10 of the Most Lied About Drugs
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Yet despite this promise, drug companies are hardly rushing to investigate. In fact the typical response so far has been some half-hearted attempts at whipping up a media scare and a handful of opportunistic politicians threatening to ban it. (The Seattle-based alternative weekly, The Stranger, has a clear-eyed report on the rush to outlaw this potentially helpful herb.) “The fact that this is a leaf traditionally chewed by indigenous people makes it harder for the medical establishment to swallow,” says Lapoint.