Prince Charles accused of detox “quackery”

LONDON, (Reuters) – Prince Charles has been accused  of quackery and exploitation over his Duchy Originals food  company’s promotion of a “detox” tincture made from artichoke  and dandelion.

Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at  Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, said Charles is exploiting a  gullible public at a time of financial hardship.

A long-standing critic of alternative medicines such as  homeopathy, Ernst said there is no evidence that detox products  work.

“Prince Charles contributes to the ill health of the nation  by pretending we can all overindulge, then take his tincture and  be fine again,” he said in a statement.

“Under the banner of holistic and integrative healthcare, he  thus promotes a ‘quick fix’ and outright quackery.”

The detox product went on sale earlier this year and is  available at Boots and Waitrose, Ernst said.

The 60-year-old prince, a long-time advocate of alternative  and sustainable agriculture, founded Duchy Originals in 1990 to  promote organic food and farming, with profits going to charity.

Duchy Originals Chief Executive Andrew Baker said the  tincture was sold as a food supplement in accordance with both  UK and European food laws.

“Duchy Herbals Detox Tincture … is a natural aid to  digestion and supports the body’s natural elimination  processes,” he added.

“It is not — and has never been described as — a medicine,  remedy or cure for any disease.

“We find it unfortunate that Professor Ernst should chase  sensationalist headlines in this way rather than concentrating  on accuracy and objectivity.”

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