FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
As a consumer, and prescriber, of homeopathic products for over thirty years, I can attest that my decision to purchase, use, and recommend homeopathic medicines is based on the fact that they work, produce less side effects and the treatments, overall, are less expensive. I also prescribe conventional medicines, when necessary, but have never needed to use them, because the homeopathics have been sufficient to treat all of my conditions, and those of my family. I have not needed to rely on advertising to become familiar and get guidance as to what to use, or recommend. I learned about them mostly by looking at the what was available at the shelves in the store. The best to learn about the principles of homeopathy is Hahnemann's Organon of Medicine. Other modern books available can help to learn the principles and applications of homeopathy, but none of them are as thorough and comprehensive. The challenge is to keep in mind that the science Hahnemann used the one from his time. Other resources are the materials available, including references about research showing the validity of homeopathy, at the websites of the American Institute of Homeopathy (www.homeopathyusa.org), the oldest extant medical society in the US, and the National Center for Homeopathy (www.homeopathic.org). Though the mechanism of action if yet to be found, conclusively, there are some viable hypothesis. Nevertheless, it is irrational to dismiss homeopathy just for this reason, and also it is ignorant to dismiss it under the assumption that homeopathy is based only in ultra-high dilutions; nothing is farther from the truth. Allergy shots, and the use of X-Rays in medical treatment of cancer, were brought about by homeopathic doctors following the principle of the law of similars. Many other developments in today's medicine came from dedicated homeopath scientists. If looked at seriously, homeopathy can be a factor to help resolve the current healthcare crisis. There is a lot that can be learned, and advanced, if looked at truly scientifically, without bias, about homeopathic medicine. It could decrease the side effects caused by antibiotics and the production of superbugs. The successful use of homeopathy has been reported in various epidemics before, and after, the development of antibiotics. Let's make sure that financial interests don't cloud the possibility of improving public health, and diminish the suffering of people. Much needs to be researched, and advanced, but it should not be whole dismissed. Besides it is a right to be able to get and receive the treatment we desire. It is imperative to uphold the freedom our nation is supposed to embrace and champion.