Jessica Ainscough is Going to Die

January 28th, 2012
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Jessica Ainscough is a model and fashion writer turned “wellness warrior.” She’s an Australian media personality who, in 2008, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that is slow growing but extremely prone to spreading and which doctors recommended be treated by amputating an arm, where the tumor was located. It’s understandable that someone would want to avoid such radical and disfiguring surgery, but for this type of cancer, such extreme measures provide the best long term prognosis. Ainscough elected to have intensive local chemotherapy instead, which eventually did eliminate all detectable cancer. Sadly, it recurred about a year later, as this type of cancer often does. At that point, her doctors advised her that amputation was the best option for treatment.

The story might have ended there and been the sad tale of a young lady who lost an arm to cancer. However, due to her poor choices, the story is much much sadder. Ms. Ainscough decided to decline further treatment. She instead opted for an organic diet, coffee enemas and various detoxification rituals. She believes she is “healing” her cancer and that this is an example of her taking responsibility and doing the right thing.

Ms. Ainscough looks pretty good and, according to her, she feels pretty good. That’s actually not too surprising. The cancer has invaded her soft tissues and is growing and spreading, but, at least from the sound of it, it has not become debilitating just yet. The sad thing is Ms. Ainscough seems to be very confident she is getting better because she lacks the most basic understanding of what the condition is and how it needs to be treated. It’s certainly true that surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are damaging, but that’s because they have to be. Cancer cannot be “healed.” It must be killed. Cancerous cells are damaged cells of ones own body, which grow out of control, due to a breakdown in the function of the mechanisms that control cellular growth. Cancer is a problem inherent to animal cell biology, it can happen in anyone, for any number of reasons, but usually with no single attributable cause, and when it does, the only way it can be cured is by destroying the cancerous cells.

Ms. Ainscough’s complete lack of even the most basic understanding of how cancer is treated is apparent in some of her statements, such as this one:

Drugs do not cure cancer. They just don’t. Every now and then, chemotherapy and radiation treatments may put a patient into “remission”, but this is not truly healing. This is certainly not a cure. Why? Because cancer is so much more than the tumour it shows up as. The tumours are merely the symptoms. And when you just target the symptom without dealing with the root cause, the disease is going to keep showing up. You can chase the disease around your body with surgery and radiation, and you can douse it with toxic chemicals, but this is not an effective long-term solution. This is why you here so often of people whose “cancer came back”. They didn’t do the work to truly reverse their disease. Cancer is nothing more than your body telling you that something has got to give. It is the result of a breakdown in your body’s defenses after it has endured years of abuse in the form of a toxic diet, toxic mind and toxic environment.

No. That’s not it at all. The tumors are the problem. The tumors are composed of the cancerous cells that are the root of the problem and the reason it often comes back is that it’s so damn hard to get every one of those cells, especially when they start spreading to different areas of the body. While cancer can be the result of carcinogenic chemicals, it can also be caused by heredity or by the random degradation of genetic material that happens as a result of cellular respiration.

Let me be blunt about the sad truth here. Jess Ainscough is going to die. I don’t mean in fifty years either. The cancer she has now is going to kill her. It’s too late for her to have a good prognosis, and if she continues without treatment, then the already poor odds are going to get worse. She may feel okay for the time being, but she will die. Her only hope is spontaneous remission, which in this kind of cancer is all but unheard of.

I should note that I am not a doctor and I do not have access to Ms. Ainscough’s complete medical information. However, what I do know is that she claims to have been diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma. If this is indeed true (and if it’s a lie then she’s downright evil), and if she is not receiving treatment by surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, then the cancer can be expected to be fatal. This has been confirmed by experts I have consulted before writing this. As one put it “Not treating epithelioid sarcoma is suicidal.”

The thing that really bothers me, however, is that she is working very hard to put out the message that her non-treatment is working and is the best course of action. She’s been embraced by the media and this idiocy could easily kill others who buy into it.

Via Dolly:

“I’m healing myself from cancer naturally”

In 2008, when I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called epithelioid sarcoma in my left hand and arm.

I was living in Sydney at the time and working as the online editor for DOLLY magazine. I was living an ideal life for someone in their early twenties – burning the candle at both ends, paying no attention to how my actions could affect my health, but having a whole lot of fun while I was at it.

Everything was going exactly according to my life plan. Or so I thought.

On the 24th of April, 2008 I went to see my hand surgeon to have a cast removed, following an operation I had to biopsy some lumps that had been popping up all over my left hand and arm.

After taking the cast off, my doctor told me the news that would change my life in too many ways to predict. He said that I had cancer, and that the type of cancer I have is so rare that not many doctors know how to treat it.

Epithelioid sarcoma doesn’t respond to chemotherapy or radiation, and my only chance of prolonging my survival would be to have my arm amputated at the shoulder. But essentially, my condition was incurable.

None of this made any sense to me. I felt so healthy, and I looked healthy. I could not understand how my life had come down to a decision about whether to have my whole, fully functioning arm chopped off.

After so much anguish and being given no other options, I signed the papers and arranged to have the amputation. However, Baby Jesus, Buddha, Elvis – or whoever is up there – must have been looking out for me, because two days before I was due to have the operation, my medical team came to me with an alternative option.

They wanted to tie a tourniquet around my armpit so that an extremely high dose of chemotherapy drugs could be pumped through my arm. I spent eight days in hospital having the treatment, then a week at home recovering.

