The following, rather depressing, article from the Economist highlights the growth of alternative medicine currently. Well, obviously one should try to keep a healthy diet and get regular exercise! I get very frustrated when people take this to the other extreme and say things like "big pharma companies don't want you to know, but homeopathy can cure everything". I know plenty of people who practice this at the cost of forgoing regular medicine altogether because "it has chemicals". There is absolutely no way of getting through to these people. As the article says at the end "Misplaced faith has its costs." Should governments start branding the sale of such medicine illegal? Should medical schools start teaching how to interact with patients (if they don't already do so)?