Despite suspended license, Kirkland naturopath may have continued practicing

Kirkland naturopath Lucinda Messer’s license has been suspended by the state Board of Naturopathy for a variety of violations, but she may have still been treating cancer patients in violation of the suspension, The Seattle Times has learned.

Brian Hirsh was ready to try anything to prolong his life or perhaps even cure him of stage 4 colon cancer.

In October 2012, he started treatment with naturopath Lucinda Messer at her retreat, the Goddess Sanctuary, in Kirkland.

But Messer misled him and lied, state Department of Health records reveal. She didn’t consult an oncologist. She also didn’t explain the risks of unproven treatments before giving them to Hirsh.

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And when Hirsh died weeks later, Department of Health documents show Messer forged his medical records to protect herself from any repercussions.

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Hirsch’s wife, Lauren Hirsh, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit last year in King County.

“Dr. Messer gave us false hope and we paid thousands of dollars for her treatments, which we were led to believe could treat and possible cure (Mr. Hirsh’s) cancer,” Lauren Hirsh’s suit alleges.

In January 2016, the Board of Naturopathy also suspended Messer’s license to practice for five years, citing a host of violations, including treatment with unproven therapies, falsifying medical records, failing to obtain informed consent, advertising that she could treat cancer and prescribing drugs beyond her expertise, thereby misleading cancer patients. The board does not cite specific cases, but Lauren Hirsh’s lawsuit alleges they involve her late husband and another patient.

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