Today, Oliver Kamm, a Times business columnist and leader writer, sates in THE TIMES that part of the blame for the persistence of fake medicine lies with, of all people, the heir to the throne. In a new book titled More Harm than Good?, Professor Edzard Ernst says that, as the most prominent advocate of homeopathy, the Prince of Wales is engaged in “foolish and immoral” support for unproven remedies for serious illness. You can say that again.
Yes, let’s say that again: foolish and immoral!
So many people say that they are not religious but then will swear by things like Homeopathy that we know don't work from clinical trials and implausibility of their claims. Alternative medicine people use the same style of arguments as creationists. The Anti-GMO crowd is the same. You can't say creationists and climate deniers are stupid for not following science and evidence and then be anti-vaccine and anti-GMO and support alternative medicine. Sometimes I think Christians are more pro-science than atheists, and that worries me.....
I think he gives Prince Charles more credit than he deserves. Is anybody actually influenced by the Royals? I don't condone the promotion of such tripe, I think the businesses that are promoting and profiting from the sales of imaginary medicine are those at fault, people place their trust in respected shops, by selling these items it validates them in the minds of the duped. I say this as someone who has lost a much loved family member due to them not accepting actual medicine and relying on the false promises of homeopathy. Sadly they kept their condition secret so I was unable to explain what homeopathy actually is to them. His wife also used to rely on homeopathy, she now has appreciation for the decades of medical science that has lead to real medicine.
He's not the only one - several other members of the Royal family, going back generations, have been advocates of homeopathy (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-kings-homeopath_b_827499.html) and Dr Peter Fisher, the Queen's personal doctor, argues that it should be more widely available through the National Health Service (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11739270/Queens-physician-calls-for-more-homeopathy-on-NHS.html).
Which just goes to show: having loads of money doesn't give you intelligence.
We used two "homeopathic" remedies. I commute to work by bike, getting a cold is always a danger, I get a dry throat, so I have a lozenge of some kind before I head out. Years ago, there were these homeopathic lozenges with zinc that I took, and I didn't get colds (that much, anyway). My wife has allergies, and she got something to put above her lip to fight allergies, worked pretty good. But zinc has anti-cold properties outside of the homeopathic paradigm, and my wife's allergy stuff was mechanical action -- allergens got stuck to the stuff before getting to her nose.
That said, Bonnie Prince Charlie looks pretty good in a kilt.