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inewsource: Montana couple sinks life savings into ‘miracle’ diabetes treatment

Many people are turning to a controversial diabetes treatment from Trina Health; one couple believed so fiercely they sank their finances into opening a clinic to help others in Montana.

By: Cheryl Clark, Megan Wood and Brandon Quester

Julie and Ron Briggs were business people, but they’d never run a medical clinic. When they wanted to open a Trina clinic, they asked for help from leaders at Barrett Hospital, an 18-bed facility a mile from the couple’s house. That’s where emergency room physicians had so often revived Ron from a diabetic coma.

Initially, Ron and Julie said hospital officials seemed interested. But weeks passed. Nothing happened.

Those administrators had handed over Ron and Julie’s proposal to the hospital’s medical staff, to physicians who would see what the evidence was and whether Trina really could help their patients. A meeting was held, but it did not go well.

The couple recalled that one of the doctors told them straight out: If Ron Briggs thought this treatment was helping him, “it’s a placebo.” It was all in his head.

Some Dillon doctors had used words like “scam,” “fraud” and “snake oil.” Ron and Julie said one patient told them his doctor said he’d have to find another physician if he went to the Trina clinic.

Trina offers a series of insulin infusions said to improve the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates, resolving multiple complications from diabetes. The clinic’s website said Sacramento lawyer G. Ford Gilbert developed the infusion protocol. Gilbert claimed that 30 years ago the treatments alleviated his daughter Trina’s complications from Type 1 diabetes, saving her life. The daughter said she’s still healthy today because of weekly Trina infusions.

To read full coverage from inewsource on Trina, including recent developments in charges against Gilbert, click here.