With a background in law (I’m a former litigation solicitor), and being “conscientious to the nth degree” as a friend described me yesterday, I’m as careful as possible to comply with regulations. Now that websites come under the Advertising Standards Authority’s aegis, homeopaths are being warned to be very careful about using past patients’ testimonials, and to avoid mention of disease names or specific symptoms.
I think it’s a darned shame that past patients who want to share their experiences of homeopathy should be censored in this way - seems contra to the right of free speech, doesn’t it?
Nevertheless, to comply with ASA regulations, I’m currently contacting as many as possible of the lovely people who have written or emailed over the years, in praise of homeopathy and the Phoenix Homeopathy practice, to ask if they’re happy to supply a signed statement that they gave their testimonials of their own free will. I’ll then be able to produce the testimonials within 24 hours, on demand from the ASA, as the regulations require.
It’s a hoop, but I’m happy to jump it, if it means the public can still benefit from hearing what past patients have to say!