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Do you want the right to use alternative medicine?
The American Medical Association (AMA) has maintained a decades-long battle against “alternative” healing traditions, dating back to the 1920s and before…
While always claiming public safety as its reason for the attacks, the true reasons often involve protecting their monopoly of the healthcare market.
Soon after its formation, the American Medical Association adopted a code of ethics including the “consultation clause,” forbidding members to consult on medical cases initiated by homeopathic practitioners and stating that “no one can be considered as a regular practitioner, or a fit associate in consultation, whose practice is based upon an exclusive dogma.”In 1855, the American Medical Association required all the state societies to adopt the code of ethics. The constituents then proceeded to purge their homeopathic members over the next few years, with only the Massachusetts Medical Society failing to do so. No new homeopathic members were admitted, but there were no expulsions from the Medical Society until after the AMA meeting in 1870, at which point the Society was threatened with removal from the Association if it did not rid itself of homeopathic practitioners. The Society first resolved to do so and then reversed the decision, as there was some legal uncertainty regarding the ability to expel.
By Christina Sarich
Many people in the natural health community think that the FDA needs to stick with petrochemicals and pharmaceutical regulation and keep their meddling hands out of homeopathy. But the US Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at alternative medicine and ‘natural cures,’ and without your comments, they could be unavailable.
“We’ve had tremendous growth in the market and also some emerging safety and quality concerns,” Cynthia Schnedar, director of the Office of Compliance at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, told ScienceInsider. “In light of that, we thought it was time to take another look.”
It is more likely that the issue revolves around the fact that more people are turning to alternative treatments instead of mainstream pharmaceutical solutions.
Statements like this one made by Michael De Dora, director of public policy at the nonprofit Center for Inquiry’s Washington D.C. branch, really make me wonder:
“By its own definition, homeopathy cannot work.”
Though homeopathy is one of the alternative medicines that carries a heavy ‘controversial’ label, should the people not be able to pursue such relatively harmless alternative medicine instead of choosing side-effect riddled pharmaceutical drugs? If you’d like OTC homeopathic remedies to stay as an option for those who decide to take part in them, I suggest you submit your own comments to the FDA before the deadline of June 22.
Homeopathycenter.org has these suggestions for submitting your comments to the FDA:
- Explain your experience with using homeopathic remedies.
- Explain why you choose to purchase homeopathic products instead of their pharmaceutical counterparts.
- Though those who use homeopathics have thousands of stories about how natural remedies led to solutions, for this comment period, the most effective stories will be those that address common ailments (colds, allergies, headaches, minor injuries, etc.)
- Make comments that are neither too short nor too long. Around 300-400 words is ideal.
- Keep comments respectful and constructive, and save your rant for Facebook, or comment below.
All comments must be submitted by June 22, 2015 here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2015-N-0540-0001.