Following scans showed I was clear of cancer, but in 2009 – not even a year after going into remission – the cancer was back.

This time I was told that my only real chance of prolonging my survival would be to have my arm amputated at the shoulder, but that this would just be biding me time. My case was regarded as terminal.

Deciding this was not good enough, I took matters into my own hands. I refused their offers and began searching for natural, alternative cancer treatments.

The way I saw it I had two choices. I could let them chase the disease around my body until there was nothing left of me to cut, zap or poison; or I could take responsibility for my illness and bring my body to optimum health so that it can heal itself. For me it was an easy decision.

I began looking at the different ways I may have contributed to the manifestation of my disease and then stopped doing them.

I swapped a lifestyle of late nights, cocktails and Lean Cuisines for carrot juice, coffee enemas and meditation and became an active participant in my treatment.

This research led me to Gerson Therapy which ensures you have a perfectly balanced diet for optimum health, assisting your body to flush out nasties whilst feeding it with all the goodness it needs to flourish.

Epithelioid sarcoma is a relatively rare type of cancer of the soft tissues. It usually occurs in the extremities and is most common in young adults. The tumors are slow growing, but have an extremely high rate of recurrence. Whenever possible they are best treated by surgical removal. As with most cancers, the earlier the tumor is removed, the better and the lesser the chances of recurrence, but even when the entire tumor can be removed, it frequently recurs. Up to 77% of patients will have the cancer reoccur after it has been removed.

Amputation would seem to be an extreme step to take, but in the case of Epitheloid Sarcoma, it is often the recommended treatment that offers the greatest probability of long term survival. The cancer is prone to metastasis early in its development, which is what makes it so difficult to treat and necessitates radical surgery as the best means of avoiding recurrence. The cancer is most prone to “local metastasis” which is why operations to remove only the tumor are frequently unsuccessful. Operations to remove larger areas of tissue or amputate the entire limb have a much higher success rate. It’s hard to gauge the exact success rate because it depends very heavily on how early the cancer is caught and to what degree it has spread. If the entire region of the cancer is removed, metastasis is only 30%. Therefore, while amputation of a cancerous limb does not guarantee that the cancer is cured, but it offers the best chance for doing so. Even despite the disfigurement and lack of function, it is generally advised that such radical surgery be the primary means of treatment.

The condition becomes extremely difficult to successfully treat once it has begun to spread to more distant areas of the body. It does not respond well to chemotherapy some chemotherapy drugs do appear to have effect on large tumors, but the data is inconclusive due to lack of peer reviewed studies evaluating long term survival. Radiation, though helpful for local occurrences, is of limited value once the cancer begins to spread to multiple areas of the body. In some cases, aggressive radiation therapy does stack up favorably to amputation and therefore may allow for retention of a limb while still providing a similar success rates. Surgical removal of the tumor combined with radiation therapy in the area of the tumor is another option which offers relatively good success with the ability to retain the limb.

The fact that this type of cancer is not common makes it difficult to get good statistical data on the success rates of different treatment regimes. With aggressive treatment by surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, the overall success rate is, sadly, only lackluster. About 42-55% of patients treated will survive ten years or more, which is generally considered the benchmark for being “cured.” Ms. Ainscough, however, would have had better than average odds of survival, given her demographic. Women tend to have better survival rates than men, and younger patients tend to have better survival rates than older ones. In more favorable cases, the rate of successful treatment can be as high 80%.

It’s hard to tell what Ms. Ainscough’s prognosis would be, but it appears it would have been pretty good, based on her age, gender and general health. With aggressive treatment, she had a very good shot at beating the cancer, even if it may have cost her an arm. Regardless of her ultimate outcome, treatment could certainly offer Ms. Ainscough a longer life, even if it were not ultimately successful. In all likelihood, the aggressive chemotherapy she had early on has given her at least a year or more extra to live.

Unfortunately, it’s now probably too late. I asked a doctor about what would be recommended now, and he said it might be amputation, if the cancer is completely or at least mostly in one arm, but if it’s spread further, amputating the arm would not provide much benefit. If the cancer has moved beyond her arm, which it probably has, then there’s very little hope of a successful outcome. Once the cancer has reached widespread distribution, the likelihood of long term survival is small, although it is not impossible. Even if treatment could still result in a favorable outcome, it appears that Ms. Ainscough is not open to the possibility of reconsidering mainstream medicine.

The progress of this type of cancer is usually slow. Since it primarily affects soft tissues, it may be grow and spread for quite some time before presenting serious symptoms or life threatening complications. Soft tumors develop around the body, mainly in the deep subcutaneous tissues. They are slow growing and may or may not result in noticeable tenderness or discomfort. It can, in some cases, result in surface ulcers. The slow but aggressive cancer will eventually begin to impair normal functions as it invades lymph nodes and structures like the abdominal wall.

It can take some time for this form of cancer to become debilitating and even longer for it to kill. The most common way that this cancer kills is by infesting the lungs. It may take some time, but eventually the cancer will begin to impair lung function. Palative care may include supplimental oxygen, which can allow patients to live a bit longer, even as their lung function declines. Ultimately, this is the manner in which epithelioid sarcoma kills.

