Beets make me jittery

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Just hours before the official opening of the 16th International AIDS Conference last night, [South Africa’s] Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang whipped up controversy over the best way to treat HIV patients, extolling the benefits of garlic, beetroot, lemons and the African potato.

“We have a constitution which says people have choices to make. If people choose to use traditional medicine … why not give them those choices?” said the minister as she opened the Khomanani exhibition stand at the conference. Khomanani is government’s primary HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. Its future is uncertain after the health department failed to issue a new tender for its management.

The flaw in proposing one solution across disparate societies should be obvious.