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


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    Roger Says:

    Hi. I’m a medical student studying to be an oncologist. Yes, I know, med students always have opinions and generally seem to think more of themselves than doctors who have practiced for years. I will try to avoid falling into that, I guess ;-)

    This article gives me mixed feelings. On one hand, it’s generally a no-no to make a diagnosis and assessment of someone based on indirect information and we don’t actually know what the tests were on her and how the doctors came to their conclusion.

    But on the other hand, I have a hard time finding fault with the conclusion, IF the things she says are true and she really has epithelioid sarcoma and she is forgoing treatment, that’s not going to end well, especially if it came back badly enough that they wanted to amputate. The first treatment may have stunted it though, but if the cancer is there and active, that just won’t end well.

    I guess I feel sympathy for her, because, yes, this is a very dumb move on her part. The best case though is that maybe she is lucky enough that it is exceptionally slowly moving and then she could have several good years left. I would not put money on that though.

    A very bad place to be in.


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    Siobhan Says:

    I find it really sad that so many people only believe in drugs and chemotherapy these days.
    What ever happened to living the way we were made to live. Living life the traditional way, eating traditional foods, loving ourselves and others, and not hating so much?
    Surely you’re not naive enough to really believe that the medical profession is out there to help us be as healthy as we can be?? How many people on drugs are ‘healthy’??? Society is dumbing us down, making us sicker everyday, so whats wrong with us taking power, and initiative for our own health and wellbeing by living as naturally as we can??


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    Anon Says:

            Siobhan said:

    I find it really sad that so many people only believe in drugs and chemotherapy these days.

    We also believe in radiation.

            Siobhan said:

    What ever happened to living the way we were made to live. Living life the traditional way, eating traditional foods, loving ourselves and others, and not hating so much?

    Don’t know about you but I’d rather not die by age 30 as tended to happen to those who lived the traditional way.

            Siobhan said:

    Society is dumbing us down,

    You’re doing a good job proving that some people have been dumbed down.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Siobhan said:

    I find it really sad that so many people only believe in drugs and chemotherapy these days.
    What ever happened to living the way we were made to live. Living life the traditional way, eating traditional foods, loving ourselves and others, and not hating so much?

    um… I’m all about not letting hate get to you, and I love traditional home cooking, but I’d prefer to live a long time, and modern medicine tends to help with that a lot.

            Siobhan said:

    Surely you’re not naive enough to really believe that the medical profession is out there to help us be as healthy as we can be??

    It’s a big profession with diverse people in it. Yes, many of them do have a genuine desire to help others, but that is not the only motive. Some of it is for the challenge. Money is definitely a factor.

    But so what? It works.

    It’s a service. Just like any other service. If you have car trouble, go to a good, mechanic with a solid reputation and who gives you a fair price. They will likely take care of your car well. IF it does not work out, seek a different mechanic.

    Doctors, mechanics, computer technicians, landscapers – all provide a service, and if you do your homework, you can find ones who do so very well.

            Siobhan said:

    How many people on drugs are ‘healthy’???

    Um.. depends on the drug and the person, but many people live long healthy lives taking drugs that suppress medical conditions that would otherwise be severe or even deadly.

            Siobhan said:

    Society is dumbing us down, making us sicker everyday, so whats wrong with us taking power, and initiative for our own health and wellbeing by living as naturally as we can??

    Well… something is dumbing people down.

    Trust me, the general public is not sicker every day, except perhaps for a few lifestyle conditions entirely related to the availability of cheap, prepared high calorie food and sedentary lifestyle options. But overall, people are quite healthy compared to our ancestors.

    These days a significant portion of the adult population of industrial countries is not walking around with festering tuberculosis. Diabetes is not a death sentence. Small pox is gone and polio is confined to a few parts of the undeveloped world. Few people have digestive parasites. We do not have frequent deadly outbreaks of typhoid.

    Read up on history, because this is not how it was. This was the world 100 wears ago.

    Nature, it turns out, is a cruel bitch


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    warren Says:

    Nature is a cruel bitch, well said but I think arguing with logic and reason against the kind of comment you deconstructed may be like herding cats. I feel your frustration though.

    One good thing about Jessicas blog is it may help stupid people out of the gene pool. Sad but true.


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    Shafe Says:

            Siobhan said:

    What ever happened to living the way we were made to live.

    As far as nature is concerned, you were made to reproduce, and as soon as you’re too old or infirm to help that cause, you’re cut.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Shafe said:

    As far as nature is concerned, you were made to reproduce, and as soon as you’re too old or infirm to help that cause, you’re cut.

    Not only that, but from the standpoint of evolution, a species does not even need to have traits that always work. As long as it can manage to reproduce most of the time, that is often enough to cut it. That is why biology is so imperfect and full of common recurrent problems.

    For example, the human immune system. Sometimes it attacks the body. It often causes bad allergic reactions. It may fail to stop cancer and is not very effective on all viruses.

    But it works well enough. It fights off disease reasonably well. On its own, it will often keep people alive long enough to have a few offspring.

    It is not perfect and few biological systems are.

    That is one thing I wish more people understood. Natural, unmodified biology is not perfect. It does not need to be. Evolution does not demand perfection and that is one reason nature is such a cruel bitch.

