Beliefnet, a large, well known religious website that focuses on faith and spirituality has partnered with a website claiming to have found a cure for cancer. Earlier this week, Beliefnet sent out an email with the title “Atheists Speechless! They cant’ explain THIS…” Inside the email is a link to a website run by a man named Brian Chambers and endorsed by celebrity doctor Dr. Mark Stengler, a prominent Christian theologian who has his own show on PBS that touts natural and alternative healing practices. The email also contains a link to a video that has gone viral on social media, claiming a complete cancer cure.
The email sent by beliefnet reads, in part:
I’d love to see an atheist try to explain THIS.
It’s a video about a recent discovery made by biblical researchers in Maryland. While investigating a certain New Testament passage, they found something they never expected…
A mysterious healing message within ancient scripture.
It appears to contain a secret for defeating one of our worst diseases… and the science behind it has been verified by one of America’s top doctors!
The website, Health Revelations, states definitively: “Carefully woven into ancient scripture…there is a cutting-edge CURE for cancer.” A lengthy video then begins to play which claims that a complete cancer cure is hidden in the Bible. Called the “Matthew 4 Cancer Protocol,” this so-called cancer cure is said to be miraculously free of side effects as well as inexpensive. “Just imagine… a cancer treatment that’s completely non-invasive, with virtually zero side effects… a treatment that can safely be used along with conventional therapies, without costing you an added penny…” says the Christian viral video.
The transcript goes on to talk about case studies of real people who have been magically “cured” of late-stage cancer just by following the Matthew 4 protocol. However, no evidence, such as peer reviewed, published research for example, is offered to support these statements.
At the end of the video, the site user is prompted for a credit card number in order to sign up to receive the “miraculous cancer cure” which is contained in a book called The Bible’s Healing Code Revealed. The customer will also receive 12 additional books on natural and alternative “cures.” The 12 additional books come “free” with the $74 purchase of The Bible’s Healing Code Revealed.
The transcript states that the reason no one knows about this cancer cure is that the information is being purposely suppressed by “big pharma” because that industry “will not make any money” if the Bible code/cancer cure is revealed:
…Why in the world haven’t you heard about this life saving therapy?
Because it doesn’t involve drugs of any kind (not even supplements), when you use the Matthew 4 protocol… no one makes any money!
The owner of the website, though, will indeed make money by selling a series of books for $74. There is a discount available for senior citizens.
The transcript further goes on to say that oncologists will be “stunned” when they see cancer miraculously disappearing from those who follow this secret protocol. A complete cure for cancer is not all that is contained in the Bible’s code, though, according to the Christian viral video. Cures for heart disease, arthritis, obesity, chronic pain and more are all available in the book.
Beside the video and transcript sent out by Beliefnet, the Christian Broadcasting Network published a piece that claims a ketogenic diet can “kill cancer cells.” A ketogenic diet is similar to the diet recommended in the “Matthew 4 protocol” which is a very low-carb diet with bouts of fasting thrown in.
The viral video claims that numerous universities and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center have done research to back the Matthew 4 protocol; however, when contacted by other media outlets, the University of Florida stated that the assertion is not true and it is “very disturbing” that the name of their university is mentioned in the video.
This Christian viral video claims that a cancer cure has been found, but offers no concrete evidence to support these claims. The video has also been sent out by a website called GOPUSA, a site that aims to bring “conservative values” to America. It is unclear whether the site has any formal association with the official GOP. The low carbohydrate diet recommended in the Matthew 4 protocol and on the Christian Broadcasting Network has no properties that are proven to affect cancer cells. Experts questioned about the claims in the video say they are not valid, and that the owner of the website that hosts the video is perpetrating a scam on cancer patients desperate for a cure.
By: Rebecca Savastio