A Recent Email Drum-beat touted a supposed wonder drug in the treament of cancer! ….. But the Essay meets Its Match in Two Caustic Comments from Two Sri Lankan Doctor Friends
ONE: Dr Colin Fernando in Adelaide, 4 November 2012
This is certainly not a brilliant new discovery. The use of cyanide from Apricot Kernel and from Manioc as a treatment for cancer has been touted since the 1950’s at least. It was patented as “Laetrile” and has been carefully studied and rejected by respected researchers.
Kiributh with lunumiris — as tasty as non-curative!
So, if by some misfortune I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, I would choose to be treated conventionally as the standard therapy has proved to be highly effective. No Apricot kernels or Manioc for me please. I must add however, that I recommend boiled Manioc with Lunumiris and grated coconut as an exotic breakfast food!
TWO: Dr Yassus De Silva in UK, 4 November 2021
In the last 10 years or so I have seen this message popping up literally like the “bad penny” every now and then.I fully endorse the comment by Colin Fernando including the undeniable fact of Manioc being a very tasty and satisfying-breakfast! – a bit tempered with a few pods red chillies.
Dr. Cynthia Jayasuriya: “My wonder drug for cancer”
Please let me share my happy experience with you.
I developed secondary bladder cancer after seven years following cancer in the ureter. My kidney, ureter and part of the bladder was removed. I had radiation to the abdomen there after. It was transitional cell carcinoma of the ureter. I was hale and hearty for seven years and during this period I had yearly examinations of the bladder by the fantastic surgeon who did the surgery at General Hhospital Colombo.
In the seventh year I experienced blood in the urine as I had developed a growth in the bladder. It was once again transitional cell carcinoma (Cancer). The new growth was removed but what if it recurred? While I was convalescing I came to know of a treatment by eating Apricot seed kernel that was being used in Australia and USA without any chemotherapy. The information on this is found in the web site www.worldwithoutcancer.org.
In a nutshell, how it acts on the cancer is thus. The apricot seed kernel has a substance called Vitamin B17, which was discovered by a British doctor who worked in a remote region in Afghanistan as a missionary. He found the people in that region ate not only the apricots but also the apricot seed kernels. The apricot seed kernel looks like an almond in shape, size and smell. This is also known as the “bitter almond.” The doctor discovered that people of the region did not suffer from cancer. After investigating the doctor found that the seed kernel contained a substance, which has been given the name Vitamin B17.
It was discovered that manioc also had a large concentration of Vitamin B17. So I also ate the manioc minimum of 10 grams three times a day. Having consumed it for 1 month I underwent examination of my bladder (cystoscopy) at the General Hospital by the same surgeon. He was surprised that my bladder was absolutely clean and normal. “There was no place to take any biopsy” was his very words to me.
While I was taking the manioc I was feeling very fit and well and people around me notice that I looked well.
Armed with the examination results of the bladder examination I published my story for well-being of all cancer patients in Sri Lanka.
Since then every three months I have gone for examination of the bladder under the same surgeon and every time my bladder was clear. Until now I have not taken any treatment other than eating the manioc.
In a more simplistic way I would like to explain how the Vitamin B17 in the manioc acts. The scientific name of vitamin B17 is Amagadolin. We know that cancer cells are immature cells and it has a different enzyme to the normal cell enzyme.
When the Vitamin B17 combines with a normal cell enzyme it breaks down into 3 sugars but when it combines with the cancer cell enzyme it breaks into 1 sugar 1 benzaldehyde and 1 hydrocyanic acid. The hydrocyanic acid kills the cancer cell locally.
What happens is that there is a substance called B17 in the apricot seed kernel (and in manioc), which when combined with a normal cell enzyme breaks down into three sugars.
When B17 combines with a cancer cell (an immature cell) it breaks down into one sugar, one benzaldehyde and one hydrocyanic acid. The hydrocyanic acid kills the cancer cell.
I have been receiving frequent information from people with cancer who have read my first article about their experiences with the usage of manioc. I would like to share this information with you readers.
