Archive for April 30th, 2010

In memoriam

April 30, 2010

In which Dr Aust gets a bit poetic

Today the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health (FIH) announced that it was to close its doors.

(There is some suggestion that if you look at the logo for long enough the feathers will start to droop.)

The announcement follows recent revelations about the FIH’s finances, sources of income for at least one of their more notorious projects, and the police investigation into allegations of serious fraud at the charity, including the arrest of at least one ex-staffer.

Though the announcement states that the closure of the charity was “already planned”,  it acknowledges that it has been brought forward by the ongoing police investigation.

The story has already attracted coverage in the media – both mainstream and scientific/medical – and on the blogs.  Some links are at the end.

However, as yet, no-one has penned a valedictory poem.

Though I suppose it is possible Poet Laureate Carole Ann Duffy will rise to the challenge in due course, in the meantime I thought I would have a go.

So, with apologies to E.J. Thribb, I give you:

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POETRY CORNER

In Memoriam
Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health

So. Farewell
Then. The
Prince of Wales’ Foundation
for Integrated Health

As it so
Happens a
Much disputed term

“Integrated Health”
You said.
“Quack nonsense” said
The scientists.

“Achieve optimal health
and wellbeing”
You said.
“If you buy this Duchy dodgy
Herbal potion
They mocked.

But of course now
That all the
Money has disappeared
It might
Appear rather
Quackademic.

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I have also been trying to come up with a suitable epitaph for the FIH

So far my favourite is:

Requiescat in ridiculo

or perhaps:

Requiescat in ridiculo (a)eterno

Which latter version would have the neat acronym – at least for anyone who has ever studied French at school – RIRE.

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More coverage:

From Pulse (with quotes from FIH’s Dr Micharl Dixon and Edzard Ernst)
From Nature (with comment from Edzard Ernst)
From David Colquhoun’s blog (with updates promised)
Google collection of news stories

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