Millions of years of human history can't be wrong
I'm a little surprised Dr Crippen hasn't blogged about this issue.
(What brought my attention to the topic was this letter to the Guardian, which brought this reply.)
We've discussed this topic in our local context before.
angry doc is disturbed by the fact that the MHRA titled its press release "Improved patient information and greater consumer choice", when most patients (or are they consumers? angry doc is confused) are probably unaware that different labeling standards apply for 'western' medicine and alternative medicine remedies.
Like it or not, government 'regulation' is often seen as approval or even promotion. Calling patients consumers does not change the fact that they are sick people who may be misled into thinking that they are taking a proven cure for their illness when all that regulation means is that the product has not been shown to be harmful.