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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 December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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