Continuing from last week, I’m posting more on death by alternative medicine. Some time ago I chose Tuesdays to carry the sad news about people dying from false belief. Alternative medicine (AltMed) is one of today’s significant mass murderers. Today I note the death of Russell Jenkins of Southsea, Hampshire, England:
Russell Jenkins shunned conventional treatment for his foot injury after he trod on an electrical plug at home.
He instead tried the ancient remedy of putting honey on it but his toes later went black and began to stink.
Neither Mr Jenkins nor partner Cherie Cameron, a former nurse, sought medical help, the inquest heard.
The 52-year-old would have had a 30 per cent chance of survival if he had sought treatment just two hours before he died, said consultant vascular surgeon Mark Pemberton.
‘Russell Jenkins’ condition was inappropriately and ineffectively treated by himself and by others and led to his death,’ said David Horsley, coroner for South-East Hampshire.
Mr Jenkins, who ran the Quiet Mind Centre from his home in Southsea, Hampshire, injured his foot in December 2006 and developed an 2cm-long ulcer.
In April 2007, Mr Jenkins, a diabetic, sought alternative advice from homeopath Susan Finn, who suggested he treat it with Manuka honey.
Those who believe the United States does not have this problem may need to check some on-line sources. Reliance on homeopathic remedies is a world-wide phenomenon. Keep reading. There will be more.