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Revisiting: Bending, Lifting, Straining, Twisting!

Yard work!  “Mitch” completely over-did it!  Did you guess the right remedy?  Scroll down for the answer

Shana, are you ready for the Quiz?

Yes, Mom.


But first, The Death Report, which, by the way, is horrendous this month!

I know!

I don’t even know where to start!  Some major legends in the world of sports and entertainment have died!  OMG!  You know what?  I’m just going to put their pictures up:

Tony Dow (“Wally”) from “Leave It To Beaver”:


(Wally and Beaver with their TV mom, June Cleaver.)

William Hart of the Delfonics:


(Clockwise: William Hart, Wilbert Hart, Major Harris)

Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legendary Center:

Lamont Dozier of Holland, Dozier and Holland

(Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland: legendary song-writing team at Motown Records.)

Last but not least, and the worst possible news of all, Sam Gooden, legendary bass/baritone of The Impressions:


(Sam Gooden, Curtis Mayfield, Fred Cash)

Oy vey!  Each one of these deaths was a shock!  And Shana told me about them without even so much as a “Hey Mom, you better sit down for this,” or, “Mom, I have bad news…” oh nooooo!  She just blurts it out!  She told me William Hart died in the shower!

Well I am so sorry!  Who knew you were going to drop the soap!

Let’s begin with…

Tony Dow 


I’m not sure whether “Leave It To Beaver” was popular because Beaver was so cute or Wally was so handsome; but, anyway, this is the show that became synonymous with mid-century America!

 

William Hart


the lead singer of one of the greatest groups of all time, The Delfonics; or, as we used to say, The Supersonic Delfonics:

 

Bill Russell


Russell with legendary Celtics coach, Red Auerbach.  The Celtics were a dynasty, and their giant Center was the glue that held it together.  Bill Russell has 11 championship rings, most basketball players would be thrilled to have just one!  After his death, the NBA retired his number!  No one, on any basketball team, can wear the number 6 again!

Just like the number 42 has been retired in baseball?

Yes, Shana, exactly!  Jackie Robinson’s number, no one can wear it again.


Except, on “Jackie Robinson Day” at the ballpark, when everyone wears the number 42!


I’m sure there will be a “Bill Russell Day” sometime soon when everyone will wear the number 6.

 

Lamont Dozier


You simply can’t imagine that just about everything that came out on Motown Records was written by Holland, Dozier and Holland!  You can’t even begin to comprehend that level of productivity!  Let me give you just a tiny idea of the hits they’re responsible for:

Heatwave
Quicksand
Dancing In The Street
Come See About Me
Stop! In The Name Of Love
Can I Get A Witness
I Got To Dance To Keep From Crying
Mickey’s Monkey
Baby Love
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Ahem!  Excuse me, and covered by James Taylor!  We can’t forget that.

Dear God!  Yes, actually, I think we can!

Nowhere To Run
Back In My Arms Again
I Hear A Symphony
Darling Baby
You Can’t Hurry Love
Heaven Must Have Sent You
You Keep Me Hanging On
Jimmy Mack
Forever
Too Many Fish In The Sea
Baby I Need Your Loving (Got to Have All Your Loving)
The Same Old Song

etc.

So….  I don’t know what to play!  How do you pick just one song out of hundreds?  Well, here we go with one of Motown’s signature songs, reaching all the way to #11 on the Pop Chart, The Four Tops with, “Baby I Need Your Loving”.  I went crazy for this song!!!!

Motown was such a phenomenon, that it wasn’t just the recording artists who became famous, it was the songwriters, the studio musicians, the choreographer… The bass player (James Jamerson) had a cult following!


Just google him!  Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #1 in their award for the “50 Greatest Bassists of All Time”!

And of course, everybody knew who the President of Motown was—It was Berry Gordy!


High school drop-out, Berry Gordy, turned an $800 loan into a 400 million dollar fortune!


And the list of artists who sang for Motown?  OMG, you could never name them all!

