FDA Treats Homeopathy as More Dangerous than Opioids

Via The Daily Bell

For a long time, homeopathic medicines have not been subject to FDA approval. Now the FDA says homeopathic treatments must follow the same rules as typical drugs. This includes the tens of millions of dollars to run clinical trials to get FDA approval.

The main problem the FDA has is the unproven claims that homeopathic treatments make. They say that claiming without proof that a certain remedy can treat a disease gives someone false hope. They may put their trust and money into something that doesn’t end up helping. Or worse, they might not spend their money on FDA approved drugs!

The FDA approved treatments could never give you false hope or waste your money… right?

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathic medicines are not the same as natural medicine.

Homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like.” That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes.

While this FDA rule does not itself affect herbal medicine and natural cures, it sets a dangerous precedent. One of my favorite reference books that I mention all the time is The Green Pharmacy. It is an encyclopedia of herbs and foods that can treat common diseases and health issues.

The book presents plenty of evidence. It mentions studies, and laboratory tests to determine the substances in things like garlic and pineapple. But few herbs have gone through double-blind clinical trials to see if they can treat various diseases.

There may be hundreds of years of literature, laboratory tests that confirm the presence of beneficial compounds, and countless anecdotal evidence, but that would not be enough for the FDA.

The FDA applies this strict standard that if it hasn’t gone through FDA approval, it is “unproven.” So the precedent set is that claiming certain herbs and spices treat sickness goes contrary to FDA rules.

This could end up messing with free speech if it goes far enough. How can companies get their natural products out into the market if they can’t tell you what they treat?

Timing

Sometimes the timing of the rules is suspicious. Homeopathy has grown to be a $3 billion industry. The FDA says:

Until relatively recently, homeopathy was a small market for specialized products. Over the last decade, the homeopathic drug market has grown exponentially, resulting in a nearly $3 billion industry that exposes more patients to potential risks associated with the proliferation of unproven, untested products and unsubstantiated health claims.

They go on to explain the uptick in sickness and even death from homeopathic remedies.

To be fair, the FDA does highlight some concerning ingredients in certain homeopathic products. But they don’t provide any statistics, only anecdotes. So there is no clear indication how big of a problem these few products with dangerous chemicals are.

On the other hand, the CDC reports:

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than 1999,1  and sales of these prescription drugs have quadrupled.3 From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.1,2 

As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for noncancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction.7

The prescription opioid industry in the US is close to $18 billion a year. 46 people die every day from opioid overdoes involving prescription drugs.

So to scale that number back to match the $3 billion homeopathy industry, do 7 people per day die from homeopathic remedies?

There are deaths from homeopathic treatments. What started this push to regulate the industry was the deaths of 8 babies attributed to homeopathic teething tablets between 2006 and 2016. That is tragic, and the company should be held accountable.

Most other deaths associated with homeopathy are for lack of conventional treatment for serious illnesses. These are still extremely few. So few that it is hard to find statistics–the cases seem to be isolated.

Ironically, Healthline uses homeopathic medicines that claim to help ease opioid withdrawal symptoms as an example of why the industry needs to be regulated.

One of the government’s concerns is that people relying on the promise by these unapproved products won’t seek treatments for opioid addiction that have actually been shown to work…

“Many unproven medications or treatment programs for addiction take advantage of the fact that there are people who are vulnerable and in need of help — and who don’t always have the best ways to evaluate whether something is helpful,” said Dr. Carla Marienfeld, an addiction psychiatrist and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego…

“These products may not be doing direct harm,” said Marienfeld. “But it can also be very detrimental for companies to promise hope, when a person could instead be using an intervention that actually has a lot of evidence showing it is helpful.” …

Marienfeld said medication-assisted treatments using methadone and buprenorphine have “many years of very good data showing that they help decrease cravings, they help retain people in treatment, and they help dramatically decrease use of illicit opioids.”

Translation: the FDA is concerned that people won’t spend their money on opioids to treat opioid addiction.

So treatments with no side effects, but which might not help, are considered worse than methadone and buprenorphine.

3,400 people died from methadone overdoses in 2014.

The CDC does not track deaths from Buprenorphine.

The American government-financed clinical trials of Buprenorphine. It cost $28 million to win FDA approval. This is another story of the revolving door of doctors who go in and out of the FDA and private practices pushing and prescribing drugs. The FDA gave the company a seven-year monopoly on Buprenorphine.

Over 10% of doctors authorized to prescribe it were sanctioned for misbehavior, including insurance fraud and excessive opioid prescribing.

