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Revisiting: “Plooh” Got The Flu

flu season ahead

Yes, it’s another flu case! Did you guess the right remedy? Scroll down for the answer.

Guess what Mom? It’s time for the quiz again!

Again? I still have a sink full of dinner dishes!

There was a bit of 2017 news I forgot to share last year.

Good.  While you’re doing that, I’ll be in the kitchen.

The higher-ups at “The Simpsons” fired their composer Alf Clausen.

No way!  Oh, and P.S., no one cares!

His job was to score the music that appeared in the show.  He conducted a 35-piece orchestra for the music, which I think was very impressive.  So basically, the Simpsons fired a very important and influential employee.

Yeesh!  What were they thinking????

Anyway, he was responsible for many classic musical moments such as “See My Vest”, “Monorail Song” (Conan O’Brien wrote that episode), and “Who Needs the Kwik E. Mart?”

Such misfortune!

Moving right along, Bee Gees younger brother, Andy Gibb, would have been 60 years old on March 5th if he had lived.

What a shame he couldn’t have lived for the sake of this article!

You know how I’m always trying to find out what’s turned 30?

A worthy pursuit, I dare say!

Turns out this year Andy will have been dead for 30 years.  I can’t believe it.  On another note, Jon Bon Jovi’s birthday is this month as well. He’ll be 56.

Did I mention no one cares?

Anyway, I have a ticket to see Bon Jovi perform at the Wells Fargo Center May 3rd.

Yes, we know!  Shana Lewis: professional concert-goer!

Oh, and he got into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame this year.  I’m hoping his former guitarist Richie Sambora will perform with the band at the ceremony.

Oh right, because what’s a ceremony without Richie What’s-His-Name?  And Now, if you don’t mind, I have a real announcement to make.  It’s time for the Death Report!  In the middle of February we lost Barbara Ann Alston at 74, a co-founding member of The Crystals.  She actually died from the Flu after being hospitalized.  Well, make of that what you will!  (This is what happens when you don’t know homeopathy!)

Barbara (far right) sang lead on “There’s No Other Like My Baby” and “Uptown”.

The Crystals are probably best known for the song Darlene Love sang lead on, “He’s A Rebel”, which went all the way to Number-1 in 1962.  Right now, here is Barbara Ann Alston singing lead on “There’s No Other Like My Baby”, which I believe was their first record: 

um…I was getting to the Death Report before I was so rudely interrupted!  I have to sadly report another death.  This person isn’t really a celebrity per se


Ok, maybe he was famous around the Italian Market in Philadelphia, but anyway, I got on Facebook one day last month and was shocked to learn that George Vellios, the owner of Lorenzo’s Pizza, died! Such unexpected sad news!  I have no idea what happened, but its none of my business, more than likely.  Still what a loss for South Philly!

Did you say, “What a loss for South Philly“????  OMG!  I am cracking up!!!!!  That’s like saying, “What a loss for The Bronx!”  Or,  “What a loss for Hoboken!” 

Mom, no one knows what you’re talking about!  

But seriously, it’s going to be hard to think of the Italian Market neighborhood in South Philly without thinking of George!  He kept trying to get you interested in football!  Don’t we have a picture of him somewhere?  Oh wait, here’s one from 2003:

From left to right: George, homeopath Shirley Reischman, and me!

Oh and I just found out something I never even knew.  The guy who played drums on “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson died.

Shana, I seriously doubt that anyone cares!

He played drums on two other tracks for the “Thriller” album (“Baby Be Mine” and “Pretty Young Thing”).  His name was Leon Ndugu Chanceler.

What kind of a name is that?  Why would you name your kid “Leon Ndugu”?  It’s like right after “Leon” the parents got drunk and just gave up!

He also cowrote “Let it Whip” by the Dazz Band.

He did?  Oh!  Well, that’s different.  Never mind!  Rest in peace, Leon Nagoogoo, or whatever your name is.

Anyway, I’m sure you’re anxious to start the quiz.

No, I’ve pretty much given up on that.

Our report on what we did at the end of February will probably have to wait until April.

We actually did something worth reporting on?

I don’t want to forget to mention one thing, though.  I am all verklempt!!


A teaser trailer came out this month for Disney’s live action adaption of Winnie the Pooh…

Oh no!  Not Winnie the Pooh again!

about what would happen if Christopher Robin grew up and became a hardened man, not the real Christopher Robin Milne.

