Jason Vale and the Apricot Pit

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Jason Vale claims that apricot pits hold the cure to cancer within them, and that he is living proof of it.

Cancer is a devastating disease and it seems like more and more people are being diagnosed with it every day. The food we eat, the air we breathe, and the electrical devices we carry have all been proven to contain carcinogens. While modern life may be the cause of all these new cases of a multitude of different types of cancers, was cancer around before modern technology and medicine? What in nature could cure or prevent cancer?

Let’s skip to a man that stated he found a natural cure for cancer in an apricot pit. Like the pits of many other fruits, apricot pits contain cyanide. Although in very small amounts, ingesting these pits could be deadly to small children. But what about cancer patients?

“The story started about 25 years ago when I was diagnosed with terminal cancer,” said Jason Vale, the proponent of ingesting apricot pits to combat cancer based on his own success.

“There are some recent health situations I am dealing with besides the story of my cancer victory from age 18. In short, I found out that a component found in nature (concentrated in apricot seeds) could stop my cancer. I used it, shouted about it and then got thrown in prison for the sale of the legal food, apricot seeds despite not one personal complaint and hundreds of individuals claiming victory over their illness”.

After curing his own cancer with the seeds Vale began to sell laetrile, which is an extract of apricot seed, as well as b17 supplements. These products were marketed online and in 1997 the FDA decided to intervene. They sent an undercover officer to purchase these products and by 1998 the FDA sent Vale a letter stating that his laetrile products were unapproved new drugs and that he was breaking the law. The letter said that FDA could bring an enforcement action against Christian Brothers (Vale’s company), which could shut the company down. Vale’s lawyer responded in a Dec. 16, 1998, letter, claiming that the laetrile products were considered food for special dietary use by virtue of their ingredients.

And before he knew it a court case was started against Vale basically for using the word “cure” and “cancer” in the same sentence for promoting his products. In 2000 Vale was ordered to stop selling laetrile which he defied. After another court case in 2003 Vale was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Due to his change in diet, Vale’s cancer did come back, but he is still a proponent of the apricot pits as well as other supplements which he still uses to combat his cancer. He documents his journey on the website:


Source: By: Alexandria Addesso, Kean College, New Jersey.

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