Case Quizes

I Am Not Sick

This poor girl’s nose is completely blocked! Read her case and try and guess which homeopathic remedy cured her.

Mom, it’s time for the quiz. 

I can’t believe 2019 is over!

It wasn’t much of a year… but then again, what is?  Hello everybody and welcome to the Hpathy Quiz!  Before we get our brain-teaser underway, as always we begin with Shana’s exciting announcements.  Take it away, Shana!

Do you want the good news or the bad news?

There’s bad news?  Am I going to be upset????

Well, Mom, you might be; Herbie Cox of The Cleftones died.

The lead singer?  Wah!!!!!!

I just read it on Facebook from our dear friend Todd Baptista.

That was so unexpected!

We’ll go out with their Doo-Wop classic, “Little Girl of Mine”.  But, as if that wasn’t enough, I read that Carroll Spinney, one of the pupeteers from “Sesame Street”, died.  He was Big Bird as well as Oscar the Grouch.

He had some muscle disease I’ve never heard of called Dystonia.  He retired last year.  His last appearance was in Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary special.

Time for my favorite Oscar moment because it features (who else) James Taylor.

No Way!!!!!   Aaaaah!!!!!!!!  Why does everything have to feature James Taylor????

Rest in peace, Carroll.

Can we take a moment to talk about something happier, please?  I need some cheering up.

Well Mom, luckily I have stumbled upon a hilarious British show called “An Audience With…” where celebrities come on and perform for, and answer questions from, a celebrity audience.  This was Elton John’s episode.  He writes a song on the spot using lyrics provided by an audience member; it’s both brilliant and funny!

Shana, you were right!  It IS brilliant; and funny!  I hope everybody watched it!

Who is in the Quiz this month?

It’s a child, Shana.  Some sort of cold.  Nose completely stopped up.

What’s her name?

I suppose we have to come up with a fictitious name.

What about Morgan?

What about Morgana?

Why didn’t I think of that?

Who knows!  Can we possibly get on with the Quiz????

Well, if we have to….


Male or Female: Female

Name: Morgana

Weight: 57 lbs

Height: 4’ 5”

Date: 12/11/2019

Email Address: ****

  1. Describe the complaint

The complaint came on gradually.  It started about 2 weeks before she got sick.  Nasal inflammation started and night sleep was disturbed and she was opening her mouth in sleep to breathe.  Morgana was sleeping late even though she went to bed early.  She was drooling when she fell asleep every night.  Her skin looked dark and she started to hang her mouth open during day.  Bowel movement’s became less regular in the morning.  She found fruits bland and her appetite wasn’t that good.  Not finding apples sweet enough is not like her.  She appreciates even little sweet taste in food.

She is usually chatty but we noticed that she was much quieter and kept to herself.  Spoke less.  When I asked about if she’s still lonely in class as all her friends from previous years are in the other class.  She has made a friend this year but she has other friends in the class.  She feels like an extra who hangs back because she has no friends in the class.  She broke down and was very sad about this.  Next day I asked her again how is her day. She said it’s okay and said “I can’t cry about the same thing everyday.”  The day after that she came down with a scratchy throat and a cold that started on the right progressed and settled on the left.  Tonsils are swollen there’s throat congestion and ropy yellow very thick mucus coming from the back of the left nostril.


Friday 12/6/2019 – woke up with scratchy throat.  We gave her vitamin C 2000 mg morning and evening.  Morning added zinc to the vit c.  Liquid turmeric with little bit of pepper.  Gave ACV (apple cider vinegar) 1 tsp in big glass of warm water, it instantly stopped the scratchy throat.  No solid food was given as it spikes high fevers and makes things worse.  No fever the whole day and night.  Also she was wanting food but I don’t think had appetite.  Just had fresh orange juice and hot chamomile tea with honey.

She had dry lips and cracked in middle.  She was peeling them off even if it hurt the lip.

