Former model claims to cure cancer by eating pineapples.
Former model Candice-Marie Fox is the latest self-made health guru to take to social media and spruik an alternative cure for cancer.
The 31-year-old says that three years ago she was diagnosed with stage four thyroid cancer and underwent invasive surgery to remove more than 20 cancerous lumps.
When the cancer continued to spread, she rejected the chemotherapy recommended by her doctors, claiming it had “killed” her best friend and cousin.
Given five years to live, she turned away from conventional treatment options and overhauled her diet.
She began eating up to three pineapples a day, along with dozens of grapefruits, lemons, apples, kiwis and bananas. Some weeks she would eat nothing but fruit.
Pineapples are high in bromelain proteins, which Fox claims “eat away” cancer cells. Bromelain has a long history of use in folk medicine and has been tested in a variety of research models for its possible efficacy against diseases.
There is no established evidence supporting its “cancer-zapping” properties. NONE.
Aside from improving her diet, Fox also ditched other toxins from her life including alcohol, chemical beauty products, meat – even a “toxic” husband. She took up yoga. She also joined a positive-thinking dance group, began mediating and quit her job.
Six months later she returned to her doctors and is, apparently, cancer free. And now she wants the rest of the world to know they they can “beat” cancer too.
“Stress, chemicals and animal products all feed cancer, so I just got rid of them,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.
“My husband was not supportive and it wasn’t working, so we split up too.
“I had got rid of the massive tumours by arresting and starving them with the pure science of food and a positive attitude.”
All the actions taken by Fox are indeed positive. They may improve wellbeing, mental and even physical health – but are they clinically proven to cure cancer?
Absolutely f*cking not.
And it is a dangerous dangerous thing for Fox – or anyone who is not a trained medical expert for that matter – to suggest that they will.
Recently, there has been a seemingly endless stream of online health gurus, like Fox, claiming to have the answers and duping vulnerable sufferers into believing that their miracle “cures” will work for everyone.
Most recently we witnessed the meteoric rise and fall of Belle Gibson, who claimed to have been diagnosed — and then “misdiagnosed” — with a series of cancers stemming from a tumour in her brain. But not before she had built an empire selling her diet-based “cure” for cancer in the form of a lucrative app and subsequent cookbook The Whole Pantry.
According to numerous reports, Gibson neither had cancer, nor a viable cure for cancer – but that didn’t stop her profiting from the desperation of vulnerable cancer sufferers or duping the media who initially championed her cause.