FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00465

Submission Number:
00465
Commenter:
Mona Hall
State:
Vermont
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
Dear FTC, My experiences of using homeopathic products have been positive. I have invested quite a lot of time in studying different aspects of homeopathy. The result is, I've managed to learn to use different remedies in different potencies in an efficient way. I'm not a practising homeopath. I wish we'll continue to have an easy access to over the counter homeopathic remedies. I'm a low income person in a rural area. I don't go to see medical professionals. For me it would be a disaster if I needed to have an appointment with a naturopath to get a prescription of a homeopathic remedy. There are no naturopaths around here who would accept my Green Mountain Care Health Insurance. Personally, I use only single remedies, not combinations. The typical pattern is that people who know relatively little about homeopathy use combinations and those who really know how to choose homeopathics use single remedies. It's very good that combination remedies are available OTC, because they often are the first step towards using homeopathy in a more advanced way. Advertising does not affect my choosing any remedy because what is advertised is usually some combinations. But I'm not against advertising and combination remedies because, as I already mentioned, they can be the first step towards homeopathy, and that itself can be meaningful because homeopathy in general is great - it opens doors to great potentials. For those who don't get good results with homeopathy I would say, it's not homeopathy's fault that we don't know how to use it. "But if I could learn it, anybody can learn it!" - I'm 58 years old and in excellent health without any prescription medicines (ever), and it's all good thanks to homeopathy. The main thing to understand about homeopathy is that it's energy medicine. It's such a different concept from regular conventional medicine that it's useless to research the materials with the same methods. But it's not useless to research the practical results. There too, one has to notice that homeopathic care needs to be individualized. One can not compare results of Aspirin and Natrum Muriaticum in certain number of head ache cases simply because different types of head aches would need different homeopathic remedies. I do acknowledge that successful use of homeopathy is more complicated than using conventional medicines. But it's worth some trials and errors. Especially because there are no chemicals causing side effects. The potentials within homeopathy are huge. Energy medicine is our future. Sincerely, Mona Hall