FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00482

Submission Number:
00482
Commenter:
Kathi Robinson
State:
Pennsylvania
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
When I turned 45 years old I pretty much gave up on conventional medicine. Why? Because during my stint in the US military I contracted a re-occurring illness which steadily had me ill for almost 10 months of each year. Repeatedly from my late teens to the age of 45 I was continuously going to a doctor's office (changing frequently because I got no relief) because of this respiratory infection. Unfortunately, almost every office I went to, it was the same old speech from one doctor to another. Their recommendations, all left me steadily getting sicker and sicker as every month progressed for over two decades. By my mid-forties, I just decided if I was ever going to feel better, I guess I'm just going to have to fix this myself. Now first, you must realize I've no experience with medical care. Sure I can wash and clean a cut or burn. Place a band-aid where it's needed etc.. But to figure out why I am constantly a walking case of walking pneumonia, bronchitis, inflamed tonsils with chest, throat and inflamed sinuses. This was beyond my capabilities to diagnose. All of this meant 10 months of laryngitis because my throat was so severe. My immune system was shot so that meant whatever came around, I got it also. I just never felt like getting out of bed. But I was a small business owner by this time of my life, laying in bed was just not an option. So, yes, this was beyond my comprehension how I was going to fix it. But what I did was start reading. At first, I can't understand much of it. So it took a lot of cross-referencing to figure out what I thought they were saying. But I pretty much gave myself a medical education without the benefit of a doctor, a classroom or any educator. And what I finally figured out was why all those doctors didn't know what to do. There's nothing in their medical training to teach them. So my next step, who else teaches medicine except the current crop of doctors in conventional medicine? Years and years have been going by, me getting sicker and sicker, when I found homeopathy. After lots of research about it, then I started experimenting with some of what I read. And yes, I did start finding differences in my health. This time, For The Better! I had already been fighting this for over 25 years and finally I found something which actually gave me some relief. It did take me a good five years to turn my health around. That might have been shorter if I had professional help (nothing was available in my area in those days). But today, I am quite positive, without that time, energy and sheer determination of my own, I wouldn't be here to speak of this. That's only because as time went by, my body was quite rapidly losing its capability of fighting off the internal infection that was coursing through my body. So to be honest, when I hear about the trials and travails alternative medicine has in this country to offer to our current medical practices, it actually makes me very angry. Allopathic medicine has its offerings in our current medical environment, but so does alternative therapies. Conventional medicine does not have all the answers! Myself, I have used chiropractic, homeopathic, herbal therapies, holistic medicine, essential oils, nutritional therapy plus some small combinations of several other therapies all with success within the last 18 years of my life. And yet, all I ever hear from our government is the on-going belief that alternative medicine must be some kind of "witch-doctor" medicine. Ignorance is not an excuse to throw away a form of medicine dating back thousands of years. Instead of constantly criticizing, why can't we have a system which actually weeds out the bad from the good. Constructive criticism in a field which does have so very much to offer to the health of the general public can only end up as a boost to society's health and welfare.