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Herbalists putting patients in danger
I fully support Senator Subhas Ramkhelawan’s call for a ban on the misleading claims made by herbalists in their advertisements in the print and electronic media. I am truly amazed that these herbalists can defend their ads by stating that no side-effects need to be listed and furthermore no research is necessary to support their claims. As medical practitioners we are always advised to practise evidence-based medicine, that is prescribe therapies that have undergone rigorous random double-blind controlled trials. No doctor worth his salt would prescribe a medication without knowing its therapeutic capabilities, possible side-effects and drug interactions. This information is available after the drug has undergone the aforementioned trials and been approved by the relevant authorities (like the Food and Drug Administration).
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