Tullio Simoncini

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Tullio Simoncini (born 1951) is a convicted fraudster and former Italian physician known for alternative medicine advocacy. He is known for the false claim that cancer is caused by the fungus Candida albicans, and has argued that cancer is a form of candida overgrowth.[1] He also made the false claim that cancer can be cured with injections of sodium bicarbonate.[2][3] On his website, Simoncini says that he was formerly an oncologist but that designation has been challenged by the medical community because of his use of sodium bicarbonate in the treatment of cancer.[4]

The mainstream medical community rejects Simoncini's hypothesis, citing a lack of peer-reviewed studies that support it.[5] Quackwatch lists sodium bicarbonate injections as a "dubious treatment."[6]

Criminal convictions[edit]

Simoncini was tried and found guilty of fraud and manslaughter in 2006 after a patient died after receiving his treatment.[7]

In 2018, Simoncini received a 5-year jail sentence for culpable manslaughter of a cancer patient in 2011.[8]

Subsequent controversy[edit]

In 2012, Simoncini became involved in another controversy when he was invited to a conference in Totnes, England, 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." Stephen Hopwood, the clinic's manager, described Simoncini's invitation as a "misunderstanding".[9]

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  1. ^ Evans, Kim (15 April 2009). "Antibiotics Cause Cancer?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  2. ^ Parsley, David (25 March 2012). "Dangerous ideas of doctor who defies baking soda cancer cure". Daily Express. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ Simoncini, Tullio (August–September 2007). "Is the Cause of Cancer a Common Fungus?" (PDF). Nexus. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Totnes cancer conference investigated by Trading Standards". BBC News. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Sodium Bicarbonate". American Cancer Society. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  6. ^ "A Special Message for Cancer Patients Seeking "Alternative" Treatments". Quackwatch. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  7. ^ Lavinia, Gianvito (21 May 2006). "Medico condannato: omicidio colposo" [Doctor convicted: manslaughter]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Milan.
  8. ^ "Doc gets 5 yrs for treating cancer". ANSA.it. 15 January 2018.
  9. ^ "No action over Totnes 'baking soda' cancer doctor". BBC News. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2014.