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For many of us, homeopathy is one of those things we’ve heard of… but we might not be able to describe it, exactly. It’s a form of alternative medicine, and is based on the view that a substance that causes symptoms of an illness in a healthy person will — when diluted to a level that’s nearly undetectable — cure similar symptoms in sick people.

Why are we talking about this?  Well, the FTC will be hosting a free, public workshop on September 21, 2015, to take a closer look at advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. Because there are plenty of products, and plenty of ads for them. You can find the products in stores and pharmacies, on the shelf right next to conventional medicine — and you’ve probably seen the ads online or on TV.

And, in September, you can find medical professionals, government regulators, consumer advocates and industry representatives talking about things like the science behind homeopathy, how products are regulated and advertised, and what consumers know about all of the above. The conference is in Washington, DC, so watch for the agenda and come on down.

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I think it's wonderful that homeopathy if medicine is being considered viable.

Aspirin contains quinine from tree bark
Penicillin comes from a mold
Theophylline is derived from tea used to treat
status asthmaticus in the acute care hospital and so many more medicines are derived from plants.

Homeopathy is not herbal medicine, it is not a derivative of 'natural' products, it is based on the concept that water has memory. Homeopathic products are diluted to the point where there is NONE of the original product (which can even be a poison, since the theory of homeopathy is that 'like cures like') remaining in the solution (read the labels and you'll see numbers to the negative power). The public should be educated, whether through advertising restrictions or otherwise, on what homeopathy really is and that taking it is the equivalent of doing nothing. You may ask, "Well, if it does nothing, what's the harm?" The harm is that users of homeopathy may not pursue medical treatments that can actually cure or ameliorate their condition; homeopathy can kill. NO scientific, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies (i.e., real, peer-reviewed) studies (including those on which homeopaths were empaneled) have proven efficacy better than placebo. The homeopaths (see the Swiss study) said that homeopathy "should" work, and they were looking for the conditions which would show it did (this is known as confirmation bias, cherry-picking, and other logical fallacies).

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