Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) recently claimed that cancer is a fungus and could be flushed out of the body.
Fiore, who runs a health care business out of her home, made the claims on her local radio show over the weekend, according to RalstonReports.com.
"If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus," said Fiore. "And we can put a pic line into your body and we're flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate through that line and flushing out the fungus. These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective."
Not that it needs saying, but cancer is not a fungus.
As for the alleged cure, it's likely that Fiore was referring to sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which has been widely rumored on the web to treat cancer, but does not.
The American Cancer Society website states:
"This treatment is based on the theory that cancer is caused by a form of yeast infection and that sodium bicarbonate can kill the yeast. This claim is not supported by science or clinical evidence and is contrary to widely-accepted basic facts of oncology and microbiology."
"...Available scientific evidence does not support claims that cancer is caused by infection with a type of yeast known as Candida albicans. Available scientific evidence also does not support the idea that sodium bicarbonate works as a treatment for any form of cancer or that it cures yeast or fungal infections."
"There is substantial evidence, however, that these claims are false. Although sodium bicarbonate is safe when used in proper doses and as directed as a conventional treatment, high doses can cause serious problems or even death."
Fiore publicly supported rancher Cliven Bundy last year when he opposed the federal government over fees he owed for his cattle grazing on federal land (video below).
Fiore told MSNBC's Chris Hayes in 2014 that she was shocked that the federal government would send in agents over an "unpaid bill," and dodged his questions on whether or not she accepted the authority of the federal government.