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Nutrition is so obviously important to any member of the public that I’m often met with disbelief when I describe the mere ten hours of lectures on the subject that I received during my five year medicine degree.

Unfortunately, not much has changed since I graduated almost a decade ago, in 2009. Over the years, hundreds of medical students have contacted me to complain that their courses lack an emphasis on the role food can play in good health. They worry that they're missing out on a crucial aspect of healthy living, and that their patients will suffer as a consequence. I can only agree.

Lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease cost the NHS around £16bn a year; the outlay is so astronomical that we're now spending more treating these conditions than we spend on either the police force or the fire brigade. And yet, medical schools have not yet woken up to the need for robust


"Investigation by the CCI found that these associations were indulging in the anti-competitive practice of insisting No Objection Certificate prior to the appointment of new stockists by pharmaceutical companies. The CCI fined these companies under Section 3 (3) (b) and Section 3 (1) of the CCI act.

"CDAB, Gujarat Federation and their office bearers, have been directed to cease and desist from indulging in the aforesaid anti-competitive practice", CCI said in a statement. The anti completion body has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs. 1,08,588 and Rs. 11,11,549. This is besides the penalties of Rs. 34,048 and Rs. 62,144 on the president of these associations.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a treasure of Chinese civilization. Through thousands of years of inheritance and development, the four traditional diagnosis methodsinspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry and palpationhave been followed by practitioners for countless generations.

A report at the 19th CPC National Congress emphasised that China will carry out a comprehensive Healthy China initiative and "we will support both traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, and ensure the preservation and development of traditional Chinese medicine."

Traditional Chinese medicine has played a major role in the prevention and treatment of common, frequently occurring, difficult and complicated diseases, as well as major epidemic outbreaks.


"This case is yet another example of how competitive markets and fair-play in the distribution of drugs/medicines are being compromised by the persisting anti-competitive behaviour of the chemist and druggist associations at the Regional as well as State level", CCI said.

The commission warned that given the widespread and continuing indulgence in the Anti-competitive practices, it will be keeping a close watch on the conduct by all such entities in various parts of the country "and would not hesitate to take action, wherever deemed necessary"