Many Lyme/MSIDS patients live in states where there is NOT ONE Lyme literate doctor. By circumstance many are forced to see health practitioners that can not or will not prescribe antibiotics. These people use whatever is available to them – including homeopathy.
Evidently, back in 2015, there was a FDA public hearing where representatives of homeopathy came from all over the globe and gave positive feedback regarding the safety, efficacy, and unique nature of homeopathic medicines. The Swiss have legitimized its usage: https://www.ochm.ca/single-post/2017/06/12/Swiss-government-legitimises-Homeopathy. Here is a link to research on homeopathy: https://homeopathyusa.org/guide-to-research.html
But, according to Larry Malerba, DO, DHt, a classical homeopath and osteopathic physician, it was all for show.
Since then the FDA announced a “draft guidance” in December 2017.
“FDA is proposing a new, risk-based enforcement approach to homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients.”
Malerba claims the FDA will exaggerate risks and deny existing evidence for homeopathy. He also claims the FDA is using a very small number of unsubstantiated accounts of adverse events to justify overregulation. http://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/02/07/is-the-fda-trying-to-ban-over-the-counter-homeopathy/ (Please see this link with entire back story as well as the unproven adverse events supposedly caused by homeopathic teething tablets and Malerba’s statement that the FDA doesn’t seem to care about warning people about a list of 200 drugs that can produce seizures). Malerba also states that homeopathy, properly made, can not be toxic and that safety is a virtual “non-issue.”
The homeopathic community is in agreement for the need for safety standards but they already exist in Compliance Policy Guide 400.400, which according to Eric L. Foxman, R.Ph., Secretary of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists, is adequate and effective and gives the FDA power to handle infractions in proper manufacturing practices.
Regardless of your opinion of homeopathy, I find it interesting that the only things the FDA seems capable of regulating are competitors to Big Pharma. Compounding pharmacies have the strictest regulations on earth and now it appears they want to screw the bolts into homeopathy as well. Small labs such as IGeneX that specialize in bacteriology and virology are continually under intense scrutiny for their creation of tests for tick borne illness that are much more sensitive than the current CDC’s recommended two-tiered testing which misses over half of all cases.
Here’s the thing – first it will be homeopathy, next will be herbs, essential oils, silver, bee venom therapy, and after that only God knows.
The “powers that be” first deny we are deathly ill. Second, they want to limit antibiotics on a disease that can kill you – oh, and IV treatments including IVIG: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6623a3.htm?s_cid=mm6623a3_e. And now, they want to limit and perhaps take away alternative treatments such as homeopathy. When will they be happy? When we are all dead?
Read draft guidance here: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM589373.pdf
Respond to FDA here: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FDA-2017-D-6580-0002
Malerba recommends the following regarding the content of your letter:
- Submit positive comments (not criticisms) to the FDA in support of homeopathy
- Tell the FDA that current regulatory guidelines (Compliance Policy Guide 400.00) are sufficient
- Further regulations place your right to choose in jeopardy
- If you live in CO, NM, PA, TN, WA, UT – please urge your legislators to tell the FDA not to scrap current guidelines. Add your personal story of homeopathic success. https://www.votervoice.net/AAHP/Campaigns/56505/Respond
Here’s a sample letter by Wellness Journeys:
“Please do not touch homeopathic remedies. They are not the problem. They do not kill 200,000 people a year like our prescription drugs do (I’m an investigative journalist…I know the numbers).
“The FDA’s only job is to ensure that products are manufactured according to legal standards and are properly labeled. The rules and regulations governing homeopathic remedies that have been in place for most of the last century are more than adequate to protect the public.
“It is the FDA’s responsibility to oversee toxic pharmaceuticals, not harmless homeopathic remedies, herbal remedies, and nutritional remedies.
“It is not the FDA’s responsibility to determine which modes of health care are legal or appropriate in America.
“It is the FDA’s responsibility to make sure our drugs and foods are safe. And you’re not doing that job very well. Europe has stricter policies about food additives than we do here, and our food is harming us.
“Maybe the FDA can re-focus on its original purpose and protect the people from being harmed by the crap you’ve allowed into our food supply.”
I’ll admit some of that wasn’t “positive,” but he took the words right out of my mouth!