Amazon showed documentaries to promote & # 039; dangerous & # 039; and & # 039; unrealistic & # 039; alternative cancer therapies

Amazon was criticized for showing documentaries to promote cancer quackery and unproven healings on its Prime Video service.

Experts accused the company of it & # 39; no idea & # 39; to understand what is on the site and added that unreliable documentaries could benefit from vulnerable patients.

There are approximately 15 million Prime subscribers in the UK with access to a library of films and TV shows, some of which are dangerous & # 39; may contain information, experts warn.

Documentary films Second Opinion (photo), Cancer Can Be Killed and Burzynski: Cancer Cure Cover Up, are all accused of promoting unproven cancer therapies that experts warn can be dangerous for & # 39; vulnerable & # 39; patients

Documentary films Second Opinion (photo), Cancer Can Be Killed and Burzynski: Cancer Cure Cover Up, are all accused of promoting unproven cancer therapies that experts warn can be dangerous for & # 39; vulnerable & # 39; patients

An investigation through Wired magazine found the first search result when someone & # 39; cancer & # 39; searched a movie called Cancer Can Be Killed.

The documentary claims that a woman & # 39; healed & # 39; was cancer in just 30 days after an alternative treatment in Germany called laetrile.

Laetrile, also known as amygdalin or vitamin B17 – although it is not a vitamin – turns into cyanide in the body and is touted as a cancer treatment.

But scientific research has shown that there is no evidence to recommend laetrile as a cancer treatment because the risks to take it outweigh the benefits.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Commission have banned the drug because it was ineffective and could cause cyanide poisoning, but it can still be purchased online.

Laetrile was also the subject of a second documentary, Second Opinion, which Amazon recommended to people who could kill Cancer.

Cancer Research UK & # 39; s chief information nurse said that promoting unproven or unapproved cancer treatments was a danger to people's health.

& # 39; They can interfere in an unknown way with any ongoing treatment, making it less effective or damaging patients, & # 39; Martin Ledwick said to Wired.

& # 39; In addition, they can be extremely expensive, leaving patients and their families in a difficult financial situation.

& # 39; Many cancer patients understandably hold on to any hope offered to them, no matter how unrealistic they are.

& # 39; As a general rule, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. & # 39;

In a review under one of the documentaries, Second Opinion, a man who claimed to be a former cancer patient said he & # 39; absolutely & # 39; would take experimental and forbidden therapy if he got the disease again. Second Opinion is no longer available to view a Prime subscription

In a review under one of the documentaries, Second Opinion, a man who claimed to be a former cancer patient said he & # 39; absolutely & # 39; would take experimental and forbidden therapy if he got the disease again. Second Opinion is no longer available to view a Prime subscription

In a review under one of the documentaries, Second Opinion, a man who claimed to be a former cancer patient said he & # 39; absolutely & # 39; would take experimental and forbidden therapy if he got the disease again. Second Opinion is no longer available to view a Prime subscription

GOOGLE BREATS TO ADMINISTRATION FOR & # 39; DANGEROUS & # 39; PROMOTION OF CANCER CANCER

Google has been accused of promoting an unproven cancer treatment that can burn through people's skin.

Ads for black ointment, an & # 39; extremely dangerous & # 39; paste applied to the skin appeared in the sponsored section of the search engine, The times revealed last month.

Touted as a treatment for warts, skin tags and even skin cancer, the controversial remedy works through burning through the flesh.

But it can leave customers mutilated, with permanent scars, and patients can potentially avoid effective drugs in favor of the paste.

Health authorities in the US and Australia have warned people not to use the risky treatment and the US has banned its sale as a cancer treatment, but it is still available online.

An expert from Cancer Research UK called it & # 39; extremely dangerous & # 39 ;.

Google said the offensive advertisements would be removed and in a statement, advertisements for & # 39; supplements with hazardous ingredients & # 39; be excluded.

Another Wired documentary was Burzynski: Cancer Cure Cover Up, about Stanislaw Burzynski, who promotes alternative cancer drugs.

This was the first result for people who use the term & # 39; cancer treatment & # 39; until Amazon removed the documentaries mentioned in the investigation from its site.

Mr. Burzynski claims that drug regulators refuse to approve his antineoplast therapy for financial reasons and the & # 39; remedy & # 39; has been suppressed for more than 40 years.

Antineoplastons are chemicals in the body that, according to Mr. Burzynski, are lacking in people with cancer and can be replaced by medicines made in a laboratory.

Experts, however, said there is no evidence that this works, the FDA has not approved it as a treatment, and scientific studies are missing.

A professor of cancer medicine at Imperial College London, Justin Stebbing, told The times disclosing unproven treatments is dangerous.

& # 39; Cancer patients are vulnerable and it is very important that there is a good understanding of the risks and benefits of treatments, & # 39; said Professor Stebbing.

& # 39; It is very dangerous to rely on anecdotes or rumors about cancer healing when there is simply no real clinical research data to support this kind of claim.

& # 39; Suggesting products such as antineoplastons or laetrile-cured cancer is pharycotic. & # 39;

Further recommendations to Prime viewers include documentaries that claim that HIV does not cause AIDS and that fluoride in water harms people's health.

Amazon & # 39; s own guidelines say that Prime does not allow & # 39; to promote, support or incite the viewer to dangerous or harmful acts & # 39 ;.

Renee DiResta, a media, disinformation and trust expert at internet company Mozilla, told Wired: & # 39; Amazon has no idea what kind of content is actually on the site, not at all.

Amazon said it had removed all the offensive material from the investigation.

MailOnline has contacted Amazon for comments.

It comes after it was revealed Amazon sold books that encourage parents to give their children toxic chemicals to cure their autism.

The books, which have been removed, claim that autism – an incurable congenital disorder – can be treated by drinking potentially toxic chemicals.

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