What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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“In the controversial area of complementary medicine, the now defunct Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health became involved in trying to change government policy. The charity was paid £1.1m by the Department of Health to advise on the regulation of massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and other complementary therapies as Prince Charles personally lobbied health ministers to embrace such treatments across the NHS. It engaged in a public row with the professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, Edzard Ernst, after Ernst attacked its draft guide to complementary medicines as "outrageous and deeply flawed". The Charity Commission was asked to launch an investigation into allegations it may have breached charity regulations by pursuing a "vendetta" against Ernst before a separate police investigation saw the former finance director, George Gray, arrested and subsequently charged with theft, fraud and money laundering. The trustees have now closed the charity down, a sign perhaps that the strategy of devolving the Prince's campaigns to charities carries real risk to his reputation.” Robert Booth, The Guardian (25th June 2010)