Woman Abandons Cancer Treatment for Vegan Diet & Dies

Woman Abandons Cancer Treatment for Vegan Diet & Dies March 26, 2019
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In 2014, a 33-year-old woman received a devastating diagnosis of Breast Cancer. She chronicled her journey through video blogs on Facebook and YouTube. Through her journey, she shared her choice to opt out of allopathic cancer treatments for alternative medicine and a raw vegan diet. Viewers donated nearly $50,000 for her to receive treatment at an unregulated cancer center in Mexico. She died less than two years after her diagnosis.

Jennifer Faulisi began sharing her story on her YouTube Channel “Jen Journey,” in 2014. She was a bright-eyed, intelligent, sensitive, and fearful woman that was determined to cure her cancer without surgery, chemo or radiation.

In a video uploaded in November 2015, Jennifer provided a window into the darkest moments of her life. She grew up without her biological father. Her mother raised her along with her step-father. During her teen years, she became “difficult to handle” and her stepfather placed her in a group home.

While in the group home at age 16, Jen went through a series of painful experiences. Doctors diagnosed her mother with breast cancer. Additionally, her mother gave birth to twin siblings. For a brief period, she reunited with her father. However, she said her father left her life after only six months.

Her teen years became a fog and difficult to navigate. After a year, she was released from the home. When she returned home, her mother was in active treatment for her cancer. She said her mother opted to treat her cancer with chemo, radiation, and surgery.

In an angry admission, Jen says that her mother refused to change any part of her life to treat her cancer. She alleges her mother continued to drink, smoke cigarettes, and eat unhealthy processed foods.

Her mother battled the disease for thirteen years. In 2011, her mother passed away from breast cancer. The death of her mother shaped her view about cancer treatment. As a result, Jen said she would not seek any allopathic methods to treat her cancer.

Jen’s journey with cancer began in July 2014. During a routine check of her breast, she located a golfball sized lump in her left breast. Shortly after finding the tumor, doctors diagnosed her with Hormone Receptive breast cancer.

At the time of diagnosis, doctors told her that radiation, chemo, surgery, and hormone-blocking medications could help treat cancer. However, Jen did not want to suffer for years like her mother. Instead, Jen wanted to find a cure for her disease.

Even though doctors knew overactive hormones fed her cancer, Jen did not believe the hormone imbalance was the problem. Therefore, she thought that by changing her diet and limiting toxins in her life the cancer would stop growing.

Jen became a vegan and ate a fully raw diet. She admitted that at times she did eat cooked food. Jen believed the diet would cure her. Unfortunately, in November 2015 she admitted the vegan diet wasn’t working. In a video uploaded on November 15, 2019, Jen changed her plan.

Through the video, she explained that she had been suffering from hyperthyroidism. She wrongly believed that her overproduction of the thyroid was causing her cancer to grow. Therefore, she planned to begin treatment to remove a goiter on her thyroid and start medications.

During the same video, she urged viewers to donate to her so that she could receive cancer treatment at an alternative health center.

Jen believed that a combination of treating her thyroid and using a chiropractor that her cancer could be cured. She refused to provide any details about the treatment she planned to undergo. However, she said she needed $25,000.00.

Less than a month later, Jen updated friends and said the center denied her application for treatment. According to the clinic, Jen’s cancer was so advanced they could not help her.

In November and December, she shared through multiple videos that her cancer had spread rapidly. Her left breast had become completely engulfed by the tumor. As a result of the tumor spreading, she lost her nipple. In one video, she lifted her shirt and showed viewers her breast. The tumor is visible and is coming out of the hole left by her missing nipple.

She is in considerable pain in all of these videos. Often she is gaspy, whispy, and unable to speak in long sentences. From the time she started her channel in fall 2014 to November 2015, she dramatically declined. Her face is gaunt, pale, and her eyes are sunken.

Because her cancer spread so aggressively, oncologists told her that little could be done to save her life. She opted out of treatment in 2014. By May 2015, she was diagnosed with stage four cancer.

In December 2015, she found a center in Tijuana, Mexico that accepted her as a patient. The center, Baja Health & Wellness Center, promised to cure her cancer through a strict diet, supplements, enemas, and unproven cancer treatments.

Dr. Dan Rogers has been working in the alternative health world since the 1970s. He’s a general practitioner that received his medical degree in Mexico. Over the years, he has run multiple facilities that promote the Gerson diet. According to Quackwatch, a facility he operated called “La Gloria Hospital,” was ruled not to be a hospital by a New York Appellate Judge.

