FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
Selecting the correct homeopathic remedy requires the same thought processes as with selecting any type of medication; the only difference is that with homeopathy a wrong selection or inappropriate dosage will very rarely lead to an adverse reaction; it is just about impossible. There are helpful websites and books for one to consult for acute and minor injuries. Most of the homeopathic suppliers and pharmacies have websites offering helpful information; 1-800-Homeopathy sends out free brochures loaded with information as well as homeopathic organizations, such as The National Center for Homeopathy, which sponsors webinars and publishes a quarterly news magazine. I have studied and used homeopathy for over 20 years, attending conferences, seminars and The School of Homeopathy. I am pleased that local health food stores carry at least a limited number of the most common remedies. I purchase most of my remedies from a homeopathic pharmacy. With homeopathic medicines I do not have to worry about side effects or expiration dates; homeopathic medicines are very stable when stored under normal conditions, away from moisture and excessive heat or cold. Homeopathic medicines have an outstanding safety record that conventional drugs cannot match by a long shot; they are my first choice. The only information needed on the product is what remedy is in the product and the potency. If you have no clue about the medicine, whether herbal, homeopathic or conventional, you should not be purchasing the product until you have done your homework. Since I have spent numerous years studying homeopathy, advertising is only important to me if it is informing me that a store is now selling genuine homeopathic products. In some situations, especially chronic conditions, one may also consult with a homeopathic practitioner to see if a remedy is right for you.