I really do not take any delight in saying this, but based on all the research I have done and the opinion of doctors in the field, if Jess Ainscough really does have epithelioid sarcoma and is not having it treated then she will almost certainly die in the near future. She may continue in relative comfort and appear healthy for the time being, but the cancer is only going to get worse. She will begin to suffer progressively worse symptoms and will die, although it may take anywhere from a few months to a few years for it to happen. She has missed the opportunity to have a reasonably good prognosis. If she were to start treatment now, her likelihood of living a full life would be low, but if she continues to forgo treatment, it will be even worse.

I really find it extremely sad. Ms. Ainscough is a twenty six year old lady who may be naive and has been very quick to embrace alternative medicine as a cure for a disease she seems to have no understanding of, but being naive hardly is grounds for a death sentence. Sadly it does not look like she is going to make it to thirty.

Now this is really going to sound terribly cold, but considering she is going to die and there’s not much to be done about that, part of me hopes it happens soon, because has long as she is alive (which isn’t going to be a whole lot longer, no matter how you look at it), she’s spreading this deadly misinformation. Maybe once she dies, her tragic case will make others wake up and realize they need to get their condition treated.

The ones who really should have to answer for this disgrace is not so much Ms. Ainscough, who is as much a victim as anything else. This poor woman is dying and does not even know it, because charlatans exploited her ignorance and lack of blind trust. Media outlets have given her a platform to spread it even further. In the end, she’ll be the dead one and they’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

Unless she’s lying about having this condition, in which case she’s just plain evil.

Finally, in a highly unusual step, I wrote to Ms. Ainscough:

Dear Miss Aincough,

I am writing you because I have read your posts and articles about your battle with cancer and the actions you have taken to try to treat your condition. I am sure that you firmly believe that you are getting better and that you are doing the right thing to improve your health. You may even feel better and perfectly healthy at the moment. However, you have been had. You are taking advice from people who have no idea what they are talking about. If you continue to do so, it will likely kill you.

I am not a doctor, but I know when a doctor should be consulted and being diagnosed with cancer is most certainly a time when you need a doctor. Having read your accounts, I can understand why you feel they are not giving you the answers or advice you are looking for. The modern healthcare system often bounces patients between white coat-clad professionals who do extremely cold and clinical assessments and seem to take little interest in personal wellness. This is a symptom of doctors needing to treat many people and being forced to work within constraints. It’s a heavily regulated and impersonal system. That does not, however, mean they don’t know what they are talking about.

The doctors who treat cancer understand it very well. They have spent years studying it on a biochemical level, a microscopic level and on a whole-body level. They know how it works, how it progresses and how different chemicals interact with the cancer cells. Becoming a doctor is not easy and you’ll generally find doctors to be very smart people.

Despite what you might have heard, doctors are not in it just for money. Sure, a career in medicine pays pretty well, but it’s not as simple as that. Medical school is long, hard and expensive. Doctors have to spend years in low paying residency before they ever get the chance to make good money, and even then the salaries doctors get are good, but they’re not usually enough to become extremely rich – usually just upper middle class. They have to worry about things like malpractice and may be forced to be on call at odd hours. If a person only wants money, they’ll go into finance or become a lawyer. Doctors, on the other hand, may make good pay, but they are also motivated by the desire to help and the challenge of things.

I don’t think anyone is going to deny that cancer is a tough thing to treat. It’s not as simple as nutrition, and if it was, we would not be spending billions a year working on improving treatment. Cancer is a problem inherent to animal cells. Sometimes they break down and start to divide out of control. When this happens, there’s usually no attributable cause. It’s not your body reacting to something, but just a random error that causes the body to attack itself. This is why it’s so hard to treat and why the treatment can be so difficult.

I realize that losing an arm is something that anyone would want to avoid. Being young and healthy and suddenly hearing you’ve got to have your arm amputated to avoid dying from cancer must be a huge shock. However, I assure you that no competition medical professional would ever recommend such a thing unless they thought it was absolutely necessary and even then, they don’t take it lightly.

The reason you have heard things that you do not want to hear from doctors is that they are required by the ethics of their profession to be truthful. When they said you had to have an arm removed and that it would not guarantee that it would successfully stop the cancer, they were telling you the cold hard truth. When they say the disease could kill you and they can’t be sure they’ll be able to stop you, they are telling you the truth. It’s not the reality you want or they want, but it’s just the way things are. Those who tell you to drink juice and have coffee enemas can tell you much more positive and desirable things. They can tell you that you are being cured and will live a long healthy life with both arms and no cancer. They can tell you this because they lie.

One thing that is universal with cancer treatment is that it always is always more effective when started early. You have already waited some time and therefore, your odds of success are now lower than they had been. They are not zero and if you start treatment now, you have a fighting chance of beating the disease. If you want until tomorrow, they will be worse. The longer you wait, the worse the odds get.

I really do not expect you to listen to this, because I’m sure you have heard this all before, but I still felt ethically obligated to at least try.

Please consider seeking real medical treatment or you will almost certainly die. If you get treatment now, you might have a chance.

Regards,
Steve Packard

UPDATE:  SHE DIED ON FEBRUARY 26, 2015.

It took about 3 years from the time this was published and seven years since the first diagnosis.  That is roughly the time that one would have expected.   She was 30 years old.  Her loss is very sad.


