Mari Lopez (left and right, and center left), who ran the food channel at home in Houston, Texas with her niece Liz Johnson (center right), told thousands of viewers she had rejected traditional treatment for breast cancer in favor of a 90-day juice cleanse when she was diagnosed in 2015. Within four months of cutting out animal products, she claimed to be in remission - and insisted the new regime (and God) had 'healed' her of her 'gay lifestyle'. But Liz has now revealed that her aunt passed away in December 2017, after the disease spread to her blood, liver and lungs, and belated attempts to try chemotherapy and radiotherapy failed. Speaking to Babe, Liz blamed her own mother for triggering Mari's relapse by feeding her meat and microwaved food. There is no scientific evidence to support Liz's claims.
Husband, 43, dismissed as 'feeble' and 'dramatic' by his nurse wife, 36, almost DIED because she thought his symptoms of life-threatening sepsis were signs of man flu
Rob Bland (pictured main and inset), 43, a supervisor, started shivering and complaining of a headache on February 9 last year. His wife Kirsten Bland (pictured main and inset), 36, a nurse, did not take his symptoms seriously until a bright light in the couple's bathroom revealed he had turned yellow, 'like Homer Simpson'. After being rushed to hospital, Mr Bland, from Poole, was diagnosed with sepsis caused by gallstones that had blocked the entrance to his bile duct and become infected.
'It's torture': Boy, 13, isolated at home after freak trampoline accident revealed he has a rare incurable disease that causes his immune system to attack healthy bones
In November 2015 Bryce Fisher, 13, was jumping on the trampoline when he crushed a vertebra in his back, alerting his parents to an underlying problem. After more than a year of invasive testing he was diagnosed with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO), a disease that causes the immune system to attack healthy bones. The seventh-grader is isolated in his home in Fruitland, Idaho, because his immune system is compromised. Bryce is pictured left and right while in the hospital undergoing testing and inset with his family.
Heartwarming photos of joyful dementia patients with baby dolls reignites debate over 'doll therapy' as critics claim it strips them of dignity
Sandy Cambron, 69, lost her mother-in-law Pearl to Alzheimer's in 2008. In Pearl's final days she was most comforted by a baby doll. For the past decade, Sandy and her husband Wayne (inset) have delivered more than 200 dolls to nursing homes in Louisville, Kentucky. Photos from their visit to a home on Valentines Day have gone viral on Facebook (left and right), sparking a debate over the effectiveness of doll therapy. Research has shown that the use of dolls with dementia patients can be therapeutic and increase engagement levels and sense of security, but critics say it infantalizes the patients.
Wendy Williams announced on Wednesday that she was diagnosed with Graves Disease, a common disorder related to a person's thyroid. She'll be taking three weeks off. News of her diagnosis comes after Williams fainted on air, creating concern among fans about her health and well being.
Fitness model left paralysed after breaking her back doing a SIT-UP makes a miracle recovery and is at the gym again
Marcelle Mancuso (left before the incident, and right after being paralysed), 23, from Brazil, broke a vertebrae after slipping off a bench while performing the inverted abdominal exercise (bottom inset). Doctors warned her she could be a tetraplegic for life and fitted her with a titanium plate (top inset) held by six screws into her spine. But after months of physiotherapy Miss Mancuso, who has 4,700 followers on Instagram, gradually regained movement in one toe or finger at a time. Now, the law graduate has made a miracle recovery. She is back at the gym and even started doing inverted sit-ups again.
Baby girl is born without knee and ankle joints and will have BOTH her legs amputated before her first birthday
Freya Gibbs (pictured left with her father Michael Gibbs, 28, and sister Olivia, seven), from near Aberystwyth in Wales, suffers from bilateral tibial hemimelia, which means she was born without shin bones. Family and friends are rallying around Freya, who also appears to be missing knee and ankle joints. Her mother Danielle Sparks (right), 25, has revealed the only treatment available for her daughter is a double amputation. Speaking for the first time, she said: 'Freya’s condition is rare, and it’s even more severe because she has it in both legs.'
'I beat breast cancer - but the treatment side effects nearly killed me': High-flying lawyer, politician and farmer, 52, describes agonizing her battle with lymphedema
Virginia Harrod, 52, (center) beat breast and thyroid cancers, but the Kentucky attorney and farmer could have been killed by her constant battle with an infection (right) caused by a common treatment side effect called lymphedema. Even after a transplant to ease the symptoms of lymphedema, a condition that can cause huge quantities of immune system fluid to build up, she has to wear a compression sleeve (left) at all times to keep the swelling under control.
Businesswoman, 55, who saw her GP 20 TIMES was only diagnosed with lung cancer after she threatened to COMPLAIN and then discovered her ribs had been eaten away like 'a caterpillar'
In February 2012, Catherine Cook (pictured left with her boyfriend Ian Land, now 44), 55, from Suffolk, began experiencing tight pains in her chest and shoulder, which intensified over the next six months. By June that year, the discomfort was agonising and left her 'basically addicted to painkillers.' After multiple visits to the doctor, the mother-of-two (pictured right with her grandchildren) was finally referred to a specialist in August. Although surgery was not thought to be an option, Ms Cook had three ribs and half of her lung removed in February 2013 (pictured inset in hospital).
