For years homeopathic remedies have been in a special category as regards government approval. The remedies didn’t require the same approval process as toxic prescription drugs, which require years and millions of dollars to bring to market.
About 5 years ago the FDA submitted what it called a “Draft Guidance” that put homeopathic remedies into the same category as toxic drugs. That would mean that any remedy that had not gone through that long expensive process, could be banned.
That “Draft Guidance” was posted for public comment. In the intervening years Americans for Homeopathy Choice founded by Paola Brown, lobbied government officials and helped inform the public, who sent in thousands of comments opposing the Draft Guidance. She and her organization can be credited with protecting homeopathy these last five years. Paola and others met with FDA officials and believed at the time that they were having a meaningful dialogue to educate them about homeopathy.
Fast forward five years. Recently the FDA submitted its Draft Guidance to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) which operates by law within the Executive Office of the President. This would be the last step before the Draft Guidance could go into effect.
Understanding the critical nature of OIRA’s decision, Paola scheduled a meeting with OIRA officials to present the position of the homeopathic community. However, on the morning of the meeting, Paola was notified that the meeting was canceled! Subsequently, an OIRA representative stated that they had completed their review of the Draft Guidance, approving all of its guidelines. They did this abruptly and without consulting any of the interested parties in the homeopathic community.
Now there is nothing standing in the way of the Draft Guidance being implemented. It would ban the following classes of remedies:
- Remedies with ingredients “associated with potentially significant safety concerns.” That means that any remedy made from a substance that was originally toxic would be illegal (even though homeopathic remedies contain no toxic amount of the original substance.)
- Remedies intended for “vulnerable populations (e.g., children, the elderly, pregnant women ).” (These are the populations that most need homeopathic remedies, due to their safety!)
- Remedies “intended to be used for the prevention or treatment of serious… diseases.” (Homeopathic remedies are often the only effective and safe treatment for serious chronic diseases).
- Remedies “with reports of injury…” (even if it were never verified that the remedy caused the injury)
- Remedies used to treat animals. (Even though prescription drug side effects kill thousands of pets every year and homeopathy is the safe alternative.)
In other words, virtually every remedy will go on the block. FDA will absurdly claim that homeopathic remedies are unsafe. Meanwhile, most of the top selling Pharma drugs they do approve, have death as a side effect.
People in other countries also have a stake in this. If homeopathic remedies can be banned in the U.S., it could become a model for governments around the world.
The FDA’s apparent goal is to remove every alternative to prescription drugs and protect the pharmaceutical industry from any competition.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Contact your senators, congresspersons and the President. Tell them to stop the FDA from destroying homeopathy in the U.S. Tell them to stop the Draft Guidance. Ask them to sponsor legislation to preserve freedom of choice in medicine.
If you live in the U.S., support Americans for Homeopathy Choice
If you can afford it, send them a donation.
You can contact them for ideas on how to help them.
IN THIS ISSUE -December 2022
––– FDA Sets Stage to Ban Homeopathic Remedies – Alan V. Schmukler
–– Letters to the Editor – Feedback from the November 2022 – Hpathy.com
HOMEOPATH IN THE HOT-SEAT
–– Tine Gabriel, homeopath, yoga practitioner and psycotherapist is interviewed by Katja Schütt.
Presentation by Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy (MICH)
–– A Case of Ulmus Campestris ( Elm) – Judyann McNamara
–– A Case of Agaricus Muscarius – Adam Fiore
–– Anxiety and Fatigue After Cancer Surgery – Carla Marcellis
–– A Case of Crocus Sativa – Christiane Magee
–– A Spongia Tosta Case – Suzana DaCosta
––Addressing the Root Cause of Chronic Disease with Homeopathy – Judyann McNamara
–– LM or Q Potencies – 50 Millesimal Potencies – Joachim F. Grätz
–– The Amistad Affair – Sue Young
–– Kalium Iodatum – P. I. Tarkas / Ajit Kulkarn
–– On the Meaning of Being a Homeopath – Personal Reflections – Richard H. Pitcairn
–– Hahnemann and Kant: Contemporary Masterminds? – Peter Morrell
–– Importance of Maternal Health During Pregnancy in Light of Autism Spectrum Disorder – Bipin Jethani / Anju Jethani
–– Notes on the Intersection of Neurofeedback and Homeopathy – Jerry Kantor
–– Tidbits 96: – Tick Bite! — Elaine Lewis
–– Homeopathy TIPS and Important News – December 2022 – Alan V. Schmukler
–– Homoeopathic Management of Crest Syndrome: A Case Study – Vishal Deshpande / Srikanth Jammalamadaka
–– Ganglion Cyst in a Woman of 30 – Diderik Finne
–– Homeopathy in Obstetric Disorders – Anand Suresh Kabra / Archana Mundra
–– Role of Homoeopathic Management in Hypothyroidism – Jagdish Thebar, Anshul Chahar, Namrata Nandwana
–– Empowering Patients: A Case of Erectile Dysfunction – Jaume Costa Galobart
–– Torticollis in a Man of 40 – Kamlesh Kakade
–– Driven Mad by Itch – Patricia Hatherly
–– Individualized Homeopathic Therapy in a Case of Obesity, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, and Autonomic Dystonia – T. G. Denisova et. al.
––Exploring the Representation of Various Categories of Concomitants in Clinical Cases – A Retrospective Observational Case Series Study – Dhaval R. Akbari
–– Sane Asylums: The Success of Homeopathy Before Psychiatry Lost Its Mind by Jerry M. Kantor – reviewed by Lia Bello
–– Gentle Medicine – The True Causes of Disease, Healing, and Health by Dr. Joachim-F. Grätz – reviewed by Dr. Firuzi Mehta
–– Manjhi, the Boatman by Dr. Rajan Sankaran – reviewed by Vatsala Sperling
––Everyday Homeopathy For Animals by Francis Hunter – reviewed by Vatsala Sperling
–– Ask the Holistic Vet – December 2022 – Deva Khalsa
––Sensation Based Materia Medica -Stramonium Cats – Ferenc Szecsődib
–– The Plant Doctor – December 2022 – Radko Tichavsky
–– FDA Policy – Alan V. Schmukler
–– Homeopathy Crossword – December 2022
SOLVE THE CASE QUIZ
–– QUIZ –A Giant Pain in the Neck – Elaine Lewis
–– Revisiting: CHOKING – Elaine Lewis