Olivia Budgen is an Australian fitness blogger who was recently attacked for posting on her Instagram account that cancer is actually good for you. In her bio, she wrote that she is a health coach, a raw food educator, blogger, and founder of a cold-pressed juice company.Olivia Budgen/Facebook
In a caption that has since been deleted, Budgen wrote:
CANCER AND DISEASE IS YOUR BODY TRYING TO SAVE YOU. 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 of your health and realize that your body is ALWAYS working for you and never against you… Most people view disease and cancer as a horrible monster and as something to fight and destroy.
Unsurprisingly, people were vicious in their attacks of her statement. Many people wrote about the pain of watching their loved ones suffer until their bitter end.Olivia Budgen/Instagram
In a previous Instagram post, she wrote how people might regret attacking others online and how it is an act of dehumanization.
Honestly, I am not innocent. Although I am not one to attack someone first, I find myself replying with a sarcastic comment to someone who was nasty to me… I notice I might feel good for 10 seconds, but then I ALWAYS end up feeling really sad and disheartened afterwards. Like I’ve hurt a part of me. You might be able to relate.
People responded to this older post after the controversy came out, which now reads as condescending in the wake of the all the hurt she caused people.
You are not a medical professional and yet present your views in health and nutrition as fact. People who are struggling with ill health and cancer are vulnerable. Desperate. Likely to try anything and your advice truly is not helpful. This is not about opinion and freedom of speech… What you do is dangerous.
I’m not surprised you get hate speech… You have no right to be hurt over what response you get now.
Although the post inspired a lot of angry and vicious attacks, it also brought people together.
You speak about posting things which you regret later… Perhaps YOU should’ve acted upon your own words before you unleashed that batsh*t cancer bullsh*t upon the world. And as far as dehumanizing people… That’s PRECISELY what cancer does. It devastates sufferers, their families, their friends… Everyone. And it’s a subject that you are so unqualified to speak about its scary. And it is certainly not a subject to be flippant about. And what’s more scary is that the vulnerable and gullible might act upon your ‘expert’ advice and reject conventional treatment for your pseudoscience claptrap. I’m sure my father, a skeletal shadow of a man… would tell you the same thing… But he’s dead.
In response to sparkyintheuk, p0unds wrote:
I went through the same exact experience with my father. He was a skeleton. I was 16 when he died. Im 26 now. Even though this heath food blogger said heinous words about cancer… it has somehow led me to read stories like yours and it actually has helped me seeing that I’m not alone. Thank you.
Sparkyintheuk responded back:
If nothing else the one good thing that has come from this silly girl’s objectionable views is your newfound knowledge that you are not alone, and that your pain was, is, and will be shared by many many others. Peace.
In a video posted to her Facebook account last night. Budgen explained that she got the information from Andreas Moritz’s book, “Cancer Is Not a Disease. It’s a Survival Mechanism.”
“In response to my most recent post. I would sincerely like to apologize to all of you I offended. It was not my intention at all… In no way was I trying to minimize the seriousness of cancer. In retrospect, I did not reference the author correctly. I can see now that was an error in my judgment.”
Although Budgen wished to smooth things over by making this video, viewers may still find it strange to see her holding a reading from a book denying that cancer is a disease and that her words were all just one big misunderstanding. In her post about dehumanization, she wrote:
It’s easy to sit behind a screen and say nasty words. (Face to face would be a different story…)
This begs the question of whether or not she would have been willing to tell the millions of cancer patients and their families, face to face, that cancer isn’t really a disease.
You can watch her apology video here: