Magazine article The Spectator

Heir of the Dog

Magazine article The Spectator

Heir of the Dog

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If Prince Charles is guilty of anything in selling the 'Duchy Herbals Detox Tincture', now the subject of a hysterical scientific controversy, it is the sin of euphemism. The food supplement is marketed as a way to 'eliminate toxins and aid digestion'. What this means, in the Queen's English, is that it aspires to be a hangover cure.

According to the perfectly named Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, the Prince is relying on 'make-believe and superstition', is peddling 'outright quackery' and even 'contributes to the ill-health of the nation by pretending we can all over-indulge and then take this tincture and be fine again'. Professor Ernst needs to get out more. If he thinks that the Detox Tincture marketed by the Prince of Wales is contributing to Binge Britain, it is time for him to head out of the laboratory and into the high street on a Saturday night.

The professor claims, touchingly, to 'know everything about artichoke that there is to know'. …

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