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    The latest cancer hoax. Once again, if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't.

    Asked by DJS on Monday, April 27, 2015

    The latest cancer hoax. Once again, if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't.

    Belle Gibson made quite a splash in the media: first she claimed she got cancer from the Gardasil HPV vaccine, and then she claimed to have cured it holistically. Famous internationally for her "Whole Pantry" approach, good reporting instigated by her latest book deal has her begging for forgiveness. It was all a sham. Now the question is Why.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/04/22/none-of-its-true-disgraced-wellness-guru-belle-gibson-comes-clean-on-cancer-hoax/?tid=sm_fb

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      15 minutes of fame and money. Gee, wasn't it worth it all to the rest of the world. Just pathetic!

      over 6 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar
      IronMom45

      Money. Fame. Attention in any form ill gotten or not. Possible pyschopath with no conscious. Hope is legally prosecuted. Wonder what happens if she really gets cancer?

      over 6 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      I wonder if she'll get another book deal telling this story. Munchausen-by-Tabloid?

      over 6 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      Ha-ha, DJS!

      over 6 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar
      IronMom45

      Love that djs!

      over 6 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      $$$

      over 6 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar
      Schlegel

      The really sad thing is that she probably influenced many people not to get the vaccine.

      over 6 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      Or to give up tried and true medical treatment for holistic supplements and dietary changes. That ain't gonna cut it with brain cancer, and as Steve Jobs learned the hard way, you have to attack cancer immediately with guns blazing -- you can't take your time to see if an unproven alternative works.

      over 6 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      And I know I'm going to catch flack for that last statement. Don't waste your time because you can't sway me. Why not send your letters to Steve Jobs' family? See how they respond.

      over 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      DJS You will not catch flack from me about your statement by definition holistic medicine is all guns blazing is holistic medicine Encarta dictionary defines holistic medicine as "considering all factors when treating an illness :taking into account all of somebody's physical, mental, and social conditions in the treatment of illness. Read some of the books by Dr. Weil. Diet, exercise, meditation, acupuncture, music, humor, and yes even prayer and pets help conventional medicine be effective. Some medical schools even teach holistic medicine. That being said it must be BOTH, not either or.
      Unfortunately people with illnesses are prey for charlatans. Drug companies also are greedy and look at the bottom line and often push medications that aren't really ready. We all need to be aware of what our body needs.

      over 6 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      I agree -- both. Use every arrow in your quiver.

      over 6 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Too bad there wasn't some of that "good reporting" right after she made her first ridiculous claim that she got cancer from the HPV vaccinations. Of course, no matter how fervently scientists debunk those scams, there'll always be people who'll believe the charlatans.

      over 6 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Steve Jobs had his DNA copied .. he thought he could download himself .. who knows what might happen in the future?

      over 6 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      I have this scenario in my head. Her doctor tells her she really does have cancer. She goes thru' surgery, chemo, rads. Spends her days waiting for test results. Spending every last penny she has trying to pay her medical bills. The agony of having to tell family and friends. Then on her last doctor visit they tell her, "OOPS!, we were wrong, you don't have cancer at all!" "Sorry, our mistake!".
      I know, sounds mean, but the scenario is just my way of having to deal with certain people.

      over 6 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      Banditwalker -- that puts the onus on a (fictitious) doctor. This woman concocted and perpetuated a fraud for attention and profit, while damaging the reputation of a lifesaving vaccine in the process; not to mention perpetuating the concept that advanced stage cancer can be cured by the sole use of a change in personal nutrition and holistic healing methods. There is no way to know how many people followed her advice and lost or risked their lives because of her sick, twisted bid for attention. Your scenario doesn't sound mean; it sounds like the fiction Belle Gibson specialized in. As a cancer survivor, I know just how vital it is to deal with reality, no matter how much less entertaining that can be than the scenarios our imaginations can use to cushion life's blows.

      over 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      DJS and banditwalker , that is what lawyers are for. There are less than ethical Dr.s and I definitely do not trust the pharmaceutical industry, I definitely would not get the HPV vaccine, if I were healthy. And knowing that one person lied would definitely not change my mind.

      over 6 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      BoiseB, the HPV vaccine is given to preteens at the ages of 11 to 12, so it's a moot point for you (or any adult) as to whether or not to take it. Since it protects against four kinds of cancer (including throat and oral), I'd take it in a wink if it were available.

      over 6 years ago

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