21/03/2014 07:37 GMT | Updated 21/03/2014 07:59 GMT

Vivienne Westwood Claims Being Vegetarian Can Cure The Disabled

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British Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, center, speaks to a crowd during an anti-fracking march, as part of a demonstration towards CEOs of gas companies and government officials who are attending the Shale Gas Forum to discuss the possibility of bringing fracking to the UK in central London, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP Images)

Dame Vivienne Westwood has said that being a vegetarian can cure the disabled.

Discussing the health benefits of choosing a veggie lifestyle, the fashion designer, 72, said people in wheelchairs have recovered due to a meat-free diet.

The Sun newspaper also reported that the fashion icon said that she was also living proof of the apparently miracle diet, claiming that it healed rheumatism in her finger.

“There are certain clinics where it is really strict vegetarian and there are people who have been in wheelchairs who have recovered from this diet," she said.

“It does cure all kinds of things if you have a vegetarian diet,” she added. “I used to have rheumatism — and I have a crocked finger.

“But now I don’t have any rheumatic pain any more.”

However, a number of disability groups are not overly impressed by her claims.

A spokesperson for spinal injury charity Aspire said the comments had “a total lack of medical evidence”.

“These so-called cures create false hope in the immediate aftermath of a life-changing injury and can cause significant harm,” they added.