    Before drugs and doctors and civilization, everything was not comfortable and perfect and just peachykeen. It sucked worse than most of us can imagine


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    Shafe Says:

            drbuzz0 said:

    That is one thing I wish more people understood.

    Well, when it’s a choice between believing your version of nature or the movie, Avatar, which do you think those people will choose? :roll:


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    DV82XL Says:

            Shafe said:

    Well, when it’s a choice between believing your version of nature or the movie, Avatar, which do you think those people will choose? :roll:

    Most people aren’t stupid, but those that are unfortunately are among the most vocal particularly on the net. Most people are just trying to get by making what they think are the best decisions based on the information they have at hand and that is what makes the Jessica Ainscoughs of the world such a danger. General education has failed us in most Western nations and has left the population ill-equipped to filter the rubbish out from the truth. Exacerbating this we are subjected to a veritable firehose of BS on just about every subject including health and medicine that is, in fact, propaganda from commercial interests hoping we spend our money on their products. Small wonder that some turn to those they believe are neutral sources for advice or fall back on the precautionary principle.

    But the fact is most don’t and we should not forget this lest we become guilty of fostering a greater rift than already exists.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

    I was thinking of doing a post about what it was once like to live with common health issues that are now controllable.

    Things like seasonal allergies, fluid retention, arthritis and acid reflux are nothing new, but they were once much worse than today because there was no way to treat them.

    Many older people had arthritis, for example for all of history and before the late 1800′s there was literally no effective drug to reduce pain, aside from opiates. It was agony. You bit the bullet and lived in pain for years.

    Ulcers are another example. People lived with ulcers for years and it was agonizing. They tried many things and it was not until the early 20th century that a regime was found that offered any relief. Unfortunately, the first effective ulcer treatment also ended up causing milk-alkali syndrome.

    For those with bad seasonal allergies(hay fever) there were no effective anti allergy medications. Some, who could afford it, were told to move or spend the spring and summer in a climate that was favorable. Others just suffered.

    Type 1 diabetics was once a death sentence, but many in centuries past had type 2 diabetes for many years. Without any treatment options it was a horrible way to live and eventually killed them, often blinding and crippling them first. Today it is a manageable condition.

    Of course millions suffered depression, bipolar or OCD and nothing could be done for them.

    The fact is many chronic diseases were once something people lived with. They may not have been deadly, but they were miserable and could not be controlled or relieved.

    Just think of vision as a very common example. Before the 1700′s eyeglasses were crude and could only help with some vision problems. Effective glasses for astigmatism were not developed until 1825 and it was not until the mid 1800′s that improvements in optics and manufacturing made high quality glasses universally available. Before that, scores of people spent a good part of their life unable to even read a book! Can you imagine? You could live decades with a vision problem that made reading impossible and even made it hard to recognize faces. A problem which today is easy to solve with a simple pair of eyeglasses.


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    Shafe Says:

    …to say nothing of dentistry.

    Abcess or broken tooth? Forget about it.


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    Peebs Says:

    I can provide a bit of an insight to the development of H2 receptor antagonists for the treatment of peptic ulceration.

    They were trialled at the Naval Hospital where I trained and was a guinea pig for said trials.

    I can provide links to the Professor who ran them and a link to his very recent obituary in the Daily Telegraph.

    My apologies for not just throwing links at you, I’m using my phone so it becomes somewhat laborious!


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    Finitentity Says:

    This story is very sad, and it is especially sad because she claims to have been healed without any medical evidence to support her claim. She refuses to have doctors follow up on her situation. She seems to be in denial, and is afraid to consult a medical science professional due to fear that the treatment she chose to undergo for treating her cancer may not, in actuality, be helping her. But how do you know? How do I know? How does anyone that is not her, know? All I know is that the odds when she was first diagnosed, as they were broken down to her, was that she would die young no matter what she did. All modern medicine could provide her was a little longer life expectancy. A decade. Maybe. If she had the arm surgery and got lucky. So do not portray her as though this way of living was her first choice for treatment. It wasn’t. It was her last resort after everything else had failed her. And she thought she was going to die no matter what she did.

    Therefore, it is a fallacy in your article to write that she has ‘declined’ further treatment. For she has been undergoing treatment, for the past 4 years, more ardently so than anyone I know. Only the type of treatment is not one we in the Western world are used to, and whether this kind of alternative medicine will help her or not, remains to be seen. As for the general populace, truly they should demand more evidence from her, if they were to take her claim of being cured seriously. As for myself, I am open to observing her case, and although I am a skeptic, I sincerely hope that she would be healed under the treatment she chose. As for your article, I ended up with a bitter flavour in my mouth that tastes like you almost wish she would die – and soon, because you do not want anything to disrupt your infinitely scientific, and infinitely superior world view. If she survives and is eventually diagnosed with spontaneous remission, which I pray she is, for some of us this could challenge our modern world view. A case which people like you would decline to believe followed by spreading fallacies stating that she is a liar, in which case you are just plain evil.


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    waitingforthemiracle Says:

    How can you observe her case when she offers no evidence ? what is there to observe ? there is no evidence she still had cancer when she turned to gerson there is no evidence she is improving or getting worse. She has built herself a platform to preach her wellness message but that platform is pretty weak without evidence.

