FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I first learned about homeopathy in 1981 exploring holistic pet care. My selection of remedies relied on information I had read, not the labels. With a basic understanding of homeopathy, I understood the listing of a "condition treated," as well as an expiration date, as required by the FDA, not related to homeopathic philosophy (i.e., why a remedy might be indicated). My family, pets and I have not needed anything but homeopathic remedies for our healthcare since I first learned about it in 1981 (complemented with ongoing physician care and support). I was on antibiotics frequently in childhood. That all changed once I learned about homeopathy. Moreso, my immune system became stronger and stronger, such that homeopathic remedies served a preventive role. I no longer got the acute disease conditions to which I had been susceptible throughout childhood (from menstrual cramps to strep throat and seasonal sinus infections). I'm now a certified professional homeopath, yet I encourage families to purchase local remedies. They are affordable and easily available for garden variety illnesses not requiring a doctor's care. I do not personally use products combining several homeopathic remedies, yet members of my family and friends do out of simplicity, to good effect. I heavily rely on the open availability of homeopathic products, to support local establishments, and to support my family, friends and pets. I think people today tend to research any health-related treatment they're considering, whether recommended by a doctor or friend, and are discerning about information available on the Internet. Advertising of concern is TV commercials that play upon people's fears, then quickly whisper a list of concerning side effects. No advertising with classical homeopathy has been false, which can only be validated by someone who has experienced classical homeopathy. This observation reflects the increase in our planet's population, not the profit margin of homeopathic pharmacies or cost to consumers: "[T]he homeopathic drug industry in the United States has grown considerably from a multimillion-dollar to a multibillion-dollar market. In that time, the homeopathic drug market has shifted from one based primarily on formulations prescribed for an individual user to mass-market formulations widely advertised and sold nationwide in major retail stores." On the contrary, a vial of homeopathic remedies can last months, if not years, for under $10, and "treat" numerous conditions. Homeopathy remains affordable for families, while delivering exponential healing and an increase in immune function. It is safe for the spectrum of ages and stages of life, in both humans and pets. My favorite resource for people new to homeopathy is the National Center for Homeopathy website. It's a rare consumer advocacy group, reflects accurate information, and has published magazines useful to both lay people and professionally trained homeopaths. The Internet is rife with misleading information about homeopathy. It took personal experience with homeopathy for me to, against my fear and disbelief decades ago of healing so simple, gentle, affordable, profound and lasting -- in both people and pets -- to really understand it. I felt so empowered and free to choose, not just default to mainstream medicine. Besides, I'd had so many antibiotics (at times, when my condition was viral) that they had long stopped helping. Rather than dismissing and criticizing homeopathy for not employing the "randomized placebo-controlled drug trials" paradigm, mainstream medicine speakers would benefit from a familiarity of the empirical science / quantum physics of homeopathy through reading the volumes of homeopathic provings of even common mainstream drugs, such as Digitalis. Thank you for this opportunity to comment. I appreciate the task you have undertaken. May the interest of the common good flow clear and free in your discernment process.