July 1997 Issue

Herbal Laxative May Be at Root of a Heart Problem

The herbal intestinal "cleanser," Chomper, may, in a way, live up to its curious name. Among the dozen or so herbs in the supplement are rhubarb root and cascara sagrada bark, both with known laxative effects. Yet recent batches of the supplement may pack an unintended wallop. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to cease taking Chomper as a result of a young Massachusetts woman being hospitalized with an

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