So, I listened to the show of the day where robin discusses her cancer... (See below, starting about 01:15:00)
it had dawned on me a while back that they're doing this to spur sales for her book, but not until a day ago as to exactly how they're gping to do it... So let's figure out what we know so far.
first, lets determine the risk factors. Things that could hurt her book sales are her unaddressed absence and an illness. Once she admitted that she had been a virtual (and almost real) ghost for the past 15 months because of a life-threatening illness, it called into question the foundation of her books premise: that real food saved her life. Hard to claim that your life was saved when you're just emerging from over a year on the brink of death...
ok, so how? If your job was to be the pr person on this... How do you fix this? Easy: turn conflict into asset. Howard tried to sell the following:
1. That robin is completely curred of metastecized uterine cancer
2. That she worked every day, through her treatment
3. That radiation had no negative effect on her health
4. That the doctors finally saw a response when her chemo regiment caused baldness
Consider that, for these to be true, it would have to be an extremely rare case. It's not remotely common to:
1. Go from end-stage cancer to "cured beyond remission" in a mere 15 months
2. There to be something calle "cured beyond remission" instead of being in remission, with required periodic check ups...
Also, the impacts on her health by the radiation and chemo are indeterminate thanks to the shields of a. The radio silence associated with her absence and b. doctor-patient priveledge... Not to mention that the show schedule has enough holes in it to allow her to do the show. even with this obfuscation, you can still see the holes in her story.
First, she did her show is isdn. Howard conveniently "addressed" this by glossing over it. If she was as symptom free as he says, she'd be in te office.
second, the lack of robins image is "loud silence". Her dialogue is visually displayed as a still photo. This photo, and all promo photos are from years ago... Not only before the cancer break, but before her diet.
im going to go a little further and say that the isdn was something that Howard forced upon robin... That she wanted to fight her battle in peace, but Howard did not want to (and probably couldn't) do the show without her. With robin out, Howard would be off te air... AAnd Beth ain't hanging around Howard if he ain't giving her airtime. I say this because robin overdoes the "thank you Howard" part of that segment...
so, how do you sell a book based on a miracle diet when your author is dying? Claim that her diet causes rare benefits (like making you healthy enough to fight cancer with zero effects, and to do so more successfully than anyone in human history)..
i find it insulting that not only does she do this, but she also tries to bury her hipocracy about western medicine by immediately propping up her scam voodoo as a key factor in making her western medicine work.
All to sell a book.