Naturopaths ‘not bound by science,’ lawyer argues in B.C. hearing on fecal transplants for autism

In B.C., the lawyer for a Fraser Valley naturopath was under investigation for his business selling fecal Microbiota transplants for families of autistic children. His lawyer was in court Tuesday to defend him against an investigation into his business selling fecal microbiota transplants to families of autistic children. clientIt is not required to follow scientific evidence.

Jason Klop, a Naturopath, was in B.C. Supreme Court filed a petition asking for a judge in order to order the College of Naturopathic Physicians (CoN) to stop its investigation into Klop’s business and lift his ban from selling, advertising, and manufacturing pills made from human feces.

The college explained the ban. saidKlop may have been engaging in conduct not acceptable for a naturopathic physician. Jason Gratl, a lawyer, argued this was difficult to prove in a field that has a few restrictions and some ambiguous boundaries.

“What does it take to be a naturopath and do something that is not appropriate in a field so wide-ranging and open to interpretation?” He asked the court and argued that patients would not suffer any significant harm.

Gratl suggested that the lack of scientific evidence supporting the use of fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT), to treat autism is not necessarily relevant in this instance.

“Naturopaths can rely on science in certain aspects, but they are not bound to science,” Gratl said.

He explained that naturopathic practices could be based on anecdotes and historical knowledge. Later, he pointed out that the field also includes homeopathy, which some believe involves magical thinking. [and is]It is definitely not scientific in its core.”

Canada has not approved treatment for autism

As CBC First reported January 2020Klop charges parents $15,000 US to treat autistic children under two years of age. This is mainly at a Rosarito clinic.

FMT treatments are the process of taking bacteria and other microbes out of the poop of a healthy individual and transferring them to a patient either orally or anally with the goal of restoring normal gut environment.

FMT is currently only approved in Canada and the U.S. to treat recurrent conditions. C. difficile infectionAlthough the patient has not responded to any other therapies, research is ongoing into other potential applications.

This illustration illustrates how fecal microbiota can be transplanted. (Vancouver Island Health Authority)

Scientists and doctors warn that any other use of this promising therapy is experimental at this time and can lead to serious infection. Autistic advocates denounce Klop’s procedure for being anachronistic. Unproven treatment that puts vulnerable kids in danger.

The college was inaugurated in August 2008. It announced that it was taking “extraordinary actions”To protect the public, Klop was prohibited from selling or producing FMT products, while Novel Biome investigated his business, Klop.

This order was issued in response to a complaint by Klop’s Lab in April 2021. He claimed that he was making FMT products in a basement apartment at Abbotsford from his nephews’ feces without quality control or screening.

Complaint described as ‘unfounded, scurrilous’

After describing Tuesday’s case as a “tragedy”, Gratl called the April 2021 allegations “entirely unverfounded and scurrilous.” 

He spent much of the hearing refuting them. He also argued that they don’t meet the legal threshold for extraordinary actions.

Although he acknowledged that Klop’s three nephews were the business’s only donors at the time of the complaint and clarified that the lab was in a ground-level unit of the building where the boys lived, Gratl saidKlop has provided documentation proving his quality assurance procedures and standard operating procedure.

Gratl is also available saidThe nephews had their blood and urine tested every three month, which Klop described as the standard for FMT. The court heard Klop has deposed that he was confident of the quality of their feces because “they are my nephews, so I know their lifestyles.”

Klop’s lab manager was also claimed in the original complaint. Gratl saidThe lab manager actually filed the complaint under a pseudonym. She has, contrary to her allegations, 20 years of experience in this field.

He described her to be a disgruntled employee, upset about her company’s position.

Gratl also argued the college had made a number of legal errors in its actions against Klop. This included accusing Klop of conduct unbecoming for violating non-binding Health Canada guidance papers on FMT.

He suggested that Klop is the reason why Klop is being investigated and restricted by the college. It’s more about Klop’s disgust for poop than any legitimate concerns about patient safety.

“I asked my children why they find fecal matter funny. “I’ve asked my children, ‘Why do you find fecal matter funny?’,” Gratl said.

The college’s lawyers have yet to present their arguments.

However, court filings reveal that Klop’s business isn’t the only source of concern for college officials.

The investigation process actually began two years earlier, in 2019, when the college appointed inspectors with the private investigation firm Paladin Risk Solutions to look into allegations he was engaging in improper business relationships and violating federal drug policies.

The court will continue hearing Klop’s petitions on Wednesday.

Source: CBC News