Diabetes Treatment That’s Been Called A Scam Resulted In High Blood Sugar, ‘Zombie-Like State,’ Patient Claims
Sacramento lawyer G. Ford Gilbert's infusion procedure has been criticized as modern-day snake oil. Doctors at one of Gilbert's clinics told Meghan Lynch not to tell any endocrinologist she was getting Trina treatments.
San Diego Woman Says Controversial Diabetes Treatment Endangered Her Health
A San Diego woman says she was put at risk of hospitalization last year after receiving a series of insulin infusions at Dr. James Novak’s Trina Health clinic in Pacific Beach. The woman and her endocrinologist said the infusions spiked her blood sugar to dangerously high levels. The nation has a limited supply of healthcare dollars to spend on drugs and services, which is why the government and health plans require scientific evidence of patient benefit. This is especially important for the 30.3 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, whose medical costs in 2012 totaled $245 billion.Leadership at Scripps Health started an investigation of Novak’s practice when they learned about the incident, the endocrinologist said. And the founder of the Trina infusion procedure, Sacramento lawyer G. Ford Gilbert, faces federal criminal charges related to his network of clinics. (Clark, 5/25)