The Temptations
The Miracles
The Supremes
Diana Ross
Lionel Richie
The Four Tops
The Marvelettes
Martha and the Vandellas
Stevie Wonder
Marvin Gaye
The Jackson 5
The Commodores
The Contours
Mary Wells
Kim Weston
Smokey Robinson
Tammy Terrell
Junior Walker
The Spinners
Gladys Knight and the Pips
The Isley Brothers

And there’s more.  And the reason it’s such a compelling story is that the founders of Motown Records were nothing special, just ordinary working class black people, struggling to make it.  Berry Gordy worked in the auto industry, The Supremes lived in the projects, it was the middle of segregation in the South, the Motown tour bus was shot at by idiots, there was nothing easy about this enterprise, and yet… Wow!  What a success!  Their music changed the world!  Located in Detroit, Michigan; Motown Records, it’s a museum now:


Didn’t Bernie Sanders visit there?


He did!  He and the tour guide sang “My Girl” together!  Bernie, by the way, is known as the most thoroughly honest politician in the US Congress, the Senator from Vermont; everyone adores him!

His campaign manager wrote a book about him.  Can we go to the Motown Museum?

How would we get there?

Sam Gooden


Talk about phenomenons… OMG!  Sam was the unmistakable baritone (sometimes bass) voice of The Impressions!  He often shared the lead with Curtis Mayfield which is why he’s so well-known for someone who is ostensibly just a “background” singer.  His voice was so unique, so distinguished, it was like icing on a cake—not the biggest part of the cake but, it wouldn’t be a cake without it, and you expect it to be there!

“I’ve Been Trying” is a perfect example.  Curtis Mayfield is the high tenor lead but Sam comes in with “…to understand why, can’t I be your only man…” to finish the verse, and you just know the song needed him to be there!  Give a listen:

So, the reason I chose that song–2 reasons–is that when Curtis Mayfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Eric Clapton sang “I’ve Been Trying” as a tribute to him.  There was a reason Curtis couldn’t sing it himself, he had been the victim of a horrible accident in 1990, in Brooklyn, in an outdoor concert where a gust of wind blew a light tower down on top of him and broke his neck.  He was paralyzed from the neck down after that and died in 1999 at the young age of 57.

So, the second reason I picked this song is because I found a rehearsal clip of “I’ve Been Trying” from 2012, with a replacement lead singer; but, the main thing is, it shows Sam sounding every bit as great as he did back in 1962, and this is the only live rendition we have of The Impressions singing “I’ve Been Trying”!  It’s not a professional video, but still, we’re lucky to have it:

I can’t believe they cut the end off!  Grr!!!!  Still, that was amazing. Fred and Sam were amazing and so was the band.  Sam was 77 in this video and he looks great!

Curtis wrote all the Impressions songs and, in fact, if you were a singer from Chicago, chances are really good that Curtis Mayfield wrote your song; that means songs by Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Major Lance and others.  In fact, when a Gene Chandler song came on the radio recently–I think it was “Nothing Can Stop Me”–I said, “Shana, do you know who’s singing this?”  She goes, “Curtis Mayfield”.  She recognized his sound!

So, anyway, Shana wants me to tell you this story.  She was 4 years old.  We were watching “Wishbone” on PBS.  “Wishbone” is a great children’s show where a dog, “Wishbone”, imagines himself playing the lead part in classic literature, such as Tom Sawyer, Silas Marner, The Prince and the Pauper, Oliver Twist, etc.


In this episode, the book is The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allen Poe.  We see Wishbone’s owner, Joe, wondering what happened to the “love letter” he wrote to his teacher that he didn’t want anyone to see but which he suspects Curtis, his classmate, has stolen!  He says out loud, “Maybe Curtis has the letter!”  Wishbone “says”, “Who’s Curtis?”  Four-year-old Shana goes, “Curtis Mayfield.”  (Ha!  They don’t call her “Shanapedia” for nothin’!)