Of course not!  Because nothing is real about the Disney adaptation of A. A. Milne’s sensitive and endearing stories about his son and his stuffed animals.  Give me a break!  Not to mention Ernest H. Shepard’s delicate and under-stated drawings.

Well, excuuuuuse me, but I think it’s an interesting concept!  Anyway, it honestly looks just as charming as the cartoon.

Shana, you know how I feel about the Disney Channel’s fake Pooh!

Still?!!  When I heard the Pooh voice I remember so well, I thought I was going to cry. 


I’m more excited about this movie than any almost-26 year old has the right to be.  We gotta see it in August.

I was afraid of that.

Oh and James Taylor


turned 70 on March 12th.

Is that it?  Can we possibly start the Quiz now??????

Who is it this time?

I need a fictitious name.

What about “Pooh”?

Shana, I think that name is taken!

Well, what about “Plooh”?

Fine!  Stupid, but fine!



Hi Elaine

“Plooh” is down with flu-like symptoms.  Given the recent experience with his brother “Pliglet” (the fact that you said Gelsemium or Baptisia patients are so prostrated/dull that they ask for nothing, or that the odors are pungent in Baptisia), I am discounting those two and debating between Belladonna or Phosphorus.

I dont have my materia medica (I gave it to “Rabbit”, the friend I introduced you to a while ago).

The confusing thing is the peculiarities:

1) “Plooh” is hungry (asking for food) even with fever – points to Phosphorus.

2) However, sunlight aggravates his headache (has been wearing sunglasses) & has intermittent throbbing headache – points to Belladonna.

3) Whenever he rolls his eyes to left or right, the pain is exactly in that direction – ??  It’s a sharp pain that makes him squeal whenever I ask him to do it.  But the pain is more on right side, so I’m thinking of Belladonna.

Etiology is more confusing:

– We went camping over the weekend (cold night in low 30s) and the boys walked 5-7 miles with somewhat heavy backpacks (Aconite or Rhus tox?)

– A kid in his tent was coughing in the night & I gave him Phos 200c at 3am, which stopped it within 5-10 min.

Hey, good prescribing, “Christopher Robin”!!!!  Soon you’ll have my job!

– It could have been ailments from bad water, as we used a filter to drink water from a stream–maybe not such a good idea (however, all 20 kids did the same thing, so, I don’t know…)

Sensation: Throbbing headache which comes with fever (highest around 102).

Nose is bit watery during day time (warm/bright room), but is congested now.

For “Plooh”, I started with Arsenicum 30c (his constitutional & possible “ailments from bad water/food” remedy during campout) on Monday afternoon, but got fever again.

From Monday evening, gave Belladonna 200c in water (3 times) with 5 succussions in between.  The fever comes back to 100-102 after 5-6 hours.  I think he’s doing better in the day time.

Should I stay with same, or am I on wrong track?


“Christopher Robin”

P.S. His pediatrician called and said that he has Influenza virus.  “Plooh’s” got the flu!!!!

Oh dear!  I assume “Pliglet” is well now with _________, right?

Yes, he was back to school the next day.  I guess that will be next months’s quiz?

The doctor suggests to take Tamiflu…

Oh great!  Well, really, what did we expect him to say?

…given his history of asthma & hospitalizations before.  I don’t want to give it.  BTW, we all 4 took Influenzium 9c, but both “Pliglet” & “Plooh” got the flu.

30C would have been better.

I’m thinking whether I should give Oscillococinum.

It couldn’t hurt—if I’m not able to find a remedy.  What about vitamin C?  I will read the complaint now.  Sorry you had to wait two hours for me to answer.


Question: Describe the complaint

Started with scratchy feeling in throat on Monday morning after hiking/backpacking trip on cold weekend.

Started with Ferrum Phos 200c, but by Tuesday morning started complaining about throbbing headache, but was able to move about.

By Tue eve, eyes were looking tired/glassy, and started getting fever up to 102.

Gave Arsenicum 30c (thinking it’s maybe bad water at campout) and Puls 30c as he started getting clingy.  Fever and other symptoms didn’t subside.

The fever heat was dry, his palms/feet are also warm, sunlight was aggravating (puts sunglasses on or wants room dark), moving eyes up/down/corners gives sharp pain (that he screams every time he does it).

The sharp pain is more pronounced on right side.

Started giving Belladonna 200c in water from Tuesday evening due to above, but fever comes back every 4-6 hrs.  He says none of the remedies did any good.

