Why We Need to Search for the Truth in Cancer Cure Stories

I’d like to share this podcast about truth in cancer stories with you. It features Grace Gawler of The Grace Gawler Institute and ethicist Dr Julie Crews who happens to be a reader and commenter on this blog. 


 “Ethicist Dr Julie Crews takes an investigative look through the magnifying glass to examine new trends in cancer entrepreneurship where patients who are either still in recovery themselves or who claim they have beaten the odds without medical evidence, are influencing the treatment choices of millions of other cancer patients around the globe. Another group of patients influencing choices are those who have had adequate medical treatment for their cancer, but then champion their ‘cure’ to the use of dietary regimens, alternative medicine, meditation and other healing forms. Authentic hope is a powerful ally, but false hope as a recent article published in the West Australian suggests, provides More Hype than Hope. Dr Crews contributed to that media piece. If asked about buying a product in a store – do we accept being lied to about its efficacy? In cancer the stakes are high-do we want lies or truth? The search for truth in healing stories is imperative for patients whose lives really depend upon it.”

I hope you enjoy it. Dr Crews raises many important issues. Click here to listen.

49 thoughts on “Why We Need to Search for the Truth in Cancer Cure Stories

  1. I cant help but hark back to the Wellness Warrior blog with a prime example. The last comment on her “I still have cancer” post says:
    Michelle Cahill | On Mar 10, 2014
    Make this short and sweet. Feel as you do about cancer. I had stage 4, read the book “Outsmart your cancer” and started taking Protocel. That was in 2009. Am cancer free and healthy today. Please for your sake read the book and all 3 chapters on Protocel and at least give it a try.

    Someone actually had replied earlier today with a link to a Quackwatch rebuttal of the Protocel woo – easy to find with Google here:
    http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/cancer.html scroll down to the Can-cell entry.:

    CanCell—originally called Entelev and recently renamed Cantron and Protocel—is a liquid claimed to cure cancer by “lowering the voltage of the cell structure by about 20%,” causing cancer cells to “digest” and be replaced with normal cells. Accompanying directions have warned that bottles of CanCell should not be allowed to touch each other or be placed near any electrical appliance or outlet. CanCell has also been promoted for the treatment of AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, “extreme cases of emphysema and diabetes,” and several other diseases. In 1989, the FDA reported that CanCell contained inositol, nitric acid, sodium sulfite, potassium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and catechol. Subsequently, its promoters claimed to be modifying the formulation to make it more effective [11]. They have also claimed that CanCell can’t be analyzed because it varies with atmospheric vibrations and keeps changing its energy [12]. Laboratory tests conducted between 1978 and 1991 by the NCI found no evidence that CanCell was effective against cancer. The FDA has obtained an injunction forbidding its distribution to patients

    So what will people find if they google this Outsmart Your Cancer – well, it will melt your brain:

    The comment contained some remarks about her type of site attracting snake-oil sellers, and the danger of influencing vulnerable people.

    Of course that post got deleted within hours.

  2. Latest Newsletter

    ” A major lesson that’s been coming up lately in my world is this: if you can’t change someone, you just have to accept them exactly the way they are. And guess what? You can’t change anyone. Sure, you can be a positive example, but preaching to someone and telling them what they should and shouldn’t do (even if done so with love and loving intentions) rarely causes them to change their ways.

    I receive so many emails from people pulling their hair out in frustration over not being able to influence their loved ones when it comes to making healthy changes to their lifestyle. Maybe you’ve experienced this yourself? A family member facing a scary diagnosis won’t listen to any of the information you just know has the power to help them. Or a friend is having a tough time and you can see the answer to their troubles so clearly, yet they refuse to do anything differently. We all face these kinds of scenarios, but the thing is that it’s not our responsibility to save them or change them. We can be there for them, we can listen to them, and we can offer them advice – but it’s up to them to do what’s best for them and learn the lessons they need to learn.

    Do this instead: Pass on information. Given them a documentary, a book, or a website and allow them to do their own research This is the only way most people will really absorb information – not by you telling it to them. If they are open to the ideas, awesome! If not, don’t push it.

