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Yes, Apple Seeds and Cherry Pits are Poisonous

By September 12, 2007

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Cherry pits can be toxic. (Scott Liddell, morguefile.com)In fact, if you eat enough apple seeds or cherry pits, you could die. Apple seeds contain cyanogenic acids. Cherry pits, and seeds from related fruits, including peaches, plums, almonds, pears, and apricots, contain cyanogenic glycosides. Your body can detoxify small quantities of cyanide compounds. If you accidentally eat a cherry pit in a pie or swallow an apple seed or two, you'll be fine. Actually, if you swallow several seeds whole, you would absorb a minimal amount of the toxic compounds. Chewing the seeds makes them much more hazardous to your health. Children and pets are much more likely to suffer poisoning from eating the seeds than adults.

Symptoms of mild poisoning include headache, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, and vomiting. Larger doses can lead to difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and kidney failure. Reactions can include coma, convulsions, and death from respiratory arrest. There are several treatment options, but the main thing is to limit the absorption of the chemicals from the seeds. Basically, this means it's important to seek immediate medical attention if a child or pet is known to have eaten several seeds. Usually, the plan of action is to pump the stomach or induce vomiting. Antidotes are available, but they are somewhat controversial. If you or someone you know eats a seed or two, don't worry... as I said, your body is well-equipped to detoxify small quantities of cyanide compounds. They naturally occur in several foods. However, if you were wondering whether or not it's true that the seeds and pits are toxic and potentially lethal... yes, apple seeds and cherry pits are poisonous.

Have you eaten apple seeds, cherry pits or peach seeds? Feel free to share your experience.

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September 13, 2007 at 7:18 am
(1) NeithaN says:

Impressive! I didn’t know that, but I always remember this quote: “Dose makes poison” ;)

January 20, 2008 at 4:10 pm
(2) Verona says:

Are you serious? As long as I remember I ate the cherry and swallowed the pit. I grew up in the country. I was never told by my parents both of whom are medical professionals that it could poison me; and I’m very sure they knew about this habit. I still eat the pit and almost never spit it out. Hm something to remember next time I have cherries.

January 28, 2011 at 10:39 am
(3) mb says:

From all the reaserch I’ve done this A.M. it look to me as if consuming small amount of such seeds can actually be used as a cancer preventative / cure. Of course our good ole government doesnt want anyone to know about this so they keep the information hidden. I will have to talk to the owner of the local health supplement store to research this further the next time I am over there.

February 22, 2011 at 6:51 am
(4) tara says:

I will be looking into this too. If she is right and apple seeds will kill small things like cats and even little kids I’ll bet it will kill other things too. Oddly her list of symptoms seem eerily similar to those presented by chemotherapy patients.

February 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm
(5) BN says:

I’m sure your local health food store owner is quite the expert on the treatment and prevention of cancer. Best of luck with that.

August 22, 2011 at 9:20 am
(6) Arron Kidston says:

dear mb
I try to be as aware as possible to the corruption of this world and was made aware of this conspiracy. After further research i found it quite difficult to find the truth about this subject, all information seems to refute the claims, though reading your comment affirmed my suspicions correct! I try to see life with as much reason as possible and cancer seems the kindest form of population control ever conceived. In saying that, In your opinion what dosage or how much seeds should be consumed. obviously cyanide in high dosages is poisonous but what would be a safe amount to consume to help prevent cancers?

October 21, 2011 at 8:44 am
(7) S says:

I just had a bit of an epiphany. Remember that old saying?

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”


June 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(8) Christ says:

This article is a lie, there is cyanide in the seeds of apples but they are only poisonous to cancer cells in the body, unless you eat well over a 100, you will be fine

September 28, 2011 at 10:15 am
(9) Jess says:

Not trying to sound rude, but cyanide is poisonous to more than cancer cells. Ever heard of the cyanide capsules Nazi officers carried on them? If they were caught by the Allies, they bit down on the capsule to kill themselves before they could be interrogated. Cyanide is VERY lethal and causes a nasty death (as most poisons do), but the amount in apple seeds and apricot pits etc, is very small, almost trace amounts. You are right that you’d be fine to eat a lot of them because, yes, as previously stated, the amount of cyanide is extremely small. Just don’t fool yourself and think it’s not poison lol.

September 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm
(10) mr shh says:

i would love to know the absolute truth of it. i train hard. in my younger days iv had quater of a ton plus on my back. but im in my 30s now and il take any healthy gain. but dont be to shocked at the system fibbing to you. never tel the livestock what a fence is for. better they heard together and ocupie each others minds.. its in there interest if we squable amongst ourselves and never look up. but you all know that yeah.

June 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm
(11) Eric says:

what do you do for a living? If you’re not as accomplished as your mom and dad seem to have been then maybe you were effected by eating cherry pits your entire life, Verona. No offense…..

September 11, 2011 at 1:49 am
(12) Dan says:

Eric, you are a classic example of scum, saying a comment obviously intended to hurt someone and then saying no-offense… i only heard stuff like that in america.

March 16, 2008 at 12:51 am
(13) bonita says:

so how do you explain all the folks that have eaten apple and apricot seeds to cure their cancer? it’s my understanding the cyanide is bound and requires a particular enzyme to release it. cancer contains this enzyme so when it attaches to cancer the cyanide is released killing the cancer cells. plenty of people eat these seeds and don’t seem to be dropping dead, in fact, quite the opposite.

January 14, 2011 at 11:04 am
(14) Matthew says:

LOL! what is “quite the opposite” of dropping dead? Returning from the grave?

June 4, 2011 at 8:55 am
(15) cedar says:

You know my gramma told me to “every once in while” eat the whole apple… core, seeds, and all. they also used to take a hammer and crack open the dried pits of apricots and eat one or two of the seeds … just once in a while….
I think there is some wisdom to their sayings. I also have read about the cancer-fungus connection…maybe this “old wives tale” is a check on the fungus levels in your body..KapoW!#$%^ cyanogenic glycosides a dangerous friend!

May 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm
(16) S says:

The cyanide is NOT released in the presence of cancer cells, it is released in your mouth when you break the seed by chewing on it. I have tested this myself, when you first bite the seed it has no taste but if you chew for a few seconds the enzymes in your saliva convert the amygdalin in the seed into cyanide and you can begin to taste the familiar almond taste. Chewing starchy foods long enough has a similar enzyme effect and the starchy food begins to taste sweet as they are broken down into glucose.

I don’t know how effective the seeds are at inhibiting cancer but the line about releasing cyanide in the presence of cancer cells appears to be completely false.

From what I have read, it takes about half a cup or more of apple seeds to release enough cyanide to kill you. You can safely eat *one* to see for yourself that the almond taste takes a few seconds to appear, but I wouldn’t overdo it. Non lethal doses are definitely not good for you, remember cyanide inhibits the ability of your blood to transport oxygen.

May 25, 2011 at 2:26 am
(17) Dan says:

I’ve been eating apple seeds ever since I can remember as well as my older brother. I even once competed with my older brother which one of us can eat more apples in an hour and that included eating seeds as well (just the inside of the seed – white stuff not the brown shell). If I remember correctly I had 42 and he ate 47 apples and all of the seeds. Now when I calculate how many seeds did we consume, well lets assume that each apple had 8 seeds on average times 40 apples that’s 320+ seeds each, thats about half a coffee mug of seeds if not more. I have to admit the both of us had bad stomach aches but that was because of 40 something apples not because of seeds, and none of the other symptoms of cyanide poisoning that were mentioned in this article . Both of us are still alive and well! I’m 40 and my bro is 47 y.o.!
Hmm, I might be addicted to that stuff when I think of it!!!

March 16, 2008 at 9:25 am
(18) chemistry says:

I’m not sure how you see that as an argument against their toxicity. Many chemotherapeutic substances are highly poisonous. If you are implying the cyanide compound in the seeds is only active against cancer cells, I believe you are mistaken. People die every year from eating too many of these seeds. Is it possible cancer cells are more susceptible to the toxin than healthy cells? Certainly, but that doesn’t mean it’s categorically safe to eat the seeds.

May 2, 2011 at 9:58 am
(19) stormy says:

Vitamin A is toxic.

Lets see a link to even ONE confirmed death by apple seeds.

June 28, 2011 at 8:13 am
(20) Amanda says:

Totally :) It’s halarious how anybody could think that consumption of a ubiquitous natural compound in moderation could kill you… Blinkered belief in orthadox medicine propoganda.. if it wasn’t so tragic that would be more halarious.

July 23, 2011 at 9:53 am
(21) Diet Solution says:

I have to agree with you stormy, this is pure BS.

June 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm
(22) truth says:

This is actual research that took place at sloan kettering with apricot seeds/ B17/LAETRILE…..Nobel prize winner Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura believed it worked.

September 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(23) moremoneyforpharamaceuticalcompany says:

Confirmed@truth. All cancers could be cured – much of our economy is based on false pretenses -misguided information – and much of it regulated by the FDA. The same way with our OIL – we really could have cleaner energies – we will NOT change until we ARE FORCED to do so – and then, I am afraid it will be TOO LATE. GREED! GREED! GREED!

September 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(24) Jana says:

I have never seen a written document that someone died of an apple seed. So why are they spreading lies about this . Can you provide a single document of anykind in mankind history that says someone has died from eating more than what ever crazy amount your implying who would do that. Are you implying if you live off of apple seeds for ever your going to die. Just plain retard besides its man made cyanide they use to kill rats do you honestly think they smash up apple seeds to kill rats. NO its synthetic anything the government tries to do to mimic god’s goodness is bad for us so that should tell you something .Sorry for the Rant brothers and sisters but the lies are deceit for greed for not the good of humanity is really getting to me .Think about it who mimics god’s creations. Wake up Seek truth in all things .Embrace all of god’s creations and rebuke all of mans. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the apple that eve ate it was something else

March 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm
(25) alex says:

Eh? What is this “people die every year” stuff? The AMA report that always comes up when anyone talks about apple seeds reports on a single case of fatal seed poisoning. Am I saying people should eat apple seeds constantly? No (although I eat the whole apple, which includes the seeds–though without chewing them). But “people die every year” seems rather… alarmist, ne?

March 18, 2008 at 9:16 pm
(26) Lee says:

“In fact, if you eat enough apple seeds or cherry pits, you could die.”

Anne, Anne, Anne…..

WOW….Odiously you did not do ANY research on this, except for listing to the A.M.A. or a Doctor that
read this somewhere years ago.

My God women….do some real investigative reporting!!!

NO, NO, NO. Eating apple or cherry seeds will not kill you!!! That is, unless you plan on eating
a bunch of them. But then again, it seams like eating anything in large quantities will kill or make you real sick.

Example, Salt….Your body needs it….eat to little and you will get sick….eat to much and you will Die….its kind of like that.

Also, for the bible thumpers, like me. It says in several places to eat the fruits, nuts and SEEDS of the earth.

For a last thought. Try, just try and find any research that has been done on what quantity of cyanide is in apple or appricote seeds. I dare you.

Below is more info and a hyperlink:

“Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud…” – Linus Pauling PhD (1901-1994) Two times Nobel Prize winner.

“Eat you apple seeds” —– > http://surfingthetao.vox.com/library/post/eat-your-apple-seeds.html

Vitamin B17 (also called Amygdalin or Laetrile) is one of the most controversial substances in cancer research. It is a nitriloside, which occurs naturally in fruit seeds, some berries, flax, millet, and some beans, leaves, grasses and nuts. Touted as a cure for cancer several decades ago by Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, it has since been discredited by orthodox medicine as “quackery.” Respected researcher Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura was fired after refusing to publish false test results on Laetrile – he stood firm in his belief in it. One of the most famous proponents of B17 is G. Edward Griffin, whose book, video and articles attempt to explain what the fuss is all about.

These and other researchers contend that cancer is little more than a deficiency disease, much like scurvy or pellagra. In cultures that eat foods high in nitrilosides such as the Hunza or the Eskimo, cancer is unheard of. But today, our modern diets have all but eliminated this vital nutrient. The medical establishment, on the other hand, has worked hard to undermine confidence in this substance. Their “official” reason? Because it contains a molecule of cyanide. But Mr. Griffin’s video and many other articles and websites explain how the molecule is uniquely absorbed and used by the body: the only enzyme that can break it down exists only in a tumor cell, so in a sense it becomes a kind of “cancer smart-bomb,” and is neutralized in the body’s other healthy cells.

Of course many also contend that the pharmaceutical industry has a lot of financial incentive to ensure that vitamin B17 remains illegal and unacceptable by the medical establishment. Unable to patent a naturally occurring substance (and thereby in risk of losing a $200 billion a year industry), a war is being waged on the forefront of cancer research – each side supporting various studies on its effectiveness. In fact it is even illegal to sell Laetrile as a cure for cancer in the U.S. – and some have gone to jail for it. Despite this I found information online about proper dosages and “The Little Cyanide Cookbook” which explains how to prepare foods high in Vitamin B17. Foods containing B17 include berries, beans, nuts (especially the bitter almond), and various veggies – but the most is found in apricot seeds (the little seed found inside the pit) and apple seeds – in fact it’s said three apples a day, including the seeds, could prevent cancer.

What’s that old saying, an apple a day? Could be more important than we know.
“…when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures;…all this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.” -Tao Te Ching



January 24, 2011 at 9:58 am
(27) Joe says:

Nice one, thank you

March 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm
(28) darkbloodhoesuicidalemo69 says:


im actually DIEING from this apple seed poison – my breathing has been getting worse and worse for the past few weeks (about the time i started eating the seeds) and i can hardly breath now-ofcourse i dont really care (being suicidal and all) but next time dont go off when u have no proof or any idea of what ur talking about. this apple seed toxicness is no lie…

April 13, 2011 at 4:56 am
(29) infected ;-) says:

im blending whole apples every day in green smoothies, and pears and … seeds… so im gonna be as polite here as i can; maybe its something else you eat. Actually if you read up on the amount of eaten apples it would take for a human to get these symptoms, im guessing your eating a shitload of apples every day or just maybe there is some placebo effect or hypocondric stuff going on. “”yeah yeah i know ppl are different”
Anyway we’ve been doing this for months, and the seeds should be more poiseness when chewed or blended.

May 9, 2011 at 9:46 am
(30) NormalPerson says:

dark-blood-hoe-suicidal-emo-69 your a dirty troll who lives under a crappy bridge, bugger off. i eat the seed and have been since primary school when a kid dared me to eat them and then told me they were poisonous. Also i think it was 1.7kg every day for years before you started to see side effects not including death. Also trolls stink like rotten apples.

September 28, 2011 at 11:33 am
(31) Anonymous says:

very an-hero of you [notogovernmentpropoganda]… and to you, [NormalPerson], you do realize the best thing to do to trolls like this is ignore them, not just yell at the troll, all that does is encourage them

October 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm
(32) ? says:

If apple seeds are making you sick, then stop eating them… Duh.

The arguments for the health benefits of apple, apricots, plum, peach and prune seeds are much more convincing than the idea that these are poisons.

Simple logic.
The FDA does not support the use of vitamins and natural supplements as a cure for diseases, even though there is at least one popular, irrefutable example of a natural cure; scurvy. The cure for scurvy is vitamin c. Why isn’t there as much FDA support for natural cures as there is for the much more dangerous drugs they do approve. Think about it. We are bombared by tv and radio with commercials for drugs. A drug to treat insomnia may have side effects including liver damage, nausea, heart attack, or any number of crippling reactions spewed off in the advertisement. Even though the side effects can be much worse than the condition being treated, the FDA still approved the drug for public consumption. So why not a vitamin or apple seeds? There is no profit in cheap, common, treatments that can’t be patented by their corporate backers.

This is a little over simplified, but the fact is we are paying taxes to allow big business to leverage our tax dollars against our best interest. They use agencies like the FDA through their political connections to thwart compettion from non pharmaceutical sources of health and well being. Our taxes paying for our coffins.

May 1, 2011 at 8:55 am
(33) Randal says:

Finally, someone with a truthful answer. I am reading the book “World without Cancer” right now and the information is jaw dropping. Never forget the root of all evil is money. Money is the only thing on the hearts and minds of these pharmaceutical companies. Most doctors are taught what to believe and what to administer to people. It is a crime against humanity. What will the ones who are covering up the truth have to say when they meet God face to face? There will be no excuse for the millions of people who have died because of there lack of compassion.

May 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm
(34) Charley says:

I would like to state that the root of all evil is the love for money. Money alone never did anything, lust hate and greed have. Good day

July 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm
(35) dylan says:


March 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm
(36) Lee says:

“In fact, if you eat enough apple seeds or cherry pits, you could die.”

Anne, Anne, Anne…..

WOW….Odiously you did not do ANY research on this, except for listing to the A.M.A. or a Doctor that
read this somewhere years ago.

My God women….do some real investigative reporting!!!

NO, NO, NO. Eating apple or cherry seeds will not kill you!!! That is, unless you plan on eating
a bunch of them. But then again, it seams like eating anything in large quantities will kill or make you real sick.

Example, Salt….Your body needs it….eat to little and you will get sick….eat to much and you will Die….its kind of like that.

Also, for the bible thumpers, like me. It says in several places to eat the fruits, nuts and SEEDS of the earth.

For a last thought. Try, just try and find any research that has been done on what quantity of cyanide is in apple or appricote seeds. I dare you.

Below is more info and a hyperlink:

“Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud…” – Linus Pauling PhD (1901-1994) Two times Nobel Prize winner.

“Eat you apple seeds” —– > surfingthetao.vox.com/library/post/eat-your-apple-seeds.html

Vitamin B17 (also called Amygdalin or Laetrile) is one of the most controversial substances in cancer research. It is a nitriloside, which occurs naturally in fruit seeds, some berries, flax, millet, and some beans, leaves, grasses and nuts. Touted as a cure for cancer several decades ago by Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, it has since been discredited by orthodox medicine as “quackery.” Respected researcher Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura was fired after refusing to publish false test results on Laetrile – he stood firm in his belief in it. One of the most famous proponents of B17 is G. Edward Griffin, whose book, video and articles attempt to explain what the fuss is all about.

These and other researchers contend that cancer is little more than a deficiency disease, much like scurvy or pellagra. In cultures that eat foods high in nitrilosides such as the Hunza or the Eskimo, cancer is unheard of. But today, our modern diets have all but eliminated this vital nutrient. The medical establishment, on the other hand, has worked hard to undermine confidence in this substance. Their “official” reason? Because it contains a molecule of cyanide. But Mr. Griffin’s video and many other articles and websites explain how the molecule is uniquely absorbed and used by the body: the only enzyme that can break it down exists only in a tumor cell, so in a sense it becomes a kind of “cancer smart-bomb,” and is neutralized in the body’s other healthy cells.

Of course many also contend that the pharmaceutical industry has a lot of financial incentive to ensure that vitamin B17 remains illegal and unacceptable by the medical establishment. Unable to patent a naturally occurring substance (and thereby in risk of losing a $200 billion a year industry), a war is being waged on the forefront of cancer research – each side supporting various studies on its effectiveness. In fact it is even illegal to sell Laetrile as a cure for cancer in the U.S. – and some have gone to jail for it. Despite this I found information online about proper dosages and “The Little Cyanide Cookbook” which explains how to prepare foods high in Vitamin B17. Foods containing B17 include berries, beans, nuts (especially the bitter almond), and various veggies – but the most is found in apricot seeds (the little seed found inside the pit) and apple seeds – in fact it’s said three apples a day, including the seeds, could prevent cancer.

What’s that old saying, an apple a day? Could be more important than we know.
“…when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures;…all this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.” -Tao Te Ching



March 18, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(37) Mitch says:

I hope that you did your research in regards to death by ingestion of seeds that you put forth. It seems to me many more people die from large doses of chemo then by seed pits each year. If indeed you are surpressing a possible helpful benefit of the seeds or pits of a fruit/s which is high in B-17 and a possible health benefit to dreaded cancer, then shame on you. What is your research based on, is it through years of unbiased testing by you or your fellow MD’s.? I don’t buy into much, but I do feel it’s easy to shoot down a possible benefit/cure when it doesn’t go with the status que of your studies. Being that the medical community as a whole has had decades of research done in regards to cancer but is still in it’s baby stages when dealing with the disease, maybe you should refrain from comments. As you and your fellow doc’s have basically done garbage thus far. Keep studying, find a cure, and I’d be more then happy to appologize to you, write a wonderful retraction, send you roses, and vote you in as one of the worlds greatest humanitarians that ever lived. ~Gods Blessings upon you~.

July 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm
(38) millionsofpeaches says:

ah.. doctors don’t work for healing. they work for the almighty dollar. if they really wanted to heal, they’d tell us that eating processed garbage was killing us. NOT the seeds of fresh fruits.

April 11, 2008 at 8:10 pm
(39) Therese says:

Give me a break. Eating apple seeds are not going to kill you. Dont scare people with bad information.

October 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(40) dave says:

I aree. I have eaten the pits from peaches, apricots, apples, etc. All my life and have suffered NO ill effects, and yes, I chewed them. Sure, they may have trace amounts of cyanide, but you don’t ge eating a bowlfull of pits do you? It’s the same thing as shellfish. It has trace amounts of aresnic but you never hear all these doomsayers saying, “don’t eat shrimp, it’ll KILL you”.

As far as the B17 theory goes, I know quite a few people who have had and fought cancer. 3 out of them went the “alternative route” (laetrile). Well, here’s the summary: 2 of the people who took the traditional treatment (chemo and radiation) died shortly after starting treatment. Of the rest most fought it and ended up dying later and ONE survived and came out the other side cancer free. Of the three that went the laetrile route all survived and are still with us.

But, a big part of that is diet. Ridding yourself of the “bad stuff” we all take in (red meat, refined sugars, tobacco, alcohol) is your best bet of cancer avoidance and survival

So, use your brain. Everything in moderation goes a long way.

Treat your body like what it is, a high performance machine. You wouldn’t put horrible quality gas in a BMW would you? No. Then don’t put “junk” into your body.

July 23, 2011 at 9:11 am
(41) mike says:

Where can I as a newly diagnosed colon cancer sufferer get more info on the alternatives to chemo etc.

April 12, 2008 at 10:49 am
(42) Anne says:

Nowhere did I ever say eating a couple of seeds would kill you. I would guess most people who have eaten apples and cherries have eaten some seeds. However, I’m sticking to my guns here, people… if you eat too many fresh seeds you risk your health and your life. That is documented fact. Believe me or not, your choice.

September 27, 2010 at 12:24 am
(43) Ani says:

I’m freaking out a little. I’ve eaten a bit more than just a “couple of apple seeds” in my life time. In fact i’m 39 years old and a crazy apple and appricot lover. And in the last 38 years i have eaten tons of those and ALWAYS with the seeds. Especially as a child. Could i be dropping dead any minute now? Seriously, i don’t know any one who had been even mildly affected by eating apple seeds and my generation. let alone with a fatal outcome. So they can’t be that bad?

June 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(44) nurserose says:

Docummented where and by who? If you have never had cancer and have not been through chemo or saw one of your love ones go through chemo and die then please just don’t talk about something you know nothing about. I have done both. I had colon cancer and went through chemo and surgery. I saw someone I love go through chemo and die in a year. My cancer came back on my scalp and I am now taking B17 and eating all kinds of seeds and a veggie eater ORGANIC. I am a nurse and I know the medical community is lying. Yes money is behind it the AMA, FDA and the Feds ALL ARE LYING. Do your research look up Dr Gerson, Dr Day and see “Food Matters.” Then you may see what is true if you are not a cool aid drinker!

October 26, 2011 at 2:45 am
(45) Brando says:

I am sorry to hear about what you have been going through. I would be inetrested to hear some more details about your story and how your current course of treatment has been working for you. You can email me at brandovibe@gmail.com

September 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm
(46) Elin says:

It isn’t that your readers need to believe or not believe. It’s that no one has put forward credible, documented evidence that eating apple seeds will kill you. If you have this evidence, by all means, post it. It would only enrich the conversation.

September 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm
(47) Bob says:

I ate apple 20-30 apple seeds per day for weeks and not only did I not get sick. I got well! You stinking MD’s are so freaking stupid. This is proof you people know nothing, are not well read, and talk out your asses. Degrees along mean nothing and your great proof of that.

September 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm
(48) Survivor says:

I don’t have time to read all the comments on this thread and I’m sure with your PhD you have valid sources; could you please send me a reference to a death from over-consumption of any type of fruit seeds, particularly apple, apricot, and pear (I’m canning pear-sauce and pear butter and want to include the seeds).

On another note, we are familiar with Griffin’s studies on cancer therapy and have been eating small amounts of apricot seeds daily as a hopeful cancer preventative. Shortly after we started, a mole I had got sore. I upped my intake of seeds and within days noticed it was no longer painful. When I checked on it, it had fallen off! Whether it was cancerous and killed by the apricot seeds’ “cyanide” I don’t know, but I felt fine and am glad it is gone!

Looking forward to your reply with references/sources to negative effects. Thanks!

April 22, 2008 at 11:49 am
(49) Jeff says:

Instead of saying that it is documented, please state your sources, because if what you say is true, I want to know.


May 3, 2008 at 7:33 am
(50) ShatrArrow says:

Can somebody provide pro and con studies concerning weather or not apple seeds are poisonous? There’s gotta be some medical journal, some article, something in writing? Give me a break. This is probably a question for Kevin Trudeau to answer on his natural health website. He has ironclad resources.

May 3, 2008 at 5:22 pm
(51) chemistry says:

I included a link to a reference that cites peer-reviewed publications in this year’s warning post.

September 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm
(52) Justin says:

There is a ‘letter’ that can be accessed (another link) from the “warning post” link, above, where the following statement is made:

‘Potentially Fatal Natural Remedies

TO THE EDITOR: The “it can’t hurt me” attitude many people have toward botanical remedies is widespread,1 yet the medical literature records more than 100 fatal encounters with herbs (Table 1).’

One thing to remember is that there are always people who are allergic to certain compounds that others aren’t bothered by (i.e. my son is allergic to strawberries, one of my brother-in-laws is allergic to bee stings another to onions and my wife is allergic to pinto beans). Sometimes, though, people just over do it. This certainly accounts for deaths of people world-over by natural food.

Of course, the letter fails to mention how many people die from prescription drug intake each year. I believe the statistics show 100′s of thousands of deaths are caused every year from them.

Where did sensibleness go?

May 11, 2008 at 12:47 pm
(53) tearlach says:

Please cite one medical example of death or illness caused by apple seeds.


July 22, 2011 at 11:50 am
(54) diala84 says:

That is a morbid little article there. It actually tell you how to best kill yourself with apple seeds and if you crush them in advance you will be able to eat enough to die and not just go unconscious.

September 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(55) M says:

You can do the same thing with 1.5 litter of Vodka

June 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm
(56) steve says:

The use of Amygdalin (Laetrile/Vitamin B17) in the treatment of human cancer dates back at least to 1843, although the ancient Chinese are reported to have used bitter almonds containing significant quantities of it in the treatment of tumors some 3,000 years ago.

Laetrile is not a miracle drug . It is simply a concentrated form of Nitriloside. Amygdalin (Laetrile/ Vitamin B17) is particularly prevalent in the seeds of those fruits in the Prunus Rosacea family (bitter almond, apricot, blackthorn, cherry, nectarine, peach and plum.) It is found in natural foods which contain nitriloside and has been used and studied extensively for well over 100 years. It is also contained in grasses, maize, sorghum, millet, cassava, linseed, apple seeds, and many other foods that, generally, have been deleted from the menus of modern civilization. Fruit kernels or seeds generally have other nutrients as well, some protein, unsaturated fatty protein, unsaturated fatty acids, and various minerals. The most common source of B17 is the apricot kernel and is present in about a 2-3 percent levels of concentration within the seed kernel.

So there is no confusion please note; there are 3 names which are interchangeable being Vitamin B17, Laetrile and Amygdalin. Vitamin B17 was the name given to the purified form of Amygdalin by a Bio Chemist named Ernst T Krebs in 1952. He also called it Laetrile which is simply short for Lavo-mandelonitrile and was awarded its vitamin status officially in 1952 after advice from Dr Dean Burke who was the co-founder of the National Cancer Institute. Amygdalin on the other hand is said to have been first discovered and used by a German chemist Leibig as far back as 1830. So, laetrile/Vitamin B17 on the other hand is simply a more soluable and concentrated form of amygdalin which allows it to be administered in a much greater concentration. Either way all 3 are essentially the same thing.

Vitamin B17 / Laetrile is probably one of the most controversial medical topics in the last 30 years. You may remember back in the 50′s – mid 70′s there was a lot hype in the medical world regarding a new natural cancer treatment that was discovered that killed cancer cells. This was the result of Dr Ernst Krebs findings and his research in a book called World Without Cancer. Well after several years of court cases and controversy regarding Laetrile it was finally stamped out by the FDA and reported to the mass media in the US as a fraud and failure. They called it Quackery in those days.

TODAY the hype has and is starting again as a result of THE INTERNET. The internet has allowed us to gain information from all over the world on what perhaps really happened.

So how does B17 kill cancer?…… Here we go….

Firstly we need to understand that our bodies use several enzymes to perform many tasks. Our body has one particular enzyme called Rhodanese which is found in large quantities throughout the body but is not present where ever there are cancer cells. Yet, where ever you find cancer in the body, you find another enzyme called Beta-Glucosidase. So, we have the enzyme Rhodanese found everywhere in the body except at the cancer cells, and we have the enzyme Beta-Glucosidase found in very large quantities only at the cancer cell but not found anywhere else in the body. If there is no cancer in the body there is no enzyme Beta-Glucosidase.

Now the following is what scares most people. You see, Vitamin B17 is made up of 2 parts glucose, 1 part Hydrogen Cyanide and 1 part Benzaldehyde (analgesic/painkiller). So its very important you understand the following:

When B17 is introduced to the body, it is broken down by the enzyme Rhodanese. The Rhodanese breaks the Hydrogen Cyanide and Benzaldehyde down into 2 by-products, Thiocyanate and Benzoic acid which are beneficial in nourishing healthy cells and forms the metabolic pool production for vitamin B12. Any excess of these by-products is expelled in normal fashion from the body via urine. Vitamin B17 passes through your body and does not last longer than 80 minutes inside your body as a result of the Rhodanese breaking it down. (Hydrogen Cyanide has been proven to be chemically inert and non toxic when taken as food or refined pharmaceutical such as laetrile. Sugar has be shown to be 20 times more toxic than B17.

Good & Bad Cyanide?

We all know that cyanide is bad for you, yet here we are jumping up and down saying its good for you because it kills cancer. Lets look at the real story.

Hydrogen Cyanide must be FORMED!! There is no free Hydrogen Cyanide in laetrile floating around freely in our body waiting to harm us when we eat apricot seeds or take laetrile. The enzyme Beta-Glucosidase, and only that enzyme is capable of manufacturing and forming the Hydrogen Cyanide from Laetrile. If there are no cancer cells in the body, there is no beta-glucosidase. If there is no beta-glucosidase, no hydrogen cyanide will be formed from laetrile. Even if there were some other way to manufacture cyanide from laetrile in the body, the amount would be so minute it would have little, if any toxic effect.

Laetrile does on the other hand contain the cyanide radical (CN-). So does Vitamin B12 , Cassava and strawberries and a host of other foods we consume. You never heard of anyone getting cyanide poison from vitamin B12 or from eating strawberries because it just does not happen. Lets also look at table salt which is made up of sodium Chloride (NaCl) and is very common in most households. Yet, did you know pure sodium (Na+) is one of the most toxic substances known to man? Yet in their form locked together they are not toxic. Any good toxicologist will tell you sugar is 20 times more toxic than laetrile and salt is also much more toxic.

Now, here is the irony of all of this. Milligram for milligram, the chemotherapeutic agents which are commonly used in the treatment of cancer today, are hundreds of times more toxic than laetrile.

The best way to prove or disprove the vitamin B17 theory of cancer, would be to take several thousands of people, over a period of many years, expose them to a consistent diet of B17 rich nitriloside foods and then check the results. Fortunately this has already occurred by the study of the following cultures; The Hunza, aboriginal Eskimos, Hopi and Navajo Indians, Abkhazians.

In the remote recesses of the Himalayan Mountains, between West Pakistan, India and China there is a tiny Kingdom called Hunza. These people are known world over for their amazing longevity and health. They live well beyond 100 years and have commonly been known to still father children at the age of 110. One of the first medical teams to study the Hunza was headed by world-renown British surgeon Dr Robert McCarrison. Writing in the AMA Journal Jan 7, 1922 he reported:

“The Hunza has no known incidence of cancer. They have an abundant crop of apricots. These they dry in the sun and use largely in their food”.

It is interesting to note that the traditional Hunza Diet contains over 200 times more nitriloside (B17 Rich food) than the average American or Australian Diet. There is no such thing as money in Hunza. A mans wealth is measured by the number of apricot trees he owns. And the most prized of all foods was considered to be the apricot seed. It is very common for the Hunza to eat between 30 – 50 (ie. about 30mg of B17) apricot seeds as an after lunch snack. The thousands of seeds they do not eat they store or grind them very finely and then squeezed under pressure to produce a very rich oil used in cooking and to apply to the skin. The apricot is staple food in Hunza. They use the apricot, its seed and the oil for practically everything. In addition to the ever present apricot, the hunzahuts eat mainly grain and fresh vegetables. These include buckwheat, millet, alfalfa, peas, broad beans, turnips, lettuce, sprouting pulse and berries of various sorts. All of these with the exception of lettuce and turnips contain vitamin B17.

It is important to know when the Hunza leave their secluded land and adopt the menus of other countries, they soon succumb to the same diseases and infirmities including cancer as the rest of man kind.

The Eskimos are another people that have been observed by medical teams for many decades and found to be totally free of cancer. The traditional Eskimo diet is amazingly rich in B17 nitrilosides that come from the residue of of the meat of caribou and other grazing animals, and also from the salmon berry. Another Eskimo delicacy is green salad made out of the stomach contents of caribou and reindeer which are full of fresh tundra grass. Tundra grasses such as Arrow are have shown to be contain the highest content of B17 than other grasses.

Alaska’s most famous doctor Dr Preston A Price claims that, “In his 36 years of contact with these people he had never seen a single case of malignant disease among the truly primitive Eskimos, although it frequently occurred when they were modernized.

An interesting point to note is that when an Eskimo leaves his traditional way of life and begins to rely on a western/modern diet he becomes even more cancer prone than the average American.

The Indians of North America are another people who are remarkably free from cancer. The AMA went as far as conducting a special study in an effort to discover why there was little to no cancer amongst the Hopi and Navajo Indians. The February 5, 1949 issue of the journal of the American Medical Association declared that they found 36 cases cases of malignant cancer from a population of 30,000. In the same population of white persons there would have been about 1800. Dr Krebs research later found that the typical diet for the Navajo and Hopi Indian consisted of nitriloside-rich foods such as Cassava. He calculated that some of the tribes would ingest the equivalent of 8000mg of Vitamin B17 per day from their diet !!!

The Abkhazians are found deep in the Caucasus Mountains on the Northwest side of the Black Sea. They are a people with almost the exact same health record and longevity as the Hunzakuts.Their food and lifestyle having to live in a harsh rugged terrain are almost identical. They follow a diet which is low in carbohydrates, high in vegetable proteins and rich in minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin B17.

January 24, 2011 at 9:56 am
(57) Joe says:

Thank you for that
very insiteful

June 5, 2008 at 4:25 pm
(58) tony magruder says:

Im dead. And I’ve been dead for years, according to you. I have a disease that makes me very suseptable to cancer. yet, I am cancer free and feeling much better sense my change in diet. p.s. I was not a real junk food eater before my change in diet. & I work around hexavalent chromic acid and other wonderful cancer causing chimicals.

June 8, 2008 at 1:30 pm
(59) martin says:

If you read or watch a little film clip called “A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER” you will hear another side to this debate. Thank you

July 17, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(60) Rich says:

Anne, Anne, Anne … quit quacking, lolol U speak with a ‘forked tongue’ jus like your lying gov/ama masters! how much $$$$$$ ?

i’ve eaten apricot kernals, apple seeds, etc… no harm. i save the seeds from various fruits and eat kernals. i eat the apple 1 or 2 a day chewing the seeds – VeRy gOOd!

i’ll stay natural an live by example of the Hunzas, Eskimos, etc … you live by gov/ama standards and enjoy your drugs and chemo!

ignorant modern people!

