Homeopathic Products May Have to Prove They Work
The FDA has started asking for proof from homeopathic remedies.
There is a strange quirk in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule book. For most things promoted as medicine, they must be tested, proven to be helpful and not harmful while following strict rules on what they can claim. That's not the case with products that are "homeopathic." For some reason, since May of 1988, they've been given a waiver, allowing them to make claims without any evidence they work.
The idea behind homeopathic remedies started over 150 years ago. Practitioners believe that "like cures like." If you've got an upset stomach, you take something that causes an upset stomach. Then the two cancel each other out.
But it gets weirder. Rather than give people standard doses of medicine, homeopathic remedies are made with just a tiny drop of the medicine which is mixed, diluted and mixed again, several times. Often it's mixed and diluted so many times, there are no traces of the original medicine left.
But what's left IS NOT considered plain water. Homeopathic promoters claim the water retains the "vibrational frequency" of the original medicine and that "frequency" is what can cure you when you drink it. I'm not making that up, that's the basis of homeopathy and all homeopathic medicines sold today!
According to the FDA, Homeopathic remedies only had to do two major things. First, their ingredients must be listed in the "Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS), an addendum to it, or its supplements." Second, they must be labeled as homeopathic. But that's about to change.
In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration has finally become a skeptic. With so many homeopathic products making unsubstantiated claims, the FDA has set up new requirements that are to be monitored by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Those requirements include:
"For health, safety, or efficacy claims, the FTC has generally required that advertisers possess 'competent and reliable scientific evidence,' defined as 'tests, analyses, research, or studies that have been conducted and evaluated in an objective manner by qualified persons and [that] are generally accepted in the profession to yield accurate and reliable results.' In general, for health benefit claims, particularly claims that a product can treat or prevent a disease or its symptoms, the substantiation required has been well-designed human clinical testing."
That means homeopathic remedies will now be required to prove they work. They'll have to demonstrate, with real tests on actual sick people, that their products can help someone better than a placebo can.
Before anyone gets angry, consider this. For homeopathy to work, it would have to defy the laws of nature as scientists understand them. Homeopathic practitioners are asking you to believe that water will remember the "vibrational frequency" of an almost impossibly small amount of medicine mixed into a vial, but completely forget the "vibrational frequency" of the bottle it's in; the pipes that carried the water to the plant; or the streams, rivers or lakes where the water originally came from.
Homeopathic products get even more strange. There are now homeopathic pills. You can buy "soft chews" like Zicam Cold Remedy Relief for Kids. It's a product that is NOT a liquid. There is no water to hold the "vibrational frequency" of the medicine.
How exactly does it work? Turns out it has "zincum aceticum 2x and zincum gluconicum 2x" in it. So they've got an active ingredient to potentially deal with the cold, BUT by calling it homeopathic, they seem to have gotten around having to prove it works. The rest of the ingredient list is primarily food dyes, coconut oil and sugar by several different names.
In 2009 the Science and Technology Committee of Great Britain declared that homeopathy is “useless, unethical and unreliable...”
In 2015, the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia concluded that “there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.”
In 2016 the Food and Drug Administration said this about homeopathy, "Many homeopathic products are diluted to such an extent that they no longer contain detectable levels of the initial substance. In general, homeopathic product claims are not based on modern scientific methods and are not accepted by modern medical experts..."
Quit wasting your money buying homeopathic remedies. Quit putting your health at risk by taking homeopathic remedies before you move onto clinically tested options. Quit supporting companies selling you magic water with "vibrational frequencies" in it.
Look on the label. If it says "homeopathic" put it back on the shelf.
How much of the active ingredients remain in homeopathic remedies?
When homeopathic medicines are made, the original active ingredient is diluted or made weaker by mixing it with water. A typical dilution is referred to as 30C. That means one drop of the original substance was added to 100 drops of water, shaken up and a drop taken out. The diluted drop is put in another 100 drops of water, shaken up and a drop of that taken out. Keep repeating 30 times.
That means something with a 30C dilution, would contain LESS than one part per million million million million million million million million million million of the original substance.
Homeopathic practitioners believe that even though there's virtually NONE of the original active ingredient left, it's still going to provide benefit. But then they take it even further. Some remedies are routinely made with 100C dilution. They dilute it 100 times and actually claim it can be MORE powerful.
Think about that level of dilution. Take a drop, dilute it in 100 drops of water then only take a drop of that for the next stage. By the time you've diluted it 100 times, the final product has been diluted by more than the total number of atoms in the universe! There is literally NOTHING left of the original active ingredient. How is that supposed to help you? Oh yeah, that memory of water, the "vibrational frequency" it maintains.
Quit calling magic wishes medicine. Lets put homeopathy in museums and get it out of pharmacies and drug stores. Stop selling water as medicine to people who don't know any better.
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