    What i think is evil is someone seeing a potential market in the desperation of cancer patients. If her rhetoric about evil chemo chemicals etc etc causes one person to abandon evidence based health care in favor of unproven remedies and dies as a result just so jess can make money then thats pretty evil in my book.


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    extraordinaryclaims Says:

    This is why Jessica is dangerous

    http://www.saltmagazine.com.au/articles/features/raw-revolution-food-health-organic-cafe.aspx

    She has appeared in numerous articles as someone who has beaten cancer and is cancer free after using gerson. She never corrects this although when pressed she will admit that she doesn’t know. How many people is she influencing away from proven therapies? Gerson therapy has NEVER been proven to work.


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    showmetheevidence Says:

    Utterly infuriatingly, tragic and sad – her mother jumped on board with Gerson therapy for her breast cancer a few years back – and has just died. http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2013/10/saying-goodbye-mum/


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    Vanessa Says:

    Steve,
    I am utterly lost for words and heartbroken to read this post.
    I cannot fathom how one human being can show such little respect for another human being.
    You are most certainly entitled to your opinion, but the way this post has been written is very matter of fact and personally I have found it evil.
    You say that you care for Jess’ life but how is that possible if you can’t even show basic compassion?
    Jess’ decision would not have been an easy one, but it is her decision and she should be respected for that.
    Even if she shares the knowledge she learns or her opinions, people will always make their own health choices.
    I am honestly reduced to tears, have you no heart?
    What possesses someone to entitle a post as ____ is going to die?
    I bet you can’t even imagine the pain this post would have caused Jess and her love ones, which is a cancer in itself.
    Steve, if you do have any kind of heart I think it would be respectful to respectful to remove this post and respect Jess and her decision.
    Rebut her ideas and opinions if you must, but don’t wish death upon her, which your post so clearly states.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Vanessa said:

    You are most certainly entitled to your opinion, but the way this post has been written is very matter of fact and personally I have found it evil.

    You are entitled to your opinions but not facts. This type of cancer kills without treatment. That’s a fact. It takes a while, but it kills.

            Vanessa said:

    You say that you care for Jess’ life but how is that possible if you can’t even show basic compassion?
    Jess’ decision would not have been an easy one, but it is her decision and she should be respected for that.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if she said “I know it will kill me but I’d rather die before 35 with two arms than live longer with one, then I can’t dispute that. But her decision is not a valid one because it is based on false assumptions.

            Vanessa said:

    Even if she shares the knowledge she learns or her opinions, people will always make their own health choices.

    Not knowledge, but lies… deadly ones.

            Vanessa said:

    I bet you can’t even imagine the pain this post would have caused Jess and her love ones, which is a cancer in itself.

    Um… if it shocks or saddens them enough to say “Hey, you know, maybe I should get some real treatment while there’s still some hope it will work,” then I would call that a good thing.

            Vanessa said:

    Steve, if you do have any kind of heart I think it would be respectful to respectful to remove this post and respect Jess and her decision.
    Rebut her ideas and opinions if you must, but don’t wish death upon her, which your post so clearly states.

    I don’t wish death upon her. That’s what she choose.


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    DV82XL Says:

    It is astonishing how many people that come to criticize this item seem first, incapable of reading for comprehension and second utterly blind to their own hypocrisy.

    Look at the post again – no one is wishing Ms Ainscough death, it is predicting; something entirely different.

    THEN PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY: THE MOMENT SOMEONE POSTS THEIR IDEAS TO A PUBLIC ARENA LIKE THE WEB, THEY FORFEIT ALL RIGHT TO BE FREE OF CRITICISM ON THE SUBJECT OF THOSE IDEAS.

    How dare you demand this post be taken down while asserting the right of Ainscough to leave her’s up, and have the unmitigated gall to try and frame this as an issue of respect?


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    Depleted Cranium » Blog Archive » Jessica Ainscough’s Non-Treatment For Cancer Kills Her Mother Says:

    [...] You may remember Jessica Ainscough, who I wrote about some time ago.   A few years back, she was diagnosed with a rare, slow-moving form of cancer.   After attempts to treat it with chemotherapy, which may have stunted the cancer’s growth, but ultimately did not lead to lasting remission, Jessica’s doctors told her that amputation of one of her arms was necessary. Removing the arm of an otherwise healthy young woman is certainly nothing a doctor would take lightly, but in this case, the nature of the cancer made it the only treatment likely to save Ms. Ainscough’’s life. [...]


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    Bungy Says:

            Bob Applebaum said:

    One shouldn’t confuse intelligence with delusion. Intelligent people can be delusional. Steve Jobs took the pseudo-medicine path for some time while dealing with his pancreatic cancer. If he is “stupid” than we all are.

    Pancreatic cancer currently has very little chance of being cured with conventional treatment. Steve Jobs didn’t choose the pseudo-medicine path instead of conventional medicine because of being stupid or delusional. He chose it because there was almost nothing to be offered through conventional medicine, so what was there to lose?

    Jessica has elected to ignore information that says she could have been cured with surgery. That is entirely her choice. To claim she has been cured by unsupported pseudo-treatments while refusing to go and have a medical re-staging of her cancer (which would, if she was proven correct, support her decision and give it weight) is both stupid and irresponsible.


