Herbal remedies do not cure cancer. Cancer quack sentenced. (Updated)

This type of story about empty promises to very vulnerable people can apply to many around the world. Too many continue to make money for their hyped and useless, possibly dangerous, “cures”.

Doctor who promised cancer cure faces sentencing – Yahoo! News.

At the age of three, Brianica Kirsch was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Her parents, desperate to find alternative measures for their daughter who had undergone surgeries and chemotherapy, turned to Dr. Christine Daniel, who offered an herbal supplement with a success rate she claimed was between 60 and 80 percent.

Brianica’s parents spent thousands of dollars on the herbal product and their daughter spent much of her time in those last few months before she died in the summer of 2002 being shuttled from her Ventura County home to Daniel’s clinic in the San Fernando Valley.

Daniel was convicted in September 2011 of 11 counts, including wire fraud, tax evasion and witness tampering. Authorities said Daniel used her position both as a doctor at the Sonrise Wellness Center and a Pentecostal minister to entice people from across the nation to take her herbal product to remedy cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Herbal supplements, untested treatments, special diets, all this garbage, they do NOT cure cancer. Get the message!!!

UPDATE (19-May-2013): Daniels was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit her $1.1 million in profits.

Why can’t all cancer quack stories end this way? Daniels took over a million dollars from many patients. What about those that take EVEN MORE or who promote this type of nonsense? There is a unique part in this story where the parents ASKED her if this was really going to work. Her response is not given but they went on with the treatment.

Alternative cancer “cures”: Nothing’s changed in 34 years – Respectful Insolence.

Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz

  4 comments for “Herbal remedies do not cure cancer. Cancer quack sentenced. (Updated)

  1. Peebs
    May 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I’m curious. Do you have a proceeds of crime act over there? (I’m a Brit).
    over here she would have been stripped of all assets unless she could prove they were gained by legitimate income (as the chap who made millions from the fake explosives detector is soon to find out).

  2. RDW
    May 19, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    That’s a good law over there in Britain. Stripping people of their ill-gotten gains would go a long way towards preventing people from starting into the business of scamming people.

  3. Andrew
    May 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Unfortunately every successful sentencing I hear about here in the USA has a fine that pales in comparison to the ill-gotten gain. Doesn’t act as much of a deterrent.

  4. Thomas
    May 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    The woo these kind of people peddle is amazing,unfortunately when people are in situations where the ability to think clearly is overshadowed by anguish , it leaves them open to exploitation by snake oil salesmen/women who prey on them.

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