Mr. Perera is an 70-year-old gent who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His wife is a retired Matron of the General Hospital. Mrs Perera read my article and had decided to try the manioc treatment because of the following reasons. The oncologist he was consulting had prescribed a tablet costing Rs. 2000/ daily and an injection that cost him Rs. 11000, which he had to have weekly.
As retired pensioners this was too much to afford. Also Mr. Perera who took the tablets and the injections for a few days refused to take it as it was making him very sick. Hearing of his illness his daughter came from USA to look after him and the daughter and his wife decided to feed him manioc instead of the tablets and injections that were prescribed. When he went on the manioc diet in a week he showed signs of wellness and after eating every morning a large breakfast of manioc for a month they took a test that he was to take after taking the tablets and injections and went to see the oncologist. He took with him the results of the PSA blood test.
Ever since he was diagnosed with the cancer the PSA test results were 280-290 but after 1 month of eating manioc it was now down to PSA 5.89! Then they came to see me too and showed me the PSA results of before and after. This gentleman (Mr. Perera) is not showing any cancer symptoms and they call me regularly to say that he is now hale and hearty.
Another gentleman who had a liver cancer had surgery in Sri Lanka but a little spot of cancer was left behind according to the subsequent MRI scan.
He then was told to go and have a detailed MRI scan done in India at a very high cost.
He started to take manioc soon after liver cancer surgery. When he did go for the detailed MRI scan in India his Oncologist in India, after examination, informed him that he did not need to undergo any surgery or treatment because the spot had not enlarged for a whole year.
He was asked to continue as before. He came and met me and he looks a picture of health now.
I am very interested and encouraged by the feedback I am getting all the time from people who call me to tell their story. Especially as the exorbitant prices of the anti cancer drugs don’t also offer a cure. My cousin who grew up next door had cancer before I knew about the manioc. She spent Rs. 40-50,000 for each injection, suffered phenomenally and died a miserable death. (Those of you who watch HBO on the Dialog TV may have seen a film titled “Death Be Not Proud” which depicts the sufferings of a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy. That patient died). So I thought I must promote these experiences, give them publicity.
No fancy drug companies have done super duper tests on Vitamin B17 on manioc, why not try it? It is cheap, easy to obtain, easy to cook and very tasty and you will be well and not have side effects. So for what more can you ask? As we all know manioc can kill if the preparation is not done correctly.
Please take the following precautions in preparation.
A. When choosing a yam to be cooked make sure the yam does not have any blemishes or discoloured areas. And try to buy freshly harvested manioc
B. When boiling keep the pot open throughout the cooking. This helps the excess hydrocyanicacid to evaporate.
C. Keep excess water for the boil and pour it out after boiling the yam.
D. Do not consume ginger or food containing ginger such as ginger biscuits, ginger beer, gingerale for at least 8 hours after consuming manioc.
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4 responses to “A Supposed Wonder Drug gets Rubbished”
Mustn’t eat too much rice. By the way, listened to some of the 1960s interviews you did, lovely stuff. Your voice sounds very different to an interview of yours I heard last year. Is it because of the quality/speed of the tapes, or is that the youthful Michael Roberts?
NOTE = MY EMAIL to the address you listed HERE has bounced
In the spirit that Tuppahi’s Blog should NOT be a vehicle to promote fake medical news, as a nutritional biochemist, I contribute this rebuttal to Dr. Cynthia Jayasuriya’s claim. It seems her nutrition knowledge (wherever she had studied) seems fossilized.
There is no authentic B17, as she had claimed. Please check a standard medical dictionary like Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary. She mentions, ‘The scientific name of vitamin B17 is Amagadolin.’ There is no amagadolin compound as such. It’s amygdalin.
In Dorland’s dictionary, Laetrile is described as ‘trademark for l-mandelonitrile beta glucuronic acid, a semisynthetic derivative of amygdalin; it is alleged to have antineoplastic properties.’
Reference to a recent review on laetrile treatment for cancer from Cochrane library is available in this link. https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD005476.pub2/abstract
THANK YOU SACHI …. BUT NOTE that the thuppahi item is organized as a REBUTTAL by several expereinced medical personnel.