FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I am a long-time user of homeopathic medicines for the simple reason that they work very well. For more than 30 years I have turned to homeopathic medicines to effectively help my body to heal after such conditions as influenza, common colds, headaches, seasonal allergies, mild injuries and pulled muscles, insect stings, and to support recovery from dental work. I rely on the easy access to homeopathic medicines at the retailers in my area who offer them. The way in which the remedies are alphabetically organized for display and the clear, easy-to-understand labeling lets me confidently select what remedy I need, and for what purpose. I do not rely on advertising to guide me in remedy selection. But I do research the remedies through a number of reliable homeopathic textbooks, which have been in available for many years or decades. Among those I turn to for family homeopathic needs is Stephan Cummings and Dana Ullman's "Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines." There is also abundant information from reputable sources on line, that informs my choices regarding the homeopathic medications. These include such sites as www.homeopathycenter.org/. In addition to the above mentioned resources, I can recommend the following excellent text that provides solid information about homeopathic principles: "The Science of Homeopathy by George Vithoulkas. I would also refer FTC personnel to look in the research pages available at the web site for the North American Society of Homeopaths: www.homeopathy.org/. There, one can link to the article, "Research in Homeopathy 2" by Robert Medhurst for a detailed listing of abstracts on scores of research articles showing much evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy (see https://www.homeopathy.org/portfolio-view/research-in-homoeopathy-2-by-r...). Given that the current availability and labeling of retail homeopathic medicines works so well, I respectfully request that the FTC does not any make changes to the way in which they are available over-the-counter, to myself and my family.