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    jmdesp Says:

    @Bob :
    There’s a cancer surgeon who did as deep an analysis as is possible from publicly known element about Jobs’s disease, and concluded that Jobs had an uncommon form of pancreatic cancer which evolution is much slower than usual, so the chance of survival are much better, and that by waiting 9 month to get his needed operation, Jobs probably lowered somewhat those chances of survival.
    Now he also concluded that since that form evolves slowly, and had already metastasis at operation time, waiting 9 months very likely didn’t change anything, but in any case did no good, and wasn’t a great idea.
    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/10/21/did-steve-jobs-flirtation-with-alternative-medicine/
    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/10/31/just-one-more-thing/


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    Asha Says:

            Roger said:

    Hi. I’m a medical student studying to be an oncologist. Yes, I know, med students always have opinions and generally seem to think more of themselves than doctors who have practiced for years.

    I will try to avoid falling into that, I guess ;-)

    This article gives me mixed feelings. On one hand, it’s generally a no-no to make a diagnosis and assessment of someone based on indirect information and we don’t actually know what the tests were on her and how the doctors came to their conclusion.

    But on the other hand, I have a hard time finding fault with the conclusion, IF the things she says are true and she really has epithelioid sarcoma and she is forgoing treatment, that’s not going to end well, especially if it came back badly enough that they wanted to amputate.

    The first treatment may have stunted it though, but if the cancer is there and active, that just won’t end well.

    I guess I feel sympathy for her, because, yes, this is a very dumb move on her part.

    The best case though is that maybe she is lucky enough that it is exceptionally slowly moving and then she could have several good years left.

    I would not put money on that though.

    A very bad place to be in.

    Dude, I am a paediatrician. You are not a medical student studying to be an oncologist. You are a medical student studying to be an intern. If you get into physician training in 8 years time, you can think about being an oncologist, after sitting your basic physician training exams. At least don’t big note yourself.


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    Robert Says:

    Jess tried conventional treatments, and THEY FAILED HER. All you nutcase physicians and “scientists” who believe that poisons (i.e. chemotherapy) can heal the body, need to get a brain transplant. I can’t run far enough away from the treatments that you espouse. It’ll be a cold day in Hell when you pump that chemo into me.


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    Anon Says:

            Robert said:

    Jess tried conventional treatments, and THEY FAILED HER.

    How could they have failed her if she refused treatment?

    Besides, it’s well known that no medicine is perfect, all they have to do is increase the survival probability.

            Robert said:

    All you nutcase physicians and “scientists” who believe that poisons (i.e. chemotherapy) can heal the body, need to get a brain transplant.

    If they don’t work why are those who take them more likely to survive than those who don’t?

    Sounds to me like you’re the one who could use a brain transplant, I’m sure scientists will eventually figure out how the physicians can do it.


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    whateveritis Says:

    Robert, the doctors recommended amputation she refused so they tried an experimental treatment which didn’t work, then they again advised her to amputate. She tried gerson and it has failed her, if you don’t believe me – look at any recent picture of her arm and then look at text book cases of her disease. She is dying.

    I understand your fear of chemo, it’s horrible but it pales into insignificance next to the horrors of untreated cancer. Cancer can not be healed by getting healthy anymore than rust can be removed from a car by changing the fuel. You need to get rid of the cancerous cells as they multiply and will keep multiplying no matter how much kale you eat.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Robert said:

    . All you nutcase physicians and “scientists” who believe that poisons (i.e. chemotherapy) can heal the body, need to get a brain transplant. I can’t run far enough away from the treatments that you espouse. It’ll be a cold day in Hell when you pump that chemo into me.

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Cancer cannot be healed. Cancer can only be killed. All effective cancer treatments kill the cells that are causing the problem. “Healing” means growing, and that is exactly what cancer is already doing too much of.


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    George Crankhard Says:

    Ok where do I begin ! # 1 the negativity towards miss Ainscough is a direct reflection of real fear ! Fear that when you graduate with your oncology degree you won’t have any patients to treat because the people have woken up to the truth ! 2. There was a survey just a few years ago which revealed that more than 80% of Australian Oncologists would not accept or recommend the same treatments they currently use on their patients for themselves & their family members (source – Sarah Framklin Retired Oncology slave now enlightened Naturopath) oh & just before I head off for a surf I suggest everyone check out DR ROBERT MORSE on YouTube ! For the so called doctors out there ! Please don’t watch Robert Morse turn away ! Don’t listen to a word he says because you will shrivel & die like as he is your garlic & you are but ignorant Vampires ! Ps give Jess a break you nasty ones ! Go & focus on something that needs real attention (like saving the bees or the millions of starving people in this world !)


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            George Crankhard said:

    Ok where do I begin ! # 1 the negativity towards miss Ainscough is a direct reflection of real fear ! Fear that when you graduate with your oncology degree you won’t have any patients to treat because the people have woken up to the truth !

    I’m not a doctor and not working toward a degree in medicine. I have nothing but respect for medical professionals, but it’s not my thing. I certainly do not fear improved cancer treatments. I have lost loved ones to cancer. I wish I had not and I would prefer not to have that happen again.