My wife also gave Tylenol whenever fever crossed 102.  (I know an article is coming from you, but that’s her line in sand…)

But she’s not changing anything!  Here’s a facebook message from the school nurse at Shana’s school:


January 24 at 1:11pm ·


It is important that throughout the school year and during the flu season that we take precautions in the spread of illness.  If your child has a fever (100 or greater) the night before, please do not send them to school the next day.  Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school.

Tylenol, Motrin, Ibuprofen, etc. are not a cure, they will relieve the fever, however, if your child is still sick. …


In other words, changing the deck chairs on the Titanic doesn’t mean you’re not still sinking!!!!!


Debating whether I should go to Phosphorus or continue Belladonna given his symptoms or something different.

Question: Etiology–this means the CAUSE of the complaint.

Most likely got it at the camp-out as one of his tent mates was coughing in the night.  “Plooh” now has Influenza virus, verified by swab test as Type B.


Other possibility is few events at camp-out

– Cold night

– Hiking 5 miles carrying backpack

– Water (although filtered and almost all kids/adults drank it, could be a reason)


Question: Sensation–describe the pain or other sensation you have.

Throbbing headache (intermittent, but whenever it is there, he says its throbbing)


Question: Appearance– anything remarkable?  Red skin, droopy eyes, etc.?

Eyes are a bit watery, dry skin


Question: Location–where on the body is your complaint located?

Just the head.


Question: Modalities– What makes your complaint better or worse?

Any light aggravates – wants to wear sunglasses

Moving his eyes around leads to sharp pain in that direction.  More so on right side.

Normal appetite.  Wants to eat whenever the fever goes down.


Question: Concomitants (other symptoms that came with the complaint, “along for the ride”, as they say)

Intermittent cough (sounds phlegmy).  Watery nasal discharge Wednesday morning, but stuffy/congested nose now.


Question: Discharges–color, odor, consistency and sensation.

No odors (which made me move from Baptisia to Belladonna)

Phlegm is whitish yellow, not sticky.


Question: Generals–these are all the symptoms that begin with the word “I”:

no answer


Question: The mentals: Is the complaint changing you mentally and emotionally?

Wants some comfort/hugs from mom & dad.  Asked for it few times (made me think of Ars or Puls)


Question: What have you been saying?

no answer


Question: What are you doing?

Lying down.  Watching TV or reading books when not sleeping.

Slept during the day yesterday (Tuesday) & today.  Woke up and drank water immediately.

In between, he reads or wants to watch TV or play video games.  Wants company or hugs from mom.

Moaning intermittently.  Chilly


Question: Describe your thirst and appetite, Fever, Sweating?  Describe.

Thirsty after waking up from afternoon nap yesterday.  Said mouth was dry.  Drank 4-5 big gulps.

Been drinking but it’s mostly mom asking him to drink water to help.  Once in a while, he does drink it himself.  So, would NOT say thirstless!

He likes warm water but once he said he wants room temp water.  (made me think of Phos).


Question: Odors?  Any identifiable odors–like sulphur, onions, fish, etc.?

Nothing except a little smell of phlegm in his breath.


Question: What is most striking, peculiar or identifying about your condition?

Hunger (in fever), throbbing headache.

Actually, you said earlier that he’s hungry when the fever goes DOWN.  So, not sure you can say “hungry during fever”.

Light aggravates to the extent he wants to wear sun glasses.

Just 4-5 times, he smacked his lips loudly Tuesday afternoon (which I felt was odd).  Asked him why he did that and he said “Don’t know.”

Sharp pain whenever he rolls eyes.  Touching his eyes (with eyelids closed) leads to sharp pain – immediately shouts out loud.


Question: Is there a diagnosis?  For instance, the flu, teething, colitis, diabetes, etc.

Flu influenza type B


Question: Describe your energy–

Tired, sleepy but not stuporous.  Wants to hang out & watch TV or even play video games on big screen whenever not sleeping/reading.


Question: What does your tongue look like? (color/coating/pattern, crack/s, shape, etc.)

no answer


Question: If you have a cough…

no answer


OK, I have to think of _____________ here because of the most characteristic symptom–________________ which results in ____________.  A _______________ case always has some _______________ on the ___________; plus, he does have the _________ and the ______________.  Give a dose of 200C and wait and see if he gets any better.  Let me know.  I’ll be up for another 2 or 3 hours.



Elaine, gave _________________ 200c.  He watched TV for a while, said the pain still there but a bit better than before.  However, he was tired and started acting a bit cranky when I asked him couple of times how he was feeling.  He was able to compose himself and understand why I was asking.


