Many people in the natural health community think that the FDA needs to stick with petrochemicals and pharmaceutical regulation and keep their meddling hands out of homeopathy. But the US Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at alternative medicine and ‘natural cures,’ and without your comments, they could be unavailable.
“We’ve had tremendous growth in the market and also some emerging safety and quality concerns,” Cynthia Schnedar, director of the Office of Compliance at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, told ScienceInsider. “In light of that, we thought it was time to take another look.”
It is more likely that the issue revolves around the fact that more people are turning to alternative treatments instead of mainstream pharmaceutical solutions.
Statements like this one made by Michael De Dora, director of public policy at the nonprofit Center for Inquiry’s Washington D.C. branch, really make me wonder:
“By its own definition, homeopathy cannot work.”
Though homeopathy is one of the alternative medicines that carries a heavy ‘controversial’ label, should the people not be able to pursue such relatively harmless alternative medicine instead of choosing side-effect riddled pharmaceutical drugs? If you’d like OTC homeopathic remedies to stay as an option for those who decide to take part in them, I suggest you submit your own comments to the FDA before the deadline of June 22.
Homeopathycenter.org has these suggestions for submitting your comments to the FDA:
- Explain your experience with using homeopathic remedies.
- Explain why you choose to purchase homeopathic products instead of their pharmaceutical counterparts.
- Though those who use homeopathics have thousands of stories about how natural remedies led to solutions, for this comment period, the most effective stories will be those that address common ailments (colds, allergies, headaches, minor injuries, etc.)
- Make comments that are neither too short nor too long. Around 300-400 words is ideal.
- Keep comments respectful and constructive, and save your rant for Facebook, or comment below.
All comments must be submitted by June 22, 2015 here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2015-N-0540-0001.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.