    Also, there is a roughly one in three chance that cancer will kill me. I would prefer it not, so a cure for cancer would be something I’d be very happy about.

    I don’t feel negativity or hate toward Miss. Ainscough. I think it’s tragic that she killed her mother by convincing her of this bull****. I think it’s tragic she is killing herself and I wish she had not decided to do so.

    I know plenty of young people who make stupid decisions. Most of them get away without being killed and eventually they learn from them. Unfortunately, her bad decision is one she is unlikely to walk away from with her life. I do not wish a long and painful death upon her, but nature is a cruel bitch.


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    whateveritis Says:

    George Crankhard – just keep watching the jessica ainscough story unfold and see how it ends. That should be a good example to you, also if you are so sure that cancer can be healed then where is the hard evidence. Not testimonials not stories but actual data.

    healthcare should not be based on ideology. When jess dies it will be because she chose to ignore the advice of doctors and chose to entrust her life to unqualified scam artists who appealed to her ideology. Her mum died as a result and so will she. People will rationalise it away the same way her mums death was rationalised away and the business of bull**** will just keep on rolling on. Thankfully I will never be prey to it because I have a brain. Enjoy your surf and don’t worry about sharks because they are natural and everything natural is good for you.


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    George Crankhard Says:

    You guys are just plain nasty ! You need to respect the fact that Jessicas mum had a choice & she chose not to bombard her body with aggressive treatments that have no guarantee of a cure ! Iv seen female family members go through absolute hell with this horrible disease so I have a keen interest in finding a ways to avoid cancer altogether ! I know that a woman can live to a ripe old age carrying tumors in her breast however as soon as a doctor detects a lump that’s when the real he’ll starts ! A mammogram delivers an unhealthy dose of radiation (that’s why mammograms are obsolete in some of the cleverer & wealthier european countries) then we have the biopsy which aggravates the tumors & then the surgery followed by chemotherapy & radiation which will kill a woman far quicker than any breast tumor ! Then throw in the fear factor which can be just as lethal (Anthony robins mentions that a doctors diagnoses & the fear that surrounds treatment can kill just as the Aboriginal custom of pointing the bone) so I’m baffled as to why anyone would dare to criticize Jessicas mums decision ! (she left this earth peacefully & naturally & was around long enough to witness Jess achieve some pretty amazing things !) it is a statistical fact that the aggressive treatments offered for B/C are killing women way quicker & efficiently than the actual tumor would ! So we all need to respect that individuals may want to reserve the right not to torture themselves only to have the cancer eventually return (the fact is surgery/chemo/radiation don’t cure the actual core cause of cancers) B/C & ovarian cancer occur when the human Pappiloma virus is present so it’s bleeding obvious that if you wipe out the virus (& gardisil is not a viable option as it only is relevant to a couple of strains of HPV & there are over 100 besides it can make women & girls disabled & even die ie it’s as useless as an ashtray on a motorbike) 3 common cheap food grade herbs wipe out all 100 + strains of the HPV (clove, blackwalnut, wormwood) obtained in an ethanol tincture form so it absorbs straight into the body & blood stream killing viruses parasites & more nasties than I have space to mentione (mysteriously this ancient European formula was banned from being offered by doctors in the 1940′s & 50′s in favor of american patented drugs & hey presto cancer rates skyrocketed because this simple 3 herb formula that was given to all patients on a regular basis was eradicating cancer causing viruses & parasites like the human fluke parasite ! Once the voided & parasites are gone the body can return to its balanced state where the immune system is not being taxed & if the bodys ph balance is correct the cancer is eliminated by the body naturally ! (Did you watch Dr Robert Morse on you tube) it’s a proven scientific fact that disease can’t survive in an alkaline body ! So that’s why chemo is so deadly ! It makes for a super acidic body & the cancer cells flourish in this environment ! Another effective way to rid the body of cancer causing viruses & parasites is zapping the body with a safe & low frequency electrical current (don crofts,dr Hilda Clarkes) the don croft melted a tumor in my friends wife’s breast just this Xmas gone & she was due to have surgery in January which was cancelled & the doctors put it down to a fluke ! Fluke my arse ! All holidays Jo was zapping non stop , juicing with her angel Juicer which kept her body in a perfect alkaline state & taking the 3 herb tinctures wiped out the HPV & that’s how the tumors shriveled up & died ! Yes she is lucky she tried this first as she was booked in for the slash & burn ! But good old George Crankhard had a little chat to her back in November at a BBQ about some things he had stumbled across in his search for a better way to deal with cancer ! & of course it works it’s simple science not rocket science ! Anyway Jo has amazing boobs & I’m even more appreciative to see them when she comes down the beach ! I have no clue if the wellness warrior & her mum were even aware of the 3 herb tincture & zapping but I’d love to find out weather this was a part of their healing protocol ? Iv never heard Jess mention it ever in her blog ??? Anyway we will keep following Jessicas progress & how disgusting of you guys to say she is going to die ! She looks amazing she is fit,well & happy so provided she keeps on juicing & stays alkaline then there is no room for disease to re establish itself ! I predict it will be you cruel bastards that die way before ! unless of course you wake up this Sunday morning & watch Dr Robert Morse on YouTube speaking the SIMPLE & BEAUTIFUL TRUTH ! that there is no such thing as disease its just ACID DAMAGE ! & we are all capable of reversing disease if we take our ALKALINE BALANCING SERIOUSLY ! ! ! ! ! Lots of love George !


