Vegan YouTuber Who Claimed Raw Food Cured Her Cancer Has Died

A very sad story that raises a lot of uneasy questions.
By Alex Firer

  • YouTube vlogger Mari Lopez, who claimed that a vegan diet and prayer had cured her breast cancer, has died.

    Mari was part of a YouTube vlogging duo with her niece Liz Johnson. As Liz & Mari, they had a small but active following on YouTube and earned a living through content they posted behind a paywall on Vimeo. In their most popular video, Liz and Mari make a smoothie called a Lemon Ginger Blast, which they call a “Cancer Killer.”

    The pair also argued that their faith in God is essential to defeating the illness. The description in their first video reads: “She was healed by changing her habits, environment, nutrition and spiritual walk. Mari was healed in 4 months by juicing.”

    But Mari’s Stage 4 Cancer had not disappeared, and the disease spread to her lungs, blood and liver. Mari even believed that faith had cured her homosexuality. She said: “I was healed by God and faith and used to live a gay lifestyle.”

    So, of course, much of what Liz & Mari practiced and what Liz continues to believe are controversial. Cancer advocates have worked for years to prevent the spread of false information regarding treatments, and the use of religious faith to deny one’s sexuality continues to be a source of great anguish in communities around the world.

    In the description of the new video, Liz says that Mari ended her vegan diet and started doing radiation treatment and chemotherapy before her death, And she told that she believes Mari’s health wouldn’t have worsened had she stuck to her vegan diet. She also is defending herself against accusations that she forced Mari to renounce her sexuality.

    The point is, that Lemon Ginger Blast is full of vegetables and things that are very good for you…but it probably isn’t a cure for cancer.

    Liz says she plans to continue her channel and even may post the videos behind the Vimeo paywall for free on YouTube.

    What do you guys think? Is it dangerous for people to believe in the healing powers of prayer and vegan diets? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.