Celebrity diets are all the rage and people often don’t second guess their validity. However, some can be extremely harmful. For instance, Belle Gibson made significant claims about the diet she follows and its success in treating her cancer. More than this, she stated that she turned down conventional treatment for her new lifestyle regime…and it was effective. These statements can be very attractive for cancer sufferers who are already feeling vulnerable and understandably hoping for miracle treatment.
‘Publishing giant Penguin will pull Belle Gibson’s debut cook book after the author failed to defend accusations of falsely claiming to have cancer and explain why she withheld charitable donations’
Belle went as far as claiming her natural therapies and lifestyle assisted her in treating a number of terminal cancers. Penguin had not fact checked this claim but when they did, Belle could not support her statements. In fact, she could not prove that she had cancer at all.
‘Ms Gibson has so far offered no evidence to support her claims of surviving cancers after rejecting conventional treatment. Former friends and leading medical experts have cast strong doubt over her story and purported diagnoses.’
As a result, Penguin dropped Belle Gibson’s book for sale in Australia. Other major publishing companies overseas are also requesting explanation before publishing goes ahead.
‘”Despite our best endeavours, Penguin Books has not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations,” a spokeswoman said.’
Apple, however, is remaining quiet. It has been involved in promoting Belle Gibson’s app for the new Apple watch and may still go ahead with it.
‘Global tech company Apple, which heavily promoted Ms Gibson’s app as one of the first to be made available on the Apple Watch device, has remained silent for almost a week despite mounting accusations and repeated requests for comment. Apple refuses to say whether it stands by Ms Gibson.’
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