Lima, Peru - A man discovered first hand that having bad luck may not be as bad as it seems. He drank a potion provided by a so-called "Shaman" to get rid of his family's bad luck for good. Unfortunately, he got more than what he had hoped. The man died from the bogus brew.
Alternative medicine is popular in the Andean nation with newspapers full of colorful ads from self-proclaimed "Shamans". Since the incident, the government warned the people to stay away from clandestine or street-corner practices saying the potions used could kill or cause long-term illness.
"Avoid consuming brews made with herbs of questionable origin or hallucinogenic plants prepared by so-called Shamans," the country's Health Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said that genuine Shamans from the country's north sometimes consumed natural hallucinogens such as the San Pedro cactus in their rituals, but did not administer them to patients.
I think seeking alternative medicine may be ok, but at least do your homework first. Don't just trust anyone especially to cure such a mundane problem.