    Do this, and they just may surprise you by coming to a healthy conclusion on their own. For example, we’ve been telling Tallon’s dad to get into smooothies and juicing and coffee enemas for years without receiving any enthusiasm in return. One day we gave him a copy of Food Matters to watch, and within 24 hours he became a superfood-obsessed, Niacin-popping, Charlotte Gerson-quoting Wellness Warrior.

    People learn lessons in their own way and in their own time. We have to accept the people around us – their resistance, their stubbornness, their challenges and their karma.

    Here’s to leading by example!”

    All we need are more ‘Charlotte Gerson-quoting Wellness Warrior” s………….OMG, spare us!

    • Interesting Rose. She’s just phoning it in now, isn’t she? Sounds very half hearted. Well I guess she put a lot of work into spamming people with b-school posts and emails and doesn’t have to work too hard again til next year (did you know she gets $1000 per b-school signup! that’s a 50% commission. I’d estimate she signed up at least 50 victims).

      Poor Tallon’s dad. Can’t help feeling for him. Ignoring years of exhortations to stick coffee in his rectum sounds like a sensible response to me.

      • I agree with you about ‘phoning it in’. Reading between the lines on recent blog posts, I get the impression that things have started to fall apart for Jess. Today she posted ‘why it’s ok to think negatively’ and other recent posts include ‘nothing: why it’s the most productive thing we can do’ and ‘when sleep is more important that a morning routine’. So she spends a lot of time sleeping in and sitting around doing nothing but think negative thoughts. This sounds to me like someone who has given up.

      • I too agree about Ms Ainscough merely “phoning it in” – having had a look at her last few posts.

        It strikes me that she doesn’t even bother answering ANY questions any more. I could be mistaken, I’ve not combed through the comments on each & every post but her interaction with her, ahem, “tribe” certainly seems to be on the decline. Maybe this happens every time she ensnares a round of suckers in that awful-sounding “B School”? I really couldn’t be bothered going back through a year’s worth of screeds to check…

        Perhaps someone here with a better knowledge of her past business practices could be so kind as to enlighten me on this? 😉

      • How’s this for an example of the extent of cerebral musing capability of one of the Wellness Warrior tour sycophants – Wes Carr, musician and “Pyoluria” survivor. in response to the following question on his band’s website:
        linda says:
        10/03/2014 at 3:05 pm
        Please can I ask, what does ‘beating cancer’ mean if she still has cancer, as she recently disclosed on her blog? I think Jess and her colleagues need to be a bit clearer about that.

        I can only describe this as the most insipid response I’ve ever seen:

        wes.carr says:
        10/03/2014 at 7:53 pm
        Hi Linda. I wrote, “beating cancer everyday” which implies, her lifestyle combats her dis-ease. I admire Jess very much and have learnt a lot from her positive attitude. There is no right or wrong in anything we do. Be kind. Love WES x

        Peace love and vegetables dudes. I’m off to kick some kittens because ,- hey, no right or wrong…..

      • It was in an email about not being able to change others.

        ” For example, we’ve been telling Tallon’s dad to get into smooothies and juicing and coffee enemas for years without receiving any enthusiasm in return. One day we gave him a copy of Food Matters to watch, and within 24 hours he became a superfood-obsessed, Niacin-popping, Charlotte Gerson-quoting Wellness Warrior.”

    • food matters typical she would be a fan. there is a good review of that fictional work on the blog ‘bite my words’ the blogger is a dietician and she said “food matters but this film doesn’t”. It’s absolute trash, they interview charlotte gerson, promote the idea that cancer can be cured by high doses of vitamin c and all sorts of other non evidence based crunchy nonsense. I find it amazing that jess is still giving people health advice. As far as people not being able to change their minds she is a perfect example, her mum died doing gerson and she is heading in the same direction yet she still holds charlotte gerson in high esteem and advocates coffee enemas. Not content with influencing her own mother she is now trying to convince her partners dad to pop niacin which is weird considering her belief about the power of diet. A healthy diet can deliver all the vitamin b you need. She is an absolute health wrecking ball.

