Oct 20, 2016

Miranda Kerr supported as hospital ambassador despite controversial ‘pseudo’ medical views

The Daily Telegraph
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A PROMINENT Sydney health charity says it won’t sack model Miranda Kerr as an ambassador despite criticism she promotes “pseudo spiritual” and “dangerous” medical beliefs.

The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation broke its silence over Kerr yesterday after top doctors had called for her to be dumped.

Foundation chief Catherine Oates Smith said they had netted an extra $3 million in donations since Kerr’s appointment.

Miranda Kerr announces her role as ambassador for the Royal Hospital For Women Foundation in Randwick.
“We are very proud that these funds help save the lives of women and babies on a daily basis at the Royal and are proud to have Miranda as our ambassador,” Ms Oates Smith said.

Kerr’s Kora Organics website cautions against people using sunscreen because it “acts as carriers for airborne toxins”, and advises a person who wants “beautiful skin” to drink “pure water” not tap water because it has fluoride.

Kerr was embroiled in a vaccination furore when a “holistic parenting” book espousing baby chiropractic services and anti-vaccination messages used Kerr’s image and quote.

Further fuelling doctor’s anger was a now-deleted blog post on her website which claimed apricot seeds prevented cancer and “contain the components to cure the cancer” — more so than chemotherapy and radiation.

Mother-of-three Jenni Bate has previously expressed concern that Miranda Kerr is a hospital ambassador. Picture: Toby Zerna

Miranda Kerr has expressed controversial views on sunscreen. Picture: Instagram
Another deleted post read: “Cancer is a disease and is absolutely and completely curable — at any stage!”

University of NSW cancer expert Dr Darren Saunders said Kerr made “a lot of comments that don’t sit with the evidence and contradict what is good medical practice”.

“The foundation is giving implicit agreeance with her message,” he said.

President of Friend of Science in Medicine Dr John Dwyer labelled Kerr’s approach to health as “pseudo spiritual” and said her claims about water and sunscreen were “utterly ridiculous”.

“For the foundation’s integrity and their efforts to help the hospital, they should have a different ambassador,” he said.

Royal Hospital for Women, run by the government, distanced itself from the scandal, stressing the foundation did not get money from it or the health district.


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