Homeopathy was discovered by German physician, Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century. He coined the term "homeopathy," which “homoios” in Greek means similar and "pathos" means suffering in references to the pharmacological law of similars, which homeopathy was founded on. This law of similars was previously described by ancient Greek philosophers, Hippocrates and Paracelsus and used worldwide in Mayan, Chinese, Greek, Native American Indian and Asian cultures (Source: A Condensed History of Homeopathy).
Even back then, apothecaries, equivalent to modern-day pharmacies, strongly disliked Hahnemann and homeopathy because medicines were prescribed in small quantities, and didn't profit off of these small sales.
"Despite the persecution, homeopathy continued to grow. It grew not just because it offered a systematic approach to treating sick people, but also because orthodox medicine was ineffective and even dangerous. There is general agreement among medical historians today that orthodox medicine of the 1700s and 1800s in particular frequently caused more harm than good" (Source: A Condensed History of Homeopathy).
Of course modern medicine has since improved and technology has evolved significantly. However, modern medicine assumes a one size fits all approach, which clearly has not served us or our dogs well as life-spans and quality of life in the United States are both shortening and not so fabulous.
Unfortunately, the FDA has recently proposed new guidance that could jeopardize the existence of homeopathy in the United States. This new guidance would declare all homeopathic medicine as new drugs, which would be required to undergo pre-market approval via the New Drug Application. Since homeopathic medicine are derived from plants, they can't be patented and can't justify the ginormous cost that the New Drug Application entails (Source: Access to Homeopathy Threatened by Latest FDA Action).
If this is actually approved, it will be very difficult, if not impossible to purchase homeopathic medicine anywhere.
The FDA claims that they are enacting "risk-based enforcement policy prioritizing certain categories of homeopathic products that could pose a higher risk to public health, including products with particular ingredients and routes of administration, products for vulnerable populations, and products with significant quality issues" (Source: US Food & Drug Administration)
I'm all for making things safe for people as possible. However, the FDA is the same governing body that has approved our food pyramid, which if you follow, you will definitely have metabolic disease as evidenced by the fact that 88% of Americans have whether they know it or not (Source: The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill). This is also the same governing body that said cigarettes were totally copacetic. Also, keep in mind that the FDA is also funded in part (at least) by the companies it regulates, and "nearly half the agency's budget now comes from 'user fees' paid by companies seeking approval for medical devices or drugs" (Source: University of Connecticut).
Homeopathy is also cheap, and in our collective experience, highly effective and without side-effects. It is much cheaper than conventional medication, which typically involves lots of side-effects. Also, if something worked a few hundred years ago, it still works now too. Our DNA hasn't changed, but environment and nutrition certainly has. A healed patient is no longer a paying customer.
Perhaps that is why the FDA wants to ban homeopathy.
-Written by Erica L.