Doctor puts herring on prescription
An unconventional approach to the treatment of heart disease is being taken by a doctor in Stromness in the Orkney Islands, in Scotland, who is prescribing tubs of marinaded herring for his patients to eat.
The herring is being provided through an NHS funded project that is seeking to turn a local product into a regular treatment. It is also provoking considerable surprise among patients at the Stromness general practice, who are not used to leaving the surgery with something for their evening meal.
Although there is evidence that a diet rich in oily fish can prevent heart attacks, the main message that Dr Andrew Trevett is hoping to get across with the initiative is that patients do not have to rely on drugs alone to try to reduce their risk of heart disease.
He hopes that in dispensing the herring, patients will be able to appreciate more fully the