The same year that it allowed l-tryptophan back on the market, the FDA recalled a range of Chinese herbal supplements produced by Herbal Science International, Inc. after they were found to contain ephedrine, aristolochic acid (associated with kidney disease) and, most troubling, human placenta. Whether or not consuming human placenta constitutes cannibalism is subject for debate, but either way, scientists say that eating it can transmit blood-borne diseases like hepatitis or HIV.
Credit: Matej Pribelsky / Getty Images
Powered By ZergNet
Gear of the Year
102 of the Best Tools, Toys & Tech
Plus: The Woman Who Bails Out the NFL's Bad Boys
ON NEWSSTANDS NOW
The Woman Who Bails Out the NFL's Bad Boys
Jalen Rose: NBA's Inside Man
Sign up to receive the Men’s Journal newsletter and special offers from MJ and its marketing partners.