Kylie Willey was suffering the agony of cancer and the sickness of chemotherapy when a friend told her of a true miracle.
Sweet, young, and lovely fellow Australian Belle Gibson (below) had recently enchanted national media with her inspiring story of healing multiple terminal cancers by quitting chemotherapy and switching to things that feel “good and nurturing.”
The 26-year-old’s holistic-lifestyle blog, book, and phone app, all titled The Whole Pantry, advised cancer patients to switch to yoga, meditation, colonics, oxygen therapy, craniosacral therapy (a type of energy-healing head massage), herbalism, and a diet free of dairy, gluten, preservatives, refined sugars, and GMOs.
Gibson was revolutionary in bringing mainstream credibility and appeal to alternative medicine. Respected old literary houses Penguin and Simon & Schuster had published her book, and national journalists and TV anchors agreed her message was true and exciting.
Apple had flown her to the U.S. to develop her app, nominated it for App of the Year, and announced its inclusion with its prestigious new Apple watch, driving it to number one in sales with hundreds of thousands of downloads.