Professor Ernst tries to Silence Prince Charles with new Book

In 2005 Prince Charles commissioned a report on CAM from economist Christopher Smallwood, when he tried to get natural health therapies into the NHS.  The report was very favourable and said this would be cost effective.  Professor Ernst had been asked to look at the draft report while it was being compiled but he leaked it before it was completed.  Prince Charles's office then complained to Exeter University, where Ernst was Professor of Complementary Medicine.  The result of the complaint was that Prof. Ernst claims he was dismissed from his job and he has now written a book, 'A Scientist in Wonderland' about what he says happened.

Charles study backs NHS therapies

5 October 2005
Complementary therapies should be given a greater role in the NHS, a report commissioned by the Prince of Wales has said.
Row over Charles' medicines study
24 August 2005
Paddy Haverson, the Prince's communications secretary, said: "It is entirely inappropriate for anyone to be commenting on the report when it has not even been completed, let alone published."

He said the Prince had asked Mr Smallwood to conduct the analysis because he was independent of the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health, which promotes alternative medicine therapies.

This month, the Patients Association has called for all GPs to provide patients with the choice of using complementary medicine where it had been proven to work.

Homoeopathy's benefit questioned

26 August 2005

A leading medical journal has made a damning attack on homoeopathy, saying it is no better than dummy drugs.

The Lancet says the time for more studies is over and doctors should be bold and honest with patients about homoeopathy's "lack of benefit".