Forget butts - BELLY BUTTONS are the new plastic surgery craze: Surgeon reports huge surge in patients wanting a 'hooded oval' like Emily Ratajkowski and Erin Heatherton
These days, anything can be nipped and tucked. In fact, Americans have spent $16 billion to adjust their appearance in 2016. Now, plastic surgeons say people are bringing in photos of Emily Ratajkowski (left), Jessica Simpson when she starred in 2005 film The Dukes of Hazzard (center), and Erin Heatherton (right) and asking for their belly buttons. They believe this uptick is due to social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram.
'I almost died giving birth to my daughter - but I'm fortunate': Serena Williams uses her harrowing story to rally for healthcare for new mothers around the world
Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia via emergency c-section. The day after she gave birth, a scan revealed several blood clots in her lungs. She was given a drip with an anticoagulants but her c-section scar opened from coughing caused by her pulmonary embolism; her abdomen filled with her blood. A filter had to be inserted in a major vein to keep blood clots from travelling to her lungs and she was put on bed rest for the next six weeks. Now Williams, 36, has penned an op-ed about the dire state of maternal deaths and infant deaths in the US and around the world. Pictured: Serena and Alexis (left) recently; Serena during a doubles match with her sister Venus last week (inset); and with her daughter and husband (right).
Chrissy Teigen on why this pregnancy is SO different to her first - from faster weight gain to headaches to energy crashes all the time
Chrissy Teigen, 32, and John Legend, 39, are expecting a baby boy in June. The candid former Sports Illustrated model has used social media to share intimate details about her pregnancy and ask questions to other moms (inset). Since announcing the pregnancy, Teigen has tweeted about everything from the euphoria of 'pregnancy sneezes' to almost peeing her pants. Her experiences offer a personal look into how a woman's second pregnancy differs from the first.
Toddler who battled 11 heart defects has defied the odds and is now thriving, eight months after her parents were told to take her to a hospice to live out her final days
Sophia Marshall (pictured left), from Wychbold, Worcestershire, was just 18 months old when doctors suggested that her devastated parents, Chantelle and Samuel (pictured left), both 30, take her to a hospice to live out her final days in comfort. Determined not to give up on their only daughter, they made the difficult decision to have Sophia (pictured right and inset in hospital), who suffered her first cardiac arrest at just two days old in her father's arms, undergo a risky operation last July.
The family behind America’s opioid crisis: New York and London socialites who developed OxyContin made BILLIONS off of the drug’s skyrocketing sales despite claims of false advertising that labelled it as LESS addictive than other painkillers
More than 200 US states, cities and counties have sued Purdue Pharma - a company that was run for decades by a single family who created the addictive drug OxyContin - as the opioid crisis ravages the country. The Sackler family, run by three Brooklyn-born sons of Jewish immigrants - Arthur (top left), Raymond (bottom left) and Mortimer (main, with his third wife, Theresa, and daughter, Marissa), founded what would become Purdue in 1952, and made a mint producing pharmaceutical advertisements - some of which were later learned to be misleading. When the company, under the rule of another Sackler, developed OxyContin, it again misbranded the drug and promoted it as safe from addiction. In 2007, Purdue Frederick (a subset of Purdue Pharma) was forced to pay $600 million in fines for federal misbranding, but the damage was already done. America was spiraling into opioid addiction - which now has evolved into a crisis of historic proportions declared by President Trump to be a public health emergency. Sackler family members such as Mortimer Jr (right, with his wife, Jacqueline) were listed as directors of related company Napp Pharmaceutical as recently as December 2016 - and, while the family is known for its philanthropy, the descendants of the original three brothers continue to enjoy lavish lifestyles and homes in London and the US, such as the sprawling Texas mansion (inset) of Richard Sackler
A man without memories: Supermarket manager, 22, reveals he cannot recall his life from birth up to the age of 16 after suffering a brain injury
Antony Holly, 22, can't remember his mum, sister, nieces, friends or even his own name after he collapsed at a train station on his commute home to Romford in Essex. Normal daily activities like showering, washing his hair and going to the toilet were a mystery to him as he simply couldn't recollect how to do them. The first thing in life he now remembers is being 17 and starting a traineeship with Waitrose.
The selfie that hid a ticking timebomb: Ten minutes after this snap was taken, a mother-of-one, 37, suffered a stroke that left her fighting for her life
Just moments after taking the snap (left), Debbie Schofield (pictured far right with her mother Janet Walker, 64, daughter Millie Schofield, five, niece Emily Makani, seven and sister Nicky Makai, 41), 37, from Hertfordshire, complained of a pounding headache before her eyes rolled back in her head and she was fighting for her life. Ms Schofield was rushed to hospital after her face starting to droop, her speech slur and her eyes roll back into her head (pictured right surrounded by her family on Christmas Day).