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    RiskingItAll Says:

            DV82XL said:

    That probably is because the results are so poor that none of those pushing this alternative therapy want to publish a comparative study. Of course, you now ask why those supporting chemo don’t publish. The reason is there is no point for them to do so – they only need to show that their treatment is better than nothing at all – and that has been done many times, they do not have to answer for treatments others come up with at random. In short the onus is on those suggesting other therapies to prove that they are more effective and the fact that you cannot find this evidence should tell you something

    “…they only need to show that their treatment is better than nothing at all – and that has been done many times,”
    Your comment is precisely why I’ve posted here. Please cite some of the “many” places where this has been done.

    I’ve found many examples of the superiority of one chemo combination vs another, with the survival times usually measured in weeks or months. This is not what I’m interested in.


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    DV82XL Says:

    Please understand that I do not care what you do, nor am I interested in doing research for you. If you cannot find this information it is because you don’t know how to find it. You really should contact a good oncologist and discuss it with him/her, not depend on some random poster on the internet.

    However having said that I would also consider that you also cannot find good research – and I mean proper trials with proper scientific protocols – supporting your self-treatment ideas, and that should tell you something.

    Now it is true that chemotherapy by itself is not 100% effective in treating all cancer. Usually it is one part of a strategy that can include surgery and radiotherapy among a host of other treatments, and this is how it is used in most cases. What is used and how is a function of the type of cancer, where it is in the body, and how far along it has progressed. The general health and age of the patient will also be taken into consideration.

    The point here being that this is far more complicated than you seem to be giving it credit for and you are not going to find simple answers.

    Again, do whatever you want, I am not your doctor, but do not expect to be permitted to make claims about the effectiveness of alternative treatments, not backed up by proper science in this thread without facing criticism.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            RiskingItAll said:

    “…they only need to show that their treatment is better than nothing at all – and that has been done many times,”
    Your comment is precisely why I’ve posted here. Please cite some of the “many” places where this has been done.

    I’ve found many examples of the superiority of one chemo combination vs another, with the survival times usually measured in weeks or months. This is not what I’m interested in.

    Your life is not my responsibility and I really don’t feel comfortable being put on the spot to convince someone as to what to do. Nor do I have the background to provide any treatment information beyond my advice that you talk to a qualified doctor.

    Given the condition, I should hope you have a doctor who will be willing to sit down with you and discuss these things in depth, but if not, perhaps you need to find another doctor.

    In any case, it’s just not my responsibility to do the research and I do not wish to be shouldered with such a burden.


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    Ip Says:

    She’s not the one who does not understand how to treat herself so that she heals her cancer. It’s the doctors who have been misled by Big Pharma. If she had followed the ususal surgery, chemo and radiation treatment, she would not be alive now. Over the last 50 years of so much money and effort poured into cancer research, survival rates have only improved by 5%. Yet more people of a younger age are getting and dying of cancer. Doesn’t that seem strange to you? If you have cancer and follow the conventional treatment, you are seriously reducing your chances of survival. Learn from Jessica and you’ll have a better chance of survival. People used to believe that the world was flat. And it wasn’t so long ago that doctors smoked and were in cigarette adverts so everyone believed it was safe. It’s the same now of chemo and radiation.


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    Anon Says:

            Ip said:

    If she had followed the ususal surgery, chemo and radiation treatment, she would not be alive now.

    Actually she’d have a better chance of being alive, and of being alive in ten years time.

            Ip said:

    Over the last 50 years of so much money and effort poured into cancer research, survival rates have only improved by 5%.

    But the amount of time they stay alive has gone up.

            Ip said:

    Yet more people of a younger age are getting and dying of cancer.

    Age adjusted cancer rates have actually reduced slightly.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Ip said:

    ,,, it wasn’t so long ago that doctors smoked and were in cigarette adverts so everyone believed it was safe.

    I never let this one pass.

    Medicin knew as far back as the late 1800′s that tobacco use was the cause of many health problems, including cancer. There are lots of examples of public signage and similar attempts at getting this message out from that era. The tobacco companies did use people claiming to be physicians in their ads, and no doubt that a few medical doctors sold out for a payday, but this doesn’t mean that medicine accepted smoking as safe.

    Laymen that treat their own cancers by ignoring conventional medicine and following alternatives suggested by a fashion model have a fool for a patient.


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    TashaAC Says:

    This article is disgusting. You can’t say someone is going to die, YOU’RE NOT A DOCTOR. You’re an idiot with a computer and a lot of stupid ideas in your head. Medical science is amazing, there is no denying that. But food, nutrition, is fundamental in not only the prevention but curing an illness. Not POSIONING your body. There is no need for an aggressive “treatment” – this girl has healed herself through natural methods WHICH SHOULD ALWAYS COME AS A FIRST OPTION rather than choosing to poison herself. That’s not healing – it’s killing. It’s ridiculous that this poison and quick fix is seen as the only legitimate option that will work. She had an agressive form of cancer at a young age but by your belief system I’m willing to bet she’s ten times has healthy as you.


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    DV82XL Says:

            TashaAC said:

    This article is disgusting. You can’t say someone is going to die, YOU’RE NOT A DOCTOR.

    Nether are you, although your spelling is as bad as one.


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    robert williams Says:

    Does she even have cancer ? I know she had it the first time but was her relapse actually diagnosed and are we just to take her word for that ? She is making some pretty extraordinary claims and I am not saying she is right or wrong I just think that the onus is on her to prove those claims, prove that she had cancer and that she is in fact healed. She is making claims that others may follow and if those claims aren’t true then the results will be fatal.

