Montreal blogger called out for "alternative" views on treating cancer

Montreal Healthy Girl

A Montreal blogger who claims to be a certified naturopath is being called out by some critics for her alternative views on treating serious illnesses such as cancer.

They are accusing her of spreading information that could be dangerous to public health.

Brittany Auerbach known as Montreal Healthy Girl makes claims on her blog such as "The Big C: The Truth about Cancer and How to Reverse it Naturally!" that includes advice such as following alternatives to chemotherapy such as an "alkaline and oxygen-rich lifestyle" including juicing. 

Auerbach said among other claims that alkaline imbalance in the body contributes to cancer and that juicing can reverse it.

"That is a dangerous, dangerous thing to say. Because some people are going to believe her," said John Prenovost, whose longtime friend was Auerbach's uncle who died of cancer.

Mtl blogger who claims to be certified naturopath called out for her alternative views on treating serious illnesses such as cancer.John Prenovost's friend was blogger's uncle who died of cancer & who followed her advice at 1st before finally getting conventional treatment.#CJAD pic.twitter.com/ikGBiFbupW

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) April 27, 2018

(Twitter comment by John Prenovost)

Prenovost said his friend followed his niece's advice at first before finally turning to chemo and radiation therapy but by then the cancer was in its late stages.

"There's nothing wrong with juicing in a healthy body but don't tell me and don't tell the general public that that's an alternative to conventional medecine," said Prenovost in an interview with CJAD 800 News.

Mtl blogger who claims to be certified naturopath called out for her alternative views on treating serious illnesses such as cancer.John Prenovost's friend was blogger's uncle who died of cancer & who followed her advice at 1st before finally getting conventional treatment.#CJAD pic.twitter.com/6kRnabyCQS

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) April 27, 2018

(Twitter comment by John Prenovost)

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society, said the claims are troubling.

"She basically tells people to stay away from what we recognize as evidence-based mediecine for a great deal of folly," said Schwarcz, host of The Dr. Joe Show on CJAD 800.

Auerbach's YouTube channel has over 100,000 subscribers. Her video on cancer, "Heal your Cancer OVERNIGHT naturally: Do not absorb your prognosis!" appears to have been taken down recently. Auerbach's website adds a disclaimer that her posts are not medical advice and to consult a doctor.

"Just because you put this disclaimer should not absolve you of blame," said Schwarcz.

Colleague Jonathan Jarry,  said he looked into Auerbach's credentials and found that she was among the graduates of an online school called the Institut de Formation Naturopathique du Québec (IFN)  that charges about $1,200 for 1,900 hours of online courses,  a memoir and a diploma in naturopathy from IFN.

"None of these people are qualified to be doling out advice on cancer or HIV or any of this stuff," said Jarry.

"The concern is (people) follow her advice and give up conventional treatment which has shown to be effective for something that is just way out there and has no evidence behind it," said Schwarcz.

Quebec's Justice Ministry said in an email to CJAD 800 News that there are actions reserved for professionals and that it's up to the respective professional orders to make sure that's respected and to issue sanctions if necessary.

Auerbach has so far refused to do an interview saying she was caring for a sick family member and she did not answer questions about her medical opinions or credentials.

(Twitter comment by John Prenovost)

Mtl blogger who claims to be certified naturopath called out for her alternative views on treating serious illnesses such as cancer.John Prenovost's friend was blogger's uncle who died of cancer & who followed her advice at 1st before finally getting conventional treatment.#CJAD pic.twitter.com/UR4fD8w1Ey

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) April 27, 2018