I visited Greenlife in Totnes. Thank you to Jamie Sermon for a fascinating tour of Greenlife, one of Totnes' thriving businesses providing advice and sales for complimentary medicines, specialty foods and supplements. An opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss issues ranging from the effects of the EU Herbal Medicines Directive to the consolidation of legislation covering the sales of complementary medicines.
Whilst coming from a conventional medical tradition with a strong belief in evidence based medicine, I have also worked as a GP in Chagford and know how many of my former patients used and reported benefit from integrated CAM approaches alongside conventional care. The changes to labelling do present challenges to stores like Greenlife and it was good to discuss the issues around protecting consumers whilst allowing choice.