To wrap up this segment, which is very hard for me, I was lucky to find a recent interview with Fred Cash and Sam Gooden on a morning show in their hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Isn’t he a sweetheart?  That’s Phosphorus.  Sam Gooden is a Phosphorus.  You’re just drawn to him, you want to be his friend, you just want to sit with him.  Phosphorus is light, and he’s like a welcoming light that you just want to be a part of.  Also, did you see how tall and thin he is, especially when he was younger?  Even his face is long.  (This IS a homeopathic journal, after all!)

Mom, speaking of homeopathy, do we have a quiz this month?

Do we ever!  Pam is back….  Remember Pam from last month?  The horrifying “Wasp Sting”?  Well, this time she’s back to tell the story of how she saved her husband from a painful back injury!

So if you’re ready Pam, step up to the microphone please, the audience is all yours!

Mitch’s back injury

Thank you, Elaine!  It’s great to be back here on stage at the Hpathy.com Mini-Theater and Amusement Park!  OK, I will try to recall the events of yesterday as best I can, but I am also interrogating him right now!  He is IMPOSSIBLE to get information from!!  Sheesh! 

His regular self is very happy, lively, funny/cracking jokes, extroverted, sociable, talkative, but when he is not feeling well he clams up.  He just won’t talk!  He will just lie there…quietly.  That is when I know he must not be feeling well.  Then, it’s as if I am playing 20 Questions…or more like 200 Questions!!!  He only gives one word answers, if that!  Usually, it’s just a nod or a grunt or a blank stare.  Ugh. 

It’s like pulling teeth. You have to be a master sleuth to figure out if he has a headache, a cut, or a muscle pull!  He hates answering questions when he is ill, even though he knows I am asking in order to help him.  He just would rather be left quietly alone.  Even if he needs something, he won’t ask!  I have to just try and anticipate his needs when he is not feeling well.

He is rarely sick, and always feels he can beat whatever it is, without any help from anyone or anything.  He hates any feeling of weakness or helplessness or to feel dependent on anyone for anything.  He always has to feel strong, in control, unemotional, stoic.

– Around 1pm, he went outside to fire up the smoker to cook a pork shoulder for Mexican carnitas.  He first cleaned the smoker (so he was bending over to do this).  He put in the pork shoulder in and then began deadheading our rose bushes.  We had 4 days of rain here, so the Rose bushes were all loaded down and in rough shape.  There were well over 100 roses that he deadheaded.  He was out there doing it for at least an hour.

He hurt his back about 10 minutes into deadheading the bushes.  He said he was stretching forward to reach the back rows of roses which were against a fence (he couldn’t get around them, so he had to stretch forward and down).  He then twisted to his right to get to more roses, and that is when he says he felt a stitch on his left side above his hip, towards back of his hip.  He said the pain at that point was mild.

He then continued to work on the rose bushes, despite having pulled his back, for about another 45 or so minutes — approximately one hour total.  It was upon walking back to the house that the pain intensified.  He told me that the pain got worse if he twisted his torso, and also with every step of his left foot while walking.  He never complains of pain, unless it is bad.  And he almost never volunteers info to me regarding any pain he feels.  I am usually the one who will figure out something is wrong by reading his face….or if he is very quiet.

This time around, he was the one to let me know he was in pain, but he did so in a nonchalant, very calm way.  He was not panicky, nor did he sound in pain. He was very matter of fact.  He came in and actually volunteered the info to me!  Highly unusual for him to do so without my prodding and questioning!

He came upstairs around 2pm and said:

“I hurt my back.  Remember when you gave me that remedy that helped me a few weeks ago when I had pain on my left side?  Can you give me that?”

I said “No, I don’t think so.  That was for a left-sided neck muscle pain….I think your back pain is going to need something different.  Where exactly does it hurt?”

HE told me it was a stitching pain on his left upper hip, towards the back of the hip.  It took LOTS of interrogation to get all of the details out of him!  I then learned the pain also radiated up to the left side of his middle back…..below his left shoulder blade.  He said that it hurt to twist, and also hurt when he stepped with his left foot.  I’m sure he made his back much worse by continuing to work on those roses!  He should have come inside to tell me what happened immediately upon hurting his back. He said he only felt relief from the pain when not moving.

