Health food stores had stopped selling B-17 in the form of apricot seeds in 2002, due to armed raids. The F.D.A. openly banned apricot seeds and laetrile extracts, because they had been published as a cure for cancer. Curing cancer is illegal in America. The British government followed suit, and did the very same things during 2002. Innocent people in both countries were arrested and wrongfully charged as criminals for merely selling apricot seeds, a carrier of vitamin B-17.
Bitter almonds were later discovered to be the highest source of this vitamin. Vitamin B-17 was still somewhat a newly-discovered vitamin, and it is rare in nature. In fact, there are organizations that are affiliated with orthodox medicine which still refuse to officially recognize laetrile as a vitamin. The reason for the exploding popularity of vitamin B-17, and thereby bitter almonds, was due to the fact that vitamin B-17 has dramatic and miraculous tumor-killing properties. While alternative medicine has had other effective and non-toxic cancer cures since the 1930's, this new vitamin really looked like the magic bullet. There were reports everywhere of cancers being killed merely from patients eating bitter almonds daily. Soon there would be almond extract capsules, so that these same patients would only need a cheap, non-toxic pill per day. This did not bode well for the most lucrative segment of the medical industry. Hundreds of billions of dollars were expected to be lost in the oncology market.
In September of 2007, the F.D.A. made the claim that raw almonds had been linked to two salmonella outbreaks in five years, and that all almonds needed to be pasteurized for safety. Almonds had suddenly become "dangerous". The salmonella outbreaks were not due to organic almonds, which is reminiscent of the many meat recalls. Salmonella and e-coli are present in our foods only because of grossly unhygienic factory conditions; not because our foods are inherently putrid. For bitter almonds, the required pasteurization would bring forth only one significant change to them. It would neutralize the vitamin B-17, and that was their agenda. Pristine bitter almonds are the most easily accessible source of vitamin B-17. They are illegal now by F.D.A. fiat. The bitter almond tree had already been banned from the U.S. in 1995. They even went so far as to make the tree itself illegal.
Never before in history had any nation practiced the absurdity of pasteurizing dry (even salted) nuts by force. Americans cannot domestically buy raw almonds for food anymore, and much more importantly, Americans are being prevented from using bitter almonds (vitamin B-17) to cure cancers. Judging from the F.D.A.'s bizarre aggression towards almonds which contain intact vitamin B-17, and apricot seeds, it is easy to conclude just how powerful and effective vitamin B-17 is for curing cancers, at least for those of us who are knowledgeable about the F.D.A.'s unwavering history of censoring effective treatments.
Despite floods of phone calls and letters of disapproval to the U.S.D.A. and the F.D.A., almonds sold inside the U.S. must now be pasteurized. These same agencies have notified food producers that they should dishonestly label their pasteurized almonds as 'raw' (the opposite of pasteurized), and that the food producers will get the government's full blessing. Therefore, almonds in the United States which are labeled as 'raw', are actually deceptively labeled, and we recommend boycotting all companies that participate in this sham.
Most almonds are pasteurized with propylene oxide. Propylene oxide is a known carcinogen, and it is on California's Proposition 65 list of chemicals that cause cancer and reproductive harm. This means that the majority of almonds sold within the U.S. are not only nutritionally neutralized, but they contain dangerous chemical byproducts as well, which cause cancers. Before the F.D.A. decreed that almonds must be tainted, almonds were so healthful that they could cure cancer without side effects in most test subjects. So, alternative medicine's magic bullet had to go.
When we last checked, Whole Foods Market only sells bitter almonds that are pasteurized by steam, which is an improvement over the poisonous pasteurization methods; but it still degrades the nutritional value of the almonds, and of course, it eliminates most of the vitamin B-17. There is usually no way to know which method was used for pasteurization at most retailers, because the pertinent labeling laws were made to benefit the chemical industry, and deceive consumers.
According to the modern F.D.A., bitter almonds are poisonous, but they only became a serious health danger after it was discovered that they contain the cancer-destroying vitamin B-17. Bitter almonds, like apples, had been eaten by humanity during the previous 9,000 years of history without any major incidents. Apple seeds contain B-17 too, and that's how apples really do keep the doctors away. A ban on apples may be forthcoming.