July 20, 2008 at 6:52 pm
(61) rosie says:

My dad is in the hospital right now because he at too many cherries with the pit! My dad was complaining of headache, dizziness, and weakness all over. He couldn’t stand up and his body began shaking so much. He was vomiting and felt like he was going to die. He was barely able to dial 911. When the paramedics got there, they said he was vomiting up cherries with the pit. My sis thought that was weird and after some research we found this article!! He has no other medical problems and is very healthy. He felt fine prior to eating the cherries. After a few hours, all these symptoms began. He has had many tests, Ultrasound, Ct, Mri, and lab tests which all came back normal. I will try to find out today in regards to his kidneys. He’s feeling better now after a day, but is still in the hospital until tomorrow…

January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am
(62) Joe says:

Rather than the cyanide etc being a problem, it is most likely that he had another deficiency which meant his body could not break down the cyanide at the normal rate and therefore got a buildup.

BALANCED DIET – too much of anything can be fatal (or cause illness)

March 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm
(63) LOLCat says:

That would be the entire point of this article, and yet, you fools don’t seem to get it. Guess what! the very ground itself gives off radiation! I guess we should start preparing for radiation sickness! OR, instead, we could stop being effing morons and start realizing that we get small doses every day of lots of things that are lethal AT SOME POINT. Sigh. Idiots.

August 1, 2008 at 6:04 am
(64) Kentonio says:

I see the brain washing machine has claimed another victim. In the same way that fire can be dangerous or a great benefit when used in a controlled environment to provide cooked food heat etc. The same is the case with various substances found in nature such as B17 containing foods (I take 12 apricots seeds crushed and added to other foods and also eat a couple of whole apples a week and have never felt better). Whilst it is true that to much of anything can poison you including B17 even to much water can dilute the blood and kill you! there was a case a couple of years ago where this happened. What frustrates me is that the “Pharmaceutical Industry” is so hell bent on protecting it’s ill gotten gains and through the main stream continues to brainwash the masses with scare stories about natural foods and the likes. Remember this, that while there are substances in nature that are totally dangerous, We are a biological walking thinking machine and therefore need to be serviced and maintained with an array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids etc. in their natural state, some in larger amounts and some in smaller & trace amounts. What our systems do not thrive best on is the artificially created chemical compounds known as drugs, even though these have their place in the case of pain relief and a few other situations.

If people do their research with an open mind in a un-biased way they will find our that there are several community on planet Earth that ingest B17 foods well in excess of even what I say I take every week and they do not get cancer, heart disease or other aliments that we in the western world suffer from – that is FACT.

August 1, 2008 at 10:04 am
(65) chemistry says:

If I had posted a caution on the potentially lethal nature of ethanol I doubt I would have been lambasted, so why assume I categorically disapprove of ingesting prunis species seeds?

What I said was, if you eat too many of the seeds you can get sick or die. That’s fact. To those of you posting about healthful benefits and therapeutic uses: it doesn’t help your case to twist my words or flame me or make assumptions. I’d much rather see references that support your claims so that other people reading this blog post can make informed decisions.

My goal is to prevent sickness and death of pets and kids, since they are the ones most likely to overdose on the seeds. Is exposure to trace amounts of chemicals in the seeds beneficial? Maybe, maybe not. That is not what I posted about, was it?

August 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm
(66) Apple Seed Eater says:

I eat an apple a day, and chew up and swallow the seeds. They contain nitrilisides(sp?) which prevent and can even cure cancer. The cyanide they contain can only be released by cancer cells which are then annihilated by the cyanide. See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO0I2jWthko
If you doctors are so smart, then why do 1 in 3 people now get cancer? Hmmm? They didn’t in the 1950′s. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LADY!
You have failed us. Why should we believe you? The cancer treatment industry is hundreds of billions per year. If a simple, natural preventative were discovered, billions would be lost by pharmaceutical companies and doctors. So you just keep trying to keep your scam going. I will continue to eat my apple seeds, and
btw, are you a eugenicist?
Just asking.
-A Truthteller

March 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm
(67) LolCats says:

Did eating all those seeds take away your ability to read and comprehend? I’m curious to know what kind of scam is involved here. This lady doesn’t work for any drug company. She also doesn’t say anything about whether there are cancer related benefits from seeds. That’s not the point of this article at all. So why are you bring up a completely different subject and then flaming this lady for something you say she is ‘wrong’ about, when she doesn’t even talk about it at all? She hasn’t failed us, she gave us a heads up. Something to think about, be aware of, look into, if you have any interest in protecting your kids or pets from something that might be harmful in large quantities. Some people also say that chocolate is toxic for pets, but my dog years ago got into the christmas stockings and at all the chocolate while we had christmas dinner. He didn’t die. But that doesn’t make the info untrue, and I still don’t purposely feed my pets chocolate anymore. I keep it in my mind and ask questions. That’s it. No need to be stupid like you are here.

August 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm
(68) Bchako says:

This lady may not work for the drug companies, but I guarantee she went to medical school at an establishment owned by the drug companies, since they own all of them.

August 6, 2008 at 11:06 am
(69) Gary says:

I wish i could believe apple seeds and such were the miracle cure, but then how do you explain babies and children with cancers?
Also asbestos,smoking,radiation etc have all been proved to cause cancers. And i’m sure people with cancer have tried this miracle cure and still died!
I’d love to believe it,but there are just too many unanswered questions.

August 7, 2008 at 9:22 pm
(70) Melvin says:

Anne you’re speechless, I wonder why…

Most of us would be if we took to time to read.

August 8, 2008 at 2:33 am
(71) concerned daughter says:

I know this is a bit off the topic, but my mother was given an almond that was broken up into small pieces by one of her friends. Her friend had told her that this almond had worked wonders for her because she shed a few good pounds in a month or so. I took a look at the almond pieces and it they did not look like your average sweet almond. I did some research and I think that my mother was given was a bitter almond.I was concerned at the time. My mother did say that she would only have to take a small piece each night before she went to bed. Learning that this almond is rich in B12, I am now more at ease. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could shed some light on the benefits( or harm?) of eating bitter almonds in small quantities.

August 8, 2008 at 2:39 am
(72) Darwin says:

Those without a sense of logic or literacy will flame Anne and attack the straw man of B17′s efficacy on cancer.

Read a little bit, people. She did not say anything about B17 or cancer. She said “enough” seeds. In the opening line. Can you understand that?

As in: “If you eat enough salt, you could die.” NOWHERE in the article does it say that eating a certain amount DOES NOT prevent cancer.

If you want to post about B17, go ahead. Just don’t attack the author over something she did not write. Unless you want to look like a fool.

August 12, 2008 at 1:27 am
(73) James says:

The title is rather misleading. In the interest of warning the public against potentially toxic substances, perhaps we should have a closer look at conventional prescriptions. The likelihood of overdosing on one of these is far greater than the likelihood of overdosing on apple or cherry seeds. Whilst you would have difficulty tracking down fatalities resulting from cyanide toxicity, you won’t struggle to find fatalities linked to the overdose of prescription toxins.

I think it’s important to note that the ingestion of a whole cherry pit would result in little more than a fecal deposit that contains something that appears strikingly like a whole cherry pit.

The tale of the father who ate too many cherries can be disregarded as having anything to do with acute cyanide toxicity.

Now – I just happen to not only be a bit of a science type, but also a proponent for the cyanogenic glycoside theory. Steve above has a reasonable understanding of the process, but it would be irresponsible not to clarify a particular detail I’ve noticed to be off, and I’ll add a thing or two in the interest of public safety.

I’ll begin by saying that most fruit seeds are potentially toxic in that, it’s possible to overwhelm the body’s natural ability to process the inherent HCN (cyanide); however, it’s highly unlikely that a person would consume any of these seeds in this sort of quantity. For instance, the average apricot kernel contains between 2 to 3 mg/kernel of BOUND HCN. The lethal dose of FREE HCN is considered to be in the vicinity of 3 mg/kg of body weight. The cyanide, as it’s contained in the seed, is not free cyanide, so the quantity containing this dose wouldn’t have the same impact as the liberated HCN.

In order for a 70 kg man to ingest a lethal dose of apricot kernels, he’d have to consume upwards of 85 seeds in a sitting. But because this isn’t free cyanide, that number would be considerable, given the time-release nature of the bound glycoside, which would be directly proportional to the presence of enzymes to metabolise the compound. Because the effect of HCN isn’t accumulative, a rather massive quantity of these seeds could, technically, be eaten over the course of a day with little or no signs of toxicity and without damage to the body, as long as the individual doses weren’t greater than the body’s capacity to process them.

Steve – you should make this correction to your spiel for future presentation.

Beta-glucosidase IS present in the body outside of cancerous tissue. Cancer needn’t be present for the liberation of cyanide. What’s more relevant here is the absence of rhodanese within cancerous tissue.

Because beta-glucosidase is present within healthy tissue, the free HCN can indeed pose problems if the body isn’t able to process it faster than it is being delivered. In unusual circumstances where a person presents with symptoms of cyanide toxicity as a result of eating these seeds, the issue is likely not with the quantity ingested, but the failure of the body to process it at a normal, healthy rate. In order for the rhodanese system to function adequately, it needs to draw from a source of sulphur – usually in the form of sulphur-bearing amino acids, such as L-Cysteine. If these are deficient, there will likely be an issue with neutralisation of the HCN. For this reason, should anyone using amygdaline for therapeutic benefit experience symptoms of excessive cyanide, it’s a good idea to begin supplementing with NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)or even whey protein isolate. Chances are also good in this event that your glutathione levels are struggling, in which case, either or both of the above supplements will be of great additional benefit.

Unless someone has been collecting them over time, I think it is highly unlikely an individual will be presented the opportunity to overdose on apple seeds. You’d have to eat a hell of a lot of apples in one sitting, and the seeds will have had to be chewed very well.

January 24, 2011 at 10:03 am
(74) Joe says:

Thank you for such a well written and informal piece of prose, that whilst slightly biased towards B17, seemed far fairer than the origional post

August 13, 2008 at 4:28 am
(75) kabir says:

It is really very excellent to discover harmful matter in the things used daily. It means we should never drink apple juice untill we know about it whether seeds were separated or not.

August 13, 2008 at 4:41 am
(76) kabir says:

It is excellent as it is beneficial for everybody to warn about the things of daily use. It means we should never drink apple juice as it may be harmful becuase most of the people don’t separate the seeds. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!

January 24, 2011 at 10:01 am
(77) Joe says:


wait.. you are joking aren’t you?

August 13, 2008 at 5:18 pm
(78) Brian says:

Well if apple seeds contain cyanide it must be in very small amounts.

When I was a teenager (many years ago) I had an insect collection and had a cyanide jar ( a bit jar with some potassium cyanide in plaster at the bottom , bought from the local drug store ). It was used to kill the insects so they could be mounted in a display case.

As such I KNOW what potassium cyanide smells like . It has a very heavy sweet smell. Break open a fresh peach pit and smell it … same smell … ditto for sour cherries , but not as much as peach pits .

June 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm
(79) LOLO says:

You do realise that KCN and HCN are not same stuff?

August 25, 2008 at 10:07 am
(80) Guylaine says:

I have been eating apple seeds for a while, and heard thru the grapevine that they are poisonous,now I am sure,thankyou…

August 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm
(81) TentacledBeast says:

How poisonous are plum seeds? How many do you have to eat before you start feeling sick?

Also, where is the poison? The seed has a hard cover which can be cracked, and then the “real” seed is inside. Is that what’s poisonous?

August 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm
(82) Latino Perez says:

That’s pretty interesting. You learn something new every day.

September 8, 2008 at 11:31 am
(83) Raven says:

That is the biggest crock of garbage you will ever read. I wonder how much the writer of this article was paid by the FDA to write this. Pits of plums, peaches, etc contain vitamin b17 shown to kill cancer. Google or youtube Jason Vale + b17

September 11, 2008 at 5:24 am
(84) Echizen says:

I think that some of us who believe the goodness of Vitamin B17 are concerned with your post because:

1. It suggests that the seed does not have any benefit and we do not have any reason to eat it at all.
2. The title and the last sentence would imply to general public that they should avoid the seeds at all time.
3. There is no strong proof to support the theory.

In my opinion, you should include something like “eating too much of anything will do harm”, “may be there are some benefits below certain amount”.

It is good that you included that eating a few seeds is ok and there is this comment section.

What make me laugh is the sponsored links at the bottom of this page is selling Vit B17/Laetrile products. ;D

September 11, 2008 at 12:35 pm
(85) chemistry says:


I’ve given this some thought and I may write a separate post about the potential health benefits of eating small quantities of the seeds to get laetrile and other healthful compounds. However, my biggest concern is with the general public, who may be unaware that eating too many of the seeds is dangerous or potentially lethal. Yes, it’s true that eating too much of anything is dangerous… even water will kill you if you drink enough. It’s a matter of dose. The seeds are more like iron than water. It takes a relatively low dose to go from beneficial to harmful or lethal.

~ Anne

January 24, 2011 at 10:17 am
(86) Joe says:

My child often eats the whole apple, including the seeds and stalk. (since he was 2, he is now 3)

It has never caused him issues.

My dogs, often get thrown apple cores by syblings…
They too have never had an issue.

The biggest issue people have with your initial post is how terribley one sided, fear mongering, and open (lack of citations) it seems

It may not be how you initially intended or wrote it – you have to understand with TEXT, there is no emotion, you cannot read the persons mood or tone, you can only read it how it appears to you.

Considering I have eaten 2-3 apples, including seeds, along with almonds/other nuts/seeds every day for years and never had a negative effect reading your post made me first scared that I had been doing myself damage and then when i rationalised i disregarded what you said as BS – just because of how one sided it is, and how i know that the FDA etc do not approve of B17

I then read on, and actually read about 50-100 of the comments, which most people seem to not have bothered with at all (if they had they wouldn’t have posted such dumb comments)

The only approach to any subject that does hold such controversy is to state all information, to show an even hand, to mention in some EXTREME cases that it could cause issues, and thats because of a lack of another enzime or far too much.. maybe include the specific quantities in which things are poisoness based on a balanced diet and certain weight.

You are in the public eye, but it seems like your being sponsored by the big pharma companies to steer people away from something that ultimately could benefit them, and in comparisson to legal drugs such as caffene and alcohol, perscription drugs, or even things like salt or sugar, are about as dangerous as water. (remember, in comparisson)

Now you will have to excuse my spelling, and grammar, I am dyslexic – my words are true regardless of how they are spelt

October 26, 2011 at 3:05 am
(87) Brando says:

So what would you say is a theraputic dose on a daily or weekly basis? I have read this entire thread and have seen good information presented on both sides of the argument. I stumbled across this by accident and have no prior knowledge about either side, but im interested in learning about it. Thanks.

September 14, 2008 at 4:52 pm
(88) Prenten Frazier says:

Frankly, I find it incredible how strongly medical Morons seek to hype up the toxicity of natural food supplements such as Apricot, plum, apple, and other seeds. . .

[[[These are less toxic than coffee (a true poison). They contain vast amounts of Vitamin B17, laetrile, and are used in Asian medicine to improve circulation, and aid the digestive tract. Oh and guess what, Plum and Apricot kernel extract is what they use to make almond extract with. Taste one and you’ll see.]]]

. . . Yet at the same time, these Same Medical “Professionals” FAIL to reveal the toxicity of Fluoride Tooth paste. It’s the same fluoride they use to kill rodents with in Rat poison. So, either they are saying poison is ok (even essential) in small, non-lethal doses, or we are lied to about whatever saves/makes the FDA the most money.

I chew up the apple seeds and flower petals that I know to be safe and full of life. I often take a hammer to other flavorful, but slightly bitter hard seeds like plum. Brewing peach kernels makes a great decoction that is very soothing and stimulating to the stomach enzyme activity and also relaxing to the nervous system. I chew cartilage and suck the marrow from chicken bone ends. I love the taste of apricot seeds.

Egyptians and other civilizations did these things for Centuries. The Asians continue these ancient practices with expertise and to date no one has died from such edible sources. At lest not short of choking or mistake in poisonous plant species.

It’s also interesting how “detox” is never contributed to symptoms experienced from natural remedies. They are all passed off as harmful and “unfounded”. I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve heard that word. Why won’t someone spend some of your millions of embezzled dollars meant for studying cancer and try to “found” some of this stuff????

Apricot seeds use to be readily available in health stores across America. I won’t mention why they were removed from shelves but it wasn’t because people were dying. If that was the case, they would have removed fluoride toothpaste a LONG time ago.

Only in our bizarre world today do we try to find “cures” in packaged pills rather than seeking health and “prevention” through Gods natural garden.

September 23, 2008 at 12:39 pm
(89) Kentonio says:

Prenten Frazier, thanks for saving me the trouble, I was going to go into a reply along similar lines as you have done.

However I would like to add, that as a researcher into health and political agendas that always seems to support power and wealth generation, all roads always seem to lead back to BIG BUSINESS and their protection, rather than to protection of the people. I have submitted a link regarding this B17 subject, just like anything (even the consumption of water) people should always be aware that TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING can be health & life threatening. Be responsible but don’t scaremonger (as the writer has done at the beginning of this article) is the motto here.

September 30, 2008 at 1:32 am
(90) Michelle says:

…my God, the lack of intelligence and surge of inflated ego in these posts astounds me. She is NOT trying to discredit your “panacea”, nor inspire a panic! And as for using youtube and google as a source…are you serious? Use an actual credible source, not a social site festering with idiots or a search engine.

However, I do agree that natural food is very healthful- BUT you guys are going too far and treating it like some cure-all. Check the National Cancer Institute for info- there are actual studies done with the Laetrile.

Also for those of you claiming that cyanide can cure cancer, you are wrong. In those studies I just mentioned, none of the patients were cured by Laetrile. Several had decreased pain and tumor size WHILE they were taking Laetrile. In others the cancer progressed, and two had symptoms of cyanide poisoning. Look it up at that website if you want all the info.

Another thing I’d like to point out. The Laetrile is a MODIFIED form of amygdalin (the cyanide), meaning it’s not really natural. Unless you want the one from Mexico…yeah.

Anyway, the point is that eating some seeds won’t kill you, unless you have a death wish and ingest a pound or more of crushed seeds in one sitting. There is a reason why cyanide poisoning is called cyanide poisoning.

Oh and as for medical “morons”…I find that laughable. I guess going through eight years of schooling and studying human anatomy and physiology makes them less reliable then someone who plucked their info from random websites in a few minutes, hm? PLEASE guys, use reason and good judgment, rather than trying to preach to anyone who passes by. You’re not doctors, don’t pretend to be.

October 1, 2008 at 7:59 pm
(91) stabby mcgee says:

im confused. i eat apples whole all the time but nothing bad has ever happened to me.
why is this

October 2, 2008 at 5:53 am
(92) sean says:

What an ill-informed debate this is on more or less all sides. Try this: http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Cancer/laetrile.html

October 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm
(93) lisa says:

How many seeds does it take to be lethal? I had a college professor who claims he knew someone who ate an entire cup at one time and died.

October 9, 2008 at 10:23 am
(94) Juicer says:

How many apple seeds you need to eat to get poison, Jack Lalanne’s juicer can juice the whole apply, he is still healthy and I would like to live to his age …

November 7, 2008 at 3:12 pm
(95) Quack quack says:

How many apple seeds in one half cup?

November 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm
(96) tom says:

Beware of my comments – I am no scientist – just someone who has had some experience with the topic – and has done some research on it as well. I would suggest anyone who wants to learn about this do much more research prior to believing the author’s ‘scientific’ view or my own ‘layperson’s’ opinion.

First to the author of the article:

You could be honest and tell the entire scientific truth about your answer respecting the actual dose of peach or apricot pit one would need to consume before any symptom is noticed. (for humans not dogs!!)

While you are at it, you might also follow up by informing the public of the complete contents found in a peach or apricot or apple pit/seed. You know…the compound that neutralizes the toxic effect of cyanide in the food substance.

If you oppose this degree of truthful disclosure you may also need to start a scare campaign against water…it contains hydrogen you know. And come to think of it, we all know that hydrogen ignites if exposed to a flame….somebody better tell those firemen that before they actually attempt to extinguish another fire by using explosive H2O !!!

I have been eating peach pit seeds and whole apple and pear seeds with the fruit for some time now. Perhaps the ‘scientist’ who wrote this article can compare for us the ACTUAL amount of peach pit seeds one would have to eat prior to any (if any)harmful effects compared to the amount of Tylenol one has to eat prior to any harmfull effects. (Someone please look up the amount of deaths per year caused by Tylenol consumption)

In fact there has recently been discovered an entire population whose main food intake is apricot seeds…and the average lifespan for that community is 150 years old. (But the FDA would not tell us that.) Somebody better tell those folks that they are eating poison!

God gave us the entire fruit for food – and you can read that in Genesis. He also uses the simple things to confound the ‘wisdom’ of the world. The love of money is truly the root of all evil – what would the pharmicutical companies say if the general public found out the actual healing elements found in simple fruit seeds?

Well they already have…thanks to lobbying the FDA you cannot sell vitamin B17 or apricot seeds or peach seeds legally !!!

Would the author of the article care to research the true findings of case studies involving volunteer patients treated by a diet including apricot seeds? That would be good for the folks to see.

November 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm
(97) Demetri Martin Jr says:

Like the rest of you, I have done vast amounts of studying on this topic in an attempt to prove everyone else wrong.

I have come to the following conclusion:

Toy Story 2 was OK!

January 24, 2011 at 10:01 am
(98) Joe says:

I believe the 3rd one was better…


November 18, 2008 at 3:45 am
(99) Virginia Helgeson says:

READ THIS AND PASS IT ON: Yesterday, for my birthday I received a VERY POWERFUL BLENDER. The cookbook that came with the machine said to remove the seeds on one particular recipe, but never said REMOVE ALL THE SEEDS AS THEY RELEASE POISONOUS TOXINS WHEN PULVERIZED AND EATEN IN NUMBERS.

I heard how the person demonstrating the unit put whole grapes in it and how nutritious the seeds are. I had no grapes but I had apples. I washed and quartered them and dropped them into the blender….8 of them and I ate my fresh applesauce as I took all my morning medicines and got sicker and sicker.

I am blessed to be sure, for I am a senior citizen and I live all alone. I felt so ill, I slept 6 hours and I could not shake it off. I had no idea, until this evening, what had really happened. SPREAD THE WORD !!

November 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm
(100) Fred says:

What a bunch of nonsense ! Must be employed by Big Pharma.

As long as one chews and swallows less than one pound of apple seeds (or any other seed containing nitrilosides) each day, you’ll be just fine, and if you had cancer before you started chewing and swallowing the seeds, you will NOT have it after.

March 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm
(101) Fred teh Dumb says:

What a terrific post! Wow! You have had the cure for cancer in your back pocket THIS WHOLE TIME and have not shared it with the rest of us??? you obviously work for BIG PHARM BIZ! why did you let so many people die from cancer before you released this secret to the world???

November 27, 2008 at 9:23 pm
(102) jojoontheradio says:

virgina helgelson.. or whatever your name is. if you are a senior citizen i’m sure your chances of getting sick are a bit higher then they used to be and it was probably coincidence.

anyways. TRADER JOE’S sells apricot kearnels now. They are are rather tasty too! But maybe everyone should hurry and buy them now because if it is true that the benefits are so good then they might not be sold for long!

November 28, 2008 at 8:55 pm
(103) jimi says:

Man that was fun to read. Pseudo science rules ok by the looks of things, a few of you people even quote the bible in an attempt to refute the toxicity of cyanide compounds! Only in America would you read such hysterical, paranoid nonsense, hope youv’e all wound that tinfoil round your head before “they” get you.

November 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm
(104) Louie says:

“In fact there has recently been discovered an entire population whose main food intake is apricot seeds…and the average lifespan for that community is 150 years old”


November 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm
(105) Shamim says:

Wow. This is my first time here but I think there is a lot to learn about cancer and its alternative treatments. There is always risk involved when it comes to treating a disease. I am sure politics is involved and at the end it’s all about money. I and you are the victims.

But anyway, I try to eat about 8 to 10 apple seeds a day without any problem and I also eat other fruits. They are always good for you. Now we know that some seeds are toxic because of all the technology we have but I am sure people back in 1800s didn’t think the way we are now thinking about seeds.

We also can’t say some Indians or groups of people never had cancer for hundreds of years because we don’t know if they had or not. Now we can detect cancer in our body by doing a test and still sometime it’s hard to detect them on time and we die. Detecting cancer with technology 100 years ago? I am sure you can’t just look at the person and say you have cancer. LOL I am sure lot of them died of cancer and no one knew why the person died.

On the other hand, more people die faster from CEMO than cancer itself. In the case of vitamin B17, i am sure there are benefits since we all are talking about it for years now. Talking about B17 is like talking about UFO. Some people believe and some people don’t.

I believe on both and I may be wrong but personally, I would like to see it happen too!!!!! My two wishes:

1. Seeing UFO with my eyes on the sky.
2. Seeing a cancer patient getting treated with B17 (eating seeds).

December 6, 2008 at 11:15 am
(106) Jesse says:

Many of those who flame this article don’t realize that both they and the author are correct. Dosage determines poisoning. Small amounts of many poisons are actually beneficial to living organisms. The other side of the argument is that feeding an infant crushed cherry pit paste is probably not a good idea. To those who say that B17 cures cancer seem to be small minded about human pathology. No one thing alone cures or prevents cancer, and this actually has no relevance on whether it is poisonous or not.

January 24, 2011 at 9:58 am
(107) Joe says:
December 7, 2008 at 2:09 am
(108) drjak says:

apple seeds have cured cancer also apricot seeds why not mention this? is it becuse cancer is a billion doller industry? dont get me wrong dont go mad by eating lodes of them but a small amount in your diet can only be a good thing it contains vitamin b17 just google it if

December 15, 2008 at 12:54 pm
(109) rcuomo says:

I’ve eaten lots of apricot seeds (about a handful a day), and I always eat the apple seeds (core and all – even the stem sometimes). It is true that anything is toxic depending on the dosage. The “toxins” found in apricot seeds are less toxic than table sugar.

December 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm
(110) Mat says:

I am amazed that so many people would post their replies without bothering to do any re-reading or correction of grammar errors. Most of you write like children. This also suggests that the research behind the “proofs” that are presented is equally poor. There may well be benefits to the compounds found in such seeds, but the fact remains that am unsupervised child, with access to a large bag/basket of apples, cherries, etc. COULD potentially kill themselves by eating TOO MANY seeds.
At the same time I do agree that the author seems to have had somewhat biased motives in what she wrote, as the whole story was not presented. Then again, anyone living in the US should be used to this as virtually every media outlet in the country presents a very biased and Government censored view of EVERY event that takes place. It is time that the individual writer or reporter is no longer attacked for this, we must all start blaming those who insist that only the view of Big Business (and thus their puppets, the government) is to be heard. There USED to be a Constitution in America. This has been replaced with a Patriot Act and other nonsense that allows them to do tell us whatever they want us to know and deny us the right to have the real truths.

January 24, 2011 at 9:49 am
(111) Joe says:

Love the fact that you complain about others grammar and spelling, and you yourself have made a few errors

for example am unsupervised child should be AN

however i don’t really care about that sort of thing, the content and tone are more important to me than the accuracy of spelling, esp considering some of these people are responding in a language that is not their native tounge.

January 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm
(112) Nice! says:

And technically it should be “grammatical errors” and not “grammar errors.” People in glass houses….

December 21, 2008 at 7:50 pm
(113) Nurse95 says:

I am a nurse. I can tell you first hand that patients die more from Chemo than fruit seeds. I have known sick people who have prolonged their lives with fruits, including the seeds, but I have yet to see ONE person survive cancer who had METS.

I had the pleasure (cough cough) of seeing drug companies like Pfizer bring in their pens and goodies, meanwhile our patients couldn’t even afford their medications.
By the way, here is a former Pfizer worker who blew the whistle on how studies are done, who is told to hush, and if you don’t hush, you can lose your job.

PETER ROST former PFizer worker speaks out about how doctors were paid by drug companies to push a drug that killed a child

If you question the proof that it may prevent or help cancer, then you should question why the FDA could not prove that Tobacco caused lung cancer for the longest time (even though they make mega bucks to perform studies)

Your time could be much better spent on sharing testimonies from those who praise the natural, God given fruits, than scaring people from eating healthy. Shame on you!

I have semi-retired from nursing because I can’t stand to see all of the side effects from drugs, all in the name of greed!

March 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(114) Die already says:

1) original article has nothing to do with cancer. don’t be an idiot and complain about the inaccuracy of something that isn’t here.


3) YOUR time could be better spent on going somewhere else where there is an article about CANCER, since THIS IS NOT ONE.

4)You’re right about the drugs. The pharmaceutical companies should stop making them altogether, because it’s too greedy of them.

5) …. RETIRE.

December 23, 2008 at 10:00 am
(115) Robert Harris says:

I agree with the bulk of the comments that your information is a bit overstated. While apple seeds are, in fact, slightly poisonous, very little of it can ever reach your system unless you chew the seeds up as the seeds are well equipped to survive the trip through your intestinal system completely intact. Since, as you note, your body will break down small amounts of the poison without effect, you would have to eat a whole lot of seeds to show any effects of poison. I eat typically eat the whole apple (core and all) so I ingest seeds frequently without effect. In case your wondering why anyone would eat the core, it’s simply convenient – by consuming it I don’t have to find a trash can or leave a core laying around to make a mess, attract bugs, etc..

December 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm
(116) informed says:

My goodness. When will it end? Anne,the attached title on the end of your name doesn’t give you the right to out right misinform or provide biased information to the public. If you want to help save lives, write articles that teach HONEST proper nutrition and not frighten others. Write an article on how others should enbrace the Bibles teachings on proper nutrition and not what labs and drug company sponsored reports have to say. It’s a disgrace really. Do your research.

December 30, 2008 at 11:58 am
(117) Luke says:

Seeds contain cyanide (the bitter taste), this is persumed dangerous, however this is only when in a compound. On its own, in apple seeds, this contains a rare vitamin B, which people in Thailand eat having a life expectancy of 90 years and almost non existant of cancer. The bible suggests to eat fruit seeds and nuts with good reason, if we did this rather than eat burger chips and coke, many illnesses parent today would not occur.

January 2, 2009 at 10:22 am
(118) Bouly says:


… Never take anything from the Bible as more than suggestion…Teachings on proper nutrition from writings that say people used to live 900 years when in reality back then they were lucky to live into their 30s or 40s? and that was old age…

… I’m not saying one way or another… sure there are arguments for both sides but to believe that you can be CURED totally by just eating these seeds is lunacy. Just as believing that whatever doctors say will work will work.

And where is the documentation for this group of people who average a 150 year lifespan?

January 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm
(119) EJ says:

Wow – this topic sure brought out the fringe element, huh? So far I’m seeing such compelling arguments as:

1) I eat seeds and don’t have cancer, therefore it must prevent cancer.
2) I eat seeds and I’m not dead, therefore it must not be toxic.
3) I read info refuting this on , so you must be wrong.

Always amazed at how many people want to believe in conspiracies of the medical profession hiding this miracle cure and prevention of cancer. Better yet, I’m amazed at how “knowledgeable” commenters are about these subjects yet can’t spell their way out of a paper bag.

January 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(120) xcvtt says:

You can safely ingest as many seeds as you would normally eat fruit in a day. In fact, you could eat a lot more than that. Go ahead and stick to your guns on this one but you are flat out wrong! C’mon, do the research. Don’t just parrot what you read, actually look for facts that back up what you say. Facts – not AMA junk.

March 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm
(121) Duh says:

You didn’t provide any “Facts” to support your gibberish, so why should anyone else? “Flat out wrong” implies that you know otherwise. Soooooo…. where’s yer proof, genius? C’mon, do the research. Don’t just parrot what your tiny brain thinks might possibly, maybe, sorta kinda be jokingly right in the conspiracy world.

April 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(122) Research says:

This isn’t a difficult research project and you don’t need to cite other researcher’s findings. I’ve had as many as two apples a day for a week and chewed the seeds. I haven’t had any ill effects (so far). You can perform this research yourself. Make sure you have your phone handy with 911 on speed dial (joke).

January 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(123) adriana valesco says:

does regular drinking of large amounts of alcohol make it more difficult for your body to naturally process the cyanide?

January 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(124) Twoteka says:

it is true…apple seeds contain cyanide which if ingesting enough of it deprives your blood cells the ability to deliver oxygen. Although the outing of an apple seed can withstand the digestive track so you would have to purposely chew and swallow ALOT of seeds for you to die from it.

January 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm
(125) PropagandaFreeZone says:

The reason babies get cancer is because of them and their parents being bombarded from womb to grave with carcinogens in the environment. Fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals etc in the water supply for instance, which are most harmful when inhaled whilst in the shower. Don’t even get me started on all the goodies in the vaccines they feed us. There are plenty of ways people get cancer, and in my informed opinion it is by design. No doubt good old Anne has her hand in the designer’s pocket to come out with this blatant violation of the truth.

January 19, 2009 at 3:03 am
(126) emsky says:

i am a cancer patient. had 2 bouts of chemo (8 cycles in 2006-2007 and 6 cycles in 2008) and a 38 day radiation after my chemo last year. still having herceptin. t’was tough. it’s tough. my life has been on a standstill for over 2 years now. i still have this fear that my cancer might return and i’m not even done with my treatment yet. at this point, i’m not gonna lose anything if i start eating my apples with the seeds and start taking vit b17 both in its natural and pill form. i’m fighting for my life and i welcome every and all suggestions that will help me win this fight. i’ll start with the apple seed.

January 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(127) m says:

All you people trying to use the Bible as a credible source of nutritional information are idiots. If you want to base your food choices around a book that was written hundreds of years ago, you go right ahead. I’ll keep on eating my apples and throwing away the cores.

Also, “Eat the fruits, nuts and SEEDS of the earth?” Funny, but nowhere in that line did I see the words “apple,” “peach,” “plum” or “apricot.” Nor does the passage say that you should eat the poisons of the earth, but since you apparently think that it means apple seeds and peach pits in particular, I guess it probably means that you should in fact poison yourself too. Sound advice in my opinion.

But hey, I’m just a sinful unbeliever bound for the eternal flames of hell so what do I know right?

February 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm
(128) michelle says:

what a funny investigation, someone there says correct, cherry pits and apple seeds is not poisonous, you know why? and what she said? you will only die if you eat bunch of it. correct, ryt?

February 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm
(129) font68 says:

The last comment by Michelle shows the ignorance of the “layperson”! As a physician for many years, I know for a fact that apple seeds are poisonous. With spelling errors that she committed it is no wonder at her knowledge-base!

February 7, 2009 at 1:01 am
(130) Reader says:

I am confused about you lady!!!
Do you work for the FDA?
what is your interest in taking people away from eating natural seeds, if that is known for a long time to cure and even prevent cancer?

We are in different times now? we are not innocent anymore! People want answers, true answers and helps, true cures!!!! no confused people which add more confussion!

It s about lives! saving lives! not about defending an institution nor personal interest!

May God Help us all!

February 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm
(131) paul d says:

I think the important part of what Anne Marie said is that if you chew up the seeds you will release the toxin and too much of anything is bad for you but too much water and too much dynamite are two different things altogether. The real info that applies to me that only one person who repied to the article stated is regarding someone who juices. A juicer will pulverise the seed and release the ‘toxin’ or ‘cancer killer’ much more so than chewing(while swallowing probably will not release anything). The question that I need answered is what is the crux point of benign or cancer killing and making me feel ill or dead? How many whole Apples can I send through my Jack Lalaine Juicer before I will feel ill? This is a real question as I am a juicer and I routinely send 4 to 6 apples through my juicer. Now I always mix it with other fruits but if all I had was Apples how many could I use?

February 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm
(132) AC says:

I have read about apple seeds being poisonus since summer. Ever since I have now about 6-7 months of apple seeds collected in a sandwich bag. Apple seeds from Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Golden, and Gala’s. To get an idea how much they are its only a handful, not worth for both hands. Everytime I open the baggy it gives out a woody aroma from all the seeds. I doubt its potent yet. Maybe for a small bird(sparrow) but I think it will die of over feeding.

February 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm
(133) Matt says:

You clearly have not read the book “A world without cancer” by G Edward Griffin. It is foolish of you to speak on a subject you are not an expert on. These seeds are not poisonous and do cure cancer as the poison (hydrogen cyanide) is only unlocked by a certain enzyme the cancer cell produces thereby killing only the cancer cell. But I am no expert on these matters either. You’ll just have to read for yourself what experts on this matter say. Please retract your statements until you have researched this further.

