Fundamentalist evangelist Eric Hovind and the company he runs, God Quest, have been formally warned by the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for what the agency characterizes as illegal drug claims made about 2 supplements being hawked at God Quest’s website, CreationToday.org. (Creation Today is a DBA-structured business owned by God Quest.)
The agency says that it found the non-allowed drug claims on the website as well as in a book titled, World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17, which Creation Today includes with certain products. Those are the company’s B17 Amygdalin product and its Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds by Apricot Power product.
Amygdalin and a refined version known as laetrile are often peddled as “vitamin B17” but neither is actually a vitamin. Furthermore, in scientific studies, neither has been proven effective against cancer.
Under current FDA regulations, any health claims made in any marketing materials–and the agency is calling the book a marketing tool–have to steer well clear of making medical claims that tout products as drugs, as opposed to dietary supplements. Some of the claims the agency says violate those rules include statements like:
- The whole story of how cancer works and the politics behind preventing its cure.
- This book will give a totally new perspective on how to prevent and cure major diseases.
- With this package you will receive: World Without Cancer, ½ lb bag of raw apricot seeds, and a bottle of B17/Amygdalin 100mg – 100 Capsules. Learn and experience first hand from these important and popular resources, the results that could occur if the solution should be found in a simple vitamin.
Even the book’s very title, World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17, is an unallowed medical claim, says the agency.
Though the products appear to focus mostly on purported anti-cancer benefits, other claims reference the use of “B17” in the treatment of conditions like:
- High blood pressure
- Tooth decay
- Various digestive disorders
- Sickle-cell anemia
The FDA alleges that those claims (and others mentioned in the letter) prove that the products are intended as drugs and not dietary supplements. But neither the B17 Amygdalin product or the Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds by Apricot Power product has ever been officially deemed safe or effective for the treatment of any of those conditions.
The products are further in violation of FDA regulations because they are touted for conditions the average layperson is not able to accurately self-diagnose or self-treat. It would be, says the agency, “impossible to write adequate directions for a layperson” who tried to use the products safely and effectively.
As is the norm, the company was given 15 working days to answer the agency’s allegations. The FDA’s warning letter to Eric Hovind and God Quest/Creation Today was dated June 29, 2017. As of my visit to the website today, I found all the FDA-cited claims I looked up still there. And the book, as you can see from this screenshot, is also still being offered: