Brisbane blogger Olivia Budgen has faced a wave of criticism for a controversial Instagarm post about cancer and disease. In an caption she asserted that diseases weren't "bad at all" and that "cancer is your body trying to save you".
She asked: "What if they were created by the body to help save you? What if disease is your body's survival mechanism?"
Social media users responded with a host of negative comments including "you have no idea what you are talking about. This is dangerous and misleading. Delete it" and "Should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself for talking so much ill informed nonsense on what is an important and emotional subject."
Social media users have compared her to Belle Gibson – the Australian-based blogger who gained notoriety after she falsely claimed that diet changes cured her of multiple cancers.
Gibson was fined more than £240,000 (€270,000) after she released a bestselling app and cookbook off the back of her claims.
Budgen has since deleted her original post but people have taken screenshots and shared it via Twitter.
More of her post included: "The immune system will not attack those particular types of cancer cells. The body turns over billions of cells every day, some of which are cancer cells, that keep the immune system activated. A healthy immune system will kill those cancer cells, but once there is a toxic overload in the body and the cells begin to suffocate, the immune system will be informed by the cancer cell via a particular protein on its surface not to attack the cancer. Did you know 60% of cells in a tumour are white blood cells?"