If you're still scratching your head over the MDs who tell us that supplements are a waste of our time and money, the new WHO policy document on on Traditional and Complementary Medicine is a breath of fresh air and has met with approval from industry groups. Margaret Chen, the WHO’s Director-General suggests in her forward to the new paper, that much has changed since the last policy statement in 2002. She stated “Across the world, traditional medicine is either the mainstay of healthcare delivery or serves as a complement to it. More countries have gradually come to accept the contribution that T&CM can make to the health and wellbeing of individuals and to the comprehensiveness of their healthcare systems."
In Australia, CEO of the Complementary Healthcare Council Says “I urge the Australian Government to see the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014 - 2023 as the impetus for fostering the appropriate proactive policies and for recognising complementary medicines as a vital part of a comprehensive Australian health care system.”
The new WHO paper is certainly very welcome - I can only wonder if the dinosaurs of allopathic medicine and the mouthpieces for Big Pharma are behind the nonsense trotted out as science, damning the use of nutritional supplements.