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  • n. a substance derived from amygdalin; publicized as an antineoplastic drug although there is no supporting evidence


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  • When he was a boy living in Florida, his father developed cancer, and the story, as was then told to Charles Stone and other investigators, was that his mother wanted to use an experimental treatment called Laetrile, which had been proven by the government to have absolutely no effect.

    CNN Transcript May 31, 2003

  • As a result, a chemical compound in the apricot kernels, called Laetrile, came to be marketed as nature’s anticarcinogen.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • After conventional treatments fail, Nicola moves in with Helen for three weeks in order to try the alternative therapies peddled by a sham clinic in Melbourne, Australia: Laetrile, coffee enemas, intravenous vitamin C, and an “ozone sauna” said to promote “sweating out the toxins.”

    2009 March 02 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Laetrile was promoted as a miracle cure to people dying of cancer.

    Andrew Reinbach: Rand Paul and the Road to Perdition

  • Back in the 1970s, when I was just beginning in medicine, I heard about experimental treatments from the 1960s like the Rand vaccine, Laetrile, and other cancer cures that were no cure.

    After the Diagnosis

  • The Laetrile Controversy: Highjacked by Extremists by skrashen on Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 1: 36: 10 AM

    I have cancer. . . and yes, you can help me deal with it

  • Nor does it permit anyone to utter libels with “actual malice” or to advertise that Laetrile cures cancer.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Interesting 1818 Blasphemy Case:

  • Laetrile and cilantro by Keith Crawford on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008 at 9: 23: 30 AM

    The Urgency of Impeachment

  • Celebrity advocates such as a dying Steve McQueen as well as other desperate cancer patients latched on to Laetrile as a final hope, but it never seemed to cure anybody.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • In recent years, the United States has cracked down on companies such as Holistic Alternatives and World Without Cancer, Inc., that have sold Laetrile.

    The Fruit Hunters


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