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AMYGDALIN

Reported by: Jaironn Navarro

AMYGDALIN
Amygdalin(fromAncient
Greek:amygdl"almond"),isa
poisonouscyanogenicglycosidefoundinmanyplants,
butmostnotablyintheseeds(kernels)ofapricot(known
asbitteralmonds),peach,andplum
.

Also known as:

Laetrile (trade name) = Purified amygdalin


Vitamin B17
bitter almond
apricot kernels
laevo-mandelonitrile-beta-glucuronoside
mandelonitrile beta-glucoronide
mandelonitrile
Xing Ren
Amygdaloside
Prunus armeniaca
Prunasin
Nitriloside

CHEMICAL FORMULA :

C20H27NO11

History
1837 - amygdalin was isolated
1845 - Russia - cancer treatment
1950s - amygdalin was named as Laetrile by dr
Ernst Krebs
1978 - laetrile was banned in the U.S. and UK
Today - use as anti-cancer therapy primarily in
Mexico
Advertised/Sold mainly on Internet

Almonds

Seeds of apricot, peach


and plum

each raw bitter almond will produce about 4-9 mg


of hydrogen cyanide. So a few handfuls of raw
bitter almonds are enough to kill you quite swiftly
and lesser amounts may cause you other serious
health issues such as kidney failure.
With bitter almonds, 8 - 32 almonds will give you
the lethal dosage of cyanide. Bitter almonds yield
about 6.2 mg of cyanide per almond and the
LD50(median lethal dose) for cyanide is 50 mg 200 mg.

symptoms include

nausea and vomiting


headache
dizziness
cherry red skin color
liver damage
abnormally low blood pressure
droopy upper eyelid
trouble walking due to damaged nerves
fever
mental confusion
coma
death

Treatment: