For instance, a social media message claiming that hot coconut water is the solution to cancer has gone viral over the last few days.
Mumbai: There has been a rise in misinformation and “fake news” spreading through the Internet regarding unproven and unconventional treatments for cancer patients, claims the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH). The hospital is striving to disseminate news about genuine medical advances.
For instance, a social media message claiming that hot coconut water is the solution to cancer has gone viral over the last few days. One such message even says that a mixture of coconut flakes and hot water releases an anti-cancer substance rivaling the latest medical advancements in cancer treatment. The TMH has advised not to fall prey to these fake messages.
The social media message reads: “Hot coconut water can save you a lifetime, look at it again, then tell others, spread love! Hot coconut only kills cancer cells. Cut two to three thin coconut flakes in a cup, add hot water, it will become alkaline water. Drink every day, it is good for anyone.”
“Hot coconut water releases an anti-cancer substance, which is the latest advancement in the effective treatment of cancer in the medical field. Hot coconut juice has an effect on cysts and tumours. It is a proven remedy for all types of cancer,” the message further reads.
Rubbishing the message, Dr R.A. Badwe, director, TMH, said, “Please note that this is a fake message. Neither the Tata Memorial Centre nor I subscribe to this view.”
There has been no research so far to show that such a concoction of coconut slices in hot water will prove beneficial in the treatment of cancer.