Retail giant Amazon has today come under heavy fire for selling scores of books promoting bogus cancer cures.
Cancer experts have today accused the billion-pound company of preying on the vulnerable who are desperate for a remedy.
More than 3,000 titles are listed on the site under ‘cancer cures’, including ones endorsing unproven CBD oil and carrot juice.
One author – a herbalist who claimed to cure Michael Jackson of his addiction to painkillers before his death – wrote how an alkaline diet could help.
Amazon’s content guidelines say that some of the books it sells may be ‘objectionable’ to some customers and a spokesperson added the company had the right to ‘provide access to a variety of viewpoints’.
Another book – Dr Sebi Cancer Cure – promoted a form of an alkaline diet that the author claimed can ‘reverse cancer’ (left). The Doctor Who Cures Cancer (right) was one of the highest-listed products. The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance.
Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head information nurse, told MailOnline: ‘If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
‘When people are in desperate situations, they will often go online and come across stuff that makes claims that perhaps we wouldn’t agree with.
‘And because they’re in a vulnerable situation, they want to believe that.’ He added that it’s a ‘bit unreasonable’ for firms to make money of cures that don’t work.
Mr Ledwick said: ‘One of the worries sometimes is that someone might be talked out of having a treatment that does work.
‘If anyone is considering any unconventional treatment, they really ought to talk to their doctor about it. Often these things just don’t work. But sometimes they might just do harm.
‘It’s important to understand what you’re taking, [some things] may possibly interact with conventional treatment you are taking in a bad way.
‘Just because something is described as natural doesn’t mean it is harmless – there’s lots of substances in nature that are toxic.’
MailOnline did not examine all 3,000-plus listings.
Children’s book author Ann Cameron was told she had just three years left to live when doctors found the killer disease had spread in November 2012. She adopted a carrot juice diet
Michael Jackson was being treated for drug and alcohol addictions by a witch doctor called Alfredo Bowman, also known as Dr Sebi (pictured), it was reported in 2004
The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance (pictured, Emanuel Revici)
Curing Cancer With Carrots details the story of Ann Cameron, a woman who claims she cured her stage four colon cancer with carrot juice (left). The Definitive Guide On The Management And Cure Of Testicular Cancer Using CBD Oil details how the cannabis-based product ‘fights cancer cells’ (right)
But 24 of the books sold on the first three pages, which list 16 at a time, contained false information about unproven cures.
Other results included notebooks with cancer-fighting mottos on the front, or books that had been wrongly listed under ‘cancer cures’.
The Doctor Who Cures Cancer, 402 pages dedicated to the controversial Emanuel Revici, was one of the highest-listed products.
Its sales blurb on Amazon read: ‘This is the true story of the greatest medical scientist who has ever lived.
‘Find out what happened to Dr Revici and find out how you can use the principles of his discoveries to reverse even advanced cancers…
‘You’ll meet patients with all kinds of cancers have been healed and cured with the Revici Method.’
The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance.
However, the theory is wrong. The book’s own blurb admits The American Cancer Society ‘blasted him time and time again’.
|BOOK TITLE||AUTHOR||UNPROVEN CLAIM|
|The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression||Barry Lynes||Rife’s method|
|Cancer Cure: Cure cancer at home naturally||Dr Steve Bedi||The body has its own healing power|
|Curing Cancer with Carrots||Ann Cameron||Carrot juices|
|The Doctor Who Cures Cancer||William Kelley Eidem||Revici’s method|
|A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy||Max Gerson||Gerson therapy|
|Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diet to Cure Illness||KB Mac||Keto diet|
|Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally||Chris Wark||Natural therapies|
|Rudolf Breuss cancer cure correctly applied: Guide to cancer treatment||Juergen HR Thomar||Breuss’ cancer cure|
|The Breuss Cancer Cure||Rudolf Breuss||Breuss’ cancer cure|
|Dr. Sebi Cancer Cure: A Simple Guide on How to Cure Cancer||Colby Jones||Dr Sebi’s cancer cure|
|Curing Cancer Using Cannabis||King Cajun||Cannabis|
|Cancer: Natural Cures: “They don’t want you to know about!”||K A Thomas||Rebalancing pH levels|
