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Keep Your Right to Choose Homeopathy for Your Family

 homeopathic remedies with titlesHomeopathy is Protected by Law

Homeopathy is a centuries-old form of medicine.  In 1938 the US Congress enacted into law the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) classifying homeopathic medicines as drugs.  Congress established the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the US (HPUS) which is overseen by a convention of scientists and clinicians specifically trained in the medical specialty of homeopathy. For the last 80 years Americans have had access to safe, non-toxic homeopathic remedies protected by the FDCA and the HPUS.

Many Americans are largely unaware of this type of medicine, although this may be changing. Use of homeopathy grew from 2.5 million in 1990 to 4.8 in 2006. That number has likely grown again in the last ten years. The average user is

UK and Europe

In Europe homeopathy has never gone out of style. Over 90% of pharmacists in France recommend homeopathic treatments to pregnant women. 70% of French physicians consider it an effective treatment alternative, and homeopathy is taught in 7 medical schools and 24 pharmacy schools in that country.

Peter Fisher, physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (the oldest medical society in the world) and also a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy, and sits on the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine.  In Scotland 49% of all GP practices prescribe homeopathy. In Ireland 16% of parents use homeopathy with their children.

In Germany 10% of medical doctors specialize in homeopathy, and 38% of doctors prescribe it to their patients.

Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denmark and many more countries use homeopathy on a regular basis.

Worldwide

India boasts over 100 million people who use homeopathy as their exclusive method of healthcare. Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, India and Austria all reimburse homeopathic services under the national health care. South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Pakistan and Brazil all boast homeopathic practitioners numbering in the thousands.

FDA and FTC Attack Homeopathy with Illegal Regulations

The FDCA law establishing homeopathic practices states in Section 211.137 that homeopathic medicines are exempt from expiration dating requirements. Section 201j of the law states the HPUS determines the standardization, eligibility and applications of homeopathic drugs.

However both the FDA and the FTC have placed new regulations on the homeopathic industry that violate these two sections of the law. Additionally, in December of 2017 the FDA has released another draft guidance for drug products labeled as homeopathic. This regulation threatens to severely restrict the access Americans have to homeopathic remedies.

Why??

Why the sudden desire to add new regulations to a medical industry that has been operating safely for the last 80 years?  The FDA’s newest draft is carefully worded to include the word “risk” at least 17 times attempting to smear the reputation of this alternative health product. Over 3,000 deaths per year are attributed to ibuprofen. Why isn’t there a campaign to reduce access to ibuprofen? Why isn’t there a giant warning label on those bottles?

The growth of the homeopathic industry in the last 20 years has challenged the supremacy of conventional pharmaceuticals. Estimated sales nearing $450 million in 2003 with a growth rate of more than 8%, and current estimates nearing $3 billion make Big Pharma sit up and take notice.  The FDA’s commissioner has open ties with several pharmaceutical companies, Big Pharma spends $277 million in lobbying alone to influence regulations in their favor.

How Can Educated Moms Fight Back?

1. Write to your Congress person and urge them to hold the FDA and the FTC accountable to the law, and to reverse the illegal regulations already in place. Use this link to find your US Representative. Use this link to find your Senator. In addition you can contact Orrin Hatch who has already been valuable in helping Americans keep their access to vitamins and other supplements.

2. Become informed about homeopathy and the truth about remedies. When people like Dr. Paul Offit get quoted by NBC saying homeopathy is snake oil it gets reposted all over social media. What we need are more educated moms sharing their wisdom and success with homeopathy instead of sensationalist smear tactics. I love podcasts and two of the best for learning homeopathy are Joette Calabrese’s Homeopathy Works, and Sue Meyer’s Homeopathy for Mommies. Cilla Whatcott, Mary Aspinwall, Wendi Combes, R.N., and the Banerji clinics are other sources for education and learning.

3. Get involved with Americans for Homeopathy Choice. This grassroots organization is raising money to advocate for the rights of consumers, professionals, manufacturers and distributors of homeopathy. You can find detailed contact information at their website for politicians who can help support this cause.

