In a tragic twist of fate, a YouTuber who once posted videos that her raw, vegan lifestyle cured her breast cancer has succumbed to her disease.
Youtuber Mari Lopez launched the channel Liz&Mari in 2015 with her niece, where she catalogued her lifestyle and diet consisting entirely of plant-based products.
She had claimed in her videos that within four months, her vegan lifestyle had gotten rid of all the cancer in her body.
She also actively renounced science-based medical treatment, and opted for alternative medicine remedies such as a “90-day Juice Cleanse”.
She was suffering from Stage 4 Breast Cancer throughout her time as a YouTuber.
The channel, catering to a niche crowd that somewhat believed and supported her, gained over 12,000 subscribers and over 1 million video views.
3 days ago, on 18 Feb, after a few months without any new videos uploaded, her niece appeared alone on a video to deliver tragic news.
Mari Lopez had, in fact, passed on from her breast cancer in December 2017.
However, she was adamant that the vegan lifestyle was not the cause of her death. Rather, she stated that Lopez had opted to go for chemotherapy when her condition worsened suddenly, and changed her diet as well, and that killed her.
In a follow-up interview with American magazine Babe, the niece revealed that Lopez had actually asked her to remove all the videos on the channel claiming veganism could beat cancer – but she refused to.
While a vegan diet could have its benefits if planned well, any statement of a diet that can cure cancer is scientifically baseless.
However, as a cancer diagnosis places a huge burden of both physical and emotional stress on the body, any form of reprieve could be mildly beneficial – perhaps including a placebo effect from a diet one actually believes to work.
Nonetheless, the public is warned against trusting any claims of alternative medicine treatments that can “cure cancer”, or any other diseases for that matter.