Watching Belle Gibson on 60 Minutes last night, I asked myself, not for the first time, how and when illness and health became big business.
Somewhere along the line, ‘healing’ got entangled with business and stardom. It has become a way to make money or achieve fame and attention. The accolades that come alongside big business and stardom are addictive. These can lead to decisions that are neither wise or compassionate, but solely based on feeding the addiction. Where health is concerned there are lives at risk – real lives, not screen lives.
Mixing up business, fame and health is not only dangerous, but potentially deadly.
I worked in a large corporate organisation for over 12 years. We talked bottom line, we talked top line, we talked quick fix, we talked money back guarantees and we talked fast-track transformation programs. We now talk the same language where illness and healing is concerned. But our body is not a washing machine, car or computer which, if it breaks down, might just be an expensive mishap. If our body breaks down, it can be a potentially irreversible mishap.
Belle Gibson was one of many making money out of sick people. Others make a buck out of spruiking a solution based on some truth, but not enough to get people well. But her case was perhaps doubly detrimental because she was spruiking a lie to make a buck.
The reality is there are no miracle cures in illness. As I write those words, I feel like the clock that struck midnight for Cinderella. How many hearts might I be crushing? It could take some back to the emotions they felt when they found out the tooth fairy was actually mum!