Coughing Up Pennies

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Written by Elaine Lewis

Another intriguing Hpathy Quiz; try and guess the remedy!

Hey Mom, we’re ON in Five, four, three, two and…..Cue the Quiz!

Greetings, homeopathy lovers! Welcome to another edition of The Hpathy Quiz! I’m Elaine Lewis and I’ll be your host for this evening….Tonight’s episode is brought to you by…Decent Food That You Make Yourself!

Shana, find us a picture of decent food.


This is vegetable stir-fry served over brown rice, which, of course, I made myself. And these dishes don’t take long to make either! Here’s what the vegetables look like in the pan:

We have tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and broccoli. I probably added soy sauce and ginger to make it taste Chinese. The important thing is NOT to over-cook the vegetables because over-cooking destroys the enzymes, which are the things in vegetables that make them good for you! Now, why all this fuss over food in the hpathy quiz? Because people are getting sick, by and large, because of what they’re eating (and it’s causing a lot of the behavior problems in children too)! Shana, get me a picture of what people should not be eating!


What do we have here… white bread, which is constipating and contains no nutrients, processed cheese (not a real food), over-cooked meat filled with antibiotics, GMO corn and female hormones, topped with bacon cured with cancer-causing nitrites. In fact, this entire “meal” is constipating as there’s no fiber in it at all!

Mom, are you going to report on what we did this month?

Well, since everyone is gathered around…. It’s been quite a month for all of us! It started with a Beach Boys concert in New Jersey!

Yes, I remember, you got in a fight with Security!

Shana, they were bureaucratically, and over-zealously, enforcing meaningless rules, like where people are allowed to stand!

They just wanted you to sit in your seat!

But I couldn’t see!  Don’t ever go to see a show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey!

I’m sure nobody will.

Shana, find me your favorite song by The Beach Boys, the one called “Forever”!


Thanks, Shana, that was very nice; there was just one teensy, weensy little problem with it.

What was that?


I know, it was John Stamos from “Full House”!


But I like John Stamos, he’s cute! And it was still “Forever”!

This is ridiculous! Can you at least find a picture of the Beach Boys–the real ones?


Now, if we could possibly move on to the next thing? We also saw the Jacksons at the Borgata in Atlantic City! Here we are in the Borgata Hotel and Casino parking garage:

Can I have a picture of The Jacksons? Michael Jackson’s brothers?


Shana, you know what my favorite song by them is?

“I Want You Back”?

You got it! This song has the most recognizable intro in the history of popular music! Shana, find “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5!


That’s Michael when he was 10 years old! He’s so adorable!  Mom, you didn’t tell how we nearly missed the concert–again!”

OMG!  That’s right!  The previous month we nearly missed Smokey Robinson because you came down with a virus on the very day of the concert!  What happened this time?  Oh, right, CRAMPS!  Not only did a remedy finally work at the last minute; but, it was even beyond that!  The show started at 8 and when did we leave? 7?  Theoretically, there was no way we could have gotten there in time!  But what did we do?  Prayed to Daddy!  I said, “Rick, I need the Atlantic City Expressway cleared, I need to not get lost, and I need for the show to start late!”  So what happened?  The traffic melted away, I didn’t get lost and the show started as soon as we took our seats!  I am NOT kidding!  And now I better start the quiz because I think I can hear Alan saying, “Enough already!” 

Who’s our patient this time?

Um…oh geez, it’s fictitious-name time!!!!

Oh here we go again! Just call her “Angelica Pickles”!

Shana, isn’t that a real person?

Well, since you mention it…..

OK, “Angelica Q. Pickles”! Here she is now.  The Hpathy Quiz is officially 



So Elaine, yesterday when I woke up, I had a little bit of a cough that seemed to subside after I had been awake a while. There was a slight catch when I coughed, like it wasn’t a dry cough but a little phlegm to it and when I coughed there was a distinct metallic taste. Like I was coughing up pennies.

Today I am noticing I have the cough again, off and on, it is not perpetual or severe; but again, the metallic taste is there. It is coming from my throat, when I cough.

Maybe I’m fighting a slight bronchial infection or something? I have no congestion though, nasally. I am noticing now that even though I’ve been up for hours, I am not feeling 100% yet. Not *nearly* as bad as last night, but I must be fighting something. Still really sore like I slept on a bad bed, everything feels bruised,but not the internal achiness I felt last night; yawning a lot even though I got a lot of sleep; no sore throat, no diminished appetite, a couple of chills but again, not like last night at all. Hmm… maybe I just need something for paranoia!

And my skin is really sensitive to touch, like I had a sunburn. But I don’t. I am super-sore like I gardened for days on end.

I would suggest that you take a dose of ________________________30C.

I’ll dig out the _________________________30C to try it.


I took it at 2:50. By 3:10, I was noticing normal energy levels again. My muscles still feel sore and tight but perhaps that will lessen with time. I can’t tell if my skin is less sensitive yet. But I am really glad about the energy levels!

I can tell that my energy feels very much improved. A single pellet! I noticed the energy change as I was doing stuff around the house, it wasn’t like I took __________________ and then laid down, I never laid down.

I am also feeling less anxiety on the whole.

So, that usually means it’s a bullseye–energy improved, mentals improved!


It has now been 4.5 hours since I took that dose of _____________________ and I have to say, feeling much, much more normal. Some residual muscle aches but overall completely different than what I felt before. Hopefully this is the end of whatever it was. THANKS for the suggestion!!


Totally normal now. No more coughing, no metallic taste, no aches, no chills, good energy for dragging myself and the girls into the heat, to the library and the grocery store.


Thank you, “Angelica”! So what remedy is this? Write to me at [email protected] and let me know. The answer will be revealed in next month’s ezine. Bye-bye!

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and


  • Thank’s Elaine for these wonderful morsels each month. These are not like the dry quizzes I had in college, but adorned with music, gustatory delights and humor. I’ll join this party every month!

  • Lachesis has :
    MIND – ANXIETY – health; about – own health; her/his
    COUGH – FOREIGN body; sensation of a – Larynx, in
    COUGH – MORNING – rising, after
    COUGH – MUCUS – Larynx
    EXPECTORATION – TASTE – metallic
    SLEEP – YAWNING – frequent
    SKIN – SENSITIVENESS – touch; to
    GENERALS – PAIN – sore, bruised
    GENERALS – PAIN – sore, bruised – Internally

  • Thank you wafaa. There was no foreign body sensation in her throat. “coughing up pennies” only because of the metallic taste, nothing else. And, I don’t think there was any information about expectoration being “easy” or difficult.

  • Hello Dear Elaine and Shana,
    My repertorization comes up with Lachesis as the top remedy, although there were a number of runner ups. I thought this was a bit of trick question as when you say, “coughing up pennies” my mind runs to “copper pennies” or Cuprum, which happens to be a good cough remedy.

    However, based upon inputting a number of rubrics:
    Taste metallic; throat taste metallic; Expectoration; metallic taste
    Speech and voice: nasal
    Cough: morning agg; waking on and after
    Cough; intermittent
    Cough; on waking
    Skin; pain; sore, bruised
    Skin, sensitiveness
    Generalities; pain; agg; night
    Generalities; yawning agg

    Runner ups: alum, rhus-tox, hepar sulph, merc, nux-v, sulph
    Wondering if a predominant theme or SRP should help make final decision?

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