Yes, in many many cases it is quack medicine, but people who take St. John’s Wart should also be aware that it is recommended for mild depression and should not be mixed with other psychotropic medications. There are a slew of other homeopathic meds that can cause adverse affects or even be poison to the system, esp if taken inappropriately or with real medication. St. John’s Wart I use as an example, because unlike Evening Primrose or Echinacea or even garlic, can be quite dangerous. From what I’ve read, it can be far worse than too much vitamin D. Too much vitamin C and it generally washes out of the system, but could also cause kidney stones. It is no substitute for seeking help from a real doctor or psychiatrist.
While some homeopathic meds can be harmless, they should never be a substitute for proven medicine, others can be dangerous and we need the FDA to place more of a warning than just “the claims made about this product have not been scientifically proven”.
I had a friend who came down with cervical cancer, but had had a daughter already who was in her teens. She never had her cervix removed and relied on homeopathic medicine for the most part. It got worse, so she went to dr after dr eventually, while she took the homeopathic meds and tried to blame this dr and that dr for her condition worsening. Finally she did chemo, but it was too late for her and she eventually died leaving a 17 y.o daughter behind.
Think what could have happened if she had gone through surgery early and followed dr’s orders (with or without the homeopathic meds). If she took the homeopathic meds she would have to consult her dr which ones were safe to take while in treatment of course, but she MIGHT have survived the cervical cancer if she had not relied on homeopathic meds as a cure. I truly blame her ignorance and her refusal of modern medicine on the outcome of her cancer.
From experience, I know what people can survive with modern medicine. In the 70s my mother had Grave’s Disease. They killed most of her thyroid with radiation that she had to drink. She now lives on thyroxine. Five years ago, my mother had breast cancer, the only one known in my family. So, it was a shock even to my late grandmother, who died earlier this month at 94 years. My mother had her breast chopped off and was later declared cancer free, with no need for chemo and she never once took homeopathic medicine, except a multivitamin. She is now a cancer survivor.
So I know what modern medicine can do for people and I’ve seen what ignorance of homeopathic medicine does to people too. While claims of Zinc, C, and echanicea supporting the immune system MIGHT true, it is no substitute for a flu vaccine or seeing your dr for a “chest cold”. A chest cold could be Walking Pnuemonia and if left untreated could cause worse problems, even death.
My younger son, when he was 14, had “Walking Pnuemonia” and I (and the school) thought it was just a bad cold, even though he said, “I don’t feel good” yet was running around like other kids stopping to cough his head off. When I saw it was not getting better, I took him to the dr, only to find out it was Pneumonia that had not got the young man down on his back with misery. Think what would have happened if I had been so ignorant and/or nieve enough to say, “Here son, take some C and Zinc, along with a vaporizer with peppermint or eucolyptus. It will make you better.” I could have been calling an ambulance because he was sufficating on the fluid in his lungs eventually.
So, yes, the FDA needs to have stricter and stronger labelling and warnings on homeopathic medicines, adding that they should not be a substitute for seeking treatment from a licensed physician. While peppermint or eucolyptus provides short term temporary relief, it is not a cure- not even for the common cold.
BTW, medical science is working on a vaccine or something or another for the common cold. It will be interesting to see what they come up with when there are so many strands of the cold virus. Doctors now have REAL medicine that shortens the duration of the common cold too, which I was told by my dr when I went in for a sinus infection. She told me, even if my assumption that it was the common cold to begin with was correct, she could have given me medicine to shorten its duration. :shock: Live and learn. At best, if my sinus infection had started out as a cold, the medicine could have prevented the forever lasting sinus headache that comes with a sinus infection. Something to think about. :?