  3. Rose

    I discovered the Wellness Warrior blog a few months ago, and enthusiastically read several blog posts and articles written by Jess. My initial reaction was to notice how beautiful, young and well presented she is. I too follow a healthy lifestyle, including eating some organic produce, the occasional green smoothie and super foods etc, however I have four young children and therefore no time to apply full makeup or straighten my hair, and couldn’t help comparing myself to Jess and wondering what it would be like to look as she does. I was very surprised and inspired to read her story about an aggressive cancer growing in her arm, and was amazed at her story of healing and escaping the corporate world for a new, more ‘wholesome’ career and lifestyle.

    Fast forward to last week – I noticed a lump in my breast. My GP immediately ordered a mammogram and ultrasound, which progressed to a biopsy, then a diagnosis of breast cancer. I’m 41 years old with no known risk factors. I went home in shock and denial and remembered Jess and her blog. As I scrolled through in a state of panic, I read from the ‘about’ section that she had healed her cancer without conventional medicine. I don’t recall reading about chemotherapy, and wondered how she’d had the courage to choose her own path, and wondered what information I was missing and how could I find out what to do. I clearly recall her message that I shouldn’t be considering conventional treatment and should instead be following her cancer tips, such as removing all BPA plastics etc. I read somewhere (not sure if it was the WW blog or another) that having a mammogram and biopsy would disturb the cancer cells and possibly make things worse by bombarding the cancer with ionising radiation. I was then left not only in a state of panic and disbelief, but feeling guilty and ashamed that I’d not thought to question and mammogram and had made things worse….

    I then studied the cancer tips and wondered how on earth I can implement any of the suggestions with four young children, and even dare to think about the possibility of packing up the family and attempting a full detox in Mexico. Of course that’s impossible, so already I’m behind in my fight and convinced that I won’t be able to cure my cancer ‘naturally’ as Jess has done, due to lack of physical time and opportunity. My children come first, and whilst I’d love to meditate every day and make smoothies, I don’t have time and my kids don’t like green smoothies, so it’s a luxury I can’t afford. So in summary, I’m left feeling helpless, hopeless and fearful of standard ‘what’s implied as 2nd rate’ treatment (whilst worrying about how much damage I’ve already caused with the mammogram compressing the cancer cells…)

    Thankfully I followed a link to this blog, and after a few hours catching up on reality I feel such incredible relief. Thank you for speaking up. I’ve stopped worrying about green smoothies and have started using my time wisely organising practicalities for upcoming treatment (evidence based treatment). If I hadn’t of discovered the opinions in this blog I’d still be obsessing over the inequality of my situation compared to those who have the resources to follow Gershan therapy.

    I am a prime example of how easily influenced people are when they have a cancer diagnosis, and I’m concerned for others who feel the same. I am very thorough and like to do things well, so believing that I couldn’t fight cancer the ‘best’ way caused undue stress and anxiety. I really hope Jess gets better. I understand her pain and anguish over her illness but it’s a huge responsibility to recommend treatments to other cancer suffers without evidence to back up claims of high success rates.

    • Hello Rose thanks for your response. Sadly there are 1000s like you who, upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer, fall into (false) information overload. Also sadly there are people like Jess Ainscough who make cancer their business and who have modified their healing stories to suit their merchandising endeavours.
      My partner and co-director in our cancer charity, Grace Gawler, is a specialist cancer naturopath with 40 yrs experience (beginning late 1974)
      In her large sample group (15,000+) over her long time period (40yrs), Grace has never seen one natural cancer cure. That includes many patients who went to the Gerson Institute in Mexico.
      An example: Black Salve is a fad from the 1920s that is re-cycling. A search reveals nearly 11 million Google results most telling you how wonderful it is and detailing miracle stories. However these testimonies are not consistent with the damage we witness along with our medical colleagues. I could not blame you or anymore from being convinced by the internet claims. We have a different perspective and have never seen a good result. If I told you all we’ve seen you may feel quite sick.
      When one investigates the people who claim to have cured their cancer with natural or alternative medicines (Ian Gawler, Janet Murray Wakelin, Jess Ainscough and many others) there is always a plausible medical explanation.
      There is a lot of fuss and rightfully so about the Malaysian plane that went missing but too little fuss about the 1000s who die in Australia each year from delaying or abandoning conventional cancer treatments. Jess Ainscough’s mother is one such person.
      Assisting Grace in her work I meet some of the most amazing doctors who have devoted their lives to their patient’s successful cancer journeys. Like us they too are very concerned about the growing trend to put trust in local cancer entrepreneurs like Jess Ainscough.
      Like us, they get to see the appalling casualties that occur when patients experiment with their ONE precious life trialling so called natural cancer cures. The trend is so large we named it ‘alt/med’ rescue and the sad thing is it is often too late to help.