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence – her claims are extraordinary but so far her evidence is heresay and taken on faith. Not good enough when dealing with cancer.


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    Narelle Says:

    If you actually read her blog, you would know of her progress. I don’t agree with everything she writes, but she’s. honest. I don’t know what possesses a person to write a post like this.


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    natalie mae keeble Says:

    It amazes me that you would write such a negative post about someone you dont even know, and dont even know her full medical records and you are not even a doctor. and then to even suggest maybe ‘she is just plain evil’. It sounds to me, as you are wishing someone to death, that you, sir are just plain evil.


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    DV82XL Says:

    What amazes me is that after almost a full year Ainscough’s sycophants still post to this thread.

    Understand that the only ones still following are those that subscribed when commenting and we have made up our minds about this woman and her idiotic ideas about cancer treatments, you are not going to change our minds simply by asserting your support for her.


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    Robert Williams Says:

    You don’t know what possesses a person to write that someone claiming to have cured cancer ought to offer tangible evidence ?

    Without medical records blood tests ( independent tests ) that confirm she is better or even had cancer the second time then her words mean nothing. Cancer kills people it is right to question anyone who makes claims about curing people of it.


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    Ricki Says:

            DV82XL said:

    Nether are you, although your spelling is as bad as one.

    Great comeback. With a spelling mistake. Hilarious.

    You literally just wrote an article stating that you hope someone’s death comes soon. Seriously, seriously shameful. I respect personal opinion and you are allowed to disagree, totally fine… but there is zero need to hope for the death of a STRANGER. Easy tiger, find your own fish to fry.


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    Stew Gorry Says:

    Packard………..You are one cold person. I can’t imagine hoping for someones death to come soon, that is taking an incredibly hard line. I don’t know whether you’re right or whether Ainscough is right but, I can say with absolute certainty, she is the better human being…………………..Stew Gorry


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Stew Gorry said:

    Packard………..You are one cold person. I can’t imagine hoping for someones death to come soon, that is taking an incredibly hard line. I don’t know whether you’re right or whether Ainscough is right but, I can say with absolute certainty, she is the better human being…………………..Stew Gorry

    I do not hope she dies. I wish she would seek some real treatment and live, even if that means losing her arm.

    I think it’s tragic that she made such a bad decision and that it will likely cost her life, although it will probably take a couple more years.

    If you are wondering why I am being so blunt, it’s because someone has to state things the way they are, less others share her fate. She is out there saying she is getting healthier and will live a long time. She won’t. I wish she would, but she won’t.

    Maybe I am wrong. I hope I am.


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    Jason Says:

    So it has been a year since you posted this?

    Still think she will die from the cancer?

    How long do you think?


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Jason said:

    So it has been a year since you posted this?

    Yes, and it’s not surprising that things have not changed. It’s a very slow moving cancer and all the info I found said it can take years to really spread.

            Jason said:

    Still think she will die from the cancer?

    Assuming she was not lying and that she really has the kind of cancer she claims and it has reoccurred, then yes. It’s possible there will be spontaneous remission, but the likelihood is astronomically low.

            Jason said:

    How long do you think?

    I have no idea. It is a slow moving cancer, but I’m not a doctor and even if I were, we don’t have enough info because we do not know how far progressed it is and she has refused to get any further diagnostics.

    It’s very slow moving and thus far she does not seem to have any symptoms of really bad invasive tumors, or maybe she is not reporting them.

    A year? Two years? Five? There’s no telling. If she is lucky she might make it into her 30′s. I would be shocked if she made it to 40.


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    Stephanie Says:

    This is the most disgusting article I have ever read. All of it. Absolutely horrible. ****ing revolting. When you are told you have a terminal illness and the doctors tell you they can’t help you anymore, I hope you follow your own advice and just accept your imminent death.


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    Anon Says:

            Stephanie said:

    When you are told you have a terminal illness and the doctors tell you they can’t help you anymore, I hope you follow your own advice and just accept your imminent death.

    But they doctors never told Jessica that, they told her that there’s a good chance she could be saved by simply losing a limb.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Stephanie said:

    This is the most disgusting article I have ever read. All of it. Absolutely horrible. ****ing revolting. When you are told you have a terminal illness and the doctors tell you they can’t help you anymore, I hope you follow your own advice and just accept your imminent death.

    Once again, I do not want her to die and I strongly advise her to get real treatment.

    You can bet if I were diagnosed with cancer, I would use every science-based, proven treatment option possible.


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    Mel Says:

    You are just plain evil and a moron who has no right to comment on someone else’s health status or their choices. People have been cured for over 70 years by Dr Max Gerson and Dr Gonzalez. who do you think you are?? Crawl back in you hole where u came from!!!!!!!!!! She is a very inspirational, incredibly positive person to greatly admired. Chemotherapy kills people, they very rarely successful and that is a fact!!!! I would say don’t comment on things you know nothing about!!!


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Mel said:

    You are just plain evil and a moron who has no right to comment on someone else’s health status or their choices. People have been cured for over 70 years by Dr Max Gerson and Dr Gonzalez. who do you think you are?? Crawl back in you hole where u came from!!!!!!!!!! She is a very inspirational, incredibly positive person to greatly admired. Chemotherapy kills people, they very rarely successful and that is a fact!!!! I would say don’t comment on things you know nothing about!!!

