FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I have been a homeopathy consumer for over 20 years. I have purchased numerous homeopathic over-the-counter (OTC) products over the years. I have also helped family and friends purchase homeopathic OTC products. I have generally chosen products based on my knowledge through the study of homeopathy, through research, or through recommendations from my homeopath or other homeopathy consumers. My choices have not been significantly influenced by advertising. As a matter of fact, I have not really seen very much advertising for OTC homeopathic products. I have never had any problems finding the products or understanding their purpose and how to use them. I have also never had any bad outcomes nor have I known anyone who had a bad outcome. There are many sources for good information about homeopathy and homeopathic products. I often go to the National Center for Homeopathy at http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/ for general information about homeopathy and for specific information about remedies. I also attend their Webinars. I have also used ABC Homeopathy at https://abchomeopathy.com/ to learn more about specific remedies. Another good source of information is 123 Homeopathy at http://www.123homeopathy.ca/. There are many other sources of good and reliable information about homeopathic products. I also have purchased a number of books on homeopathy that I use as reference materials. There is no dearth of information for consumers who wish to find information about homeopathy. I'm not sure what is motivating the FTC to focus on OTC homeopathic products, but it seems that time could be better used focusing on OTC products that are not safe and effective and engage in false advertising. That has not been my experience with OTC homeopathic products.