If you value your right to manage your own health and choose your health treatment, then it’s time to speak out or forever hold your peace. A backdoor attack will soon limit most of the UK’s homeopathists and pharmacies.
by Heidi Stevenson
You may think that homeopathy is utter nonsense. If you do, that’s your right and you don’t have to partake of it.
You may think that pharmaceutical drugs are utter nonsense. If you do, that’s your right and you don’t have to take them.
The flip side is that people who do wish to utilize those modalities have the right to access them. That should be obvious. It should be equally obvious that the homeopathy consumer does not have the right to deny access to allopathic methods, nor does the allopathy consumer have the right to deny access to homeopathic methods.
The right to access is particularly notable when people pay out of their own pockets.
However, access to homeopathic medicines outside the NHS in the UK is on the verge of being severely curtailed by new and entirely unwarranted regulation. No case has been made that the medicines have been harmful and need to be regulated. They have been unregulated for the last century with no ill effects. Nonetheless, UK regulations severely impacting everyone’s right to utilize homeopathic medicines will be implemented within the next couple of months—unless there’s enough of an outcry to modify the law.
Please note that regulation of homeopathic medicines to insure appropriate and good manufacturing standards are—and should be—in effect. The issue here is how these products are distributed and made available to consumers.
This is an issue of freedom, of our civil right to manage our health as we choose. Your views on homeopathy should make no difference in your view of access to it. If access to anything can be denied without legitimate reason, then access to anything else can also be denied. Sooner or later, something you do care about will be axed.
If you believe in freedom, then the time to show it is when something you don’t like is being attacked for specious reasons. If you wait until your cause is the one under attack, it may be too late.
Most pharmaceutical drugs are licensed. They’re approved after a process of testing for safety and effectiveness in treating a specific condition or diagnosis. On rare occasion, drugs may be compounded individually according to a doctor’s prescription. Though this is now exceedingly rare to nonexistent, it was once the primary task of a pharmacist. These are referred to as unlicensed drugs in the UK and are regulated differently from drugs that are delivered predefined and packaged by pharmaceutical firms.
Homeopathic medicines, of course, do not operate in the same manner and cannot be tested in the same way as pharmaceutical drugs. They are therefore largely unlicensed. There are a few exceptions, about 50 homeopathic medicines that are licensed under a different plan from pharmaceuticals. Those are often available in stores with indications on them for use in self-limiting and mild conditions, such as colds.
Homeopathic medicines cannot be tested and approved in the manner of pharmaceutical drugs:
There are thousands of homeopathic medicines, not to mention a virtually infinite variety of potencies in which they can be prescribed. The inherent differences in approach between homeopathy and allopathy means that it’s unreasonable, and frankly absurd, to regulate them in the same manner.