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From crackpot Covid theorists to antivaxxers, hubris and fear haunt the wellness community | Brigid Delaney

The randomness of illness is far too frightening for many to contemplate – so they rely on a fiction they’re special and can control their bodies

It’s not unusual to meet people with alternative beliefs at a Sufi meditation course on a rooftop in Ubud. But when a mild, vaguely apologetic Australian woman in her mid-50s explained to me that she was responsible for her own breast cancer because she had repressed her needs and her sexuality and this repression had manifested itself as cancer in her breast, I thought: “Far out.”

It was 2014 and the woman had been staying at a retreat centre nearby, submitting to a range of alternative therapies in a last-ditch attempt to stay alive after her cancer had spread.

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