From The Cancer Chronicles #19
© January 1994 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Benzaldehyde is a chemical found in nature in many foods. It helps give coffee and cocoa their characteristically pleasant aromas, and is also widely used in the chemical industry.

Less known is the fact that benzaldehyde has shown significant cancer-fighting abilities. In the 1970s, Japanese scientists used a distillate of ordinary figs to successfully treat cancer in mice. They eventually found that the active ingredient in this distillate was ordinary benzaldehyde, present in mere one-part-per-million concentrations.

Building on this finding, in 1985, Dr. M. Kochi and colleagues reported in the USNational Cancer Institute's own Cancer Treatment Reports (69:533-537) that a `gluconated' form of benzaldehyde (called BG) caused an "overall objective response rate [of] 55 percent. Seven patients achieved complete response, 29 achieved partial response, 24 remained stable, and 5 showed progressive disease."

In 1990, Dr. Tatsumura and colleagues at Toyama University reported similar results (41.7 percent responses). In all cases, the treatment was free of toxicity. It is thus documented, safe, inexpensive—and generally unavailable in America.

How is it possible that such a promising anti-cancer agent is unused here? Why hasn't the NCIpublicized these results as they have, say, the interleukin-2 or taxol trials?

One reason may be the lack of incentive for pharmaceutical companies to become involved in research on natural food constituents. It current costs over $230 million to shepherd a new drug through the FDA's approval maze. This compels pharmaceutical companies to seek out only expensive, patentable drugs, to the detriment of non-patented agents like benzaldehyde.

Benzaldehyde is remarkably cheap—about 30¢ an ounce at chemical supply houses. (Such companies do sell it, but may require a pledge that it is not to be used for medicine—only for laboratory research.) Since the average person needs less than a gram per day [see below], the cost per year, astonishingly, would be about $2.00, or less than a penny a day.

Another factor is benzaldehyde's close link to amygdalin (a.k.a. laetrile), the bête noire of the cancer establishment. Amygdalin, found in apricot kernels, etc. breaks down into benzaldehyde, glucose, and hydrogen cyanide in the body. Gluconated benzaldehyde (BG) is essentially laetrile without the hydrogen cyanide....

Readers seeking treatment for cancer should seek out competent medical help, including doctors open to alternative treatments. Scientific references on benzaldehyde research, as well as other treatment options, are to be found in Ralph W. Moss's book, Cancer Therapy, published by Equinox Press.

Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.

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