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    BMS Says:

            George Crankhard said:

    Anyway Jo has amazing boobs … She looks amazing she is fit …

    Well, George, if your juvenile attention has been focused exclusively on her boobs, then it’s no wonder you think that she looks “amazing” and “fit.” For what it’s worth, the fatal problem is in her arm. You might want to try looking at that the next time you see her. That’s what’s going to kill her, and no wishful thinking or “amazing boobs” is going to stop it.


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    DV82XL Says:

    Crankhard, you do know the mother died? She is dead, and might have lived given the statistical data supports the position that the sorts of aggressive treatment you disparage yield a far higher survival rate than any of the woo. Is it guaranteed? No nothing is, but the chances are far higher. Yes she had the right to refuse treatment, that is not and never has been the issue here, but she does not have the right to tell others not to and not face criticism.

            George Crankhard said:

    She looks amazing she is fit,well & happy!

    No she does not. Look at her arm in some recent photographs and look how she seems to have lost the full use of it on recent occasions where she has appeared on TV. This is not a well person and anyone asserting she is is being obstreperously blind or is a moron.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            George Crankhard said:

    You guys are just plain nasty ! You need to respect the fact that Jessicas mum had a choice & she chose not to bombard her body with aggressive treatments that have no guarantee of a cure

    This is absurd. She died. There’s no need to respect her decision because you won’t hurt her feelings. She doesn’t have feelings. She is in the ground, decomposing.

    And you know what? I don’t like it when that happens and, though it may be late for her, I very badly want others to avoid this fate. It’s also a very very nasty way to die.

    Early stage breast cancer has a very high survival rate when treated. When untreated, it’s very low.

    Medical knowledge and science would predict her choice would likely be fatal. And… it was correct. Sad, but that is how it is.

    Also, paragraphs are your friend.


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    GEORGE CRANKHARD Says:

    Life is too short to worry about paragraphs ! thats why George prefers exclamation marks ! & lifes too short to be nasty ! you guys are still being really distasteful in the way you speak about little Jess & her Mum ! (you say you cant hurt her mums feelings as she is in the ground decomposing & you say Jess is not Beautiful look at her arm ! , are you FN revolting people or what ! the reason i even posted a comment was because i happened to stumble apon you guys just beneath the wellness warrior site & i thought id stick up for Jess & her mum by expressing my opinion ! there are ways you can express your opinions without being so utterly revolting ! you guys are worse than the Trolls that drove Charlotte Dawson to despair ! get your heads together before you write your comments ! ask yourselves ! are your comments going to be constructive ? am i going to offend anyone & push them to the point of despair ? I Hope Jessica never reads your revolting & hurtful comments !


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    whateveritis Says:

    george crankhard, yes the decomposing comment was harsh but when somebody makes their living claiming they have cured cancer then the burden of proof lies with them to back up their claims, she has not done this. People following jessicas advice and lead could die so her claims deserve scrutiny. I have met jessica and she is a lovely young lady but her beliefs are endangering her life and the lives of thousands of others.

    we are not trolls we are not being nasty we are holding someone to account for making misleading and unsubstantiated claims about cancer. charlotte dawson did not do that. jessica should be held to account if it saves one life then it is worth it. playing the “leave poor little jess you bullies” card is completely missing the point.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            GEORGE CRANKHARD said:

    Life is too short to worry about paragraphs !

    It also tends to be even shorter for those who don’t take sound medical advice and rely on quackery. Quite often, considerably shorter.

    Honestly, I don’t care so much, however, but I’m giving some friendly advice: don’t expect others to take the time to read your dribble when you don’t have the sense or courtesy to use proper punctuation or visual breaks.

    Granted, none of us are perfect and have my own fair share of errors and typeos, but at least I make sure that my text is readable and that I others will not have to make a concerted effort to keep their place in the sea characters.

            George Crankhard said:

    (she left this earth peacefully & naturally & was around long enough to witness Jess achieve some pretty amazing things !)

    You apparently have no idea what it is like to die from this kind of cancer, especially when it is untreated. There is nothing peaceful about it. Natural? Yes, I suppose. Nature is pretty cruel.

    Peaceful? No. You might want to read about it. It depends on how the cancer grows and spreads, but it can be quite horrific.

    For her sake, the one thing I hope is that she at least turned to conventional medicine for pain control toward the end. Granted, she did not use any real treatment, but hopefully, when things got bad enough, she had the sense to get some morphine or other powerful narcotics. Not that these would have helped her prognosis, but at least she would not have to die in the kind of gut-wrenching pain that untreated cancer tends to lead to.


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    janeD Says:

    So February 24 post from Ms Ainscough’s Wellness Warrior site – finally an admission that she is not actually cured.

    w w w thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2014/02/want-clear-few-things/

    The “Oh but guys, I never said I was” tone is dismaying. Plenty of comments on that blog post show that a good portion of her followers thought she had cured herself of her cancer.

