The FDA's homeopathic medicine bash-fest backfires
Earlier this year, the FDA held what the agency almost certainly hoped was going to be a homeopathic bash-fest.
They scheduled a meeting with relatively little notice, and expected all the big critics of the practice to show up to gripe about homeopathic remedies and how they supposedly don't work.
The agency was hoping to use all the complaints and criticisms as an excuse to crack down on homeopathy with strict and unnecessary new regulations.
They stacked the deck... they loaded the dice... the fixed the table... yet they STILL didn't get what they had hoped for, because a funny thing happened on the way to the bash-fest.
Not only did homeopathic defenders show up, but most of the thousands of letters and emails the agency received were testimonials in SUPPORT of homeopathy.
So what's the agency doing?
They're doing something they almost never do. The agency is re-opening the comment period, almost certainly in hopes of gathering more complaints.
Yes, my friend, if you don't get the results you want... try and try again.
The agency is acting as if all those testimonials don't really count since they're not studies. But that didn't seem to bother them over the summer when they approved Addyi, the so-called female sex drug.
All the studies show it barely works or not at all, and even the experts recommended against approving it. But they approved it anyway based largely on testimonials -- testimonials in many cases from women who were paid by the company that makes the drug.
Talk about a double-standard!
So allow me to tell you what's REALLY going on here: Millions of Americans are turning to homeopathic remedies and seeing firsthand how well they work. It's gone from something most folks have never heard of to a $3 billion-a-year industry inside of a generation.
That's $3 billion a year out of Big Pharma's offshore, tax-sheltered bank accounts, so OF COURSE they want a crackdown on homeopathy.
And since they in essence fund the FDA, they call the shots. But don't be fooled by the rhetoric.
There are dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of studies that show the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies, and I have shared many of them with you right here in House Calls.
Earlier this year, for example, a study found that homeopathic remedies are actually BETTER than drugs at easing depression and hot flashes in women suffering from menopause.
Homeopathic remedies have also been shown to be effective for everything from pain to allergies to depression.
They key is in understanding how they work. You don't, for example, pop any old homeopathic allergy pill and expect results; these remedies are carefully matched to causes and symptoms and you need to choose the one that best fits the specifics of your condition.
Since the remedies are safe, you can feel free to experiment a little for non-urgent conditions. But if you need more help, or more immediate help, speak to either a holistic medical doctor or a pharmacist who specializes in natural remedies.
And meanwhile be sure to let the FDA know how you feel about homeopathy and their proposed new -- and entirely unnecessary -- regulations. You can add your own note of support for this safe, natural and effective form of healing by clicking here.