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Can Vitamin B-17 Really Kill Cancer?

Can Vitamin B-17 Really Kill Cancer?

Even if you are a health-conscious person who is aware of the importance of a healthy diet and taking vitamins and supplements, chances are, you probably have not heard of vitamin B-17.  However, in spite of an FDA ban on this vitamin, there are many in the medical community who believe in the health benefits of this nutrient, especially in regards to a potential cure for cancer. Read on to find out why.

What is B17?

Vitamin B-17 is part of the B-vitamin complex, which also includes B-1, B-2, B-6 and B-12. B-vitamins serve several important functions in the body and help to promote the health of the nervous system (including the brain) and also healthy energy levels. This nutrient is made up of a combination of glucose and hydrogen cyanide and is also called amygdalin.

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On his website, Dr. Axe, the well-known advocate of natural medicine, notes that this vitamin’s scientific name is mandelonitrile beta-D-gentiobioside and that it has antioxidant properties and can interact with other antioxidants (like vitamins A, C and E) to help cleanse the body of mutated or dangerous cells.

B-17 and Cancer

Despite the fact that the FDA has banned this supplement (believing it to be toxic), the Health and Home Remedies site reports that scientists who have studied vitamin B-17 believe that it could be effective for the treatment of cancer. One of the most verbal advocates for this Dr. John Richardson, who, despite FDA criticism, has used this nutrient as part of his treatment program for his patients at his cancer clinic.

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Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital, one of the foremost hospitals for cancer treatment in the country, has also conducted experiments with vitamin B-17 and found that it not only improved the general health of the cancer patient but also inhibited the growth of tumors and had a preventative effect on cancer development.

Dr. Axe notes that studies have found B-17 to be effective against cancer of the prostate, brain and bladder. However, it does not appear to have much effect on cancers of the lung or breast. However, it has been shown to strengthen the immune system by both increasing the production of white blood cells and by supporting healthy liver function. Other benefits that research has discovered include treatment for pain and for high blood pressure.

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So why has this treatment not been more widely used? There are many who believe that, because this product is natural and widely available, it cannot be patented and therefore cannot be made into a profitable treatment and that, due to this, pharmaceutical companies are not interested in developing it as a drug. It is also true that, because of the presence of cyanide in this vitamin, toxicity can occur and more research needs to be done in order to figure out what a safe dosage might be, as well as the potential long-term side effects associated with its use.

What Foods Contain Vitamin B-17?

The most potent source of vitamin B-17 is, strangely enough, from the pits of apricots, contained in the hard core of the fruit. However, there are some great ways to get this vitamin in your diet through the foods you eat:

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  • Wheat grass. This ultimate health food is one of the best sources of this nutrient and can be juiced and added to smoothies or other health drinks.
  • Mushrooms. These edible fungi not only taste great and can be added to soups, stir-fries, omelets and casseroles, they are also a great source of vitamin B-17.
  • Swiss chard. This leafy green vegetable contains generous amounts of vitamin B-17 and can be eaten fresh in salads or sautéed in a stir-fry or added to pastas or crockpot meals.
  • Chia seeds. Chia seeds are not only great for B-17, they are also rich in protein and fiber and can be added to oatmeal, puddings or parfaits.
  • Turmeric. This versatile, deep golden spice will not only provide you with B-17, but powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds as well.

Despite the fact that FDA has banned it, there are still many doctors who believe that its unique compounds that target malignant cells can be a natural treatment for cancerous growths that, unlike traditional treatments, do not have unwanted side effects. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can get this important anti-cancer nutrient in your diet.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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