And some alternative medicine shopkeepers are outright dishonest


Apparently, Great Britain is having a problem with shopkeepers who put illegal prescription drugs in their “herbal remedies.” And this is a big problem. I think that alternative medicine (in this case, traditional Chinese medicine) has a lot to offer even side-by-side with today’s medical advances. However, practitioners and shopkeepers have to be honest, or we can’t have an effective treatment (or even worse).

And this is a clear disadvantage with alternative medicine. In the US, we do have stricter manufacturing regulations, but that scrutiny is certainly directed more on pharmaceutical manufacturers. It’s worth a little bit of scrutiny to examine what you’re taking, and to work with a doctor (conventional or alternative) you can trust.

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  1. John said, “…However, practitioners and shopkeepers have to be honest, or we can’t have an effective treatment (or even worse).

    It’s worth a little bit of scrutiny to examine what you’re taking, and to work with a doctor (conventional or alternative) you can trust.”

    Amen to both those statements!

    Scary story coming out of the UK, but unfortunately, a real fact of life in the “alternative” healthcare arena. Fortunately, the FDA does regulate label claims on all foods, including dietary supplements. So technically, US law requires that your product contains what you say it contains. Not that that always happens…

    Regardless, honesty is still the best policy.

    -Patrick Sullivan Jr.

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