Don't Believe The Apricot Seed Hype

August 1, 2017

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When you are stricken with a disease, such as cancer, you believe almost anything that says it is a cure. That lead to many people believing that apricot seeds indeed is a treatment for cancer.  Back in the 1970s, Dr. John Richardson had done some treatments using apricot kernel therapy, in particular using the synthetic version called laetrile or vitamin B17, which he believed attacked cancer tumors.  However police arrested Richardson, charged him with medical quackery and he eventually lost his medical license.  But that is not the end of the story.  Richardson’s son is now selling apricot products and is selling them as a superfood.  While apricots are good for you, their seeds, which contain the ingredients labeled as a cancer cure, can be deadly.  The body converts the chemicals inside the seeds into potentially poisonous amounts of cyanide when eaten.  So why are apricot seed extract-based tablets, vitamin B17 anti-aging crèmes and apricot-seed pesto and egg nog still on the market?  Because of the 1972 conviction of Richardson's father. He didn't lose his license for selling laetrile, which you can still buy.  It was his claim that is cures and prevents cancer that got him in trouble.  However this mis-information is out there and the apricot seed business is booming, as long as no claims are made that the product cures or prevents cancer.  Considering it is a supplement, the FDA doesn't regulate it as it would a pharmaceutical.  Being the Internet has kept Dr. Richardson's claims of curing cancer alive and well points out a loop hole that appears to be exploiting people in a desperate mindset. 

SOURCE: BuzzFeed

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