Wiltshire police have arrested three people after a 71-year-old woman died following a session of PaidaLajin self-healing therapy.
Those arrested include two men aged 51 and 53 years old and a 64-year-old woman. This is the second time that someone with type 1 diabetes has died immediately after taking part in a PaidaLajin workshop.
The police are treating the death as suspicious as Danielle Carr-Gomm died during the week-long workshop stay that took place at Cleeve House in Seend, Wiltshire.
Information on the PaidaLajin website notes that missing insulin injections is part of the workshop and yet this is extremely dangerous in people with type 1 diabetes.
When insulin injections are missed in type 1 diabetes, the body starts to produce dangerously high levels of ketones. If injections continue to be missed, this can lead to a condition called ketoacidosis in which the blood becomes so acidic that it can result in coma and death.
Mrs Carr-Gomm was found dead at 3am by another workshop attendee who was staying in the same room as her at the workshop venue. On Friday 11th November, an inquest was opened and will be resumed at a later date.
Mrs Carr-Gomm had previously attended one of the workshops in July, that took place in Bulgaria. Her faith in the therapy meant that she stopped taking her insulin for two days, following July’s workshop, but had to resume injections as her blood glucose levels went dangerously high.
The paida therapy involves slapping the body to bring about bruising and the lajin is intense stretching.
During Mrs Carr-Gomm’s first workshop she stated on her blog that, “large areas of my body were bruised blue which indicated that a lot of ‘sha’ or poisoned blood and toxins had been released” and that the laji, “felt like agony and an eternity”.
Lead therapist, Hongchi Xiao, claims his slapping therapy can help people with type 1 diabetes self-heal their body. Within the workshop, people with type 1 diabetes stop taking their injections in the morning and undertake extended periods of fasting.
Therapist, Hongchi Xiao is not a medical doctor and started his PaidaLajin after previously having worked as a Wall Street financier.
Mrs Carr-Gomm’s son Matthew stated: “I am certain that if she hadn’t gone on this course, she would still be alive today.”
Adding that, “She had a lifelong fear of needles so diabetes was probably the worst illness she could get. That was why she was so keen to try alternative therapies.”
The news shows how dangerous it is for people with type 1 diabetes to miss insulin injections.

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