FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I hold a doctoral degree in occupational therapy. I work as an occupational therapist in private practice and as an academician in the Occupational Therapy Department in the School of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. I consider myself a well-versed evidence-based practitioner, a consummate consumer of peer-reviewed literature, and a well-educated patient and consumer. I have purchased and used homeopathic products under the care of a licensed physician for the past 20 years to treat a variety of chronic health conditions (i.e., bipolar II disorder, depression, anxiety, hormone imbalances, migraines, muscle strains, fatigue, insomnia, etc.) safely and effectively. In addition, as a layperson, I have purchased and used homeopathic products safely and effectively since the early 1990s; it should be noted my use of these products occurred many years prior to my becoming an educator or health care provider! Using homeopathy as a treatment modality for me personally is completely volitional and has been based in informed decision-making. I am unable to tolerate many of the side effects caused from traditional allopathic medications so for me, homeopathy has been and continues to be part of a necessary treatment process to maintain my health and well-being. While I understand the desire of the FDA and the FTC to reign in false advertising on products that contain ingredients which are not manufactured and tested according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (i.e., conventional OTC or prescription medications carrying a label of "homeopathic"), limiting access and use for the public to ALL homeopathic medications because of rogue manufacturers becomes "over-kill." I object to any loss of access to homeopathic products that would occur due to the proposed regulations. If the FDA and the FTC feels the need to regulate, it should not be done at the expense of the true homeopathic products available under the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States that help me as well as many others to ensure their health and well-being. Thank you.