***

I gave him a dry dose of __________30C at around 2:30 pm.  He did not want to be cooped up inside, so we went outside to lay down in a lounge chair.  He fell asleep, but then as I finished up with the Roses myself, he got up and began trying to help me!

I told him to lie back down, but then he kept getting up to check on the pork shoulder!  Finally, he laid back down on the lounge chair.  He fell asleep again. We headed back inside around 5pm.  I asked him if his pain was gone and he said no.

I am sure that his constant moving about made his muscle pull worse!  When we got upstairs, I gave him another dose of __________ 30C in water. He just laid in bed, quietly.  He did not complain, nor did he let me know he felt better.  He just watched tv. Within a few minutes I could read his face and saw that he was much more relaxed!  The strain on his face was gone.

I asked him how he felt — was the pain gone?  He said he didn’t know because he was lying still.  So, I told him to get up and move, to find out.  He was hesitant, but the look on his face was priceless!  He got up from bed and said, “Yeah…wow…the pain’s gone.  I guess it worked.”

Well, that’s about as excited as he ever gets.  LOL. So, YAY!  Homeopathy has come through for us again!

I hope that is enough info!  If not, let me know what other information you need!

Thanks!!

Pam

No other information is necessary!  OK, that’s it folks.  If you know the remedy, write to me at [email protected].  The Answer will be in next month’s ezine.

Going out…did you know that when The Impressions started out in 1958 their original lead singer was Jerry Butler?


Here are the Impressions from 1958 with “The Gift Of Love”.

RIP, Sam, you are missed already!

 

VOTES:
Bryonia-6
Bellis perennis
Arnica
Hypericum-2

How did we do this time?

Hi Elaine and Shana!

Hi Maria!

For this month’s quiz my vote goes to Bryonia, but if I am wrong I will try again.

You’re not wrong so don’t try again!  Is anybody else here?

 

Hi Elaine, it’s Yael from Israel.

You’ve come a long way!

Thanks for your new quiz.

I guess we need to thank Pam and her very thorough note-taking.

Here are the symptoms I could gather:

Say, “Here are the elements of the case”, unless you’re able to list them all as rubrics.

– back injury, better quiet and lying (“not moving”),

Express that as: Back injury, worse motion

worst walking,

It’s “worse”, not “worst”; and, come to think of it, it wasn’t “worse from walking”, per se; because using the right foot didn’t bother him, it was only when stepping with the left foot, which means what?  He was worse for a “jar”.  Stepping with the left foot “jarred” the left-sided injury area.  The rubric is Generals: jar agg.

twisting
– radiating pain, sharp (“stitching”), towards the shoulder.
– left sided complaint.
– silent type when hurt

The rubric for that is, “Mind: answers, aversion to”.  I mean, if you know what the rubric is, it’s better to express it that way, knowing you’re going to have to use the Repertory at some point.

In Murphy’s repertory, we find under

BACK – injuries the main following remedies in bold and underlined: BRY, HYPER, RHUS-T.  Then only in bold we have: ARN, NAT-S, RUTA

Also under BACK – motion – agg. we find again BRY in bold.  As we know, Rhus-tox is better for movement (at least after a while) so I would rule it out.

Now if we look at Back, pain, general – extending to … scapular region, which I believe is close to the shoulder blades, we find only one remedy: Bry.

Good for you, I totally missed that one!

Now let’s look more closely at Bryonia:

MENTALS – “averse to being disturbed, must be left alone and quiet.” “Reserved.”

In GENERALS “general agg. from any motion” .”stitching pains”. They do list it as a left-sided complaints remedy but there are exceptions.  It’s listed in Morrisson as a remedy for injury and for low back pain.

So my vote would go for Bryonia.

