A Family History

This story begins some 35 years ago when my father Geoffrey was the first person to import Laetrile into Australia.

Dad was a partner in a new health foods company, and they were also the first in the world to sell flavoured mineral water.

The market was wide open and my father had positioned himself well.

At the time, Laetrile was not prohibited so it seemed like a good investment to add to his stable, but my father soon became aware of the overwhelming human need behind it.

It was more than a mere product. Dad could see that it was really helping people. However, my father was soon to realise that he was an idealistic man in a far from idealistic world.


Dad ran the business from home. Our large double garage had become our stock room. He had two drivers and was responsible for the distribution. It was common for people to come to the home in order to conduct business with Dad. He would often do business deals standing in the garage, sweaty from lugging boxes of stock.

I was only twelve years old, yet I clearly remember some men in black suits with posh accents arguing with my father in the front yard of our house. I went outside to investigate the commotion. Dad was finishing a very intense, in-depth conversation with these men in black. They looked at each other and rolled their eyes. I clearly remember hearing them say, “You don’t understand; we simply cannot allow you to import something that might damage the cancer industry if people begin self-prescribing” (my emphasis).

My father rarely raised his voice or got upset, yet he swore at these men, told me to go inside and told them to leave. As I was going inside, I heard one of the men say to my father that if he refused to co-operate, they would ruin him and all of his businesses.


“Who was that?” I asked my father when he came inside.

“Representatives from Therapeutic Goods,” he replied. “What do they mean by ‘the cancer industry’?” I queried.

“Cancer appears to be making a lot of people a lot of money,” he stated. “Whenever obviously stupid decisions are made by men in power, the reason can be found by following the money.”


I was so angry. I understood what they had meant before my father explained it, but I just couldn’t believe it. These were people who were supposed to be altruistically looking out for our best interests; however, they revealed on our front lawn that they were serving the best interests of big business.

It had vague deja vu realism. At twelve, it was like someone telling me that my worst nightmares were real: that the bogeyman was real, was out to get everyone and made money out of letting people die. I don’t think this anger has ever left me; it only grew as I observed what happened to my father, a truly altruistic man trying to help others.


Within a few weeks, these men in black began to make good on their threats. Legislation was swiftly passed that saw Laetrile busted down to a “Pet Food Only” licence. Yet people still bought it.

When it became obvious that the health food stores were happy to keep stocking it in the pets section, Dad found that his service station licences were not renewed and that he was unable to buy bottles for his mineral water. Apparently there had been mass purchases by a subsidiary of Coca-Cola.

Being the first person in the world to flavour mineral water, my father should have been a millionaire several times over, yet his ethics prevented him from selling out. Dad had to let this part of his business fall by the wayside.


Somehow Dad kept going. He kept supplying and distributing Laetrile. The demand for the product was overwhelming. The testimonies were flooding in for this much-needed substance, but they were disregarded by the authorities as merely anecdotal.


By the end of that year, 1976, B17 was completely banned in Australia. Yet banning a product does not stop people who have used it and had successful results with it from trying to procure it. People were turning up on our doorstep at all hours of the day and night, from as far away as Tasmania and New Zealand, begging for any stocks we might have left. It was heart wrenching.


Dad tried to appeal the ban and have B17 scientifically and clinically tested so that Therapeutic Goods would have no other choice but to approve it. Testing was refused on the grounds that the there was no funding to proceed with tests.

Ironically, billions of dollars are thrown at “the cancer industry” every year, yet Therapeutic Goods could not find the resources to investigate the successful results that people had achieved with B 17/Laetrile.


It is curious that with all of the money and time given to cancer research, no solutions have been forthcoming. Shouldn’t we be demanding to know why, after all of this time, these researchers still can’t even tell us the most basic things about cancer, like how and why cancer begins?

Yet, as shown here, Krebs’s theory behind why Laetrile works purports that an answer to this question has been known since 1950—as has, additionally, a cancer solution.


Since then, other doctors and researchers have conducted studies and have had papers published that conclude in favour of Laetrile; these include Dr John Morrone, Dr Manuel Navarro, Burton Goldberg, Dr Robert Atkins, Dr Ernesto Contreras, Dr Michael Schachter, Dr Douglas Brodie and Dr Philip E. Binzel, Jr. The body of evidence for Laetrile’s effectiveness and safety far outweighs the evidence against.