FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00377

Submission Number:
00377
Commenter:
Sue Boyle
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
To Whom It May Concern, The proliferation of products on the market claiming to be homeopathic is of concern to the homeopathic community. Concern because they are not homeopathic in any sense of the word. Homeopathy treats individuals, not disease conditions. Therefore, Zicam for a cold is not homeopathic despite it's labeling. It's claim is treatment of a cold, not treatment of an individual. Homeopathic care is based on principles, one of the most important is Totality of Symptoms. A person with a minor illness is assessed for all symptoms present, not just those that make up the illness. Changes in behavior are considered to be symptoms and are included in remedy selection. Everyone is an individual and we all experience minor illnesses in our own unique way, which these companies do not acknowledge, simply because they know nothing about homeopathy. Remedy preparation does not give someone the knowledge necessary to practice homeopathy. Companies who belong to the AAHP are well versed in homeopathy as a medical system. Those who have sprung up recently (including Zicam) are only providing products to cash in on the popularity of homeopathy. As a homeopathic practitioner, I continuously educate both my clients and the public on what is and what is not homeopathy. Sincerely yours, Sue Boyle retired RN, HMC (Homeopathic Master Clinician, and past president / current advisor of The Homeopathic Nurses Association