The question of amygdalin's effectiveness was the subject of the film Second Opinion, which detailed the cover-up of positive data on laetrile
at Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, which led to my firing in 1977 (Merola 2014).
Three weeks of intense therapy followed by an intense home therapy using the porta-cath as an injection site for laetrile
The FDA vigorously opposed making laetrile
available in the United States, even to terminally ill cancer patients, because "there were no adequate well-controlled scientific studies of laetrile
's safety or effectiveness.
Those of us who were around during the 1970s may recall the controversy over the cancer treatment laetrile
The question of whether the FDA should make an exception for drugs given to individuals who are terminally ill was, of course, widely debated in the 1970s during the laetrile
Clinical Trial Revisited: What Was Actually Tested?
because its owner, Maureen Long, was using laetrile
(amygdalin) in the treatment of cancer patients.
, the Horsey treatment, and the Gerson diet were advocated, especially at clinics in Tijuana, Mexico, for cancer treatment.
It is amazing that although the scientific community rejected the claim that laetrile
(the cyanogenic glycoside, amygdalin) is a vitamin, a broad section of the public still accepts it as "vitamin B17.
Attending seminars in alternative, nutritional, and naturopathic medicine, I was introduced to homeopathy, herbal medicine, and nutrition, as well as "unproved" medicine such as laetrile
and cancer cures.
Bradford's group succeeded in decriminalizing laetrile
and legally supported alternative cancer treatments.