The center lacked operating rooms, emergency department, labs for testing and research, and other facilities found in hospitals. Although his clinic is not a hospital, Dr. Rogers continued to push his cancer cures. His website claims that he has treated thousands of patients for decades.

Gerson Plus website

Dr. Rogers puts patients on a strict diet developed by Max Gerson in the 1920s. Gerson was a physician that created the diet to help treat his migraines. When his headaches improved, he pushed the diet as a treatment for tuberculous and cancer. He died in 1959, but his daughter carried on his legacy by opening the Gerson Insitute in the 1970s.

None of the treatments that Dr. Rogers uses are proven to work to treat any diseases. In fact, the Gerson diet is known to have dangerous side effects for patients. The diet restricts salt, fat, and animal products.

Because the diet lacks nutrients, vitamins, and protein, patients experience harmful side effects. The Cancer Research Institute in the United Kingdom warns cancer patients not to use the therapy to cure their cancer.

According to the Cancer Research Institute, patients drink 20 pounds of crushed fruits and vegetables each day. Then they take coffee or castor enemas to promote bowel movements 3-4 times per day. Patients are also given a ton of supplements for the liver, thyroid, pancreas, and potassium.

Due to the restrictive diet, patients can become extremely sick. Common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, salt and mineral imbalances in the body, abdominal cramps, fevers, sores, constipation, and delirium. In the most severe instances, patients can die from the protocol.

Cancer Research Institute

Given all the information known about the dangers of the protocol, Jen should have been aware that the clinic was offering her false hope. Instead, she jumped at the opportunity to receive treatment by the doctor.

At the end of January 2016, Jen arrived at the clinic to start her work with the doctor. Through online donations, she raised more than $30,000 to receive treatments. Dr. Rogers charged her $5,995 per week to treat her with his dangerous protocol.

In videos uploaded, Jen appears excited and hopeful that she will recover from her cancer. However, the videos show a sharp decline in her appearance and her strength. She admits that she has become so weak that she can no longer walk. Additionally, she suffered from extreme nausea, vomiting, and began spiking very high fevers.

Jen Journey Facebook

To promote a “healing fever,” Dr. Rogers began injecting urine directly into her tumor. Jen said the injections were extremely painful. Despite the pain, she said her left breast was shrinking. Jen’s aunt shared an update on her Facebook page about a “healing crisis” she experienced after receiving treatment.

According to her aunt, Jen developed an extremely high fever. The fever spiked at 106 degrees. Her aunt described Jen as miserable, lethargic, weak, and nauseous. Despite her distressing symptoms, Dr. Dan told them that the fever was a sign that the body was starting to heal the cancer.

As the weeks go on, Jen’s condition continues to deteriorate. By mid-February, Jen can longer sit up. Most of her videos are taken as she lays down on her bed. Her skin has turned so pale that she looks translucent.

Jen’s last video uploaded on March 6, 2019.

Despite her rapidly declining health, she believes the treatments are working. Dr. Rogers makes two videos for viewers that outline her recovery. In the video, Dr. Rogers says that Jen is a totally different person and he is confident she will be cured. However, for Jen to stay, they need more money to continue.

His video strongly contradicts the videos of Jen. She does not appear to be getting better. In fact, she looks like she is approaching death. Through their efforts, Jen raises almost $50,000 to stay for eight weeks.

Then by mid-March, Jen exhausted all her money. Dr. Rogers told her that he could no longer treat her. On the verge of death, Jen is set back to New York to be with her family.

Upon her arrival at home, her aunt describes Jen as delirious, nauseous, and struggling to breathe. Only days after she arrived home, Jen was admitted to the hospital.

Jen Journey Facebook

While in the hospital, doctors found that her calcium level was acutely high. Additionally, her kidneys had entered failure. As a result, Jen was retaining fluid around her chest and lungs. The excess liquid made breathing excruciating for her.

Doctors removed two liters of fluid to help improve her breathing. Unfortunately, scans performed a few days later showed that all the fluid had returned. By this time, Jen’s hemoglobin had dropped to 7. Doctors told Jen’s aunt she would need a blood transfusion. However, the blood transfusion would only be a band-aid on a rapidly deteriorating situation.

Jen Journey Facebook Page

Jen’s family decided not to move forward with treatment. On April 4, 2016, Jen passed away from breast cancer.

Jen Journey Facebook Page

After her death, Jen owed Dr. Rogers money for her treatments. He agreed to wipe the bill clean if her aunt sent back all the supplements he gave to her. He seemed to take no responsibility for his role in speeding up her death.

