2 Responses to “The Prince of Wails”

  1. David Colquhoun May 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks. I don’t doubt that the Prince thinks he’s doing something good. I can’t help thinking though that the Royal family should stick to pomp and circumstance, and to picking the winner of the 3.30 at Sandown. They seem to be rather more talented at that than at science. I though that is what was meant by the term “constitutional monarchy”.

  2. Chris Johnson May 21, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    I read the Prince’s speech and was positively impressed. Far from being a “wail” and an appeal for more witch doctors, it is carefully reasoned and contains a lot of common sense. Good luck to him.

    His foundation is providing a platform for all kinds of wild ideas, but personally I prefer that these ideas are out in the daylight and can be subjected to vigorous criticism – eg the DC site.

    We sometime forget that alternative medicine grows because patients believe in it. An elderly relative of mine, house-bound for 8 years, has regular acupuncture, drinks herbal tea, and doses herself with some wierd seaweed muesli. She say it all makes her feel a bit better, and who am I or anyone else to argue?

    One of my concerns from the FIH day is that it seems many alternative therapy users do not tell their GP – I can understand why, given the vitriolic reaction of some people on the establishment side of the fence.