|ALKALINE DIET FOR CANCER: Comprehensive Nutrional Guide to Cure and Prevent Cancer||Daniels Ross||Alkaline diet|
|PLANT BASED DIET FOR CANCER: Beginners guide to plant based diet and how to use it to cure cancer||Emily Green||Plant-based diet|
|Anti Cancer Smoothies: Quick and easy delicious smoothie recipes to a healthy you||Olivia Green||Smoothies|
|Cancer – cause and cure||Dr O P Verma||Herbs such as aloe vera|
|ALKALINE DIET FOR CANCER: Expert to using alkaline diet to cure cancer naturally||John Leggett||Alkaline diet|
|Insider-cures against cancer||Christian Meyer-Esch||Germanium|
|Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure||Sylvie Beljanski||Dr Beljanski’s approach|
|Cancer Cure Is Found: Laetrile is the answer||Dr Om Verma||Vitamin B17, or laetrile|
|CANCER – CURE IS EVEN POSSIBLE – BELIEVE: ROYAL AND DEFINITIVE HEALING||Celso Batista Inacio||The power of the mind|
|Multiple Myeloma’s Natural Calcium Cure||Nomar Myeloma||Calcium|
|The Definitive Guide On The Management And Cure Of Testicular Cancer Using Cbd Oil||Dr Margret Silvia||CBD oil|
|I Cure Cancer: Learn How To Turn Your Body into a Cancer Free Zone||Ian Jacklin||Alkaline diet|
Professor Edzard Ernst, a leading researcher in complementary medicine at Exeter University said: ‘There is no good evidence that it is effective.’
Another book – Dr Sebi Cancer Cure – promoted a form of an alkaline diet that the author claimed can ‘reverse cancer’.
Dr Sebi, real name Alfredo Bowman, spoke of curing dozens of patients with his diet, which included a plant that works as a laxative.
WHO IS DR SEBI? AND DID HE TREAT MICHAEL JACKSON?
Michael Jackson was being treated for drug and alcohol addictions by a witch doctor called Alfredo Bowman, it was reported in 2004.
The controversial healer – known as Dr Sebi – was brought in to help tackle Jackson’s pain so he wouldn’t need painkillers any more, a source said.
The Honduras-based healer, who died in 2016, claimed that he could cure arthritis, asthma, cancer, Aids, and a variety of female and male problems.
In the 1980s, he took out newspaper advertisements professing his ability but was ordered to stop by the New York state attorney general’s office.
His previous clients are said to have included Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, of the hip-hop girl group TLC, who died in a car crash at the age of 30.
The theory is that tumours thrive off acid, and that eating more alkaline foods – such as fruits and vegetables – could change the pH levels of blood.
But no food or drink can cure cancer. And no studies have ever shown the pH level of the blood can be altered through diet.
Experts warn links between the alkaline diet and fighting cancer is likely down to the fact it cuts out red meat and encourages fruit and veg.
Curing Cancer With Carrots details the story of Ann Cameron, a woman who claims she cured her stage four colon cancer with carrot juice.
The children’s book author was told she had just three years left to live when doctors found the killer disease had spread in November 2012.
Rejecting chemotherapy, she opted to try drinking 5lbs (2.26kg) of carrot juice every day after stumbling across claims online it could help.
In August that year Ms Cameron was told she had ‘no evidence of cancer’. Her book details how carrots can restore the body’s natural power to kill tumours.
The Definitive Guide On The Management And Cure Of Testicular Cancer Using CBD Oil details how the cannabis-based product ‘fights cancer cells’.
But experts ridiculed both claims made, declaring any suggestion CBD oil or carrots could help fight any form of the disease as being totally unproven.
Mr Ledwick told MailOnline ‘there is a lot going on about CBD oil’ at the moment, but added: ‘There is no evidence that it’s going to help you.
‘We know some components of cannabis can be useful in treating cancer but taking cannabis oil that you bought off the internet is not going to do anything.’
Professor Ernst said it would be a ‘step in the right direction’ if Amazon donated some of its profits to cancer charities researching cures.
And he argued that most cancer scams trick readers with scientific language, in a deliberate attempt to mislead them.
An Amazon spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Our content guidelines for books address content that is illegal or that we otherwise prohibit. As a bookseller, we provide our customers with access to a variety of viewpoints.’
It is not the first time Amazon has been accused of behaving irresponsibly for selling dubious products said to improve health.
In July, MailOnline also revealed customers in the UK and US could buy pills said to contain saliva from a dog infected with rabies.
They were also able to purchase other tablets claimed to be made using the urethral discharge from men infected with gonorrhoea.