Prince Charles Battles Pharma, Doctors, & Fights For Patient Rights

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Prince Charles is 67 years old. And if you ask him, alternative medicine has been at the heart of his existence. His support for alternative healing has been well-documented (as well as well-criticized). Charles has long argued that alternative health practices, such as herbal medicine, should be given more focus and patients should have the right to choose. He’s never condemned modern medicine as much as he has pushed for alternative medicine to be given equal treatment.

In 2010, Charles published a book titled, Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our Worldwhich focuses on alternative health treatments, as well as diagnosis tools. Charles describes it as ” a practical guide to what we have lost in the modern world.” He focuses on architecture, farming and of course medicine. The idea is to rethink our modern approaches using traditional, historically proven models. The book shows a disconnect between man and nature.

His approach to diagnosing illness is summarized here:

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I have also learnt from leading experts how we can understand a great deal about the causes of ill health through more traditional methods of diagnosis — for example, through examination of the iris, ears, tongue, feet and pulse, very much the basis of the Indian Ayurvedic system.

This is not to say that modern diagnostic techniques do not have a role, but let us not forget what we can gain by using the knowledge and wisdom accumulated over thousands of years by pioneers who did not have access to today’s technology. In fact, an over-reliance can often mean that the subtle signs of imbalance revealed by the examination of the eyes, pulse and tongue are totally missed.

Including the fruits of such knowledge, gleaned over 8,000 years of studying the relationship of the human body to the rest of Nature and to the Universe, can but only provide an extra, valuable resource to doctors as they seek to make a full diagnosis. Why persist in denying the immense value of such accumulated wisdom when it can tell us so much about the whole person — mind, body and spirit? Employing the best of the ancient and modern in a truly integrated way is another example of harmony and balance at work.

We are a big supporter of Ayurvedic treatments, particularly oil pulling. Many Ayurvedic treatments have shown amazing results, but studies are few and far between because pharmaceutical companies simply aren’t going to fund items which would eliminate their own need in the profit equation. So these alternative treatments are left to die, with the exception of those of us who are willing to try new, non-evasive, natural methods.

Charles has also had proposals blocked by Ministers in his home country whereas he asked that alternative medicine is given a fair shake. In other words, he was seeking to have modern doctors and pharmaceuticals regulated. He was shot down. This article was from the Telegraph in 2014.

The Prince of Wales is pushing for an acceptance of complementary medicines and urging medical watchdogs to regulate their professions in order to better protect patients.

Two years ago the Coalition pledged to bring in an official register of practitioners of herbal and Chinese medicines, which would see therapists regulated alongside other health care workers.

It followed two public consultations which found overwhelming support for the proposals.

But ministers have blocked the proposals, instead setting up a new committee – which has just secretly drawn up plans to spend a further 18 months re-examining the matter.

Prince Charles is said to be increasingly frustrated about “delay tactics” which mean that the proposals may not be published until next year and then would be highly likely to be cast aside again as an election looms.

Charles was only pushing for public choice, rather than allowing people to be a pharmaceutical or diagnostic funnel by the medical powers that be.

Dr Michael Dixon, the chairman of the College of Medicine, which advocates an “integrated” approach to medicine – so that complementary therapies such as homoeopathy, acupuncture and herbal remedies are evaluated alongside mainstream medicine – said: “The Prince of Wales has consistently pushed for stricter controls over complementary medicines so that the public has a real choice about treatment, and is properly protected.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt would eventually sign the Early Day Motion in support of homeopathy, alternative medicine. But the road for Charles has been filled with detractors and skeptics, many of such calling him a “nutcase” and “bad for modern man’s health.”

Between 2004 and 2005, Charles sent numerous letters to the powers that be lobbying them to give alternative medicine fair considerations. The letters were discovered some years later through incidental legal proceedings, at which time they were termed the “black spider” correspondence. This is an excerpt Charles wrote to the Prime Minister.

“We briefly mentioned the European Union Directive on Herbal Medicines, which is having such a deleterious effect on the complementary medicine sector in this country by effectively outlawing the use of certain herbal

“I think we both agreed that this was using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. You rightly asked me what could be done about it and I am asking the Chief Executive of my Foundation for Integrated Health to provide a more detailed briefing which I hope to be able to send shortly so that your advisers can look at it.”

extracts,” the Prince wrote.

The worst of it all comes in 2010 when Charles and four directors from his “College of Medicine” charity, had their establishment shut down as it was accused by government officials of fraud and money laundering. The charity was of course, controversial in the country and scientist often termed it as “quackery.” But was it shut down because pharmaceutical companies didn’t appreciate Charles’ approach? According to The Guardian, no one was formally charged after the investigation shut it down.

The four directors of the college are former fellows or directors of the prince’s charity, the Foundation for Integrated Health, which shut in April after Scotland Yard began a fraud and money-laundering inquiry. Police later charged the charity’s finance director, George Gray, with theft totalling £253,000. None of the directors of the new college have been accused of wrongdoing in the investigation.

The College of Medicine had been registered as the College for Integrated Health shortly after the intimidation tactics ended. Charles push for deployment of alternative health treatments has been documented for over a decade at least, making him one of the most prominent figures in the fight for a faithful healthcare system.

Charles also has been lined to alternative, chemical-free vaccines. Charles and the Queen were heavily scrutinized and eventually the products were pulled from the shelves.

A homeopathic pharmacy endorsed by Prince Charles and the Queen has been told to stop advertising sugar pills labelled as childhood vaccines.

The government’s medicines regulator stepped in after an investigation by BBC Inside Out South West.

It found a number of homeopathic products on sale at specialist retailer Ainsworths labelled as vaccines or bearing the name of a childhood illness.

The programme also found evidence the company’s owner Anthony Pinkus was prepared to recommend homeopathic pills to parents as an alternative to the whooping cough vaccination.

It should be noted in fairness that Charles also donated a large sum of money to the Philippines to perform mass vaccinations after Typhoon Haiyan. In the end, Charles’ fight for alternative medicine, which has been continually countered by Government officials, is one of the most inspiring tales around. At 67 years old, Charles doesn’t seem like the type of man that will ever back down. And he’s proven such, having been through so much resistance. This also highlights the long, protective arm of Pharma at play.

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