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444 of 456 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2004
Though I know Griffin is a credible researcher, I nonetheless tracked down several cancer survivors who have used laetrile to cure their condition, and vitamin distributors who have had B-17 seized by the FDA. There is no substitute for primary sources, and those I interviewed substantiated Griffin's main claims.

Individuals unfamiliar with B-17's remarkable results often scoff at such alternative medical "lunacy". Two caveats may aid the hard-nosed skeptic. As Griffin admits candidly, B-17 isn't a magic cure-all; it is a key component in a holistic regimen that requires serious lifestyle changes and genuine sacrifice. The mere fact that the FDA outlawed laetrile is not prima facie proof that it fails to cure cancer; an open minded individual might ask, "Does scientific evidence proving that laetrile cures cancer exist?"

Griffin provides this evidence. His thesis is that cancer is a vitamin deficiency disease analogous to scurvy and that mainstream "treatments" such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are quackery analogous to colonial bloodletting. The book is divided into two sections, one which defines cancer and its cure, and a second that explains how and why this knowledge was suppressed.

Some complain that the first portion of the book is boring, excessively technical, and textbookish. This isn't Harry Potter or Danielle Steel! It is an explanation of complex biological processes. Amazing claims require stringent proof, and Griffin takes the time to make his case fastidiously, in terms laymen can understand.

Griffin explains that cancer is caused by fast-growing quasi-embryonic cells which are used by the body in healing. The body uses enzymes secreted by the pancreas to turn this process off when healing is completed, but these enzymes are also used in digestion, and moderners who deviate from our intended hunter-gather diet squander them breaking down processed food. In the absence of these prohibitive enzymes, the quasi-embryonic cells grow unchecked. This is cancer. To cure or prevent it, one reverts to a diet that does not drain the enzymes, and supplements their supply by ingesting an external source--B-17. Mainstream treatments are a failure because they do not address this underlying cause of cancer; Griffin explains why chemo, radiation, and surgery victims who survive do so spite of these procedures, not because of them.

Griffin does an excellent job of synthesizing many divergent factors into a coherent biological summary of cancer. B-17's active ingredient is cyanide, and he debunks the myth that the vitamin is the equivalent of a secret agent's suicide capsule. He also provides damning statistical comparisons of holistic and conventional treatment methods.

The second part of the book is much drier, but it is necessary. Griffin journeys back to WWII and documents the evolution of IG Farben, the Nazi supercorporation which was the largest business structure to ever exist. This portion is a long, often boring read, but I can't envision anything shorter driving home the truth: that modern chemical corporations which are Farben's scions used tax-exempt foundations and government agencies like the FDA to hijack the medical education and physician treatment selection process, creating a drug-biased system that maximizes pharmaceutical profits.

It is easy to chant the power-and-profit-stifle-more-viable-treatments mantra, but it is a much more difficult task to prove what so many suspect. Griffin succeeds, proceeding like a prosecutor and systematically documenting causalities. His discouraging conclusion is that there will not be a world without cancer until pharmaceutical corporations can create a synthetic B-17 drug which offers profit levels comparable to those earned by chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Many individuals dogmatically refuse to believe that there are individuals who would suppress a low-priced, natural, highly-effective cancer treatment merely to make money. This emotional people-can't-be-that-evil response is unscientific. Such behaviors are reminiscent of individuals who refused to believe the stories of NAZI concentration camps--even after seeing pictures. Griffin cites everything, and any diligent researcher can confirm his claims, as I have.

Enzyme supplements. Juice fasts. Detoxification. Robert Becker's Nobel-nominated work with dedifferentiation in salamanders. Pleomorphism. Pondering these potential additions to the cancer picture, I find myself agreeing with others who consider the work somewhat dated. This does not mean that Griffin's theory is disproven or obsolete, but cutting-edge holistic treatment utilizes other components that he mentions only briefly. Griffin's intention doesn't seem to be a "Treat Yourself" manual, but rather a summary of the biological and political mechanisms that have created the cancer holocaust. In this mission World Without Cancer succeeds admirably.
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359 of 379 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2001
As a physician, trained at one of the premier medical schools, I applaud this book. Only several decades ago, private medical researchers went to distant lands to find out why certain tribes never died of cancer. These researchers found that seeds, almond, apple and others were full of a vitamin: B-17, which is totally absent in our American diet due to processing. These researchers were silenced and the major pharmaceticals, Rockefeller, et al, took the lead on any further research, thus ending independent research as we know it. Small groups of doctors still exist and believe in the anti-aging concepts of preventive and nutritional health as a prevention for many of the maladies facing man today. Seek us out - we are there - still fighting.
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290 of 309 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2000
My brother died of cancer in 1978. Shortly after he died, I heard the tape "The Politics of Cancer Therapy", which is based on the second half of the book "World Without Cancer". That tape was one of the best done presentations I've ever heard--about anything. It is about the takeover of the field of medical education by the drug industry, and explains why cures for cancer aren't really of great interest to the medical field.
The tape was so fascinating that I immediately went out, bought the book, found that even better, and made the trip out to interview Mr. Griffin.
Mr. Griffin is extremely well informed, writes and speaks clearly and makes his subjects very easy to understand.
If you have any interest in either an effective treatment for cancer, in world politics, or in politics and the medical field you simply have to read this book. I cannot speak too highly of it.
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162 of 171 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2006
As an "alternative" practitioner, it sure does get tedious to hear the question, "If it worked so well, then why isn't it all over the news and talked about by every M.D. and cancer researcher?" With the answer often being, "because it works too well and no real money can be made from it", most people grapple with the implications and ultimately write it off as some crazy conspiracy theory. This is the saddest, most frustrating, and even ridiculous type of road block to encounter when attempting to educate and help very ill people. It ultimately reveals the extent to which we've all been programmed (and I don't use that term lightly here). If you don't like the word "conspiracy", then use another, but it doesn't change the fact that a small group of greedy, powerful people are keeping vital health info from the rest of us for a variety of self-serving reasons.