    *I* should not comment? *I* should keep to myself?

    Then why, may I ask, is it ok for her to go out there and tell people what to do? She is telling people to ignore medicine. She is telling people to put coffee in their butts and drink vegetable juice and that it will cure cancer.

    She already has her mother avoiding chemo, radiation and surgery for breast cancer. It’s entirely possible that this decision will kill her.

    I am only saying exactly what mainstream, science-based medicine says. That is what saves lives. Someone needs to counter her lies and deadly propaganda.


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    Mel Says:

            drbuzz0 said:

    *I* should not comment?

    *I* should keep to myself?

    Then why, may I ask, is it ok for her to go out there and tell people what to do?

    She is telling people to ignore medicine.

    She is telling people to put coffee in their butts and drink vegetable juice and that it will cure cancer.

    If you read the gerson therapy then you will realize that there have been thousand of people cured by the Gerson Therapy. A lot of them after being told they had three months to live and sent home to die by their doctors. After having their bodies ravaged by chemotherapy and radiation, and surgery. If you look at the statistics, mainstream medicine does NOT cure cancer. It usually comes back after a few years just from the chemotherapy treatment, because it has poisoned the persons body. It is EXTREMELY unscientific unsuccessful treatment. Dr Gerson was very ahead of his time, his therapy if you bother to read the book, I have is a scientific treatment based on ridding the bodies of poison toxins by vegetable juicing and enemas so the toxins are removed more quickly as otherwise these organs of detoxification can be overloaded (liver and kidney) if they are not removed by coffee enemas help the liver to expell these toxins. The body is also supported by receiving many essential nutrients in specific vitamins and minerals. There are many many people alive today to attest to this treatment. Who were told by their ignorant doctors( who have no right ) that they would die.many are alive 30years after they were told they were going to die. Read the book you ignoramus before making statements about something you OBVIOUSLY know nothing about!!!!!

    She already has her mother avoiding chemo, radiation and surgery for breast cancer.

    It’s entirely possible that this decision will kill her.

    I am only saying exactly what mainstream, science-based medicine says.

    That is what saves lives.

    Someone needs to counter her lies and deadly propaganda.


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    Mel Says:

            Mel said:

    Mainstream medicine does not save lives when it comes to CANCER. You are wrong it has a dismal record if you look at statistics. It is witch doctor idea injecting poisonous highly toxic chemicals straight into a person bloodstream. I would NEVER submit myself to this treatment NEVER. I would rather take my chance.
    Chemotherapy can damage all the organs of your body, INCLUDING your brain, yes brain damage. You can get tumors in other parts of your body from this poison. It is extremely unscientific injecting Poisonous chemical in the ridiculour hop that it will kill cancer and not destroy many parts of tge person body. So everyone has their own choice to make, and Jessica is very brave in making the choice she has. I would make the same choice she has made, I would not submit to chemotherapy witch doctor unscientific treatment guaranteed to damage many organs of your body. Why don’t you read some of the side effects of theses treatments. There is a doco called the beautiful truth on U- Tube, where the guy looks after baby wild animal, he has observed that if they do not get the food they would from there mother, natural food. If you feed them coke and junk food or even just different nutionally devoid food they will soon get sick and die. It is just the same with humans, food s very important and can be healing or can cause disease in humans if you continuously eat food devoid of the nutrients it REQUIRES. Just the same as a car, if u put the wrong petrol and oil in it will not operate as should. This is SCIENTIFIC not pumping more toxin into a already sick person, that is stupidity. It is a free world she has a right to talk about her experiences as it may help other people. LONG LIVE JESSICA!!


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    Hepstyle Says:

    If I would rather die than lose my arm, I would at least be honest with others about my choice. You’re right in this article. You can’t cure cancer with healthy living. You can prevent it, but you can’t cure it. If you could, then no one would die of cancer.


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    Shafe Says:

            Hepstyle said:

    If you could, then no one would die of cancer.

    Not to dispute your sentiment, but Type II diabetes is completely manageable through diet, yet people die from it all the time. It would be nice though.


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    JL Says:

            drbuzz0 said:

    I do not hope she dies.

    I wish she would seek some real treatment and live, even if that means losing her arm.

    I think it’s tragic that she made such a bad decision and that it will likely cost her life, although it will probably take a couple more years.

    If you are wondering why I am being so blunt, it’s because someone has to state things the way they are, less others share her fate.

    She is out there saying she is getting healthier and will live a long time. She won’t. I wish she would, but she won’t.

    Maybe I am wrong. I hope I am.

    Don’t worry, you are wrong. I know several people personally who have healed themselves on Gerson therapy, and I’m talking about late stage pancreatic, colon, breast, and metastatic melanoma that spread all the way to the lungs and liver. They have all the paperwork and scans and xrays to show they had cancer and tumors all over their bodies.

    You can believe whatever you want, to each their own, but you are clueless on nutrition and health. Believe me, I never would have believed any of this when I started nursing school, it was in nursing school that I started to become aware of people curing their cancer naturally.

    It isn’t a matter of cancer being easy to cure, it’s a matter of people being willing to give up their junk food and crappy lifestyle to allow their body to heal. Cancer would be easy to cure, if people would get out of their own way.


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    Lacmanor Says:

    I know this is an old post but have recently started going back through these blogs as i find them very good reading.