Able to think, unable to communicate: Newlywed has been left TRAPPED in her body for 9 years after suffering from a tummy bug - leaving her husband to grieve for the life they had planned together
A woman from Southampton has locked in syndrome, nine years after suffering a near fatal heart attack after being struck down by norovirus. When Rosemary Baker became ill with a tummy bug, she expected to get better after a few days' rest. But the virus led the then 42-year-old to suffer a cardiac arrest. She is now in a semi-comatose state, known as locked-In syndrome. Aware of what is going on, Mrs Baker is unable to communicate. Devoted husband Philip is now appealing for help to pay for a treatment which he believes will substantially improve her quality of life
Women with ovarian cancer who think they are just bloated are more likely to change their diet than seek medical help
Women are more likely to change their diet than seek medical help when suffering from a key symptom of ovarian cancer, a charity has warned. Despite persistent bloating (right) being one of the main signs of the disease, half of women say they would try measures such as eating more probiotic yoghurts or going gluten-free before visiting a doctor. Laura Everley (pictured), 38, dismissed her bloating as IBS and even tried going gluten-free before she received her diagnosis.
Wealthy Ivy League scholar, 19, dies of opioid overdose after years of smoking marijuana and 'convincing his psychiatrist to give him higher-dose anxiety pills'
Gage Billetto, 19, was found dead of a suspected opioid overdose in his Columbia University dorm room December 27. He had a history of drug use including marijuana, cocaine, ADHD medication and anti-anxiety pills that he reportedly obtained by lying to a psychiatrist. His parents Kyle and Glenn, both Harvard graduates living in the wealthy suburb of Bronxville, New York, said they had no idea the extent of his drug problem. He is pictured in high school, left, and with his family, right.
The 'bionic men' of World War I: Fascinating images reveal the first artificial limbs given to war veterans in the early 20th century
One image shows a Senegalese amputee (inset) writing in 1918 to thank the American Red Cross for his artificial arms. Due to the industry being in its infancy, many veterans customised their limbs to suit their needs. One of these veterans was James Hanger (left), one of the first amputees of the war, who is pictured with his patented 'Hanger Limb'. A double amputee (right) is also seen posing for a picture with both of his artificial legs in 1919.
Baby girl Macy from Glasgow was born with half a heart and only expected to survive for a week. She is now thriving at 10-months-old, thanks to doctors who built her a 'handmade heart' using another infant's valve. Mother Amber Fullarton, 18, of Glasgow, Scotland, says she will be eternally grateful to the baby's brave parents for donating their late child's organs and saving her daughter Macy's life.
Mother, 35, who thought she had flu was struck by a rare brain condition that has wiped out her memory and left her unable to recognise her two-year-old daughter
Hannah Joels, 35, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, was left critically ill in hospital after suffering encephalitis. Her condition was so severe that she spent 22 hours a day sleeping and her memory was temporarily wiped - meaning she couldn’t even recognise her own two-year-old daughter India. After three weeks she was finally allowed home but she still is unable to remember family holidays, people’s names or her daughter growing up.
It was an exercise session in a local park that almost became the mother-of-two Nell McAndrew's undoing – after a tiny tick bite led to her developing potentially life-changing Lyme disease. ‘It was a couple of summers ago and I did a boot camp class at my local park,’ recalls Nell, 44, who lives in London with husband, Paul, her son, Devon, 11, and daughter Anya, four. ‘I also run through the park. There are signs up saying you should always take precautions to cover up because of the risk of ticks in the area, but as the weather was so nice I exercised in just shorts and a vest.
Is ANYTHING being done to fight the blood-eating hospital bug that may have affected thousands of British heart patients?
A killer ‘blood-eating’ bacterial infection that may have affected thousands of British heart patients has claimed seven more lives in the past year, The Mail on Sunday has learned. The death toll from the hospital bug mycobacterium chimaera (MC), spread by contaminated heart surgery machines, continues to rise a year after the problem was exposed by this newspaper. Carol Inkpen (pictured), 66, of Farnborough, Hampshire, whose 71-year-old retired lorry driver husband Michael (right) died earlier this month, said treatment which began last March to try to get rid of the infection destroyed his liver and kidney function and left him deaf.Michael had heart by-pass and valve replacement surgery at St. George’s Hospital in London in December 2013. He had three years of good health before the spread of the bacteria resulted in it destroying the red cells in his blood.
What a transformation! Retail worker, 24, whose face was a 'red hot mess', covered in painful bumps that left her unable to smile, clears her complexion using a cream made from flowers
EXCLUSIVE: India Kelly, 24, from Essex has described her experience with the skin condition rosacea. It caused her face to 'erupt' into terrible blotches and small bumps that doctors found difficult to diagnose. Luckily, India stumbled upon a blog from a woman who had the same condition and who had discovered a treatment that actually worked