Tullio Simoncini (born 1951) is an Italian former physician and alternative medicine advocate. He holds a PhD in philosophy from La Sapienza University. He is known for vocally claiming that cancer is, in fact, caused by the fungus candida albicans, and has gone so far as to say that cancer is actually a form of candida overgrowth. He also contends that it can be cured with injections of sodium bicarbonate. He claims that he was formerly an oncologist, but was struck off because he prescribed sodium bicarbonate instead of conventional chemotherapy. Simoncini was tried and found guilty of fraud and manslaughter in 2006 after a patient died after using Simoncini's treatment.
The mainstream medical community has rejected Simoncini's hypothesis, citing a lack of peer-reviewed studies that support its use. The American Cancer Society has also noted that the fungus-cancer hypothesis does not fulfill Koch's postulates. Quackwatch lists sodium bicarbonate injections as a "dubious treatment."
In 2012, Simoncini became involved in another controversy when he was invited to a conference in Totnes by the Arcturus Clinic. Trading Standards then accused the clinic of violating the Cancer Act 1939 because they had published information that "offer[ed] to treat any person for cancer." Dr. Stephen Hopwood, the Clinic's manager, described Simoncini's invitation as a "misunderstanding".
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