Lori McClintock, the late wife of Representative Tom McClintock, a Republican from California, died in a tragic accident last year when she took a "safe" herbal remedy.
Apparently, the remedy caused such serious dehydration that Lori McClintock died from the side effect.
Obviously, the remedy was not "safe."
Kaiser Health News released a report on the situation:
The wife of a Northern California congressman died late last year after ingesting a plant that is generally considered safe and is used as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, including diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol, KHN has learned.
Lori McClintock, the wife of U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, died from dehydration due to gastroenteritis — an inflammation of the stomach and intestines — that was caused by “adverse effects of white mulberry leaf ingestion,” according to a report from the Sacramento County coroner that is dated March 10 but was not immediately released to the public.
It’s unclear from the autopsy report whether Lori McClintock took a dietary supplement containing white mulberry leaf, ate fresh or dried leaves, or drank them in a tea, but a “partially intact” white mulberry leaf was found in her stomach, according to the report.
Tom McClintock reported that his wife was very happy last holiday season just before her passing.
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