TIL Belle Gibson, the disgraced wellness influencer who profited from fake cancer claims, pretended to donate proceeds to the family of a little boy who had an inoperable brain tumour she falsely claimed was much like her own. He died from his illness in 2017 at the age of nine.

Read more: https://www.choice.com.au/health-and-body/conditions/cancer/articles/wellness-blogger-profited-fake-cancer-penalised-290917?repost

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  1. It’s a fact that eating a diet of only fruits can actually cure cancer. Just ask Steve Jobs who…

    On second thought, it seems I may have ben mistaken about the whole fruit cures cancer thing.

  2. “Annabelle Natalie Gibson (born 8 October 1991) is an Australian convicted scammer and pseudoscience advocate. She is the author of The Whole Pantry mobile app and its later companion cookbook. Throughout her career as a wellness guru, Gibson claimed she had a diagnosis involving multiple cancer pathologies throughout her internal organs; claimed she had forgone modern science-based medical treatments; claimed she was effectively self-managing her multiple cancers through diet, exercise, and alternative therapies; and claimed to have donated significant proportions of her income and her company’s profits to numerous charities.

    In March 2015, after reports identified Gibson’s fraudulent claims regarding her charitable donations, media investigation revealed that she had also fabricated her stories of cancer, and lied about her age, personal life and history. Concerns were expressed that Gibson had led a profligate lifestyle, renting an upmarket town house, leasing a luxury car and office space, undergoing cosmetic dental procedures, purchasing designer clothes and holidaying internationally, on money claimed to have been raised for charity. With a collapsing social media support base, Gibson admitted in an April 2015 interview that her claims of having multiple cancers had been fabricated, stating that “none of it’s true”.

    Gibson’s actions were described as “particularly predatory” and “deceit on a grand scale, for personal profit”. On 6 May 2016, Consumer Affairs Victoria announced legal action against Gibson and Inkerman Road Nominees Pty Ltd (originally known as Belle Gibson Pty Ltd) for “false claims by Ms. Gibson and her company concerning her diagnosis with terminal brain cancer, her rejection of conventional cancer treatments in favour of natural remedies, and the donation of proceeds to various charities.” On 15 March 2017, the Federal Court supported most of those claims, concluding that, “Ms. Gibson had no reasonable basis to believe she had cancer.””

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Gibson

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