    I am from the UK myself and my Nana has very recently been diagnosed with cancer and has begun looking for solutions and things that might help through the healing process. Eventually through some very easy internet searches (which I imagine most people who are scared start) she found this womans website and began reading her blog.

    Thankfully my Nana is of a sound mind and of a level head and, although she found it very interesting and promising, ignored the advice and went through the course of surgery and Radiotherapy that the NHS offer. (For free I might add which is always helpful in making a decision)

    The thing I wanted to say in regards to this is that I think Mr. Packard is right, after reading this womans blog for myself I get swept up in the story and the belief that sticking caffinated products up your rear would in fact cure something like mutated cells. My Nana also got swept up in the idea, the media pictures with the glowing smile seems to hide a rather deadly message that you should forgo treatment from a proffessional and rely on some raw fruit. Being only human and scared it is very easy to see how she can convince people that Chemotherapy is poison and we should all turn to alternative medicine, I only thank that my family has the sense to support each other and tell someone when they should start thinking logically about it. I do feel she can mislead people and although i really hope she doesnt pass away, I do hope people don’t get swallowed by this Glamour story and refuse the correct treatment.


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    Tylesia Says:

    You’re ****ed up. Who writes a whole article on someone else’s heath choices and states they’re going to die without even knowing them or having any kind of qualification to do so? What a sad lonely git. You even talked to a doctor about it? Of course you did… bet you made an appointment to do that too.. cos that was the highlight of your week… Totally understand your self descriptive blog post now… you put bloggers to shame, and that is not an easy thing to do. You make people who make a living out of telling people crap about crap look like normal people… that’s how lame you are.
    Oh, and just so you’re clear, I have a Psych degree so I actually have more ability to tell you you’ve got a screw loose than you have diagnosing Ms Ainscough with a certain impending death.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Tylesia said:

    Oh, and just so you’re clear, I have a Psych degree so I actually have more ability to tell you you’ve got a screw loose than you have diagnosing Ms Ainscough with a certain impending death.

    You’re a transparent fraud. The only way you have a Psych degree is if the person that earned it hasn’t noticed it’s missing yet.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Tylesia said:

    You’re ****ed up. Who writes a whole article on someone else’s heath choices and states they’re going to die without even knowing them or having any kind of qualification to do so?

    Her choices are her own and her business. She can choose to die over treatment.

    It becomes everyone’s business when she goes into the media and starts trying to convince others that they should follow her example. This is dangerous and can’t be allowed to stand.

    She says she is doing better, improving, recovering. That’s not true. If you believe that and you have cancer, it could kill you.


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    Q Says:

            Tylesia said:

    You’re ****ed up. Who writes a whole article on someone else’s heath choices and states they’re going to die without even knowing them or having any kind of qualification to do so? What a sad lonely git. You even talked to a doctor about it? Of course you did… bet you made an appointment to do that too.. cos that was the highlight of your week… Totally understand your self descriptive blog post now… you put bloggers to shame, and that is not an easy thing to do. You make people who make a living out of telling people crap about crap look like normal people… that’s how lame you are.
    Oh, and just so you’re clear, I have a Psych degree so I actually have more ability to tell you you’ve got a screw loose than you have diagnosing Ms Ainscough with a certain impending death.

    Why is she immune from criticism when she has made this into her media career?

    It’s one thing to say it is disrespectful to be critiquing someone else’s personal health. It is not personal once you start pushing magazine articles and youtube videos over it, as she has. She choose to make this a big public thing.

    Also, I think the title is appropriate. It’s blunt and it grabs attention, but it has to, because she is out there convincing other people to kill themselves.


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    Matthew Says:

            DV82XL said:

    You’re a transparent fraud. The only way you have a Psych degree is if the person that earned it hasn’t noticed it’s missing yet.

    To be fair, she may well have a psych degree. G-d knows many of the psych types I knew at McGill were frighteningly stupid people.


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    Shafe Says:

            Matthew said:

    To be fair, she may well have a psych degree. G-d knows many of the psych types I knew at McGill were frighteningly stupid people.

    My S.W.A.G. statistics indicate that, of “psych” majors:

    -59% dropped out of more difficult fields of study into “psych” (of which 50% will further drop into education.)
    -39% (1) don’t really know what a college degree is for, (2) know that they’re ‘sposed to get one ’cause that’s what their counselor told them, and (3) thought “psych” seemed pretty cool.
    -2% know what psychology and psychiatry are and intend to make their careers in one of those fields.

    98% would have been better off entering the work force or trade school straight away, rather than saddling themselves with decades of student loan payments.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Matthew said:

    To be fair, she may well have a psych degree. G-d knows many of the psych types I knew at McGill were frighteningly stupid people.

    As a McGill alumnus myself I unfortunately have to concur, nevertheless Tylesia comes off more as a poser than a legitimate university grad of any sort. At best she was part of Shafe’s 59%/39% putting on airs.


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    Gordon Says:

    This might be a stupid question, coming from someone who only did community college, certifications and trade schools, but what exactly does a one do with a psych degree?

    As I have seemed to understand, you seem to need a PhD to actually be a therapist or maybe an MA. I suppose you could do it with a BA.

    My sister got a BA in psychology. I’m not entirely sure why. She said it was just what her friends were doing. She worked as a bank teller for about ten years and then she worked as an “administrative assistant” and I’m not even sure what that is. (Glorified secretary?) Now she works doing customer service (yes, on the phone doing account support) for a company that makes dental equipment.