    • Hi Sarah
      I was in exactly the same position as you. Whilst having chemo, I kept thinking that I was doing the wrong thing, after all how could this beautiful young woman ‘cure’ herself whilst I was sitting in the chemo chair feeling sorry for myself. I felt so very guilty and a total loser. I hung on to her every post and was quoting her to anyone that would listen. In retrospect, I sounded painfully arrogant and it wasn’t too long before I had a wake up call.

      Sarah, you will be in good hands with a hard working, knowledgeable, science educated, cancer specialising medical team that I hope you put your faith into. No amount of juices, meditation and wrongly placed coffee will help you like they will. Good luck and keep posting. xx

    • Hi Sarah,

      I’d just like to say that I’m so glad you found this blog before panicking and choosing a course of action which you may have later come to regret.
      I’m very sorry of course that you found this blog for the reason you did, but as Rosalie & Rose T. have said – please keep in touch. I know personally that when you are ill, the very last thing you need is to be bombarded with “odd” & frequently unhelpful “information” (especially if it happens to come from those who seem well-meaning).

      Please look after yourself, & I’d just like to reiterate what Rose T. said about trusting your treatment team – they have a far greater investment in your survival & thriving than does some polished-looking stranger with a largely indolent form of cancer who is trying to exhort money from her “followers”. xx

    • Sarah, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and have been on an ever-changing, confusing and lonely journey ever since. I too felt that I didn’t have adequate resources and time each day to complete the daily routine of oil-pulling, clay-swishing, body-brushing, rebounding, exercise, enemas, smoothies, juices, self-love, meditation and gratitude! I have learnt a lot about general health and nutrition from Jess’ blogs and book and will always be grateful for her part in my own health journey, it must be remembered that one journey can not be replicated exactly and we shouldn’t compare ourselves to this impossible standard that may or may not work.

      I even felt bad for following conventional treatment and having chemotherapy and radiation and wondered what harm I was doing to myself with these treatments. I also felt stress and anxiety for not getting it quite right each day as Jess so easily appeared to do.

      I have felt really confused over the last year about ‘how to get better’ and reading your comment has made me feel so much more aligned with my decisions and just like someone gets it, so thank you! I just wanted to let you know what a difference reading this had made.

      I really hope your treatment has gone well and you are feeling better and stronger each day.

  4. And just when I think Jess can’t be any more confused, I’m proved wrong!

    In reading her latest post, I can’t help but think that it is such a contradiction to her interview with that medical intuitive Belinda Davidson. I was quite offended with that interview that says that ‘your cancer is a gift, embrace it’ – yeah sure thing, sleepless nights, scanxiety, and pain are gifts I would rather return to sender! But in saying that, I try to remain positive for my 4 children and approach each day the best I can – albeit with all the science based assistance I can get!

    Posted today:

    Compare with:

    Can anyone else see the contradictions?

    • Rose, have been thinking exactly the same thing. Her blog is full of contradicting posts lately – it’s ok to sleep in, it’s ok to eat what I like, it’s ok to think negatively.. I think she’s lost it to be honest. Clearly she’s rattled by the progression of the cancer and nothing makes sense

    • I reckon she could write a post about dog poop and the masses would still fawn all over her.. It’s rather sickening. “Oh jess, you read my mind” ” I ended to hear this today” etc etc

  5. Thanks everyone for your replies. Re Pip Cornall: I am amazed that from all those people your wife saw, not one experienced a natural cure. I’m wondering why people don’t know this? How can the Gerson therapy clinics (not Gershan as incorrectly written in my last post) market their program as successful when there are NO successes? Or at least no successes that can’t be attributed to conventional medicine when you dig a little deeper…
    Rose T – I haven’t started chemo yet, but your description of sitting in the chemo chair feeling like a ‘loser’ is how I imagine myself…only I’m not feeling like so much of a loser today, just someone who really wants to live and see my children grow up! I asked my surgeon about alternative therapies and she smiled, and said that if they worked she’d be using them.

