Herbalist sentenced to jail after urging diabetic teen not to take insulin leading to his death


  • A herbalist from Los Angeles, California who was practicing without a license was sentenced to four months in jail after a patient died under his care.
  • Officials said that Timothy Morrow, 84, urged his 13-year-old patient to forgo his insulin, leading to his death.
  • The boy died of diabetes complications after taking herbs in lieu of the insulin prescribed by his pediatrician.

A self-described “master herbalist” from California was convicted of practicing without a license and child abuse after a young patient died under his care. Timothy Morrow was sentenced to four months in Los Angeles County jail for urging a 13-year-old diabetic boy to forgo his insulin, leading to his death.

The 84-year-old herbalist is the founder of Common Sense Herbs, a company that promotes and sells organic herbal products. Morrow is also ordered to pay a $5,000 restitution to the boy’s family and cover funeral expenses.

The herbalist started seeing Edgar Lopez in 2014 after his mother attended one of his seminars about herbs. The boy was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and was prescribed insulin by his pediatrician.

Morrow told Lopez’ parents to stop giving the boy insulin, referring to it as poison. Instead, he told them to rub lavender oil on the teen’s spine and prescribed herbal medicine that he claimed would cure Lopez for life.

When the boy’s health deteriorated, Morrow told his parents that their son was experiencing a “healing crisis”. He also warned them against bringing him to medical practitioners, the Washington Post reported.

“Shortly before the victim died, Morrow told the victim’s parents not to give him insulin but instead to administer the herbs that he was selling,” the US Attorney’s Office said. “The victim suffered a cardiac arrest and died the next day as a result of complications from his diabetes.”

A Los Angeles’s medical examiner later determined that the teen could have survived if he had been given proper medical care.


Source: New York Post

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