Jason Vale, a devout Christian, cancer survivor, former world arm wrestling champion and his mother were arrested in New York City Wednesday after making nearly $1 million in the last six years selling apricot seeds online as a cure for cancer, branded “Apricots from God.”
Authorities allege that Vale, 51, and his mother, Barbara Vale, 77, have been promoting apricot seeds as a Bible-backed “answer to cancer” on his divinely inspired business website and made $850,000 between January 2013 and last month, ABC 7 reported.
“Remember, the seeds may kill cancer cells but there is more to beating cancer then just killing off or shrinking a few tumors. For a body to develop cancer, it’s inner environment has been compromised. You must supply it with the right stuff and cut out the wrong,” Vale tells visitors in a message posted to his online store.
Vale, who won city, state and national arm wrestling titles throughout the 1980s and ’90s, was previously sentenced to five years in jail in 2003 for violating an injunction barring him from selling apricot seeds, the New York Post said, citing a criminal complaint against him.
The complaint said Vale and his mother collected $295, plus $27.75 for shipping, in exchange for three pounds of seeds, three bottles of vitamins, and a DVD about the “cure,” according to the New York Post.
Despite his previous arrest for marketing the seeds, Vale’s faith in their power over cancer has kept him in business. On his website, he also points to Scripture as the basis for his support of apricot seeds as a cancer-fighting agent.
“This site holds the truth on apricot seed extract and more important the apricot seed itself. Our information on the seed and the necessity to eat seeds is backed Biblically in Genesis 1:29. ‘And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat,’” he writes.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair