Dr. Ernest Krebs was a biologist in the 50s, whose work lead to a highly valuable discovery. He worked on a hunch that cancer was a reaction to poor diet and studied the Hunza people living near Pakistan.

The Hunzas and apricot kernels

In the 30s, Major Sir Robert McCarrison first reported about the Hunzas in his writing. He observed them while on duty with the Indian Medical Service, and discovered that these people live well over 100 in perfect health. They never suffered from diseases such as diabetes, heart stroke or cancer. The key to their longevity and healthy was in the healthy lifestyle. They consumed raw milk, some meat and bone broth and fresh grains and vegetables, and ate almost no sugar. They were nomads and herders, so they got plenty of exercise and physical activity. However, the most interesting fact about the Hunzas was that they ate great amounts of apricot kernels. This intrigued Kr. Krebs – he started examining the kernels and found their secret – amygdalin.

What’s amygdalin?

Amygdalin is a compound found in many plants, but it has the highest concentration in apricot kernels. Dr. Krebs was able to create laetrile, a concentrated form of amygdaline from the apricot kernels. Amygdalin is a nitriloside, which has a similar structure with the B complex vitamin.

What makes the kernels so great at killing cancer cells?

The amygdaline is a strong tool against cancer thanks to its benzaldehyde and cyanide content. You probably didn’t know, but cyanide can be found in small amounts in almost any natural foods. Bitter almonds, millet, sprouts, lima beans and bamboo shots all contain it. They are safe to eat though, as the cyanide is locked within the substance and harmless to your health because it is bound in some molecular formations. Rhodanese is the enzyme that eliminates all cyanide molecules that have managed to break free from these formations.

Cancer cells are unlike normal cells. They contain beta-glucosidase, an enzyme that cannot be found in normal cells. This enzyme unlocks the cyanide and benzaldehyde in the amygdalin molecules, creating a toxic synergy that attacks the cancer cells while rhodanese and numerous protective enzymes prevent damage to the healthy cells.

Laetrile: a potential cancer killer

Leatrile is very difficult to obtain as it was banned by the FDA in 1971. To successfully create it, you need a great amount of amygdalin from apricot kernels, which can be found online or in some health food stores.

Outside of the USA, some clinics use the laetrile therapy, or the substance is used in combination with other cancer therapies. However, before trying out the therapy for yourself, consult with a doctor about the dosage and possible side-effects.

While the healthy lifestyle made the Hunza have a longer lifespan, their stress-free environment certainly helps too. They are pure examples of how we should all be living our lives.