Don't be the frog in the pot thinking everything is fine while all around you things are heating up!

Don’t be the frog in the pot thinking everything is fine while all around you things are heating up!

We are losing our rights. Whether you choose to use homeopathy or any other natural alternative medical treatments or not, you can support every American’s right to choose what is best for their own healthcare.

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 References: 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-euro_b_402490.html
https://homeopathic.com/case-homeopathic-medicine-historical-scientific-evidence/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/dana-ullman
https://worldofhomeopathy.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/an-interview-with-peter-fisher/
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/7/prweb9714278.htm
http://h2rc2.com/Homeopathy/Homeopathy/HomeopathyIntro_assets/Homstats.pdf
https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074360.htm
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfCFR/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=211.137
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https://nccih.nih.gov/health/homeopathy
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http://www.hpus.com/hpus-regulatory-overview.pdf
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/11/ftc-issues-enforcement-policy-statement-regarding-marketing
http://www.hpus.com/eligibility.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Gottlieb
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 The information contained in this blog is for informational purposes only. You are responsible for your own choices.

 

3 Reasons to Rethink Trust

Everyday we put our trust in things. We trust the coffeemaker to come on when we add coffee and flip the switch.  We trust the stoplights to function properly so some people have to stop while others can go. We trust our car to get us where we need to go. But sometimes we trust in the wrong things. We trust in the front of the cereal box to tell us the truth. We trust in government regulatory agencies to make decisions that are in our best interest. We trust in pharmaceutical and biotech companies to adequately test their products.

Proverbs 3:5-10 Struck a chord with me last year and I began mulling all of this over. The scriptures say this:    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

We are trusting in the wrong things. When we spend our money on something as essential to the life and health of our family as our food we cannot blindly trust companies who are “wise in their own ways”.

There is no government regulation on the words “all natural” and anyone can use them.  Farmers can spray pesticides, herbicides and use crops genetically modified to produce their own pesticide within the whole plant including the part we eat. Food processors can spray fumigants, solvents and other toxins on the ingredients. They can add a dozen different kinds of highly processed sugar and rancid oils, but as long as they originally came from something natural, even though it’s GMO, then it can be called natural on the label.

The government makes laws that appear to protect us such as the one requiring trans fats to be labeled, but then they allow the food processing companies to exploit the loopholes. So we can have a label that says “0g of trans fat” when a quick look at the ingredients reveals partially and fully hydrogenated oils, mono- and di-glycerides which are all trans fats. According to Fooducate “if the amount of trans-fat in a product is less than half a gram per serving, manufacturers can round it down to 0. But even 0.49g or trans-fat is bad for you. And don’t even get us started on the actual consumption versus the tiny serving size.”

Our current Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA, Michael Taylor, held the job as public policy adviser for GMO biotech giant Monsanto before taking the office with the FDA. Now he is in charge of approving drugs and foods that come from his former employer. This happens a lot.  Researchers for biotech companies submit scientific reports for review by the FDA and then, before the review happens, they get hired by the FDA and end up reviewing their own research for approval.

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a view inside my freezer

I want to have “health for my body and nourishment for my bones” like the verses in Proverbs proclaim. One way I am doing this is by trusting God’s real food over the packaged and altered foods lining many grocery store shelves. When you look in my pantry, my deep freeze, my refrigerator you won’t see many processed foods at all. Most everything is just a single ingredient such as frozen blueberries, sprouted organic cornmeal, grassfed ground beef, or raw almonds ready to be processed into something to eat by my own hands. When I do buy processed foods I am careful to read the ingredient list not trusting the manufacturer’s claims. I use smartphone apps like Find Real Food and Fooducate.   These help me identify if something has hidden GMOs or MSG or anything else that’s not real.

It is my prayer that many more people can become aware of the dangers of misplaced trust as it relates to the food our families eat. I have only scratched the surface with what I’ve written here today. I hope to explore more on this topic in future blogs. I’d also love to hear what you are doing to trust in the Lord with all your heart as you go about your daily life! Please leave me a comment below!

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A farmer trusting the honesty of his customers “please put money in box”

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