Buprenorphine generated $1.55 billion in sales in 2012 and was responsible for at least 420 overdose deaths in 2003, the year it was introduced.

And yet the FDA still recommends prescribing methadone and buprenorphine, even when patients take other medications which increase the risk of death!

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising that the opioid addiction medications buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS). The combined use of these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects; however, the harm caused by untreated opioid addiction can outweigh these risks.

Somehow the FDA pushing these drugs–which account for thousands of deaths every year–is not taking advantage of people. But offering over the counter help to people who may otherwise not seek treatment is bad.

Be Smart: There are some real issues with homeopathy. I’m a skeptic, so I likely wouldn’t try homeopathy unless nothing else worked.

Homeopathy seems like the type of thing to use to prevent allergies. It doesn’t seem like the go-to solution for cancer. That being said, the conventional cancer treatments can themselves be very harmful…

Don’t use homeopathy in life or death situations. And look into exactly what chemicals are in homeopathic treatments.

But a handful of deaths should not put an entire industry in jeopardy. Small companies cannot afford clinical trials to get FDA approval. The regulation favors large established pharmaceutical companies, whether or not their products are safe.

The FDA ignores thousands of deaths every year from drugs they approved. But they are concerned about misleading addicts into wasting money and effort on something not proven to treat addiction.

As usual, the money tells a different story.

Note: This article has been updated to remove a comparison between homeopathic cures and vaccinations.

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Comments

Bigly VisceralFat1 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 19:41 Permalink

They already have the cures to most diseases. Who will finally come forward?

Overnight, big pharma would implode. Trillions lost. So we suffer on....

Worse, there have been numerous (too many for COINCIDENCE) deaths of physicians, researchers, homeopathics in the last few years. Pharma could not stand the competition? Kinda like Arkancided. :(

 

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Dolar in a vortex Bigly Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:44 Permalink

I know someone who's had a recent experience with them where they treated an innocuous product with extensive safety data, positive clinical results and years of global distribution as if it was an extreme carcinogen and would turn people into conservatives.

They are in the business of preventing beneficial products from reaching the market. They're a bunch of hacks, hiding behind science degrees that make them legends in their own minds.

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Mr Toad Blame_Goats Thu, 02/08/2018 - 21:25 Permalink

Sorry to hear about your friend.

I don't know about homeopathy, but you may find the following info useful.

There are natural compounds (cardiac glycosides) that selectively kill cancer cells by disrupting the way they control their internal potassium/sodium balance. Oleander, bloodroot, and foxglove are common plants that contain these compounds.

It is easy to get rid of skin cancer by using a simple homemade bloodroot paste (black salve). I have used it myself many times with 100% success.

Unfortunately skin cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry. The western pharma companies do not want people having simple, cheap, natural remedies that can’t be patented. The pharma companies control the regulators, and the sale or prescription of these remedies has been made illegal. Don’t expect your doctor to tell you about this.

Here is a video that contains a lot of useful information;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyPSHzJDEqo

Treating internal cancers with these compounds is more difficult, but can be done successfully. A Turkish surgeon (Ziya Ozel) did a lot of research on oleander extract in the 1960s.

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/cancer1/anvirzel_history.htm

Ozel conducted clinical trials on 400+ late stage cancer patients with good results. You can read about it in the patent application here;

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/…

There are clinics for serious cancer treatment using alternative methods outside the US, a little internet research should find them if you are interested. Plenty of people have put their experiences on line.

Good luck.

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synthetically … Normalcy Bias Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

"Chemo may not save you, but it WILL make you miserable."

NB, you are correct on both counts; however, chemo has all but been abandoned for use in treating many cancers (e.g., melanoma) in that it is ineffective and has numerous toxic side effects.

BTW, the current standard of treatment for many cancers is nivolumab (that works with your immune system to interfere with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body).

https://www.drugs.com/mtm/nivolumab.html

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Obscene FRN Call Normalcy Bias Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:09 Permalink

Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling gets a severe dissing on wiki...musta hit a corporate nerve with the Vit C studies. My mom consulted Dr. Pauling to model her master's thesis guinea pig experiment (the only other animal besides us that must ingest ascorbates rather than produce their own).

Another aspect I have been studying is the role of mitochondria, and the most rational information I've found is on foundmyfitness.com - several googletube vids by Dr. Rhonda Patrick of respectable PhDs who desire health and longevity. Upshot: fats should be the primary macronutrient rather than protein or carbs. Regular exercise that maintains a 120 heartrate is also recommended.

