Another major issue that emerged after the publication of Black Spider’s notes was Prince Charles’ passion for alternative medicine. The Prince of Wales has protested a European Union law restricting the use of herbal remedies across Britain in a letter to Tony Blair, urging the then prime minister to do something about it. It was not the first time Charles’s views on health care became headlines as he began to speak out in support of Gerson Therapy, a radical alternative for cancer patients in 2004: instead of chemotherapy, patients would rely on fruit juice, brown enema and vitamin injections.
“I know that one patient who turned to Gerson Therapy had said he had terminal cancer and would not survive another course of chemotherapy,” said Prince Charles at a complex health conference (via The Guardian). “Fortunately, seven years later, he is alive and well. Therefore, it is vital, rather than rejecting such experiences, to further explore the beneficial nature of these therapies.”
The prince is not alone in supporting Gerson’s treatment, but he is certainly in the minority. According to the American Cancer Society website, this seemingly natural technique can in fact be very harmful: “Coffee cups have been associated with serious infections, dehydration, constipation, colitis (…) and even death.” Despite intense criticism, Charles’ belief in alternative therapies remains as strong as ever – he was named Patron of the School of Homeopathy in 2019.