Diabetic teen dies after prescribed herbs instead of insulin — the naturopath is going to prison

Diabetic teen dies after prescribed herbs instead of insulin — the naturopath is going to prison

A California naturopath charged in the death of a diabetic 13-year-old he treated with herbs instead of insulin is heading to prison for four months.S

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A California naturopath charged in the death of a diabetic 13-year-old he treated with herbs instead of insulin is heading to prison for four months.Story continues below

In 2014, Timothy Morrow, a self-proclaimed “master herbalist” based in Torrance, Calif., attempted to treat Edgar Lopez for his Type-1 diabetes. Morrow told Edgar’s parent that the insulin the doctor has prescribed was poison and to rub lavender oil on Egar’s spine instead — claiming it would cure him, according to ABC News.READ MORE: Here’s what naturopaths and chiropractors shouldn’t be advising you aboutBut Edgar’s health quickly deteriorated; he suffered a cardiac arrest and died as a result of complications from his diabetes.The medical examiner determined the victim would have lived had he received proper medical treatment, prosecutors said.Last week, Morrow, 84, was found guilty of one count of practising medicine without a licence. On Monday, a court sentenced him to 120 days in jail and 48 months of summary probation.Morrow also pleaded no contest to one count of child abuse likely to produce great bodily injury or death.What happened?Maria Madrigal, Lopez’s mother, said she had previously attended Morrow’s seminars about herbs and alternative medicine.During the court case, Madrigal testified that she once regarded Morrow as a specialist “like a god” and trusted him to treat her son.Although she went to regular doctors for an annual examination and had given Edgar insulin for his diabetes, over time, she stopped and Morrow began to push his herbal products, according to ABC News.WATCH: B.C. provincial health officer concerned after child treated with rabid dog saliva for behavioural problems

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