When it comes to cancer treatment, it’s important to remember that science needs to back it up. Fake “cancer cures” and alternative therapies have gained a lot of attention from the public, but nothing beats standard cancer care. Actress Ricki Lake promoted a favorite product of hers with a controversial ingredient that claims to kill cancer cells. SurvivorNet is setting the facts straight.
On Instagram, Lake, 51, shared a photo promoting Om Edibles, a cannabis company which stocks both THC and CBD products including bath salts. Lake says she uses the products, and while describing them, she points out that the company’s salts and essential oils contain a number of ingredients including apricot kernel oil. However, she goes on to make a bold statement concerning Vitamin B17, which is within the oil.Read More
“All salts are made with essential oils and argan oil for the hair along with jojoba oil which takes away scarring, seed oil which is full of antioxidants and apricot kernel oil which has B 17 known to kill cancer!” Lake wrote.
While Lake is a huge fan of these ingredients, it’s important to note that there is no evidence that B17 (Amygdalin) treats or prevents cancer, but it has often been promoted as an “alternative” medicine in place of standard cancer treatment. There are currently studies being conducted to see if this product has anticancer mechanisms, but its safety and effectiveness has yet to be concluded.
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I simply adore this cannabis company!!!! @omedibles All female run and every product is top-notch. These THC and CBD bath salts are amazing! The CBD ships worldwide, only the THC is available in CA. They’re both effective for pain and skin care and sleep and post workout soreness, All salts are made with essential oils and argan oil for the hair along with jojoba oil which takes away scarring, 🥑 seed oil which is full of antioxidants and apricot kernel oil which has B 17 known to kill cancer! Always free from synthetic fragrances, colors, and chemicals! Gotta go and get in the 🛀! ❤️
“Fake Cancer Cures” are More Common than You Think
Fake “cancer cures” often pop up online, and people have claimed items ranging from bitter melon, to high-dose Vitamin C, asparagus, and more. Anyone can go online and say they have found “the cure” for cancer, and often these claims go viral across the internet and shared multiple times. Social media platforms have noticed this, and while Facebook and Google have announced that they plan to crack down on these fake cancer cure ads and posts, they still pop up often and circulate widely.
These fake cures are often referred to as alternative therapies, or alternative medicine. Despite no scientific evidence to back the up, a survey from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) found that nearly 40% of Americans believe alternative therapy alone can cure cancer. However, that can have deadly consequences, seeing as a Yale study published in JAMA Oncology found that people who decided to go the alternative therapy route were more likely to die.