Homeopathy doesn’t work?

The Federal Trade Commission in the United States of America has ordered that producers of homeopathic ‘medicine’ must either prove that these treatments work, or label the products saying that there is ‘no scientific evidence that the product works’.

The market for homeopathic remedies is massive, in 2007 alone Americans spent upwards of $3 billion on an unproven and controversial alternative medicine, which was created by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, and has been disregarded and mocked by science.

A notice, filed by the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month said “Homeopathy, which dates back to the late-eighteenth century, is based on the view that disease symptoms can be treated by minute doses of substances that produce similar symptoms when provided in larger doses to healthy people, 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, but homeopathy nevertheless has many adherents.”

Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy has recently stated that “To believe homeopathy works … is to believe in magic.”

Though the FTC has ordered this, reports are suggesting that it will likely not stop this so-called medicine from being sold. the FTC has also said that these drugs could still be sold as a helpful treatment and would not be deceptive “if the advertisement or label where it appears effectively communicates that: 1) there is no scientific evidence that the product works; and 2) the product’s claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.”


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