    • The short answer about those who promote Gerson, and their ilk, is that they are as dishonest as the day is long. They mostly operate in Mexico where they are not confined by laws. If Gerson (for example), was so successful, why haven’t they set up clinics all over the world? Why haven’t they set up one in Australia? The answer is, they only practice where their particular brand of dishonesty isn’t against the law. Here is some info about Mexican ‘cancer clinics’. http://tinyurl.com/poo525v

      I am reminded of a quote from Tim Minchin regarding ‘alternative medicine’.

      “By definition, “alternative medicine”, has either not been proved to work, or been proved not to work.
      Do you know what they call “alternative medicine” that’s been proved to work? Medicine.”

      And to both of you, Rose and Sarah… don’t you dare think of yourselves as losers. Ever. You are both amazing women who have been handed a scary, shitty situation to deal with. Your comments here inspire me, and touch me deeply as well. I’m sure those who know and love you in the “real world” would say the same, and then some.

      • I’m assuming Gerson have some sort of “success” stories they show. Where do they get these from? Is it normally the case that the person has also had conventional treatment and just doesn’t mention it.? Is there actually any documented case of anyone who has used Gerson only and recovered?

    • Hi Sarah. 1. Just to mention Grace Gawler is my partner not wife. In my 7 yrs with her my head has been turned re ‘natural medicines and cancer. In 7 yrs assisting Grace I also have not seen a natural cure. In this time I have also witnessed 100s of patients spending up to 150k on the latest complementary treatments given by ‘integrative doctors’ and I have not observed any difference in the progression of their cancer compared to someone who did nothing.
      2. On a good note – Good News about chemo – Some of you may be aware Grace hosts a free radio show each week – via Voice America – called Navigating the Cancer Maze. This show takes Grace and I about 10+ hours each week to host and research and produce. As a charity it is one of our free services. It is filled with information. Here is a piece from Grace’s blog about last weeks show –

      Chemotherapy often gets bad press. Some tolerate it better than others. Have you ever wondered why some patients who have chemotherapy and never change their diet or lifestyle or taken supplements – get through cancer and have long remissions – sometimes for their entire life time? Having worked with cancer patients for 40 years, I have seen thousands of them!
      A group of Italian researchers recently published a paper that may shed some light on why people respond differently to chemotherapy – is it dependent upon the robustness of their immune system? They are also suggesting that we should not throw the baby out with the bath water in terms of chemotherapy use. They say it is now becoming evident that standard chemotherapy agents can deeply have an impact on both tumour and host immune system.

      Conventional anticancer chemotherapy has been historically thought to act through direct killing of tumour cells. This concept stems from the fact that cytotoxic drugs interfere with DNA synthesis and replication. However we now know that Chemotherapeutic agents stimulate both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system. The ensemble of results discussed in their research paper contributes to pave the way towards mechanism-based, rather than empirical, rationales for combination of specific chemotherapeutic agents with selective immunotherapeutic interventions, opening novel horizons for more effective management of cancer patients.

      Data obtained in both animal models and humans suggest that immunotherapy should immediately follow chemotherapy (1–2 days interval) to achieve the best synergism between the two treatments!
      Immune-based mechanisms of cytotoxic chemotherapy: implications for the design of novel and rationale-based combined treatments against cancer is published in:
      Cell Death and Differentiation (2014) 21, 15–25; doi:10.1038/cdd.2013.67; published online 21 June 2013 http://www.nature.com/cdd/journal/v21/n1/abs/cdd201367a.html

      Grace’s blog is http://www.gracegawlermedia.com and the radio show is http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2125/navigating-the-cancer-maze
      For you Sarah and other patients on this blog I hope you find these useful resources

    • Who knows. It’s very vague, I’m sure she is referring to the wonderful ‘success stories’ that would have been presented to her at the clinic. No doubt, if these stories were looked at closely one would find they aren’t quite what is presented.

