FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
I'm pleased to speak out in favor of the availability of Homeopathic OTC products, since a number of these products are staples of my medicine cabinet. I make a point of keeping very few, very trusted medicinal products in my home. When I was a child in the 50's, an average bathroom had one small mirrored wall cabinet that contained 3 or 4 narrow shelves stocked with perhaps Aspirin, Mercurochrome, a mentholated rub (o.k., Vicks Vaporub), some Ipecac, some Paregoric, probably Witchhazel and Hydrogen Peroxide, maybe a zinc-based cream, and a petroleum-based cream, and of course BandAids. I may be forgetting some, but those were the basics, obtained from a local drugstore. Who could have foreseen massive retail stores, or even long supermarket aisles devoted to dozens of competing products, all with elaborate packaging, loud claims of their health benefits, and longer still, smaller warnings about their adverse effects? When I began to purchase basic products to recreate the simplicity and reliability of the products of that quieter, sensible time in home consumption of medicinal OTC products, Homeopathic products leapt to the fore. I liked how simple and unadulterated they were, how quietly they stated their benefits, and how little threat they posed of doing harm. I value one newer mainstream OTC medicines and keep it available: an antibiotic cream has replaced mercurochrome. Other home medicine cabinet basics now are usually Homeopathic products: a cough syrup (Chestal), a pain-soothing cream ( Topricin), a wound, sting or burn cream (Calendula). I learned about these products through reading the boxes in the drugstores that Thank God carry them along with the dozens of mainstream products. I learned to even look for them by reading intelligent publications like Homeopathy Today, and by listening to a trusted, serious student of Homeopathy, namely, my son, who follows the lively curricula offered online to educate consumers nationwide and actually worldwide about Homeopathy. France and India stand out as countries where Homeopathic products are fully respected and marketed to the grateful public. I hope the USA will not fall behind in its acceptance and availability of such proper, safe and helpful medicinal aids.