Simon Singh tweeted this story by saying: “Great she is well, bad that patients will be misled: ‘organic diet helped me beat breast cancer’”
The Marchioness of Worcester has spoken for the first time about her successful battle against breast cancer, and has credited an organic diet and complementary medicine with helping her beat the disease. The former actress had breast and lymph cancer diagnosed in 2009.
Now clear of the condition, the Marchioness is adamant that her diet of organic food played a key role in maintaining her strength and aiding her recovery.
“I am almost religious about it now,” she said.
The Marchioness, who as Tracy-Louise Ward starred in the 1980s television detective series C.A.T.S. Eyes, is more determined than ever to improve awareness about food.
She said that an “alkaline diet”, which removes processed food, meat and alcohol, helped her to get through the chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
“My doctor said he had never known anyone be quite so well,” she said. “I would put it down to complementary medicine and alkalining my body.”
She is seldom seen on the social circuit and instead travels the world campaigning against factory farms.
In the midst of her cancer battle, she made a film, Pig Business, which exposed the use of chemicals in intensive pork farming.
Singh also comments that radiation and chemotherapy was hardly mentioned in the story but played a crucial role in her recovery. He found it “bizarre” that it was the Telegraph’s front page story, implying that organic foods and alternative medicine are “something truly remarkable”. He says he is concerned that most people don’t have expendable funds to waste on alternative treatments such as alkaline diets (which have at their core a nonsense idea about the blood) and it may cause people to focus on the wrong place for treatment.
You can also see that Tracy Worcester is an advocate for natural foods so this is a way for her to promote this issue with her personal story. This was not, however, a fair tactic for the Telegraph to use which can lead to people putting too much faith into “cures” that have no scientific merit.