      We do know one thing for sure, she has seen two devastating Gerson failures up close and personal. Her mum, and herself. I know what I would be accepting as real and it wouldn’t be the lovely ‘stories’ I’d been presented.

    • Hi Alice – As mentioned before Grace (Gawler) my partner – during her 40 yrs cancer service – has seen many patients go to Gerson in Mexico – she has never seen any good results – despite what Jess Ainscough says. Grace was the care giver to Ian Gawler (for 22 yrs) She took him off Gerson after 3 mths. It took about 9hrs each day to prepare and he lost massive amounts of weight.

      Below is a piece I extracted from Wiki on Max Gerson

      The American Cancer Society reported that “[t]here is no reliable scientific evidence that Gerson therapy is effective in treating cancer, and the principles behind it are not widely accepted by the medical community. It is not approved for use in the United States.”[2] In 1947, the National Cancer Institute reviewed 10 claimed cures submitted by Gerson; however, all of the patients were receiving standard anticancer treatment simultaneously, making it impossible to determine what effect, if any, was due to Gerson’s therapy.[16] A review of the Gerson Therapy by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center concluded: “If proponents of such therapies wish them to be evaluated scientifically and considered valid adjuvant treatments, they must provide extensive records (more than simple survival rates) and conduct controlled, prospective studies as evidence.”[3] In 1959, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) again reviewed cases of patients treated by Gerson. The NCI found that the available information did not prove the regimen had benefit. Cancer Research UK states that “Available scientific evidence does not support any claims that Gerson therapy can treat cancer […] Gerson therapy can be very harmful to your health.”[17]

  6. Rose & Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your stories.

    Just wanted to share this podcast I listened to yesterday, very interesting. Jess touts herself as a ‘holistic health coach’. I believe if such a code of conduct were in place in Qld, she could actually be held accountable for her health ‘information’ (perhaps even retrospectively?? Maybe wishful thinking there…)

    • I’ve been hunting around for Gerson success stories and it’s hard. I found this link:


      This woman claims to have healed her breast cancer with Gerson, but if you read the article it very clearly states that she relied on conventional medicine to remove the cancer, and then radiotherapy. The new tumour was never biopsied, so was probably a benign lump (which come and go)..

      Is this the best evidence Gerson can provide?

      And now I ‘get it’ re the ‘Wellness Warrior’. I found this quote on her website marketing her wellness course:

      ‘I didn’t chop off my arm. I didn’t go into aggressive, full-body chemotherapy. I didn’t accept that my doctor’s ‘solution’ was the only course of action.’

      This is deliberately misleading. Misleading to someone like me who read these words as a newly diagnosed cancer sufferer! What really irks me is the suggestion that she didn’t have chemotherapy. It was a couple of days later that I realised she’d HAD chemotherapy after all, and only through reading this blog did I realise she still HAS cancer.

      *12 hours to go before I can cuddle my babies again*

      • Sarah – There is a cult like mentality around many patients using and promoting various ‘natural cures.’ Typically they fail to mention the conventional treatment they had. All will return to hospital when the cancers advance. Many patients come to us at this stage. Many of the oncologists we know are frustrated because they may have been able to help them. I suspect Jess Ainscough will be like this. When they die they become data – one of 43,000 cancer deaths in AU each year. There is no category to say they died because they delayed or abandoned conventional medicine until they became too ill. I apologise for pushing this point but in my work at the institutre I see a lot of death. It is mostly due to alt/med as I outlined above. In just the time to write this comment I see 2 more emails arrive from patients needing help. I hope it is not too late.

      • And guaranteed those with the alt med iz great agenda will shriek and point that sooooo many people die under a Dr’s care in hospitals……
        I suspect Pip is quite familiar with Professor Ian Haines’ words:

        “Professor Haines said he was ”distressed” at seeing terminal cancer patients who had chosen alternative therapies over conventional medicine after diagnosis.
        ”I’ve seen beautiful young girls with their whole lives ahead of them and they go into these holistic therapies and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and then in the end we have to look after them. They all eventually get to us,” he said”.


