Interesting. Thank you Seaweed. I am not sure how I feel about this one. I understand the importance of evidence based practice but I also think it is important to have choices when it comes to the welfare of our pets. I suppose the worry is, that without the tests, the pros but more importantly the potential dangers of alternative medicines, are unknown. That said, I have no doubt that the same could be argued about mainstream medications.The doctors may have a good understanding of the side effects (sometimes) but I doubt the average person does. I don't believe they are always used appropriately either. Good nutrition seems to be getting a reputation for being a huge contributing factor in preventing and even reversing some health conditions but a large number of medics and vets are not on board with that yet.
Sadly it does appear, that the mainstream view often supports the financial interests of the big businesses.