On the face of it, last week's revelation that the Prince of Wales wrote to the government in defence of homeopathy is probably one of the lesser lobbying scandals of our time. There may be no scientific evidence for homepathy's claims whatsoever, but if the Prince and others with more money than sense want to waste their cash on harmless quackery, at least no-one else comes to grief.
Or do they? Next time he writes one of his "black spider memos", the Prince might like to think about one of the other converts to British homeopathy: President Yahyah Jammeh, the dictator-in-residence of the tiny West African state of Gambia.
Like the Prince of Wales, Mr Jammeh, who rejoices in the official title of "Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor President", has long been a fan of "alternative medicine", although it's fair to say he represents the disreputable end of the market.
A few years ago, he horrified international medical opinion by opening his own clinic offering a herbal cure for HIV. And in 2009, he was accused of forcing 1,000 villagers to eat a potion of hallucinogenic plants - not for its herbal "healing" properties, but as a punishment for a curse that a local witchdoctor is said to have put on his aunt.