Did steam inhalation & went to bed.  He said “Why do I get sick?” and then when I tried to soothe him, he had the presence to say “It’s ok to fall sick to stay home & watch TV :-)”


Light still bothers him (even while watching TV, he wants to keep the shades on or closes eyes for few secs).  He’s off to bed now


Next day:


Dear “Christopher Robin”,

How is “Plooh” today?




Sorry I forgot with my job hunt mode.  He is better.  The fever didn’t come back.  Still complains a bit on headache (with eye movement,) but definitely better than yesterday.  He allows me to press his eyes which he didn’t allow yesterday.


OK, that’s it!  If you know the remedy, write to me at [email protected], the answer will be in next month’s ezine.  And now, taking us out is Andy Gibb, who would have been 60 years old this month, with my favorite Andy Gibb song, “After Dark”:

Bye everybody!









Gee, I guess just about everyone got it right!


Hi Elaine!

Hi, Sarah Q!

Happy spring!  I hope things are warming up in your corner of the world.

Bite your tongue!  It’s positively hot here!

So this one had some pretty cool strange/rare/peculiars in it, the eye symptoms were odd.

Sarah, the eye symptoms were basically the whole case!  Eyes, sharp pain, worse motion, worse pressure, worse touch; Eyes, photophobia…  Do you see what I mean?

With that in mind I repertorized and came up either with Bryonia or Nat Mur.

Now, why can’t it be Nat-mur?  Go back and look at the hierarchy of symptoms article again (Repertory Round-up, part 4)

and tell me what’s #2 in the hierarchy of symptoms.  “Diagnosis”!  Right?  What’s the diagnosis?  Flu, or influenza.  Is Nat-mur in the flu rubric?  No!  So Nat-mur’s out even before the horses are out of the stable!  But wait, are you using a repertory without a flu rubric again?????

Morrison says about Bryonia, “Headache aggravated by motion, even of the eyes.”  But he also says about Nat Mur, “The child has a strong need for affection,” and Plooh was clingy and wanting affection, like a pulsatilla.

Well, here’s the problem, Sarah; Plooh is a child.  It’s normal for kids to want affection and reassurance from their parents when they’re sick.  We’re not interested in any symptom that’s “normal”.  Again, you should read “Repertory Round-Up, part 4”, read what constitutes a “characteristic symptom”.  It’s not “characteristic” if it’s normal or expected.  As far as Morrison’s book is concerned, go back and read it again.  He says the Nat-mur child has a strong need for affection BUT, they can’t accept it when offered! 

You were right about Morrison, Elaine; to quote: “The child has a strong need for affection and is overly vulnerable.  Like the adult, the child prefers to be alone with his griefs and will shrug off his parents consoling hug.”  Yes there it is.  I can’t believe I didn’t see that.  I think I must have just read the first sentence and not even read anything else after that.  How embarrassing to be so careless.  All goes back to knowing materia medica.

So true.  This is what Nat-mur is famous for, it’s why they’re “worse consolation”, because they don’t know how to accept sympathy and affection, it makes them uncomfortable.  They’re the opposite of Pulsatilla who wants consolation and is better for it.

Thanks for pointing that out Elaine.

One hugs you, the other one pushes you off or turns away.  I love Misha Norland’s description of Nat-mur: “The mother of a nat-mur baby that’s crying will say, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with this child!  I try to pick it up and it’s all spikes and thorns!'”

Both Bryonia and Nat-mur have thirst, photophobia, throbbing headaches, and are worse from the sun.  But Nat Mur has the watery eyes and nose…

But again, is watery eyes and nose remarkable in a flu case?  Can we call this a “characteristic symptom”?  It seems we can’t go back and re-read “Repertory Round-Up, Part 4” enough times!

I am going to say Nat Mur, and my second choice would be Bryonia.  Thanks Elaine.  OK, hold on!!!  I’m having second thoughts!!!!  I have been thinking about this and reading Materia Medica, and I think Bryonia should be my first choice.

I think so too!

The headache, agg. from eye movement is a keynote of Bryonia.

Yes, exactly!

So it should be my first choice.

Yes, absolutely!  Here’s my repertorization.  You can see only Bryonia covers the whole case:


Thanks Elaine,



Is anybody else here today?


Thank you Elaine for a wonderful quiz.  I think the remedy is Bryonia.  It covers the light agg, slight touch on eyes agg., Movements of eyes agg.

Although I am not sure about the smacking of lips; only remedy given in complete repertory was Amyl. nit.  I am not sure if I am right but I am gonna vote for Bryonia.



You are correct, sir! 