    More critical commentary and keen observations on the obvious progression of cancer in her arm in a couple of excellent blog posts, and I recommend reading right through the comments, they are well worth it

    http://rosaliehilleman.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/the-wellness-warrior-denial-delusion-or-dishonesty/
    and the followup post The Wellness Warrior Responds.

    And worth reading the recent comments section on this January post by Orac, also a discussion of her latest revelation, with some links to commentary on her recent book tour.

    the-way-of-the-wellness-warrior-enabled-by-credulous-reporting/

    Some serious backpedalling is going on in an attempt at damage control – alarm bells clanging once you realise there are previous blog posts that are no longer accessible and are now password protected. I’m afraid her chickens are coming home to roost.


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    DV82XL Says:

            janeD said:

    Some serious backpedaling is going on in an attempt at damage control.

    OK let’s hear from all of the, ‘you’re all so mean to poor beautiful Jess’ posters that show up on this thread time to time. What nothing to say? I thought not.


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    GEORGE CRANKHARD Says:

    I BELIEVE MOST OF US HAVE THE SAME GOAL ! WE CAN ALL GET TO WHERE WE NEED TO BE ALLOT FASTER IF WE CAN JUST BE MORE LOVING ! ! ! PLEASE BE LOVING TO YOURSELVES & PLEASE BE LOVING TOWARDS OTHERS , OUR ANIMALS & OUR ENVIRONMENT ect ! HERES THE KEY ! ! ! IF WE LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE & DROP THE EGO & ADD SOME LOVE ! THE TRUTH WILL REVEAL ITSELF ! ! ! THE HAPPIEST & MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET ARE NATURALS AT THIS PROCESS ! ! ! WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE ? ? ? (I BELIEVE JESS & HER MESSAGES COME FROM ABSOLUTE LOVE ) (I BELIEVE YOUR MESSAGES COME FROM ANOTHER AGENDA WHICH IS SINISTER TO SAY THE LEAST !) LOVE LOVE LOVE ! ! ! GEORGE X X X X X X X P.S STOP BULLYING ME ABOUT MY PUNCTUATION ! IM OFFENDED ! (I KNOW I AM RAT****) BUT I BET YOU I SURF BETTER ,COOK BETTER ,PAINT BETTER ! GARDEN BETTER ! GO NAKED BETTER ! SING BETTER ! THAN YOU MEAN FATTIES ! & THAT GIVES ME MUCH MORE DELIGHT THAN WINNING A PUNCTUATION CONTEST ! BOOOOOO 2 ALL THE MEANIES & NIT PICKERS ! (YOU PICK ON ME FOR MY PUNCTUATION AS THATS ALL YOU SEE OF ME & YOU PICK ON JESS’S SCARS BECAUSE THATS ALL YOU SEE OF HER ! YOU STOOP 2 LOW) HERES A TIP ! OPEN UP TO LOVE & LOVE WILL OPEN UP 2 YOU !


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    DV82XL Says:

    Like I said: nothing to say


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    Shafe Says:

            GEORGE CRANKHARD said:

    OPEN UP TO LOVE & LOVE WILL OPEN UP 2 YOU !

    Open up your bong, and clean out the tar.


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    GEORGE CRANKHARD Says:

    Now you bullies are rubbishing me & not Jessica Aincough IT’S fine by me ! Actually I invite you cowards to meet me & you will soon see that I don’t have the phsique of a BONG puller ! In fact I hate dirty filthy bongs & prefer my daily greens are put through my beautiful Angel Juicer ! You are WRONG yet again in assuming that i Smoke Dope ! Why ? because I surf & spread the love !


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    Anon Says:

            GEORGE CRANKHARD said:

    Now you bullies are rubbishing me

    But you’re such an easy target.

    Besides, you started it.


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    Pip Cornall Says:

    As a director of a cancer charity I witness patients trying all the latest (often recycled) alternative cancer cures. Some spend in excess of $150,000. With 47 years combined experience, the directors of our institute, daily working with real cancer patients, have NEVER witnessed a cure that can be attributed to the alt/med alone. We wish we had.

    Large numbers of the patients coming to us have had so called perfect diets. They still got cancer. Steve Jobs had been a life long vegetarian before he got his Neuro Endocrine tumour on his pancreas. This is not pancreatic cancer and has high cure rates if treated early. He delayed treatment while trialling homeopathy and a vegan diet (that is why he lost weight). His cancer then became pancreatic cancer

    Deeper investigaton of all the Australia cancer entrepreneurs claiming nature cancer cures indicates they all have a plausible scientific explantion for their supposed cure. Trouble is they may be luring thousands of desperate patients to their death.

    I would say they are guilty of ‘false advertising.’


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    jmdesp Says:

    Pip, I provided above links to the analysis of Job’s case by the oncologist Orac. He does not conclude that the 9 month Jobs waited are likely to have to have changed anything, since in his opinion it was an evolution of the same cancer, and the visible metastasis at the time of operation meant that it was likely there was already smaller metastasis 9 month earlier, so that it was already too late to remove everything with surgery.

    I can understand the frustration with seeing those people being led to death by deception. Orac himself spends a lot of time trying to fight those falsehoods.


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    Sarah Says:

    Sorry to inform you but the photo you have up of Jess with the flowering her hair, it’s not even her!