Saturday 12/7/2019 – Woke up with scratchy throat I gave her hot water with 1 tsp ACV.  It was relieved.  Today also gave her vit c and zinc.  Had teas and turmeric.  She got a mild temperature which went up to 100.4.  Nasal symptoms worsened so I gave her a dose of Lachesis 200 from the fridge from last time (it was from like 4 months ago you prescribed as she was being bossy and rude) to see if that would help.  The nostrils congestion cleared immediately then they clogged  back up in about an hour.  I gave another dose and saw no physical improvement but saw a great change in how she was mentally. She was back to happy chatty positive Morgana, laughing. naughty and hyper happy.  This is her usual self and we didn’t realize that she was somewhat quiet all these days.  Also she improved in complexion and face looked fuller with cheeks.

Sunday 12/8/2019 – low grade fever in the 99s continued and by evening temperature stabilized to normal.  Giving her vit c and zinc and turmeric. She ate fruit mostly oranges and some apples and pomegranate.  Since nasal symptoms were worse I started her on Ayurvedic Sitopaladi churna (mix of cardamom, cinnamon, long pepper and bamboo).  It is helped somewhat but the left side has very thick mucus and the inflammation is not being relieved anymore.  The mucus or ropy.  The swelling is in the way and has a hard time getting it out even with nasal squeeze bottle.

Monday 12/9/2019 – No more scratchy throat in the morning.  No fever.  Temperature below normal.  Got it up with warm liquids and food.  She had rice and dal and amaranth soup.  Bowel movements were okay.  She had a few loose stools but got back to normal on its own.

Tuesday 12/10/2019 continued with same vitamins and sitopaladi churna 2 times daily.  Right stays mostly clear but left has no let up.  It’s tightly closed shut.

  1. Etiology–

I think one other thing I forgot to mention above is she stayed out late during thanksgiving weekend and after having organic ice cream (pumpkin spice flavor) she couldn’t fall asleep till 12 am.

That was when I thought something was up.  She did not want to have more popcorn after having some ice cream.  She usually refuses only if she feels queasy or uneasy.

  1. Sensation–

Some mild irritation or pain in throat on swallowing.  It’s gone now.  But the mucus and her mouth smelled bad.  She had a furry tongue and it turned black yesterday.  Some black still there.

  1. Appearance–

Droopy eyes were present.  Face looked run down by Sunday.  She lost 2 pounds but she’s back now.

  1. Location–

Nose and throat.

  1. Modalities–

Warm steam felt great.  She loved hot drinks even water she preferred hot.  Better outside, better exercise.

  1. Concomitants

She had burping.  She was surprised that she burped even if she didn’t eat anything.  Still there is burping if she eats or drinks.

  1. Discharges–

No answer

  1. Generals–

“I am not sick.”  This is what she was saying.  Didn’t like to think she was sick.  Now today appetite is back and she’s thinking these apples are so sweet I love them.  That’s when I realized it’s not the apples.  She lost some sense of taste.

  1. The mentals

Optimistic.  She has been optimistic from the start.

  1. What have you been saying?

I am fine.  Listened to lot of music and watched movies.

  1. What are you doing?

She was lying down and not caring when she had fever and when she was better she was crafting all day.

  1. Describe your thirst and appetite–

She wanted hot drinks and hot food and liked spicy kimchi found it to be very tasty.  Couldn’t smell the garlic in it.  Now smell sense is back and she can’t stand the garlic smell.

  1. Fever?

There’s no fever right now.  Temperature increased when she had solid food like fruits etc.

  1. Sweating?

No odor. She only sweat at night on Friday and Saturday I guess when temperature went down in sleep.

  1. Odors?

There was bad breath. Not like fish or onion. Don’t know how sulphur smells but she had this smell whenever she had this kind of infection in the past. This was a chronic issue.

  1. What is most striking, peculiar or identifying about your condition?

Black tongue.  Never had this before.  Now with improvement complexion of face changed.  And now she had to wake up to pee.

  1. Is there a diagnosis?

No.  But I think sinus infection

  1. Describe your energy–

Energetic.  She played on the x-box. That helped some with the inflammation.

  1. What does your tongue look like?

Furry, has a  small black patch.  BTW mouth bad smell is 85% gone.  So has the quantity of mucus but left nostril it shut with swelling.

