In case this is the first time you are hearing anything about the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), it is a part of the National Institutes of Health. It is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. We are glad the federal government recognizes the interest in complementary and integrative health strategies, such as homeopathy, and that millions of people rely on homeopathic remedies and strategies every day as part of their regimen for maintaining health and wellness. However, we at CFH are committed to ensuring that the information available about complementary and integrative health is truthful and non-misleading.
We know you are familiar with our commitment to preserving your access to homeopathy, and our ongoing collaboration with organizations like Americans for Homeopathy Choice and the American Institute of Homeopathy. In solidarity with these allies our President and Board Chair, Jim Turner, took immediate action and quickly added the CFH voice to the chorus expressing concerns about the inaccurate or misleading information about homeopathy presented on the NCCIH site.
We share Mr. Turner’s letter below.
June 15, 2020
Re: NCCIH Website Inaccuracies
I am writing as the President and CEO of Citizens for Health (CFH), the Consumer Voice of the Natural Health Community. We and our nearly 50,000 supporters appreciate the availability of information and resources supporting the value of complementary, integrative strategies for managing our health and wellness. Our efforts to ensure everyone has access to truthful, non-misleading health information date back to our instrumental role in passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.
And that is why I am writing you today. We stand with the American Institute of Homeopathy and share their concern that information on the NCCIH website regarding homeopathy is not entirely accurate, and is misleading about the safety and efficacy of homeopathic strategies and treatments.
As you know, more than a half-billion people worldwide depend on homeopathy as a means for maintaining health and wellness, and that includes more than 200,000 physicians. Its role in a complementary, integrative wellness regimen is indispensable. And in a world where COVID-19 has reshaped reality and left millions upon millions desperate for reliable, current health information, the need for complete accuracy is more important than ever.
I implore you to thoroughly review the guidance and suggestions AIH has already provided, and amend the inaccurate information on the NCCIH website so that it reflects the track record of safety and effectiveness that homeopathy has demonstrated for more than two centuries.
Thanks in advance for your swift attention. If you would find value in discussing this further, please contact me at your convenience.
President and Chair, Citizens for Health