 

Purely anecdotal, but I had chatted with a guy who does the annual vegetation survey for utility lines a few years back, whose brother was days from death with cancer and chose as his dying wish to visit with a native shaman in Montana. Two months later, symptom free, brother bought 40 acres on the Oregon coast and had been living there for 3 years at the time I was told this. Whether medicine, placebo or otherwise, I have to believe that willpower is a tremendous driver of healing. Our allopathic corporate system doesn't much encourage such willpower ...or maybe they do but only until the patient has run out of money. I won't be finding out!

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PrivetHedge Blame_Goats Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:33 Permalink

CDB oil is the thing to try.

https://www.healthnutnews.com/cbd-oil/

About 80+ alternative doctors have been murdered in the last few years, Big Pharma knows many of it's products kill so I would suspect them first.

Big Pharma is a HUGE industry, if people could simply grow some weed and cure/treat themselves it would be a total, unmitigated, existential disaster for them so the motive is STRONG.

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Bigly Blame_Goats Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

My parent died young-ish of cancer. One round/set of chemo. Did nothing.

If my fate is similar, I will fast, and treat homeopathic or via certain vitamins, etc. Blood replacement anything...

Poison (cis platinum?) cannot be the answer. It just gooses pharma pockets and did not buy anything really. Who can say if it buys 3 days, nothing or 2 months. But you feel poisoned...

Sorry to hear.  It is a personal decision on what to do.

 

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Disgruntled Goat VisceralFat1 Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:12 Permalink

This is much like the situation in the Financial industry, where senior staff of the so called "regulators", the SEC, CFTC, etc, often get lucrative positions at investment banks after their "service" in the public sector is over. Those in senior posts at the FDA often take similarly lucrative positions with Big Pharma once they have finished working for the government. Its a shitty system, with consumers, formally known as citizens, getting the short end of the deal.

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jin187 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

This isn't even news.  Just an extension of what they've been doing to e-cigs and kratom for years.  Those two products alone would destroy billions in prescription drug sales and sin taxes if widely adopted.  Now it's garlic and fish oil's turn to get fucked by the FDA and Big Pharma.

Lucretius jin187 Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:05 Permalink

Ya, I'm no Dr. either, though I used to play one with girlz, when I was a kid, now, with Ladies my own age! EDIT! A lady!

 I'll leave this here, it may not satisfy the joo haterz here, but it does explain A LOT of what is wrong with the medical industry. No tin foil hat required, just factual, verifiable, documented HISTORY.

https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-286-rockefeller-medicine/

 Remember, if you can not pronounce it, you should probably not ingest it.

Peace, and good health to ya, L.

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Dumpster Elite Thu, 02/08/2018 - 19:08 Permalink

The FDA is not only OWNED by Big Pharma, it is wholly RUN by Big Pharma. You thought the FBI was bad. The FDA makes the FBI look like it was run by Jesus himself.

inosent Dumpster Elite Thu, 02/08/2018 - 19:28 Permalink

My kids were all pretty healthy. I think they might have gotten a cold every so often, if that, and we always used homeopathic remedies. That was 30 years ago. I would never trust any big pharma crap - evah.

Big pharma is good for the pain killers when you cut your finger off and need surgery, or something like that, but all the other stuff is pure, total, useless, and lethal crap.

 

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Bemused Observer OverTheHedge Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:37 Permalink

No, that isn't correct. Pain's job is to alert you to a problem. Once you are aware of the issue, the pain is superfluous, and should then turn off. But it doesn't, it continues, often long after the injury has been dealt with. While the initial pain serves a purpose, the lingering pain does not, and can create extra unnecessary problems for someone who doesn't need them. Pain that goes on longer than usual can stress your adrenal glands and increase cortisol levels, both of which will make you ill on their own.

Pain is a response to the messages being relayed by certain nerves. Like a smoke alarm, it is mindless, and can't even verify the presence of actual fire. YOU have to get out of bed and check further. And at that point, you can safely turn the alarm off. In fact, it would be silly and distracting to let it whine on needlessly.

We have got to ditch this Calvinist notion that suffering through pain is somehow ennobling or 'better' than relieving it.

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s2man OverTheHedge Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:09 Permalink

i agree pain is a signal to not abuse an injured body part.  Like the old Hee Haw joke; Doc, it hurts when I do this.  (smack with hat) Then don't do that!

