Will FTC End Homeopathy?

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going after the natural medicine system known as homeopathy.  In November of 2016 the FTC stated that homeopathic remedies were lacking sufficient proof to claim they are effective.  The remedies must state there is no scientific evidence that the product works.  The FTC further stated that in order to not mislead consumers homeopathic remedies lacking sufficient proof must communicate to consumers that the product’s claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700’s, and not accepted by most modern medical experts.

The truth is, about 5 million adults and 1 million children in the U.S. use homeopathy every year and the remedies are known to be generally safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.  Why is it then that the FTC is slapping it makers with so much increased enforcement?  The Business Insider, who advocates more stringent rules on homeopathic remedies, says it’s to hold these products of the same standard as other similar products, which means going through the same rigorous studies as synthetic drugs made by pharmaceutical companies.  Homeopath Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH says it is clear that this governmental agency is ignoring important scientific evidence, so we must wonder if they are protecting Big Pharma from competition more than protecting us, the consumers.

Homeopathy was founded at the turn of the 18th century and is a medical system based on the theory that like cures like, when the cure comes in small doses.  Health conditions can be healed by treating a person with minute doses of a substance that would produce similar symptoms to their health condition if given in larger doses.  As an example, if you drink too much coffee you might feel agitated and have trouble sleeping.

Homeopathy is nearly mainstream in many other countries where more than 500 million people worldwide have accepted it.  There is scientific backing in support of homeopathic medicine that includes:

  • Those with allergies reported improvements in nasal airflow compared with a placebo group.
  • Those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) it significantly reduced stringy tracheal secretion.
  • Homeopathy lessened tender point pain and improved quality of life in people with fibromyalgia.
  • It was effective in treating acute childhood diarrhea, decreasing the durations of the diarrhea and the number of stools per day.
  • It also significantly reduced the severity and duration of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis in children.
  • Homeopathy has positive effects in children with ADHA, particularly in the areas of behavioral and cognitive functions.

The placebos have been found to have powerful healing effects without side effects, much like the homeopathy.  It has been discovered, however, that while homeopathy has been proven to work better than a placebo, another widely accepted medication, antidepressants, has not.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine revealed that medical errors in hospitals and other health-care facilities are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.  These errors lead to 251,000 deaths every year, according to the study.  This highlights the importance of taking control of your health.  By recovering from a health condition, using a non-invasive and virtually side-effect-free treatment like homeopathy, it’s definitely worth a try, especially when looking at the state of U.S. medical care today.

                                                                                                                                          Dr Fredda Branyon

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