‘Wellness Warrior’ Jess dies from cancer

Written By komlim puldel on Sabtu, 28 Februari 2015 | 20.01

Jessica Ainscough, founder of the Wellness Warrior blog, has died at the age of 30. Photo: Peter Wallis. Source: News Limited

A POPULAR Australian 'wellness' blogger has died at the age of 30 after a long battle with cancer.

Jessica Ainscough, known as the 'Wellness Warrior' to her thousands of social media followers, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at age 22.

Called epithelioid sarcoma, the cancer spread through her entire left arm and shoulder.

She underwent chemotherapy which was initially successful, but within a year the cancer had returned. Doctors told Jessica her best hope of beating the disease was to have her arm amputated. She refused.

She told her doctors she was declining all further conventional medical treatment to follow the Gerson therapy of 'radical detoxification'.

"They were unimpressed," she told The Australianin 2012. "They said I would die, basically. They used the phrase 'nail in your coffin'."

Jessica Ainscough declined traditional cancer treatments in lieu of drinking raw juices and sticking to a strict vegan diet. Photo: Jamie Hanson. Source: News Limited

Instead of chemotherapy, Jessica followed the Gerson regimen of drinking 10 raw juices and undergoing five coffee enemas daily, as well as mineral supplements and sticking to a strict vegan diet.

"I didn't chop off my arm. I didn't go into aggressive, full-body chemotherapy. I didn't accept that my doctor's 'solution' was the only course of action," Jessica wrote on her blog.

"I decided that I would do everything in my power to thrive in life, despite the looming expiration date I'd been given. I learned how to treat myself with absolute kindness & self-respect.

"I radicalised my diet. I systematically detoxified my body — and mind. I discovered that wellness isn't a destination, but a loving (and unconditionally forgiving) relationship with your own body."

Jessica died on Thursday last week, according to her website.

"On February 26th, 2015, the world lost one of its brightest sparks," her site now reads.

"After 30 years, seven of which were spent thriving with cancer, Jess Ainscough peacefully passed away."

A message on Jessica's website. Photo: jessainscough.com. Source: Supplied

Jessica's friends and family have expressed their sadness on social media.

Australia's leading cancer organisations do not endorse Gerson therapy as a means of treating cancer.

The National Cancer Institute says: "Because no prospective, controlled study of the use of the Gerson therapy in cancer patients has been reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, no level of evidence analysis is possible for this approach.

"The data that are available are not sufficient to warrant claims that the Gerson therapy is effective as an adjuvant to other cancer therapies or as a cure. At this time, the use of the Gerson therapy in the treatment of cancer patients cannot be recommended outside the context of well-designed clinical trials.

Cancer Australia says there is "little evidence" that alternative therapies are effective in cancer treatment.

"Most have not been assessed for efficacy in randomised clinical trials, though some have been examined and found to be ineffective."

If you'd like to know more about cancer treatment in Australia, visit cancer.org.au or call 13 11 20.


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