  7. Yes Jane – I know it well. He was quoted in the Age article – Cancer Experts Challenge Gawler’s Cure. Grace comments on the article in her blog – http://gracegawlermedia.com/2011/12/31/the-melbourne-age-cancer-experts-challenge-gawlers-cure-grace-gawler-comments/

    Profs Haines and Lowenthal penned their hypothesis based on ‘new’ information in Grace’s 2010 MJA letter highlighting multiple errors in Gawler’s 2008 MJA article. (it took all this time for the MJA to accept her proof)
    Profs Haines and Lowenthal along with many other oncologists had always been suspicious of Gawler’s claims to be the longest living survivor of secondary bone cancer.

    The professors learned some vital new information from Grace’s article. 1. There had been no biopsy for the ‘assumed’ secondaries and 2. He had had TB for 2.5 years when declared ‘cancer free.’ Profs Haines and Lowenthal’s paper suggested Gawler’s assumed secondary bone cancer was TB. Apparently many oncologists mistake TB for cancer even today. Their paper was refused by the MJA due to ‘legal’ issues and was published in the IMJ (Journal of Internal Medicine)

    So the plausible medical explantion for Gawler’s illnesses was 1. The primary bone cancer was cured by amputation and 2. The TB was cured by appropriate medical treatments. End of story.

    Like Jess Ainscough, Gawler’s cancer cure claims, along with other entrepreneurs making similar claims, when examined closely, there is always a plausible scientific explanation. Like the Ainscough scenario, those supporting the prof’s paper were labelled as bullies. Grace has been subjected to massive vitriol ever since but her motivation is simply to alert the 1000s of patients who say – “If Ian can do it so can I’
    As she says to them – “What do you think Ian actually did?” She points out that Ian was not a vegan, the Gerson diet failed him, he slept through many of his meditations, there were many errors in Ainslie Meares first MJA article (1978) suggesting meditation caused tumour regression.

    With 250,000 copies of You Can Conquer Cancer sold, nearly every Australian cancer patient will have read his materials. Thus her recent Voice America episode – Why we Need to Search for the Truth in Cancer Cure Stories.

  8. Interesting story here, I haven’t had time to read the original article though:

    “When the researchers looked specifically at cancers previously linked to pesticide exposure, such as breast cancer or soft tissue sarcoma, they also found no risk…” (I assume they mean ‘no difference in risk between women who ate organic and those who ate non-organic).

    Is what Jess has classed as a soft tissue sarcoma?

  9. Just seen a comment left on a very suspect blog Jess posted today – I wonder if Jess will reply to it or just delete it? Be interesting to see…

    Brianna | On Mar 31, 2014

    So Jess you drink alcohol now? Your posts recently seem to have really changed in tone. Since your ‘clearing a few things up’ post I have been waiting for you to post something that really clarifies where your opinions on Gerson etc now stand. I am waiting for this ‘transparency’ with regards to the actual present state of your cancer?? As a long-time follower of yours Jess (& someone who has spent money on the products you market) I am sorry to say that I am starting to feel a little cheated.

    Its like now its okay to ‘think negatively’ and its okay to ‘do nothing’ and okay to ‘go out drinking’ (as long as you do an extra coffee enema the next day) I think you really need to think about how damaging writing something like that might be for some of your very easily influenced followers. That is essentially justifying a form of purging Jess and we both know the body cant just ‘get rid’ of a few glasses of wine the night before (I’m not saying it needs to either).

    This is not meant to be pure criticism and I hope you don’t just see it as an ‘attack’ or ‘bullying’ but as genuine concern & questions from one of your customers. I feel that as one of your customers I have a right to know if your opinion on certain practises etc has changed. Friends of mine say you are slowly back-peddling but in my probably some-what protective opinion I think you are probably just going through the natural changes of opinion that are likely to occur following the loss of your lovely mum and the continued state of your arm but you seem to be afraid to come out and say it? I know you have built a business based on these ideals Jess but you owe it to your customers to be honest. One of the most compelling things about you as writer is your raw honesty. I think you would breathe a sigh of relief & be surprised at the support from your followers if you were to be very truthful.