April 30, 2009 at 8:09 am
(134) Jack says:


Apple seeds are good for you they contain B17 which is a vitimin which cures cancer in some ways it attacks the cancer cells which to then it sends out acid to kill the cels

May 3, 2009 at 1:36 am
(135) miss info says:

The author of this article is either purposefully blowing this out of proportion or is ignorant. As she has a p.h.d, I assume the former. Vitamin B17 is essential to good health in the correct ‘dosages’.
Anything can be considered poisonous in too little or too much quantity (such as water, sugar, and salt). It would take an unnatural amount of seeds to cause one to be ill (refer to a commenter’s post above corresponding to body weight and amount of seeds ingested).
Eating a ‘normal’ amount of apples a day along with their seeds will be beneficial (say three apples a day).

May 5, 2009 at 12:33 am
(136) Dave says:


You have been continually blasted for providing information that has a basis but which stands in the way of what I and many others see. Eating the seeds of many fruits can be beneficial if not over done. You can step up to the plate and help save lives in many ways by providing some realistic toxicity data.

I have researched and found only one legitimate case where someone was hospitalized from ingesting laetril. The child died, not from the laetril but from a dangerous antidote given in haste.

As for attacks on suppliments such as laetril, I have read many booklets published by the ACS on various cancers and treatment. Nowhere can I find any ACS support of any nutritional or suppliment for the treatment of cancer. In fact, they take every opportunity to subtly demote any such efforts. Almost all funding that the ACS receives goes to big pharma studies.

You should be aware that the FDA ignorantly outlawed tryptophan for years to help big pharma sell SSRIs. Tryptophan is a necessary amino acid and is important in serotonin production. In light of this, the FDA has outlawed laetril to help Big Pharma make more money. There is little danger in taking reasonable amounts of laetril, just no profit for big pharma or the FDA.

Also, I saw someone mention quackwatch … the last place that anyone should expect to find reliable information.

May 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm
(137) Michael J says:

I was just researching the theoretical concentration of amygdalin in apple seeds when I ran across this gem. Don’t know anything about leatrile or B17 or anything else, but I love apples, have degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering, and don’t care much about the controversy… this is dialogue hilarious. Our PhD friend needs a tune up.

What I get out of it is that apple seeds do contain amygdalin – with a molecular weight of 457.4 – Amygdalin contains a single CN functional group (that would be a cyanide group, molecular weight of 26). It appears that the metabolytes of Amygdalin are mixed when decomposed by HCl in stomach acids… The plot thickens!

Oral doses with NO ADVERSE AFFECTS (EPA, 1990a-e; 1991a-e)* are about 10mg of straight cyanide per kg of body weight per day. Since I weigh a healthy 90 kg, I can eat about 100 mg of cyanide – straight cyanide – per day with no adverse affects. Don’t try this at home. Let’s further assume that apple seeds are a whopping 1% amygdalin (no reference yet). To get to 100 mg of CN, and assuming all of the CN in the amygdalin is metabolized to cyanide, I need to eat 176 GRAMS OF APPLE SEEDS PER DAY. By my eyeball, that means I’d have to eat 706 APPLE SEEDS PER DAY TO SHOW NO ADVERSE AFFECTS. Please note that I still have not found the refence amygdalin concentration. If you find it, please post. The granny smith I’m eating right now has six seeds. I think I’m safe.

*This my friends is a foot note. Try it. Its FUN.

May 15, 2009 at 8:07 am
(138) Kiv says:

Thanks Michael J before me for clearing up the estimated amount of Apple seeds you would have to consume before they are dangerous.

I think the article has merit and is undoubtfully has truth in it but is an article I find that leaves out an important factor…What is the amount of seeds one would consume for it to be deemed as toxic?

The same can be said about most things…I once upon a time in my youth ingested 500grams of dark chocolate and funnily enough became violently sick! hehe. Maybe I should write an article about the toxicity in chocolate!!!

Noone has written an article on this funnily enough and so I wonder why an article like this one was written? I can understand why others are linking this to the AMA cover up of the benefits of Vitamin B17 as its a well known fact that these seeds are some of the richest sources of amygdalin.

To (39) Michelle. Your comments were so contradicting telling people to use a “credible source” of information then you quote “The National Cancer Institute”. How ridiculous is that?? Thats like asking the AMA themselves what they think of Vitamin B17 as they are funded by drug industries.

To (57) Nurse95. Thank you for writing in and getting a person with real life experience on the matter. Thank you for the links also. Now if we could so something about all this Bureaucratic bullshit!!

May 16, 2009 at 12:46 am
(139) Johnny Appleseed says:

For the people who say the seed won’t release its poison as long as it in not chewed or crushed, that kind of defeats the whole purpose. It would seem the seed should be broken to get the benefits inside, otherwise what is the point. B17 needs to be released to attack the damaged cells.

To the physician who says that apple seeds are poisonous, so is the mercury that we give patients in flu shots (>200 times toxic dose).

To the girl, michelle, who is making fun of u-tube and google sources, I think everyone on here besides you realize these are good sources when they show the DOCUMENTATION and research. The b17 video on utube does just that. No one is watching you tube and taking a stranger’s opinion as truth.

To those who support the medical studies, I would suspect and have heard the doses were to low. However, doses were never evaluated and all the medical studies used the SAME DOSE which was low to prove their point. Most of the physicians I work with now acknowledge the conflict of interests with FDA, drug companies, etc. The drug companies are the ones who put up the money to have their drug studied and amazingly they always seem to get the results they wanted. If one actually reads the studies from a analytical approach and possesses a statistical background, they would see that the majority of these studies are crap. Laypeople and the medical field just skip to the conclusion and read the results and rarely does someone notice the flaws in the method of the study.

To the arrogant atheist, gloat now and gnash teeth later. There are many of your type in the Bible and all eventually realized their ignorance hate for Truth.

To the jokers who doubt the conspiracy, I will give you some stuff to look-up. First find a study that shows that adding fluoride to water is good for you. Not topical fluoride but systemic like in the water supply. Why does Europe not do this? Why was communist Russia using it? Did you know the same doctor who proposed leaded gasoline also gave the fluoride idea? Why is it in rat poison? Why is there a poison alert on your toothpaste?

Look up how Baxter was caught with live virus flu vaccinations. What was there intention? Also look-up how Baxter was administering a hemophyliac drug that contained HIV. I know you won’t believe that but it is a fact, look it up. There are people in prison in France because of this but no one at Baxter is in trouble.

To the guy who posted a link to an article blasting Krebs and others for profiting off of this, what do you think big pharm is doing. They give us expensive poisons that kill all cells and tell us not to eat cheap seeds cause they are poison. How many of you seed eaters lost your hair and vomited the rest of the day? Ask your doctor about the benefits of ______, while we give your doctor free samples to get you on it for good or until the patent runs out. When it does they will just add a small branch to the molecule and give it a new name like Nexium, the new purple pill. Why doesn’t the FDA hold them accountable for such deception? You think the criminals are in banking only? These same international bankers own controlling interest in the big pharm companies also, look that up. The executives just bounce around from the FDA, to company A, to company B. This sounds just like how banking executives go from the banks to the treasury to the Fed. Clinton passed some laws that significantly lessened the overseeing by the FDA over big pharm. These laws have made the corruption even worse.

May 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm
(140) The truth says:

The only proper response to this original post is that the pit of a cherry is designed to be eaten and passed, and then it grows int he ground some ways away from the original tree. Birds do it, squirrels do it, and so do people.

Eating a cherry pit, or an apricot pit, or even 20 of them, won’t kill you, nor will it in any way harm you. True, it wouldn’t be good to CHEW up 20 of them, but even then it would pretty much only make you barf.

Seeds surrounded by tasty fruit are desinged to be eaten and passed, so that new trees can grow everywhere.

So, don’t be afraid. Also, you have to chew up a pound of apple seeds before you might even be remotely in danger of poisoning.

I think everyone read the OP wrong. She’s correct in that the pits, if chewed in enough quantity can cause problems, but you actually have to try hard to ingest enough to do so.

September 2, 2011 at 9:16 am
(141) Shiv says:

How many apple seeds can be consumed per day.. Please advice.

June 11, 2009 at 10:37 pm
(142) ted says:

ahh i just chewed like 10 cherry pits :(

June 21, 2009 at 8:12 am
(143) kuu says:

i guess cherimoya pits are more toxic than these kinds/

June 30, 2009 at 2:36 am
(144) Matt G says:

Lets go back to school Doc. What you are speaking of is B-17. Each molecule of B-17 contains one unit of hydrogen cyanide, one unit of benzaldehyde, and two of glucose. In order for the hydrogen cyanide to be released it must encounter the enzyme called beta-glucosidase. Beta-glucosidase is present in every human cell in very small quantities but in very large quantities in cancer cells. Another enzyme, rhodanese, always present in much larger quantiteies than the unlocking enzyme beta-glucosidase in healthy tissues, completely breaks down both the cyanide and benzaldehyde into a thiocyanate and salicylate which are harmless. Cancer cells do not produce rhodanese so they are f@#ked. So doctor, thats why they trained you to think such foolish, unfounded things. How much money would be lost if people cured their cancer with seeds as opposed to the lethal chemo? Let me put it in a way you might comprehend; For every match you burn you have a bucket of water to put it out. Unless you’re a cancer cell of course, than you have no water to put it out. Hope that PHD didn’t cost too much lol. I’m glad to see that many people that read your B.S. are alot more intelligent than you!

July 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm
(145) hi says:

I am pregnant and swallowed a wax cherry pit. Is there any risk to the baby?

July 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(146) Hollywood says:

… I’ve eaten 6 apples today, 3 yesterday, 4 the day before, and I chew and swallow the seeds. Why do I remain alive? It takes more seeds and pits than is even reasonable to die from cyanide by eating fruit. Those who still want to eat their beloved fruit, eat away. Your body can easily detoxify cyanide if in small amounts, and apples, cherries, etc. seeds/pits are EXTREMELY small amounts. I wouldn’t be worried, folks.

July 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm
(147) Asif says:

I see you have a lot of substantial evidence in your article to back up those claims. Basically you are saying – If you eat this plant seed from the earth you will die! Ahh Scare tactics! Scare tactics! I’ve been eating Amigdalyn ( green apple seeds ) for a year now quite regularly and they provide not only great energy and concealed vitamins (B15) as well as (B17) but also as mentioned above has been proved to be an effective cancer prevention if used in early stages, and there after.

You should also know that one of the most common and essential vitamins to human kind vitamin B12 ( cyancobalamin ) has a cyanide molecule as well – notice the Cyan? Hmmm i think that may be a cyanide molecule Anne Marie?

God I hate dumb scum – ie: You

July 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm
(148) Gerard says:

Hey Anne Marie water is poisonous if you drink to much you can die. Everyone for the love of god stop drinking water!

July 6, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(149) Hank Scott says:

Anne, in your last comment (#10) you say:

“…if you eat too many fresh seeds you risk your health and your life. That is documented fact.”

Ah, the old unspecified “documented fact” that is never cited.

Instead, you immediately follow this up with the standard of all would-be leaders in error:

“Believe me or not, your choice.”

Why should we believe you, unless you cite your documented fact for all to see?

In fact there is nothing you can cite that has not already been thoroughly discredited as bogus propaganda on behalf of big pHARMa!

I, for one, have eaten apricot pits, and apples (even oranges), by chewing the seeds and swallowing it all, for over 35 years.

I’ve also taught my children and grandchildren (those willing to listen and learn) to do the same, and none of them has ever come near suffering your fearful fate pronounced on all of us healthy heretics!

I’ve only heard anecdotal evidence of one man who died from eating a whole cup of apple seeds, but then you really shouldn’t eat more of the seeds or pits than you can safely consume the same amount of the fruit from which they come.

Even too much water can kill you! So what next, an appeal to avoid drinking water lest you die?

But then nobody ought to listen to me either, because I’m just one voice (of reason, I hope) among many.

Or perhaps you should, and save yourself a world of ills and troubles suffering the results of the average American malnutrition diet (which the emphasis on “die”).

July 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(150) James says:

This is not true. The apple seeds are beneficial. Eat only the amount that are in the apple. Seeds are a necessary part of our diet. Look up apples seeds and vitamin B17. Verona..trust your experience..not what some website says.

July 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm
(151) St. James says:

The Bible says to eat the fruit of the earth and, the meat of the seed,of course the seeds are toxic ,but , the you build up a tolerance then eatup to 7 a day . don’t eat 7 at first, eat 1-2 a day for aweek, then , add the third, then aweek later add another til you reach 7 aday/. cancer cells are cells that won’t die, so your killing the bad cells, and ,letting the good ones alone, chemo kills all cells, and, you loose your hair, apicot seeds,apple,plum,cherry,peach,any seed with a wooded armor ,are seeds you want. I’ve been eating them for years and, I”M NOT DEAD YET! so screw the doctors , the drug companies, the idiots that are on here to lie, I EAT 7 A DAY 49 aweek 210 a month ,have not seen a doctor since 1983,for a cut finger, that required stiches,other wise I would not have seen him then.so now I Preach the gospel, and still alive.AMEN

July 17, 2009 at 3:34 am
(152) St. Joseph says:

The bible?? Screw the bible!

July 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm
(153) Brandon says:

Wow. Too much overreacting is going on. It’s merely an article over the fact that many seeds contain a cyanide compound. Stop attacking the author for simply stating the facts. She didn’t say “Stop eating all seeds at once” now, did she? You should all be ashamed of yourselves. As for those of you who quote the Bible; stop it. It’s obnoxious and unnecessary. You’re not going to convert anyone like that, so stop trying, you goons.

July 20, 2009 at 12:16 pm
(154) nikki says:

well im swallowed 5 cherries. and i feel just the smallest bit dizzy. but maybe its just me. i dont think this works. i have a bet with a friend that you cant get sick. should i eat more ? i dont think i will. please really in my email.

July 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm
(155) RUTH says:


July 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(156) Repent says:

So let me get this straight, you, an insignificant woman who knows very little about anything, thinks you know more than God the Author of the Bible, who tells us to eat the seeds?

You don’t even provide false studies to back up your false claims. Even as you respond through the comments you slant your answers. I assume you are just ignorant and believing what you have been told. Hopefully you are not lying on purpose, otherwise God’s judgment upon you will be even the greater.

The seeds cure cancer. Plain and simple. There is a lot backing this up.

March 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm
(157) Do Not Repent says:

God did not write the bible – ignorant men did. You are apparently an insignificant person who knows next to nothing, since you are unaware that god didn’t write the bible. You didn’t provide any studies to back up YOUR claims. Seeds cure cancer! WOW. If there’s “a lot” backing this up, why didn’t you bother posting a single thing? I mean, there’s just as much backing up your claim as there is backing up the Bible being accurate. Why is it that everyone who claims GOD is involved in this ignores the part where GOD gave the person cancer to begin with? Did you not notice that this article has nothing to do with the beneficial aspects of seeds? No, I guess your bible was in the way of your ability to read.

July 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(158) Cherry Pit Victim says:

I accidentally swallowed a few cherry pits last night and literally felt like I was going to die. My heart was pounding, I had a splitting headache and the anxiety was very intense along with my own difficulty of breathing.. Clear facts that fresh cherry pits should definitely not be swallowed.. So unless you want to feel like shit for a few hours, I wouldn’t recommend swallowing any fresh cherry pits!

August 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm
(159) ivan says:

When I was a child, some day have eaten more than 50 apricot seeds. We liked apricot seed. We had
no problem at all.
Today in my (Hungarian) kitchen there is a bowl
full of apricot seeds. I eat them almost every day in summer, and i am still alive and didn’t see doctor for 20 years.


July 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm
(160) dylan says:

WELL SAID IVAN i think when the nazi’s left germany they infiltrated rest of worlds health

August 6, 2009 at 11:46 am
(161) jim says:

I only wish my friend, Carl, was alive to read your article. He once told me that when he was a boy in Germany, an old man told him to eat a whole apple, except the stem, but including the seeds, every day. Carl, impressed by the man’s seeming antiquity but apparent robustness, began to eat a whole apple with seeds every day. Carl passed away a few years ago. The last time I saw him was at a dinner dance. We and our wives sat at the same table. We had a lively conversation. He danced with my wife, and I danced with his wife. At the time he was only 98 years old. Only a few short years later, Carl would be dead. If only we could have read your article then! We all would have been rolling on the floor. P.S. I hope that you will take this in the light hearted and friendly way it was intended, but I also pray that you and your readers will think twice about naively trusting AUTHORITY, and gain a fuller understanding of the nature of the ESTABLISHMENT, including the medical establishment.

August 11, 2009 at 2:35 am
(162) Yod says:

My 2 years old daughter ate about 5 cherries w/ pits (whole I think) when I wasn’t watching her. I became concerned, so I went online to search for some info about eating cherry pits and found this article. At first, I thought it was some bogus article. Then I did some more searching and found a compelling data at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/poison/?section=species&id=109 (a Canadian website) and then from other US academic websites

By now, I’m worry and being over reacting father. I called poison hotline to find out if I should be worry and bring her to an emergency room. The nice man on the other end of the phone told me not to worry. He has never heard of anybody die from eating cherry pits, but keep an eye on her anyway. I then called my family physician to be sure, and he told me that in his many years of medical practice has he ever encounter anybody being sick or die from eating cherry pits. Which by now made me feel a lot better, but I’m still paranoid being this is my only child. So I took the gamble and starting eating the cherry pits myself to see if I feel any side effect. Nothing! I even crack the seeds and ate them.

For you parents that may be freaking out (like me) after finding out that you child ate some cherry pits, you have nothing to worry about. It’s okay. As you can see, I’m not dead. Be pretty good, if a dead person can get on the computer and blog…
This lady is freaking people out for no good reason. Also I found out that if the food we’re eating is bad, FDA wouldn’t allow them on the shelf w/o proper warning. I look all over the container that the cherries came in, and it didn’t have any label with warning “EATING CHERRY PIT CAN KILL A CHILD”.

August 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(163) Jason Loves Jesus says:

I just ate a cherry pit. Seriously though, I did about 5 minutes prior to reading this blog. To be honest, I’m not too worried, although at first I’ll admit that I was a little curious more than anything. Let me propose this… With all the lawsuits we have here in America, especially from peoples own stupidity and self-affliction and ignorance, and companies still being sued for actions not their own… Do you think that if a cherry pit could kill you, they’d be posting warnings and cautions all over the fruits packaging or plastic bag? …I’m just saying. It’s something to think about.
God bless you guys, love you all! Continue your research.

August 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm
(164) Satanlover says:

i DROPPED SOME ACID LAST NIGHT AND HAD a chat about this with Satan. He said that seeds won’t kill you. So eat up.

then again he might be lying. See you in hell

August 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm
(165) Didn't die, but felt so bad I wanted to! says:

I will NEVER forget my cherry pit experience. Very nice lady at work brought in a ton of organic cherries, and they were really good…the dark ripe ones. I had a little bowl of them near my desk, and I was busy typing, so wasn’t paying much attention to what I was doing and I swallowed a couple of the pits…either two or three, I don’t remember. This was some time in the morning.

I had a redeye flight to catch that night–two week vacation! So I was working later than usual, and I was there after everyone else had left. Around 7 pm or so, I started feeling a little weird. I never get nauseous, and I figured it would pass. But then came the dizziness. And the sweating. And the headache. And soon I was LYING ON THE FLOOR in my cubicle, unable to stand up to even make it to the bathroom. I had to turn my office wastecan on its side, because guess what? Projectile vomiting. I thought I was going to die right there on the floor.

I literally crawled over to where the phone cord was, pulled it down a crashing, called my husband at home and said “You’d better come. Something is BAD wrong with me, and I can’t even walk to the elevator.” He rushed over and carried me to the car…had to pull over once so I could barf up a lot of LIVER BILE, and we only lived five minutes from work.

In retrospect, I probably should have gone to the hospital (duh) but I wasn’t thinking very clearly, and I was so worried we’d miss our plane. I laid on the bed while he brought me tea and toast and cold towels for my head, and had a neighbor run to the drug store to get whatever they had to make a crazy sick lady quit barfing her internal organs inside out. I forget what it was, but it seemed to help, and finally I was able to wobble out to the car. Husband drove to the airport while I slept like a zombie. Made our flight, but I felt like a tattered dishrag the whole next day.

True story, and if I ever swallow another cherry pit, I’m shoving my whole hand down my throat if that’s what it takes to bring it back up immediately. That was THE most miserable, disorienting, frightening, miserable sick I’ve ever been, and believe me folks, you don’t want to go through it.

August 28, 2009 at 2:07 am
(166) Nela Bianco says:

If you research further, apple and apricot seeds can actually attack cancer cells and kill them off due to what you call “poison”. They are very good for you. Has anyone ever heard of someone die of this; even birds eat apple seeds and fly off singing

August 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm
(167) Vogellied says:

I looked this over since I have read conflicting info on whether to remove apple seeds when juicing (not as a fast or diet, just because I enjoy juicing..). I have to agree with many of the posters here in that this article leave much to be desired. First, I have no real opinion on B-17 or the cancer debate. I do take issues with the lack of cited materials to bolster the claim coupled with the lack of QUANTITY. I have been juicing whole apples, 5 to a setting, with pips, and suffered no adverse reactions. I have searched tirelessly to find exacting, large scale studies to support you suppositions or believable evidence and have looked over your one cited material, a “letter to the editor” which provides NO factual evidence and NO cited evidence. Apple is only mentioned three times, only once in context, and has one citing that may or may not be relevant hwich I am unable to find “Lawrence review of natural products, “Appleseed.” St. Louis: Facts and Comparisons, January 1995.”. I have been able to find no study citing any real evidence that once can truely posion onceself with cherry pits, apples seeds, or the like based on useual consumption (obviously sitting down and ingesting hundred of cherry pits will no be benifical to your health). You state in yur defence this is to warn people off of the dangers to children and pets, but again you provide no cited evidence from ANY pediatirc or vetranry journals nor am I able to locate any. While there might be adverse affects from such items, you make very strong claims without any eveidence and without factual backing you seem to be engaing in fear mongering and the purpetuation of rumor. I would be interested to know when you first heard this and from whom as I would imagine this shaped your opinion, which you parse out as fact. No trying to be mean, but you have a PHD, I would expect better. The article is not without use though, some of those who disagree, for whatever reason, have provided soome ecellent and at times entertaining info.

September 1, 2009 at 10:07 am
(168) shazza says:

Hi, I am glad to have found this site and the discussion board as I believe there are some very intelligent people here that may be able to offer me some advice. My mother died 38 years ago of cancer and now my sister has secondary bone cancer. One would think that in the years since my mother died until now we would have made some advances in cancer research but it seems to me that more people than ever are getting cancer and dying from it. I have spent many hours on the internet looking at alternative/complimentary therapies that we could try. From what I have read it seems to be all about the money. There would be billions of dollars lost if an “orthodox” cancer cure was found. So far we have changed my sisters diet removing as much sugar as possible and there are so many other possibilities out there to try. I am in the middle of reading about LDN, DMSO, MMS to name but a few. My sister has also been taking 2 teaspoons of ground apricot seeds mixed with honey every night for the last year with no side effects, and the owner of the orchard where we get them from here in NZ ships them all over the country and he has seen some wonderful results over the years. I look forward to more discussions with you. warm regards from shazza in New Zealand.

September 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm
(169) jd says:

Steve posted a comment in June of 2008 that is not only informative, but accurate. One can watch the video, “a world without cancer” which is on youtube. This video discusses what happened when an individual ate a cup full of apple seeds. Anne is quite right when she states that “enough” of them (seeds) can be toxic. One must be very careful not to overdose on the seeds of apples, apricots and the other fruits mentioned. Moreover, there are other foods that in combination with the “seeds” of these fruits will cause toxicity, as well. Do your research, be healthy, and be safe!

September 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm
(170) JM says:
September 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(171) missl says:

so is it the red apple or the green one or both?

October 20, 2009 at 9:23 am
(172) Nick says:

Anne Marie you stupid woman,you are the reason why so many westerners are dying in this day and age from so many dietery related illnesses,seriously go back to school and wake up,REMEMBER PEOPLE also to keep of limes and anything else with vitamin C,and don’t be stupid it can’t cure scurvy,animals eat seeds,WE eat seeds PSYCHO woman,of course too much of anything could be bad BUT not what you would naturally eat,nutncase

October 22, 2009 at 7:47 pm
(173) Eric says:

Our education system, in particular science and reasoned thinking has failed.

It is the only way to explain many of the posts here.

October 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm
(174) Derric says:

I ate two whole apples while reading this out of spite and I’m perfectly fine. I mean that was what 15-20 seeds? Is someone going to eat more seeds than that in one sitting? Doubtful. Will these two apples help destroy cancer cells popping up in my body? Perhaps, and that’s a chance I wouldn’t hesitate to take every day.

October 28, 2009 at 12:07 am
(175) Nick Morrison says:


I find it highly amusing that people have the gall to get on here and throw around insults and judgments. Everyone is going to have their own opinion, as you are going to have yours. What I find funny is that what you wrote about is fact. Could they be beneficial? Possibly. But that wasn’t what your article was about. It was about their toxicity in paranormal doses. Thanks for spreading your knowledge and if I have a comment about the health benefits of apple or cherry seeds I will be sure to post it under an article discussing that or at least not call you names while I am trying to announce my opinion. How immature grown people are these days.



P.S. Just checked on my two cherry tomato plants and they are doing GREAT! Only 2 more months until I have yummy, yummy salad tomatoes :) N:)

October 28, 2009 at 2:31 am
(176) bromikl says:

In all the posts, I haven’t seen anyone mention cyanide sensitivity. My father may not eat un-pitted cherries, nor eat a peach all the way to the pit. If he did, he would have an allergic reaction to the small amount of aforementioned cyanide present.

While harmless to most people, there is a small percentage of people who can have exactly the negative effects described – even in the small quantities present.

I’m amazed that with more than 100 posts on the subject, no one considered that both sides of the “issue” have valid and legitimate points – even if they didn’t understand why.

Though if the subject had been properly researched, we wouldn’t have so much to argue about!

November 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm
(177) Eric See says:

Hi, intresting forum I have been taking juice , apple etc…plus one teapoon ofapricot seed/kernel powder for a month now —feel just great , i have no cancer just want to take precaution .
Anyone heard of fresh lemon grass tea another cancer cell killer . do check out the official research news at website at isreal21c.org

November 3, 2009 at 2:18 am
(178) Jim says:

I had a friend of a friend who ate one cherry with the pit and died 10 minutes afterward.

Of course the semi trailer was none the worse for wear!

How many people die each year from consuming apple seeds or cherry pits? Could find no answer in several Google searches. What does that lead me to believe? That this is bogus info!

November 3, 2009 at 9:08 am
(179) LLBH says:

People die from drinking (too much) water! The fact is if you take out TOO MUCH you’d scare people from drinking water when in fact a person needs to drink at least 8 glasses of water.

What does TOO MUCH mean in your case?

Research shows that eating apple seeds prevents cancer and eating ALMONDS promotes healthy arteries and has many other benefits.


November 3, 2009 at 10:19 am
(180) JohnyV says:

You SHAME yourself Anne. Your above article is nothing more than PROPAGANDA, but sadly I feel you wrote it unknowingly. But I for one would NEVER write something without FULLY researching and posting official scientific case studies in order to prove an issue.

Why did you post this propaganda story Anne? For shock value, so people would come to your bog? If so you shame yourself because the people you are hurting, suffering from cancer and are deterred by your above story, is on your soul Anne. If you care or are a good person, you would revise or delete this trash.

Apple, Cherry, Apricot, Etc.. Seeds, are some of the few/rarer foods that a person can get an extremely important vitamin called B17. B17 can not be patented by big pharm industry. Sad fact is that Cancer is one of the largest money makers for the corporate elites, which have zero desire to ever market a cure because TREATING the symptoms is much much more profitable. B17 which can be found simply in Seeds are considered by MANY to destroy cancer. The research behind this and the countless sworn testimony by cancer survivors who were cured by B17 are impressive to say the least.

Simple tap water is extremely deadly when consuming too much, just like Seeds but drinking too much water isn’t really on peoples mind everyday.

Anne, you stated: “Nowhere did I ever say eating a couple of seeds would kill you. I would guess most people who have eaten apples and cherries have eaten some seeds. However, I’m sticking to my guns here, people”

BUT you did imply that “chewing” more then a couple, would hurt or kill a person, which is my biggest problem with you propaganda hit piece on B17 aka apple/cherry seeds. But you did this as a “shock jock” story so people would come to your blog, didn’t you?



Eat your seeds people and JUST LIKE WATER, don’t give it a 2nd thought if you are just consuming them in moderation. How much is safe? Eating or drinking foods in a normal setting, normal amounts each day is one of the best scales to safely go by. Would you drink so much water in one sitting that you feel like throwing up? No. Would you normally drink more then 2 or 3 full glasses of water in one meal? No. Would you drink more then 3 gallons of water in a normal day? No.
Same with Apple, Cherry, Apricot Seeds, think of this scale, would you eat more then 1 or 2 apples during a normal meal? No. Think of the seeds in relation to the whole fruit it came from, don’t eat more then you would if it was a whole fruit… in others words, open an apple, count the seeds, now that is the limit of what you would eat that day normally… if you usually eat 1 or 2 whole apples in a day, only eat as many seeds would come from those apples. The average apple has about 5 seeds. 5 apple seeds for the entire day or a few times a week (many people never eat more then 1 or 2 apples in a whole week, never mind each day) would be safe scale.
Although, don’t take my word for it. I want the person reading this NOT to believe what I say, or consume any seed BECAUSE I WANT YOU, THE READER, TO RESEARCH THIS ENTIRE SUBJECT ON YOUR OWN.

Anne never did this, she never put the proper time in her above fear mongering story.

B17 has been taken out of the American diet, when our bodies need it like every other vitamin… ask yourself why and who benefits from doing this… it always leads back to the cancer industry. Just saying the words industry with cancer should wake most up.

For shame Anne, if you truly care and are a good person, do something about this false artical.

November 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm
(181) Melyssa says:

This author is obviously just another hack covering up for the big pharma and medical cartel. She cited no research and no documention, yet the lay people who read this post bring forth lots of documented detailed information supporting the fact that the seeds don’t kill you.

November 4, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(182) LU says:


November 6, 2009 at 12:12 am
(183) Antony says:

Well, just finished reading all the comments and am now in the process of eating a few apples and their seeds.

Long live me :)

November 6, 2009 at 7:44 am
(184) The Guzz says:

Ok I read the first half of this and I can’t go on any longer. This makes me sick to see how these people lie through their teeth like this to further protect their pharamceutical profits. I am here to disprove the bs right now. Once you read my story, you’ll know that apple seeds (or apricot seeds) are just as safe as water. First off, these things are truly effective against cancer. This is the reason the gov. and fda goes so far as to ban them and make up false information like this as scare tactics. The seeds CANNOT kill you. It’s not possible. The false information you have read here about people being in the hospital from eating too many is a complete lie. You can eat as many of the seeds as you want. The more you eat, the quicker you will beat your cancer. (keep reading) If you are healthy…then you should also eat them everyday, because it is impossible to develop cancer if you eat enough of them (generally around 7 apricot seeds a day is enough if you are just trying to prevent cancer) Keep in mind the apircot seeds are much more potent than the apple seeds. So, to say apple seeds could kill you is beyond ridiculous. I know this for a FACT…I didn’t read this anywhere. I EXPERIENCED IT…so I want everyone to keep reading so they can see the TRUTH about what these seeds really do when you eat a BUNCH of them. Well I had skin cancer on my stomach. I learned about a natural treatment using apricot seeds to cure cancer, so I had to try it. I mean even the bible says to eat the seeds! I am not here to talk religion, but anyone with half a brain would know that seeds in our fruit are harmless. Who would you trust more? The good ole FDA or the bible?? Anyways, I started eating a huge quantity of these seeds when I got them (You can get a pound of them for less than 20 bucks…that’s why the gov. is so scared of people finding out that these things really work) Anyways, I was told to take 30 or more seeds per day…so me being extreme with everything, I took about 50 of them per day (about 10 in each sitting) Now, somedays I would eat 100 or more. I mean these things are 100% NON TOXIC. Like others stated above, The cyanide IS NOT RELEASED at healthy cells. Only at cancer cells. It is the perfect cure for cancer, as there are no bad side effects, and it is non toxic UNLIKE the Chemo the FDA recommends! Go figure. They would rather you use a highly toxic, and expensive treatment, rather than a non toxic, cheap treatment. That is how nice these people are. *Insert sarcasm here* Anyways, you’re not gonna believe this, but after just TWO DAYS, of eating the seeds and excersiing in the sun (yes, the sun is also a MUST if you want to cure cancer….once again go figure…they tell you to stay out of the sun…that is causes cancer…once again I won’t go into details about this, but I promise you it is BS. The sun does not cause cancer. The sun is so good for you. I don’t care what you have read, or how long you’ve been brainwashed…I EXPERIENCED THIS MYSELF. I CURED MY CANCER FROM EATING 50 APRICOT SEEDS PER DAY AND STAYING OUT IN THE SUN ALL DAY. Now let me explain more, so you can draw another conclusion. I am VERY sensitive to ANYTHING toxic. I also have liver damage from drinking too much alcohol…so I can notice when I take anything that is toxic, even if its just slightly. And when I ate TONS of these apricot seeds everyday, I did not notice one single bad effect from it. (only bad for my cancer, which dissapeared after just TWO DAYS!! No wonder they tell you eating a lot of them is dangerous….because the key to beating the cancer is to eat a lot of them…if you are just trying to prevent it, then you only need about 7 per day…that would be equal to about eating 10 apples per day while chewing the seeds. I don’t even know a single person who eats anywhere near 10 apples per day, yet they try to spread false info that apple seeds could be dangerous. And even if you ate 100 of them per day, it would be perfectly safe. But nobody does this because our bodies know not to eat the same thing all day. We know naturally how much of something to eat. The science behind this is that once you eat too much of the same thing, it will start to taste different and you will be sick of it. This tells us naturally we want something else. Think about it. If you had a basket of fruit in front of you..and that was all you had to eat for the day. Would you eat only the apples, or would you eat some of the other fruit as well? It’s just obvious. But the great thing is that nobody could humanly possible eat enough seeds to kill you. This is my point. They are not only safe, but they could SAVE your life. So, what are you waiting for? Go out and eat those seeds! If you have skin cancer (or any other type) remember it took me just two days to cure the skin cancer. If you dont believe me, eat 50 of the seeds for two days and go out in the sun. I was sweating and when I rubbed my stomach, the cancer cells just rubbed right off!! And they never did come back. I have been free of cancer for 7 years now thanks to these seeds. I am a somewhat heavy smoker and i don’t ever worry about getting cancer, because i know it’s impossible for cancer to develop in a person who is eating enough of these seeds each day. PS- I looked up online about other people who cured their cancer eating these seeds, and I saw similiar reports about their skin cancer cells just dying and coming right off their body. That’s what happened with mine. This is not a coincidence or a fluke. This is what the seeds do. This is what “god” put them in our fruit for. Not to poison our kids (lol) but to prevent us from a common disease called cancer! Without these seeds, anyone could (and likely will) get cancer. The facts are there. The bs artists can’t back up their BS, because it’s just that…BS. All they can try and do is SCARE you with these false stories of people going to the hospital from eating too many seeds, and blah blah blah blah. DONT LET THEIR SCARE TACTICS WORK…or you could end up with cancer…and I guarantee you…that will scare you a lot worse.

