Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks: Study Herbal remedy isn't regulated, and can have side effects and serious drug interactions

GP practice with 4,000 patients closes after 67 years because NHS chiefs couldn't find enough doctors to run it."As well as day-to-day healthcare, the clinic specialises in anthroposophy - an alternative, spiritual approach to medicine - and health chiefs struggled to find GPs with an interest or expertise in the field."


A prescription for media doctors — unregulated, and serving six million 'patients' per day. "A television news anchor who exaggerates his experience is demoted, but doctors on television who exaggerate their expertise across all branches of medicine, prescribe unsubstantiated, costly and potentially harmful treatments, and leave other doctors to manage the fallout continue without censure." 

Compare that to

Unproven health advice over UK TV is a no-no

Oregon Health Plan opens door to back-pain treatment. "The new guidelines open the door to acupuncture, chiropractic, cognitive behavioral therapy, osteopathic manipulation and physical and occupational therapy."

The effectiveness and safety of plum-blossom needle therapy for Tourette syndrome: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Add another form of acupuncture to the list. ""plum-blossom" needle therapy is superficial tapping merely on the skin, but not the flesh. "Plum-blossom" means five needles bound in a bundle like a plum-blossom"