    Best wishes on this this new journey for you Jess – rediscovering yourself & your ideals may well be a whole new form of healing for you.

    • If you check out her other FB page it has reams of photos from before she became a Gersonified hermit. It literally was party after party after party. I can imagine it would be a wagon pretty easy to fall off now she’s confronted daily by the now substantial evidence of her mortality. I just wish she would be honest about it too.

  10. This is the latest newsletter. A bit on the whacky side I think!

    Awesome friend,

    As this email lands in your inbox, I’m en route to a time machine. I know what you’re thinking – time machines don’t exist and I’ve lost it. But maybe they do exist? My mind is open to anything. I’ve been proven wrong heaps of times. After all, I used to think that if you dropped food on the floor you had a five second grace period before it was unsuitable to pick up and eat. Turns out that wasn’t true.

    Back to this time machine. This weekend I’m spending three days in a room being led through a past life regression workshop by the incredible Brian Weiss. You may have heard me raving about his books, in particular his first one Many Lives, Many Masters. My friend Cyndi O’Meara bought me this book after my mum passed away, and it comforted me so much. I became so enamoured by Brian’s work that I immediately jumped online and ordered everything else that he’s written. And now, I will get to see him in the flesh.

    You can count on me sharing more about Brian’s work after the workshop, but for now I want to leave you with a quote I love from one of his books, Only Love Is Real:

    Why is everybody so obsessed with living longer? Why squeeze a few more unhappy years out of the geriatric end? Why the preoccupation with cholesterol levels, bran diets, lipid counts, aerobic exercise, and so on?

    Doesn’t it make more sense to live joyously now, to make every day full, to love and be loved, rather than worry so much about your physical health in an unknown future? What if there is no future? What if death is a release into bliss?

    I’m not saying to neglect your body, that it is alright to smoke and to drink excessively or to abuse substances or to be grossly obese. These conditions cause pain, grief, and disability. Just don’t worry so much about the future. Find your bliss today.

    The irony is that, given this attitude and living happily in the present, you probably will live longer anyway.

    Have the best weekend ever!

    Her fan base on FB continues to grow at a fast rate, In the comments section, she is still giving ‘Gerson’ advice. Her posts of late do give me a ‘cult’ like feel to them. So many people influence her profoundly and she in turn is behaving like the leader of the pack! I’m still annoyed by the ‘don’t worry you have cancer’ take. Guess, I should stop reading!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Lisa
      Perhaps you should check your facts. Katrina supports orthodox methods and has never denied this nor the role chemotherapy played in her treatment. Her books outlines in detail how to handle treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation with a natural therapies.

  11. Stacey, Katrina’s bio on her website states the following, ‘After almost 90 hours of intensive chemotherapy, I chose to stop treatment, as I now knew it was doing more harm than good’. I would say this is denying the role chemotherapy played in her treatment. In fact, she is indirectly telling me, someone receiving cancer treatment, that chemotherapy may be worse for me than cancer. I doubt that is the case for my particular cancer. How is it that Katrina supports orthodox methods? I ask without criticism, I am simply interested and more than happy to stand corrected.

    I’m also interested in the following article on the Gerson website promoting the health and wellness of Jess Ainscough and her Mum (with a box at the bottom requesting monetary donations to support their good work). Why is this outdated, inaccurate information still on the Gerson website when Jess’s Mum has very sadly passed away, and Jess herself still has cancer? If someone could explain this to me then again, I rest my case.


  12. Hi Sarah. Unfortunately the internet is full of sites claiming people are cured from their ‘alternative’ treatments. You can play with words as much as you like as is the case with the above example, but the simple truth is that they lie in order to build up their e-business. I hope all is well with your treatment.

  13. latest video from jess and it’s not looking good. If you go to 48 seconds in this video there is a close up of her hand. She is wearing a long sleeved shirt to hide her arm but you can clearly see her hand is severely ulcerated and her fingers no longer functional. She has also lost a lot of weight.

    • I feel bad for her – her latest “newsletter” talks about not being able to sleep and pain at night. No one should have to suffer like that in this day and age with modern medicine. But if she wants to be stubborn then she’s her own worst enemy. She is extremely thin

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