On a lot of the junk science and conspiracy websites like Collective Evolution or Infowars, there’s a metric ton of articles all telling the gullible people who click on their links that one plant or another would cure cancer – if only it weren’t for pharmaceutical companies hiding these miraculous cures.
Now one member of Nevada’s State Assembly, Michele Fiore, claimed on a recent episode of her radio show that cancer is a fungus that can be flushed out of the body:
Fiore, who operates a home health care business that sometimes passes payroll taxes onto the IRS, said she knew of friends who left the country to find end-of-life treatments that are not FDA-approved. And then the payoff:
“If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus,” she began, citing a widely debunked theory that the American Cancer Society warns about, “and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate (I think she means bicarbonate), through that line and flushing out the fungus. These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.” (Source)
As most people who have a basic grasp of science from studying actual science books and not random websites with the word “truth” in them know, cancer is a mutation which causes cells to grow out of control. You can’t cure it by smoking pot (although that does help with the nausea and loss of appetite caused by chemo treatments) and you sure as hell can’t flush it out with baking soda.
Michele Fiore’s healthcare business is registered as Always There 4 U LLC according to the Nevada Secretary of State, among other business filings that are now dissolved, some of which allegedly owe over $1,000,000 to the IRS – all of which are registered to the same address. She was actually stripped of her leadership positions in the Nevada Assembly back in December for having a million dollars in tax liens, something she’s blamed on her bookkeepers. Her company appears to be a home care business which provides nursing services to patients confined to their homes. While she isn’t a medical doctor, it doesn’t take years of education to go to Google, type in “cancer” and find a legitimate medical site that describes the disease. Seriously, it’s not hard.
Here’s the description from medicalnewstoday.com:
Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected.
Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors (except in the case of leukemia where cancer prohibits normal blood function by abnormal cell division in the blood stream). Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems, and they can release hormones that alter body function. Tumors that stay in one spot and demonstrate limited growth are generally considered to be benign. (Source)
Michele Fiore runs a business which provides medical services and she doesn’t even know what cancer is or even how it should be treated? This is also the same woman who was recently quoted by the New York Times as saying, “If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.” This was in defense of a bill she proposed to allow concealed carry of weapons in public buildings, including college campuses. While I fully support concealed carry, allowing untrained college students to carry around firearms on campus is not a smart idea. What’s more, her choice of words speaks to the likelihood that, once again, Michele Fiore seems to have studied at the University of Infowars. She’s unfit to be in the healthcare field (she’s a big opponent of Obamacare, by the way) and she certainly has no business being in politics either.
Then again, if 54% of Republicans believe that President Obama is “deep down” a Muslim, Michele Fiore’s belief that you can flush out cancer with baking soda really doesn’t seem that insane in today’s Republican Party.
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