If you live in the UK, it was impossible during the last week or so to escape the news that our King is going into hospital for a ‘corrective procedure’ on his benign prostate problem. Apparently, he is keen to share his diagnosis with the public to encourage other men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked. “In common with thousands of men each year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate,” the official statement said.

According to the NHS website, the King should make lifestyle changes, such as:

  • drinking less alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks
  • limiting your intake of artificial sweeteners
  • exercising regularly
  • drinking less in the evening

Medicine to reduce the size of the prostate and relax your bladder may be recommended to treat moderate to severe symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Surgery is usually only recommended for moderate to severe symptoms that have not responded to medicine.

It is said that Charles had symptoms since Christmas. So, being the most outspoken fan of so-called alternative medicine (SCAM), why has he not tried SCAM? Has he, for example, tried any of these treatments that have reported at least in one or more studies some promise?:

  • Camelia sinensis (green or black tea),
  • Solanum lycopersicum (common tomato),
  • Punica granatum (pomegranate),
  • Glycine max (common soy),
  • Linum usitatissimum (linen),
  • Ellagic acid,
  • Saw palmetto,
  • Pumpkin seed,
  • Willow herb,
  • Maritime pine bark,
  • Pygeum africanum bark,
  • Rye pollen,
  • Nettle root,
  • Dozens of Chinese herbs,
  • Acupuncture,
  • Homeopathy.

It seems not!

But why not?

Why does the world’s greatest SCAM enthusiast not go for his beloved natural cures and ancient wisdom?

Has Charles been advised that the studies are flimsy and the evidence is unconvincing (in that case, well-done Michael!)? I might have given the same advice. Yet, this begs the question, why are he and his head of the royal medical household, Dr Michael Dixon, fiercely in favor of SCAM? Is the evidence for other conditions any better?

Michael, in case you read this: it is nottrust me, I have studied the subject for >30 years.

Anyway, I would probably have consulted a surgeon too, if I had Charles’ problem. Yet, there is an important difference: I (in common with thousands of men) have to join the UK waiting list which currently stands at around 8 000 000.

Yes, I do try to understand that the King is the King and that I am far less of a priority.

The King is special!

The King deserves special, non-NHS treatment!

But scientific evidence is the scientific evidence, no matter whether it relates to SCAM or surgery. So, why does the King (and Dixon) promote SCAM when he himself does evidently not trust it?

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