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    Shafe Says:

            Gordon said:

    This might be a stupid question, coming from someone who only did community college, certifications and trade schools, but what exactly does a one do with a psych degree?

    She worked as a bank teller for about ten years and then she worked as an “administrative assistant” and I’m not even sure what that is. (Glorified secretary?) Now she works doing customer service (yes, on the phone doing account support) for a company that makes dental equipment.

    Yes, that’s exactly what one does with a “psych” degree.

    Now, to be fair, there are some jobs for which a college degree (of any type) is required as a means of screening out the dregs, not because they are looking for a particular skill set, and a psychology degree will work in that case. And some jobs actually use the skills/knowledge learned while studying psychology, such as social work and school counseling.

    To be a practicing psychologist (I believe) you need a terminal degree and will be board regulated.
    To be a psychiatrist you have to be an M.D. with a psychiatric residency.


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    Depleted Cranium » Blog Archive » One of the stupidest things I have ever seen… Says:

    [...] I can’t really come up with any other way of summing up this news story about none other than Jessica Ainscough. This is certainly a little sensitive as well, given that her extreme stupidity is literally [...]


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    floss Says:

    http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/dietandnutrition/gerson-therapy

    “In 1945, Gerson published a preliminary report of his results in treating cancer in the Review of Gastroenterology. The National Cancer Institute and New York County Medical Society examined records of his patients and found no evidence that the method was effective against cancer.”

    “The treatment method has evolved slightly over the years; for example, it once required drinking raw calves’ liver extract, but that was removed after the risks of raw liver were understood. An injectable liver extract was substituted.”

    “After Max Gerson’s death in 1959, his work was carried on by his daughter, Charlotte Gerson, who established the Gerson Institute in the late 1970s. The Institute teaches others the Gerson method, and licenses clinics that closely follow their program.”

    “There have been no well-controlled studies published in the available medical literature that show the Gerson therapy is effective in treating cancer.”

    “There is very little scientific evidence to support the use of other components of the Gerson regimen, such as consuming only fresh, raw juices prepared in a certain way, eliminating salt from the diet, and “detoxifying” the liver through coffee enemas and injected liver extracts. These methods have very little scientific evidence to support their use against cancer.”

    Just a few gems from the American Cancer Organisation, who I trust infinitely over an ex-fashion writer.


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    Grin Reaper Says:

    Jess Ainscough remains alive and vibrantly well a full 18 mths after her death sentence was pronounced by the aptly named, profoundly ignorant and extremely nasty “Deleted Cranium”.


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    Q Says:

            Grin Reaper said:

    Jess Ainscough remains alive and vibrantly well a full 18 mths after her death sentence was pronounced by the aptly named, profoundly ignorant and extremely nasty “Deleted Cranium”.

    Guess. You did not read it.

    The cancer is slow moving. It will take a few years to kill her. She won’t be sickly until the end, when it starts to invade the lungs and other vital organs.


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    enlightened through logic Says:

    Stay tuned grin reaper. As Q said her cancer is slow growing, Jess herself admits she doesn’t know if she still has cancer as she doesn’t get scans done. Sadly I think Jessica will be a positive influence on people but not as she thinks. I think for her tens of thousands of followers her death from cancer will be a powerful lesson that gerson therapy does not actually work.

    Perhaps go back and read the article before you post next time too.


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    Shafe Says:

            enlightened through logic said:

    Sadly I think Jessica will be a positive influence on people but not as she thinks. I think for her tens of thousands of followers her death from cancer will be a powerful lesson that gerson therapy does not actually work.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Fanatics don’t tend to recognize failure.


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    Aurora Says:

    Touche. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the great effort.


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    Brigita Says:

    It is sad to see a website like this that would focus so much hate towards someone who has a right to make a choice for their own health. I feel sorry for the person that started this page and hope that they find something in their lives that brings them joy. When we are unkind to others it says more about the person speaking than the person they are speaking of.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Brigita said:

    It is sad to see a website like this that would focus so much hate towards someone who has a right to make a choice for their own health. I feel sorry for the person that started this page and hope that they find something in their lives that brings them joy. When we are unkind to others it says more about the person speaking than the person they are speaking of.

    It is even sadder when commenters like Brigita chose to run off at the mouth about what they think this article is about without having taken the time to read it properly. Again: no one is suggesting Ms. Ainscough should be deprived of her right to chose to do whatever she wants to herself. We do have issues with her use of a bully-pulpit to tell others to follow her example when it is clear that the path she has chosen is very likely to lead to her death.

    Please try and read for comprehension before making judgmental comments about the motivation of others posters here.


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    logic enlightens Says:

    The fact that people don’t bother reading the article before posting says a lot about the superficial level of thinking these people must have. No wonder they are taken in by the warm and fuzzy language used by holistic health coaches.


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    Brandon Says:

    This site wishes death to someone yet has ZERO medical background. The person does not respect the readers to have opinions different than their own and would explain why does not share their name.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Brandon said:

    This site wishes death to someone….

    It is astonishing to me how so many idiots can post this type of drivel. How can they not see the difference between a prediction based on the best available evidence and a desire?

    No one wants this woman to die we think she may well if she doesn’t seek proper medical attention and we don’t think she should be telling others that are sick not to seek proper medical attention. But again we don’t WANT her to die


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