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Man gets cyanide poisoning from taking apricot kernel extract to prevent cancer

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Posted 11 September 2017

DIY medicine can have serious consequences.

Michelle Starr 12 SEP 2017

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A seemingly healthy 67-year old Australian man developed cyanide poisoning after ingesting apricot kernel extract.

The man in this case was making his own extract, and consuming two teaspoons of it daily, in addition to taking a commercial fruit kernel supplement called Novodalin. He had had prostate cancer, which had gone into remission. 

“The gentleman involved has a scientific background and he had read that apricot kernel extract would prevent his cancer from recurring,” his anaesthetist, Alex Konstantatos, told The Huffington Post.

Apricot kernels have been widely publicised as a miracle cancer cure on and off since the 1950s. They contain a compound called amygdalin, which can be partially synthesised into laetrile.

When we ingest amygdalin or laetrile, our digestive bacteria and food enzymes break them down into cyanide, Read the rest

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Health Canada issues warning for dangerous unauthorized supplements

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Posted 08 April 2016

Health Canada recently issued a warning for products labeled Novadalin B17Amygdalin, and Bitter Apricot Kernel. According to Health Canada, these products claim to treat cancer with no evidence of benefit. Furthermore, these products contain apricot kernel extract, which may contain amygdalin. This compound can potentially release cyanide in the body when ingested. This can lead to serious side effects, including death. Health Canada advises any consumer who has used these products to stop taking them immediately and to contact a healthcare provider. These products are also available for sale online in the U.S.

[Source: Natural Medicines]
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