  1. If you have a cough…

No cough so far.

  1. If you haven’t already said if you’re hotter or colder than usual, or if there’s an issue with your body temperature, like hot feet or cold feet, cold hands, shivering, etc., say it now.

She keeps taking her socks off.  When asked says “my feet were hot then”.  But I do find her feet and hands cold.  But they warm up when she has warm foods and she takes them off.  I think she was sweating in her feet in her shoes.

  1. This question only applies to complaints of a more chronic nature: I need to know what you eat, drink and “take”.

Breakfast – She usually has a cup of green smoothie ( 1/4 banana, 1/4 pear and 4 strawberries, 1/2 kale leaf) or raw milk 1 cup and banana

Lunch – chapathi (organic whole wheat flat bread) fried with olive oil with okra sautéed in olive oil and spices( turmeric etc)./ or dal rice with sorrel leaf pickle.

4.00 pm – Banana or oranges or one more cup of the smoothie.

7.30 pm – dal rice with tomato soup / any green vegetable and rice.  Like today had raw cucumber chutney with coriander and curry leaves generously added along with turmeric and spices.


It sounds to me like the remedy is ___________________.

I think I have that with me here.  Ok got it, have prepared 100 ml bottle with 1 pill of ____________ 30c dissolved in it.

Kindly let me know if I can give it to her.

Yes, please do.


Hi, Elaine, I gave her ______________ 30C at 11.27 pm when I first asked you.  I don’t know if it could be called a proper dose as she was asleep.  I remember you telling me a few drops on the lips is enough so I did that.

Then I felt the gurgling noise and the apnea increase even more and she was moving in her sleep, seemed complaining about something.  Probably me not letting her sleep and asking her to sleep on her side.

I saw your reply at 2.53 am and gave one more dose.  Gurgling sound and apnea is only a little bit better.  And she is being disturbed in her sleep even more.

She has that smell of the mucus from her mouth.

Sleep is shallow, gurgling sound and apnea are less.

This seems like a difficult puzzle.  Hope it gets solved.

If you think _____________made her worse, it might be a temporary aggravation, meaning she may yet recover and improve.

Even I thought so and gave the second dose.  The moment I gave her the first few drops in her sleep, change was immediate.  More apnea.  Now noise and apnea down by 40%.

So, you’re saying the aggravation is now 40% less?  Then I guess we should give it more of a chance.

Ok. Sure.  I will give her one more dose and stop.

No, don’t redose during an aggravation!  You have to wait for the aggravation to stop because an improvement may follow if it’s the right remedy!

Let’s see what happens. She has been tossing more in her sleep with the _____________.  Though noise in breathing is down a lot.

See?  No need to redose.  Improvement is taking hold.  I can’t say what will happen if you redose now.  Did you do that already?  I’m afraid to ask.  I worry that improvement could come to a stop by dosing while the aggravation is resolving.  Will it start the aggravation all over again?  Will it cancel out the improvements underway (less noisy breathing, etc.)?  I don’t know, that’s why we have to wait.  If you did redose, tell me what happened.

It would be a good idea if you could read my “Questions Patients Ask” article on case-management, click below:

Good news, Elaine.  Both nostrils are clear!  Hope it stays that way.  I’ll keep you posted.  Also, I am seeing improvement in her face and nails and teeth.  Face looks fuller and not run-down.


Alright, everybody, what remedy do you think worked?  Write to me at [email protected] and let me know, the answer will be in our January issue.  OMG, January starts our 16th year!

Mom, as promised, to play us out, here are The Cleftones with “Little Girl of Mine” on one of those T.J. Lubinsky PBS productions Jerry Butler hosted.  Can’t remember if it’s Doo Wop 50 or 51.  But anyway, here it is!

You know, if it weren’t for TJ Lubinsky and Public Television, there would be no historical record of these Doo-Wop groups from the ’50’s at all–and just to explain, we call them “Doo-Wop” now, but back then, it was just “Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

Bye, see ya next year!


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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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

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Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

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