These shameless fear mongers typically cite that B-17 (laetrile) contains prussic acid (a chemical precursor to cyanide compounds) and hydrocyanic acid (also in the cyanide family). Similar benign compounds exist in organic forms within most of our healthier foods, so while it is true that bitter almonds contain these compounds like other healthy foods do, it is also equally true that our science does not understand how these organic forms of cyanide operate inside the body. Thus, the danger of bitter almonds is gratuitously assumed, based upon the discovery of these compounds, even though there is no empirical evidence of people actually being harmed by them. It is a version of 'science' which promotes assumptions as facts for political and financial gain, so that we must remain dependent upon their system, even as we are dying from it.
We could not find a single, verifiable and credible case of death by almonds. The proposition seems patently ridiculous in the light of common sense. We did find accolades of deaths from almonds in some medical journals, blogs, and various pro-pharma web sites, but it was impossible to trace any of those reports to real, deceased people. The victims did not seem to exist upon investigation, and this speaks volumes about the tactics of our adversaries. In the handful of cases in which bitter almonds or other sources of laetrile were cited as the cause of death, the victims did not show the classic symptoms of cyanide poisoning. In most cases, the victims were taking chemotherapy, and their symptoms closely matched those of death by chemotherapy. The most publicized death was Chad Green's, who supposedly "died of alternative treatments". He was given chemotherapy too, and all of the actors agreed that their poisonous chemicals were totally safe -- it was the almonds that did him in.
Vitamin B-17 has technically become legal in the United States again, but it is still banned as a treatment by the F.D.A. This means that Americans may legally own B-17, give it away, or sell it; but doctors are officially forbidden from using or even discussing B-17, unless a patient mentions the subject first. Any doctor who prescribes or condones the use of laetrile in a cancer case is required to report himself to the F.D.A. for disciplinary action. The A.M.A. is fully backing the F.D.A. on this issue, and one has to ponder why they are so terrified of this little vitamin. A seller still places himself in great legal jeopardy if he discloses what his B-17 products are medically capable of, because this would be considered by the F.D.A. to be practicing medicine, making unapproved medical claims, and promoting a banned "drug".
Be careful when discussing such things with a regular doctor, because he may tell child protective services that your child is being "medically neglected", and if he doesn't do it, the A.M.A. certainly will whenever it is notified. They have no reservations about destroying families to protect their lucrative industry.
Vitamin B-17 is still being used as an alternative cancer treatment today, but it is not an essential nutrient. It should not be used as a supplement because it is generally unnecessary for good health, and the effects of using it over an extended period are unknown. Misuse or improper use of concentrated B-17/laetrile may be harmful in some situations. Those with liver or kidney cancers should not use vitamin B-17, because it can place additional stress upon these organs, and such patients may be unable to tolerate it. The Budwig Protocol does not stress the body, and it should be completely safe for people with all types of cancer.
The sale of raw milk has been so strongly discouraged by the F.D.A. in the United States that most states have made legislation against it. In most states, it is not legal to sell raw milk. It must be pasteurized before it is sold, and it is usually homogenized too. As a result, an underground market exists wherein some farmers sell raw milk secretly, or it is sold "for pets"; depending on their state's legislation.
In states where selling raw milk is outlawed, people are actually fined and given prison sentences merely for selling milk. The Missouri Attorney General is currently suing a couple for selling raw milk from their pick-up truck in a parking lot. A team of police were dispatched on an official undercover mission to bust them, as if the department had been making an assault on organized crime. Knowing how dangerous dairy farmers are, we feel confident that the cops took plenty of backup with them; perhaps even S.W.A.T. snipers. The residents of Missouri now know how their tax money is being spent. In this scenario, which has gone beyond ridiculous, we must ponder if Missouri police departments have special evidence rooms for milk paraphernalia.
Missouri law prohibits the distribution of raw milk, unless a customer purchases or requests the delivery of it directly from a farm. The owners of dairy farms are not allowed to sell raw milk from any other outlet, including farmers' markets or off-farm houses. Farmers who do not know about this, or who ignore the milk laws are quickly dealt with like nefarious criminals.
In the United States, 90% of dairy cows live in despicable factory farms with concrete floors. They never see grass. They are fed on a diet of corn and soy (usually genetically engineered). The result is a short, sickly lifespan, and milk with a perverted nutritional composition. Raw milk advocates drink milk from grass-fed, organic cows, which are allowed to graze freely.
Citizens have battled the F.D.A. over its proposal to ban raw oysters. While oysters are not a healthy food, these bans nevertheless ignore the rights of human beings to make their own choices. Warning labels as an alternative would result in an informed public, without eliminating the right to make personal decisions, even if those decisions could be considered irresponsible.