The scientific community has criticized alternative medicine as being based on misleading statements, quackery, pseudoscience, antiscience, fraud, or poor scientific methodology. Promoting alternative medicine has been called dangerous and unethical Testing alternative medicine has been called a waste of scarce medical research resources. Critics have said "there is really no such thing as alternative medicine, just medicine that works and medicine that doesn't" and "Can there be any reasonable 'alternative' to medicine based on evidence." (read more here)
There are approximately 200 000 alternative healers in South Africa. Isn't it time to get more clarity on this issue and give natural products its rightful place in society?
A day before the start of spring on 31 August 2016, dagga activists demonstrated outside of the Cape Town High Court with hopes to convince judges that sections of the Drugs and Drugs Trafficking Act are unconstitutional. A full bench of the court postponed the case until 13 December 2016. The case was brought by Rastafarian lawyer, Garreth Prince and the leader of the Dagga Party of South Africa, Jeremy Acton.
A similar action by the “Dagga Couple”, Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, in the Pretoria High Court is still pending. After three postponements, the Dagga Couple’s ‘’Trial of the Plant’’ is set to start on the 31st of July 2017 (Source: SABC here)
Our Rasta Sista, Empress Tallowah, studied at the National School of Arts where she specialised in drama. Being Rastafarian was more a calling than a choice. Tallowah sees Rastafari more as a way of life rather than a religion but she embraces other religions. Tallowah's message is one of love and greatness.
This week we chatted to artist, alternative healer and owner of the Roodeplaat Art Gallery on the iStart2 Show. "Some people call me the bossie doctor," says Eduan. "We need to get back to using natural organic rather than chemical, abusive substances."
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