For eight weeks, Dr. Dan lied to Jen. He fed her an unhealthy diet and performed dangerous therapies on her fragile body. She declined so rapidly under his care that she died within ten weeks of starting his protocol.

Because Dr. Dan is outside of the United States border, there is little that can be done to prosecute him for his crimes. However, the evidence of Jen’s videos indicates his protocol sped up her death.

His clinic remains open to this day. He continues to see patients and treat them with his questionable techniques. Without stories like Jen’s, there is no way to know how many people have died as a result of his negligent care.

Dr. Rogers is a predator of the worst kind. He preyed on a dying cancer patient. While she held on for the hope of a cure, he stole almost $50,000.000 from her. Perhaps most unnerving is that all of the money was donated to Jen by people online.

Through online fundraisers, Jen raised all of the money. These donors contributed to her death by funding these dangerous treatments. Sadly, there appeared to be very few people in her life that stopped her from pursuing this path.

Before donating to anyone’s GoFundMe, please verify the treatments the person plans to receive. Alternative cancer treatments are not proven to treat or cure any patients. Additionally, they have the likelihood of speeding up their deaths. Do not contribute to anyone’s death by helping them receive these treatments.

Dr. Dan may never be held responsible for his shady, despicable, and greedy work. However, we can continue to expose him by sharing stories like Jen’s. If you know anyone that has used Dr. Dan and died, please contact us through Facebook.

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*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.

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  • strewth

    I think there’s an argument to be made for allowing adults to make their own healthcare decisions, although it’s difficult to do when pseudo-doctors lie to you just to get rich while you lie dying.
    It gets worse when parents decline medical treatment on behalf of their kids. There was a case a few years ago where an 11-year-old indigenous girl wanted to refuse chemo for a type of leukemia that has a 90% survival rate. When the provincial child protection agency tried to intervene, the justice system ruled in favour of the parents because they were indigenous and they have a “right” to traditional medicine. No consideration given to the fact that traditional medicine has yet to provide a cure for any kind of cancer, nor to the fact that they took her to another of these raw-vegetable diet quacks in Florida which is hardly “traditional” to indigenous people. I still believe that had she been white, the courts would have forced the issue and Makayla would be alive today.

  • Brian Curtis

    Sorry to see that she chose to ‘treat’ her cancer by not treating it.
    Even sorrier, and more than a little angry, that a quack sucked up all her money (and others’ money) by exploiting her desperation and ignorance.

  • LimeGecko

    It’s a person’s right not to pursue treatment for cancer or to pursue a conservative course of treatment. Many people decide that aggressive treatment in instances where the cancer is progressing is likely to do more harm than good. But I do wish these charlatans would quit stating that their coffee enemas and juices will cure cancer. They won’t. Full stop. People should be able to make informed decisions, not decisions based on false hope.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    1) Regarding the comments that “she is allowed to make her own decisions.” Yes, that is true. However, real consent requires true and honest information. She did not choose poor treatment. She chose what she was told was prime treatment. The guy lied to her, and she was not sufficiently expert enough to know better. And when it comes to medical decisions, she should not have to be sufficiently expert – that is why we have doctors to provide their expertise.

    I have the right to buy an old, crappy car. However, if I buy a car because the salesman tells me that this is a luxury car in pristine shape, and even better than a new car, I did not choose to buy an old crappy car. Now, if the car salesman was lying and the car falls apart the minute I drive it off the lot, it still does not mean that I chose to buy an old crappy car. Yes, I bought an old crappy car, but it was not my choice to do so – I was sold a fraudulent bill of goods.

    Now, you could argue that oh well, she got duped. As did all those people who gave her money to participate. We don’t know how many tried to talk her out of it, but obviously enough people supported it to encourage her. And my libertarian days are way too far behind me for me to say, she made her decision, she has to live or die with it. This is a scam, driven by the scammers. She is a victim. Sure, she could have known better, but then again, it’s not uncommon for cancer patients to be desperate. That’s why it’s even more on the scoundrels who prey on them. I know people who work on cancer drug development, and they get people contacting them all the time asking if their new, promising drug can help. They are honest – they will tell those people that there is still a lot of work to do before it can be used as a safe treatment. Scam artists like Rogers have no such standards, and will gladly scam people as long as they have money to give. And then they cut them off.

    2) This story is such a classic lesson.

    Her mother battled the disease for thirteen years….However, Jen did not want to suffer for years like her mother.

    Well, she certainly didn’t suffer for 13 years. It only took 2 years, but it doesn’t sound like she didn’t suffer. If she could have gone to a place with decent care, they could have at least pumped her up on steroids to give her some strength until the end.