A cancer patient nearly died from cyanide poisoning because of his burning passion for apricot kernel extract.
The unidentified man, 67, consumed two teaspoons of the ‘complementary medicine’ each day, in the belief it would keep him in remission.
He was also taking three tablets of Novodalin – a commercially made herbal fruit kernel supplement daily for the same reason.
But his habit eventually caught up with him, a case study reveals. He was beginning to become starved of oxygen – which is how cyanide kills.
Doctors found him to have 25 times above the safe limit of the toxin in his body – an amount that can have serious side effects.