Oh look, it’s Dr. Salma Afroz!


Hello dear Elaine and Shana!

Hello Dr. Afroz!

In this case i took the rubrics:

Clinical, Influenza:

Mind, Caressed, being, desire to be:

No, Salma, he’s just a kid.  All kids want hugs from their parents, especially when they’re sick; so, that rubric will just lead us astray.

Mind, moaning

Headache, fever with:

Well….headache and fever are common flu symptoms, they’re in every case of the flu; so, your selection of “Clinical, Influenza” covers that.  It covers all common flu symptoms.

Generals, light, daylight agg:

No, take “Eyes: photophobia” instead.

Generals, chilly

Eye, Sharp pain, turning eye on:

As i found etiology is not specific here.  Is there any?


So mentals come on top.

We don’t really have any mentals.  Moaning and groaning, maybe.

With all of the above, I will vote for Arsenicum again.  If I am wrong, shall try again.

Why did you vote for Arsenicum?  As Hahnemann would say, what’s most striking about this case?

YES you are right.  I go wrong direction always.  Most striking was his eye complaint.

Yes.  Anything that causes the patient to scream would almost have to be the most striking.

Eye pain was aggravating with least movement.  He was thirsty.

And there were references to dryness also.

Then is it Bryonia?


Thanks for your great teachings.

You’re welcome.


Dhaka, Bangladesh



Hi Elaine ,

Hi Neil!

The remedy I’m thinking of this month is Bryonia.

You are right!

namely because of the pain on moving the eyes,


even the pupils in bright light, and the sharp pains on moving which makes the patient cry out. There is also thirst which appears to come and go and for room temp water, not hot or very cold.  The only thing that doesn’t seem to fit to me is the mentals as the patient does not seem to be the irritable type I think of in Bryonia.

Neil, there were no mentals in this case that were outstanding.  The child wanted hugs from his mother; but, what child doesn’t?  Every case doesn’t necessarily have mentals; so, you just ignore the mental picture of the remedy if it matches the physical symptoms in the case.  BUT, if the case DID have mentals, we would surely want our remedy to match them.  But you have to ask to make sure the so-called mentals are really part of the case and not just the child being a child. 

I would also add that Bryonia is only “irritable” because he’s worse movement, and every time you try to engage him in conversation, you’re forcing him to move, which makes him worse, and therefore, irritable. 

Nux vomica is irritable because his nerves are frayed.  Noises are too loud, lights are too bright, odors are too extreme; everything seems to touch a raw nerve with Nux vomica.

Ignatia is irritable because their emotions are unstable.  One minute they’re angry, the next minute they’re crying, then they’re laughing, then they’re whining.  People aren’t sure how to act around Ignatia, what to say; they never know what will set them off from one minute to the next.  

Arsenicum is irritable when things are out of place.  Something’s been moved, a picture is crooked, and so on; and they are very judgmental and critical, feeling very superior to others, feeling they are surrounded by incompetents and morons; so, they may seem to be irritated by everything that is going on around them, people are making mistakes left and right, according to Arsenicum.  They’re perfectionists, and they like to argue, and the only way to stop them is to say, “Yes, you’re right!” 

Chamomilla is irritable because of extreme pain.  It could be an earache, it could be labor pains. 

Anyway, there are roughly 300 remedies listed under “irritable”, so, it pretty much means that every remedy is irritable!  So it’s not enough to say “irritable” and that’s gonna tell you what the remedy is, or that the remedy is Bryonia!  You have to describe the irritability, what is the reason for it, what is the person saying or doing, what’s wrong with him?  When I once visited my mother in the hospital, she was complaining that there was a band aid wrapper on the floor!  Can you imagine?  A band aid wrapper, on the floor of a hospital room?  Who would notice such a thing?  Arsenicum, that’s who!  The inference being that some nurse or doctor was so stupid as to not know that a band aid wrapper does not belong on the floor!  I gave her Arsenicum 200C (perfectionism, critical/judgmental) and immediately without a moment’s hesitation she changed to a sunny disposition right before my eyes! 

Anyway, thanks Neil!



Hello, Shifa Shaikh!




You are correct! 


Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!


Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hello Miroslav and Jitka!

we send our answers to the March quiz.  We missed last month because I was sick.

Did you ever consider seeing a homeopath?

Plooh got the flu


I first thought about Gels. because of eyes – tired, pain, paleness and finally it is in rubric “the flu”, but Gels. would probably be more passive, he wouldn´t want drinking at all.

Right, Gelsemium is thirstless.

