Alternate Cancer Remedies
area into the waiting room and, with a big grin, announced to the patients that this was the last day of treatment for Mrs. So-and-so (everyone responded to the name), that she was headed back to Illinois in the morning, and that every- one was invited to a party to celebrate her de- parture.
“A party in a cancer clinic?!”—Patricia Grif- fin, R.N., B.S., quoted in J.A. Richardson and P. Griffin, Laetrile Case Histories, xv-xvi.
After a variety of episodes, at 10 o’clock on June 2, 1972, Richardson and two nurses were arrested, and his clinic and car ransacked.
Richardson was a little different than some other folk. He was one of those people who, when opposed over a principle he believed in, had a per- sonality like granite. All across the nation, men had given in. Richardson would not give in.
The battle went on for months, and lengthened into years. There seemed to be no end to it. Nei- ther the government nor Richardson would yield an inch in the ongoing legal battles.
At one point, one of his attorneys, George Kell, argued in court that, on the basis of the 1973 Su- preme Court Roe vs. Wade decision, in which the Court held that the doctor had the absolute right to take the life of a human fetus, Kell convincingly claimed that there was a “hideous anomaly in the law,” in that the cancer patient did not have the right to freedom of choice to save his own life— which the mother had in taking the life of her un- born baby!
But a key defense was the fact that the sub- stance was a nutritional factor, B17. The physician is actually treating a metabolic disorder with vita- min therapy. The patient also happens to have can- cer.
Here are the five properties of a true vita- min, all of which laetrile fulfills:
“1 - It is a nutritional component of organic composition required in small amounts for the complete health and well-being of the organ- ism.
“2 - Vitamins are not utilized primarily to supply energy or as a source of structural tis- sue components of the body.
“3 - A vitamin functions to promote a physi- ologic process or processes vital to the contin- ued existence of the organism.
“4 - A vitamin cannot be synthesized by the cells or the organism and must be supplied de novo [anew each time].
“5 - In man and in other mammals, deficiency of a specific vitamin is the cause of certain rather well-defined diseases.”—David Greenberg, Western Journal of Medicine, April 1975.
Medical doctors were puzzled by the fact that amygdalin had been well-known and listed in the United States Pharmacopeia as a nontoxic sub- stance for over a hundred years while FDA-ap- proved methods of cancer treatment were ex- tremely toxic.
In the course of their research, the father and son Krebs also pioneered the discovery of panga- metin (pangamic acid), which they named vitamin B15. The AMA refused to acknowledged the fact. However, belatedly, in the July 23, 1973 issue of the AMA Journal, it was noted that “another vita- min, synthesized by Prof. [Vasili] Bukin earlier, is vitamin B15; this chemical entity aids in stimulat- ing oxidative processes and energy exchange.” The truth was that it was the Krebs who made that discovery. The best sources of B15 are apricot ker- nels, rice bran, and brewer’s yeast.
In the summer of 1976, a team of physicians and researchers from Israel visited the laetrile clin- ics in operation in Mexico and California; and, upon their return home and over the signature of Dr. David Rubin (surgeon at the Beilinson Hospi- tal and cancer researcher at the Hadassah Hospi- tal in Jerusalem), they issued a detailed Septem- ber 1, 1976, report praising laetrile as an effective treatment against cancer.
By that year, Dr. Richardson had received more legal harassment from the state than any other physician in its history. He had his license sus- pended, had been arrested, hauled off to jail twice, and four times made to stand trial for using la- etrile. He had spent more than six months defend- ing himself in court. In the fourth trial they suc- ceeded in securing a conviction against him; but he appealed his case, and the battled was con- tinuing.
Why did he undergo this treatment? Why did he not give up? Richardson knew that the lives of untold thousands depended on his standing true to principle in this matter.
Because Richardson had been a active mem- ber of the John Birch Society, when the medical authorities began picking on him,—the thousands of members of the John Birch Society throughout America rose to the defense of a fellow “Bircher.” Although some cared little for health matters, they saw in his case government intrusion on the rights of the individual.
In addition, all across the nation people were uniting in organizations—demanding the right to be treated with laetrile.
Richardson’s ongoing fight, which others en- tered into in their own areas, brought the matter to a showdown.