A health blogger has enraged her Instagram followers after claiming cancer isn’t ‘actually bad at all’.
Brisbane based Olivia Budgen controversially argued how getting cancer is just your body trying to save you – insisting the disease gets a toxin flooded body working once more.
She apparently wanted to ‘challenge’ commonly held beliefs – however, her post sparked outrage, with many followers questioning whether she has the credentials to make such a bold statement.
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Olivia began the post by saying, ‘CANCER AND DISEASE IS YOUR BODY TRYING TO SAVE YOU’ before launching into the following – now deleted – comment:
Allow me to possibly challenge your beliefs about cancer and other diseases.
What if these conditions were not actually bad at all? What if they were created by the body to help save you? What if disease is your body’s survival mechanism?
Being open-minded and changing your perspective around what disease actually is and why it’s happening, will allow you to take back control over health and realise that your body is ALWAYS working for you, and never against you.
Unfortunately she didn’t stop there, continuing with her misguided post while apparently completely oblivious to the feeling of those who have been affected by cancer she wrote:
In this modern day we are consumed by the medical industry’s information which leads us to believe that disease happens to us through genetic disposition.
Most people view disease as something to fight and destroy. We are led to believe that if our body has disease then our immune system isn’t working properly and we don’t have the ability to heal ourselves. This is simply not true.
The shocking science-defying Instagram post continued:
The immune system is always there to keep the body free of contaminates.
Unfortunately in many cases this isn’t possible because organs such as the liver, large intestine, lungs, kidneys and skin become overtaxed with toxins and don’t eliminate efficiently.
This means that toxins are coming in quicker than they are being eliminated and results in the body having to accumulate and store toxins elsewhere.
Olivia argued how the body creates cancer in a bid to stop toxins from getting into peoples bloodstream.
People who get cancer, she reasons, are simply getting too many toxins in their body and would benefit from ‘a life of raw fruits and vegetables, clean water, sunshine, exercise, meditation, peace, passion and happiness’.
Concluding the baffling post, she said:
I hope this view helps you to understand that health symptoms aren’t the body’s way of trying to hurt you.
They are there to communicate to you that it needs your assistance to create a healthier environment for it to get back on track.
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Understandably, people were angry.
One person described the post as being, ‘one of the most insensitive, hurtful and disrespectful things I’ve ever read’, while another commented, ‘My blood is boiling at your utter ignorance about cancer’.
One person said:
Cancer doesn’t discriminate lady, it affects all backgrounds, all ages and people that have different diets! Some babies have cancer, some people I know who have suffered with lung cancer never smoked!
Go to a cancer unit or a hospice and see how cancer is not a ‘bad’ thing at all. You are really beyond ignorant!
Hopefully Olivia will have learnt her lesson following this backlash…
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.