FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products #00521

Submission Number:
00521
Commenter:
Rose Bohmann
State:
Massachusetts
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I have been using homeopathic remedies for nearly 15 years now, and have found them very effective and useful for the most part. On a few occasions when I've had a diarrhea illness that lasted more than a week, the one thing that controlled it was the homeopathic remedy arsenicum album. I use arnica montana quite often for muscle aches (as do many people who know very little about other homeopathic remedies), and rhus toxicodendren for arthritis pain. These and other homeopathic remedies are a part of my everyday life and health management. Some have no counterpart in the realm of chemical pharmaceuticals. I find that having these remedies available over-the-counter is a tremendous help, as the conditions for which I use them can arise unexpectedly, and being able to run down to the local health food store to replenish my supply is important. Further, the fact that these remedies do their work without risk of serious side effects makes them doubly useful. At a time when the use of some prescription pharmaceuticals are resulting in opiate addiction, when some life-saving drugs are being priced out of reach of the people who would benefit from them, when drug side effects are causing multiple drugs to be prescribed for some conditions, it is very important for the option of homeopathy to remain readily available in this country.