According to a recent report, the congressman from California Tom McClintock’s wife reportedly passed away after taking a herbal remedy for diabetes and weight loss, among other ailments.
Before she passed away in December 2021 at the couple’s home in northern California, Lori McClintock, 61, was discovered to have consumed white mulberry leaf, the herbal cure, according to KHN.
A Sacramento County coroner’s report dated March 10 but not immediately made public stated that the cause of death was listed as dehydration due to gastroenteritis brought on by “adverse consequences of white mulberry leaf intake.”
The record was initially made available in July 2022, along with an autopsy report and an amended death certificate with a revised cause of death.
The Republican congressman first found his 61-year-old wife unresponsive in their California home on Dec. 15, 2021, after voting in Congress the night before and returning from Washington, D.C.
The report said a “partially intact” white mulberry leaf was found in her stomach.
Until now, the cause of her death had not been reported.
Her death highlights the dangers of dietary supplements and herbal remedies, a $54 billion industry in the United States and one that experts say needs more government scrutiny, CBS News reported.
Daniel Fabricant, CEO and president of the Natural Products Association, which represents the dietary supplements industry, questioned whether McClintock’s death was related to a supplement.
Fabricant, who oversaw dietary supplements at the FDA during the Obama administration, said: “It’s completely speculative. There’s a science to this. It’s not just what a coroner feels.
“People unfortunately pass from dehydration every day, and there’s a lot of different reasons and a lot of different causes.”
Fabricant said it would have been ideal had the coroner or the family reported her death to the FDA so the agency could have launched an investigation.