You’re right!  Here’s my repertorization (though you could suspect Bryonia on “pain, worse motion” alone, and then check to see if everything else in the case conforms to it, which it does):


Just one caveat, though.  I know that some people will be tempted to call this a “left-sided” case; it isn’t.  Sides of the body only matter if it was the body’s own choice to put the complaint there.  Consequently, left-sided sore throat, left-sided earache, left-sided headache, left-sided ovarian cyst, all matter in terms of which side the complaint is on.  But an injury on the left side of the body is just dumb luck!  You were forced to stand a certain way, you were forced to lean a certain way in order to reach something…we can’t use that, it holds no significance whatsoever.

Is anyone else here today?

Rutva Tanna says Bellis Perennis.  Rutva remembers that Bellis perennis is famously known as “the Gardener’s Remedy”.  Good choice, Rutva!  I don’t know if it would have worked or helped to some degree but might have been worth a try, I’m sure.

I think I see the gang from Slovakia!

 

Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hello Miroslav and Jitka!

our answers to the August quiz are as follows:
Miroslav votes: Bryonia
Rubrics:
First aid, back, injury
First aid, back, injury, trunk, remains sensitive to jolts when walking
Back, pain, sharp
I choose Bryonia, as the patient is significantly aggravated by movement.
I also thought about Ruta, but it is mentally very restless, cursing and suspicious…

Jitka votes: Bryonia
After reading this case, the first remedy Bryonia came to my mind, because the Bryonia individual primarily wishes to be alone, they simply want to to be left alone and find their own place.  Bryonia patients do not want to move, they are aggravated from movement.  I was a little embarrassed because the left sided pain was quite emphasized in this case, so I started thinking about Arnica as well.  But Arnica is not known for making her problems worse with movement.  I also found an article by Dr. Bhatiu in your enzine, where he writes that left sided and right sided problems in remedies is not a dogma, that any remedy can have a health problem on any side of the body.  That’s why I think the patient got Bryonia remedy.

You are both right!  I will say to Jitka that sides-of-the-body are especially irrelevant when someone has an injury on the left side, that is just pure happenstance, it tells us nothing.

Who’s next?

Arnica: the cause of the complaints is injury of the back, all the rest follows the cause of the injury of the back, like pains in the back, cannot move… etc.

Christine Chmielewski

 

Bryonia!!
Subbu B

 

I see Neil is here from England.

Hi Elaine,
Answer to this months quiz is Bryonia….sprain, worse movement, better keeping still…simple as that …I hope.

You’re right Neil, it really is that simple.  Oh, P.S., sorry your Queen died.

 

Wayne is here from Australia!

Hi Elaine,
I think the answer to the back problem is Hypericum perf.
Boericke has Back:-Pressure over sacrum, spinal concussion, coccyx injury from fall, with pain radiating up and down , arms and limbs, jerking and twitching of muscles.
It sounds like he has a bit of sciatica as well as back pain.
This remedy works both sides.
Regards Wayne

Wayne, do you see this statement from the Quiz?

“This time around, he was the one to let me know he was in pain, but he did so in a nonchalant, very calm way.”

Can Hypericum be calm?  Oh my goodness, no.  Hypericum is going, “OW!!!!!  OOOOCH!  OUCH!!!!!”  Remember what they say about Hypericum?  Injury to areas rich in nerves?  Like getting your finger caught in the door?  Stubbing your toe?  Let’s look at Pam’s write-up and try to pick out rubrics for our case:

Mitch’s back injury

Thank you, Elaine!  It’s great to be back here on stage at the Hpathy.com Mini-Theater and Amusement Park!  OK, I will try to recall the events of yesterday as best I can, but I am also interrogating him right now!  He is IMPOSSIBLE to get information from!!  Sheesh!

Mind: Aversion to Answer

His regular self is very happy, lively, funny/cracking jokes, extroverted, sociable, talkative, but when he is not feeling well he clams up.  He just won’t talk!  He will just lie there…quietly.  That is when I know he must not be feeling well.  Then, it’s as if I am playing 20 Questions…or more like 200 Questions!!!  He only gives one word answers, if that!  Usually, it’s just a nod or a grunt or a blank stare.  Ugh.

