Rough end of the pineapple

FREMANTLE’S Candice-Marie Fox has received hate mail for claiming her consumption of up to four pineapples a day helped cure her cancer.

The 31-year-old was bombarded with hate mail after wellness blogger Belle Gibson made national headlines a fortnight ago for lying about suffering from cancer to sell her health regime.

Critics accused Ms Fox of also lying in order to promote “fantasy-based” remedies, and claimed she would kill cancer sufferers who decided to reject medical treatment and follow in her footsteps.

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Ms Fox showed the Herald her medical records showing she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011. She had surgery and endured radiation treatment to no avail—a post-operation scan found the cancer had spread to her lungs.

She shunned further medical treatment while attempting to heal herself over several month through a strict, controversial diet of mostly fruit and other remedies such as yoga.

Ms Fox says she beat cancer, and credits the consumption of large amounts of the enzyme Bromelain, found in pineapples, for helping stunt the growth of cancer cells.

“I just want to be able to tell my story,” Ms Fox says.

“I’m not saying people shouldn’t have surgery or treat their cancer with chemotherapy and radiation, but I want them to know what worked for me.”

Ms Fox last week reported the anonymous threats to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network after local police turned her away.

Fremantle officer-in-charge Kellie Taylor says police were unable to help because threats had been made anonymously via fake Facebook accounts.

The national cybercrime watchdog is yet to respond to Ms Fox’s complaints.


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6 responses to “Rough end of the pineapple

  1. Candice is under the impression that people who demand she substantiates her fanciful claims of curing her own cancer are haters..
    Yes people have made threats, they are that we will not rest until she proves her claims and stops advising people to seek professional medical advice for serious medical problems like cancer.
    She is giving false hope and promoting quack remedies with zero qualifications.
    Just like Belle Gibson, Candice has made some very outrageous claims regarding her miracle cure, She was in fact cured by successful surgery and radiation therapy and because she started eating pineapples during the period the Radiation was still active and working in her body she for some reason believes it was the pineapples that cured her.
    Emily Dowling has published yet another version of Candice’s story without verifying any of the facts.
    Her entire story, including her many deleted posts can be viewed here

  2. Ok, looks like obfuscation from Me Fox again. She definitely had Thyroid cancer, and it was treated with surgery and rai. It is therefore not surprising that she has records to show she had thyroid cancer. At her age the cure rate for such cancer with the treatment she received is close to 100%. Can you confirm whether she showed any medical records that confirmed the presence of cancer (ie malignant not benign tumours) in her lungs? Direct questions have been asked, but remain unanswered, and the narrative appears to actually be ex-model gets cancer, has conventional treatment, finds benign tumours (ie not cancer) post opinion and is taken in by a non doctor using diet as a “cancer cure”. Ex model then goes online, says cancer treatment kills people and spouts pseudoscience about bromeline, whilst saying she is not discouraging people from obtaining conventional treatment. She may want to tell her story, but she, and her pseudoscience advisors, appears unqualified to actually identify what caused her cancer to go, and as such she is endangering people, when they are most vulnerable.

  3. It is worth noting that Candice’s Mantra is , “I want them to know what worked for me.”
    The huge problem here is that she wants people to know what “She Thinks or Believes” worked for her based on what unqualified quacks have told her.
    She has claimed on many occasions that she cured herself of “terminal” thyroid cancer and was twice given 5 years to live, but I’ve seen no evidence her cancer was diagnosed as terminal nor that she was given 5 years to live; I note these claims make her story seem more incredible.
    She tells her story in great detail in a podcast here ,
    No one has a problem with Candice sharing her story if she can back up her claims.
    Now she says people are threatening and abusing her, but I’ve seen no evidence of any hate comments just genuine questions.
    She has banned all people that question her and deletes all posts which provide ‘inconvenient truths’ — in exactly the same fashion as Belle Gibson.
    Candice has many times posted that radiation and chemo “killed” her close friend and young Nephew and that western medicine funds the media to cover up this crazy conspiracy.
    If anyone would like to ask Candice genuine questions regarding her miracle cure she has her own public FB page.
    Ed’s note: This letter has been edited for legal reasons.

  4. I would like to see these letters which Candice-Marie Fox claims are criminal nature. Where are they? I would also like to see her medical records. I have no doubt that they show that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. What I am skeptical of is that they show that she had terminal cancer which she cured using pineapples. Emily Dowling is not qualified to look over anyone’s medical records and make a determination about anything one way or another. They must be made public so that qualified oncologists have the opportunity to analyze them. BTW, Candice-Marie Fox promised she would make them public as soon as she had them, which apparently she does since she showed them to Dowling. Okay, so where are they then?

  5. You saw proof of her thyroid cancer which was clearly treated with surgery and radiation (thyroid cancer is very treatable) but you did not see proof of the other supposed cancers she allegedly treated with pineapples. She used to say she had “liver cancer” but then she downgraded it to “benign tumors” (which certainly isn’t cancer) and she appears not to have even mentioned it in this interview.

    So basically you saw no proof of the cancer this woman allegedly cured with pineapples and yet you still saw fit to write and publish the article? Not only is this irresponsible journalism, but morally despicable. How many people will read this article and eschew medical treatment in favour of some unproven pineapple protocol? After the Belle Gibson fiasco, this is inexcusable.

  6. hypothetical:
    what might happen as a result of the herald’s publication of this nonsense?

    1. a ‘blogger’ who is touting dangerous and unsubstantiated miracle cures gets free air time and new fringe fans. well done herald.
    2. a desperate person with cancer continues with their conventional medical treatment but also decides to take massive amounts of pineapple and thereby affects the efficiency of their chemotherapy (Chatuphonprasert, Waranya, and Kanokwan Jarukamjorn. “Impact of six fruits—banana, guava, mangosteen, pineapple, ripe mango and ripe papaya—on murine hepatic cytochrome P450 activities.” Journal of Applied Toxicology 32.12 (2012): 994-1001.). the cancer therefore progresses and the patient dies. well done herald.
    3. a desperate person with cancer, has just been told by an oncologist that despite all conventional medicine’s efforts, the cancer has progressed. the oncologist apologises and holds the patient’s hand. the patient is advised not to try further treatments, as any treatments are likely going to worsen quality of life and time should instead be spent with family and friends. but the patient reads the herald article, and spends the last few months of their lives sourcing, juicing and suffering the gastrointestinal side effects of large amounts of pineapple juice, well done herald.
    4. a well meaning doctor reads the article in the herald and writes a letter to editor expressing her concerns that it is unlikely that pineapple cured the blogger’s cancer and asks the herald to in future not publish these claims without fact verification, as they may cause massive harm to vulnerable people who are desperately seeking miracles. the herald writes a snotty reply and thereby alienates anyone with any understanding of science. well done herald.

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