Cancer myths are one of the most virulent forms of misinformation; the consequence of which can end in tragedy.
Food Babe, Dr. Oz, Mike Adams (runs Naturalnews.com), Dr. Joseph Mercola, Vandana Shiva, and others who sell unscientific fear mongering are some of the most noxious thought viruses plaguing our current pseudoscience epidemic. Cancer myths peddled by these quacks, by design, blame the cancer patient for “giving themselves” cancer. Decades of research and tragic deaths have shown that, in fact, many cases of cancer are not preventable. Furthermore, if a patient, with a treatable cancer, is allured into buying a cancer myth and declines evidence-based medical treatment the result is often death. Tragically, a preventable death.
Food Babe, one of the repeated cancer myth offenders, blames cancer patients for giving themselves cancer. Having personally lost friends to breast cancer [caused by a BRCA (BReast CAncer susceptibility gene) and HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) mutations], I am especially infuriated and appalled by Food Babe’s cruel suggestion that cancer patients are to blame for their own cancer. See Food Babe’s post below:
First of all, I would like to inform Food Babe, that one does not “test positive for the BRCA gene.” Humans (homo sapiens) have both a BRCA1 and a BRCA2 gene (BReast CAncer genes 1 and 2). These BRCA genes encode for tumor suppressor proteins, which repair double-stranded breaks in DNA. Therefore, the BRCA genes play a crucial role in ensuring genomic stability.