Carol Venciuos

Miss Vencious’ story, unfortunately , is not unique. She had begun to complain of feeling generally ill: night sweats, itching fever, and headaches. After extensive tests in the hospital she was told she had Hodgkins Disease (a form of cancer initially affecting the lymph nodes), Miss Vencious continued:

“Only a couple of days after that, a friend came to visit and told me about vitamin therapy in Mexico called Laetrile. I never followed up on his advise, I was too frightened. And, besides, at the time I had complete faith in my doctors…

The first thing they tried was cobalt radiation treatments. Soon after they began, my doctor told me, “Carol, of course you know this treatment will make you sterile.” Hell no, I didn’t know. Naturally I became pretty upset…. I went through menopause at the age of 28. “

Other “side effects” were indescribable pain, loss of appetite, and temporary loss of hair. Six months after the treatments, her lungs and heart cavity began to fill with fluid. They tried draining it with a hypodermic, but it continued to fill up. She was having minor heart attacks.

After six weeks and three heart-cavity taps, her physicians were still debating whether or not to remove the pericardium (the membrane enclosing the heart cavity). On November 28, 1970, it was removed. By July, general fatigue, sleeplessness, and loss of appetite had returned and for several months grew worse until it was decided to try drugs.

“The first injection left me with mild nausea. Two weeks later, I received two more injections which produced acute nausea and diarrhea followed by a week of intense pain in my jaw. It was so bad I couldn’t eat. This was followed by a one-week migraine headache, followed by stomach cramps, followed by leg cramps. In all, the symptoms lasted four weeks.

For ten days following this, however, I felt great, better than I had in years. This positive response, I was told, was a sign that the disease was still active and that the drugs had done some good. Then it was downhill again, a return of pain, sleeplessness, fatigue, and all the rest. I decided, then, whatever happened, I would not undergo chemotherapy again.”

At this point, Miss Vencious concluded that it was hopeless anyway so there was no reason why she should not go to Mexico and try Laetrile after all. Dr. Contreras told her that Hodgkins Disease was slower to respond to vitamin therapy than many other cancers such as those of the lung, pancreas, liver, or colon. But that it certainly was worth a try. After just the third day on Laetrile, however, she reported that her pain had gone completely and that within only a week she was feeling almost normal again. Within a few months she had recovered her health and was continuing a routine maintenance dose of vitamin B-17.

The issue of maintenance doses is important. Once a person has contracted cancer and recovered, apparently the need for vitamin B-17 is considerably greater than for those who have not. Most physicians who have used Laetrile in cancer therapy have learned through experience that their patients, once recovered, can reduce their dosage levels of Laetrile, but if they eliminate it altogether, it is almost a certain invitation to a return of the cancer. It’s for this reason, that physicians using Laetrile never say that it cures cancer. They prefer the more accurate word Control, implying a continuing process.

Updated on May 31, 2023

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