Zuma wants SABS to standardise traditional medicine

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Andysor (October 20, 2011, 21:55:57 PM):
Anyone see this? http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Zuma-Standardise-traditional-medicine-20111020

Does cultural sensitivity really extend to the point where a scientifically based institution needs to compromise its integrity by treating (African) woo-woo as the equivalent of (Western) medicine?

To be honest the article isn't very clear on the exact implementations, but the only way this would be a responsible initiative is if the objective was to make sure that whatever is tested is harmless. And surely then it would fall under the department of health portfolio?
Mefiante (October 20, 2011, 22:37:40 PM):
Does cultural sensitivity really extend to the point where a scientifically based institution needs to compromise its integrity by treating (African) woo-woo as the equivalent of (Western) medicine?
Yes. It’s one of this age’s great tragedies that demonstrable fact must always be made to defer to political correctness.

While it can only be hoped that Zuma means to implement at least some control over traditional practices for the sake of national wellbeing, it is likely that the control he seeks has more to do with the health of the national purse than with that of the people.

'Luthon64
GCG (October 21, 2011, 09:30:29 AM):
well, if the SABS doesnt allow themselves to be bullied, they will test the muti before putting their stamp of approval on it. and, undoubtedly, most, if not all, of the muti will prove to be useless.
Mefiante (October 21, 2011, 09:40:18 AM):
Don’t be misled. Thing is, the SABS doesn’t test for efficacy, only safety. Testing for efficacy falls within the remit of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) which likely won’t be involved in this exercise. The short of it is that a SABS stamp of approval would merely mean, “Taking this stuff is safe. Well, probably safe. More than that we won’t say.”

'Luthon64
GCG (October 21, 2011, 09:49:16 AM):
oh joy. another useless piece of shit my tax money goes to then.

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