GcMAF: a story of exploitation and lies
Once proclaimed a ‘magic protein’ capable of curing cancer, GcMAF has been proven ineffective. The case sheds light on how far scammers are willing to go to exploit desperate cancer patients and their families for financial gain.
Two decades ago, stories began to surface about a so-called “silver bullet” for diseases ranging from cancer to HIV and autism: a protein called GcMAF. Studies that “prove” GcMAF’s curative powers were conducted by unethical doctors, profiteering clinics and devious healthcare workers. Scammers even spun conspiracy theories in which non-existent doctors have been murdered because of their GcMAF knowledge.
Too good to be true
However, numerous analyses by third parties have never identified any active mechanisms to explain the protein’s claimed properties. The protein has also never been proven an effective cancer treatment. Publications asserting its efficacy were retracted by respected scientific journals.
Debunking junk science
In August 2017, Snopes.com transparently documented a 20-year timeline of the scams and quackery surrounding GcMAF, illustrating just how powerful profiteers can be when patients and scientists are desperate for a scientifically validated treatment. The ACF played a vital role in uncovering the truth behind this sham treatment.