As reported by NPR, the FDA has adopted a new strategy to target homeopathy.
With the opioid scourge continuing to claim tens of thousands of lives annually, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has opted to dedicate their finite resources to combating what they consider a more pressing issue. As reported by NPR, the FDA has adopted a new strategy to target homeopathy. While isolated quality control issues have cropped up with store bought homeopathic treatments, the scope of the problem has been minimal when compared with the destruction wrought by pharmaceutical drugs.
In the past, the FDA focused on homeopathic products that have been shown to cause harm. The FDA’s new and tougher stance allows them to preemptively act against products that they feel are dangerous. This includes products that are marketed as treatments for serious conditions and those that contain potentially dangerous ingredients. Manufacturing practices will also be under increased scrutiny.
FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s attempt to frame these increased regulations as little more than an overdue effort to punish disreputable manufacturers ring a bit hollow. While the FDA claims to respect the rights of individuals to have access to alternative treatments, the fact that they systemically ignore the science behind homeopathic remedies should not be disregarded.
Gottleib complained that there has been “a large uptick in products labeled as homeopathic that are being marketed for a wide array of diseases and conditions, from the common cold to cancer” and “in many cases, people may be placing their trust and money in therapies that may bring little to no benefit in combating serious ailments, or worse.”
The surge in demand for homeopathy is in direct response to the countless failures of the pharmaceutical manufacturers and allopathic medical community. This was not mentioned in the press conference. By treating the symptoms, usually with a pill, and not the cause, the “science based” medical industry has created a massive demand for alternative medicine. Unfortunately, it was inevitable that a few disreputable manufacturers would attempt to profit from this burgeoning market.
On paper, demanding higher quality homeopathic remedies seems to be a reasonable approach and the president of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists confirmed that their group “shares the FDA’s commitment to protecting public health,” and that the crackdown “would not materially affect the vast majority of homeopathic drug products available in the United States.”
There is the danger that the federal government’s renewed interest in homeopathy is little more than a ruse to get the FDA’s foot in the door. The medical industry’s monopoly and profits would benefit if they were able to label and regulate homeopathic remedies out of business. If they are able to successfully suppress homeopathy, the same blueprint could be conceivably applied to punish naturopathy and the nutritional supplement industry.
It is no surprise that Paul Offit, a vaccine patent holder with a vendetta against alternative medicine, viewed this crackdown favorably. Dusting off the hackneyed “snake oil salesman” trope, he took a swipe at homeopathy while at the same time declaring that this was a victory for consumers.
The battle for our medical rights rages on many fronts. Thanks to state sanctioned vaccine science and the potential for increased regulation of supplements, we are closer than ever to losing our right informed medical consent. If you want your voice heard, the FDA encourages public comments. There is a 90-day comment period on the FDA’s draft guidance which can be accessed here.
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This article (FDA to Crack Down on Homeopathy – Are Supplements Next?) was originally created and published by Mercola.com.
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