FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I have been receiving homeopathic treatment for acute and chronic health problems and treating myself for minor health issues with OTC homeopathic remedies since the early 1990s. Not long after beginning constitutional homeopathic treatment, I also started studying homeopathy, not with an intent to practice, but simply because I found it so fascinating and had been helped so much by it. So I also learned self-treatment for acute ailments that has been very helpful over the years. Homeopathy is my first treatment of choice for myself and also for my cats. In addition to helping or resolving many of my chronic health issues with constitutional homeopathic treatment, and to many instances of relief from minor ailments and injuries, I have experienced two quite dramatic instances of relief from acute ailments: in one case, relief from pain from pleurisy when I had a bad cold, and in the other, getting rid of a full-blown flu within half an hour of taking the appropriate remedy. (If these had been examples of the placebo effect, then homeopathic remedies should always work with me; on the contrary, I have all too many times used what turned out to be the wrong remedy and it simply had no effect whatsoever.) I have also effectively treated my cats for ailments such as urinary tract infections (another indication that the placebo effect is not a factor.) Many of my friends use OTC homeopathic remedies for accidents and acute ailments. We are all fully capable of making informed decisions about purchasing homeopathic products, and are happy that they are now somewhat more readily available at stores such as the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods in a clearly designated area. I find it unfortunate that there are often such negative attitudes expressed towards homeopathy, by 'quack busters' and ill-informed journalists, that some people are discouraged from using it, thereby suffering needlessly from ailments that are easily treated or ameliorated with the use of OTC homeopathic remedies. Thankfully, the remedies themselves and books about how to use them are readily available. Advertising regarding homeopathic remedies has played little or no role in my selection or purchase of remedies, as I rely upon the advice of my homeopathic practitioner, on my own knowledge, or on information from homeopathic literature. For guidance in selecting and using homeopathic remedies for acute conditions such as colds or injuries , I most often rely on a few books which describe the remedies most often indicated. These include: HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE AT HOME, by Panos and Heimlich; GENTLE HEALING WITH HOMEOPATHY by Inga-Maria Richberg, HOMEOPATHY 911, by Eileen Naumann, and for pets, DR. PITCAIRN'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO NATURAL HEALING FOR DOGS & CATS by Richard Pitcairn, DVM. For books about the principles and science of homeopathy, I highly recommend HOMEOPATHIC SCIENCE AND MODERN MEDICINE by Harris L. Coulter, THE SCIENCE OF HOMEOPATHY by George Vithoulkas, and for the history and development of homeopathy, DIVIDED LEGACY, also by Harris L. Coulter.