Republican Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore suggested on her radio show last Saturday that cancer is a fungus you can flush out with a non-FDA approved drug (that is basically baking soda). Fiore, who was removed from a leadership role over tax liens last year, told listeners of her plans to introduce a "terminally ill bill" that will allow patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses to use baloney treatments like baking soda for cancer.
From Think Progress:
As first reported by Jon Ralston, Fiore told listeners: "If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we're flushing, let's say, salt water, sodium cardonate [sic], through that line, and flushing out the fungus… These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective." The American Cancer Society warns that while cancer patients whose immune systems are weakened by high doses of chemotherapy can sometimes contract fungal infections, "there is no evidence that antifungal treatment causes the patients' tumors to shrink." Cancer Research UK dismisses the claim that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can cure cancer as a debunked "persistent cancer myth."
Fiore is the CEO of a healthcare company Think Progress notes, which, not at all a conflict of interest, amirite?
Although Fiore's views on cancer are particularly fringe, the bill she is backing is gaining traction in a number of states. At least five states have now passed similar legislation that allows patients to use drugs not cleared by the FDA, dubbed so-called "right to try" bills. The campaign to pass these bills has been led by the libertarian Goldwater Institute
Well, it's a good thing other lawmakers in other states are also trying to make life shittier for dying people.
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