FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
It has been reported that the sale of homeopathic medicines is increasing. The most important "stakeholders" would seem to be those people/consumers who make up those numbers. Would they continue to buy Homeopathics if they did not experience SOME benefit? The FTC seeks to protect consumers from unfair competition. Since the products being discussed are OTC federally-regulated medicines why are medical doctors considered a stakeholder? If it is simply a matter of placement, then regulate it as such, and those consumers who wish to continue to self medicate with safe and in-their-experience effective medicine, may do so - by simply walking to a different part of the store. The FDA has considered both safety and efficacy in the light of the then 200 years of empirical evidence pointing to those factors. When we look at the entire 2013 Annual Report of the AAPCC we notice that NO FATALITIES due to "Homeopathic agents" are reported. Compared to the high numbers of fatalities due to just one category - say for example Analgesics - one can only question the misplaced use of taxpayers money in this hearing. Consumers need to be protected from advertising that glosses over real, proven risks (as an example the 40% increase in risk for bladder cancer when taking Actos). They should not be restricted from access to real medicine in the form of Homeopathics. Homeopathy works and research all over the world is shedding light on how this might be so. THAT it works is not in doubt as billions of people worldwide can attest https://www.hri-research.org/ This is a website that presents some of this research. As for safety, FDA-mandated testing that happens in a homeopathic manufacturing facility ensures that all homeopathic medicines are safely protected from contamination and contain no MATERIALLY detected "active" substance. However the electromagnetic nature of the substance is different from the solute and the solvent. The homeopathic dynamization process (serial dilution with succussion) ensures that the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of the resulting homeopathic remedy is unique. It is hypothesized that this is what makes homeopathy work. I hope that honorable members of the FTC would not presume to deny consumers the choice to believe or hope or trust in a system that has not been perfectly explained - in the same way that many of us believe, trust and hope in the healing power of prayer, or the effectiveness of acupuncture, or the seemingly incredible effects of sound and light - also not perfectly understood or explained.