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FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
The greatest danger in regards to homeopathic medicine presently lies in a lack of standardization of homeopathic education. Unlike most forms of complementary medicine, homeopathy was conceived entirely by a single man, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann created the homeopathic system in stages, throughout his life. The term "Classical homeopathy" should be reserved for the methods practiced by Hahnemann at the end of his life. Unfortunately, myriad unhomeopathic practices are commonly employed by those claiming to practice homeopathic medicine. Most physicians claiming to practice "Hahnemannian homeopathy" are practicing according to Hahnemann's earlier, more rudimentary methods, as described in the third or fourth editions of the Organon. Others routinely prescribe combinations of vitamins and herbs which can produce side effects and allergic reactions, along with homeopathic remedies. Confronted with a multitude of options each claiming to be 'homeopathic', the lay person who stumbles into authentic classical homeopathic care is lucky indeed. Therefore, greater standardization and availability of high quality homeopathic education will increase the safety of an already safe and potent form of medicine. Dr. David Little has written The Homeopathic Compendium, an authoritative six volume textbook, on the history and practice of homeopathic medicine, which could form the basis of an excellent homeopathic education. Also, training of homeopaths through naturopathic colleges must be discouraged, as this often produces homeopaths with a poor understanding of the scope and principles of homeopathy. It is of vital importance that the science of homeopathic therapeutics emerge from its' shroud of mysticism and falsehood. Public education regarding the scope and efficacy of homeopathy would be of great benefit, particularly since few members of the general public actually understand the laws of homeopathy. They do not understand that combination remedies are generally suppressive or ineffective, but that classical homeopathy is a safe and powerful modality. The two must be clearly distinguished, and the former strongly discouraged.