November 6, 2009 at 8:09 am
(185) The Guzz says:

PSS- I just read that other nonsense about someone being allergic to the cy so they couldn’t eat them. NOBODY IS ALLERGIC TO THE SEEDS! The reason why is because the chemicals in them are naturally found in every one of our bodies. The cyanide is locked in and will not harm your body what so ever. Even if you were allergic to cyanide. Cyanide is deadly to cells. This is the reason the seeds cure cancer…because they ONLY release the cyanide at the cancer cell. This means, healthy humans. Man, isn’t god a great chemist! PSS- I can’t stress this enough. If I was eating 50 apricot seeds per day (which I did for months straight even after I cured my cancer, just to be 100% sure it wouldn’t return) then COMPARE that to how many apple seeds….That would be like eating 100′s and 100′s of apples and their seeds per day. This is impossible. So, I basically proved that you cannot overdose on these seeds. The more you eat, the quicker you cure the cancer. Bottom line. I want it to be clear (because apricot seeds are MORE potent than apple seeds) and so if you can safely and effectively eat 50 apricot seeds a day, then this should prove to you anyone who tells you too many apple seeds is dangerous are lying (or misinformed) What is dangerous is if you actually get brainwashed by this bs. Anyways, one other point I wanted to make is that it is HARDER to overdose on water, than it is to overdose on these seeds. How many people do we see overdosing on water everyday? Not many! Putting all the toxins in water beside..it’s nearly impossible to overdose on it. Even in situations where the patient retains a lot of water and drinks an abnormally large amount, it’s still very rare. And it’s even harder to overdose on the seeds for the mere fact that your body will tell you to stop eating them at a certain point. Most people can’t stand the taste of them at all because they arent adapeted to them. Just remember, if you have cancer…you must eat at least 25 to 30 of them(apricot seeds not apple) per day and go out in the sun so you can get enough vit D to absorb the nutrients. If you cant handle the taste, you must grind them up and use them like a spice to mix with other foods. Trust me, I didnt like the taste either, but it was sure worth it to get rid of my cancer that I had for so long.

November 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm
(186) Jim says:


In the late 1970′s I think I heard of a “holistic” cancer treatment using Laetrile. I started eating my apple seeds. I guess, I was pretty stupid, but I actually liked eating the whole apple (being part thrifty Scot) and the seeds actually tasted kind of good (almondy) – I have always chewed them. I am wondering if I may have instead of protecting myself from cancer – actually caused some health problems: my main problems have been classified as aging – I am now 55, but it seemed when I hit 50 – really went downhill fast – when I was 46 I did 1000 sit -ups without stopping, now I hardly exercise due to arthritis – maybe I will quit eating the apple core for awhile and see if there are any positive effects. I think I have been eating and chewing apple seeds for about 30 years.

November 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm
(187) doctor will says:

Don’t believe what people are saying here. Do the research yourself. In particular look at this document called here :


November 21, 2009 at 12:26 am
(188) Jack says:

One mans cure is another mans poison.

November 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm
(189) IloveB17 says:


Of course too much of anything is bad for you. I have been eating 3 to 5 apricot seeds a day since 2007…it’s 2009!! I’m alive and well. And yes, I also have an apple a day and eat the seeds…and I make sure they are nicely chewed!

The cyanide is not damaging whatsoever unless consumed in mass portions. I read articles about people eating up to 75 Apricot seeds a day and getting sick…well yeah!!!! Hello!!! Eat 75 of anything and lets see how sick you get from its content. Come one!

My family is from a small town in italy where all my family members eat apricots, the kernels and apples with the seeds. 85% of the population live well into their 90′s. the only family members I have that got cancer were the ones living in Toronto who did not follow our traditional ways.

I’m sorry but if you’re going to write an article like you did you need to be more specific…such as “Consuming large quantities of apple seeds may be harmful”….

November 23, 2009 at 6:53 pm
(190) Duke says:

To ‘M’ comment (68)

Is that short for Moron?

November 27, 2009 at 11:23 pm
(191) Halka says:

I spent quite some time reading all the comments re: apple seeds, apricot kernels, cherry pits, etc. I want to share something with all of you…In Russia where I grew up, we always ate apple seeds. My grandma used to eat apple seeds all the time. She said, it was the best cure for arthritis. Who knows? Our parents would never think apple seeds could be poisonous. (I still eat apple seeds every time I eat an apple or when I make apple juice.) As for apricot kernels … In the 60′s they substituted almonds because almonds were inaccessible. Along with tangerines, pineapples, almonds were a rare treat for ordinary folks in Brezhnev’s Russia. (By the way, after you eat a dozen of apricot kernels, you kind of feel it’s enough.) In Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other former Soviet Republics, apricot and peach kernels are being consumed on a daily basis. Somehow, people there know the right amount to consume and somehow they survive.I also travelled to Abkhazia and saw apricots trees in every household. I know a friend who goes to Russia several times a year, and she brings her American freinds “pockets full of rye” – I mean, apricot kernels. I can’t claim they are a panacea, but they won’t make you die. So, if you have your eyes and minds open, and if you are not lazy to do some research, you might find a lot of remarkable facts that drug companies don’t want you to know. And, also: listen to your body!

November 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm
(192) anya says:

i nver knew that i used to swallow the pit i am going to tell my friends

November 30, 2009 at 8:37 am
(193) jb says:

Gee, if the FDA and Big Pharma are so alarmed by the prospect of people being POISONED by CYANIDE (through apricot seeds/and other nitrilosides), then WHY, since the 1970′s has the Pharmaceuticals been trying to come up with a chemical compound WITH CYANIDE to mimic the health benefits of the lowly, simple (unable to patent & profit) APRICOT SEED? Hmmmm, follow the money trail….read the RESEARCH-BASED BOOK OF G. EDWARD GRIFFIN, “THE STORY OF B17″ instead of listening to the babble of ill-informed writers who instill FEAR instead of KNOWLEDGE! Grrrrrrrr…

December 1, 2009 at 9:04 am
(194) lung cancer says:

Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and, as a consequence, may aid in lung cancer prevention. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. If you haven’t been particularly active in the past, start your exercise program slowly and gradually work up to a greater intensity. Try to include weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging or aerobics. These have the added benefit of keeping your bones strong.

December 4, 2009 at 8:27 am
(195) Robert says:

It takes about 100 grams of crushed (crushing causes the “prunasin” or “Amygdalin” to produce the cyanide) apple seed to make a person of about 150 pounds rather ill. This is around half a cup of seeds. That’s seeds from what.. maybe 100 apples ? To commit suicide using apple seeds you need to crush and eat these seeds fairly quickly, both to avoid evaporation of cyanide from the crushed seeds, and so as not to lose consciousness before ingesting a lethal dose.
If the seeds are not bitten or crushed, they pass through intact.
Eating a couple of apples and chewing and swallowing the seeds is not going to do anything noticeable, and the chemical leaves your system before too long.
There have even been people that died from drinking too much water too quickly. Also known as hyper-hydration or water poisoning. One time not too long ago from someone who drank too much water in a contest.
Too much of anything is poisonous to the body’s system.
Eating a few apples and their seeds is harmless. Go ahead and enjoy them. I eat the apple and bite the seeds before swallowing them. Been doing it for more then fifty years. No problems yet.

December 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm
(196) karl85 says:

I love apples and since my childhood i eat like 3 per day in a regular basis. i didn’t know the seeds ( which i also eat often ) were poisionous ’til i read about it some months ago. now i got to this page while googling about this ”b17” thing, that i just read about in another website.

I can only offer my personal experience: i always ate apples and it’s seeds and it PROBABLY caused me no harm. not that i detected, like in feeling weird symptoms.

But i’m now worried cause sometimes the seeds falls on the floor and i have 2 parakeets that can escape from the cage and start walking around the house, if they eat those apple seeds i think that is a problem since they are smaler beings.

December 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm
(197) Hel says:

Most poison centres will tell you that cheery pits are poisonous. See following: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/poison/?section=species&id=109

December 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm
(198) DP says:

People, she never said that eating one or two seeds could kill you!

I don’t understand why everyone is bashing her article!

apricot kernel toxicity: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WB0-4HGNR24-K&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1143563023&_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=47c9f54cd880cda7b9c7ac64b1838e8e


Granted most documented poisoning cases are from bitter almonds, but that doesn’t mean apple seeds could be potentially dangerous when eaten in large quantities, probably at least a cup of them.

The author did not mention cancer, cancer research, the Bible, and all this other stuff that you all are agitated about. Stop with the unnecessary outrage! She’s just trying to protect CHILDREN and PETS who are likely to eat dangerous amounts of the aforementioned fruits and get sick. She is not trying to stop people from eating fruit, or scare people into not buying produce.

January 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(199) nott says:

eat seeds and be merry, but don’t shoot the messenger.

January 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(200) nott says:
January 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm
(201) theorist says:

You Anne, are one of many who fall for the governments schemes, every year the government makes an odd 200 billion dollars a year on cancer “research”, yet no cure, just chemo, the 50% sure cure..
Losing 200 billion dollars per year is a major issue to them, they want to hide as much from the people as possible, as they dont so much as care for “the people”
They will feed the public as much bullshit as they want, so long as they cover up their corruption.
I eat 8 apple seeds a day, and ive not merely been sick from it in any way, as well as my doctor reports my health as perfect for a young adult.
Anybody who is reading this article, don’t believe it, there have been many many people who have been cured by this remedy, as well as my best friend’s father who had stage 3 cancer. He had his tumor removed, and I had informed him it could be cured by apple seeds, he decided to give it a try, sure enough, in weeks he was free of cancer cells, and has been healthy since, he still eats apple seeds on a regular basis.
I might say eating an uncontrolled amount of seeds in a single day, possibly 30+ may cause sickness or worse.
Many people eat these seeds daily, some who dont even know about either sides of this topic. Nobody is dying, nobody is getting sick, in fact, I would argue that there may be scarce, or no cases of death from these seeds ever recorded, or even heard of, and I would also say if there are, they are most likely fraud.
Educate yourselves people, dont trust everything you read, you dont even have to trust me.
At the end of the day, mother nature is your best friend, and she will never lie to you.
Another example to hold up my point of this conspiracy; when the cure for multiple schlorosis was found in Sicily, it was rejected, or if you will “delayed” for more research lol Now come on, he cured hundreds of people at a rate of over 97% and that isn’t good enough?
Slightly off topic, just an example, do your research, and experiment, I will be one more who will “stick to my guns”, and if it takes one at a time, than so be it.
Anne, same goes for you.

“the world isnt out to get you” – indeed true, but most of the power houses of this world are very much trying to f*** you in every hole, and then some.

January 26, 2010 at 8:28 am
(202) Stupidity Should Be Painful says:

It took me an hour to read that whole stream of comments- but it was Well Worth It. Why? Because it illustrates a lot of points to me. One is that people are sheep. The lady who wrote the article is a sheep for the big pharmaceutical companies (even if she doesn’t realize it) and the people who simply agree with her without researching the topic are also sheep. A few people claimed to be Doctors & scholars who DID research it and still claimed that apple seeds were dangerous and B17 was quackery. They are the worst people of all…

because they are either outright lying about doing the proper research, or they have some other agenda that has nothing to do with honesty or truth. The truth is easy to find. Accurate scientific truth. That’s what’s great about the internet- you can get access to people and documents that people would be scared to show anywhere else (and would NOT be shown on TV because big business OWNS the media) but these people would rather rely on the FDA to tell them what to believe.

Do any of you know that the same doctor who headed the 1953 study of B17 in seeds for the FDA and who said that they found no evidence of positive healthy effects ALSO said that cigarettes in quantities of less than 24 per day also Had NO ILL effects!!! That is fact… look it up. That’s what I mean about true research. That same guy was hired to do THAT study for them too. “a pack a day will keep lung cancer away.” was his slogan to the world. He got paid, big business got what it wanted, and for 50 years you all got sick and died. Any intelligent person who reads those 2 conflicting things about that doctor would understand EXACTLY what is going on here.

I always find it amazing that you can watch this crap happen in a hollywood movie in exactly the same grim detail as what I just described, but you then leave the theater and refuse to see that the same thing is being done to you in real life.

To be honest, i almost feel as if we deserve to be screwed with in the way that they do- because we do absolutely nothing about it. and what’s WORSE is that most of us are being lied to and tricked on a daily basis to raise the profits and power structures of major corporations and only care about John & Kate Plus 8. I guess you are all peasants for a REASON. Because you deserve the life that you agreed to. Notice i said, “agreed to” not “were given”.

I also noticed a lot of people saying- “Anne was only pointing out that in large quantities it COULD be harmful, she never tried to say there was no benefit, bla bla,bla…”

NO. You are LYING. She knows EXACTLY what the purpose of the article was. (and so do YOU)

It’s not a dificult article to gather the intention of. The attitude and opinion of the writer is very clear. She did her journalistic job- it is sensational and well written…

BEWARE!!! These Simple Seeds can KILL YOU!!! Choking & Gagging To The Floor You Will Fall !!!

I love it when someone in a conversation cleverly and clearly insults you and then when you BLAST them (which they didn’t expect) They suddenly say that you misunderstood them. Don’t back-peddle here…

We understood you just fine. Your writing Worked! It just didn’t have the effect that you counted on with some of us, and thank God for that.

In closing I would like to say something that any honest, intelligent arguer wold tell you- Do your OWN research. I DARE you… seriously… do it. LOTS of it.

You will find out just how bogus this article is.

That’s the thing that all the sheep always HATE about the so called “conspiracy people”. These conspiracy people quote facts, documents, people who have come out and spoken the truth, etc… and none of you want to spend the time or effort to check it out. You would rather just be lazy and call people crazy.

You are doing EXACTLY what the big corporations want you to do- Be LAZY and keep Buying the Nutra-Sweet. There is nothing NUTRITIOUS about it.

One day maybe you people will stop putting the word conspiracy together with Big Foot & UFO’s.

The word conspiracy is a word to be taken very seriously. It describes the details of how a very carefully planned REALITY is carried out right under your nose for very rotten reasons. The agenda is NEVER the betterment of your peasant life.

That word “conspiracy” is not to be mixed up with the Lock Ness Monster. The problem is that nowadays with the internet so easy to access there are a small handful of people who are “a little bit nuts” that stand alongside the also small group of intelligent truth seekers, and they jump up and down screaming, “these guys are with US!!! They know that nurti-sweet kills people and they saw Big Foot TOO!!!”

NO… we did not see Big Foot TOO. We leave crazy up to you. Now go play in traffic.

But for some reason, the general population lumps the 2 groups together. It’s a shame, because a lot of honest progress could be made at educating people in a good way if we could get these ‘I saw Elvis’ idiots to shut up and go start their OWN UN-related club someplace else. Maybe someplace like Antarctica. I hear they located some flying saucer circles in the snow down there… maybe you guys should book a rowboat and check it out.

Anyway- This article is doing damage, and no matter how small the damage, it’s hard to justify.

Sooner or later we are all going to have to ask ourselves if we care about being told the REAL Truth, or do we only care if Kate just got hair extensions.

Think about it. Get off your butt and use the free-informational internet before they shut THAT all down on you too. Eventually they will.

January 26, 2010 at 8:33 am
(203) Chris says:

What is wrong with you people? Did you even read the article before lighting your torches and storming the castle?

At no point did the author say “Don’t eat seeds”. She just said that they contain a toxin that could harm you if you ate enough of them. This is a simple fact, given without judgment. It certainly doesn’t contradict the Bible, or any of the rest of your fascinating anecdotal evidence. It’s quite possible that some of you may have experienced beneficial therapeutic effects from apple seeds and cherry pits. Good for you! However, there are plenty of drugs, compounds and materials that are beneficial in smaller doses but lethal in higher ones. If someone said “Aspirin is dangerous in high doses”, would those of you who’ve used it to treat a headache be lambasting them right now?


January 26, 2010 at 8:56 am
(204) Stupidity should be painful says:

The MORON above just BLABBERED:
“If someone said “Aspirin is dangerous in high doses”, would those of you who’ve used it to treat a headache be lambasting them right now?


Why would she bother posting an article that Aspirin is dangerous at high doses… it goes without saying (just like this situation does)

Think about it, and maybe if you do that for more than 5 seconds you might come up with something intelligent to say- but i doubt it.

Oh, and the Bible quoting people meant well- even if they never said what is obvious about the Bible references…

Even back then 1,000′s of years ago there were people in the world (who wrote the books of the Bible) that realized the importance of nutrition, and they wanted to promote that the masses nourish themselves.

Some people need every damn thing explained to them like a 4 year old.

February 3, 2010 at 11:07 am
(205) Sarah says:

I have read a great deal infomation with evidence to support that the seeds from fruits especially apricots can prevent and cure cancer.

February 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm
(206) Alan says:

I have researched quite a bit of information on this subject and have decided to test the seeds myself. I will let you know the results of my findings by commenting on this page once a month. I will be eating an entire apple a day and chewing up the seeds until thoroughly ground with my teeth.

February 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(207) Jim says:

I have a better way to test this. I will crush and eat the seeds from 1 apple today, 2 apples tomorrow, etc.. I don’t have any cancer to cure but we can see how many seeds are toxic.

Or…maybe not.

I was told as a kid that an apple has enough poison in it to kill you IF you chew the seeds. Obviously we won’t be getting a definitive answer here. (and no I don’t think it’s because the pharmaceutical company’s are covering it up) About 75% of you posting SHOULD get back on your meds though.


February 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm
(208) Alan says:

Just wanted to let every one know that I’m still alive and have eaten well over fifty seeds so far and I feel great!

I will keep in touch.


February 10, 2010 at 8:06 am
(209) Mark Sanders says:

Takes a 6 oz mouse 20 apple seeds today

if you do the calculations

it will take a 160lbs man 8533 seeds to die , but and in reality with that many seeds if the CN does not kill , kidney failure and mesenteric infarction will. also your organism will not take that many seeds you will puke way before 1000 ,so its quite hard to die ingesting apple seeds :)

February 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(210) Serge says:

Vitamin B12 is the most efficient antidote for cyanide poisoning.

February 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(211) jeanine says:

There are a few error in the article. If you have managed to consume enough seeds – and they must be chewed up, mascerated to release the cyanide, not just swallowed – to have a toxic level of cyanide, you will not get dizzy and have a headache – you will die within minutes as the poison denys the blood the ability to carry oxygen and causes it’s victim to die of asphyxiation. So for those of you who posted “I ate seeds and got sick” it wasn’t from the seeds…you’d be dead. Your body can easily detoxify a small dose of cyanide. Even the most avid apple eater chewing all the seeds would have nothing to worry about. Cherry pits, peach pits and apricot pits have a much higher level of amygdalin, but are also much harder to eat. If you swallow cherry pits – nothing happens. You would have to grind them up and eat them to release the poison. The shells of these pits do not break down in your digestive system for a purpose – that is how seeds are spread in nature, by passing through animal digestive tracts and thus scattering and promoting new growth.

Those are the facts. I have not found any documented cases of “apple seed” death – that doesn’t mean there isn’t any, but I think it would have to be intentional considering the amount of seeds one would have to consume to make that happen.

February 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm
(212) Natalie says:

All I read was alot of “know it alls” that care more about I am right and you are stupid, than actually sharing information with sources..Grow up people. This article and all comments were a totally waste of time…Stupid, stupid, stupid.

February 23, 2010 at 11:59 am
(213) Anders Erichsen says:

I have taken 20 apricos kerns, crushing them in my mouth… Feeling weird, but survive, iv done this 3 times.
And theres alot more in Apricos kerns then apples seeds!!!

BTW, iv always eaten the whole apple, never gotten any symptems…. I hate this world, its filled with misinformation!

February 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(214) John Lee says:

I’m now in my sixties, and always eat (and chew) the pips in my apples because I love the taste, but I have known for a long time that VERY large quantities can be dangerous.
The reason I already knew? Well, much earlier in my lifetime – probably in the 1960′s – I remember hearing a report in the news here in the UK that someone had actually killed themselves unintentionally by eating too many.
This person apparently really liked the taste of the seeds too, and so, for a treat, had saved up a whole jam jar full. The story was that he had then eaten them all in one go, and suffered the inevitable but unintended consequences. Some treat!
Any guesses how many apple pips it takes to fill a 1 pound (half-ish kilo) jam jar?
Have just found this site because, having talked to my daughter a few days ago about the seeds being poisonous, I wanted to check that what I had told her was correct. In fact, I had chosen the wrong poison to blame, and have not yet found a reference to that case which warned me all those years ago not to overdose on them.
Even overdosing on water can be fatal, so what’s the fuss?

February 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm
(215) Doug says:

Alan, are you ok? Just curious… I’m with Natalie on this.

February 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm
(216) Brea says:

For everyone who thinks this isn’t true.. she’s not saying one or two seeds.. “If you eat ENOUGH..” That means.. ENOUGH TO KILL YOU.. Prisoners have actually been known to store up apple seeds and chew them to commit suicide…

February 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(217) Alan says:

I’m still kicking and feeling great. I’ve probably ground up and eaten well over 400 seeds since I started my science project almost a month ago. I am still going to continue my experiment for one year. I believe there is a motive for removing B17 from our diet and I don’t think it’s in our best interest. Vitamin D is another item that has a high health benefit but it seems as though someone is trying to hide that as well. FDA maybe? Why?

February 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm
(218) BC Pharmacist says:

Sorry to say but the article is misleading and contains wrong information and some correct information misleadingly presented, we call this “quackery” , advice to everybody if you need reliable information ask your healthcare professional , because simply eating too much apple won’t kill you and I would be curious to see any report of death because of eating too many apple seeds. Stating chemistry facts is fine but making theories about health is wrong.

March 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(219) julia says:

i never knew i can’t eat them

March 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(220) Sandra Sandra says:

If you drink enough water, you’ll die.

If you eat enough red meat, you’ll die.

If you eat enough candy, you’ll die.

Seeds are good for you, in moderation.

March 4, 2010 at 3:40 pm
(221) Sandra F says:

If you drink enough water, you’ll die.

If you eat enough red meat, you’ll die.

If you eat enough candy, you’ll die.

Seeds are good for you, in moderation. I just ate an organic apple with 7 seeds, I feel normal.

March 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(222) Attention Tards says:

It fascinates me that it is possible that so many people are posting “I ate an apple today with the seeds and I’m fine”.

Apple seeds contain cyanide. Not enough per seed to kill you. Not enough per apple. I bet not enough per bushel of apples. Maybe there isn’t enough cyanide in an entire orchard full of apples to kill you. Unless the cyanide from a “large number” of apple seeds is concentrated into an extremely dense compound. Like a pill of cyanide. A pill of cyanide would kill you.

Here’s another scenerio. Let’s say some sort of nuclear war occurs. You survive the initial blasts, and come upon a fallout shelter situated on an apple farm. You live in the shelter off of canned food for 6 months and you’re kind of out of food. The farmer has also stored away a variety of apple seeds, filed away according to breed, year, and so forth. These would be planted once the nuclear winter ended. But you’re hungry and you have to eat something. So you start eating the seeds. Because you have to live. All you’re eating is seeds all day. One day, you have an insane hankering for apple seeds and you eat ALL of the seeds. Like 3 cubic yards of them. Bad move. You just died of cyanide poisoning. Because there’s a small amount of cyanide in them, and you ate a lot.

I don’t know man, is this making sense, or what?

Cyanide exists in an apple seed. You need x amount of cyanide to die. There is not enough cyanide in a single apple seed to kill you.

Many apple seeds could be processed in order to extract the cyanide. The result could be used to kill someone. Because cyanide is poisonous.

This seems like one of those semantical arguments that people find themselves in when they have a narrow understanding of the english language. They seem to be treating the word “Poisonous” as meaning something that causes death regardless of the quantity of poison or method of ingestion.

Well. I think I’ve spent enough time talking about this.

In conclusion, Anne understands that cyanide is poisonous and a trace amount exists in apple seeds. She wrote this post to share this with all of you. Clearly she does not care that you eat apples and apple seeds. Her point is going over your head. You are not getting it. We believe you, you are not dead. That will be all. Thank you.

March 17, 2010 at 7:49 am
(223) al says:

Thank you “Attention Tards” for laying down the basic ideas of this concept so simply. I came across this article, and as a chemist, it’s a very, very simple idea to grasp. If (hypothetically speaking because I don’t have the precise numbers, which undoubtedly can be found somewhere online) an “average” apple seed contains ‘y’ grams of cyanide and a 180lb human body can metabolize up to 30y grams before adverse symptoms begin appearing; and, say 45y grams and up tends to kill- then you should probably open your eyes and realize that you should stay the he*l away from eating more than 30 to 45 seeds at a time. Anyways, I would hope this argument has been put to rest because contesting it further is absolutely ludicrous. Potential (and questionable) health benefits aside: poison is poison; cyanide is poison; apple seeds contain a certain quantity of cyanide. If you ingest enough, it’s over. Done.

March 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(224) Robbie F says:

i eat apple seeds all the time and it never does anything to me . . o well i guess ill stop

March 19, 2010 at 7:51 am
(225) Andrej says:

I’m a apricot kernel oil producer and I questions of poisonous kernel seeds keeps being brought up again and again, so I’m kind of well aware of it.
I tend to say that ALL fruit seeds have some amount of poisonous ingredients in them, it’s just a question of which one is it and how big are those quantities.

But nobody uses that fact in real life, until it is needed to scare off someone from using natural products to your own good (opposed to using someone’s expensive, lab-made artificial product).
You have cyanide in kitchen salt, no one seems to get aroused about it!

In apricot kernels there are varying amounts of amygdaline, depending on the breed.
Based on that we have “bitter” and “sweet” kernels. The bitter ones have much greater levels of cyanogenic compounds (let’s say 10x more), but I could hardly suggest to anyone that they should refrain from eating apricot kernels because of it.
As a kid I use to eat at least 10-20 daily – with no vomiting, nausea etc.
Off course, I was eating sweet breed, plainly because the bitter ones are – well, bitter. :)

It’s the same thing with apricot seeds, if you manage to stumble on to full bag of apple seeds – please DON’T grab a fistfull and swallow it right away – you might get sick or worse!
But if you can bear to eat 15 apples, WITH their seeds – just go ahead and live prosperous!

I don’t like this type of articles because it just ephasizes the obvious and leads the people astray.
Apricots, apples or their seeds ARE NOT homicidal!\

Take 5 gallons of the best tap water and drink it – you’ll probably have serious issues after that, maybe even terminal ones. Drink 10l of coca-cola – you think you’ll jump happily around after that?

It’s all in quantity, as many said before me, so pls refrain from making this kind of articles without giving proper explanations and choosing your titles better.

March 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(226) Shannon Brown says:

Not sure if I agree with the comments about the apple seeds being poisonous. In AP Biology, we discovered that the relatively small amount of cyanide in some fruits like apple, actually detoxifies the body from certain abnormal cells and thus prevent Cancer. My Mother had breast Cancer about 10 years ago and rather than succumb to the many radiation and chemo, we embarked on an apple a day routine, always ensuring that she ate the seeds specifically. In less than six months, her cancer had improved and within a year, there were no more evidence of the cancer. Myself and all my sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles have all been following this routine since then…..our family is a history of all sorts of cancer…thus far, we all been healthy. I am always skeptic of medical and pharmaceutical propaganda….in this country, its all about money and profit first, then maybe people…This industry will not tell the truth about natural remedies and cures…..they would rather see people die……

April 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm
(227) D1 says:

I really don’t care who ate/eats how many seeds and doesn’t feel sick. The thing is, they taste terrible. I don’t want to eat them unless there is a positive reason to.

In excessive quantities they probably are toxic. [Or not but if not, credible research should be able to prove that]

So without accredited research definitively proving that there are health benefits to eating apple (orange, cherry, apricot) seeds, I’d really rather not.

April 7, 2010 at 11:44 am
(228) setlasmon says:

I eat the entire apple, core, pips, seeds. if I die I will be sure to let everyone know.


April 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(229) Jaques Strap says:

The majority of you are losers who need to get a life. Learn to use proper grammer and spell check before posting an opinion that confirms to all of us that you are an idiot.

Kudos to Anne for starting a decent discussion. Shame on the idiots who take it to extremes.

April 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(230) R Bar says:

Can sommeone obtain a copy of these articles and post them?

Lawrence review of natural products, “Appleseed.” St. Louis: Facts and Comparisons, January 1995.

Lawrence review of natural products, “Apricot.” St. Louis: Facts and Comparisons, August 1997.

April 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(231) Sean says:

Strongly disagree with the article, I did not know that apple seeds are dangerous and I am practically addicted to apples and eat their seeds in large quantities, (30 to 40 a day). I am 41 and have been eating 5 to 10 apples a day since I learned how to chew my food (in my 20s? J/K) but seriously, if this article is true, I should have been dead at age 7, 8 or 10. this is just not true

April 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm
(232) JHarry says:

I am 62 and have been eating the entire apple for as long as I can remember…like maybe yesterday. Anyway, I cannot remember the last time I had a cold or got sick in any way. I always thought the ruffage was good for me and the rodents have other things to eat. Give it a year or two and someone will be preaching the benefits of nice fresh apple seeds…Feel great and still kickin!!!

April 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(233) Paranoid yet grammatically sensible says:

Alan has not responded in over a month. HE IS CLEARLY DEAD FROM APPLE SEEDS!

April 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm
(234) JohnnyC says:

Nice debate.

I’m guessing the benefits were not discussed to prevent any legal repercussions.

I’m sure it’s bound to happen; a desperate cancer patient selectively reads the benefits of eating fruit seeds and goes out and eats a bushel of cherry pits, and dies or gets ill from it.

I wouldn’t want that liability either.

However, the headline of this article may and probably will be read by those with low reading comprehension as “Apples seeds is gonna kill you.” LOL “Let’s ban them apple seeds!”

I’ll keep eating my occasional whole apple. Enjoy your cancer :-D

April 25, 2010 at 3:35 am
(235) IcantbelieveIreadthewholeblog says:

Wow, the problem with blogs such as this one, is that after the same points have been made over and over one time, then it starts up again and seems never-ending.

What have I learned from this article that I didn’t already know or heard rumored before? Very little, but here’s the whole thing in a nutshell from “MY” perspective (but don’t listen to me, think for yourself!) : What I already knew about cyanide being in very low concentration in certain fruit seeds… has pretty much been solidified.

I always knew that B17 is a beneficial vitamin as well, but the things that seem to have the highest concentration of these are Apricots (especially it’s pips) and calavasus ( or whatever it’s called). Besides that, as far as “truths” or facts to be gained… nada.

I get more validation of human nature and our own absurdities from reading this than anything else. How people are so quick to jump on others, how the AMA FDA and other supposedly “good intentioned” organizations are, in actuality, all about money and big corporations (so what else is new?)..

Facts are facts, and so many actual facts “CAN” be dis-proven given the ideal circumstances… (just about anything can be!) Do I think the original statement was put forth in a malicious manner? Absolutely not; nor her intention.

But, all that aside.. my “name” here says it all, for I really DID read the whole thing, and still can’t believe I wasted my time in doing so. It was actually painstaking at about the 1/2 way point… but I did it. I advise anybody else who might come to this blog and try the same… “don’t bother!”. It’s not worth it. Unless, of course, you’ve been led here to try and find out how many apple seeds you have to eat to kill yourself… because; for one, you’ll find it not a very effective suicide solution after all, and two, maybe you’ll get so absorbed by the mindless fighting, drivel, and misinformations, that you’ll forget all about wanting killing yourself! :o ) (Then again, it could push you the other way just as easily.. Hmm. On second thought,.. forget I said anything.)

Peace to all.

Oh, and one last thing… the faith in God’ers who’ve posted here and so readily seem to pop up in discussions such as this one. Don’t get me wrong here, because I have nothing against a person having religious beliefs, etc.. That’s a personal choice. But when it comes to medical practices, and stuff that is learned through real science… the Bible is hardly something you should be whole-heartedly staking your life upon, or trying to convince others of, or limiting your own sense of opinion/discovery with.

There are fruits that kill.. plants that instantly kill. There are bugs, etc that instantly will kill you. The plan was not perfect, in other words. ‘Space exploration’. Doesn’t that pretty much prove to you that the God from the Bible as presented either doesn’t exist, or he’s lied to us? The fossils, dinosaurs.. this earth being created 4,000 years ago… it’s all been proven WRONG.

And one last note.. if God knows all and knew exactly what would happen… why the Apple test in the Garden in the first place? He knew it would come out that way (the results), for He’s God, right? So we didn’t bring it on ourselves.. he brought it upon us… FOR us.(?) ((If you go by the “Greatest” story [cough] ever done told!).. and subsequently, why would God create and allow the Arch-Angel Lucifer’s existence? – Him being all GOOD and everything? .. when knowing full well what Lucifer’d become later. (?) Doesn’t make a lot of SENSE, does it?

April 28, 2010 at 11:13 am
(236) Destrokk says:

I’m going to kill myself.
Cyanide. Potassium cyanide. Inhalation. Digestion. Peach pits.

Shock me.
Everything must run its course.

April 28, 2010 at 11:19 am
(237) Destrokk says:

We did training on Never agents and cyanide compounds in the AF and it’s natural occurance in peach pits and other fruits.

I’ve read this article and responses. It’s amusing, what the people put and their elaborate “theories”, so to say. It’s ridiculous, as is everything I pursue.

I’m going to end my life.
It’s so fascinating.
Everything is happening so fast.

Just know.
You’re going to know if you keep on asking questions.
You’re going to know real soon.

April 28, 2010 at 11:22 am
(238) Destrokk says:

One more thing.
I do not believe in God, but I respect it.
I have to.

But the respect goes so far.
What does any of this have to do with God?

Consider it from my point of view. :]


May 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm
(239) rb5 says:

I HAVE AN EXCELLENT IDEA…….why dont you all eat a truck load of these darn seeds and see who dies or gets cured!!! Either way, based on all this “INFO”, at least half of you will be dead. after reading all the nonsense that youve wasted your time posting,, that may be a good thing!! especially for the people who come here to find an adult and conversation. thank you<< seed eater

May 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(240) rb5 says:

by the way,,to the poor SOB that is saying he is going to “kill himself”. number 1, certainly there is a God! of course if you are really going to kill yourself ( although few ever do that say it, they jst do it) you’ll know this to be true very soon. My hopes and prayers are that you DO NOT! number 2,,, how do you know there is a God?? hmmm…… lets see,, oh i got it ….the apple! where did it come from? and if you think youre so smart that you have an answer for that and its not God,, whatever your answer be,,ask that same question about that. every time you come up with another answer ask yourself where that came from. if there is no God,,then that very question will be never ending!! dont waste to much time though,,,you need to go to an assemblies of God church and seek JESUS! HE is alive i promise you,,HE will touch you if you will jst seek HIM. now,,,READ ABOUT THAT BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING DUMB. love and prayers

May 3, 2010 at 9:43 am
(241) John says:

You will absolutely die after eating only one seed of any kind. This is due to the fact that if you didn’t die BEFORE eating it, you will die AFTER eating it–although that might be 60 or more years later. By the way, it would be so nice if those of you who post comments would learn to spell. Perhaps then we could take your comments seriously.

September 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm
(242) mr shh says:

so you only take people who can spell seriosley. wel frankly id take you more seriously if you finished off your mind. nope i dont meen a spelling test or any other carrot eee aww thats your programing showing. that said it happens to the best of sometimes

May 5, 2010 at 6:15 am
(243) Heyvenn says:

first time I blended a smoothies with apple seed,lemon seed and grape seeds and drink it. The result was amazing, the mole on my left cheek was affected and few days later it dropped off and the skins was smooth again.

May 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(244) Dan says:

“Cancer” Think outside the box – Ty Bollinger

(Documentary) “The Beautiful Truth” – Based on the work of the late Dr. Max Gerson (The Gerson institute)

“Oasis of Hope” Alternative Cancer Center

Research “Jason Vale” Cancer cured by eating apple / apricot seeds.

youtube . com/watch?v=oj5y7cGZQbA&feature=related (Vitamin C)

May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm
(245) Alan says:

Hey! Alan’s not dead from the apple seeds. Doing fine and still feeling good if not better although that could be due to the increase in vitamin D from all the extra rays. Yes still eating the apple a day with the seeds.


May 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm
(246) James says:

Wow… most of the comments here are absolutely stupid. The Bible has nothing to do with this… it was written thousands of years ago by a bunch of people who didn’t even know that eating pork was alright if PROPERLY cooked. YouTube is not a source of facts… that’s like citing Wikipedia… you never do it. Having said that, since many seem illiterate, the author was pointing out a fact… a small child has much less body mass and is obviously more likely to be poisoned by seeds (which contain poison) than adults. Now… seriously people… get lives… none of your ‘proof’ was proof… the Bible is not proof of the toxicity of apples (one way or the other) and didn’t even mention apples or cherries.

Oh… and since ALL fruit and seeds were given to you as food according to the Bible, go eat some choke cherries, pokeweed berries, and Yew berries. Report back when you’re done…. Let us know if God saved you from your stupidity.

