FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
One snowy winter night, my son told me that he wasn't feeling well and that his throat was scratchy. As a single self-employed mother, I didn't have health insurance and so tried to keep us healthy by using natural home remedies for uncomplicated family illnesses. My son had developed high fevers during the two previous winters. He went to the emergency room both times. In fact, I was still paying off the second visit. The year prior I had been cured of an 'incurable" illness by a homeopath. I didn't understand homeopathy at the time and so I took an introductory class in it. After class I bought the homeopathy kit and book. By midnight his face was red and he was delirious, flailing his arms and legs about and shaking his head from side to side. I called the hospital and spoke with a nurse who recommended that I bring him in right away. At that moment I remembered my homeopathic kit. My son's clinical picture was an exact match to Belladonna. I dropped one tiny globule of homeopathically prepared Belladonna into my son's mouth and he immediately broke out into a sweat, settled down and went to sleep. I stood above him for a long time in disbelief at what I had just witnessed, half expecting his fever to return. But it didn't. The next morning my son's fever was gone. He had a cold and was draining mucus but other than that he was fine. He had the symptoms a person would have if they had taken Belladonna in gross form. By matching his symptoms to the clinical "picture" of Belladonna the homeopathically prepared remedy's refined and potentized energy stimulated my son's immune system to heal itself. After my own miraculous healing and then my son's, I understood that homeopathy is a potent tool that a layperson could use to keep her family healthy. My son never went to the hospital for an illness again. Homeopathic remedies should remain "OTC."