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The majority of people have no adverse reaction when eating apricot kernels, or taking laetrile tablets, but for some there may be a reaction in the body as it responds to cancer cells dying off and has to handle flushing out the resulting toxins.
This is a well-known phenomenon, not only relating to vitamin B17. When people are put on a diet to beat candida together with anti-yeast supplements, often they get worse before they get better as they experience 'die-off' symptoms. The more candida is destroyed the worse people are likely to feel as extra toxins invade the bloodstream, leading to a worsening of previous symptoms, including aches and pains, muzzy head and depression. These people need to have 'die-off' explained to them so that they see these unpleasant symptoms as an encouragement, and they also need to be told ways of alleviating the symptoms of die-off reaction. (See Erica White's Beat Candida Cookbook p15-16, p31ff, p39-40. Having a problem with yeast often goes hand in hand with having cancer: see Chris Woollams The Tree of Life: Everything you need to EAT to help you Beat Cancer, p108).
People who take glyconutrients to boost the immune system to help them in the fight against many diseases and conditions, are also warned about possible uncomfortable reactions. These reactions are associated with fever, rash or hives, excessive gas, running nose, headaches, insomnia, increased thirst, weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, fever blisters, dry mouth, canker sores, constipation, dizziness, nervousness and various aches and pains in joints and muscles. People taking glyconutrients are assured that these reactions are due to the body making a positive change to improved health.
Toxins are removed from the body, carried in the blood and also through the lymphatic system and then through the excretory organs. If toxins are released, through the dying off of cancer cells or because of a detoxifying regime, at a greater rate than the liver, kidneys, skin and lungs can handle them, then toxic reactions can occur.
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