How the FDA Is Planning on Taking Down Alternative Medicine

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The FDA has been on a crusade against natural medicine that has spanned decades. Their skepticism and perhaps disdain for natural medicine could simply be because at the moment, they are untouchable. In 1938, a U.S. senator (and homeopath) named Royal Copeland passed a law classifying homeopathic treatments as drugs. Since then, these products are deemed wholly natural and cannot be patented or regulated in any way, thus acting as a thorn in side for the FDA.

In fact, under the law, the FDA is required to regulate homeopathic remedies as drugs, but at the same time acknowledges that there is no evidence showing that homeopathy works. As such, you can expect that the vast majority of scientists and mainstream healthcare practitioners to never get behind the idea that natural medicine (essential oils, herbal tinctures, teas, etc.) are a type of medical treatment in any form. Although there have been studies done on natural medicine in Australia, Britain and the United States that found little evidence that homeopathic remedies work, many believe more studies have not been performed because of the lack of patents. Since natural medicine cannot be  patented, drug companies will not waste their money studying them which truly limits our understanding of how powerful they could be.

Changes Are On the Horizon

Historically, regulators have generally looked the other way. Since 1988, the FDA allowed remedies to be sold, however, they needed to meet certain FDA manufacturing guidelines and can be marketed over the counter only for “self-limiting” conditions, meaning illnesses like colds that go away on their own. But changes are on the horizon. With the an increase in homeopathy and natural medicine popularity, the FDA has decided to reevaluate their stance on this subject and look into a regulatory processes, and would look into whether consumers “have adequate information to make informed decisions” about such remedies.

That stance may be poised to change: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is this week holding a public meeting to evaluate “whether and how to adjust the current enforcement policies” to keep up with the growing homeopathic industry and a corresponding increase in safety problems. Since 2009, the FDA has sent nearly 40 warning notices to homeopathic manufacturers and has overseen three recalls. Pulled products include zinc cold remedies that caused people to lose their sense of smell and “teething tablets” with toxic levels of the plant belladonna.

This is the list of people who will be giving testimony at the hearing.

Whether or not you believe natural medicine is pure or just snake oil masked behind a marketable term, the FDA wants to make big changes and it can affect you.

Read more here

 

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Originally published April 22nd, 2015
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9 Responses to How the FDA Is Planning on Taking Down Alternative Medicine

  1. Drew says:

    Homeopathic drugs, while containing no actual medicine, should be regulated as regular drugs considering the dangerous ingredients that go into making these sham medications.

    Like when Hyland’s sickens children with DEADLY NIGHTSHADE POISON:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm230764.htm

    How stupid to you have to be anyway to want to take a medication where someone put poison into water, then diluted all the poison out claiming that the water remembers what the poison was like, and now has been transformed into a medicine? Answer: Very stupid.

    • englishvinal says:

      You sir, do NOT understand the topic you have addressed.
      And do NOT send out links to the FDA propaganda…. if their lips are moving they are LYING just as all bureaucrats do.
      … Are you a paid to post TROLL?… you certainly appear to be one.

    • Gil G says:

      Regulate water? Meh.

  2. Drew says:

    Ready Nutrition censors my comments because they’re afraid of the truth. The Earth is round, guys.

  3. Blank Reg says:

    Also keep an eye on Senator Dick Durbin…he’s been trying to severely regulate the supplements industry for decades. If he got his way, you’d be getting 100mg Vitamin C tablets by prescription.

  4. Dave Froman says:

    Of course they want to take down alternative medicine..the FDA is made up of people FROM the pharmaceutical companies

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