What's The Harm? Detox Death in Quebec
To all those who say, "What's the harm"? in a little "alternative medicine",here's a not-so-nice little story about a woman who was involved with a group of quack dipshits who eventually - after they took a bunch of her money - killed her.
Chantal Lavigne was only 35 years old. For whatever reason, she believed that "detoxing" was helpful and had done a bunch of them with the quack dipshits running their program out of Ferme Reine de la Paix outside of Montreal. She had done so many, in fact, that she had spent just under $19,000 on the bogus nonsense. It is worth mentioning that she was found,
...covered in mud, wrapped in plastic and blankets...and that she had,
...spent nine hours lying with (her) head in a box while being encouraged to hyperventilate. (emphasis mine)Ok, unless you're watching a Godfather marathon, you should never do anything for nine hours straight, and, quite frankly, Godfather three isn't really worth the time, minus the awesome scene with Andy Garcia shooting that thief fella in the head in front of Bridget Fonda.
For those of you inclined towards numbers, normal body temperature is 37 C, or 98.6 F. Lavigne's body temperature was 40.5C or 104.9F. That, over the course of nine hours, was more than sufficient to cook her to death. Any normal person with a modicum of health or physiological knowledge running a course on the topic would know this. Should know this. I would argue that if a person/the people running a sweat lodge didn't know this and still put people in the heat (covered in mud, plastic, and blankets), then they should be held accountable to the full extent of the law.
Gabrielle Fréchette, Ginette Duclos, and Gérald Fontaine need to go to jail for negligence. To paraphrase what has been said before by people much smarter than me: if you're going to do something that has no proven medical benefit, then the risk you take should be zero or as close to it as possible. Stay away from "detox" quacks.