In Ireland modern medics are pretty good, they're very fond of evidence and frequently save lives.
Here we've a story of a quack giving peanuts to someone with a peanut allergy ... the dude with the peanut allergy died of .... well peanut allergy
Now if people want to take advice from quacks, they should be free to, though I'd question it going any further than advice. Also if we can have health warnings on cigarettes can we also have them on quackpots ?Irish Independent - Man died an hour after being treated for peanut allergy
He had earlier been treated for the peanut allergy by kinesiologist Dr Brett Stevens, who told the inquest that Mr Schatten ate a small bit of peanut during his appointment, to which he had no reaction.
The allergy elimination technique used by Dr Stevens, who is also a chiropractor, is called NAET and involves "muscle testing".
Professor of histopathology at the Royal College of Surgeons and at Beaumont Hospital, Mary Leader, told the inquest that in (allopathic) medicine such desensitisation would not be carried out without strict supervision in a hospital where drugs, IV access, oxygen and a doctor were immediately available and she said no person should be tested for nut allergy without these. "If a patient has an acute anaphylactic reaction like this they are immediately treated with drugs to stop the reaction," she said.
"Warning there is no evidence that any of these treatments are of benefit & they may very well seriously harm or kill you"
Also note that I would distinguish alternative from complementary therapies - "alternative" sets itself up in opposition to modern medicine ; complementary works alongside as an extra (e.g. reflexology) . This was a case of "alternative" medicine.