Ella Ding of Married at First Sight has finally issued a public apology after receiving massive backlash for claiming positive thinking can help cure cancer in an episode of her podcast this month.
In a lengthy statement shared on Instagram Friday night, the influencer clarified that he was not trying to offer formal medical advice and apologized for not being ‘more careful’ with his comments.
He also talked about the backlash for his effective promotion of a book written by chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza, in which he claimed to be able to cure cancer patients without using chemotherapy.
‘I want to make it clear that although I am personally excited by Dr Joe’s findings and the treatment methods he describes in the book, I do not intend to offer any treatment or medical advice, now that I am qualified to do so,’ he explained.
Ella then discussed the strong response from listeners that her podcast has received since her medical music went live.
Married at First Sight’s Ella Ding (pictured) has apologized after receiving backlash for claiming on her podcast that positive thinking can help cure cancer.
‘I accept and take full responsibility,’ he insists, adding that he should have been clearer when discussing sensitive issues.
‘I understand that I should have reminded my audience to always seek professional medical advice for medical conditions or before making any medical decisions,’ the brunette wrote.
‘I will make sure that I am more careful when sharing information and stories related to these types of issues in the future.’
In a lengthy statement shared on Instagram, the influencer clarified that he was not trying to offer formal medical advice and apologized for not being ‘more careful’ with his comments.
‘I accept and take full responsibility,’ he insisted, stressing that he should have been clearer when discussing sensitive issues.
Ding made the shocking comments earlier this month on her podcast, Sit With Us, which is co-hosted by fellow MAFS star Domenica Calarco.
During an episode about gratitude and mental health, Ding said, ‘Your mind can kill you. It can make you sick.
‘If you’re sick in any way, whether it’s because of the illness, if you have cancer or if you have depression, you can literally make yourself sick by focusing on how sick you are,’ she continues.
‘You might end up getting sick,’ the 29-year-old added.
“We can program our brains to do a lot of things,” says Calarco.
Ding made the shocking comments earlier this month on his podcast, Sit With Us, co-hosted by fellow MAFS star Domenica Calarco.
According to the Cancer Council, some scientific research suggests that mind-body techniques can benefit people with cancer by reducing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments, such as pain and anxiety.
However, there is no scientific evidence that these techniques can cure the disease.
Ding then goes on to talk about the work of chiropractor Joe Dispenser before referencing his book, How to Rewire Your Brain.
‘He has hundreds of case studies of people who were sick with cancer, and he literally trained them to imagine not being sick,’ he claims.
‘Imagine the cancer leaving your body. Imagine the cells moving. He has cured patients literally without chemotherapy,’ he added.
During the episode, the 29-year-old influencer said that ‘your mind can kill you’ and urged her followers to think positively when battling depression or cancer.
Ding then went to work with chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenser, who claimed he had ‘healed patients without chemotherapy’.
He then raved about the dispenser’s recent appearance on the popular Jay Shetty podcast and urged his listeners to check it out for themselves.
His co-host Calarco praised the power of positive thinking, saying, ‘What you do is really up to you.’
He continued, ‘You can either focus on the negative. You can go and be depressed and sad about that particular thing, or you can be like, “Nah, I’m not going to let it rule my life”.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ding, the NSW Health and Cancer Council for comment.
Ella co-host Domenica Calarco added, ‘We can program our brains to do a lot of things.’
Ding has received major backlash since the controversial episode went live earlier this month.
Not only is her Instagram page flooded with negative comments, but listeners to her Sit With Us podcast have also left one-star reviews.
‘Telling people their cancer is terminal because they didn’t practice mindfulness? Dangerous and offensive,’ raged one listener.
‘This is quite offensive and completely wrong. Not sure how this podcast got published. Big public apology. Cancel!’ wrote another.
Sit With Us is currently one of the most popular podcasts in the country.
Domenica and Ella’s Sit With Us podcast is one of the most popular in the country
Listeners have flooded the podcast with one-star reviews since the cancer-related episode dropped earlier this month.
It previously topped the Spotify charts, beating Joe Rogan and racking up millions of downloads.
Ella’s former Married at First Sight co-star Lyndall Grace, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, also weighed in.
‘Listen to your doctors. It’s not your fault, it’s not your choice and it’s not going to change,’ she said on Instagram.
He also emphasized that mindfulness is a tool to help people, but ‘it is not a cure’.