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    Rose Says:

    Thank you so much for this blog post. I am saddened to see that Ainscough’s supporters who are commenting here very clearly did not understand the point of the post. It is not to gloat or to wish death on anyone; it is to point out the facts of Jessica’s condition and offer a counterpoint to her lies. Yes, Jessica has been seemingly sincere over the years, but she is still spreading deadly misinformation about cancer. She is very dangerous person. It is only ethical and moral to point out that she is wrong about cancer and how it is cured. I am shocked that so many people criticizing the author cannot see that he is far more ethical and “kind” than Jessica Ainscough. In fact, her lack of ethics is compounded by the fact that she hides it behind fuzzy self affirmations and sunny pictures of glowing blondes frolicking on the beach. She makes it all seem so harmless, when in fact the opposite is true.

    Jessica Ainscough is currently back peddling on her blog, taking down old posts and insisting that she never said she cured herself of cancer, when there is 4 year long trail of interview after interview where she talks about healing herself from cancer. She is a nasty little liar and is now in damage control. Her arm looks continuously worse and worse. Her mother died after using Gerson “therapy,” and Ainscough herself is, IMO, looking emaciated lately.

    To all you people out there claiming that we have “no right” to criticize her, I can only think that you have just as few morals as Ainscough. Ainscough has unilaterally made herself a public figure. Her notoriety derives from her claim that she cured herself of cancer. She makes all her income off of it. She promotes a “cure” for cancer which has never been proven to do damn thing for cancer sufferers (Exhibit A: Sharyn Ainscough).

    Not only do we have every right to call out a public figure on a public forum about something that she herself was determined to make public, we are ethically obligated to do so. If one person who was thinking of doing Gerson comes here and changes their mind, then this entire blog post will have served its purpose. Ainscough is not a hero. The people who publicly counter her vile lies are the real heroes. They are the ones actually helping people and saving lives. And yes, unless Ainscough gets hit by a bus tomorrow, she will die from her cancer.


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    Pip Cornall Says:

    Thank you Rose for this comment and Steve Packard for your great blog. I only wish your comments would reach the popular press. I believe thousands of cancer patients die each year because of choices made that were influenced by the cancer entrepreneurs claims.
    Sadly Ainscough is one of many Australian entrepreneurs who make a lucrative living by promoting a personal cancer success story. Yes they are dangerous because cancer patients believe that the stories are true.
    Working daily at the cancer coalface as directors of a cancer charity in Queensland, we know the extent of the harm done and therefore welcome all public critiquing of entrepreneurs making such claims.
    Patients typically come to us having made choices to ‘experiment’ with their own lives – a kind of trial and error roulette after being influenced by the countless books, blogs and presentations from unscrupulous or delusional entrepreneurs.
    We spend a lot of energy to guide them back into the medical system and help them connect to doctors who may be open to complementary therapies.
    The entrepreneurs are supported by a growing group of naturopaths and ‘integrative doctors’ who seem to have forgotten their basic medical training and don’t understand the nature of cancer.
    Ian Gawler’s 300,000 copies of You Can Conquer Cancer have influenced millions of cancer patients. Yet Gawler’s claims to have cured himself of bone cancer secondaries were challenged in the MJA (Medical Journal of Australia) by his ex wife and care giver for 22 years. She pointed out that his secondaries were assumed to be cancer although there had been no biopsy. She stated that he had TB for 2.5 yrs prior to the day he was told there was no cancer evident.
    Upon learning this information for the first time, two prominent oncologists wrote a hypothesis that Gawler’s secondaries were in fact TB which was resolved by medical treatment. Cases of TB being mistaken for cancer are widespread in the literature.
    Just like Ainscough’s case, there was a PSE (plausible scientific explanation) for Gawler’s claims. Science is not perfect, medical systems are not perfect but they are much better than the ignorant peasant-style medical myths promoted by those seeking to make a buck from their cancer stories.
    In the US some entrepreneurs have appeared on Oprah and the exposure guaranteed them fame, credibility and therefore a platform to influence cancer patients and sell product or services. Many have become millionaires.
    Ainscough may be the new Gawler kid on the block and is indeed endorsed by him but others are lurking in the wings. The author of Raw Can Cure Cancer is embarking on a world speaking tour. She was a long term vegan when cancer struck her but infers she is cured by converting to raw veganism. (also endorsed by Gawler)
    The young journo who writes the blog Mums Not Having Chemo has no hands on experience with cancer patients. She cannot evaluate what she writes. She simply re-cycles what she has read on the internet and wouldn’t you know it, very few credible scientifically backed treatments rate a mention in her blogs. To be fair every so often some credible therapies appear among the 100s of blog claims. She has followed up with a book by the same name and her cashing in on cancer career is launched, helped initially by an article in the Adelaide papers.
    I hate sounding negative all the time; there are wonderful advances being made in cancer medicine and we try to advise our patients of such, but I am deeply perturbed by the large numbers of patients who turn away from mainstream medicines and invariably die sooner for their efforts.


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    Pip Cornall Says:

    jmdesp – I did read Orac’s blog about Steve Jobs written 2011. Has there been a recent evaluation that you are aware of? cheers/pip


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