This book reviews just ONE type of natural therapy (from dozens if not hundreds) that has and does work, but was felled by politics, economics, greed, corruption, and possibly plain old evil. You will find very similar accounts of Vitamin C, Rife technologies, homeopathics, magnetic therapy, ozone, chelation and many others. Same old story for the last 120 years or so. Some of us seem to get very rich, the rest of us suffer and then die. You can ask "why" all you want, but I suggest you take off your blinders, turn off the "boob-tube", and get off the sofa and do some serious research into these matters before you or your loved ones are felled by our modern health care industry.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 1999
For anyone with cancer, this book has all the information you need. My brother-in-law, as a last resort, went to a medical clinic that uses B17. His cancer is GONE!
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132 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2006
This book will change your life as it has changed mine - or rather my sister's. My sister was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus - stage 3 with two softball sized tumors. She's never taken B-17 before, but gave it a try as she was too weak for chemo\rediation. She's had health problems before so she's not even the heathiest person around. This was a year ago - she's alive and healthy today with a councer count of a 9!!! She had a full hysterectomy (sp?) at Mayo Clinic and they recommended Chemo\Radiation (ha!!!). Instead she continued her Laetrile therapy and takes Apricot Kernals regurlarly. I now am eating Apricot Kernals as well. It's time to wake up!!!!
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2005
I notice the usual few negative reviews from those who either havnt actually read the book or just dont understand how the cancer industry works and makes money. Those who believe like M. Herman that we should goto the watchdog sites. I assume he means quackbusters etc, that site is a confirmed drug company funded site! Watchdog sites are simply to keep people in the mainstream where they will only ever find expensive treatments for pain or chemo that is statistically proven to be effective in only 3% of cases of cancer. B17 has been statistically proven to be over 95% effective if u read the book! I know where my moneys going! to the supermarket and into nutrients and a good diet, not some stupid drug companys synthetic chemical that kills off healthy and cancerous cells at the same rate and which has never been proven effective in over 50 years!

Its just unfathomable some peoples attitudes to "alternative" medicine, lets call it "nutritional medicine" instead. Mainstream allopathic medicine should be renamed "Toxic Medicine" as that is what it really is!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
Recently, I had a basal cell carcinoma on my lower eyelid. The surgeon wanted to remove significant amounts of tissue, including muscle and cartilage, in order to achieve "clear margins", and then do a skin graft. I found this option to be extreme, invasive and no doubt disfiguring. I told her to scrape out what she could see and I would take care of the rest. When the biopsy report came back, as expected, it said the cancer was "incompletely excised". For seven days after the procedure, the area was painful, red and swollen, even though I was using topical antibiotics multiple times per day. On the eighth day, I took a single tablet of amygdalin (B-17) 100 mg and within about six hours 80% of the pain was gone. By the next day, all pain, redness and swelling disappeared. The cancer has not returned. Amygdalin not only works, it works extremely quickly!

The FDA insists that there is zero evidence for the effectiveness of amygdalin, which is completely false. By doing a little research at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NIH) site, I was able to find multiple clinical studies that state just the opposite. One said, amygdalin "induces apoptotic cell death in human DU145 and LNCaP prostate cancer cells by caspase-3 activation through down-regulation of Bcl-2 and up-regulation of Bax". Another states amygdalin "was cytotoxic to HL-60 [leukemia] cells with IC50 of 6.4 mg/mL in the presence of 250 nM of beta-glucosidase".

As you will read in the book, the Hunza tribe near Pakistan has zero history of any cancer, ever. These people are apricot farmers who consume voluminous amounts of apricots and all of the seeds (one of the greatest natural sources of amygdalin) every day, fresh in the summer, dried the rest of the year. They regularly live to over 100 years of age. However, when one of these tribespeople leaves the indigenous area and eats a standard western diet, they contract cancer at the same rate as the rest of the western population. This is also the case with numerous other population groups that had nitriloside-rich diets, before they became westernized, such as the Eskimos and Hopi Indians.

You will also learn that animals, including pets that are fed a supposedly complete well-rounded diet, will instinctively seek out and eat grasses and plants that contain nitrilosides (the family of substances that includes amygdalin), especially when they feel ill. Have you ever seen your cat outside eating these grasses, as I have with mine?

Anyone who takes a prophylactic dose of 100 mg amygdalin/day should never get cancer, and those with cancer, who have not yet had their bodies wrecked by radiation and chemotherapy, should recover completely with higher dosages of amygdalin.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 1999
Excellent explanation of how a simple remedy can harm the billion dollar cancer research charade. After reading, list Laetrile on any search engine for a list of places that produce B17.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2000
The book provide essential information on cancer and why you are not likely to get help from most doctors. If you or someone you love has cancer, don't believe that chemo and the other conventional treatments will help. You can prevent cancer, you can get real help if you have cancer of any type. I've seen it work, I now know many people who have been treated and their cancer is gone. They feel great and no longer fear cancer. Tell everyone you know, people don't have to die from cancer.
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