Trish and Vitamin B17
By Laura Yeager
I’ve had cancer twice, once in 2011 and again this year (2016). During my first bout of cancer (breast cancer), my friend, Trish, kept her mouth shut and sat by while I was treated in a “mainstream” fashion; I received chemotherapy, radiation treatments and had a mastectomy.
I was cancer-free for four years, and then, a second cancer, an angiosarcoma, appeared on my breast which was treated with radiation. It was determined that the angiosarcoma was a result of the radiation. As you can guess, that was a huge blow.
Treatment for this cancer was another operation to cut out the bright-red blotch on my breast.
At this point, my friend could keep her mouth shut no longer. You see, she is a big believer in alternative cancer treatments. Specifically, she believes that people with cancer should consume B17, also known as amygdalin or laetrile. B17 occurs naturally in the seeds of apricots, peaches and almonds. The only problem with this is that B17 is banned in the US and contains cyanide.
Believers in B17 also believe in a conspiracy theory that the United States is keeping the substance from the American public so that its wide-spread use won’t bring down the trillion dollar cancer industry.
So every day, I had to listen to Trish lecture me about how I should be taking B17 and somehow buying it on the black market.
This was extremely upsetting to me. I didn’t believe that the “poison” would help me. In fact, I thought it might kill me.
Trish went with me to my oncologist appointment, where she asked my doctor about the controversial substance.
“The efficacy of B17 was disproved in the 70s,” Dr. Bennet said.
“Well, you should watch some of these You Tube videos,” Trish argued.
“I don’t get my cancer knowledge from television,” Dr. Bennett sneered.
Trish didn’t let up.
At least watch this movie with me,” she said, referring to “A World Without Cancer,” written and directed by G. Edward Griffin. This movie told the B17 story.
Trish got it on You Tube, and we watched a bit of it. It discussed how animals who ate foods with B17 in them did not get cancer. It was making a good point, and I conceded that it was well-written, but I grew tired of it. I guess I was just a mainstream girl. I had never bought into alternative medicine. I told her to turn the movie off.
“Well,” Trish said, “There are foods that contain trace amounts of B17, and I guess trace amounts would be better than nothing. And these foods are legal.”
“It’s an ancient, gluten-free grain. You can buy millet bread in health food stores.”
Tired of Trish badgering me about B17, I said, “OK, babe. Go buy me some millet bread.”
To my surprise, Trish immediately got in her car and drove to the health food store, where she purchased me a loaf of millet bread, retailing at $5.99.
Needless to say, I’ve been consuming a slice of millet bread almost every day. It’s delicious with butter. Trish bought me the millet/zucchini version.
I’m not sure if this “wonder food” is keeping the cancer away, but I am sure that it’s keeping Trish out of my hair.