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Dear Editor:

Dr. Galvin’s column on homeopathy teething tablets does not fully explore the topics of safety, composition of homeopathy products, or research in homeopathy. Parents deserve more balanced information to help them evaluate the products for themselves. 

Dr. Ronald Whitmont, President of the American Institute of Homeopathy, a national medical association, makes the following points in his analysis of the FDA reported cases.  

1. Most of the cases had little or no information about the child’s existing health conditions, medications and no analysis of the data that shows causality of adverse effects from the homeopathic products.

2. The FDA did not “make any attempt to evaluate the relative risk from using homeopathic teething products” compared to healthy children. The relative risk of seizures from homeopathic teething tablets is estimated at “1% or less,” far below the 4-10% risk of healthy children.

3. The amounts of Belladonna in the teething tablets were within the area of “ultra-dilutions,” which are far below any pharmacologically active dose. To experience even mild side effects, a child would need to ingest a dozen bottles of teething tablets over a short period of time.

4. The FDA claims do not correlate with the National Poison Control Center findings, which report no serious adverse effects from accidental ingestions or overdoses of homeopathic teething tablets.

5. The data about the eight (not 10) infant deaths show many other possible co-existing causes.

There is much research in homeopathy available online, including a 214-page compilation of research on the AIH website or use the searchable database at

Homeopathic teething tablets have a long history of safe use and a far better safety record than over-the-counter pain-relievers that are routinely given to babies and children.

Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH


Dear Editor:

In response to the article “On Homeopathic Products,” I would like to offer some facts.

As President Emerita of the National Center for Homeopathy and a member of the Board of Directors of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, I have been involved in the Federal policy issues regarding homeopathy, its products and practice for many years.

I was an active contributor to the FDA hearings on regulation of homeopathic products. A factual response to the homeopathic teething tablet issue is here:

Homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world.

Homeopathic products are regulated by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (1938). CPG Sec. 400.400 FDA outlines the standards for strength, quality and purity set forth in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS).  Labeling of products is under the aegis of the FDA. A homeopathic product must meet these standards and bear the HPUS# on its label. Products like Zicam and Pleo, are outliers and do not meet these standards. Anyone can call their product homeopathic, natural, even safe. This does not make it so.

Homeopathic medicine can be prescribed by both licensed and nationally certified practitioners (Certified Classical Homeopath, CCH) and it can be purchased as an OTC by consumers. The caveat is this: homeopathic medicines are medicines. If you have a question about self-care or if you are attempting to treat a self-limiting condition on your own, it is best to consult with a certified homeopathic practitioner.  Homeopathic products bearing a HPUS# are prepared according to the standards of the industry. One should never tamper with the product by diluting it nor would any product bearing the HPUS # contain such directions. 

Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM


What’s Not Up?

Dear Editor:

I asked BIB how it is that neighbors' houses less damaged than mine are getting 'elevated' by the BIB program. This is an excerpt of my email: "I was affected by Sandy in Rockaway Beach. I am now seeing a few neighbors’ homes being elevated that were 'less' damaged than mine. Why were we 'not' told the City would pay to elevate our homes??? Apparently, only several hundred found out!!! I see 20 billion has been appropriated to NYC for Sandy relief. I want my home raised too!”

 Why are not ALL of us in Rockaway being offered to have our houses raised? I know I was busy repairing my house the day after Sandy. When these 'programs' were being formed I still had no electricity and used my gas oven for heat. Now I see NYC got 20 billion and only a few homes knew that they could get elevated? What kind of crap is that?

GE Reardon


A Few More Rules

Dear Editor:

I agree with most of Susan Brady's beach rules, although I might characterize a couple as judgey, but I think she missed one of the top two — Carry in, carry out.  In other words, take your garbage out with you. At the very least carry it to the garbage can and place it there, and if the can is full, find another can, or take it home.

And if you're feeling very "green," perhaps pick up some garbage from the beach (or the waves) and add it to yours and carry that out too!  It beautifies the beach and protects the wildlife. Thanks!

Valerie W. Christopher


On Bike Lanes

Dear Editor:

The cyclists have no choice but to swerve on the boards, because the bike lanes are filled with people hanging out…and as you said "people gravitate towards the railings.” Perhaps we should look into bike lanes like they have in Long Beach — in the center!  Just an idea…because the constant blaming of the bicyclists is unfair. We are continually told to dismount the bikes, yet no one is telling the people to get out of the bike lanes so the cyclists would not have to be all over the boards.

Nancy Re


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