Laetrile Vs Cancer: An Australian Story

My father and his business partner were the first people to introduce Laetrile into Australia, 35 years ago.

After my father did this, people suffering from various forms of cancer chose to use it and successfully treated themselves.

However, testing was refused despite its apparent amazing results in thousands of cases, with many willing to give written accounts of their personal experiences.

Since 1963, there have been over 100,000 cancer patients treated successfully with Laetrile and other alternative methods at the Contreras Hospital, now the Oasis of Hope Hospital, in Mexico alone.

The late Dr Ernesto Contreras, Sr, was a vocal supporter of Laetrile treatment. This hospital is his legacy.


I, too, have been handed a legacy. As a twelve-year-old, I witnessed individuals identifying themselves as being from “Therapeutic Goods” approach my father with threats of financial ruin to try to dissuade him from importing and distributing this substance before any Australian legislation had been passed against it.

More on this later.


When Laetrile was finally officially tested in Queensland, it was shown to be effective (see Queensland Health Circular No. 02/2003; replaced by Circular No. 01/2006).

However, despite the testing and approval of Laetrile eight years ago, sufferers are still not being made aware of it as a possible effective alternative treatment, thereby curtailing their ability to make informed choices for their own health care.

This is far from acceptable.


Before I proceed with telling my father’s story in more detail, I should explain what Laetrile is and why it works.