May 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(247) sam sneed says:

This is a ridiculous article, the chemicals in apple and apricot seeds are far from harmful. As one reader said, the cyanide is only released when in contact with a particular enzyme, found in some cancers (for e.g.)
I also read somewhere that if they were good for you someone would have surely figured it out and made millions from it. Big drug companys can not patent a natural product and therefor would be useless to spend millions researching and developing….the rest is easy to figure out

May 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(248) Mike says:

ANNE, YOU ARE MISINFORMING PEOPLE. Ok, so here are the facts that you’ve all been searching for which some others have touched on in this enormous list of comments. Apple seeds, like apricot kernels and bitter almonds, contain amygdalin. Amygdalin is composed of LOCKED (bonded) molecules of benzaldehyde, sugar, and hydrogen cyanide. Simply eating seeds containing hydrogen cyanide DOES NOT MEAN THAT CYANIDE IS FREELY RELEASED INTO YOUR BODY. An enzyme found almost exclusively in the cell wall of cancer cells will unlock these bonds, releasing the cyanide and killing the cancer cell. Ironically, your body happens to be filled with another enzyme that buffers your healthy cells from the cyanide and breaks it down into beneficial components. THERE IS PLENTY OF RESEARCH TO SUPPORT THIS, BUT IT IS SUPPRESSED BY DRUG COMPANIES AND THE FDA. For more thorough info about this topic, watch the documentary “A World Without Cancer”. Fresh, undried apricot kernels contain more hydrogen cyanide than apple seeds and I have PERSONALLY eaten more than 15 apricot kernels at one time and have only experienced good health with this practice. I have also never had cancer. “A World Without Cancer” also details the massive cover-up and misinfo campaign aimed at stifling the circulation of info regarding amygdalin. Does anyone think it’s strange that bitter almonds are ILLEGAL in the United States?

May 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm
(249) Mike says:

Oh and one more thing….THANK YOU to posts #122 and #140 for taking the time to write all of that because it’s certainly true.

June 9, 2010 at 7:32 am
(250) Ferdian says:

i knew someone who always eat apple with it seeds, and the person is begin around 30 y.o but he looks really 15 years older..

June 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(251) Jim says:

I just watched a prison show on discovery, “Behind Bars: Washington.”

An inmate attempted to commit suicide via seeds from a fruit. They would not say which one, but I deduced after asking my father who was formerly a prison guard at Rikers Island, that apples were the most common which lead me to this site.

Let me tell you, the dude was in bad shape.
They thought he OD or something.
Not until later after his ICU visit did he came clean: saying he wanted to kill himself and stored up a bunch of seeds.

They said one more hour without medical attention and he’d be dead.

June 21, 2010 at 2:21 am
(252) T says:

For those of you who say that it’s poison and is not good for you, so don’t eat it at all, I would suggest you quit drinking water (chlorine), quit brushing your teeth (fluoride), Boxed foods, GMO foods, non-organic fruits and vegetables, homogenized milk, and the list goes on, that have toxins and poisons in them.

For those of you who complain about spelling/grammar errors (especially that first person complaining waaay up there) maybe you should try proof-reading your posts as well. They’re not writing for the AMA Journal, they’re tired…they’ve just spent a lot of time reading through hundreds of posts and just want to comment and get the heck out of here. Some of them might not be from your English speaking country and struggle at spelling or grammar. I can pick a spelling error out a mile away, the wrong use of words, lack of punctuation, and yes, it annoys me, but this is pretty much a blog post. Ease up guys. And why are the ones complaining about spelling/grammar the ones who think this doctor knows exactly what she is talking about? Seems they want to get on a tangent about spelling/grammar to claim those who disagree are incorrect because of their lack of writing skills. You don’t need to be a great writer in order to be experienced or knowledgeable.

This is ridiculous, really. I can’t see where a few seeds every now and again can be harmful. I don’t eat seeds, but maybe I’ll start, I just don’t know yet. I do occasionally eat a potato with green skin. OH MY! I’m going to die! There’s poison in there! Hasn’t killed me yet, I’m quite healthy and disease free. The person who wrote this article tries to suggest, in not so many words, that you should not ever ingest a seed and that there could not be any health benefits from doing so. My opinion? I have heard a lot of stories (friends of friends) who have beat cancer eating peach seeds. I can’t say what if any other treatment they used though. But if I found out I had cancer, you bet I would try eating seeds first. And then I would try any other natural method available before doing any type of chemo. I can’t say I would ever do chemo really, because I’m not very convinced it does much good. I never knew anyone that was cured through it, and I have a friend who goes for treatments every week, she’s miserable from it, and she knows she’s likely going to die. I’ve seen more cures through prayer than chemo. I’ll stay on God’s side; He knows loads more than the government and big pharma.

I personally know people who have eaten peach seeds, as a matter of fact I had a coworker years ago who’s mother went to Mexico to get her cancer medicines that were derived from peach seeds (That type of treatment was illegal in the US), I knew her for several years and as long as I knew her, her mom was still alive. I think it’s wise to question doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and anything that might be government funded. Why? Because people too often make decisions based on how much money they will get out of it. Test that one on yourself, if you were offered a quarter million bonus to sell a pharmaceutical drug to a doctor, would you not think about being less than completely honest about it? Heck, if you were offered $100 to write the article that started this long drawn out conversation, without mentioning health benefits, would you do it? People often sell out for money. Especially those with large mortgages and credit card debt. Really, why should we trust them? This is the information age, we can research right here online. There are medical studies everywhere. There are also people who expose greedy liars to the light of day. There are stories of experience. There is a lot to sort through. Sure there is a lot of false information, but I would rather sift through and discern for myself than to take the word of a doctor who wasn’t even taught about the benefits of nutrition in medical school. And please don’t tell me they all are, because when my daughter had some health issues, I asked her doctor about nutrition and she told me that all she was taught in medical was that “it was good”. I’m dead serious. Feel free to ask your own doctor what they were taught in medical school about nutrition. It’s good to take control of your own health, and take it out of the doctors’ hands. I did it 10 years ago and quit taking several prescription medications; I am healthier now than I have ever been. It doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally go to a doctor if absolutely necessary, but it is a rare occasion. My kids rarely go either.

June 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(253) John says:

Wow, the sheer number of people who scream “omg it doesnt do harm!” amazes me.

While it never explicitly states the ratio of cyanide to weight, it never said that taking it in moderation (MODERATION. I HOPE YOU PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS) will kill you.

June 23, 2010 at 4:55 am
(254) David Bode says:

What a load of rubbish.
My wife and I take daily amounts of raw apricot seeds and also take B17 tablets – which are extracted from Apricot seeds. My wife had and has completely recovered from Breast cancer, a recovery we ascribe to B17/Laetrile.
Not once have any of us had these symptons of poisoning descibed by Ms Helmenstein. In fact we are healthier than we have ever been. B17/Laetrile therapy is not quackery – it is based on a scientific method which has had the support of many medical practitioners but alas not the FDA and its cronies. Ms Helmenstein as a “phD” should no better – the cyanide she refers to is bound in molecular structures that render it harmless and it is only released by specific enzymes.
To say Cyanide in a compound is poisonous is akin to saying that eating salt will give you sodium or chlorine poisoning!! (Salt = NaCl)

June 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm
(255) STEPHANIE says:

My Chihuahua just swallowed a plum pit whole. I tried to get it out of his mouth. He growled and it went straight down. He weighs about 11lbs so I wonder if one pit is harmful and if I should be concerned and take him to the emergency clinic. Not sure what they can do yet. When could he start showing signs of toxicity?

June 25, 2010 at 5:59 am
(256) George Nganga says:

Thanks. i have been eating two apples per day including the seeds and didn’t know that they are poisonous. I learned from my wife. She asked me to research from the net the true. I have seen stopped taking this seeds


June 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(257) BigPharma says:

Good job George. Thank you. We will enjoy your business soon. Everybody please listen to Ann Marie, she is right. As a matter of fact our research has concluded that pretty much all fruits and vegetables are toxic. But if you must eat them, we have developed lots of new drugs that will fix you right up. Also, these health foods nuts out there saying that processed foods are bad, are simply quacks. We manufacture the best chemicals known to man. But the second best are done by the food industry. Its all good sheeple, I mean people.

June 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(258) Andrew Mitcham says:

our pet rabbit has been nibeling on cherrys and pits he does this from time to time then he gets verry ill the whole of his body goes into a paralised state almost lifeless the vet canot understand it he has been given every thing to treat the paralasis and then last time it hapend he was given nothing and still recoverd after 4 days , i thn discoverd the poisen in the cherry balk and pits. could this be a definate cause please somone give us answers

June 29, 2010 at 10:27 am
(259) EG293 says:

Please people…just for the sake of all those who might end up in this webpage. What is displayed here is unbased, non-clinically proven, nor even researched in a controlled environment either in lab or in animals. How can people come up with these theories I do not know. There are hunderds or even thousands of little tiny poisons that we consume daily, none of which can cause the slightest harm.

The reality has provided evidence against these alarmist and exaggerative notions…People need to be careful when they are given the liberty to write down whatever piece of c**p they think they know! Please please please be aware of the effect that such articles may have on people.

June 30, 2010 at 6:45 am
(260) encoder says:

laetrile is a no good substance, despite of the attention it got as a cancer treatment. the active substance however is called amygdalin a cyanide sugar compound. altered, irradiated, genetically modified,… seeds/fruits have naked Prussic acid in them as broken amygdalin. that is hydrogen cyanide, extremely toxic. the symptoms above are consistent with this poison.

the natural sugar compound is harmless in the quantities/form within unaltered seeds. but caner cells have a fetish for it. IE: caner cells metabolize the cyanide compound much more efficiently disrupting cell functions by the release of the H cyanide. in small quantities the compound is capable of selectively destroying cancer cells.

unfortunately it cannot be used as treatment. if cancer takes hold, this method is useless because of the weakness of it’s effect by remaining harmless, but is very effective as a preventive cure.

must point out:
(otherwise it might kill you)

if you get the symptoms, UV radiation can neutralize it. cyanide is an ultraluminous(i think) substance
(probably you will have to burn yourself to death)

July 4, 2010 at 8:50 am
(261) DavidB says:

Encoder – where did you get these silly ideas from? Yes Amygdalin – call it what you will IS an effective treatment for cancer. My wife recovered from Breast cancer and we know of many cases (personally) that recovered from stage 3 and 4 cancer when conventional medicine had given up on them – and they are still alive and well. I had read of many testimonials on the web but actually seeing it happen is very powerful.
“unfortunately it cannot be used as treatment. if cancer takes hold, this method is useless because of the weakness of it’s effect by remaining harmless, but is very effective as a preventive cure.” this is total crap.
I and my wife take at least a dozen raw apricot seeds every day plus amygdalin in tablet form. I can assure you we don’t go into paralysis and froth at the mouth.
After reading this thread I just shake my head in disbelief at the naivity and mind numbing acceptance that people indulge in. You can take a horse to water……..

July 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm
(262) amazed says:

Anyone reading this, please ignore all the wishful idiots who are attacking the author of this article because they believe she is threating their irrational belief in miracle cures. The more we learn about cancer the more we learn it is not one disease but many diseases. No one compound will cure all cancer. Some cancers are driven by viruses. Other by inherited mutations. in most cases it’s a life time of hundreds of mutatiosn and changes in expression of genes and proteins which differ gretaly between different tumor type and even between different infdivdual tumors. Linus Pauling died of cancer after believing that vitamin C was a miracle cure, brilliant though he was. People have been dying of cancer forever. The stuff about people who never get cancer because of their magic diet is pure crap. Animals get cancer if they live long enough. Dinosuar bones have been found with tumors on them. 1/3 of people die today of cancer because cancer is mostly a disease that increases with age. We all live alot longer nowadys. Done smoke. Eat a helathy balanced diet. Excercize. Be happy. Hope your genetics are good. Hope that scientists design better treatments for cancer like the one from chronic myelogenous lukemia.

July 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(263) Still paranoid says:

After THREE months, Alan returns to report on the state of his health. That can lead to only two conclusions.

1) Alan is a liar and untrustworthy, having promised to report on his health on this forum every month. If he were reliable, he would not have failed to post unless he were seriously incapacitated.

2) Alan was seriously incapacitated for a long period of time, doubtlessly due to poisoning from apple seeds he has been eating.

By Morten’s fork, his conclusions are untenable.

July 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(264) Lori says:

I just ate a cherry pit! AM I GOING TO DIE???????

July 20, 2010 at 2:15 am
(265) Bryan396 says:

Apricot Pits are known as laetrile or B17 or bitter almonds in Asia and are a natural cyanide that kills cancer cells in the body. Be Careful and research doeages and stop caffeine and tobacco intake. And don’t eat too many…..or you may die from cyanide poisoning…rememer “Dosage makes the poison….and creates toxic overload.”

July 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(266) immeee. says:

I have known all my life that the seeds of the “stone” fruits are poisonous. But apple seeds?? I don’t know about the chemical compounds but… do you like apple cider? I grew up in the apple country of Michigan and have seen how major apple growers make apple cider. I hope I don’t turn your cider drinkers off! I, myself LOVE apple cider, despite the fact… they harvest the apples, as you would expect and they dump them into a crusher, without any sorting, just a strong spray of water to dislodge any contaminants. They go into the crusher…along with their seeds, any leaves and/or twigs and maybe an unfortunate bug now and then. I must say, however, that this was YEARS ago, I’m sure they’ve changed since then with all the stringent government restrictions. But it NEVER did make me want to back away from drinking it…cuz it’s just sooo darn good!

July 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm
(267) immeee. says:

I went back and read everyone’s posts and I must say… do what you think you must. DON”T listen to those who tell you otherwise. IF IT WORKS, then DO IT! Everybody want’s money and it’s those who think it should be done the “conventional” way. Including the pharmaceutical companies. They really don’t care if meds work… they just want their money! Same with our glorious govt. That IS why sooo many people are going out of the US to get their medical treatment! I know too many people, personally, and have read about soooo many others who do just that. And if I find myself in that kind of situation…I WILL NOT hesitate to do the same!!!

August 6, 2010 at 7:02 am
(268) Lilly says:

Anne Marie you are so wrong if you eat a cherry pit or an apple seeds YOU WILL NOT DIE. where did you get this info from where ever whoever the are wrong apple seeds contain vitamin b17 and are not poisonous to us. B17 is a vitiamin which prevents cancer it is ture

August 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm
(269) Matt says:

So I read about half of these comments and wanted to leave one myself. I’m only 17, but I have passion for the study of medicine and love looking things up about vitamins and amino acids ext. After reading quite a few of these, I’ve come up with the question, “Is it posible for the effect of eating apple seeds and cerry pit different on different people?” And what I mean by that if thats not clear enough is that what if certain people have differnet kinds of immune systems or make a chemical that other people don’t and thats why we have the exceptions of people who feel sick after eating seeds and pits. Could it be that those people are missing something else in thier diet that would prevent those symptomes that they experience. Maybe B17/Laetrile combined with another substance causes those feelings, or lack of (In theory) this mystery substance. Anyways just throwing that out there, please let me know what you think, if this is logical at all or anything. Thanks for taking the time to read.


August 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm
(270) Brandon says:

This is what’s called a lie. I eat cherry pit seeds all the time. I eat apple seeds every time I eat apples which is almost every day. No side effects. I ate about a dozen cherry pit seeds today. Still good. Actually these seeds contain a necessary nutrient vitimin B-17. Look it up.

August 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(271) krudan says:

after reading about half of this thread, i decided to chime in. first off, don’t flame the author, she didn’t sound like she was spreading big pharm propaganda. she is simply saying seeds can be dangerous, which they can be, depending on dosing and the individual thats ingesting them. she’s not wrong, but neither are the flamers. seeds also contain many benefits. i eat whole fruits, and as an individual i can process the seeds with no problem. given the amount of seeds i would have to ingest to overdose, i would more likely suffocate or suffer from some type of rupture in my digestive system. i simply couldn’t take in that volume of fruit. on the other hand, joe down the street has a completely different body makeup than me, perhaps his body can’t process the seeds properly. food allergies exist, right? nuts, shellfish, dairy, etc. whats good for a certain individual isn’t necessarily good for the masses.
oh, and i love when people break out scripture for science. they mix about as well as gasoline and matches. the bible is not a scientific, credible source. oh and to the poor deluded person above, god didnt write the bible. that statement was hilarious! i’m not trying to offend anyone, but, ” It’s in the bible!” is not proof. that’s called belief or faith. and no, i’m not an atheist. whew, that was longer than i thought it would be.

August 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(272) Another seed eater... sometimes says:

Hi everybody…

First thing… sorry for my poor english, this is not my mother language, and i live far away, somewhere in a forgotten european country. I don’t want to disturb those who seem very uncomfortable with spelling and language mistakes.

I’ve ended in this site after reading somewhere else about poisonous apple seeds. I was eating the whole apple in the past. In order to avoid the disposal of the apple’s core. I could store the stem in my pocket until later, but the core, even in a plastic bag… seemed a bit uncomfortable.

Nothing happened to me (I used to eat 2 apples a day, chewing the seeds, of course).
If you consider all the people in the previous posts who admits to eat apple and other seeds, you can tell for sure that they’re not dangerous. That’s a good proof (unless you think all of us are lying and none has ever ate any seed).

By the way… I’ll start eating my apple seeds again…

September 2, 2010 at 9:03 am
(273) Ann | Hammaslääkäri Helsinki says:

Hah. I would continue this by saying that water is poisonous.

If you don’t believe me, try drinking 10 litres of water at once and see if you’re alive after that. Or actually, please don’t try.

September 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm
(274) Matt says:

“If you eat too many apple seeds, you could die.”

Duh. if you eat too much of anything you could die. thats what the term “too much” means.

This is dumb.

September 8, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(275) Ronald says:

For starters, my girlfriend had malignant breast cancer (2 tumors, diagnosed by mammo/ultrasound/MRI/biopsy June 2009). She refused conventional treatments (mastectomy/chemo/radiation) and took about 40 apricot kernels a day for atleast 1 month. At the same time, she took 4 x 500mg Amygdalin capsules a day too. After the first month, she continued to eat atleast 20-25 apricot kernels a day and 2 x 500mg Amygdalin capsules.

Three months a ultrasound showed no more signs of the two tumors.

We still take 15 kernels a day…

We combined B17/Amygdaline with a diet: pancreatic enzymes, zinc, magnesium, selenium, chlorella/spirulina, vitamine D3 (5000IU/day), vitamine C (5-6 gr/day), Q10. We also cut down the red meat and started eating more vegetables/fruit.

First we found ‘German New Medicine’ (GNM) – visit http://www.learninggnm.com for instance. In hindsight we found out that there had been a big ‘conflict’ about 6 months before she got breast cancer. This conflict got resolved by itself and she was already in the ‘healing phase’ when a mammo spotted the tumors. According to GNM, most of what we call ‘disease symptoms’ are really ‘healing symptoms’.

Talking to people during the last year showed me that this theory is right, over and over again. For instance, I heard of a guy who’s son died of colon cancer. I saw him about a year later and he told me that his wife had developed breast cancer recently (she already had a mastectomy and was on chemo). I told him about GNM and said: “if your wife is right handed, the cancer was in her left breast”. He confirmed this. There was another couple, the man had lung cancer and some time after that his wife had breast cancer (mastectomy/chemo) in her right breast… If you find this too crazy to believe, just look at Dr. Simonton and other doctors who look at disease in a ‘psycho-somatic’ way.

Anyway. I could go on for hours about this, but for now this should suffice.

Best wishes to you all!

September 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm
(276) Ronald says:

My partner and I still eat 15 apricot kernels a day (she started off with 40 kernels a day for one month, then 25 a day for a few months – this was more than one year ago).

She got diagnosed with malignant breast cancer June 2009, refused mastectomy/chemo/radiation and is still fine now.

She combines the apricot kernels with 100mg Amygdaline and pancreatic enzymes + zinc, magnesium, selenium, etc. (so do I, except for the Amygdaline and the pancreatic enzymes).

Also have a look at ‘German New Medicine’ (GNM) – http://www.learninggnm.com, because we believe this goes to the real cause of cancer and other ‘diseases’… Apricot kernels can ‘control’ cancer (by killing cancer cells), GNM can really ‘cure’ it (by stopping the cell growth we call ‘cancer’).

If you wonna find out more about how the FDA (the watchdog for BigPharma) stops non-toxic anti-cancer cures from hitting the marked, look at ‘Burzynski The Movie’. You can see an interview with the maker of this docu-movie here:


God bless you all.

September 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm
(277) SeriousJoker says:

This article must be a joke. As long as I remember, I have been eating apples as a whole, core and seeds included. And yes, I chew on the seeds sometimes because I like the bitter taste in them. As for cherries, I have swallowed so many pits that my mom thought that I will get my intestines clogged :) ))
And, the cherry on the cake (tongue in cheek ;) is that you mention almond seeds. Seriously?????? We only eat the seed honey and not the shell, it is what we call almonds, roasted or dried or whatever. God, half this country should be dead by now, as many many many I know eat almonds for a snack, EVERYDAY !!!!!
Wow, you certainly read silly stuff on the internet. Thank God I know better.

September 18, 2010 at 6:45 am
(278) rob says:

“All things are poison and nothing is without poison. It is the dose that makes a thing poisonous.”

Paracelsus, 16th century pharmacologist

September 18, 2010 at 11:52 am
(279) truthseeker says:

Ok, there are so many comments i couldn’t bring myself to read them all, but i thought i would leave another anyways.

To Anne: Do you get any funding from pharmaceutical companies? Is that why you are using scare tactics and only telling one side? Why don’t you compare the amount of poison in seeds to other known toxins like flouride, mercury, or aluminum? I would be willing to bet my yearly salary against yours that you have a conflict of interest when it comes to natural remedies. Apple seeds are about as bad for you as vegetables. Did you know that vegetables contain methanol, which if metabolized can turn into formaldehyde in your brain? Should we stop eating vegetables? No! The methanol is connected to other molecules and when eaten raw(as nature intended) do not get metabolized. There was even a recent study that showed that people who drink alcohol(ethanol) have less mortality rates than those who abstain, because when you have ethanol to metabolize you won’t metabolize the methanol in cooked vegetables.

To the ones who quote the Bible: Please stop using plagiarized fiction as proof of anything. If you are wondering what i mean, look up the Egyptian god Horus who predates the Bible. He was born Dec. 25th to a virgin, had 12 disciples, was crucified and then resurected 3 days later(sound familiar?).

September 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(280) chemistry says:

“I would be willing to bet my yearly salary against yours that you have a conflict of interest when it comes to natural remedies.”

I accept.

September 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(281) Not Important says:

Each seed has a small amount. Each amount has to be ingested and then digested before the cyanide can break away from the cyanogenic glycoside, therefore the amount and whether or not you break up the seed all play a part in determining how long the chemical takes to release. So if you eat a seed and it takes longer than 24 hours to fully break down you never get the poisoning… (it will have passed through you before then) However if you crush the seeds it presumably would take less time to break down in the stomach. And, in this way, if you consume the right dose at the right time you have the potential to be poisoned. Also all humans have the ability to ingest small amounts of toxins and be fine.

September 19, 2010 at 2:08 am
(282) Ronnie says:

Nothin like a nice BS article to get me runnin out to get apples to eat the seeds along with my daily apricot seed intake of about 10 a day. It’s clear that the establishment is a bunch of evil sick freaks that love to see people suffer if it means a secure career and a fatter paycheck.

If these seeds did nothing to cure cancer for sure as the coming hell fire that will burn these sick creatures to a crisp you could be sure you would see no articles about it and the waves of empty headed commentary in support of it. The author, like her supporters, doesn’t give a crap about your safety because the amount of people that die from eating seeds every year is just about nil… whereas the amount of people who die every year from adverse reactions to drugs and conventional treatment are in the hundreds of thousands.

Think about it… almost no one dies from these seeds and no one has died from laetrile and the FDA bans their contents and you see all these countless articles trying to scare people away from seeds. Why would the establishment invest so much time and money to try to protect the population from something that might kill one person on earth every year? It’s because the stuff WORKS and it’s worth spending the time and money to scare people away in order to protect billions of dollars in profits.

This article along with the brainless supportive commentary is PROOF that this stuff works. The evil author of this article has totally failed to achieve her goal: to keep people sick and dying and their loved ones traumatized by the experience of loosing someone to cancer. These people like her are a bunch of money lovin psychopaths.

September 20, 2010 at 9:52 am
(283) Nick says:

@Amazed even if it is not true that B17 helps and is just another personal belief (which i would be shockedif not as it makes sense with all the cancer in recent times it would be related to our modern diets otherwise we wouldn’t have made it out of the stone age with all the other ailments we had to contend with)you shouldn’t say this because you may be wrong and cost people their lifes who would have otherwise tried

September 23, 2010 at 5:24 am
(284) Steven says:

I see people saying things like: the seeds are USUALLY safe because the poison takes a long time to break down INTO actual poison, but if you CHEW the seeds, then they become more dangerous, because they break down faster in the stomach…

Well, if THAT’S the case, then someone should TELL Montel Williams about this, right away!

I just watched an infomercial, with Montel, selling his special “Health Master” blender.. The blades are so powerful and fast, that it will completely EMULSIFY any fruits or vegetables dropped into it, into a smooth, creamy liquid.. He then does EXAMPLES of dropping WHOLE fruits into this device. Even thick, spiny pineapples don’t need to be peeled (or skinned). He ALSO includes APPLES, yes APPLES, with the seeds, stems, core, and EVERYTHING still intact.

He then pours the finished product into cups, and serves it to small CHILDREN!

…and they LIKE it!

I would THINK putting apple seeds in a blender (especially one as powerful as the Health Master) would “break them down” a lot faster than chewing them.

So if the threat of cyanide poisoning from apple seeds were REAL (or AT ALL serious), then shouldn’t those kids from that commercial be DEAD by now?

Since these ads started airing, MANY MANY people have purchased the Health Master, and blended WHOLE APPLES, CHERRIES, and ALL KINDS of fruits, including the seeds..

…And yet, I haven’t heard of anyone dying from their (apple-seed-infested) fruit smoothies! AMAZING!

Furthermore, Montel even claims that leaving all these cores (and skins, and stems, and even SEEDS) is HEALTHY for you.

September 23, 2010 at 5:36 am
(285) Steven says:

As a matter of fact, I’ll bet the Health Master doesn’t even come with a WARNING in it’s instruction manual about blending too many apple seeds. I don’t OWN one, but I just tried to RESEARCH whether or not it comes with any such warning.. Yet I cannot find ANYTHING AT ALL indicating that it’s dangerous to put SEVERAL whole apples into this machine.. I wonder WHY…. Could it BE, that you people are worried over NOTHING???

September 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(286) anoymous says:

i think if you eat a couple cherry seeds wont make you feel like you wanna die. c’mon be serious. it can’t be that bad. i ate a couple once and i felt fine. this is silly. how about we all believe what we believe and not judge each other.

p.s. i love cherries:)

September 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(287) Ronnie says:

Why doesn’t the author use her phd to warn the public about something that is truly toxic and will be mandated for use by 2013 and that is the mercury in CFL bulbs. Each CFL contains five milligrams of mercury. Some states have a “safety” standard of 300 nanograms per cubic meter. Thus it would take 16,667 cubic meters of soil to “safely” contain all the mercury in a single CFL bulb.

Here’s an excerpt from an article in the National Post of a woman who broke a CFL during installation in her daughter’s bedroom:

“Aware that CFLs contain potentially hazardous substances, Bridges called her local Home Depot for advice. The store told her that the CFL contained mercury and that she should call the Poison Control hotline, which in turn directed her to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP sent a specialist to Bridges’ house to test for mercury contamination. The specialist found mercury levels in the bedroom in excess of six times the state’s “safe” level for mercury contamination of 300 billionths of a gram per cubic meter. The DEP specialist recommended that Bridges call an environmental cleanup firm, which reportedly gave her a “low-ball” estimate of US$2,000 to clean up the room. The room then was sealed off with plastic and Bridges began “gathering finances” to pay for the US$2,000 cleaning. Reportedly, her insurance company wouldn’t cover the cleanup costs because mercury is a pollutant.”


The above is an example of an article that truly protects people as opposed to an article that intentionally keeps people sick and dying.

September 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(288) Lior says:

well just now I drank two cups of fresh apple juice I made (with my juicer)with 15 whole apples(with the seeds)
I dont feel and of the crazy side-appects you wrote.
actually I feel amazing.

September 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(289) SEED EATER says:


September 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm
(290) arlene ` says:

I have been eating the whole apple for 50 years. I eat them very often and have never had cancer, nor do I have any other health problem. I don’t feel like I’m 60. I also eat orange seeds.

October 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm
(291) .. says:

I have exactly three things to say.

The Bible is bullsh*t, in my mind. It was written in a time when it was though the sun revolved around the earth.

If you believe that cherry pits will not harm you, I ask you kindly to eat 20 cherry pits mashed into a paste, take a picture, post it, and post how you felt.

Please be civil, everyone. Adn chek yur spleeing :P

October 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm
(292) Paul says:

Thanks for the article. I just read a book that mentioned this and wondered if it to be true. huh. Weird how such simple things can be so complex…

October 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(293) BETTY says:

IF THIS IS TRUE WHY HASN’T THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BEEN MADE AWARE OF THIS ? I don’t like the fact that i have been ingesting foods that are potentially dangerous, if not eaten correctly. and what about all the time people let there kids have fruits. this scares me to death just thinking about it I cold have hurt one of my kids and not even known it. this is awful. my kids sometimes would eat a couple of apples at a time,

October 5, 2010 at 4:16 am
(294) Consipiracy Cock Blocker says:

Here are the sources you guys have had so much trouble finding. Did anyone bother to look, because I didn’t think they were that hard to find.




In case you had trouble comprehending these 1980′s articles, what they say is that Beta-Glucosidase (the enzyme you all have been claiming is unique to cancer cells) is found in certain foods as well as intestinal bacteria that varies between individuals. This enzyme, which is not unique to cancer cells, (I’m not even sure if cancer cells produce it at all, because I haven’t researched that.) can break down the Amygdalin in apple/apricot seeds, producing hydrogen cyanide- a poison with a half-life of less than an hour.

Laetrile is not natural. It’s synthetic, and somebody was/is making money off of it. The greedy BIG PHARMA man here is Ernst Krebs Jr.

Based on the posts here, paranoid schizophrenia is more prevalent than previously thought. If you schizos are interested, I can also disprove the ‘Britain owns the FED’ consipiracy theory. (Hint: Both Kennedy and Lincoln were murdered before the Federal Reserve was created.) Keep those conspiracy theories rolling. The US government bombed the twin towers. Tell bigfoot I said HI!

October 6, 2010 at 2:36 am
(295) Ronnie says:

hey troll… you forgot to mention “tinfoil hatters”. “space beams”, “loch ness monster” and “black helicopters” along with your “bigfoot” jargon. Has it ever dawned on you criminals to perhaps update your script as to not so easily give yourselves away?

You sickos can’t “disprove” anything… the only thing you can do is lie, lie… lie. And those who cover-up the crimes will receive the same measure of punishment as those who carried them out… so enjoy your little psyop agent job while it last because it aint gonna last much longer.

October 7, 2010 at 6:46 am
(296) Bryant R says:

It’s interesting that everyone seems to be hung up on the “It cures cancer so it can’t be poisonous”. I’d like someone to show me where it says all cures are automatically harmless and no poisons can be cures.

Your all idiots, every last one of you. You have the idiots that say “oh the bible says to eat them so I will”, well the original bible before it was translated also said that if a woman isn’t a virgin when she is married then she should be stoned to death……….everyone collecting their stones yet? I didn’t think so.

Then you have the idiots who are focusing on B17, so what it contains B17, if someone handed you a package labeled “Anthrax +B17″ would you take it? I mean come on it has B17, it will kill cancer so it can’t be dangerous.

Then you have the idiots who claim they eat the apples whole “stem” and all, I’m not even going to comment on that.

All the idiots seem to focus on “it’s natural” as well. In the wild animals that have diets high in fruits, eat other things to counter-act the poison in them. There are even Monkeys that steal charcoal from villages to counter-act the poison from their heavy fruit diets.

So there you go, nature as a whole knows its poison. So why can’t you people, who I assume are all humans, and whom are supposed to be the smarties creatures on earth, figure out its poison?

An Apple Seed is poisonous and animals know this, so when they eat them they don’t chew them. The seeds then pass through their system and end up back in the ground. NATURE made them poison for that very reason, so the plant can survive!

October 15, 2010 at 12:43 am
(297) crafty handmidowns says:

Man can’t we all agree that the only real cure for cancer is herpes?

B-17 doesn’t even exist, its a secret name for gopher droppings …eww

I made a whole pie out of Apple seeds once…threw it a Martha Stewart, and then she became a billionaire…go figure.

Plus Bill Gates designed the first dos kernel from a popcorn kernel, and it looks like that that turned out well enough.

October 15, 2010 at 12:47 am
(298) you says:

I like popcorn

October 21, 2010 at 11:24 pm
(299) Crunchy Groovy Earth Dweller says:

If you wear your tinfoil hat tight enough, it neutralizes the vitamin B-18 and the vitamin M-199 in your brain so you don’t live any longer or nuthin’ but the space aliens can’t download their income tax files for storage in your pineal gland.

This can be proven by modern chemical and biological science and is completely backed up by the ADSB (Alien Data Storage Bureau). If you doubt that vitamin B-18 isn’t a requirement for human life, then you are simply fortunate enough to have enough of it in your diet accidentally, or wear alternative forms of tinfoil headwear like air-aura contralatables.

October 31, 2010 at 8:03 am
(300) Anonomous Army says:

Whew… Ok… Here we go…

So, I have finally read through this whole blog after about 2-3 hours of reading. I am going to state one thing before any of you decide to slam me. THIS IS MY OPINION!!! I don’t have facts and I am not a scientist or have a Phd. I am a simple, 24 year old husband with a son that is the army.

I have been reading about the corruption of the FDA and such because of the scientific proof that B17 can prevent and cure cancer. I am understanding more of this as I read on about this corruption with the FDA and government.

Here’s my opinion:
This country is over populated and it seems the ones that control it are the wealthy ones. I am very interested in researching corruption with government agencies. First off (off subject and my apologies), the World Trade Center attacks. I’m not going to go to deeply into it, but a subject of corruption. The government planned attacks. Search google if you would like to know more about it as this is not the subject on here. Find the Video “Loose Change”.

My point being is that the government is money hungry. Millions and millions of dollars go to cancer research and chemotherapy. As some people said at the beginning, we find a cure, there goes a lot of jobs and funding for our government. The FDA is out there trying to make a buck. Honest or dishonest.

I am leading to believe that the seeds of apples and apricots will prevent and cure cancer. I believe that there are government plots to help keep the population down and having miracle cures like Liatrile from being largely produced. So from this day forward, I will be eating the seeds on all fruits. Thank you all for our input on this blog. Some has been entertaining (like Alan’s monthly check-ins) and some of you have been down right rude. Kind of makes me a little sick

November 3, 2010 at 12:06 am
(301) Solomon says:

How much more poisonous is apple seeds and cherry pits compared with mercury, aluminium, aspartame, phosphoric acid, transfat, hydrogenated fat? More toxic and poisonous chemicals – vaccines with mercury/aluminium preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colas with phosphoric acid, margarines with transfat, french fries cooked by hydrogenated fats, etc are abundantly being administered or consumed every day by everyone. Putting up a health alert against apple seeds and cherry pits is obviously a campaign to deter people to turn to them for health benefits by over-exaggerating their toxicity
when it should be the everyday “consumed” foods above and their more devastating poisonous effects that should be alerted to the public. As Vitamin C is to scurvy, Vitamin B17 is to cancer. Americans need to be healed naturally, not become sicker by the day with BS articles and man-made compounds. Please, for God’s sake, do no evil.

November 3, 2010 at 9:19 am
(302) teebee says:

I’ve just read many of the comments above. Wow. And I thought it was weird in *my* head…

November 7, 2010 at 7:29 am
(303) doubting Donal says:

I have just read all the posts including the loons and haters.I ate 6 apricot kernals a few weeks ago my wife tried one but hated it very bitter.She has breast cancer had lumpectomy 7mm her2+ er= node -.so she is on tammi.One ONC. offered tammi chemo and herceptin this will reduce risk of recurrance 50% thats all, but high risk of toxicty.Second ONC tammi and herceptin alone he thought risk of recurrance was to low to use chemo.second opinion is always worthwhile.I read up on alternative thearpy over the last few months and how important diet is, the book ANTI-CANCER is briliant.She started herceptin 3 weeks ago no problems,will start B-17 next week 3 grams a day its not toxic will cost over 2,000 euro,but herceptin will cost insurance over 25,000 euro ps we PRAYED too

November 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm
(304) Tara says:

I consumed seeds of every apple that I ate in 35years of my life, and I am not dead. I ate anywhere 2 to 5 apples every single day and chew apple seeds like if it were sunflower seeds! I love them and I have no medical issues what so ever! :)
I did not know if there were poisonous until someone told me a month ago and I googled to find out if it was true. I will try to remember not to eat them in future, but I am here perfectly fine.

November 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm
(305) brandon says:

Actually I’ve done much research on toxics and vitamins found in fruit seeds and it turns out yes they contain cyanide witch is obviously poison but most also contain vitamin
B17 …witch apparently together help kill mutated cells ..cancer and lots els please look into it you selves you’ll find much more..and look a little deeper and you will see who is lieing .why this information and much more is withheld from mankind…please look into it youtube always good spot to look .also hemp oil has healing propertied look into rick simpson run from the cure . I’m confident you research yourselfyoulbe convinced if so please alert other people

November 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(306) brandon says:

MIn fact she is very wrong most seeds apple apricot many others do contain cyanide witch is poison but also contain vitamin B17 witch together is harmless but in fact very good for you it also has healing properties with cancer ..keep an open mind and look into his yourself I’m confident you’ll see who’s lieing and why this information is withheld from mankind ..ten minutes of research and you will see . Youtube is always good and hemp oil is also very medicinal .kills mutating cells like cancer .rick simpson run from~the cure will tell you. ….if you are convinced witch I’m positive over ten minutes of research .please let others thank u and number two thirty nine on this list you are very correct and that a brief of what I want peopl to look into please leave feed back in what you think

November 20, 2010 at 7:40 am
(307) vesta says:

How about livestock? I feed whole apples to chickens and cows from our apple trees in large quantities.

November 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm
(308) Brian says:

WOW I have a chemistry proffesor that told me to eat apple seeds cause they have an amazing amount of vitamins… Now I am wondering if he was trying to kill me…

I have eatten apple seed for a long long time ( even 20 a day) and I never felt the simpthoms…

So is good or bad to eat apple seeds???

November 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm
(309) Douglas Wallace says:

apple seeds are harmful doses. But Apricot and Apple seeds contain B17 which is proven to prevent and even cure cancer. a normal amount of apple seeds, as in the seeds from the number of apples that you can eat in a day is totally harmless and very beneficial. So put that apple core into the blender with your smoothie. If you want to never get cancer, take 10 minutes out of your like since you are on the web and google “Apricot Seeds Cancer”. Apricot seeds have the highest concentration of B17, apple seeds comes a distant second. Don’t you rember “Johnny Appleseed”, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?

December 3, 2010 at 10:24 am
(310) smiley says:

@ comment # 229: Don’t insult the Bible with your lack of knowledge on its truth and power, please. Proof of a real truth rarely involves disrespectfully denying the [lack of] substance of the opposing view(s). Therefore, I don’t need to go into detail on why your aforementioned statement is false. Have a great day :)

As for the writer of the article, I’m sorry that you had to face such an onslaught of insults. Your wording in the article was clear, and it doesn’t seem that you were condemning the earth’s fruits as evil. However, I eat apples a lot, and about two years ago I randomly began eating the whole apple. I haven’t experienced any negative side effects as of yet. Thought for food ;)

December 7, 2010 at 11:09 am
(311) James Davis says:

I have been eating apricot seeds (kernels) for the past 7 years as a cancer preventative. Several of my friends and family have been on them as well for many years, all without any poisoning. In fact one aunt and two friends actually cured themselves of cancer with the apricot seeds. I eat 2 apples a day and I eat the whole apple, and yes, I chew the seeds good before swallowing. The cyanide in them is locked and can only be released by a certain enzyme. Therer is not a single bonafide case of anyone, ever, being poisoned by the cyanide contained in apple, apricot, peach, plum, cherry, or any other similar seed. In fact there are several hundred natural foods that contain this same cyanide.

December 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm
(312) Raquel says:

Heres is a bit of info… I currently have a sister that just recieved a donor kidney from her identical twin 4 days ago at the age of 32. She is currently still in the hospital and doing great. When she was 4 years old she ate a whole bag on cherries with the pits included and had an allergic reaction which resulted in hives and paralysis of her lower body for four months. Connection on the cherry pits paralysis and kidney disease, you be the judge.

December 15, 2010 at 2:49 am
(313) Ronnie says:

Your sister was most likely allergic to the massive amount of cherries not the pits. Cherry pits pass right through the digestive system with their contents intact within the very hard shell and I doubt that your sister at 4 years old or at any age for that matter was able to chew through the hard shells of a whole bag of cherry pits.

December 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm
(314) Ron says:

Thank you, Ms. Helmenstine; of course you are right.
All it takes is for anyone to do a little basic research and they will find that cherry and peach pits contain cyanogenic glycosides. Poison!
But of course, we have some folks here that are anal retentive and will accept nothing outside their own narrow and limited view…
The only thing more dangerous than an idiot with a gun is an idiot with an Internet connection. (like Lee, #6 & #7.)
I understand that this is an old post, but the TRUTH never gets old!
Thank you for your concise (true) professional report.

January 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm
(315) Loaf says:

Ron, please! It’s all very well calling people anal retentive and other random insulting names, but is that not a little unnecessary?
I seems that the obvious thing that we can all draw from this blog is that different people have different opinions.
I think that any post from anyone that resorts to name calling and rubbishing someone elses opinion should be disregarded, based on the fact that it is usually those with little or no understanding of a subject that resort to such tactics.
I thought the point of such a discussion was to exchange views, not to call each other names, just because they don’t share your view.
You provide no evidence to back up your insults and claims, and clearly have a very narrow minded and limited view yourself (something you are apparantly accusing others of).

I myself DO eat seeds (from a wide variety of friuts, flowers and vegetables), along with the flesh. This includes apples, peaches, cherries and apricots. The reason I do this is because that is what we are designed to do!
As others have stated, everything becomes poison when dosed sufficiently. So use your judgement!

By the way, I have seen too much evidence showing corruption within governments that I am very much a supporter of the tin foil hat brigade! :o P

Peace, and lets be nice to each other (God save arseholes… a little Brtish humour) ;o)

January 13, 2011 at 2:25 am
(316) OverProtectiveGirlFriend says:

I have an idea for all of those who do not believe that apple seeds are poisonous.
Idea: Save your apple seeds and eat them by chewing each one very carefully. And since the only toxic amount said by anyone is “A lot,” let us say 30 seeds in one sitting. This is approximately 30 grams of crushed apple seeds. This will yield about 3 grams of HCN (cyanide) when metabolized. The toxic amount to an average human male is about 300mg which is a tenth of what you will be ingesting. Just to be very sure you will be experiencing some side affect (death).
If you’re right, you should be perfectly fine. If I’m right, well I hope for your sake I’m wrong.
My calculations might be a little off (rounding errors), but I’m almost positive that something will happen.

January 24, 2011 at 10:51 am
(317) Joe says:

Please can you show how you calculated that?

Once again moderation….

I am pretty sure 1 seed weighs far less than a gram to start with.

I would say closer to 0.1gram

Unfortuantly i cannot find a definitive answer on google but the general gist is higher than i expected with answers of 0.2-0.7 grams.

if 30 seeds would cause death then surely 15 seeds would cause sickness

I have eaten 3 apples including seeds in a day, each apple contained AT LEAST 5 seeds

Most apples i eat contain 6-8 seeds

I have never had any ill effects from it…

I am sure if you eat enough, in a short period, and maybe do not have enough of the enzymes that break it down properly that you indeed might have some ill effects…

but really… i believe there is far too much scare mongering

everyone should watch what they eat
and have a BALANCED DIET

B17 containing foods should be part of that diet.

January 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm
(318) WaveyDavey says:

OverProtectiveGirlFriend said; “Save your apple seeds and eat them by chewing each one very carefully. And since the only toxic amount said by anyone is “A lot,” let us say 30 seeds in one sitting. This is approximately 30 grams of crushed apple seeds. This will yield about 3 grams of HCN (cyanide) when metabolized. The toxic amount to an average human male is about 300mg which is a tenth of what you will be ingesting. Just to be very sure you will be experiencing some side affect (death).”

I realise you say your calculations may be a ‘little’ off, but 30 seeds will not weigh anywhere close to 30 grams. Maybe 300 seeds will. But then why would anyone be eating 300 seeds in a go? Unless they were looking to do themselves no good!
Most estimates claim upward of 500 seeds are required for a lethal dose…. so it all points to the fact that no one would be likely to eat the seeds of around 100 apples (assuming 5 seeds per apple) within a very short space of time.
So please don’t look to cause panic… much like the title of this report may have done!

September 2, 2011 at 9:39 am
(319) Shiv says:

How many seeds per day is advisable for a person who already has a cancer? My dad is a cancer patient and he underwent 38 radiotheraphy and 5 chemotheraphy (Neck and throat cancer) and after the treatment, he lost weights and came down from 74 to 58. Doctor said there is nothing much we can do as the cancer has spread to multiple organs and surgery is not recommended because he has already undergone chemo and radiotheraphy. Thats when i went through this posting and I understood eating apple seeds or fresh apricot seeds can prevent and infact cure the disease.. Please advice.

January 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm
(320) arm says:

Well what an interesting read. There are probably hundreds of comments, I only got about half way through them but there are some very interesting and informative responses to the article, so thanks to all of you for that.

I was eating an apple and as I’ve done once or twice before I chewed the seeds and swallowed them (the inside of the seeds is very tasty!). But I remembered I’d heard they could be poisonous and wanted to check – there’s not a lot on the net about this but my research took me here and I’m glad it did. At first having read the article (already having ingested one of the seeds) I decided not to eat the rest, but was content that I would be safe. I began to read the comments and it wasn’t long before I decided to eat the rest of them.

I will continue to eat them and will be sure to come back here and let you all know if it kills me.


January 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm
(321) arm says:

To those of you who claim you ate cherry pips and it made you sick (assuming that’s really true):

Cherry pips are actually quite large, and very hard – certainly too hard and resilient to be digested properly in the human digestive system I would think. Did you not stop to think that maybe the pain you were experiencing was due to ingesting something not unlike a small marble?

If I had a cherry here I would try cracking it’s pit open and eating the presumably much softer contents, but alas I have none.

January 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm
(322) Catherine says:

Hi Anne,
Thanks for the information and warning about eating apple seeds. My husband eats the entire apple, seeds and all, leaving only the stem. I have often wondered about him doing this, but did not know about the cyanide in the seeds. I am frankly mystified as to the many posts from so many doubters about your information and advice. Do people think you would just sit around and make something up to scare them? I absolutely trust your knowledge and expertise. What would your gain be to make up something about a danger if it was not valid?
Geeez….maybe the first time one of them gets sick they will get it.

January 24, 2011 at 11:03 am
(323) Joe says:

How long has your husband done this?
How many apples/seeds a day?

How many times has he had cyanide poisoning?


January 18, 2011 at 7:40 am
(324) trina says:

all good things come from God. He created all the seed bearing fruits for us to eat. but he didnt mean for you to stuff your face. lol only natural things are safe for the body. the drugs that are perscribed by doctors which are not natural have more side affects then good. when are people going to realize that they make more money by treatment not by cure. this world is failing but there is hope. trust in God for your cure, not the gov fda. go the natural way. more people are dying from cemo and perscription drugs. they are afraid that you might come to realize that eating apples will keep the doctor away and then they lose money. WAKE UP PEOPLE you have been misled by satan, he is a lier. God is the Truth.

January 24, 2011 at 10:33 am
(325) Joe says:

So you would not consider that God may have given men the abilities to become doctors, scientists etc that inturn can return medicine that works?

I fully support B17 in all it’s forms…

however I cannot stand by your argument.



So cannibis and tobbaco, natuarlly occouring plants are safe for the body are they?

I’m an ex-smoker, and occasionally have a toke – i have never once fooled myself into thinking that because “God” created it…

of course you will probably say “satan created it”

Well wasn’t it satan that tricked eve into taking the apple?

I could debate your religion to death


God may be perfect, but his creations are obviously not!

March 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm
(326) God Hates Idiots says:

So tell me, which is it? God created all or only the good stuff? If God didn’t create all. who created the evil stuff? Satan? Were God and Satan both there in “the beginning,” because the bible sure doesn’t say that. If God created all, then God created both good and evil, including Satan, and including the cancer you got. If God didn’t create all, then God isn’t the only God, cuz somebody else just as powerful was around. Huh. Doesn’t that just beat all. Trust in God for your cure, I mean sure, why not, you trust in God to GET the cancer in the first place. Cancer is natural, after all. So is cyanide, and anthrax, and radiation. Those are all great things! Yeah, that darn FDA is pure evil. You should just rely on whatever anyone tells you is in something instead of waiting for the FDA to make sure they’re telling the truth. Why do idiot Bible Thumpers always go so hand-in-hand with tin foil hat wearers? I agree – let’s all go ‘the natural way’ and let natural selection take care of all of this garbage. Don’t ever go to a doc or hospital, no meds or help for your childbirth, don’t use any cars or anything that science has helped to create – no no, not even the wheel for you, God didn’t want you to have any science for help with anything. I guess that means no fire for you, either. No soap, no running water. Yeah, let’s really do as you command and go the natural way. Hypocrite you are, on the internet posting on a website… natural, eh? Tell me, just where does your hypocracy end?

January 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm
(327) APlagueOnBothYourHouses says:

doctor will, comment 125, gave this link:


I checked it out, and found something on page 20 of this document that puts the whole subject in a different light. I am just going to quote it without further comment (but notice my nickname).

Question for Dr. Barrett of Quackwatch: Very informative web-site. I have a curious question, though. I read through your biography and credentials and they sound wonderful. But I want to ask you, out of curiosity: Are you a Christian? And this may sound somewhat personal but I would love if you could answer it: Do you believe in evolution or creation?

Dr. Barrett’s reply: I am not religious. I consider evolution a fact.

Conclusion: Since Dr. Barrett obviously believes he evolved from bacteria and subsequently from an ape
over a period of billions of years, and he does not believe that there is a God, then everything he says on his
web site becomes questionable. Visit our web-site to see our answer to his article “the Rise and Fall of
Laetrile” (http://www.worldwithoutcancer.org.uk). For the TRUTH of GOD’s word, demonstrating the
perfect harmony of the biblical record with factual science and history visit Dr. Kent Hovind’s web-site at

January 24, 2011 at 10:20 am
(328) Joe says:

Do we really need to turn everything into a religious debate?

some intelligent christians also believe in evolution, dinosaurs, and many other things that inbread fundamentalists don’t

September 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm
(329) JJ says:

I read that bit too, it was a stupid question. Who gives a rat’s ass if the guy is a Christian or not. Certainly a person can be perfectly decent without believing in God.

I’ve also noticed that generally people who call themselves christians are simply adding blatant hypocrisy to the list of sins they’ll have to pay for in the end, even though they truly belive in God.

As for Dr. Barrett he’ll also be frying. I do however respect him for not insulting my intelligence by pretending to be a christian.

January 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm
(330) Tess says:

Wait would would happen if you eat you apple seed but opened the seed and ate it?? :/

January 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm
(331) Justanotherday says:

I have read through many of the threads. Here is the reality. The US government is full of corruption, secrecy, Lobbyist and special interest groups. Let’s at least agree that if there was a dirt cheep magic non-patentable pill that cured all cancers, it would result in the collapse of many medical insurance companies, hospitals, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and cancer research. Population would threaten to spiral out of control. Sounds a lot like a threat to National Security. Everyone loses with a cure for cancer, except the person with cancer and close family members. So, if B17 is remotely a cure/prevention then it must be suppressed and/or discredited. In closing, I hear time and time again how the seeds as a toxin will kill you. Yet I have no real documented deaths. No names. No nothing concrete. Yet it is quoted as if it is a documented fact. Yes. Anything in excess can kill you. Even water. Yet those other items are nicely and conveniently documented. Not B17. You would think there would be high level trails and studies done with the news following closely. Yet nothing. That is enough to convince me that there is more to this story than anyone is willing to tell.

September 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm
(332) BluNova says:

Im a bit rushed so I may make some mistakes. Please pardon that.
You say that a true cure for cancer should be suppressed, or population will spin out of control. I’m not sure I can agree with that. Our population has already spun out of control. Considering how 7.5 million people die each year, though, there probably would be a spike in population.
You also said that no one would benefit from a cure for cancer, except those directly affected. That, sir, is most definetly wrong. If the Feds were revealed as the swindling, lying, money-hungry jackals they are, so many more people would benefit. The feds can’t block the infinite curiousity of the human race. People would question them, some might even try to force them to speak the horrible truth. If the gov tried to lock them all up, do you know how many riots would spring uo across the country? People can’t even win a televised hockey game without rioting, much less a nation-wide medical disaster.
I say quite a few people, not just cancer affected ones, would benefit from a cheap, natural cure. But then of course the feds would smooth it over, offering us their lab-made alternatives, “don’t trust the natural kind, WE made some that is safer, more reliable than nature…”

February 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm
(333) ihatethisarticle says:

Screw this article it’s full of lies!
their not poisonous, they’re disease fighters.
Who made this stupid article
the so called poison is 0% in a spoon full of them
and that poison is needed to kill the cancer cells

February 17, 2011 at 12:39 am
(334) keagan says:

We as a race are destroying this planet and the united states will soon fall. i can promise you all this, i worked in the U.S. Military and know how cruel america really is, China and Russia drop the us dollar? China backs iran up? doesnt anayone see a war coming? World War 3 will be coming within the next 5 years, and the U.S will fall.

February 17, 2011 at 8:29 am
(335) Lizelle says:

It looks to me like every website that says apple seeds are poisonous are from Scientists websites. I have learned not to trust scientists anymore due to their lies and bias. they have been trained and taught by schools and books funded by the illuminati (rockefeller etc). We have been lied to about many health facts for instance to drink 8 glasses of water – so you can take up MORE FLUORIDE than the guy who drinks a normal say 2 glasses. We should reconsider and research each and everything we know and what we have been taught our whole lives. What is the truth anymore???

February 20, 2011 at 7:57 am
(336) Brian says:

Your article is a lie. When I was a small boy we lived around a lot around a lot of Cherry tree groves. I ate around 4 or 5 lbs of Cherries and every pit. Never even felt ill. Articles like yours are sponsered by the FDA. Your article causes death

February 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm
(337) Jim says:

There are very few hard pieces of data in this debate. Mostly vague quantities. To answer the question of “how many apple seeds” I found this site. Not sure if its valid… but it at least provides a quantity. It says:

It takes about 100 grams of crushed (crushing causes the “prunasin” or “Amygdalin” to produce the cyanide) apple seed to make a person of about 150 pounds rather ill. This is around half a cup of seeds. To commit suicide using apple seeds you need to crush and eat these seeds fairly quickly, both to avoid evaporation of cyanide from the crushed seeds, and so as not to lose consciousness before ingesting a lethal dose.


Wiki has lots to say about the top. Most of what it says is over my head, but here are a couple of the sites.


February 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(338) whocouldshebe says:

What a bunch of nonsense, if you are deathly allergic to apricots and you eat the seed it will make you deathly ill, if not, then great, your cancer is cured.

My wife and I order and eat bags of green apricot seeds and nothing bad happens. She loves them! I’ve been eating them for years but hate the taste.

My last name is Burk. The Burk’s founded the National Cancer Institute. We were lucky to find this cure for cancer so easily. It’s fortunate they didn’t kill us all for letting this secret out because a lot of millionaire medical professionals will soon lose their jobs because of it but I’m happy to see this dream finally come to fruition with the modernization of the internet worldwide.


March 1, 2011 at 3:09 am
(339) Old Gunny says:


I absolutely love to eat the whole apple, including the seeds which I mash and chew up before swallowing them. I even chew and swallow the stem. I love eating peaches and breaking open the pits and then eating the bitter almond tasting seed. I do this with lot of different fruits. Always have. I at a heckuva lot of fresh fruit as a kid and old-fashioned peaches from trees as well as other fruits were visited daily when they were ripe. Okay now I am 54 and still going strong. Yeah sure this stuff can kill ya but so can beer and fried chicken…. ROFL! Old Gunny, Waller Texas

March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm
(340) hope says:

hey old Gunny – I am from Waller Tx Too!

hi all i have just been diagnosied with cancer, and my surgery to remove the tumor is in 4 weeks. no chemo or raditiaon yet that will be given after the surgery. I have been researching ways to shrink the tumor and keep coming across B17 and thought it couldnt hurt to try.
not sure where to get it – any suggestions?

March 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm
(341) marbee says:

BUY THIS BOOK! http://www.amazon.com/Cancer-Outside-Ty-M-Bollinger/dp/0978806506/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299193227&sr=8-1
and eat those apple seeds and apricot kernals, they are full of B17!
There are natural cancer cures, but anyone selling them is thrown in prison for years. Before the FDA came about in 1906, cancer was cured like a common cold. This book is full of help!

March 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm
(342) marbee says:

There is a great book by Ty Bollinger called Cancer Step Outside The Box. Before the FDA was born in 1906, cancer was cured much like the common cold. People who have cured themselves and told about it have spent years in prison or worse. Ty spent thousands of hours researching for the book. It could literally save your life!

March 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm
(343) Andrew says:

Odds are, you’re more likely to die from the pit or seed getting stuck in your intestines resulting in a blockage or puncture, which almost always results in death, so don’t swallow them!

March 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm
(344) Mda says:

I’ve been eating apples as well as all of the seeds in them for months. I have never had a single symptom, so while I’m not too sure what the amount of seeds you would need to eat for them to be dangerous is, I’m pretty sure that if you eat them along with the rest of the apple, you will never be able to eat enough apples to damage yourself.

March 18, 2011 at 6:15 am
(345) Carlos1948au says:

I have been eating seeds for a long time some are parasites killers and some on your statement kills cancer.
One should do some studies on it to verify that they are good for you, after all no plant or shrub grows from nothing they all have to have a seed to to grow so the seeds of most plant are very beneficial to us humans.Yes apple seeds do keep you awake and 20 or so will not kill you , aaaah the CYANIDE will kill some of the buggs in any human body.
Have a good Day

March 23, 2011 at 11:10 am
(346) flygirl says:

I eat one o two apple every day. Enjoy chewing the seeds, love the flavor.
am I poisoned???? No
Blood test is normal and healthy

March 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm
(347) Luis says:

I’m certainly not here to attack the author, but the conversation has obviously switched to the safety of B-17 and its uses for cancer treatment. Below is a link showing which foods contain Nitrilosides/B-17. The link is followed by a well-informed article, written by a doctor, about B-17.

I, personally, have been eating apple seeds for the past five years. I don’t swallow them whole, I chew them slowly and enjoy the bitterness first. I must add that I was a raw foodist for 6 months and if any group can be used to study the effects of raw seeds and B-17 containing foods, it is certainly raw foodists. When they make apple sauce, they throw 6+ apples into a blender and eat it raw. That’s about 15-30 crushed apple seeds. Not one of them have dropped over dead.



April 6, 2011 at 4:09 am
(348) O. Please says:

You would have to eat an entire cup of apple seeds to get a toxic dose and that is only if you don’t eat any of the apple with it.

They are not poisonous at all if you eat the apple as well.

In fact water toxicity is more well documented, and you can die from drinking too much water. To put it in perspective it would be physically impossible to consume enough apples with seeds to overdose, but quite possible to drink enough water to overdose.

So I guess you ought to write an article called “Yes, Water is Poisonous”.

April 15, 2011 at 12:15 am
(349) quackery says:

I can believe that so many people are highly brainwashed with the supposedly “benefits” of eating something that is know to be poisonous!

All of them go into lengthy rants that include a bunch of conspiracy theories involving the government and the FDA, and then to support their “arguments” cite a bunch of dubious websites with little reputation that can be done by anyone in their basement.

I searched for one minute, and found 3 articles published in peer reviewed journals (not by quacks!) that support the fact that apricot seeds are in fact toxic and cause deaths.


People, stop believing in superstition, folklore, and quackery, and start doing some SERIOUS research about the subject.

April 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm
(350) marbee says:

quakery, Did you know that it’s illegal in all states to claim cancer can be cured without chemo? Did you know people have spent years in prison by curing themselves without chemo and promoting their cure? Do you really think the pharma-controlled FDA would allow any of those websites to exist without disclaimers? It’s YOU who have been brainwashed, get with it!

August 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm
(351) Chris says:

It’s not illegal in any state, so stop trying to scare people with a lie. In fact, doctors can and do cure many cancers via surgery, radiation, or other treatments besides chemo.

What IS illegal is claiming that any insufficiently researched “cure” will cure cancer. That’s false hope, and it is simply cruel. If your cure works, it will work on other people under controlled test conditions. The plural of anecdote is not data.

October 22, 2011 at 1:46 am
(352) gbl says:

Your second link includes the following in its summary:

“A 41-year-old woman ingested apricot kernels purchased at a health food store and became weak and dyspneic within 20 minutes. The patient was comatose and hypothermic on presentation but responded promptly to antidotal therapy for cyanide poisoning. She was later treated with a continuous thiosulfate infusion for persistent metabolic acidosis. This is the first reported case of cyanide toxicity from apricot kernel ingestion in the United States since 1979.

the above was published in 1989.

In 19 years, there was one report of a person getting sick from eating an undisclosed number of apricot seeds?

You call this supporting your argument?


April 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm
(353) marbee says:

I eat apple seeds and apricot kernals all the time. I’m not dead OR ill from them. In fact, cancer won’t survive them. So, people like quackery and his fear-mongering only helps pharma’s bottom line. Before pharma began funding medical schools, natural cures were used regularly with total success. After, schools that didn’t promote drugs only were shut down. Funny, isn’t it, that before all that, that cancer was not the dreaded disease it is today. Because it wasn’t!

April 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm
(354) Mike says:

I would like to clarify on the point this article states that these seeds are poisonous….

Yes, if you break down the gnome of these seeds you will see there is a cyanide isotope in its compound, HOWEVER, when the seed is broken down by the human body the cyanide isotope becomes cynite which in itself is NOT TOXIC to any cell inside the human body except for cancerous cells……

You should watch the video “World Without Cancer”, by G. Edward Griffin to find out the truth about seeds the government doesn’t want you to know….

Discrediting the validity of the health effects when consuming seeds and stating they are poisonous is just a scare tactic used in today’s ploy to get $100′s of Billions of dollars in revenue each year…

April 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm
(355) Dustin Nelson says:

I’m no medical doctor, but I’m a little skeptical when people say, “you could die”. I’ve been eating a very large amount of apples since I was nine years old. I’m 17 now, and on average, I eat about 4-6 apples a day. I eat every part of the apple, excluding the stem. No, I do not chew the seeds, but I have never had any of the above symptoms due to my diet. The only medical condition I’ve ever had due to my apple-consumption has been the periodic (and rare) runs. After consulting my doctor, he said this was because of the apple’s high amount of fiber, which serves as a laxative for the digestive system. But I’ve never had any issues due to my swallowing of the seeds.

May 2, 2011 at 9:43 am
(356) stormy says:

Vitamin A is also toxic in high quantities. The cyanide in apple seeds is locked within a molecule and is only released when it comes into contact with cancer cells. It is a bad idea to remove and concentrate apple seeds, but if you eat them with the apples, it is physically impossible to eat enough to poison yourself. Or you could avoid them and die of cancer, or avoid vitamin A and go blind.

May 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm
(357) Mahna Mahna says:

First of all, the reason seeds are poisonous is so that the plant species can survive and propagate. If the kernel wasn’t bitter and poisonous, obviously, plants wouldn’t reproduce. The whole point of the shell around the seed is to protect it from the digestive tract, and the reason fruit is delicious is so that animals swallow the seed in tact and then excrete it. The fecal matter fertilizes the ground and the seed has a chance to germinate. If animals were meant to eat the kernel, they would observe this behavior in nature, where an animal would break open the shell to get to the center — but if that were happening, plants wouldn’t have a chance at reproduction. Also, check out the movie Wasabi. By chance I watched that movie after reading this article and the woman in it had cancer… and was killed with cyanide to cover up her murder. The excuse was that she was taking it for her cancer and that she died of cancer, not of cyanide poisoning. Yes, it’s a movie, but why wouldn’t they just come up with another method of killing if cyanide weren’t poison? Of course you can eat an apple a day and chew the seeds without dying. That’s common sense. Anyone that actually gets angry that she warns people to keep seeds away from kids and pets should be ashamed of themselves. If you chose to put your hopes in a potentially dangerous seed in order to cure cancer, then that’s fine.

May 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm
(358) shrjn says:

By chance I watched that movie after reading this article and the woman in it had cancer… and was killed with cyanide to cover up her murder. The excuse was that she was taking it for her cancer and that she died of cancer, not of cyanide poisoning. Yes, it’s a movie, but why wouldn’t they just come up with another method of killing if cyanide weren’t poison? Of course you can eat an apple a day and chew the seeds without dying. That’s common sense. Anyone that actually gets angry that she warns people to keep seeds away from kids and pets should be ashamed of themselves.

May 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm
(359) hrfhh says:

If you chose to put your hopes in a potentially dangerous seed in order to cure cancer, then that’s fine. But realize that the placebo effect in many cases is just as effective as medication. Yes, cancer can be cured with simple positive attitudes, and many of those who were taking kernels for their health probably experienced such an effect. If you actually care about your health you’ll do the research — it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable about what you put in your body, but don’t post dangerous information that could harm those who don’t know any better. You are guilty of the same accusations that you direct towards the author — by providing information on unsubstantiated cures for cancer you could be endangering the life of other cancer patients. I know many who are cancer free by taking chemo and although I agree that chemo is a barbaric and extreme method of treatment, it is the only thing we have that’s proven to work.

May 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm
(360) Mahna Mahna says:

And only big Pharma would have the numbers required to post so many over-emotional posts that re-iterate the same misinformation over and over again.
And hopefully, people are smart enough not to trust a bunch of posters on a causal forum. You say you don’t trust scientists, then well, why should anyone trust a faceless stranger on the internet who seems to have a vested interest in making people eat cyanide.

May 20, 2011 at 11:13 am
(361) ewfff says:

I’ve been eating apples with the seeds for a while, no problems.

To the people that say the author is just telling facts or whatever bla blah blah, and saying she’s not la liar. Then let me ask you if someonething if someone attacks you on the street and you retailiate and break their leg or hurt them, then I say you violently attacked this person ommitting the fact that you were attacked first. Then what? you’d call me a liar, even though I’m telling one side of the story, which is what the author is doing. It’s brainwashing people into getting people off these apple pits. Research apricot seeds for example, see what they can really do for you.

Unfortunately, there is so much cures for cancer, that is just suppressed from people in the name of profit, because the cure is natural and they cant patent it hence the billions of dollars will be lost.

Seriously people need to use some intuition in this world, think for themselves, not take what your doctor says as facts.

May 21, 2011 at 3:46 am
(362) deer says:

I eat apple seeds all the time. They tase like Amaretto. The trick as I understand it is to neber eat more seeds from fruit than you would eat the actual fruit. Like, a few apple seeds are ok just don’t save them until you have a cup full. You’d be asking for trouble.

June 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm
(363) HmingAllTheTime says:

I don’t know if anyone’s said this or not, but I saw a lot of comments stating they’ve been eating seeds all their life or however X-amount of years…but if apple seeds do contain some kind of toxin or poisonous substance, I would only think it natural that your body would fight it off, in most cases.

Yes you may have eaten apples and their seeds for 40-50+ years of your life…but that’s spanned over 40-50+ years of your life, not in 5-10 years or 1 day.

Besides apples are bad for other reasons (acidic), haven’t you heard of An apple a day keeps the doctor (sometimes dentist) away, but have to many…something something..I know there was a second half somewhere but I forget.

In any case you can’t just completely disregard or call this post false, toast has more dangerous properties then plain bread, you don’t see me dropping dead, but that doesn’t mean the bad things in it disappeared.

June 6, 2011 at 7:16 am
(364) Deniz says:

i think you can safely eat 1 apple seed for 5 kg of your weight. Example: if you are 50 kg you can eat 10 seeds. i remember that from Dr Budwig cancer diet. That diet helped my father extend his life for 5 years, when doctors were giving him not more than a year. i think he could have been alive if we knew about it earlier. i always eat apple with seeds. and i love apricot seeds. when i make appricot jam i put the seed too:)

June 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm
(365) truth says:

did the FDA pay you to write this

June 15, 2011 at 2:10 am
(366) Vitamins don't kill you says:

I’ve eaten apple seeds all my life,Tons!!!,I heard it cures cancer,I Started eating apple seeds when I was nine…I’m still alive and I’m 31,and in Very good health,Whoever made this up definitely doesn’t want people healed from cancer.
Also You should watch the documentary”Food Matters”.Its a lifesaver. did you know you can reverse cancer by Putting vitamin C in your blood stream,it helps the immune system,and it is completely harmless to your system,,Even a Giant Quantity,But I’m sure someone doesn’t want you to know all this…Doctors treat you with antibiotics,but what you don’t know is Antibiotics destroy your immune system,Cancer grows faster when the immune system is in poor health,Also did you ever hear about a bodybuilder getting cancer?,No?pretty rare huh?It has to do with what you EAT

June 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm
(367) Jürgen Von Mohammad-Stein Wong says:

You have written a piece that very much an alarmist exaggeration. The only thing you have succeeded in is generating a lot of commentary for your distortion. I guess that is a commendable act in your profession.

* “if you eat enough….die”. How many? 5, 30, 1000?

* “seek immediate medical attention if a child or pet is known to have eaten several seeds”. Why don’t you quantify the amount of the poison in mg, and the amount contained in each seed if chewed?

It is my understanding that about 50 glasses of water consumed in a short period will kill you -fodder for your future pieces.

You lack a sense of proportion.

June 21, 2011 at 10:58 am
(368) Nuno says:

Do people still leave comments here?

Anyway, i thing there are many factors to have into account here.
Age, Gender, Predisposition of the body and genetics, routines both phisiologicaly and psychologicaly.

Remember what could be good for one person can be bad for another.

Equilibrium is paramound in everything in life.
Exceed the dose and everything is bad for the body, and i mean everything!

Some people that made comments in here truly show that they didn’t even try to read the previous comments.

There is a lot of knowledge in the comments besides the main post that although it might show itself to be a bit pessimist it just show what can happen, not what will happen.

There are people were sugar is fatal, others where is a everydays pratice and other where it is vital.

Although the general genetic code of the human being imposes a predisposed behavior to a certain compound it is not strictly a rule to every single human being.

Before post a comment read the previous ones like i did.

Balance and equilibrium are fundamental to a healthy life.
As always a little enough poison can cure and give health, but all in all, everything is poison when in excess.

June 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(369) Wayne says:

I’ll eat my seeds and the and greens wheatgrass juice. This woman can have her FDA poisoness milk and lack of vitamin B17.Do more reaserch honey its out there.

June 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm
(370) John says:

In my opinion, anybody who uses the term “Vitamin B17″ loses all credibility. There’s no such vitamin. “Vitamin B17″ is a more marketable term for a modified version of something called “amygdalin.” It’s not even a vitamin! Look up any list of vitamins from any reputable source and you won’t find “Vitamin B17″ anywhere. There’s no evidence to suggest that it may cure cancer and it’s potentially dangerous stuff. I’ll mention this one more time: “Vitamin B17″ is not a vitamin.

July 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(371) Douglas says:

There seems to be very few facts and a great deal of opinion in the comments. I eat apple seeds and the kernels of stone fruits in moderation. I do this knowing they can be toxic. In his book, The Herb Book (in print since 1973), John Lust gives the cautionary note of a case of a man saved up a cup of apple seeds, ground them into a flour then ate it to kill himself. Eating seeds while you eat an apple will not hurt you. Exposure to small amounts of cyanide may allow you to build up a tolerance to cyanide. This was pointed out to me by a licensed pharmacist about 30 years ago. His hobby was gold mining and gold refining, so he spoke from personal experience. (The mining and refining process uses a lot of cyanide.)

July 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm
(372) Hatikvah2 says:

For those who would like to explore the Laetrile controversy in a fact-based manner:

Please read (or re-read) two chapters in “The Cancer Industry” by Ralph Moss –
“The Laetrile Controversy” and “Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering”.

The writer attempted to write them from a Laetrile-neutral position – i.e. just show me the facts. You’ll have a lot of FACTS at your disposal – regardless of whether your pro/anti or neutral about this issue.

