deadly nightshade


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In the most high-profile case, homeopathic teething products were found to contain toxic belladonna, aka deadly nightshade. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Massive recall of homeopathic kids’ products spotlights dubious health claims," 24 Aug. 2018 Belladonna is made from the deadly nightshade plant, once used as a sedative. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "FDA to crack down on ‘snake oil’ homeopathy," 19 Dec. 2017

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