Belle Gibson is a popular wellness blogger who built a career on claims she overcame terminal brain cancer with a whole food diet.She became famous a few years ago whilst making these claims and has never denied them, during her rise to fame Belle amassed a large following of millions online and then from an app (which was downloaded over 300,000 times). Belle eventually released a whole foods book, where she shared her whole food recipes and diet tips.
Speculation of Belle came only in march, where she had been wrongly diagnosed with some various illnesses. The health guru has publicly said aid that despite her wrong diagnosis, she still had terminal brain cancer.
I n an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly, Gibson has spoken out: “None of it’s true. I don’t want forgiveness. I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, ‘Okay, she’s human.’”
Following the public outcry, Gibson has since deleted social media accounts and blog posts about her cancer claims. Her book has been withdrawn and Apple has removed her app, hopefully, donations will be made from her to cancer charities (that she had claimed she had ALREADY given to) and a full apology will be made.
Whilst I think it is brave of her to have spoken out publicly, health is such an important part of our daily lives, how can such an important figure lie so dramatically and encourage a certain lifestyle for terminally ill people.
This is both disgusting and immoral, while a whole food diet is preferable there is no evidence it can help cure cancer and can create a difficult boundary with trust in people seeking guidance.
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