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Belle Gibson, the disgraced Australian “wellness blogger” who faked terminal cancer and claimed she was cured using natural remedies, faces legal action and penalties of more than £500,000 for profiting from her elaborate global scam.
The state of Victoria’s consumer watchdog launched action in Australia’s federal court against the 24-year-old over her claim that she overcame brain cancer without resorting to conventional medicine – a claim she used to promote The Whole Pantry, her internationally successful phone app and cookbook.
Gibson, who built up a huge social media following, had promised to give some of her profits from her wellness empire to charity but it emerged that no charities had ever received any donations.
originally posted by: riley
a reply to: odzeandennz
She has zero medical training, actually claimed she was diagnosed with a brain tumor when her doctor said her MRI revealed nothing of the sort.
Her own neurologist.. not to mention her own mother calling her a liar.
If there are others that have actually lied to the press and claimed doctors have diagnosed them with things when they haven't by all means throw them to the wolves.. but you cannot claim she is reflective of all natural health professionals when she's never actually been a natural health professional.
originally posted by: odzeandennz
her con was selling medical products which do not cure anything. she's in line with all other con artists whos cons are selling products which do not cure anything.
i can lie to the press and say i have cancer too, but i wont sell a cure which doenst exist. people can lie to the press all they want.
selling 'miracle ' products is a con a lot more should be locked up for, not not lying about illness. she could have gone a different route and not say it cured HER cancer and still sold the products under that pretext, and use a different method for her con.
the fact that she lied about her diagnosis isnt whats questionably going to land her in jail, its what she was selling.