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.
Related: Study – Homeopathy Aided Pain of Cancer Patients ‘Ten Fold’
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.
21 thoughts on “You have until June 22nd to Submit Comments to the FDA to Keep Homeopathic Remedies”
I just went to the link and the comments do end on June 22 as stated under the topic, however all the comments are closed. I must say the few I can see are pretty lame “arguments”. I will look again to see if their is an area to complain or protest the premature closing of comments. People will always find endless ways to hurt them selves but we can’t all run around in duct tape and bubble wrap either. That being said, Homeopathy has never “killed” 330,000 people a year or seriously “injured” 6.6 million a year as does the commercial medical establishment, now, THAT is what ( “We’ve had tremendous growth in the market and also some emerging safety and quality concerns,”) gives me tremendous concerns for safety and quality with the modern medical treatments. Maybe it is REALLY time to re evaluate THEM. I find that giving my body the tools it needs (nutrition), to be the way to stay strong and healthy. I have NEVER been ill because I lacked an essential CHEMICAL. We are indeed mysteriously and wonderfully made. The day that “food” is made illegal we all die. This is ridiculous! Get the government out of my kitchen and my life!It’s all about informed consent…..oh, and control
Amen and well said. I will choose to get what I need somewhere else some how. Take out heopathics and other alternatives and you will see many more sick. Maybe that’s what they are after. Homoeopathy saved my life. Unless I am in trauma, another DRUG will not enter my body. I’ve been without pharmaceutical care for over 23 years! Don’t intend to go back.
I just went and left a comment so try again.
Agreed! Except the “control” bit. It’s not about control, it’s about money. Pharma Money.
Yeah, it is also about control of everything!
I just left a comment at the link given in the article. Not sure what’s going on, but you might want to try again. Also, I thought the comments were sufficiently intelligent rather than “pretty lame”. At least the ones I saw.
Isn’t it time to stop ‘fighting’ and just bypass all this lunacy? None of the “war on xxxx” approaches work – they are a diversion to keep us preoccupied. Why are we playing (or even listening) to pharma rules? If enough people just ignore / refuse stupid laws, we can render it all irrelevant. Seriously, what other choice is there?
True, but they will make it so there wont be any place to buy it
After the 22nd, continue to stock up with your 2nd Amendment supplies. That’s the only thing they listen to.
where is the petition? How do we support this?
I may have gone a little overboard…but f*ck them.
Please, make your point without using foul language.
Please, mind your own business.
Be a grown up, stop acting like you are a kindergartner, seriously what is wrong with you?
This whole mess started when a non homeopathic company, the manufacturers of Zicam decided to jump on the band wagon and make a bunch of money off of a homeopathic cold medication.When a company such as this makes products they have no real knowledge of how the medications work energetically all they see are $$$$.
The cold remedy Zicam was blamed for a woman losing her sense of taste or smell.I used this remedy one time had burning and redness on my tongue.In reading the ingredients one of them was sodium hydroxide,more commonly known as lye/caustic soda.So the homeopathic comes under fire when the problem was an unethical company using caustic ingredients in their products and the FDA too stupid or looking for any excuse possible,puts all homeopathics under fire.Thanks Zicam,your greed may have ruined a perfectly harmless,healing modality.
There should be an immediate petition to sign in regard to this topic.
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Many doctors, mine included, are now recognizing the benefits of holistic/homeopathics. For years, I had an allergist who gave combinations of certain minerals for pain, holding water, sleep aids, deficiencies etc. . This FDA attempt is in response, I’m sure, to pressures from the pharmaceutical companies who don’t want their bottom lines to hurt too much and nothing to do with medicine. The problem with this is that many of us were very sick people until we were switched to homeopathics and organic foods. Simple meds without chemical or other fillers react naturally with the body. The fillers were what I was allergic to and for years could take almost NO medications. Please FDA stay out of natural remedies.
Cancer is still on the rise with all the chemicals used…there are so many natural plants etc provided by Mother Nature. But of course someone has to butt in for the sake of money not really caring about healing.
Why are Humans so stupid and I am FOR all natural healing…not to say we don’t need doctors and nurses, because we do, but to keep people healthy and happy in a natural way would be the best. The Medical field will always be needed. Drug, pill makers(Pharma) need to get over their Money grubbing attitude..
Natural remedies are where nearly all pharmaceuticals are based from. Additionally, on the arch of things, when they aren’t strong enough, pharmaceuticals are normally sought out. The cost savings to the CMS and the insurances paying out enormous amounts of money could be reduced, by frontline natural alternatives, that would eleviate most issues dealing with the bodys health an wellness. These options would not be available to the industry as a whole if these safe low level health alternatives are controlled by big pharma, or other agencies. The natural remedies have been used by the Maya, and H’men of old. Dr. Micheal Balick from New York, spent years documenting over 3000 rain forest species that have been proven to cure many ailments that afflict the himan body. The New York Botanical Garden has much of his work under their care. What the fear may be, is that the big industry “thinks” they may loose profits, and dependently ill people from purchasing their “scientificly proven meds”. Which many are addictive, and harm the major organs in human beings that use them long term. Natural vs Unnatural, why is there even a question regarding what is obviously better for natural born human being?