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What do Rolexes & diamonds have in common with bear bile?

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Question: What do Rolexes & diamonds have in common with bear bile?  

Answer: They are all expensive, luxury status symbols bought by those who have the wealth and power to show off.  

But that's not where their similarities end: they all have cheap imitations too.

Wander round any downtown market and you'll likely find fake designer watches, imitation precious stones and rip-off Chanel handbags.  What you won't find here are the rich people that are looking to buy the real thing.  These "fallen off the back of a lorry" goods are not designed for the rich and famous to save a few pennies for their next Porsche purchase.  They are targeted towards people who are at the opposite end of the economic scale - those who dream to be the Kim Kardashians but with disposable incomes of Oliver Twist.

So what does this have to do with bear bile?

Bear bile is a traditional Chinese medicine commonly used by its consumers as a tonic to liver disease.  However, it is also mar…