A medical student who survived leukemia has revealed he almost died after someone claimed baking soda would cure him.
Nikhil Autar, from Moorebank in Sydney, was diagnosed aged 17 and told he had a 10 per cent chance of living.
But today he is in remission and studying for a degree in Medical Research at Western Sydney University.
He now runs a blog to inspire other cancer sufferers – and recently hit out at the the alternative medicine industry.
Mr Autar slammed bloggers and social media influencers who share health advice that has not been scientifically proven to work.
‘I’m a scientist, and highly critical of the very unregulated alternative medicine industry because it does kill people,’ he wrote in a post on his Facebook page.
‘It has killed a few friends of mine. And often their therapies have no evidence behind it… meaning we can’t know if it works and have to trust people’.
Mr Autar said it was totally irresponsible for bloggers and influencers to share wellness products without being sure that they work.
‘If you had 1,000 people’s lived in your hands… you’d have to be pretty trusting or pretty arrogant to think you or someone else should give them something without KNOWING they can benefit,’ he wrote.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Charlie Moore