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.
Jessica decided against the operation or any further treatment with real medicine, such as additional chemotherapy or radiation. Had she made this decision based on the facts and fully aware of the consequences, it would be impossible to dispute her. There are, after all, those who, having been diagnosed with cancer, decide that they would rather live a relatively short life in comfort than extend their life through the use of treatments with painful side effects or disfigurement. If Jessica had simply said “I know it will kill me, but I’d rather live a few more years with two arms,” then that would be her right to choose.
That, however, is not what she did. Instead she started a program of alternative treatments, which she seems convinced will cure her cancer. She has claimed that cancer is just “your body’s last-ditch attempt to get your attention — and demand some TLC.” or that it is somehow directly related to a need to detoxify or improve nutrition. Of course, science knows this is not what cancer is, but many alternative practitioners would like you to believe this. Her treatments have consisted of organic foods and coffee enemas. (Yes, you read right.) She has become especially fond of Gerson therapy, a thoroughly debunked alternative treatment for cancer that has killed many others.
Worse still, Jessica Ainscough has gone to the media and is actively preaching to cancer patients, telling them to stay away from real doctors and medicines that can save their lives, instead eating a special diet and putting coffee into their rectums. Many in the media have given her a pat on the back for her apparent bravery and good health. In fact, it’s hard to even be sure how many her lies may have killed.
Jessica herself may well live a few more years and appear relatively healthy for much of that time. It’s hard to tell, but since the cancer is slow moving, it could take a while to invade life-critical structures. It is highly unlikely that she will live anything near a normal life span. Now 27 years old, she might just make it to 30. She probably won’t make it to 35.
Unfortunately, her mother did not manage to hold on as long…
I hate to say it, but I was expecting this day to come ever since I heard that Jessica Ainscough’s mother, Sharyn Ainscough, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had been persuaded to follow the same route as Jessica, forgoing real treatment for a plate full of organic mangoes and a butt full of coffee. In fact, I had held out hope that, as the symptoms of the cancer became worse, perhaps she would turn to real medicine in time to save her life.
That’s not what happened.
In 2011, Jessica Ainscough’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s hard to say exactly what her chances of survival would have been with conventional treatment, as we don’t know all the details. However, the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the industrial world do survive. Since Sharyn appeared to be healthy at the time and held on for three and a half years with no treatment at all, it is likely that the cancer was not initially very far advanced. If that is the case, then she had an excellent chance of beating it. The treatments would have been unpleasant and possibly disfiguring, but her life would have been, at the very least, extended and most likely saved from cancer.
Instead, Jessica made her mother another face of the success of cancer non-treatment. For the first couple of years, Sharyn appeared relatively healthy in photos, which is generally what would be expected from someone with early stage breast cancer. She spoke of how both she and her mother were living proof of nutrition as a cure for cancer and how her mother was doing very well, healing and recovering.
As many of you know, my mum was told that she has breast cancer just over a year ago. This was one year after I started Gerson Therapy for my own cancer, and so there were no hesitations in mum’s decision to embark on the Therapy full time for herself.
About 11 months into the Gerson Therapy program, Mum wasn’t getting any worse but her progress was slow and we weren’t sure why. Her doctor suggested that she have a hair analysis test done to assess her mineral levels, and this pinpointed the issue. Mum’s test showed that she was both incredibly copper toxic and incredibly zinc deficient (these two minerals work together to create balance). Copper is a heavy metal, and when the body is holding on to large amounts of it, it won’t ever get well. Gerson Therapy on its own will detoxify the body of heavy metals, but it will take a long time and we were told that it would be best if Mum added something into her regime to assist in the detoxification.
But the heavy metals are not the only problem. High amounts of heavy metals in our body will kill us, so because our bodies are super clever they create a fungus around the metal to protect us from fatality. Live blood analysis and kinesiology confirmed that Mum also has fungus and candida to contend with.
If Mum had followed conventional orders and had surgery or drug interference, there is no way that these underlying issues would have been addressed. Yet another reason why it is SO important to deal with the cause and not just eradicate the symptom. Lumps in breasts are not the issue. It’s the toxicity and deficiency of our bodies that cause an imbalance and lead to dis-ease.
It certainly sounds very positive, but the claims made are quite common in the world of quackery. Candida is a common yeast blamed for everything from autism to cancer. Heavy metals are unlikely to be a health hazard unless you are prone to eating paint chips or huffing mercury vapor.
Just the same, Jessica proclaimed repeatedly that these “detoxifying” treatments were curing her mother and that, at worst, she was not getting better as fast as they had hoped, but was certainly not getting worse. Here is some more of what Jessica claimed about her mother’s treatment and health. It’s worth a read.
Of course the treatments did not work, and now the inevitable has happened.
Last Friday, after putting up the bravest fight I’ve ever witnessed, my mum passed away. She went peacefully and was comfortable with no drugs, which is what she always wanted. Her whole family was in the room, my dad and I were holding her hands and Edie was at the foot of her bed. She flickered her eyes, took one last gasp and then went off to sleep.
Although Mum had been very sick, we never once gave up hope and right until the very end we kept expecting things to turn back around and for her to get better. My family and I are heartbroken and absolutely devastated to have lost the leader of our team and the woman who was the driving force behind everything I’ve learnt, implemented and achieved over the last six years. She was our hero, and we still can’t quite comprehend how life is going to be without her. Her never-ending kindness, compassion and her breathtaking beauty (inside and out) had an impact on so many.
I would love and appreciate if you can please be patient with me and respect my privacy. I’m taking a little time offline to grieve with my family and allow myself to really feel the full impact of losing Mum.
I do want to say this though. I know some of you have cancer and are on Gerson Therapy or you love someone in this position, and I don’t want this news to deter you from believing in what you are doing. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the past few years it’s that no one cancer therapy is right for everyone, just the way no one diet is right for everyone. We all have different bodies, different minds, different histories, and different journeys.
I have been accused of being harsh, uncaring or even wishing death upon those like Jessica Ainscough. That’s simply not true and is certainly not true of her mother. If my tone comes across as being matter of fact, direct and unrestrained, it’s because I want nothing more than to refute this deadly message and make it as clear as possible that this quackery kills. If I have to just come out and say, without euphemism, that following this path results in death, then that’s what I will do.
Of course the death of Sharyn Ainscough is a terrible and tragic event. She should have lived longer and my deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends, who have forever lost a loved one. I did not want her to die and certainly not in such as painful manner as a slowly creeping cancer. As I said, I had hoped she might turn to real medicine and have her life saved.
There is something especially tragic about watching a woman die when her death can be prevented. For the past two and a half years, we have seen Sharyn Ainscough slowely waste away as she relied on the non-treatment that her daughter so zealously pushed. Had someone been able to get through to her and convince her to use proper medical treatments, she would probably be alive today. Yet, as a random blogger from the United States, there was obviously no way I could expect to get through to her. And so her cancer grew until it killed her.
There should have been more days of laughter and joy with her family. There should have been more memories, more new friends to meet, more of a legacy to leave behind. Sadly, it is too late for Sharyn. It is not too late for others, however. If the death of Sharyn Ainscough can be used as an example to talk some sense into someone who might buy into the toxic lies of Jessica Ainscough and others, then it should be. One more unnecessary death is too many.
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