Families of cancer patients who died after rejecting conventional hospital treatments and spending thousands on alternative remedies, including homeopathy, claim that their loved ones may still be alive if they are not "radicalized" by "dangerous" clinics in a shocking new documentary “Would have been.
In a scene during BBC Three & # 39; s False Hope? Alternative Cancer Cures, an owner of a thermal imaging clinic in Liverpool, reports to an undercover reporter who claims to be a patient with suspected breast cancer that a lump won't kill you.
Lorna Halliday, a senior scientist at Cambridge University, told how her mother Linda had "really good" chances of survival when she underwent a mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Instead, Linda refused the recommended NHS treatments and started taking alternative medications such as mistletoe injections from a number of alternative practitioners. She died in 2014.
Lorna tells the story of her mother, together with the family of Liverpudlian Sean Walsh, who died in January 2019 at the age of 23 after refusing hospital treatment to try to “cure his cancer himself”.
Lorna Halliday, a senior scientist at Cambridge University, said her mother Linda had "really good" chances of survival if she underwent a mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer
Speaking to journalist Layla Wright, Lorna said that she didn't know that her mother had battled cancer until she died.
“It was breast cancer, she recognized it very early, and she was advised to undergo mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. If she did, she had a really good chance, but pretty quickly decided that she didn't want to do it. & # 39; Lorna remembered.
Lorna has always been "wary" of conventional medicine, saying Linda visited Medical Thermal Imaging Ltd in Liverpool to help her "use thermal imaging to monitor the growth and spread of her cancer."
She claimed that the clinic's co-founder, Philip, who is married to the other co-founder, Rosa, had become her mother's homeopath.
Speaking to journalist Layla Wright, Lorna said she didn't know that her pictured mother, Linda, had battled cancer until she died
Lorna said: & # 39; (mother) had a thermography with Rosa Hughes that she believed was tracking her cancer.
"She went to the clinic and said," I think it's growing, I'm pretty sure it's getting bigger, "and she could feel that it was getting bigger, and yet the scans said it wasn't growing."
Lorna said that she felt that her mother had "a wrong feeling of belief" and added: "Philip would prescribe a new homeopathic treatment for her, so I think she was reassured that she was doing something.
"She spent a lot of money, thousands of pounds on it, and that was really hard to see how much she spent on supplements and these thermal imaging treatments."
Lorna has always been "wary" of conventional medicine, saying Linda visited Medical Thermal Imaging Ltd in Liverpool to help her "use thermal imaging to monitor the growth and spread of her cancer." Lorna is pictured with the journalist Layla Wright
Linda started using a caustic herbal remedy called black ointment, which she got from another alternative therapist. She reportedly said to her family doctor that it was "pulling out her cancer".
As her illness progressed, Lorna told how a doctor warned her mother that she had an "ulcerating tumor".
"(The doctor said) You have an open wound and told mom the truth, and I know mom was very emotional and very upset," Lorna recalled.
"I think she knew it was probably too late and couldn't face the truth about what was happening, but I think part of her knew it."
When Lorna noticed that Linda was behaving strangely, she called her and urged her to see a doctor.
The pictured family of Liver Pudlian Sean Walsh, who died in January 2019 at the age of 23 after rejecting hospital treatment to try to cure his cancer himself, can also be seen in the documentary
She said: "No, I am in regular contact with a Liverpool homeopath." And at that point I got a little angry and said, "Mom, homeopathy doesn't work," and she got pretty calm at that point.
"But we said goodbye and that was the last time I spoke to her."
Linda died a few days later. An examination showed that she had septicemia caused by the ulceration of her tumor.
When asked if Linda would be here now if she hadn't refused conventional treatment, Lorna replied, "Absolutely."
Sean Walsh, an avid musician, also sought help with Medical Thermal Imaging.
Sean Walsh, an avid musician, also sought help with Medical Thermal Imaging after being hospitalized for the illness that brought him into remission (picture).
He had spent less than two years in remission after an exhausting six-month period of chemotherapy, but his cancer returned and required additional chemotherapy with a stem cell transplant. The doctors told him that if he continued conventional treatment, he would have a long-term survival rate of at least 50 percent.
But Sean's mother Dawn said that he "didn't want to do it again". She remembered a chance encounter with the homeopath Phil, who she claimed had successfully treated his wife Rosa for breast cancer.
Dawn went to the first appointment, where she claims that Phil "talked about how harmful chemotherapy is to the human body."
"He said," I have had a lot of people come to my clinic, but when I get them they are shot with all this chemotherapy so I can't help them. "Then he talked about how you can change your diet," she said.
Sean's mother Dawn (right) said her son "didn't want to do it again" while his girlfriend Aimee McDonald (left) helped him find alternative remedies
"He said Rosa had developed breast cancer, had a lump in her breast and decided not to go to hospital … So Sean obviously heard this thought," Well, if one person and I did. "If I hear other little stories from them, I can do that." & # 39;
He and his girlfriend Aimee McDonald spent hours online researching alternative theories and theories about the cancer conspiracy.
Aimee went through the stories and articles they had read and admitted, "I understand that at one point I was in the situation where I believed it. When you're in your own bubble, it's really like radicalization, that's the word I use because I've just changed into another person.
