Griffin’s book… has had, it is no exaggeration to say, a tremendous influence on the attitude of many thousands of Americans toward cancer, alternative medicine, and the politics of cancer. In his deadpan, factually grounded but highly effective writing style, Griffin reviews the failure of much of orthodox cancer treatment; the little reported history, theory, and intriguing clinical nature of laetrile (a nutritional therapy made from the kernels of apricots and other fruits); and the Byzantine politics and economics of modern medicine and the international pharmaceutical cartel that have prevented many promising alternative therapies from being fully developed and made commercially available.
The book is essential reading for a person with cancer, anyone interested in the contemporary history of alternative medicine, and anyone who likes a good story — a story all the more amazing because it appears to be largely true. As a journalist who has reported on alternative medicine and the war on cancer for two decades (and with the help of many magazine editors and fact checkers along the way), I can attest to the basic accuracy of Griffin’s work, as well as its importance to one trying to understand an unusually complex area of modern life. Whether one accepts Griffin’s underlying thesis about the value of laetrile as an effective treatment, the insights into the medical business and the difficult road alternatives face that can be gleaned from reading World Without Cancer — New Edition make the book well worth the read.
World Without Cancer (first published 1974, latest issue 1996) is a book about the story of Laetrile, commonly called vitamin B17. Separated in two parts, World Without Cancer firstly explores the remarkable success of Laetrile in treating cancer victims; and more importantly, the second part describes the politics of cancer therapy in which Griffin blows the lid off an an-powerful international chemical and drug cartel that has dominated the direction of health care since early this century. Not only has the Rockefeller-Farben combine been instrumental in fostering chemical based drug treatment as the basis for health care, they have been the dominant adversary against safer non-drug treatments.
Griffin’s interest in the subject was aroused back in 1971 when his friend Dr. John Richardson presented him with his findings on a control for cancer. The physician had stumbled across a revolutionary concept of cancer and a means of treating cancer. Using a safe natural substance called Laetrile, Dr. Richardson had been able to successfully treat terminal cancer patients. However, the physician’s “unorthodox” approach was fiercely opposed by other members of the medical profession including the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, and doctors on the staff of the hospital where he practiced. He was labeled a “quack” and was pressured to abandon his fruit research and therapy. Upon questioning the motives behind the medical profession’s opposition to an effective control for cancer, Griffin had started what turned out to be a 3-year research project which was to lead him to the uncovering of one of the most amazing stories of the Twentieth Century. His research covers world history, World War II, cartels, industry, the Nazis, foundations, and the information is taken primarily from government hearings. Hearings that took place between the years 1928 and 1946. A very important time in world history that saw the conglomeration of the world’s chemical and drug giants.
Griffin’s investigation revealed that “In the years Prior to World War 11, there came into existence an international cartel, centered in Germany, that dominated the entire world’s chemical and drug industries. It had spread its operations to ninety-three countries and was a powerful economic and political force in all countries. It was known as I.G. Farben.” When John D. Rockefeller interlocked his American-based, international empire with that of I.G. Farben in 1928 “there was created the largest and most powerful cartel the world has ever known. Not only has that cartel survived through the years, it has grown and prospered. Today it plays a major role in both the science and politics of cancer therapy.”
In order to expand their drug operations the Rockefellers set about “educating” the medical profession. “Abraham Flexner, author of the famous Flexner Report of 1910, led the Crusade for upgrading the medical schools of America. AN the while he was in the employ of Andrew Carnegie [a Rockefeller stooge] and John D. Rockefeller who had set up gigantic tax-exempt foundations for that purpose. The end result was that all medical schools became heavily oriented toward drugs and drug research, for it was through the increased sale of drugs that the donors realized a profit on their donations.”
The medical profession and universities weren’t the Rockefellers only target for infiltration. “A brief backward glance at the total landscape will help us to appreciate more fully the present extent of cartel influence, not only in the FDA (United States’ Food and Drug Administration], but at all levels of the federal government, for it is an historical fact that the centers of political power long have been the easy target of cartel penetration and control… The fist of men who are or were in key positions within the Rockefeller group reads like a ‘Who’s Who in Government’.
Griffin is well known because of his unique talent for researching obscure and difficult topics and presenting them in clear, concise terms that an can understand. He is the author of numerous documentary books and films under diversified and controversial topics including the United Nations, the Supreme Court% U.S. foreign policy, The John Birch Society, the Communist Party, and international banking. The information revealed in World Without Cancer adds to this impressive fist of topics — his painstaking research and thorough analysis of the international chemical and drug cartel and their powerful allies is in our opinion one of the most authoritative and well-written treatise on this least understood subject.
The Politics of Cancer Therapy is an audio tape recording of a one-hour lecture by Griffin on the above subject. Based on the second part of World Without Cancer, The Politics of Cancer Therapy is a very good audio complement to his book, as it covers this very complex and interesting subject in an easy-to-understand manner.
Campaign Against Fraudulent Medical Research,
For some years now, whenever I was in the Bay Area, I stayed at the San Rafael Inn known as the Villa. It was run by an older couple, quite personable, who I believe were in exile from Bosnia. He was Marcello and she was Mrs. Marcello.
Two years ago, as I was checking in, he informed me that his wife had cancer. I sent them a copy of your book, World without Cancer, and gave Marcello the address where he could order apricot seeds. The effects of cancer were evident; Mrs. Marcello was wan, dispirited, and appeared weak and fragile.
During the past few years, staying at my son’s home in the East Bay, I seldom had occasion to spend any time at The Villa. My son is in Saudi Arabia right now, so I checked into The Villa for two nights last week. I had called for a reservation, and when I arrived to check-in, Marcello and his wife were standing behind the counter.
I could not believe how well Mrs. Marcello looked: ruddy complexion, her luxuriant hair beautifully styled, her skin clear, and with a beautiful smile. I laughed and said “Your wife looks much younger than you do, Marcello.” He laughed and said, “That’s the way it is with old men: the men look older and the women look younger.”
Two days later, after I checked out, Marcello was standing outside the office in the driveway. Instead of waving, I stopped the car and congratulated him on how well his wife looked. “It was that book you sent us and those apricot seeds. Cancer is a nutritional problem” His statement coincided with my recollection from your book, and I added, “Yes, and those seeds kill cancer cells.” He told me they now use the apricot seeds as preventative medicine.
When I told him I would tell you, he asked to be remembered to you with gratitude on the part of his wife and himself. Instead, I thought I would write this memorial as a testimony to the truth of your invaluable book.
Yours very truly,
David J. Hanson
New Cuyama, California.
2009 May 27