Revisiting: New Years Eve Party Crashes!

You have a great way of transmitting to others the essence of things.

I know, that I have printed out most of your articles and read them occasionally over and over again…

Maybe others have written about those topics too BUT YOUR WAY is so rare!  We constantly read about theories blah blah blah blah, but you go straight to the point.

What a nice thing to say.  Thank you!!!


Don’t look now but, the twins from Slovakia are here!

Mom, they’re not twins! 

Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hello Miroslav and Jitka!

this time we had a problem to understand what it means “was attacked by Chickpeas.”

These are chickpeas and the patient felt like they had attacked her:

We’re not sure if this means that she ate too much chickpeas,

It just means that the chickpeas didn’t agree with her for some reason.  Maybe they were bad or maybe they just cause a tremendous amount of gas, I don’t know.

it is very unusual to eat legumes at a New Year’s Eve party,

Yes, very unusual!

at least here it is, definitely.  Or is “attacked by Chickpeas” only a colloquial phrase…?

It’s not even a colloquial phrase, I simply made it up!  Clearly, the chickpeas clobbered her!

Based on other information in this case, we solved the case of “Wonder woman” as follows:

Miroslav´s opinion:

Etiology – probably food poisoning,

I agree to a possible diagnosis of food poisoning but “food poisoning” is not really an etiology; it’s a diagnosis.  For etiology, we would say, “ailments from fat” or “fat agg.” or “salt agg.” or “chocolate agg.”, or “fish agg.”, etc. and since you’re not going to find chickpeas in the Repertory, there’s no “chickpeas agg.” rubric for us to go to; so, we should just consider “food poisoning” as the diagnosis, and as such, it’s not going to be very helpful.

intensity/severity of the case, painfulness and great restlesness suggest ARSENICUM.

Yes, I can see how the restlessness would throw you off, but, it wasn’t Arsenicum.  I interpreted the restlessness as an expression of the fact that no matter what the patient did, she couldn’t get comfortable, and remember what I always say, “If a symptom can be explained by the ‘disease’, it’s not a symptom”–at least not to us anyway. So, if the illness forces you to change position constantly, then we can’t call that “restlessness”.  Every position she takes is painful, and it forces her to move to some other position in hopes of getting out of the pain; but Arsenicum is restless out of anguish and anxiety, it’s a mental state.  For Wonder Woman, it was a physical state.

Jitka says:

My first impression of the case was Arsenicum, also when I checked selected rubrics they mostly pointed to Ars.

But the patient seemed to me only a little restless and not scared enough to be Arsenicum.  I turned my attention to the Ant-c.

Some sources report that it is indicated often for a state of overeating. But I was not satisfied even with this choice.

If it was the right remedy you would surely have asked a husband if she had a thick, white-coated tongue.

So I turned my attention back to legumes.  In a Murphy´s “Food” chapter, I found only beans, no peas or so, but

I´m going to risk this choice for etiology: “beans agg.”  There are only two remedies with Bold letters: Bryonia and Lyc.   Bryonia covers the case better than Lycopodium, so, I am voting for Bryonia.

Very good, Jitka! You hit the jackpot!  You figured out that even though chickpeas wasn’t in the Repertory, something similar might be, and you set out to look for it; and, as it turns out, you were actually able to come up with an etiology–“Beans agg.”  Excellent!  I am impressed!  And the amazing thing is, the remedy that cured the case actually is in BOLD letters in that rubric!  And yes, Bryonia is correct!!!!  It was Bryonia!!!!!  Jitka, you get the Gold Star!  You have earned it!  (Now what did I do with the gold stars….geez!  Wait a minute….  Dr. Beeeeeeeeee!!!!!!) Oh, here they are!

Congratulations to our two lovely winners: Jitka and Dr. Mukesh Patel.

See you again next time for another great and fabulous Hpathy Quiz!


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

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Shana Lewis

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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Elaine Lewis

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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