Love Has Won cult leader Amy Carlson died of natural causes after years of alcohol abuse, opioid use, anorexia and chronic ingestion of colloidal silver, a substance that some believe can boost the body’s immune system, according to an autopsy report prepared by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.
The report, which was finalized last month, found alcohol, narcotics, marijuana and high levels of silver in the 45-year-old’s body. Carlson, who was 5-feet-4-inches tall, weighed 75 pounds when she died, the report said.
The autopsy results were first reported by Guru Mag, an online publication that reports on cults, and were confirmed to The Denver Post by Rising Above Love Has Won, a group that tries to rescue the group’s followers.
The autopsy also reported that there were no signs of cancer, despite Carlson’s followers saying that she was suffering from it. Her followers, who called Carlson “Mother God,” also had said she was paralyzed. Those who follow the cult said there was no sign that she was paralyzed, although the autopsy report does not address that condition.
Carlson’s body was discovered April 28 in a home near Crestone in Saguache County after one member drove to Salida to tell police there was a dead body in the house.
Saguache sheriff’s deputies found Carlson’s body in a green sleeping bag and enshrined in Christmas lights. She was wearing makeup, including multicolored, glittery eye shadow. The body had a crown made of brown and gold beads and blue and green stones, and there were multiple necklaces around her neck, the autopsy report said. She also was wearing a tie-dyed fleece shawl along with bandanas and a faux-fur scarf.
After Carlson’s body was discovered, seven people were charged in connection with transporting her body to Colorado from California and for allowing two children to stay in the house with the body. The Saguache County district attorney later dismissed the charges.
Since the death, cult members have scattered and rebranded themselves as 5D Full Disclosure.
The group that works to dispel the cult’s teachings and rescue followers pointed to the autopsy report on Friday as evidence that the cult’s teachings are false and that Mother God was not a mythical being sent to Earth to deliver people to another dimension.
“There weren’t any magical, unexplained findings when her body was examined,” the group’s Facebook page said. “Amy’s ‘3D medicine’ was simply opioids, alcohol, THC and colloidal silver. The easiest way to obtain donations is manipulation and victim mentality.”
The cult promoted colloidal silver to its followers and sold bottles of it online. The family member of a former member told The Post in a previous interview that the group would melt various metals, such as the heads of cigarette lighters, into potions to drink.
At the scene where Carlson’s body was found, deputies confiscated eight bottles with medicine droppers and colorful labels with names such as “Gaia’s Colloidal Iridium,” “Colloidal Titanium” and “Gaia’s Collodial Palladium,” the autopsy report said.
The Mayo Clinic’s website says there is no scientific evidence that colloidal silver has healing properties.
The autopsy and toxicology report took months because Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin said he needed help testing the body for heavy metals. The El Paso County coroner performed the autopsy on behalf of Saguache County.
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