FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00427

Submission Number:
00427
Commenter:
Pamela Lialias
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I began using homeopathy when a knowledgeable friend offered me some remedies to help my son after an injury. From there, I began working with a homeopath and education myself through books as well as through my work with the homeopath. I decide which remedy I want to buy either through a recommendation from a homeopath or a book. If I buy a remedy such as Chestal, I would look at the back to see which remedies are included and what their indications are. I am not influenced by advertising at all, actually, and I generally do not use those kinds of products. We mostly use the individual remedies, which we select based on experience or recommendations from books or homeopaths. Homeopathy has become our primary means of maintaining health in our family, and it has been nothing short of miraculous for us. I have kids with special needs, which is how I ended up using homeopathy--my eldest would vomit if I gave him Advil or Tylenol when he was a baby, and homeopathy was the first 'medicine' that he would actually take, and it worked so well. Although we still rely on allopathic medicine on occasion, for my family homeopathy has been far more successful in most situations, so we generally stick with homeopathy. Since our experience with homeopathy has been so overwhelmingly positive and has even helped us overcome major medical mistakes or the side effects of pharmaceuticals, I haven't felt that it is crucial to know exactly how it works from a 'scientific' perspective. On the other hand, I do appreciate the scientific research done on its efficacy and lack of side effects [and my kids seems prone to side effects from pharmaceuticals, so this is important to me]. Thank you so much for your efforts for the benefit of public health and safety. Pamela