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Homeopathy is Safe to Dispose of, But Why Would You?


OTC and prescription medications need careful disposal. Not so with homeopathic remedies.

I recently received my copy of the quarterly communication from The Washington County (MN) Board of Commissioners. The front page story caught my eye, as I suppose it was designed to do.

The headline read, “Unused Medication Collection Process Is Growing.”  It was full of information about the program that has been created in Washington County, how to use it, the dangers of flushing medications or disposing of them in the trash, drug abuse that can occur with unused medications and the most frequently abused drugs, and what Washington County intends to do with these drugs, if anything. Here is a link to information about the program.

I got to thinking that there are no guidelines or regulations in disposing of homeopathic remedies, because there is no reason to have any regulations.  For that matter, there is really no reason to dispose of homeopathic remedies.

Unlike over the counter and prescription medications:

  • Homeopathic remedies do not need to be disposed of.  They keep indefinitely.  The ones you buy at the store still work long after their supposed expiration date has passed.  I have had personal success using a remedy that had an expiration date of October 97 printed on the little blue tube. Also, they do not spoil.
  • Homeopathic remedies are not addictive.  There is no incentive to abuse remedies.  There is no potential high from taking a remedy.
  • Homeopathic remedies don’t have a “black” market.
  • Homeopathic remedies don’t need to be burned in a specially licensed incinerator.  (Licensed or not, burning these drugs is of questionable safety, according to a source close to this topic.)
  • Homeopathic remedies are not harmful to the environment, either in the manufacturing process or the disposal process.  There is no concern about wildlife or fish developing an extra gill or leg because someone unknowingly threw away a remedy bottle.  (Don’t even get me started on the damage to the environment from manufacturing pharmaceuticals.)
  • Since many remedies can have hundreds of uses, you can possibly use the remedies for something different in the future.  Just because the retail bottle has a pathology printed on the label doesn’t mean that is the only thing it helps.  Indeed, it may not even help that printed pathology for you, but it may help your friend if he or she has that problem.
  • It is okay to share your acute remedies with your friends.  If your friend injures him or herself, you can safely give him or her Arnica from your remedy collection with no fear of an allergic reaction or a side effect.
  • According the article, the AARP reports that 75% of people age 45 or older take an average of four prescription medications daily.  (WOW!!!!  No wonder it costs businesses so much to offer health care insurance to their employees.  The drug companies must love that.)  In Classical homeopathy, we use one remedy at a time.

So do yourself, the county and the environment a favor.  Next time you need health care, see a homeopath, get a remedy.  You will heal yourself, save money, save the county money and keep the environment safe.



Spring Allergies and Homeopathy

With the strange winter we had in Minnesota, followed by the early and equally odd spring, all bets are off in terms of predicting what sorts of weather related or seasonal issues may arise.

So when people started calling, presenting with allergy symptoms they don’t normally experience, I wasn’t too surprised.

Homeopathy can help relieve symptoms of Allergies, and it can help assure they don’t come back.  In fact, allergies are one of the prime reasons people seek homeopathic care.  It also happens to be the case that allergies are the most researched and most proven ailment that homeopathy has been found to treat effectively.  Personally, I have gotten over seasonal allergies and cat allergies using homeopathy over the years.

In homeopathy, we can manage the symptoms of allergies during the worst season for you by simply matching a remedy to the symptoms you are currently experiencing.  However, once the worst is over, it is best to seek constitutional care for your allergies.  This is true for a couple of reasons.  On the practical side, even if we are able to find a matching remedy, you likely would need a different remedy the next year.  This is so because of how homeopathy works–that is, the wrong remedy only works for a while.  The right remedy works much longer.

The second reason for seeking care for your chronic condition is that it is the only way to get to the underlying reason for having the allergies in the first place.  It provides a more permanent solution.

What about antihistimines and other western medicine allergy solutions?  You probably have already given up on these if you are reading this blog post.  While they may work temporarily, using them on a continual basis will suppress your allergy symptoms and they may instead appear as something worse.

Historically, homeopathy has a strong relationship with allergies.  A homeopathic physician from Scotland, Dr. Blackley first identified pollen as the cause of hayfever back in 1871.  Dr. Grant Selfridge, a homeopathic physician from San Francisco was one of the founders of The American Academy of Allergy.  And of course, the concept of allergy shots was borrowed from homeopathy, where small doses of the offending agent are introduced in hopes of creating an immunity of sorts to the allergen.

You don’t have to be a professional homeopath to help yourself out with acute care, although it can certainly be helpful because making a decision for oneself of which remedy to try can be overwhelming to say the least.  There are many possible options that are too numerous to mention in a blog.  However, there is a document posted on my website which you can download to get information on what remedies help what symptoms.  Be forewarned, however, that this is not an exhaustive list.  If your symptoms are really common, you may not be able to help yourself.

To dose the remedy, take as needed.  If you only need it once a day, that is great.  If you need it only once, even better.  However, if you aren’t getting better after a couple of doses, I recommend switching to another one.  If your symptoms get worse (as they can with an aggravation), do not repeat the remedy unless you first get better and then get worse again.  Purchase the remedies mentioned in a 30C at your local health food store, or give me a call for those that aren’t readily available.



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