It’s like pulling teeth. You have to be a master sleuth to figure out if he has a headache, a cut, or a muscle pull!  He hates answering questions when he is ill, even though he knows I am asking in order to help him.  He just would rather be left quietly alone.

Mind: company, aversion to

Even if he needs something, he won’t ask!

Mind: Asks for Nothing

I have to just try and anticipate his needs when he is not feeling well.

He is rarely sick, and always feels he can beat whatever it is, without any help from anyone or anything.  He hates any feeling of weakness or helplessness or to feel dependent on anyone for anything.  He always has to feel strong, in control, unemotional, stoic.

– Around 1pm, he went outside to fire up the smoker to cook a pork shoulder for Mexican carnitas.  He first cleaned the smoker (so he was bending over to do this).  He put in the pork shoulder in and then began deadheading our rose bushes.  We had 4 days of rain here, so the Rose bushes were all loaded down and in rough shape.  There were well over 100 roses that he deadheaded.  He was out there doing it for at least an hour.

He hurt his back about 10 minutes into deadheading the bushes.  He said he was stretching forward to reach the back rows

Generals: stretching affected parts agg.

of roses which were against a fence (he couldn’t get around them, so he had to stretch forward and down).  He then twisted to his right

Back: pain, turning, when

to get to more roses, and that is when he says he felt a stitch on his left side above his hip, towards back of his hip.

Generals: sharp pain, stitching

He said the pain at that point was mild.

He then continued to work on the rose bushes, despite having pulled his back,

Muscles: lifting, straining, ailments from

for about another 45 or so minutes — approximately one hour total.  It was upon walking back to the house that the pain intensified.  He told me that the pain got worse if he twisted his torso, and also with every step of his left foot while walking.

Generals: jar, of body, agg.

He never complains of pain, unless it is bad.  And he almost never volunteers info to me regarding any pain he feels.  I am usually the one who will figure out something is wrong by reading his face….or if he is very quiet.

This time around, he was the one to let me know he was in pain, but he did so in a nonchalant, very calm way.  He was not panicky, nor did he sound in pain. He was very matter of fact.  He came in and actually volunteered the info to me!  Highly unusual for him to do so without my prodding and questioning!

He came upstairs around 2pm and said:

“I hurt my back.  Remember when you gave me that remedy that helped me a few weeks ago when I had pain on my left side?  Can you give me that?”

I said “No, I don’t think so.  That was for a left-sided neck muscle pain….I think your back pain is going to need something different.  Where exactly does it hurt?”

HE told me it was a stitching pain on his left upper hip, towards the back of the hip.  It took LOTS of interrogation to get all of the details out of him!  I then learned the pain also radiated up to the left side of his middle back…..below his left shoulder blade.  He said that it hurt to twist, and also hurt when he stepped with his left foot.  I’m sure he made his back much worse by continuing to work on those roses!  He should have come inside to tell me what happened immediately upon hurting his back. He said he only felt relief from the pain when not moving.

There it is!!!! 

Motion agg

Do we really need to read any further?  We should be telling ourselves right now, “It’s Bryonia!”  All we have to do is confirm it!  Where else in this case can we find Bryonia?

  1. Aversion to answer
  2. Asks for nothing
  3. Worse company
  4. Stretching agg.
  5. Worse a jar
  6. Sharp, stitching pains
  7. Ailments from lifting, straining muscles

***

So, there is actually no reason to suspect any other remedy, we’ve got keynotes galore!  You know, if a case has mentals, your remedy has to cover them.  And we’ve got that here!  So, can there be any doubt that the remedy is Bryonia?  Thanks for voting, Wayne!

I think it’s now time for the Congratulations Ceremony!  Today, the Hpathy Gold Star goes to…..

Maria
Miroslav
Jitka
Yael
Subbu
Neil


Bye!  See you again next time!

_____________________________
Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom
Elaine takes online cases.  Write to her at [email protected]
Visit her website: https://ElaineLewis.hpathy.com

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:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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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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