The book itself is fabulous and has several hundred authoritative references. The author really puts an incredible amount of info together on the subject, especially the history of how we got to where we are (or aren’t!!!) with cancer treatments.

July 16, 2011 at 11:26 am
(373) techristian says:

It is probably true that poison is in the apple seeds, but I have also heard that there are large amounts of vitamins. You will probably need a BAG of apple seeds to hurt you. hopefully the vitamins outweigh the poison.

(I’m more concerned with all of the eggplant I just ate.)


July 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm
(374) dee short says:

you are one big NUT

July 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm
(375) Rob says:

Vitamin B17 is the cure for cancer, sure as the sun will rise tomorrow. Yes you find it in fruit seeds, grasses, millet, maybe some raw kale and stuff. A lot of food that Americans eat virtually none of.

My mom was told to stop chemo and radiation because there were no more drugs to choose from and the cancer kept getting worse.

Out of desperation I ordered some apricot seeds and my mom took one every night. Long story short she went into complete remission with NO TRACE of the cancer.

She then decided to restart chemo, stopped taking the seeds because it was bitter, and started eating ice cream every night because her oncologist told her to. Said it was important to keep her weight up.

Anyway the cancer came back and she died at home. Pain so intense she was screaming, even with the patches and drinking the morphine.

Drug companies and their puppet the FDA make hundreds of billions of dollars a year. By making and selling drugs.

Do you think out of the goodness of their heart they would promote nutrition rather than drugs?

If they made that kind of money selling scurvy medicine they would outlaw vitamin c. By using their puppet the FDA.

Think about it now. Why is it illegal to sell and buy apricot seeds here in America? Why do they promote propaganda that lies that say fruit seeds are poisonous?

Here’s a hint, it would end hunreds of billions of dollars of profit.

Still doubt it? What kind of lies would you tell and how many people would you hurt for that kind of money if you had the FDA in your pocket and all the power to make it legal.

Anne Helmenstine why don’t you tell the Hunza to stop eating apricot seeds because they are poisonous, never mind the fact that they eat tons of it and cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, joint disease, virtually any disease is non existent in their society. Because you have a PhD! Good for you! So reputable and scientific.

September 2, 2011 at 9:11 am
(376) Shiv says:

Very informative Rob.. since how many years your mother took apricot seeds and if i want to proportionate with apple seeds, how many seeds are advisable to be taken per day. Please advice as my father is a cancer patient and the chemo and radiotheraphy has not worked and infact it has worsened his health. He has lost weight from 74 to 58 and currently i am feeding him with carrot/apple/beetroot combined juice every morning. I had read articles about the cancer prevention drink and i am trusting my lord and going ahead with the juice.

It is sad to hear ur mom passed away and i pray for her wholeheartedly. Your inputs are much appreciated and request your help.

July 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(377) Dan Schaller says:

I’ve eaten the whole apple including the seeds since I was 6 years old and saw a horse do it. I’m 56 now and haven’t died once!!!

July 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm
(378) justanotherday says:

I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. First of all, any cure/solution for anything that will cost an industry billions that can not be patented will be met with fierce opposition. Political and commercial. Cancer prevention/cure is no different. This author of the article state that you could die and seeds are poisonous because she has to do it. The editors will not let her say anything different for fear of being sued and/or she could lose her license. She has to say whatever the FDA allows her to say. Even if hundreds of her patients ate and chewed a pound of apples with seeds everyday and only those people lived to 150 cancer free. She really can’t tell anyone. The FDA is very effective in keeping us safe and killing us at the same time. A natural cure for cancer is lightly put a matter of national security. Over Population, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, healthcare, political power, unemployment, tax revenue, education just to name a few. Our society has been redefined in such a way that the majority of people must on average die by age 70 to 75. The US is not prepared to accommodate a jump in life expectancies up to 110. …and so it will make sure it does not have to for now until it can…

July 31, 2011 at 1:55 am
(379) EndlessGrowthEconomicsDoom says:

this article is pretty absurd to people who actually eat real food , isn’t it? Those cyanide compounds are bound up. Don’t eat seeds alone; eat the whole fruit with it and you’re magically fine. Nitrilosydes are the magical vitamin B17. Start by watching “A world without cancer” free on google… for profit diseasecare is ~20% US GDP now… nurses drive mercedes… the US spends far more than anyone on “health” care, but is 40th in the world or worse in WHO rankings… sick people are real-big business… get the picture? Fix yourself; post WWII medicine is a sham and nothing but an image. Doctors are like mechanics; most suck, few ok, they just paid the money and did the time for their “piece of paper” and now they parrot industry propaganda. those who learn themselves have the real credentials.

July 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(380) KidsAuthor says:

I am concerned about this because I am writing a book for
children in which I have been planning to say that
apricot seeds are poisonous. The last thing that I want
to do is to disseminate misinformation. quackery
provides a link to an impressive article in a peer-reviewed journal, supporting this view, by physicians in the pediatric unit of a university hospital: Cyanide poisoning caused by ingestion of apricot seeds. As no one on the other side of this debate has produced a source nearly so authoritative, I see no reason why I should not go ahead.

While it is irrelevant to the present subject, I cannot agree with Ronnie‘s favorable view of the National Post article on CFLs. It is totally one-sided, ignoring the EPA’s Information on Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. Insurance companies do need to be pressured to cover problems like Ms. Bridges’ but, if the EPA is correct, a net effect of CFL use is to reduce mercury pollution in the environment.

August 7, 2011 at 8:37 am
(381) SteveJ says:

KidsAthour, You may want to explain that there are two camps on the subject. One that believe they are poison and one that believe they are a cure for cancer. Suggest that the reader do there own research and decide for themselves what to do. Good Luck with the Book!! :-)

August 7, 2011 at 11:20 am
(382) KidsAuthor says:

Good point, SteveJ. Thanks for your encouragement.

August 7, 2011 at 8:18 am
(383) SteveJ says:

Well I just made a fresh glass of juice from my juicer.
2 Apples
1 Beet
30 Cherries (Meat, Steams and SEEDS)

It was Delicious!!!

I hope I don’t die!!! lol

August 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(384) robin says:

Actually this is a bit misleading of an article, it would take over 600 grams of seeds to even begin to notice anything. They contain cyanide but cyanide in small dose is actually used to fight cancer, and even cure it in some cases. As such it might actually be healthy to have a few seeds every now and then.

August 20, 2011 at 4:02 am
(385) d s says:

I’ve eaten the pits ever since I was a kid and never gotten sick. I am talking about dozens and dozens of pits at a time. I eat cherries whole. I had no idea that they are toxic. Then again I eat apples and pears whole too. Never had a problem.

September 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm
(386) Cheryl says:

My 2yr old granddaughter ate about 5 cherry pits yesterday. Do we have to worry?

September 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm
(387) marbee says:

Make sure you let everyone know how perfectly fine your 2 yr old granddaughter is, there’s a lot of sheeple towing the pharma line here!

September 11, 2011 at 2:42 am
(388) marbee says:

Since I eat apricot kernals and apple seeds EVERY day and am still here to tell about it and healthy as ever as are many others, ask yourselves what possible reason there could be for the demonization of nature’s own. Just like the war on raw milk. Did you know that pharma has “fellows” in many high offices in Washington? Even Michelle Obama has one. Why? To influence legislation against anything natural that pharma has an alternative for. It IS a brilliant marketing scam using our own gov’t against us, but that’s exactly what it is. EAT THE DANG SEEDS ALREADY! THEY WERE PUT ON THIS EARTH FOR A REASON!

September 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm
(389) RRP says:

I eat apple with the seeds I don’t leave anything when it comes to fruits. 1985 to 2011 Healthy thks God for the seeds.

September 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm
(390) Just To Let You Know says:

for those people that say,”I ate an entire apple and didn’t feel sick!” well good for you. The amount of cyanide in a few apple seeds is most certainly not able to kill a healthy person of at least 10 years (or less.) I know first hand because ever since I was ten I would eat the entire apple AND eat chew the seeds (I liked the taste) and not feel sick. I am now 14 and still eat at least 2 apples a week, stem, seeds, and all.
Apple seeds are definitely not good for children or dogs, either becuase they choke on them or they are too small to cope with the cyanide. Keep apple seeds AWAY from children and dogs. This shouldn’t be too hard because
a) Most children are too young too eat an entire apple whole; usually parents cut up the apple into slices, cutting out the core in the process, and
b) Most people wouldn’t feed their dogs whole apples. Our dog happens to go crazy for apple slices, but we don’t trust her with whole apples (she will attempt to swallow anything whole)

I would assume that eating a large quantity of apple seeds, let’s say, 2 lbs, would either kill you or make you very sick, depending on the amount of toleration your body has to cyanide.

September 17, 2011 at 11:27 am
(391) whateva says:

Wow…there are a bunch of radical conspiracy theorists on here with anger and bitterness in your hearts.

September 18, 2011 at 1:54 am
(392) mark says:

i see… it’s true.. i had already knew it coz i am always wathing news about poisonous foods

September 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm
(393) Daan says:

Um, this is stupid. I have eaten (chewed) apple seeds for years. Biochemistry shows that its harmless to normal cells, but cancer cells cause a reaction that makes a toxin that kills the bad cells….

Pump a stomach for eating seeds…. LOL.. give me a break!

October 7, 2011 at 11:52 am
(394) Jack Stevens says:

The presence of cyanide is locked up in the Vitamin B-17 molecule. Seeds like apple, cherry, apricot and plum contain this substance.

It can only be released by the enzyme beta glucosidase. This enzyme is only found in cancer cells. The cyanide locked up in Vitamin b-17 kills cancer cells as a result.

It is harmless to healthy cells in our bodies.

No culture consuming a diet rich in B-17 has instances of cancer.

Watch “A World without cancer” on youtube

October 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm
(395) marc says:

i have eaten “poor-man’s almonds” or plum kernels (better yet boiled prune kernels) ten or more at a time. of course almonds are said to be poisonous if not roasted. so, scientifically, how many pit kernels will kill you or sicken you? for a 100 pounds of body-weight person?

October 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm
(396) Phil Gorman says:

The ancient Ninjas of Japan used to take 50 or more dried apple seeds, crush them into a fine powder and have their female ninja insider, who was working undercover for the enemy in the kitchen, take this powder and mix it in the target’s food or drink. It is said the target would die within hours of ingesting the poison. As with most things in life, moderation is the key. But from all of the research I have done over the years, LARGE amounts of apple seeds are, indeed, quite deadly if ingested all at once.

October 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm
(397) Kym says:

I juice fruits and vegetables regularly, and the instructions say to throw the whole thing in the chute. Should I be worried??

October 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm
(398) mike b says:

im just another man thats eat these seed all may life

November 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm
(399) addi says:

Apple seeds are tough and indigestible on the outside, but once you peel away the brown coating they’re all jam-packed with goodness for making the little apple trees grow… just like eggs! Which, um, also make me sick. Nevermind.

November 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm
(400) Jared says:

Well, thats not good. I’ve eaten the seeds of an apple all my life… I could be dead right now.

November 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm
(401) Eh? says:

The title is meant to be provocative, ya know?–to get readers. Anyways, while it’s misleading it remains true, just the dose that matters. So, obviously to say its not true, is retarded. Also, it’d be awesome if you kept the ridiculous conspiracy that “all doctors are only in it for money and are all lying to you” to yourself, or post it in a more relevant thread or whatever. List FACTS, f*ck your bias, and f*ck your “arguments from experience”. Thanks.

November 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm
(402) Bill Kilpatrick says:

I’ve never had a problem eating apple seeds, regardless of whether they were chewed or swallowed whole. I think this is a case of information absent context.

November 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm
(403) Mark says:

I’ve been eating apricot seed them since I was 8-years-old. My grandparents introduced me to them. I can eat a lot of them at once. I’ve never had a problem with the cynide in them. In fact, I really grew to love the taste. I can finish a bag easily. I have heard of people dying from eating them though and I once saw someone get very sick trying to keep up with me. So what ever you do don’t eat too many of them. I think that I just built up a tolerance to the poison.

December 5, 2011 at 8:31 am
(404) Dav says:

Just ate a bowl full of cherries, seeds and all. At least 30+seeds. No issues at all. They are good for you.

December 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm
(405) tara says:

Answer to “i have eaten them all my life……”
what she means when she says eating a lot of seeds is “eating them all at once!” you could have eaten well over a kilogram of seeds in a lifetime but your body eliminates
them… It doesn’t store them..!!!!
we eat almost 5 kg food every week… we don’t gain 20 kg
each month now, do we?

December 9, 2011 at 7:09 pm
(406) Steve says:

This article is wrong in so many ways. First of all, any substance, even water or vitamin C can be toxic if taken in high enough doses. “Toxic” is just a level of a substance that is too much for one’s body to handle. It does not mean that smaller quantities are not beneficial. The same thing applies to vitamin B17 – if you eat buckets of cherry pits every day, you’re overdoing it. The same thing can be said about salt. Your body NEEDS a certain amount of salt to function properly, but taken in excess, it is undoubtedly harmful to health.

With that said, VITAMIN B17 IS THE SINGLE BEST PREVENTATIVE CANCER AGENT ON EARTH. In fact, cancer is CAUSED by a vitamin b17 deficiency. You’ve probably never even heard of this vitamin, because if it were common, there would be no cancer epidemic. The government has gone out of its way to hide vitamin b17 from the public. It has banned types of almond trees whose fruit is high in vit. B17.. it has even arrested people who recommend it as cancer treatment. How is this moral? The FDA is making billions by selling current cancer drugs that are inefficient.

December 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm
(407) Allison says:

As EJ said, all the “knowledgeable” commenters on this topic who have eaten seeds and have not died, for the most part, “can not spell their way out of a paper bag.”

Therefore, eating apple seeds and cherry pits, must make you stupid. Clearly a side effect of long term cyanide poisoning.

December 25, 2011 at 3:58 am
(408) GOD BLESS says:

god bless and my the truth come out! someone needs to step up like Ghandi and march time SQUARE. this should be the REAL MARCH ON WALL STREET

January 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm
(409) Kevin says:

You have to be kidding me. Pump a kids stomach if she eats a few apple seeds. The amount of cyanide in apple seeds is so small as to be meaningless. Besides the seeds pass through the digestive system intact. This article is irresponsible.

January 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm
(410) Anonymous says:

I just ate 6 apple seeds. I’m gonna go get my stomach pumped and then continue to believe everything that I ever read on the Internet.

January 9, 2012 at 11:29 am
(411) GMan says:

Hey “mb” – the government doesn’t want to keep us ALL in the dark – just YOU personally. You are obviously such a blithering idiot that it would be in all our best interests to have your genes removed from the communal pool.

In your exhaustive research, you can ALWAYS trust the judgment of your highly-trained health supplement store owner, because they would NEVER just try to sell you something you didn’t need.

January 11, 2012 at 3:48 am
(412) Survivor says:

As a recent cancer survivor, I thought I’d put in my two cents here. I’m going to be skipping the apple seeds and cherry pits. All of the other seeds are fair game.

Being a healthy person living off kale, brown rice, sprouts, limited organic meat while doing 12 hours of athletic yoga per week, I was wooed by alternatives like B17 when I was diagnosed by stage 2b nonseminoma testicular cancer at 32 years old. I did lots of research, I talked to a lot of scientists, doctors, health foodies, and laypeople and tried to understand them. I’m not a biologist, nurse, naturopath, doctor, etc, all I have is a degree in information scientist In the end I rejected the alternative and B17 route as a primary course and I’m glad I did.

Here’s what made me more skeptical of conspiracy theorists than of big drug companies. The numbers. Specifically, an oncologist recommended NIH’s PDQ web site with the survival rates of various courses of treatment for my condition. I learned that people who followed the western-medicine course of treatment for my specific condition and stage had at least 87% survivability rate. Overall, TC patients have it even easier than me, and over 99% survive. Compare that to those who did nothing route looked at certain death. I met lots of TC survivors but the only death I hear of was from a family member of a late TC patient who went the alternative route; by the time he saw an MD he only had a few months to live… is B17 to blame? I don’t know what he was taking, but I do know that his fatal mistake was to delay treatment.

January 11, 2012 at 3:48 am
(413) Survivor says:

I owe my life, as so many others do too, to mainstream scientific research. If you have cancer and are considering treatment options, maybe my conclusions can help:

* Learn everything you can about your condition. Like I said earlier, the NIH’s PDQ website was great. They have a patient section and a health provider section with more detail if you’re up for reading more scientific material. I’m not that far from a layman and I felt the health provider.
* Be skeptical of everything, but be less skeptical of reports that comes from clinical trials and double-blind tests accepted by the scientific community. Just because 2 people you know took pills labeled B17 and didn’t get sick this month doesn’t prove they do anything.
* I was lucky that I had one of the most curable cancers. If mainstream medicine says your odds look great, don’t take chances. Watch out for snake-oil salespeople who buy an herbal in another country for pennies to sell to you.
* Just because the Hunza and Eskimo don’t report getting cancer, that doesn’t prove that Laetrile can prevent or cure cancer. Are you genetically pure Hunza or Eskimo? Do you exhaust yourself every day since your were young from the toil of hunting and gathering in forbidding environments? Genetics and environment aside, do you think they busted out the scalpels to see why granny died or was the death not detected and reported as caused by cancer since everyone around her agreed it was “old age”?
* Just because Laetrile hasn’t been proven to work, that doesn’t mean that the west as a population can’t learn something from the Hunza and Eskimo eating habits and exercise. Eat more healthy greens, choose proteins carefully, limit the total calories per day, avoid processed foods, sweeteners, so on.

January 11, 2012 at 5:21 am
(414) Secrets of a Call girl says:

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January 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm
(416) Marg says:

Yes, absolutely, a medical friend told me years ago that the best preventative for cancer was to crack open the stone of peach, plum and similar fruits and eat the nut/kernel inside. I have eaten many with no adverse side effects……but have never had cancer either!

January 18, 2012 at 6:48 am
(417) Anna says:

why do you all care so much about apple seeds?

January 22, 2012 at 9:04 am
(418) V says:

I think its the writer of the article who replies “Nowhere did I ever say eating a couple of seeds would kill you. I would guess most people who have eaten apples and cherries have eaten some seeds. However, I’m sticking to my guns here, people… if you eat too many fresh seeds you risk your health and your life. That is documented fact. Believe me or not, your choice.”

yet in the article she does say that eating apple and cherry seeds is “potentially lethal”. It would have been useful if she had said at what dose these seeds are poisonous, over what period of time etc. It would also have been useful if she had provided links for the studies which prove seed toxicity, not isolated cyanide toxicity.

Maybe it wasnt intentional, but this article generates anxiety about something that most people eat accidentaly without problem. Eating cherry pits is probably rare, because they are quite large and hard but a lot of people eat apples with enthusiasm and go right on ahead and eat the seeds which but the way, is how a lot of plants reproduce.

I realize its not part of the article, only something people are commenting, but seed consumption, if it does indeed work, is probably best for early stage cancer or as prevention. If you eat junk all the time and have a tumor the size of a melon, I doubt eating pounds of seeds is the way to go. But then again chemo is awful and has a poor success rate except in very specific cancers, so do whatever feels best. But mostly, stop eating sugar and processed foods.

January 29, 2012 at 11:00 am
(419) Jamie says:

They don’t call it “fruits of the poisionous tree” for nothing hello.

February 7, 2012 at 11:42 am
(420) John2 says:

If this is tru i would be dead as last week mee and my friend had an apple eating contest and we ate pips and all. i ate 15 apples.

February 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm
(421) csilla says:

I’ve been eating the whole apple for ages (at least 15 yrs) myself as I read it in a magazine that the seeds are preventing cancer. Now I’m 37 and found it in another magazine that they are poisonous so just have to give them up. Hopefully we’ll live long enough… lol

February 13, 2012 at 8:10 am
(422) Some Random says:

This is a complete lie people do not believe it fruit seeds are good for you the Bible says to eat the fruits and there seeds. Open your eyes nature isn’t bad for you but things people create like pills, processed foods, the water you drink that has fluoride in it and chlorine they are poisons. Even the sunscreen you put on to protect you from the sun the sun doesn’t give you cancer its all the man made things. Do not be fooled do not be a sheep do your own research everything you are told thru tv and textbooks is a lie.

February 21, 2012 at 12:59 am
(423) YetAnuthaMoron says:

i et a aple seed once ‘n’ now im dedd to.

February 21, 2012 at 11:26 am
(424) EFHerne says:

Naturally occurring cyanide IS NOT the same as the Nazi Cyanide. Nazi cyanide is synthetic and seen by your body as a foreign agent–your body WILL reject it. Even monkeys and apes know seeds are good to eat. When was the last time you heard of lethal ape cancer? Scientists CAN’T stop them from eating them–and when was the last time you heard of a monkey dropping dead from a lethal naturally occurring cyanide overdose?

Theobald Smith’s research in 1880 coveted by the US Gov & The Rockefeller Institute proved a great many things. He’s considered the USA’s leader in bacteriology, and found ALL parasitic disease in cows that kill THEM AND US–>He also discovered that HEATING the componants and readministering them(“vaccines” based from “vacca” meaning cow in latin) CURED THEM! There are MANY CURES out there hidden by USGov.

Many people HAVE DIED from Pharmaceutics–where are the critics for that? Naturally occurring cyanide doesn’t kill people–people kill people by KEEPING MEDICAL SECRETS.

ASK REAL QUESTIONS — GET REAL ANSWERS — SEEK TRUTH—In order to “seek truth” you must first be willing to drop the “K.”

February 22, 2012 at 12:21 am
(425) John says:

I have been apples for the last fifty years seeds and all. And I still am kicking with no health problems… :-)

February 29, 2012 at 12:39 am
(426) anonymous says:

Clearly death by apple seeds is as serious as cancer…

I ate a few dozen today (about 6 apples). And I eat about 30 apples a week easily. Shouldn’t I be dead by now?

Why isnt there a war on apples, like a war on drugs? clearly these are dangerous.

Maybe I need to snort these seeds? or heat them up and inject them… any ideas? I’m gonna talk to my apple seed dealer over at Kroger’s tomorrow.

February 29, 2012 at 12:42 am
(427) famous quotes says:

Which one was it?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
An apple seed a day and you will drop dead.

I forget… maybe I should eat a carrot.

March 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(428) Will says:

You can also die from drinking too much water (something like a gallon).
Stop scaring people…you’d have to eat the seeds of hundreds of apples to cause any problem.
Do you think the people who press apples for apple-juice take the seeds out first?
Come on, Anne. Give your head a shake.

March 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm
(429) Jess says:

This is such nonsense! If cosumed gradually and in moderation, apple seeds and apricot kernels are GOOD FOR YOU! They are supplments of vitamin B-17 which is a lack of deficienty in cancer patients. When intoruducing new seeds to your body, one should only consume 1 appricot kernel per hour, 1 apple’s worth of seeds until your body recognizes it beneficial. Leatrile kills cancer cells only unlike chemo which destroys even non-cancerious cells lowering ones immune system. Notice how Canada and Mexico offer B-17 injections whereas US banned even apricot seeds from grocery stores! People do your research before believing such articles.

March 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm
(430) Michael says:

I have been eating whole apples, including seeds, core, stem and even the little leaves since I was a little child. I have not died from eating them. In fact, today I am alive. However, because I also eat processed foods, I have high cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and type 2 Diabetes of which I take a oral medication to combat. Now I change.

March 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm
(431) armand says:

I think apples seeds r not good. Or bad its all on evryones health.some r strong some r weak.anybody could die shust by eating a Apple……

March 22, 2012 at 8:54 am
(432) James Galloway says:

The cyanide in apple seeds is locked in a chemical bond until it encounters the right trigger to release it. That trigger exists in abundance near cancer cells. When cyanide becomes available near cancer cells, it softens the often hard, protien dense tumor casing making it easier for the immune system to do it’s job. If there are 10 seeds in an apple and you ate 10 whole apples, you’d feel bloated and sick from the fiber and sugar well before cyanide became a problem. As for excess cyanide, sodium thiosulphate.

March 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm
(433) julia says:

Dont you people have anything BETTER to do than argue about stupid seeds?

March 28, 2012 at 2:47 am
(434) Bozo says:

No Julia, unlike you we do not have better things to do.

March 30, 2012 at 5:26 am
(435) JM says:

My Grandma ate apricot, peach, plum, etc. kernels, apple seeds, etc.
throughout her life – she died recently at age 111 and a half! She said that growing up on the farm, it was like a vitamin – there was so much nutrition inside because each kernel or seed held the power to grow a tree. That’s why I loved cracking open seeds with hammer (wrap them in a kitchen towel first) and eating them! I like eating apple seeds too. She gave them to me as a kid and I still eat them today. My kids like to eat kernels/seeds as well! Maybe a little poison can be a good thing. Just like a little mold can be a good thing (penicillin).
Not that I eat anything moldy besides blue cheese. But my grandma wouldn’t mind eating something like bread or cheese that had a little bit of mold on it – she would cut away the mold and eat the good parts. I really think her way of eating was the secret to her health and long life! She would also eat fermented things such as tomato preserves that had gone bad – she said it was healthy. That was long before bottled kombucha. I like eating fruit kernels and apple seeds!

April 2, 2012 at 11:42 am
(436) patrick says:

Yes they contain cyanide compounds, but the seed itself is passes through the digestive tract intact. It’s how they spread so far and wide, animals eat the fruit and then the seeds are deposited in their own fertilizer. However – if you were to crush and chew them in large numbers – it would be a different story. There’s real danger there.

April 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm
(437) JhUG says:

Cancer has been killing people for as long as there have BEEN people. I think if eating apple seeds helped, people would have figure it out centuries ago.

April 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm
(438) Delcho Stoev says:

This is not true!!!
Im Dietolog in Bulgaria and ive been eating more than 20-25 apples a day for the past 17 years now im 22! In my country the food is organic you can walk and take whatever fruit you like from the tree its not like in Amerika treess everywhere and no fruits on them and they are all poisoned! apples are good and there is no scientific proof that they can do any symptoms to you body exept ull pup too much !!! People you can eat as many apples as you want ! My grandma is 87 and my grandpa is 92 they neve suffer from any disease, symptoms, or viruses…they are eating meat fruits and vegatables all day long they grow it in theyre yard and they eat it ! Dont be afraid to eat as many as you like AND THE SEEDS ARE THE HELTIES THING IN ANY FRUIT THAT YOU CAN EVER FIND SOMEWHERE !!! SEEDS ARE GOOD FOR YOU NERVEOUS SYSTEM, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, BRAIN FUNCTION, WEIGHT LOSS, GOOD MEMORY, EYE HEALTH..and i can keep going on and on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you !

April 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(439) Just a looker says:

You know what I find funny? Apple seeds aren’t even the length of my thumbnail and some of you are freaking out about eating just one. That much pure cyanide wouldn’t kill ya’. I know someone that eats three apples a day, seeds and all, and he is in better shape than almost anyone I know!

God loves you. John 3:16

April 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(440) Kyle says:

I’ll tell you what…

If I get cancer, I will stick with Chemo and Western Meds. You can eat seeds.

Both are full of toxins that are kill cells. Only one of the drugs are monitored by the naughty doctors who no doubt belong to the vast conspiracy of big pharma greed.

When doctors get cancer, do they eat peach pits? What about when their children get cancer? Smaller peach pits?

I’ll stick with the billons of dollars of research, thank you.

April 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(441) kyle says:


Yes, cyanide poisoning kills cancer cells. Check out the side effects of laetrile, a non-approved anti-cancer drug.

April 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(442) JT says:

I also eat seeds from apricots, cherries, plums, peaches etc., and am never sick or ill. If I came down with cancer I would certainly heal myself than use poisons from the medical industry. Too many instances in the past where they’ve shut down treatments which worked and were natural based. I don’t trust them, and according to the worlds holy books, you shouldn’t either.

April 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm
(443) anonymous says:

This is a garbage posting. Why are you spreading lies that eating apple or cherry seeds is poisonous??

April 15, 2012 at 10:22 am
(444) jeri says:

Do you think it will cure my belly fat? I have tried everything….I’ll eat a bushel full!

1 US bushel = 35.239072 liters

April 18, 2012 at 10:04 am
(445) sweetchestnut says:

mmmm yum yum, just finished eating 8 apple seeds and want some more! Hymalayan salts for a healthy body…. not the crappy table salt.
It’s done me good to read all the comments from you lovely people who know the truth about the pharmaceutical lies… there’s lots of youtube on B17 and people reversing cancer etc, also with baking soda. As we all know the cures are in nature and in eating healthy – avoiding killer sugar (now that’s what she should write an article about!) and white flour etc. Off to get my bag of apricot seeds on Amazon. tata ;-) !

April 22, 2012 at 11:54 am
(446) Siggi says:

Hi there,

I never new that apple seeds were bad for you and could actually kill you.
I have always eaten the apples completly.From now on I will not do this anymore as I do not want my children to develop the same habbit.


April 24, 2012 at 7:13 am
(447) sweetchestnut says:

Sigg, have you not taken on board the overall ‘loud’ message from the comments above?? APPLE SEEDS, APRICOT SEEDS…. ARE GOOD FOR YOU!!!

April 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(448) Beau says:

I have been eating whole apples including the seeds for the past 20 years. It’s not unheard of for me to eat 4-6 apples in a day no problem. I ALWAYS eat the seeds and I ALWAYS chew them to bits. A lot of the time I save the seeds for last. I like them. =)

April 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm
(449) anonymous says:

i ate hundreds of seeds in my life and never got poisined, so the seeds arent poisinous

April 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm
(450) anonymous says:

the gov wants money more then people, so they cover up b17 being healthy so people die and they get money

May 21, 2012 at 11:27 am
(451) Travis says:

I agree this article is a total lie. Articles like this are out there to keep people who have medical issues such as cancer from getting healed, and to scare them from eating even one. I eat apricot kernels all of the time and I have not suffered any of these supposed symptoms. In fact they are healthy for you and taste similar and look similar to small almonds. In countries overseas that I have visited, every time someone eats a apricot they eat the kernel as well. Not whole…chewed. You can die from anything. If you drink too much water it will kill you also.

May 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm
(452) me says:

i like apples

June 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm
(453) not an expert says:

Found it on Internet:

Appleseeds contain amygdalin, which is broken down by stomach acid to release cyanide. The amygdalin is protected by the seed husk, so if you don’t chew the seeds, then no cyanide will be released.

Seeds contain up to 3% amygdalin by weight, and amygdalin is about 6% cyanide by weight. An appleseed is about 5 milligrams, so it contains about 10 micrograms of cyanide. The lethal dose of cyanide is 50-200 milligrams, so you’d need to eat, rapidly, and completely release the cyanide from 625 apples to be at risk.

June 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm
(454) Faith says:

This article is not giving you the truth, Cancer as you know is a big business and even though they may say they are trying to find a cure they are not. why would they even want to find a cure when the big deal now is reducing the population they do not want to find a cure they would lose to much money. The Doctor know that B17/LAETRILE is a vitamin that our body have been depleted of and if we are not replenishing it in our food than we do not have the Laetrile to balance the cancer cells that we have in our bodies. Also once this cell has been cut into they know that you will have to go through chemotherapy therapy which kills off all of your good cells in order to try and control the cancer from metabolizing. I have been taking B17 for over 8 years and I was told by one Doctor that knew I could read between the line that I knew something about this that I could think about getting on. The Doctors can not really tell you anything about this vitamin because it is not FDA approved and they are license to push only there drugs even if it can cure and prevent you of Cancer. The cyanide in apple seeds are natural cyanide not synthetic cyanide that can surely kill you. The seeds of fruit and not dangerous for us but of course everything is done in moderation I would say do not eat anymore seeds that you would eat with that one fruit if you are going to eat a apple eat the whole apple seeds and all. I think everyone should research and see what they say about B17 and make a decision based on what you think you should think you should do, many of the older people did these things and lived a longer time than we are doing now so something they were doing was right. And remember the Doctors will only agree with what is FDA approved.

June 3, 2012 at 5:30 am
(455) abcd says:

If you think these seeds can cure cancer, then eat the seeds. If you think they are dangerous and poisonous, don’t eat the seeds. Everyone is happy!

June 3, 2012 at 10:30 am
(456) Chris P says:

I just crushed about 6 cherries with some strawberries by accident and made a drink, am I alright?

June 4, 2012 at 8:14 am
(457) JPC says:

Apricot pits, when split, and the nutty centre is eaten are widely considered to be an effective treatment for cancer! This article, and especially the symptoms part makes a lot of sense. It is nature’s chemotherapy. Aparently cancer cells are not as resilient as normal cells and are the first to die from the poison. So once again..the dose seems critical.

June 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm
(458) Terry says:

So you’re saying that God is a liar or is trying to kill us when he told us that the seeds in fruit is meant for us to eat?

Genesis 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

This Bible verse tells me thay God has provided us a prevention and cure for cancer. It’s evil men like the ones who work for the FDA who hides and lie about this information just so that the Pharmaceutical companie can make money off of cancer patients by selling them cancer drugs. a 30 day supply cost over $3,000 to $6,000 and cancer patients still die from the use of chemotherapy drugs. The Drug companies and the FDA don’t care how many people, including children, die from cancer, just as long as they can make their money off of these cancer drugs. They can’t patent anything natural and make a profit from it, so they lie and hide the truth from the population so they can continue to sell their drugs. Because if people are cured, then they are out of business. The FDA will tell you that “ONLY a drug can diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”, which is a lie.

Remember how the sailors got scurvy on there long jouneys across the oceans? Well, James Lind discovered that oranges and other citrus fruits(containing Vitamin C) cured scurvy. Vitamin itself would not be discovered until the 1920′s.

So this proves that the FDA is full of crap and only exist to make money from the Big Pharmaceutical companies.

June 6, 2012 at 9:05 am
(459) JANET says:

They boiling apple seeds or avacado seed in good treatment for diabetes, is it still poisonous if you boil it the apple seeds?

June 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm
(460) E Coot says:

Tis the season to find if Cherry Pits are toxic. Cherries are in season and the neighbors have plenty of cats. Once fed a neighbors half dead dog some so called poison laurel leaves. In a week he was a much improved dog–full of pep and a very shiny coat. It cured what ever ailed him. Could be the cats will profit also. Five grams of Mercury didn’t faze old Tom either. May have something to do with nine lives?

June 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm
(461) Mark says:

This is one of those “expert” revelations that you have to take with a grain of salt. “Everything in moderation” is the best way to live and will spare you a lifetime of being led down these alarmist paths that usually leave everyone looking silly once new information comes to light.
If you take virtually anything and concentrate it so it’s pure it will kill you. Alcohol, sun exposure, oxygen,
You could probably kill yourself with a caffeine pill just as easilly as a cyanide capsule. It just depends on how concentrated the dose is. If you eat so many cherries that you get sick from cyanide then you’re eating too many cherries to begin with.
JUst once I’d like to see these people who are so sure of themselves put their money where their mouth is.

June 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm
(462) Dude in 303 says:

One thing I’ve learned in my 40 some-odd yrs is to not trust those who claim to Know the Truth. Therefore I tend to make up my own mind up from the information I gather on my own to determine my course of action in life. One thing I’ve learned is to Not trust the G’ment, after all they are in the pocket of Big Money, that includes and almost defines the FDA. The FDA isn’t for consumer protection, it’s for corporate protection and their Profits which are made on human suffering. I trust laypeople more than any “expert” when it comes to honest cures that have been proven time and again through anecdotal testimony, than someone sponsored by Big Pharmy.

June 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm
(463) Chelsea says:

ahahaha poison …right! the amount of seeds that you would have to eat to kill you is astronomical. the benefits of eating fruit seeds on the other hand far outweigh the risks. fruit seeds are one of the only ways to get the vitamin B17 which prevents cancer. remember people….cancer is big business.

June 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm
(464) Vanessa says:

you would have to eat a handful of seeds to and chew them to feel any affect of poison. Just eating a few from 1 apple will have no effect as the body can easily detoxify it.
Swallowing the see whole has no effect at all as the shell protects it and the pip passes through us.
I cant stand it when people try to scare others with half of a story, people have been eating apple pips for a long time and not died. I used to eat an apple a day including the pips and look I am still here to write this

June 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm
(465) Stephen says:

You guys aren’t reading the whole article. She clearly states that eating just a few seeds cannot harm you, that it would take a lot of seeds to do real damage. Cyanide is a poison. That is a fact. Although other ingredients in the seeds may be helpful for other bodily functions, (perhaps preventing or curing cancer as many other readers seem to believe, although i have never seen or heard of evidence in support of this before), it is not a positive thing to consume poison regularly. In truth this article was pointless, unless you go out of your way to consume enough seeds to kill yourself, there is no chance you can actually harm yourself in this way. Many of the comments above need to stop making quick conclusions about what the writer is saying, and read the words that have been WRITTEN.

