In a recent tragic case, Jade Erick, 30 years old, passed away due to cardiopulmonary arrest after receiving an esoteric medical treatment. This naturopathic treatment consisted of an intravenous injection of turmeric, a known spice used in Indian cuisine.
Despite this recent tragedy, many naturopathic doctors have defended this treatment and urge the community to not jump to conclusions about esoteric medicine.
This treatment of turmeric has proven successful in several other conditions and it is known for controlling knee pain from osteoarthritis, reducing skin irritation and heart attacks, and even diminishing plaque on the teeth. On the other hand, the uses of turmeric as medical treatments is a highly unexplored territory without much scientific evidence. Therefore, turmeric can entail many unnecessary risks, as seen in Erick’s tragic case.
Her unfortunate passing has caused the media and general public to question this type of naturopathic treatments.
Many naturopathic doctors, like Hadas Hilewitz N.D. and Kristine Reese N.D., have commented on this tragedy and noted that turmeric can be effective. As Hilewitz publicly stated, “Turmeric has been used for centuries and it’s got many great properties, among them, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories we know of.” However, they admittedly do not offer this intravenous treatment themselves, but do offer it orally, because, as stated by Reese, “if we flood our bodies with any type of hydration at that level too quickly, it could cause an issue for sure.”
According to Erick’s friends, Erick suffered from eczema that was causing her discomfort. As a result, she sought for a treatment that would reduce her itchiness and help clear up the rashes.
“A person getting an intravenous injection of medication” by Calleamanecer
However, instead of administering turmeric orally, the traditional route in naturopathic medicine, Erick was administered a turmeric solution through an IV. It was this IV-turmeric solution that caused Erick’s cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden death.
The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the 30-year-old woman’s death as an accident but the doctor who administered this untraditional treatment remains anonymous due to the ongoing investigation.
Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor, commented on Erick’s case stating that, “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 also cautioned that, “[using turmeric through an IV] hasn’t been well studied. It’s more theoretical, so it’s more investigational.”
It is through Jade Erick’s unfortunate passing that many have become more aware of the consequences of using naturopathic treatments. However, the blurry divide between scientific evidence and naturopathic practice still exists.
Source: Fleming O. Tumeric Solution to Blame, in Part, For Women's Death: ME. NBC 7 San Diego.