According to a medical examiner, a woman died after receiving an injection of turmeric from a naturopath.
The common spice, used in curries, was partly responsible for the death of 30-year-old Jade Erick from San Diego in California, ruled a medical examiner, reports the AP.
According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner the cause of her death was “: anoxic encephalopathy due to prolonged resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to adverse reaction to infused turmeric solution”. A spokesperson confirmed the turmeric was delivered through an IV.
In the original report on abc, Mark Stengler, a naturopath, was interviewed regarding the use of IV turmeric in naturopathic practices. He said, “There are some doctors who use Turmeric extract in IV form to try and heighten the physiological effects, so the anti-inflammatory effects of the turmeric,” Stengler explained. “It hasn’t been well studied. It’s more theoretical, so it’s more investigational.”
Investigational? The definition of investigational is “a drug or medical procedure that is not approved for general use but is under investigation in clinical trials regarding its safety and efficacy.” Or, something that you can get at a quack clinic in Encinitas that has absolutely no idea what they are doing.
So, why are naturopaths able to perform investigational procedures (otherwise known as experiments) on people? In order for a scientist to even draw blood from someone, an institutional review board (IRB) approval needs to be granted. It’s no news that naturopaths don’t play by the same rules as physicians and don’t have the same oversight. They are licensed in twenty states, each with a state board to oversee them, and California is no different.
Another part of this tragic story that has sparked our curiosity is how prepared this facility (or any similar facility) is for an adverse reaction or a medical emergency? They should have the ability to provide ‘advanced life support’ – a crash cart with medicines that can be used in the event of a cardiac arrest and routine drills to ensure preparedness and someone who knows how to use it. Ironically, people go to these centers for ‘healing’ and ‘holistic health’ and to avoid medicine. But, the absence of medical interventions means that people can and do die.
Although it is difficult to get a sense of how many people are receiving IV turmeric ‘infusions’, the promotion of IV turmeric is all over the internet. So, although Ms. Erick may be the first to die from a turmeric infusion, she will most certainly not be the last.
If you swallow snake venom, you’ll be fine. But, if you get bit by a snake – you’re dead. And, the fact that naturopaths can’t understand the difference between these two means that they are not qualified to put a band aid on someone, let alone treat people for disease.
The Medical Examiner is calling Erick’s death an accident, although it is still being investigated. How many needless deaths will it take to stop naturopaths from being allowed to kill people?