Then I thought about  Bryonia, because of the severe pain, he is sensitive to light, the boy is thirsty, not for warm water and he is hungry after the flu.

Well, hungry after the flu isn’t much of a symptom, Miroslav.  Hungry during the flu would have been very peculiar and we would have wanted a rubric for that.

In addition, the movements of the eyes make things worse.

I’d choose Bryonia.


Actually I have no answer.

OK!  Well, folks, that about wraps it up!

There were 4 striking symptoms

(I guess we’re not wrapping it up!)

-hungry after fever,

No, that’s like saying, “When I’m fine, I’m hungry.”  Who isn’t?  Just ignore that.  Just because a patient says something, doesn’t mean it’s important.

-painful eyes when moving

-strong photophobia

-he wanted cuddling

No; remember, he’s a child!  They all want to be cuddled–by their parents, or their mothers anyway!  If he didn’t, that would surely raise a red flag and we would want a rubric for that like “aversion to being touched”, etc.

The most marked symptoms were eyes, pain while moving and strong photophobia.  Bryonia and Rhus tox were strong candidates, but mental symptoms that he played and watched TV and was clingy, it didn´t fit to those two remedies.  They were symptoms more for Pulsatila, but he wasn´t thirstless and weepy.

Playing and watching TV are normal things that kids do and therefore I don’t think we can extract much information from that.

I compared all remedies in the rubric “flu”, even a small Calc carb because I found an information that calc is “clingy in the illness” but I couldn´t find a relevant rubric in MM.  I also found in an online repertory these rubrics for Calc. c.

-WORSE, from exertion, mental or physical; ascending; cold in every form; (etiology?) water, washing, moist air, wet weather; during full moon; standing.

-Great photophobia and dazzling from too strong a light.

-Sensitiveness to light; photophobia.

-The sunlight hurts the eye and causes headache,

But this reasoning is far-fetched.  Calc-carb is not the usual remedy for a patient with the flu.  Since I could think of nothing, I´d rather wait for the right answer in your review.

But Jitka!  There is your patient in front of you, it’s Miroslav!  He is suffering from the flu!  You will have to help him!  What will you do?   

I slightly supposed that Miroslav was right because Bryonia has the most striking pain of eyes among all flu remedies.  Nevertheless, I didn´t want to give up the idea that “mind” and “peculiars” were superior to “physicals”.

Whoa, wait a minute!!!!  Not being able to move the eyes without pain is VERY peculiar!  And remember, in Paragraph 153, Hahnemann says “the most STRIKING, STRANGE, RARE and PECULIAR (characteristic) symptoms…” and what’s more “striking” than a person who’s screaming every time they move their eyes?  In every Bryonia case, there is some terrible sharp pain.  It could be a headache, it could be appendicitis, it could be gallstone colic, it could be a broken rib or broken arm, or a sprained ankle…and movement makes it worse, or movement causes the pain such that you dare not move.  It could also be nausea that’s worse by the slightest movement.  They can’t even lift their head off the pillow.  And not being able to move the eyes is very typical for Bryonia.  So, if something is making the person scream, that is the most striking part of the case!  So yes, it was Bryonia!

I didn´t  know how old Plooh was, but he hiked a long trip with his backpack.

He’s probably in the Boy Scouts.

I thought he was at least 11-12 years old.  So it seemed strange to me that he was clingy to his mother.

Still a kid.  Not a teenager yet.  An in-between age, could go either way.

That he was hungry after fever was also strange to me, because according to my experiences when I was kid and my children were little and my grandsons, they have never been hungry during illness, neither after fever.  So, apparently, my subjective experiences affects my objective judgments…

I think if he had been hungry during the fever, which is really unusual, that would have been very striking.  Hungry with no fever is less striking.  There is a rubric in Murphy’s Repertory– “Food: Appetite increased, fever, after”.  There are 6 remedies.  All in plain type except for Cina and Cimex.  None of them are flu remedies that I know of: Cina, Dulcamara, Staphysagria, Ignatia, Eupatorium purpureum, Cimex.  So, this rubric is not helpful.  However, if he were hungry during the fever, that would really have made Phosphorus stand out, as it’s in Bold!  Anyway, Congratulations to you both for correctly guessing Bryonia!

So…I think it’s time now for us to congratulate our winners!  Who were they?  Well…there’s Miroslav and Jitka, Neil, Shifa Shaikh, Sarah Q. and Dr. Abhishek Choudhary.  Good going, everyone!  

See you again next time!


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

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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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