Alternative medicine

The new monarch has spent years promoting homeopathy – despite criticism from scientists

The future King Charles started an agency to advance alternative medicine in the 1990s. The agency closed in 2010 for money laundering.Tony Harris – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

  • King Charles III has advocated for alternative medicine, including homeopathy, since the 1980s.

  • Charles once supported a company that treated cancer with fruit juices and coffee enemas.

  • He founded an alternative medicine agency. It closed in 2010 after a manager laundered money.

King Charles III has long flirted with alternative medicine and treatments that are not backed by science.

In the 1990s, then Prince Charles launched the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, a charity set up to advance the acceptance and understanding of alternative medicine in the UK.

Although constitutionally independent, the organization took in federal money in the 2000s to advise on “the regulation of massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, and other complementary therapies.”

The foundation closed in 2010 due to allegations of fraud and money laundering of £253,000.

While the King’s continued advocacy for homeopathic and herbal treatments has criticism drawn scientists and the public, he indicated that as the reigning monarch he will not speak as much about political and social causes, such as promoting environmental policies to curb climate change.

“I’m not that stupid, I realize it’s a separate exercise to be sovereign,” he told the BBC. in 2018.

But his opinions remain a topic of discussion, especially in light of the growing interest in wellness and alternative medicine today.

In the 90s, Charles ventured into alternative medicine and organic foods

According New York Times ArchiveThe King told doctors at the British Medical Association’s annual dinner in 1982 that he was “frightened” by how often doctors prescribed drugs to treat the disease.

“I would say that the whole imposing edifice of modern medicine, for all its jaw-dropping successes, is, like the famous tower of Pisa, slightly unbalanced,” he said. “It’s frightening how addicted we all are to drugs and how easy it is for doctors to prescribe them as the universal panacea for our ills.”

His speech spurred new research on homeopathy and led to increased sales of alternative medicine products, according to the Times.

Eventually, in the 1990s, Charles launched the Foundation for Integrated Medicine to bring alternative therapies into the UK’s National Health Service. (It was around the same time he created Duchy Originalsa company that sells and promotes organic food.)

In 2010 the UK arrested a senior aide to Charles’s foundation for fraud and money laundering of £300,000. The organization close shortly after the arrest.

A spokesperson for Charles said he was “proud of the accomplishments of his foundation, which has brought together hundreds of integrated health advocates,” the Warden reported.

Charles recently became patron of a homeopathic organization

Charles expressed his support for alternative therapies, including a cancer therapy that treated patients with “13 fruit juices a day, coffee enemas and weekly vitamin injections”, the Warden reported. He publicly supported Gerson Therapy, a company that sold such therapies, during a health conference 2004.

In 2019, Charles became patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy, a global organization promoting the practice.

Critics said Charles’ involvement in FOH contradicts the view of the UK’s National Health Service, which said homeopathy should not be recommended to the public due to the lack of evidence of the therapy’s effectiveness. (FOH did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.)

“If Prince Charles wants to have a real positive effect on the health of the nation he intends to rule one day, he should side with those who offer dangerously misleading advice, rather than fighting in their own corner. “said the Good Thinking Society, a non-governmental organization. profit that promotes science-backed treatments, said in a statement reported by CNN at the time.

Homeopathy is a medical system developed in Germany over 200 years ago that uses plants, minerals and animals to treat disease. Homeopathy does not use standardized dosages and treatments, which means that two people with the same disease may receive different treatments depending on their practitioner. There is no standard education or training among homeopathic practitioners, Bloomberg reported.

At the time of his nomination, the Palace defended Charles’ sponsorship, telling CNN that Charles “believes that safe and effective complementary medicine can play an important role in health systems, as long as the approaches are integrated with conventional treatments.” , a position he has reached after years of discussions with experts in many different fields of medicine.” Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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