Congressman’s Wife Died After Taking Herbal Remedy

August 30, 2022 by Dan McCue
Congressman’s Wife Died After Taking Herbal Remedy
Lori McClintock with her husband, Tom, in 2003, when he was running for governor of California. She died in December. (Nick Ut/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The wife of Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., died late last year after ingesting an herbal remedy commonly used to control weight, diabetes and high cholesterol.

The contents of Lori McClintock’s updated death certificate were originally reported by Samantha Young of Kaiser Health News.

When McClintock died, shortly before Christmas last year, the original cause of death on her death certificate was listed as “pending.”

In March, the Sacramento County coroner amended the death certificate to say McClintock died from dehydration due to gastroenteritis that was caused by “adverse effects of white mulberry leaf ingestion.”


Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

The updated findings were not immediately released to the public.


According to the coroner’s report, McClintock found his 61-year-old wife unresponsive at their Elk Grove, California, home on Dec. 15, 2021. 

McClintock had just returned home from Washington after voting on several measures the day before.

The coroner’s report does not specify 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 Kaiser Health News report.

McClintock has made no public comment on the report.


In a statement posted to Facebook last year, the representative said, “We are devastated and our world is shattered. Only those who knew her can understand the enormity of the tragedy of her passing for her family and many friends.”

Dan can be reached at [email protected] and at https://twitter.com/DanMcCue.

A+
a-

In The News

Health

Voting

Congress

September 30, 2022
by Dan McCue
Party Line House Vote Keeps Govt. Open Through Dec. 16

WASHINGTON — The House approved a short-term stopgap spending bill Friday, averting a partial shutdown of the government that could... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House approved a short-term stopgap spending bill Friday, averting a partial shutdown of the government that could have begun at midnight. The 230-201 vote in the Democratic-led House was largely along party lines. The so-called continuing resolution passed the Senate by a 75-25... Read More

September 29, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Disputes Linger in Congress About Biden’s Clean Energy Subsidies

WASHINGTON — After Hurricane Ian ravaged Florida with Category 4 winds, a House committee met Thursday to discuss how the... Read More

WASHINGTON — After Hurricane Ian ravaged Florida with Category 4 winds, a House committee met Thursday to discuss how the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act might help combat climate change. Climatologists predict fierce hurricanes like Ian will become a feature of climate change that only gets... Read More

Virginia Thomas Appears for Interview With Jan. 6 Panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, appeared on Thursday for... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, appeared on Thursday for a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. The committee has for months sought an interview with Thomas in an effort to know... Read More

September 27, 2022
by Dan McCue
Murray, Burr Reach Deal on FDA User Fee Programs

WASHINGTON — Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., have struck a deal on language that will allow the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., have struck a deal on language that will allow the reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee program to move forward as part of the continuing resolution Congress must pass by Friday to keep... Read More

Bills Would Curtail Objections at Future Jan. 6 Vote Counts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress have officially objected to the results in four of the last six presidential elections,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress have officially objected to the results in four of the last six presidential elections, a partisan practice that has been legal for over a century but became much more fraught after a violent mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol last... Read More

House to Vote on Election Law Overhaul in Response to Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote on an overhaul of a centuries-old election law, an effort to prevent future... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote on an overhaul of a centuries-old election law, an effort to prevent future presidential candidates from trying to subvert the popular will. The legislation under consideration Wednesday is a direct response to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and former... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top