I eschew pain killers when I am injured.  Otherwise I will just tear myself up further, without feeling it.  On the other hand, I hear it has been proven that pain relief helps people heal faster;  Relieve the stress of pain and the body can heal quicker.

I use to think 'medical marijuana' was a eupehmism for ' I want to get stoned'.  But I have seen it help two people with chronic pain, first hand.  I have three strains which CANNOT get you high, go ahead and try...  no THC. But they provide stress and pain relief.  I paid for some to be turned into butter for my wife and DIL, so they could spread some on a piece of toast and perform their daily duties.  My DIL was thrilled. She said, Now I don't have to say, 'Not now girls, Mommy is stoned on oxycodone'.  When the 'evil drug dealers' heard that, they donated their products and labor with a tear in their eyes.

Kratum, pot, oleander or tumeric, if they can't patten it, they bribe the critters to make it illegal.

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NumbersUsa Thu, 02/08/2018 - 20:45 Permalink

Meanwhile the really important is being hid:

The Hate Crimes Prevention Bill” (jew supremacist written & backed-Adl). It recently passed the House, causing the Anti-Defamation League to rejoice. The ADL called the law "an essential and necessary step forward in the national effort to counter hate crimes" and urged passage by the Senate.

The jewish Adl also congratulated itself on taking a leadership role in promoting this legislation for the last 10 years. Other Jewish organizations have also been at the forefront of promoting “hate crime”legislation in the US and throughout the West.

It is inevitable that “Hate Crimes” will quickly come to include political speech,specifically on immigration.

Why are Jewish organizations so committed to this drive to abolish free speech?

Sadly, such an attitude is entirely within the Jewish tradition. Jewish groups have a long history of powerful controls over group members, ranging from regulations on economic behavior and charity toward other Jews, to regulating behavior likely to give rise to anti-Semitism or likely to damage other interests of the group.  

One aspect of this is that there was little history of free speech within traditional Jewish societies. Historically, Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky point out, rabbis and other elite members of theAshkenazi and Sephardic communities had extraordinary power over other Jews— literally the power of life and death. And they were highly intolerant.

Jung NumbersUsa Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:37 Permalink

You are so right and it fits with this kind of control over homeopathy as well: anything not under control will have to be controlled: in politics, in science, in warfare etc.

They are against free speech because they are in the process, and have been for a long time, to dominate the world. What do you think about the Rothschilds and their Jewish mates, the owners of the Fed and Central Banks. They own most the world's wealth, make profit from wars, profit from both sides etc. See the Money Changers doc and realize that they are all Jewish and they will get their New World Order as nobody can go against them.

I used to believe the black propaganda about the camps in WWII and the so-called 6 million figure. Reading holocausthandbooks.com the scales fell from my eyes.

Gerard Menuhin (son of Yehudi) is very clear about "his own people" (they call him a self-hating Jew", of course.

He says what you say here and more.

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roddy6667 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 21:14 Permalink

Homeopathy is Magic Water. There are NO, I repeat, NO studies that show that it is effective in ANY way to cure any disease or condition. Stories (anecdotal evidence ) or pseudoscientific self-serving "studies" that do not meet the burden of medical or scientific proof are not proof of anything. Homeopathy will continue to be believed to be real in a country where over half the population worships a Magic Sky Daddy and his 2000 year old Jewish zombie son who will rush down from the sky and carry all the good people when the world ends. 

Jung roddy6667 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:31 Permalink

There are and there conferences on it by reputable Institutes for Homeopathic Research (UK), but who would listen who does not already know and only use their own methods of quantitative traditional research.

Why are people so upset about it if it is harmless: oh yes, they take patients away from the doctors who have never done any harm, nor has BigPharma done any harm. Read What Doctors don't Tell You and see what harm they have done and compare with the harm of "useless substances" have done.

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TheReplacement roddy6667 Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:44 Permalink

Dear butthurt,

Do you have any scientific studies that show homeopathic treatments never work?  That is a trick question in case you are not smart enough to get it.

Also, do you realize that most religions are based on ancient knowledge that is not entirely lost but is hidden or obfuscated so that control can be maintained?  Do you know that this stuff is antediluvian and what that means?  I find it all so very similar to your posts on these subjects.

 

 

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putaipan roddy6667 Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:15 Permalink

i've hung around quite a few serious homeophaths myself and tend to agree with you.....but -

in the case of biting flies which i will react to with a painful welt which can last for two to three days

one drop of topical one billionth of an ml. of something or another arnica extract and nothing, nada, zero reaction.

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