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FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
My grandmother who emigrated from the coal mining region of Bedlington, England to the coal mining area of DuBois, Pennsylvania in 1886 had been trained in Homeopathy in her role as assistant midwife in England. She continued her midwife and neonate practice throughout northern Pennsylvania. As the family matriarch, she also treated her family (a husband, 10 children, plus extended family) and trained everyone in Homeopathy, which was then passed down to her 60 grandchildren. Of particular note, on May 15, 1905, my grandfather was seriously injured on his face and hands, burned by an explosion of gas, in the Ernest No. 4 Mine. The doctors (MDs) only had face disfigurement and amputation of his hands to offer; my grandfather threatened suicide if he had to live without hands (he was also the church organist). My grandmother used Homeopathy (made her own salves and teas) to treat my grandfather, which took close to two years and he survived to return his job in the mine. His fingers were stubs but he was able to play a few very simple hymns at church. Homeopathy might seem hard to learn because the remedies do not act like herbals or pharmaceuticals. The principles and the main remedies, especially for First Aid, are easily learned either online or from a community class. Consider that my grandmother learned it when she was 12 and practiced it her whole life. I learned it as a very young child, starting with Arnica Montana for bruising due to my climbing trees and playing ball outside. I recommend that the overseeing FTC staff revisit their toxicology training in Hormesis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hormesis). Hopefully, someone who is knowledgeable about hormesis is heading up or at least on this committee. And also, next time a committee member acquires a symptom of watery eyes, try dosing with the remedy, Allium Cepa.