"When I look back now, it's crazy that I've ever written and thought that."
Sean switched to a completely organic, vegan, raw, and gluten-free diet and started taking supplements. He also tried cannabis oil and even coffee enemas.
Sean switched to a completely organic, vegan, raw, and gluten-free diet and started taking supplements. He also tried cannabis oil and even coffee enemas
Aimee said he was "obsessed" with what he ate because he believed it could cure his cancer, and had regular thermography scans performed at the Rosa and Phillip clinic, which he believed were tracking his condition .
"He avoided certain vegetables, certain fruits, and the list of things he ate got smaller and smaller, and on some days he wouldn't eat because he was afraid of what he shouldn't eat," she said, adding that Scans were Seans 'evidence, his hope, his confirmation that it works'.
Sean also visited the Gerson Clinic in Mexico, which is pursuing a "nutritional" approach to "curing cancer". Dawn and Aimee shared how reading his "reports" from the clinic believed that his cancer had disappeared.
The documentary found that the company kept its testimonials on its websites after its death.
Aimee said Sean was "obsessed" with what he ate because he believed it could cure his cancer, and had regular thermography scans performed at the Rosa and Phillip clinic that he believed were tracking his condition
When his condition worsened in 2017, Dawn took him to the hospital, where doctors found that excessive fluid had accumulated and a tumor the size of a grapefruit in the stomach and tumors in the chest.
He started chemo, but it was too late. Sean was in and out of the hospital for a year, but the cancer had spread too much and there was nothing more doctors could do.
Sean's brother Kevin remembered: “I had the difficult task of reconciling someone with their own death, their own mortality, time is running out and you will die.
We both sat on the hospital bed in the corner of the living room and it was like interviewing his life. I asked him what the best part of it was and he said the music.
"He said it was unfair that he had only a short time, and for someone who has had cancer since the age of 17, you have never had the full years you were in your 20s and beyond.
"And basically he realized what would become of him, he realized that he was dying and he just wanted to die."
When his condition worsened in 2017, Dawn took him to the hospital, where doctors found that excessive fluid had accumulated and a tumor the size of a grapefruit in the stomach and tumors in the chest
The documentary was covered up and visited Medical Thermal Imaging to make an appointment with Rosa for £ 255.
In the documentary, Rosa was seen telling the reporter who claims to be a breast cancer patient that she should have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram in the hospital because it would "squeeze" and "burst" what " Cancer spreads ".
The video was shown to Professor Andrew Wardley, a consultant medical cancer cancer oncologist at The Christie in Manchester who was treated for leukemia himself and who described her claims as "absurd".
In the program, Rosa was also seen telling the reporter that she refused to have doctors biopsied her "big lump," which she believed "saved her life because it didn't spread it." ".
Professor Wardley replied, “The only way to prove that it is cancer is to insert the tissue and see cancer cells under the microscope.
Dawn Walsh talked about Rosa being recorded and said a lump wouldn't kill you. She said, “You have to stop. I don't know how they sleep at night. & # 39;
"My suspicion is that she didn't have cancer because cancer doesn't go away spontaneously."
He added: “She advises people not to get a diagnosis and the treatment options they are given, so I think this is dangerous. I think things like that should be banned. & # 39;
In response to Rosa's claim that chemotherapy "cannot poison anyone for health or radiate someone for health," said Professor Wardley, "I am very concerned.
"I've been through the worst treatment you could ever have. I once had chemotherapy that wiped out my entire bone marrow and whole body radiotherapy, and I was extremely sick and almost died from treatment.
"But I would definitely have died and died very quickly if I hadn't been treated. For people with Hodgkin's lymphoma, the results are excellent and more and more people are being cured or kept alive due to the very effective drug treatments. & # 39;
Rosa and Phillip were invited to an interview, but instead make a statement claiming that their website "prominently states that thermography does not see or diagnose cancer".
Regarding Lorna's mother Linda Halliday, Rosa and Phillip said: "It is equally untrue that (we) … prevented Ms. Halliday from seeking conventional treatment on this basis" and added that her last consultation was 10 Months before her death
They added that they "totally rejected the very serious claim that they had encouraged Mr. Walsh to refuse conventional treatment or otherwise gave him inappropriate advice."
Regarding Linda Halliday, they said, "It is similarly untrue that (we) … prevented Ms. Halliday from seeking conventional treatment on this basis," adding that her last consultation was 10 months before her death was.
"We understand that Ms. Halliday was investigating other alternative treatments during this time," it says.
"Regarding the suggestion (we) claim that" we treated and cured Ms. Hughes of breast cancer without conventional treatment, "we never claimed that, and in fact, Ms. Hughes was never diagnosed with a biopsy."
Dawn Walsh talked about Rosa being recorded and said a lump wouldn't kill you. She said, “You have to stop. I don't know how they sleep at night.
"You are vulnerable if you have cancer. You want to heal yourself, or at least put yourself in remission, or spend as much time as possible with your loved ones, and you will believe certain people who make money from the cancer industry through vulnerable people. & # 39;
Sean's brother Kevin added, "One of the most difficult things in life is betrayal, taking the rug out from under your feet and putting it in this position was heartbreaking."
Wrong hope? Alternative Cancer Cures can now be viewed on the BBC iPlayer.
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