Alternative medicine practitioners need to be made accountable for their actions to ensure that they are up to date with their education. Also, some type of peer review mechanism needs to be put in place to ensure the safety of the public. Otherwise, the danger is that medicine can become a 'bastardised' system (for example, homeopathic practitioners in India who prescribe allopathic antibiotics for coughs and colds) which can harm patients considerably.
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