Creator of Cancer-Cure Diet Faked Her Cancer

Nick Mulcahy

April 23, 2015

The creator of a best-selling mobile phone app and cookbook, The Whole Pantry, has confessed that her story of healing terminal brain cancer through diet and other natural therapies is a fabrication.

"None of it's true," said Australian entrepreneur Belle Gibson, who claims to be 23 years old, in a magazine interview published this week.

The admission comes after weeks of public questioning of Gibson and media exposes of falsehoods and contradictions in her cancer cure story.

But it also comes after Gibson, who is the mother of a 4-year-old boy, achieved great success and visibility, aided by various powerful media.

Her $35 cookbook was published by Penguin Books in Australia and had been due to be distributed in the United Kingdom and United States this month before its recent cancellation by the publisher.

In addition, Gibson's $3.79 app has been downloaded at least 300,000 times and was voted Apple's Best Food and Drink App of 2013. The app was, at one time, supposed to part of the recently launched Apple Watch.

Gibson also reportedly ran two fundraising campaigns for various charities, but never distributed most of the money.

Gibson's health problems began when she was age 20 and had a reaction to the HPV vaccine, Gardasil (Merck & Co, Inc), she has claimed.

Belle Gibson. Source: Rex USA

Gibson said she subsequently experienced vision, memory, and walking problems and then had a stroke before being diagnosed with malignant brain cancer and given 4 months to live. She also later claimed that she had uterine, liver, blood, and spleen cancer.

However, an investigation last month by The Australian newspaper revealed multiple public contradictions since 2009 about Gibson's supposed age, ailments, treatments, and miraculous recoveries.

Nevertheless, in her book, Gibson describes walking out on conventional cancer treatment with chemotherapy and radiation after 2 months. In an online excerpt of the book, Gibson says that she began "a quest to heal myself naturally...empowering myself to save my own life, through nutrition, patience, determination and love — as well as vitamin and Ayurvedic treatments, craniosacral therapy, and a whole lot of other treatments."

An Australian cancer researcher, Darren Saunders, PhD, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, said Gibson is not the only person at fault in the hoax. He criticized "enablers," including journalists and publishers.

We need to be skeptical of the mythical lone genius selling magical cures. Dr Darren Saunders

"There is no evidence that diet works as a replacement for chemotherapy, surgery, or radiotherapy to treat cancer," he said.

Dr Saunders continued: "This story shows the difficulty scientists have in getting their stories heard over snake oil salespeople."

"Hopefully this will make people think twice and do some basic checking of facts," he added. "We need to be skeptical of the mythical lone genius selling magical cures that ignore basic science and hard evidence."

In comments published this week, Gibson expressed how she would like to be seen now that the truth is out.

"I don't want forgiveness," Gibson said. "I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, 'Okay, she's human.' "


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