Prince Charles criticized for marketing “dodgy” products.
Edzard Ernst, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Exeter, has harshly criticized claims made for herbal products sold by Duchy Originals, a firm owned by Prince Charles.
In January, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) upheld a complaint over the online advertising of two of the company’s products.
The offending claims were removed but Ernst blasted the company’s promotion of Detox Artichoke and Dandelion Tincture, as “quackery” and nicknamed the brand “Dodgy Originals.” In a follow-up report posted to Quackwatch, Ernst debunked the quack concept of “detoxification” and said:
“If detox products worked, that would be easy to demonstrate. Simply take a few blood samples from volunteers and test whether this or that toxin is eliminated from the body faster than normal. But where are the studies that demonstrate efficacy? They do not exist, and the reason is simple: such products have no real detoxification effects.”
In 2006, Sense about Science issued a press statement in which prominent British scientists urged people not to waste their money on “detox” products.