June 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(466) phoenixmate says:

I each apricot pits frequently – 2 or more at a time, sometimes even 5-6 for the B-17 (amygdaline or nitrilosides (sp?)). The man living below us takes B-17 tablets from Mexico daily, and these past few weeks has been the best I’ve ever seen him in 10 years! B-17 is also found in mung beans, carrots, brown rice, elderberries, grape seeds, etc. I did research indicating the “cyanide” can only be unlocked by a cancer cell, or if you are between 1 to 8 weeks pregnant [before the fetus develops its' pancreas]. I feel better when I eat them; and not ill at all. You make your own choice, and do your own research; but I find it helps me.

June 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(467) Garth says:

I’ve eaten hundreds of cherry seeds many thousands of apricot seeds in the course of a couple of years. At at event that had food, the women cut the cores out of apples they sliced, and I ate quite a bowlfull of the cores. In all cases, I chewed them thoroughly. I never experienced any bad effects. I’d much rather trust eating these for avoiding cancer than the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. It has become that listening to almost anything the pharmaceutical cartel says is like listening to the fox tell why he ought to get the job of guarding the hen house.

June 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(468) Dylan says:

ive eaten heaps of apples and the core,seeds aswell and
i have never gotten sick from it it is fine to eat them

June 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm
(469) Dylan says:

Ethans lying

June 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm
(470) Dylan says:

jk he didnot write anything anyways apple seeds do contain a very small amount of posion this dose not mean the apple seed is poisnus it will not do anything bad to your system it is fine to eat apple seeds and cherry pits

June 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm
(471) CallMeJane says:

1) Please note that the author of the article does not state how much/many pits or seeds constitutes a hazard – even water can kill you if you drink too much – it can cause changes in your natural electrolyte balance that can trigger a heart attack.

2) The “good ol’ government” isn’t hiding the wonderful curative powers of seed pits.

3) Please don’t take unsubstantiated claims as fact. Anyone can write anything and call it science. Look for the research, the numbers, the proof.

4) People with little or no education are not automatically more trust-worthy than people who went to college and having a college degree does not automatically make someone an expert in any field.

5) Please engage your brain before deciding that an internet article is truthful.

June 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(472) Lawrence says:

I have eaten copious amounts of apple seeds in my lifetime. Several apples per day for over 40 years, eating the entire apple, including chewing the seeds, I have never experienced headache or any other symptom. Can this be yet another fear mongering post….I for one believe it it is a load of horse sh-t.

June 30, 2012 at 12:22 am
(473) Glen says:

I have a question for Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Have you ever Herd of Dr. Ernst Krebs Jr. and Dr. Robert Houston and thier theories? Remarkable studies on vitamin B-17. You do know that Rhodanse converts Cyanide to the non-toxic compound neocyanate?

July 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm
(474) lani says:

My 4 year old son ate 5 cherry pits. I was concerned because I thought he may have trouble digesting them, so I googled “can eating cherry pits hurt you” and came across this article. I never in a million years would have thought them to be poisonous so panicking, I called nurse direct, who told me to call my primary care physician, who transferred me 3 times and eventually told me to call the poison control hotline, and it was THEM who told me that he will be perfectly fine, that you would have to eat an entire cup of nothing but the seeds and chew them up really well in order for the poison to have any effect. So thanks alot for giving me an anxiety attack over nothing.

July 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(475) ENKA says:

I use to eat peach and apple seeds when i was little in europe. we use to eat a lot of them. i am still alive and i dont believe this article… and did i mention i am in pharmacy school…. so yeah iDONT BELIEVE THIS ARTICLE

July 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(476) Don't drink the kool-aid says:

When I was much younger I read in a book about natural aphrodesiacs, Cherry and Apricot seeds were in there. So, of course I had to try that, around the same time the Laetril info. started going around the circus, I mean the media. I was eating the pits from cherries and apricots almost everyday for several months at a time. Cherries I would crack open the pits of twenty or thirty at a time and chew them all up, I don’t remember any ill affects at all, I remember feeling quite good actually. I guess they should do a medical study on me. lol

July 6, 2012 at 1:33 am
(477) cbrewer says:

thanks, i swallowed one by accident, started throwing up, diarrhea, lightheaded, had I not found this, I wouldn’t have known that I should go to the hospital and get checked… thank you.

July 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm
(478) Arthur says:

wow! how did you guys get from apple seeds to vitamin b17 and cancer? Holy smokes! Yes, Ann is correct: you MUST crush a LOT (1/2 cup) of FRESH apple seeds and eat them FAST in order to get sick from HCN poisoning. If you are looking for a suicide pill, though, go to Home Depot and get a box of rat poison, mix it in water and then filter the solution. Drinking it will do ya in! Cheap Fast and Irrefutable! You see, you need to crush the apple seeds under water too….! Rat poison is easier!

July 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(479) Isabel says:

I looked this up after a co-worker said his wife was admitted to the hospital after not being able to breath. She ate a cherry where the pit had been crushed. Later that night, she woke up not being able to breath well. The doctor determined it was the cherry pit.

July 14, 2012 at 4:12 am
(480) Deitra Brunner says:

Has anyone considered looking on the Poison Control Center’s or the World Health Organization’s website. I just skimmed both sites (entirely too much info to try to read in one sitting) and I entered apple seeds and cherry pits into both sites search engines and came up with nothing. Now, I may not be searching correctly, so if anyone else knows a better way please try and report your findings. But, I found nothing. Wouldn’t the information be on one or the other if not both sites if there was any validity to the “poison” claims?

July 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm
(481) LAS says:

I have also heard that eating cherry seeds, peach seeds, apple seeds, apricot seeds exc. In small amounts also help us prevent cancer and to help in fighting cancer and that the government and pharmaceutical companies do not the want people to know that because it would but a big dent in the pharmaceutical company.

July 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm
(482) aaliyah says:

well ive also done some research and apple seeds do have posion in the BUT just because the do have some traces the traces are to small to hurt therfore i wouldnt eat more than 50+ to be on the safe side and because WHY would u even would u do that! lol

July 17, 2012 at 3:10 am
(483) Alicia says:

Every year during cherry season I will go through about a pound of cherries in one sitting, sometimes more, eating EVERY seed as well. I am 25 years old, I figure I’ve been doing this about ten times a year for the past 20 years… I think if cherry pits were actually anything to worry about I would have been dead years ago.

July 19, 2012 at 7:36 am
(484) andy says:

the cyanide in the pips does not act like the same in rat poison. Even eating up to 30 apricot seeds a day , like some cancer patients do wil not harm you and they have the most cyanide in them. God never slipped here.
I had cancer once and found totally raw food brilliant. Never came back. Also when l had lumps come up on my head, they went down and gone as soon as l took the apricoit seeds. Brilliant stuff. x

July 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(485) jazznut50 says:

Still trying to scare people to death by lying. You are absolutely right, Christ and many others. The seeds of these fruits do contain cyanide, which kills CANCER cells and it has been proven over and over with people who have cured their cancers.

This is yet another b. s. story and if you believe it, you’re a fool.

Hilarious, really to think the author and the medical establishment are going to scare people out of knowing that everything in nature was provided for man to heal himself. Your body can heal itself when given was nature provided, such as B 17 in seeds and nuts that people should be eating. Don’t buy into this load of crap.

The only poisons are those administered by the medical establishment, who kill millions every year with their poisonous drugs and treatments.

August 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm
(486) Mike says:

There’s some fishy stuff going on with these comments. Back in 2010, I made comments #248 and #249 (as they’re listed currently). A few months later, the comments were stripped of their numbering, which made it very difficult for people to refer to other people’s comments that I mentioned in my comment #249. Shortly after, the comments were renumbered and my original reference to other comments were no longer valid. What’s going on here? Who’s paying you, Anne? Who is administering all of this? Read comment #202 by “Stupidity Should Be Painful” for some real truth.

August 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm
(487) chemistry says:

Conspiracy theorist much? The comment numbering and the changes to that system were part of a test About.com did on allowing persons to respond directly to each other’s comments. When that test was discontinued, comments were renumbered. You know entertains me the most here is that I moderate/allow all comments and actually created a question and answer section, permitting people to sound off on the topic. Sort of the opposite of a cover-up, but I am sure you will think whatever you want, regardless of the truth.

August 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm
(488) Mike says:

Thank you, chemistry, for moderating and allowing this stream of comments. I genuinely do appreciate it. However, I do just so happen to be a conspiracy theorist. It’s pretty evident, for anyone with eyes to see, that conspiracies are all over the place. The pharmaceutical industry is filled with them and I’m always skeptical whenever any author seems to take a stance that leaves out information in an article that may contribute to good health while making a big issue out of something relatively insignificant. I’m in the same boat as many of the other above commenters in that I, too, have eaten large numbers of apple seeds and apricot kernels (and chewed thoroughly) and had NO ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS. If someone, like Anne, wants to write an article about how eating 5 tons of apple seeds will kill you, so be it. But to discuss the topic of the cyanide content without mentioning that it’s bonded or without mentioning that it has been proven to kill cancer cells without killing the patient, is just a little odd, coming from someone who holds a Ph.D and should be and expert on the topic. Are you the same “chemistry” who made comment #18? If not, never mind. If so, please supply me with links supporting the claim that “people die every year from eating too many of these seeds”.

August 12, 2012 at 7:56 am
(489) Lai-Lai says:

I’m actually quite fond of pear seeds, but I can assume that the 4-8 I find in a single pear once a week is okay, right? I’ve eaten copious amounts of almonds with no ill effect.

Well I’ve heard that too much of anything is bad. Can the cherry flesh be toxic in high quantities?

August 24, 2012 at 12:13 am
(490) Alison says:

If you don’t think apple and cherry seeds are poisonous, eat a ton of them and prove the article wrong!

August 25, 2012 at 11:18 am
(491) Keisha says:

MB…yes I have heard that too. Government doesn’t want you to know that lol. So as long as you don’t eat 16 apples in a day, you should be fine!!! The cyanide would bust up any cancer cells you have in your body. P.S. I just chumped up 2 whole pears :D .

August 29, 2012 at 11:38 am
(492) Mark F. says:

Great read! I was originally searching for information on cooking with olive pits and came across this short article and years of discussion.

Will seeds cure cancer? I don’t know.

What I have gleaned is there are a lot of people eating a few apple seeds and nothing too bad is happening to them.

The best quote “The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy. “

Alison (#490) – Yes, I am pretty sure that eating a ton of apple and cherry seeds will kill you if taken all at once. Most likely a lot less than a ton to kill. As you maybe also be aware: Water is good for you. Too much water will kill you.

The key to seeds, water, bacon, etc killing you – It is all about dosage when it comes to having a poisonous effect on the body.

September 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm
(493) name says:

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September 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm
(494) Jonny says:

Just ate a nectarine seed unknowingly and hope I don’t get ill. I have one day left before my MSc thesis submission deadline and have loads left to do…

October 10, 2012 at 9:28 am
(495) Les says:

BS The seeds contain very good properties that can lead to assisting in repelling various diseases from your body. Only squashed by Doctors and the Medical Community to keep people sick so they can stay in business.

October 22, 2012 at 10:44 am
(496) apple eater says:


October 30, 2012 at 10:59 am
(497) rob says:

Apple seeds do contain poison, however, our bodies cannot seperate the poison from the molecular bond, therefore are safe to eat. Only Cancer can release the poison in the body thereby killing the cancer.

November 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm
(498) Hakan says:

The Hunza, a tribe of people living in North Pakistan have been eating bitter apricot kernels for centuries. They generally live long lives over 100 years and the almond seed is sacred to them. It used to be used as currency in that part of the world. The only thing killed by laetrile which is the active ingredient is cancer cells. It also acts as an alkalizer. An acidic
body is a breeding ground for cancer.

November 15, 2012 at 5:07 am
(499) Victor Epand says:

Cyanide is only poisonous when it is released as a gas. However, the cyanide contained in apple seeds is not only safe, it is actually combined with sugars in a form that effectively fights cancer cells. The same is true with apricot pits and other cyanide bearing fruit seeds.

November 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm
(500) calvin says:

If apricot seeds are poisionous then why aren’t almonds which are seeds poisionous? I eat apple seeds because they contain a lot of vitimin A.

November 26, 2012 at 12:50 am
(501) Annemie says:

I eat at least 5-6 apples a day including the seeds, and i dont show any of these symptoms. How can something organic kill you..Eat your seeds if you love it!

November 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm
(502) Alan says:

I wonder if anyone actually died eating apple seads.
Maybe ill have an apple seed eating contest. lol

November 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm
(503) no one says:

psh… yeah right!

December 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm
(504) wow says:

Dang. Apples, right?

January 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm
(505)  says:

I almost never leave a response, but after browsing through some of
the responses on this page Yes, Apple Seeds and Cherry Pits are Poisonous.

I do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay. Is it just me or do a few of the comments look like they are written by brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are posting on other online sites, I would like to follow you. Would you make a list of every one of your social pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

January 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(506) bubba says:

Ugh. I think I’ve lost a few brain cells reading these comments.

January 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm
(507) Lou says:

I have been eating all these seeds every day for 4 years. I crack open the nut and eat the seeds or like apple seeds I crunch them up and eat them. If you don’t eat more seeds than you could the amount of the fruit it is not a problem. Yes it will stave of cancer. This woman is either nuts, pardoning the pun, or is working for the government/medical industry. When it comes down to it, do your research and do NOT listen to main stream media.

January 31, 2013 at 4:37 pm
(508) theChemicalRevealer says:

All these lies about toxic apple seeds are spread by the Orange company, who wants to eliminate the Apple rival.
I think I’m gonna stay away from both their products, and move to a banana republic.

February 3, 2013 at 10:47 am
(509) Alpha says:

There is cyanide in tons of things… Non methylated b12 (which is the mot common form synthetically made contains cyanide, thus why its called Cyanocobalamin. Cigarettes have cyanide in them also( obv not healthy for many many reasons, but i dont see people just dtopping dead from smoking a cigarette that has hydrogen cyanide sprayed on it. I have been juicing apples whole and never had any problems feeling ill from the seeds, and anything in extreme excess can kill you, even water..So sure if you collected hundreds of seeds and crushed it into a powder and ingested it you could die, but who is going to do that? And he’ll even a few people die a year from licking batteries. I feel this article is irresponsible and is going to cause people to have an unnessecary fear reaction to something that is otherwise healthy with moderation, like everything else.

February 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm
(510) Eugene says:

all my life, I’ve been eating the entire apple.. I am 40 now and consume 2+ apples a day (including seeds).. so, I’m still alive and well.. so clearly its ok to eat the apple seeds. The article fails to mention that the cyanide molecule is inert (tied up in the B17 vitamin molecular structure).. so, not harmful when consumed… the reason it is harmful to cancer cells is because the cancer cells contain an enzyme that combines with the B17 molecular structure, thus releasing the cyanide molecule and hence killing the cancer cell!

March 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm
(511) Fish says:

@bubba, I know right?
People, I will quote what many people have already said, “The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy. “ This is true of all things. Also, I have yet to see a post on here refuting this article with anything except for anecdotal “evidence”. I have no opinion of the curing cancer bit, but apple seeds do contain cyanide. Scientists have analysed these seeds, and they have seen that the seeds do have cyanide compounds in it. If anyone will point me to a scientific study that says that they don’t, feel free! This article is not saying that if you eat a few seeds you will die, it is simply saying that they have cyanide in them, simple as that. Anecdotes or quotes are useless when trying to support a claim, give me a peer-reviewed scientific study.

March 6, 2013 at 11:49 am
(512) donkeypunch says:

wild animals eat wild fruit. why aren’t we seeing millions of dead animals that eat apples? oh i forgot, the animals are smart enough to not eat the seeds! ;-)

March 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm
(513) steve says:

All this talk about cyanide in a hand full of apple seeds. Genesis: I have given you every seed bearing plant and tree for food. What about the cyanide in vitamin b 12. Check your vitamin bottle supplement facts. Vitamin B 12(cyanocobalamin) 1000 mcg. Cyanocobalamin is one molecule of cyanide attached to a molecule of cobalamin. WHAT!!?? The vitamin industry is regulated by the FDA. Okay, you win. I know nothing.

March 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm
(514) A corpse says:

I ate an apple.

April 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(515) JCBoots says:

I am 57 and have been eating apple seeds since I was a child, never had a problem. I also eat pear seeds and watermelon seeds, just swallow them. Cherry pits just go down whole and come out the other end, no problems there either.

April 22, 2013 at 10:40 am
(516) Steelvenom says:

OMG… Ignorance is bliss…

Can a few apple seeds kill you? ANSWER: No
Of you eat a sh** load of apple seeds at once can they kill you: No
Are apple seeds good for you? Yes

A 200 lb. man would have to eat 2 cups of “crushed” apple seeds in order to die from cyanide poisoning.

In order for the cyanide in apple seeds to kill someone, it has to be prepared. The US military has a process in order to weaponize cyanide.

Real weaponized cyanide is extracted from castor beans, soaked in lye to remove the outer shell, crushed/blended, treated with acetone, powdered, rinsed with water, dried again etc. It only takes 8 castor beans following the above procedure to kill an adult male 100x over.

BOTTOM LINE: A LOT OF WHAT PEOPLE SAY HERE IS RIGHT AND WRONG. I KEEP HEARING THE COMMENT “I’VE BEEN EATING APPLE SEEDS ALL MY LIFE AND IM JUST FINE”. No sh** dummy, most of the seeds are going to come out your a** before being broken down all the way. If your stomach produced a stronger acid you would be deader then chit if you ate to many.




April 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm
(517) emilio says:

what a stupid article, apple seeds are poisonous? well, i eat about 10-15 entire apples per week (including seeds), i just keep healthy. most of the time is impossible to try on your own. but this one i did. its absolutely bull, apple seeds are just fine..

May 18, 2013 at 12:43 am
(518) alfredo says:

Quite frankly 90% of these comments are misleading. I suppose everyone is searching for the Fountain of Youth. Those medical or science experts often drown in two inches of water by what they do not say as opposed to what they say. You will notice that clinical evidence is never mentioned simply because there isn’t any. There are research hospitals all over the world that have meritorious clinical studies but if you choose to believe an alley cat’s version of a lab report, then you deserve everything you seek.
For the record, most seeds are not recommended for human consumption because they may be toxic or cause allergies. A good example is how many millions and millions of dollars Sadam Hussein paid to American apricot growers. He virtually monopolized the market for a couple years. His scientists learned that it was less expensive to hoard the market on apricots, use the fruit for fertilizer and then squash the seeds and extract the deadly arsenic that was then diverted to weapons. Enjoy!

May 22, 2013 at 6:10 am
(519) mlb jerseys for sale says:

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May 28, 2013 at 2:24 am
(520) Eduardo Gutierrez says:

Apple seeds are poisonous? That’s funny. The deer would always eat the apples from my apple tree in Missouri and they never spit out the seeds. Why didn’t they get sick even after eating large amounts? By the way, with my Vitamix blender, I make whole fruit smoothies that have the seeds and all, and I’ve never gotten ill no matter how many seeds I’ve put. After pulverizing the seeds and pits, such as apple seeds, cherry and peach pits, along with similar seeds and pits, smaller than strawberries seeds, I just drink it up. I’ve NEVER gotten sick from consuming the seeds and/or pits of fruits! Not only that, but I haven’t gotten sick with ANYTHING in over 7 years and I don’t even take the flu shot!

June 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm
(521) Kyana says:

My mom said you will just poop it out. 99.9999% of the time nothing will happen

June 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm
(522) Johnny b says:

My brother who used to work for a major baby food company told me the same thing about apple seeds containing cyanide but also said that the antidote is in eating the apple itself.

June 10, 2013 at 10:44 am
(523) Matilda(croatia) says:

hy,I am from Croatia.In my country we eat Apricot seeds and bitter almond seeds.No one was poisoned,but my grandfather said that only 6 per day.I was surprised how your are talking poisons in the seeds.My friend has a cancer,He eats them 10 per day and will increase the dose to 30 but gradually it is eaten with honey we make cakes from seeds “Splitski mendulat”

June 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm
(524) Laura says:

My 6 year old accidentally swallowed one cherry seed yesterday and last night she threw up a lot. Her body did what it needed to do but it is not good for the kids. I am thankful she is healthy and her body knows what to do when something toxic is in her body. I did not realize cherry seeds were toxic. I only knew apple seeds were.

June 17, 2013 at 10:22 am
(525) SMH says:

One poster suggested that we use a “credible source” to confirm the safety level of apple seeds. My question to you (Michelle) is “credible by whose standards?” People really need to learn to ask questions and not so blindly accept what doctors, or anyone else for that matter, tell you. Some of them have narrow views because it is what they have been taught. I originally heard of apple seeds shrinking a boy’s brain tumor in the 1980s. Doctors are either ignorant of the true benefits of apple seeds in moderate doses or either don’t want you to know that you can seek alternative treatments for cancer or enhance medical treatments on your own thus taking business away from them. Which is it?

June 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm
(526) aj says:

As long you dont chew ,guess you will be fine…I know that Nazi reference was more to do with Potassium cyanide or something like that…
This one is relatively mild but as deadly(if the claims are to be true/believed).

June 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm
(527) Happy says:

This article explains the cyanide part — and NO it is not processed as a poison. PS. If you really think apple seeds are so dangerous– why don’t you hear more cases of children getting poisoned..etc. There would be a lot more stuff out there, they’d teach it in school. I mean this has been around for evvvvveeerrr it would be much more common knowledge if this was true. Think about it.

June 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm
(528) Felix A. Keller says:

If you swallow cherry pips, the pass through your system without being cracked and thereby releasing the poison. Just careful when breaking wind: you might shoot the cat or damage your toilet…

July 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm
(529) Nuno says:

I just ate like 100 cherry seeds (pits)
I think they may be good to clean my intestins as they are hard but round and smooth…
they may clean areas where rotting food gets stuck.

I’ll tell you in a minute if I died or not

July 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm
(530) Thomas says:

Anne I see there is a PHD next to your name.
Does that stand for Propaganda for the Health Department?
Last time I checked it did not.
Since you are female you would not be likely to be a Free Mason unless you belong to the one female mason organisation, Not the Pope or a Jesuit, because the Catholic order does not allow female clergy, I doubt you are the Illuminati or that you belong to the Bilderberg Group as you would not be doing the job you are doing. So this would make you one of us, an average citizen that the above are trying to depopulate. They claim that an ideal world population would be 500 million to 1 billion people and this figure may not even include the wealthy Middle Class Billion Ares like Mr Bill Gates for example as the club is exclusive and they keep the numbers down by either financial or blood lines or both and the mentality of the elite.
Now why would the Cancer rates have increased by some 500% in the last 100 years? Recent news article stated that it will Increase by a further 72% by 2020? Not an approximate figure, the article although it did not mention what research organisation did the research was specific. It was on an Internet News website “Bigpond”. With all the money and effort going into Cancer research how come it always ends up as possible cure, but further research and human trials need to be conducted and we may know in 8 to 15 years?
Cancer is an Trillion Dollar Industry. As it has been put to me when I asked “what would happen if a cure or tablet was found in the near future, that we could get from the G P or the Pharmacy”?
The answer was “That will never happen, as we would get it and control it” The person that gave the answer was part of my Father Oncology treatment crew. The Chemo made his condition worse and he died after a battle that lasted for Almost a year. Mum Passed away three months later and the sad part about this was that her cancer was preventable, however it was brought on by the Medicine she was on for 5 years. Dead people can not take legal action and Lawyers look at the age factor and other factors.
I was there at the meetings, as a care giver, in the hospitals, with the Doctors I took film, notes and tried to fight for their survival.
Now why would the Government ban Vitamin B17 from health food outlets? Why did President Clinton take Laetrile’s?
What is Cancer? Is it called an Fungal Growth for a reason? What happens when cells are O2 deprived for a few Hours? Do they turn irreversibly Cancerous? How many Nobel Prize winners will the system ignore? How many Natural Cancer aids and cures have been taken down or hidden with their users some of whom were Dr’s forced to leave and abandon their treatments by the use of force and legal avenues?
You do some research and than think about the way the world is run and whom is in control?
I suggest you start to use that PHD and start to think out side of the square.
Or do not place it next to your name as there are enough people bringing education to shame.

July 12, 2013 at 11:44 am
(531) Marjorie Chepp says:

I have an apple tree in my yard. Every day from the time the apples are the size of a grape the squirrels come to the tree, chew off the green part of the apple until they reach the seeds, eat the seeds, then drop the remainder of the apple down. Then they repeat over and over and come back the next day from June till October. Why don’t they die from the seeds?

July 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm
(532) Fred says:

All BS here.
If you eat enough mcdonalds meals, you will die.

July 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(533) Steve says:

The cyanide in seeds is bound to another molecule that prevents it from poisoning your nervous system like pure cyanide. It is released by an enzyme on the membrane of cancer cells, kills the cells, and is neutralized. I’ve never seen a double blind study that show levels of cyanide in folks who ate the seeds.

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July 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(535) irma attwater says:

the only thing poison sprayong toxin on auer water fields
i consume daily two apple with seed in my smoothie,for fity years ,i am healthy hardly see a dr. or dentst.so whats nexts
be concern what you hear,the good old day ,are gone
believe in the parma and for sure you end up dead

July 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm
(536) J says:

Cyanide cures cancer? Says who?! Can we see some medical research instead of anecdotal evidence please? I bet you ONE MILLION DOLLARS that if you get cancer, you’re gonna go for the chemo. The reason your hair falls out isn’t because it kills you, its because follicles go through growth phases very quickly, just like tumors do. For the love of Pete, do some research, people.

August 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(537) bob says:

man just reading comments i can see how dumb people can be and not even read the article.

seeds are MEANT to be eaten just not chewed ! this is why birds eat them but not us .

the chemical in the apple is not cyanide its just a compound that reacts with enzymes to create cyanide.

like was said you can eat a whole buch of apples and never see the effect if the shell of the seed isn’t broken you wont get any cyanide.

you need to chew on the seed for the chemical to be released.

as for curing cancer with apples : i have my doubts. cancer is a malfunction of cell division.

there is a good way to test this but i doubt any lab did this test put cancer cells in a petry dish and normal cells from the same individuall and same concentration of the product in both and see if cell dies.

hearsay is nothing . saying somone cured me with this or that could be just the fact that you where combating an problem due to lack of that same substance and that made more ressources available for this second problem that was “cured”

the body is a complicated machine and most medication or remedy are only combating the symptoms not the illness…

August 29, 2013 at 9:46 am
(538) nick says:

Why be nervous and suspect about the minute amount if cyanide that is in apricot seeds, when the poison of chemo therapy is far worse. A friend of mine on chemo looked like he was in his 80′s before he passed at 52. He regretted being bombarded by chemo. I only wish I had read about B17 then.

August 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm
(539) Shari says:

I recently read that the FDA is limiting the amount of arsenic in apple juice available for sale. Arsenic can be found in water in varying concentrations. Is the arsenic from the water or apple seeds?

September 6, 2013 at 12:19 am
(540) Chris says:

I have eaten apple and cherry seeds since i was a kid. I’ve never been ill. several at a time and chewed them

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September 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm
(542) wes says:

This is why we should never put
whole fruit into a liquidizer.

September 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm
(543) Villian says:

I call BS on this one.

September 28, 2013 at 11:22 am
(544) Bill Miller says:

Love all the comments thus far. I have eaten apple seeds my entire life and look 20 years younger than my biological age. So maybe I have been having apple chemo in a subtle way.

October 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm
(545) Six rabbit says:

There are many ancient cultures who consumed pits from the fruit of the prunus family. For instancE the Hunza who ate apricot pits. California native Americans ate the holly leaf cherry pits too. They just boiled them in three changes of water, or roasted them to drive off the cyanide. I wonder if there was any amygdalin left after processing? Were these people too eating a diet high in b 17? And we’re they a long lived people? Some also ate the pits of the desert peach after leaching. I suspect many Paleolithic cultures around the world used these seeds as staple foods where ever prunus fruit trees were growing.

October 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm
(546) Derpyherp says:

Like I accidentally sucked on a apple seed will I die? ;c

October 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm
(547) JJ says:

Hogwash. Watch the vid on B17 by G. Edward Griffiths… very interesting stuff… the evil drug companies do NOT want a natural, unpatented cure! they would lose BILLIONS!!

October 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm
(548) AuthorOfArticleIsAnIdiot says:

It says right in your bible that seeds are meant to be eaten. The same reptilians who push the bible on everyone, are now telling you that it is full of lies? LOL Busted

October 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm
(549) Darrel Devine says:

As a teenager and young adult, I used to eat apple seeds all the time and never seemed to have ill effects. In fact I quite liked them. I do not eat them now though.

November 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(550) laura says:

Adding to this long list of comments just cause its fun to do.

1. I enjoy bible thumping and bible says eat fruits, seeds, nuts etc.

2. Author fails to point out that more people die of alcohol poisoning or cancers caused by such substance per year than apple or other fruit seeds.

3. Good fruit juices include the seeds

4. I’d never drink a whole bottle of almond extract cause it doesn’t taste good so why in the world would someone purposefully continue eating something like apple seeds that taste like such thing.

5. Trust in the Lord and lean not on thine own understanding. The writer of this article is probably highly dosed with depression meds cause she can’t figure out that God gave us St. Johns Wort.

6. Interesting how the apple has a star shape in the middle. Helps us shine with the stars instead of being a lame duck with no life but chemistry scholarship in a cooo-cooo kooon.

November 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm
(551) Melvin Burns says:

They are poisonous, trust me. I ate a bunch one time, and I died. The only reason I can type this right now is ’cause I came back as a zombie. Now all I can think about are brains. It’s very distracting. So in conclusion, if you don’t want to be distracted by brains, don’t eat apple seeds.

November 10, 2013 at 11:37 am
(552) John Smith says:

What I need to know is how many would it take to kill an average adult male? What if I ground them up in a coffee grinder? Sprinkle the grounds on a pie? Mixed them into his apple sauce?

November 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm
(553) David says:

First i’d like to comment on what Vitamin B17 actually is. Some call it amygdalin or laetrile, as if both are the same. It is not.
Amygdalin occurs naturally in lots of seeds, laetrile doesn’t. It’s actually a chemically modified form of amygdalin.
However, some Vitamin B17 sold is amygdalin, some is laetrile, though personally i wouldn’t call either of them ‘natural’.

Ah, that old fashion tendency to think of all things curing to be single pure
Amygdalin does not appear in pure form anywhere in nature, but always in a complex with other (micro-) nutrients. In fact, all vitamins (= an old fashion name by the way) do appear in nature as a complex. Intuitively it is probably not so hard to understand you are better of with the vitamins/ micro nutrients you get through a varied healthy diet than through food supplements. A daily dose of vegetables and fruits…ands seeds is more than enough (unless you have a disease). And processed food is ok too, just not as your main or only food source.

Now, about the cancer treatment, it might have an effect, i’m not sure, though i’m quite skeptical about it. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear that the doses of amygdalin used in tests done, are way higher than the levels occurring in nature. And what would be the right level of laetrile?
But anyway, it might help, cancer is a disease after all. Though i think one is better of chewing on a few apple seeds or apricot pits. If you don’t overdo it.

And the final point to address, is amygdalin poisonous?
Well, almost everything you can eat or drink can be poisonous, it just takes the ‘right’ dose. (though ‘poisonous’ isn’t the technically correct term here, i admit)
On the other hand, it is true that a certain percentage of amygdalin digested will be metabolised into cyanide, which is undoubtedly a poison. (the same can be said about vitamin B12, an essential vitamin) The percentage is about 30%.
But how many apple seeds would you need to eat to get a lethal dose?
Let’s assume 2g of pure amygdalin is deadly for a person with a bodyweight of 80 kg. (i’ve read it somewhere)
And let’s estimate an apple seed contains about 10% amygdalin, a more than generous estimate.
another generous estimate, every apple contains 2g of seeds.
A bit of math wil lead to the conclusion you need to eat the seeds of 10 apples to get your lethal dose.

For a 40 kg person, the seeds of 5 apples. And so on…

But since the very generous estimates, a very safe bet. It’s probably a ten fold of this.
But better be safe than dead.

November 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm
(554) David says:

To John Smith:

For an adult male of about 80 kg bodyweight you would need the seeds of a 100 apples, given the fact that every seed would contain 1% amygdalin and every apple contains 2 grams of seeds.
(That is 200 gram of apple seeds.)

Or said in an other way, 2g of amygdalin is deadly for a person of 80 kilogram.

Note that the pie will taste extremely bitter.
Best of luck though.

December 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(555) Krystal says:

This is hysterical! I’ve eaten apple seeds my entire life and I’m 42 years old. MANY foods we eat contain naturally occurring cyanide including almonds, spinach, cassava, tapioca, soy beans, lima beans, to name a few. There are other forms of poisons that occur naturally in nutmeg, kidney beans, and chocolate, to name a few more. If you let your potatoes sprout eyes and still eat them, yup, you’re eating poison. Oh, and that oh so coffee that so many people can’t live without? Yessiree! The coffee beans it’s made from also contains naturally occurring poisons.

The person who wrote this article is an alarmist as is everyone else who FREAKED about it. You people would STARVE to DEATH if you stopped eating all foods that had traces of poison in them by design.

Better post this soon. I’m going to go eat an apple and its seeds now … might drop dead if I wait to post until AFTER I eat it.

December 10, 2013 at 3:35 am
(556) Robin says:

Seriously……. I do raw fruit blends daily……. guess what i put in every day….. Apple seeds of one to three apples DAILY!. I am not dead yet…….

January 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm
(557) Marathoner says:

Hmmm?!? After an extremely sickly childhood which allegedly left my liver “permanently” damaged (and doctor predicted early death), I started in my mid teens to eat apples with their seeds which I would chew-up (because I saw lectures which indicated that amygdalin-laetrile-VitB17-cyanide contained therein was a cancer-preventative). Since then (c. 1966) I’ve eaten many, many apples with their seeds, and since 1997 I’ve had at least 1 apple EVERY day along with its seeds which I’d always chew-up. Whenever I’ve eaten apricots or peaches, I’d also crack-open & chew-up the insides of their pits. I am 64 (most think me to be c. 52), I have completed 9 full-Marathons (26mi) & 23 half-Marathons (13mi). I have a 25-yr old wife who is also a runner. The latest half-Marathon we completed 2 days ago, I did in 2hr:03min:56sec. BP=111/71, P=59, BMI=23.87, Cholesterol=175, liver seems to be working fine. I’ve never experienced any of the cyanide symptoms listed in the article above?!?

January 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm
(558) Megan says:

Wow! I have been eating apple seeds for more then five years and I never had any signs of these symptoms. I guess I should stop before I get sick or die…

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February 11, 2014 at 1:38 am
(560) D says:

(246) James says:
“Oh… and since ALL fruit and seeds were given to you as food according to the Bible, go eat some choke cherries, pokeweed berries, and Yew berries. Report back when you’re done…. Let us know if God saved you from your stupidity.”

I don’t know about the others, but my grandmother used to make chokecherry jam all the time from the 20 or so chokecherry trees she had on the farm. It’s delicious.

Pokeweed (American nightshade, phytolacca americana) is edible if the seeds are removed, and the meat of the berry is cooked… ever heard of poke salad?

The bright red aril surrounding the seed of the Yew berry is edible… birds spread the seeds after eating them, but the rest of the tree is poisonous, but also beneficial in that they contain calcium channel blockers and chemotherapy agents. Ever hear of Paclitaxel (taxol) ?

So, yeah… I guess God *did* “save me from my stupidity”, eh?

February 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm
(561) Pam says:

I remember peeling the dark covering off some apple seeds and eating the white inside as a child. It tasted good! Kind of like a slightly sweet almond. Needless to say I didn’t eat them routinely.

February 17, 2014 at 12:11 am
(562) Kyle says:

This is totally false people! Apple seeds contain vitamin b-17! PLEASE google vitamin B-17 and put your conspiracy theory hat on for a minute…

February 17, 2014 at 12:52 am
(563) Pam says:

Isn’t Chemotherapy poisonous?

March 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm
(564) Jan says:

Anne, Lets hope that you never get cancer. With your lack of knowledge, you are domed.

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