The fate of a good man:
Jim Wright, vitamin B17, and the MHRA
Prosecution by the MHRA
Vitamin B17, or laterile, or amygdalin, found in fruits including apricot kernels, has long been known as a safe, moderately successful treatment for cancer, without side effects.
“In five years of trading, I have not received a complaint of any kind from any of the hundreds of customers who have made purchases from me.”
In 1995, while he was pastor of a small Christian church in Port Talbot, South Wales, Jim Wright began selling synthetic apricot kernels, manufactured as an alternative treatment for cancer. When he began this work, Wright was completely ignorant of the politics of medicine or more specifically, cancer.
A decade later, between the months of May and November 2006, he was arraigned on 12 criminal counts, by the Medicines Control Agency (MCA), of promoting and had for sale a range of mainly herbal products. The charges followed a period of three years interest in Wright, involving raids on his home in 2003 and 2005 and a conspiracy by the regulatory agency and the BBC to ‘expose’ him on prime time TV. To add to this, the MHRA twice made attempts to entrap him into selling their agents prescription only products.
After the first charges were laid in March 2006, Wright was bailed on his own surety with no conditions, he pleaded at a following hearing and the case was finally set to come before Swansea Crown Court, on November 14th 2006.
In Britain, Europe generally (See the case of Norwegian acupuncturist and the case of Loic Le Ribault) and North America, the investigation and criminal prosecution of alternative health practitioners and producers of non pharmaceutical remedies, especially for cancer, have risen consistently since the early nineteen nineties. In North America the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has brought all the ‘gang busting’ experience of the FBI to their cases. (See reports of the raid on Johnathon Wrights laboratory in 1994, when armed FDA agents lined employees up against the walls.)
In Britain, the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) which in 2005 changed its name to the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has introduced a new Key Stone Cops legal style to Britain’s previously careful juridical system. Despite being a department of the British Government, the MHRA is funded entirely by pharmaceutical companies.
The Battle for the Ownership of Health Care
The greatest battles, in the war against non pharmaceutical health care, have been against nutritional and herbal medicines. While those products which were recognised simply as herbs, or, for instance single homeopathic remedies, were relatively easy to regulate and license because their practitioners sought legal status, fruit and vegetables, more complex herbal preparations, vitamins and minerals and all kinds of dietary supplements have proved more difficult.
It has been essential for the pharmaceutical companies to steer everyday consumers away from fruit, vegetables and vitamins and supplements synthesised from them, as an aid to better health. These companies have spent millions of pounds and many years, prodding, cajoling and threatening governments and populations into agreeing that they should be the sole agents able to treat ill health in post industrial society. This ground plan involved, to begin with national agreements for regulation, then zonal regulatory agreements in Europe and in the America’s and finally the development of Codex Alimenterias to its present global position.
This kind of life-style, social regulation, involved in prosecuting people and organisations manufacturing and promoting non-pharmaceutical health care continues a tradition set by the British government in 1939 when it passed the Cancer Act. The main intention of which, was to stop people – other than oncologists – exchanging information on how cancer might be avoided or treated non pharmaceutically. This tradition comes to rest in the early 21st century, with lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry trying to implement regulations which stop either individuals telling personal stories about self treatment or non scientists writing about medicine in the media.
This battle to stop the publicising or the use of ‘natural’ treatments for cancer, is perhaps the greatest hidden war of the twentieth century. The many therapists, lay people and doctors who have presented a wide range of ‘alternative’ treatments, have been victimised, exiled and criminalised, in a conspiracy which has as its principle object the maintenance of professional medical authority and the continuance of monopoly practice.
The facts about this constant warfare against alternative cancer therapists are indisputable, having been recorded by doctors, writers, therapists and journalists, with investigations which span over a century.
Martin J Walker, author of Dirty Pharma. http://www.slingshotpublications.com/Books/E-Books
Jim Wright got a £1,000 fine. Clearly the MHRA’s aim was to stop vitamin B17 becoming competition to chemotherapy – and they succeeded. But B17 is far better.