FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00441

Submission Number:
00441
Commenter:
Joan Shetterly
State:
Pennsylvania
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
My personal study of homeopathy began in the mid 1980s and continues to the present. I am an avid reader of homeopathic literature and often attend homeopathic seminars. My personal doctor is a naturopath and homeopath who informs me about which homeopathic remedies are available and which are suitable for my conditions. I do research on my own, read the literature associated with the homeopathic remedy. It is my opinion that I am an educated consumer who can make an informed decision as to which homeopathic product to choose. Advertising is minimally used to help me make a selection of a homeopathic remedy. I relay on my naturopath/homeopath rather than relying on advertising. I do not use pharmaceutical drugs because I do not like the side effects and am fearful of the dangers of those side effects which are mentioned in the TV commercial advertisements for certain drugs. I rely heavily on homeopathic products in my home. Based on my own knowledge and the knowledge of my naturopath/homeopath I have chosen to use such products to maintain my wellness. I am a woman of 78 years of age who walks an hour a day for 5 days a week and has no serious health concerns except an occasional seasonal cold (for which I take a well chosen homeopathic remedies), an occasional bruise or scratch, an occasional indiscretion of diet. Homeopathy has kept me healthy and I choose to stay that way using well chosen homeopathic products. I do not consider current advertising for homeopathic products to be misleading, nor deceptive. It is my opinion that a double standard applies to homeopathic versus OTC allopathic drug substances. In the past I have purchased and used OTC allopathic substances and found them often to be ineffective regarding the claims made in the advertising label. I believe that homeopathic remedies are held to an unfair higher advertising standard.