When 37-year-old June Grell, a healthy mother of three, died unexpectedly in her sleep in the summer of 1991, her devastated husband had no idea what happened. June was in excellent health. The coroner's report said she died of "apparent natural" causes. But for two months before her death, June Grell had been drinking a diet herbal tea with senna, an herb similar to federally approved manmade laxatives. In another case, a 24-year-old woman died a bloody, painful death after attempting to induce an abortion with pennyroyal, an herb that is lethal in high doses. The article examines the dangers of the unregulated natural medicine industry.
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