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Devil’s claw, diluted herbs and Christian healers: this doctor must lead King Charles’ cancer treatment

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No one doubts that British King Charles will receive the best possible care after his cancer diagnosis, Buckingham Palace itself has already spoken of “a team of experienced doctors” who will assist the monarch. These experts will probably be led by a man with a controversial reputation: Michael Dixon.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 9:40 AM

Dixon (71) has an impressive CV as an experienced GP, fellow of the Royal College of GPs, fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, former chairman of the NHS Alliance, and chairman of the College of Medicine. He was appointed head of the Royal Medical Household, the medical service of the British royal family, at the end of 2022 – in that role he is responsible for the health of the royals, and must be present at royal births and deaths as a precaution.

Controversial

But the man is also controversial, not least because he has repeatedly expressed his belief in controversial treatment methods such as homeopathy, aromatherapy and reflexology.

For example, in a study, Dixon cited an experiment that was supposed to show that treatment with herbs extremely diluted in water could cure cancer, although Buckingham Palace later denied that Dixon really believed in that theory. “Doctor Dixon does not believe that homeopathy can cure cancer,” he said at the time. “His position is that complementary therapies can exist alongside conventional treatments, provided they are safe, appropriate and evidence-based.”

Dixon is also said to have prescribed plants such as devil’s claw and horny goat weed to patients in the past, and has suggested in studies that Christian healers can help with chronic illnesses.

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King Charles himself is also known as a supporter of natural treatments for diseases, he was even appointed godfather of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2017.

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