Herbal Hogwash

Why is it that in a centre of scientific and medical excellence, namely Cambridge, do the city’s powers that be think it’s a good idea to let a herbalist pedal their wares in a prominent city centre shop?

At best, the products on sale are pseudoscientific hogwash for which any positive effects are likely to be mere placebo in origin. At worst, the apothecary’s shelves are laden with unregulated, untested, and potentially toxic materials that dupe those with any of a vast range of diseases into believing in a panacea for their ills that simply does not exist.

If these products worked, wouldn’t it be an obvious sector of the market for the pharma industry to move into? Surely, that would have happened already, if these products worked…