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Revisiting: It Takes Two!

Last modified on August 21st, 2017

Elaine Lewis
Written by Elaine Lewis

This quiz case needed two remedies, did you figure out which ones they were? Scroll down for the answer.

Mom, it’s time for the quiz!

Not again! Didn’t we just have a quiz a month ago?

I’m sure you’re wondering what is 20 years old this year.

I am? Oh yes! Of course! That’s exactly what I’m wondering! What is 20 years old in 2017? Well, wait, don’t tell me, don’t tell me. I’m usually very good at this. Twenty years old…what could it be, what could it be…. Um….rattle snakes?

Mom!!!! You’re way off! On July 15th, Cartoon Network’s “Johnny Bravo” turned 20.

It did? He did? “Johnny Bravo”???? No one knows who he is!!!!

Mom, he’s on our bathroom door!  It was a cartoon based on a character resembling Elvis Presley!

Oh.  So that’s who’s on our bathroom door.  Can we start the quiz now?

Seth MacFarlane, the guy who is today known as the creator of “Family Guy”, used to write for “Johnny Bravo” and “Dexter’s Laboratory”.

Unfortunately, Shana….. no one cares!

Also the guy who created “Johnny Bravo” was roommates in college with Craig McCracken (creator of “The Powerpuff Girls”), Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of “Dexter’s Laboratory”), and Paul Rudish who worked on both “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Dexter’s Lab”.

What a small world; and by the way, what kind of name is “Genndy”, pray tell?  What parents in their right mind could only come up with “Genndy” for their newborn baby?  (“Dear, what are we going to name the baby? Something special, I hope! Something that will make him really popular!  How about…wait for it, wait for it … ‘Genndy’!  What do you think?  ‘Genndy’!!!“)

Mom, I’m going to explain this and then stop being so complain-y!  His real name is Gennady Borisovich Tartakovsky…

OMG!!!!  It just keeps getting worser and worser!

…only for some reason he spells his Russian name as “Genndy”.

None of this is helping!

What can I say, I guess Russians have weird names like…”Vladimir Putin”.

Not to be confused with any other “Vladimir Putin” who might be floating around… and possibly listening in on our conversation…

Also I’ve seen people speculating on the internet over what kind of accent Dexter has and I find it interesting that it was suggested in an interview by Genndy that Dexter’s accent is probably Russian which would make sense since Genndy is Russian.

Have you noticed how we keep saying “Genndy”?

Also I would like to point out that Genndy….

Aaaaaah!!!!!

…also worked on “The Powerpuff Girls”. So, this man…

Genndy…

… is basically my whole childhood.

I had no idea your childhood was so impoverished! Who were your parents?

Anyway, next, my favorite movie, “Good Burger”, turns 20 on July 25th.

“Good Burger” is your favorite movie? OMG.

You may recall that this movie stars comedy team Kenan and Kel as fast-food employees who are competing against a bigger and flashier burger chain.

Oh! Well why didn’t you say so? Now it’s everyone’s favorite movie!

Here is a video of funny moments from the movie. It’s a teensy bit long…

Oh great!

…but trust me, it’s hilarious.

It better be, Shana!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8mLJs-lMTw

Well, Shana, you were right. It WAS long!!!

Before I get to my next announcement, I would like to advise our ezine readers that if at all possible, they should try to get a hold of “Good Burger” because it is hilarious!

OK, so noted.

If you have Netflix, you can find it on there. If, like me, you still have a VCR, you can look for the VHS or if you’re a DVD household…

Shana!!!!!! Is this going anywhere????

Next I would like to announce that my favorite show, “the Originals” got renewed for season 5.

Hooray. Is that your last announcement?

Yes.

You have nothing more to say?

Not that I know of….

Nothing else has happened?

Not that I’m aware of….

You know, every month you find some reason to bring up James Taylor. And the one month you actually go to SEE James Taylor, in concert, you got nothin’ to say!!!!!

First of all I do not mention James Taylor every month! Maybe every other month. Secondly, excuuuse me! But I was a little busy with my announcements about things that turned 20!

Oh! Well I am sooo sorry for having lost track of that!

But fine! If you wanna talk about James Taylor….

Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!

I went to see James Taylor at the Wells Fargo Center on July 9th. He was there with Bonnie Raitt. I feel like the stars have aligned in a really interesting way.

You do? They have?

Bonnie Raitt is Daddy’s favorite singer and James Taylor, as you may recall, is my favorite singer, so, it was magical watching them share a stage!

Here is Bonnie Raitt doing a James Taylor song, called “Rainy Day Man” from 2006. I think I can see why Daddy liked her so much:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMh-2XqY8E0

Bonnie Raitt is “under-Raitted” if you ask me! You were very lucky that you got to see her!

That song is from James’ Flying Machine days. He had a group in 1966 called the Flying Machine. It’s also on his debut album from Apple Records. It also has a different version of “Carolina in My Mind” on it. Anyway, real quickly I want to talk about the concert.

If you can, please do!

There were very impressive visuals. To introduce him before he came on stage, there were various clips of James from different interviews and such, some of which I had never seen before (hard to believe I know). One of them was his appearance on “The Simpsons” (a season 5 episode called “Deep Space Homer”), so as both a Simpsons and JT fan, that made me happy.

There was also that ridiculous clip of him on Sesame Street singing “Jellyman Kelly”.

Say no more, say no more.

Anyway, yes, amazing seeing Bonnie Raitt live. I am sort of familiar with her music but never knew she was such an awesome guitar player. She did a good cover of “Burning Down The House” by the Talking Heads (a new-wave group). Oh and James was funny as usual. If it wasn’t so expensive I would try and see him anytime he’s nearby just to hear his jokes and stories even though they are the same stories over and over again. I wish I could meet him.

I’ll see what I can do.

Anyway, back to him being funny: of his blues song, “Steamroller”, he said, “It takes longer to perform than it took to write.”

Ha-ha!

There was a man sitting next to me in section 2, row 10 which was a floor seat. He said, “You seem like a young fan” and he asked me where I’ve seen James before. I also talked to someone when I was walking in and asked them if they were also heading off to see JT and Bonnie Raitt. I said I saw James three other times but my first time seeing Bonnie and the guy said that I was ahead of the game. When the encore came Bonnie Raitt and James sang “Johnny B. Goode” in honor of Chuck Berry.

Wow, I’ll bet that was great! But now, you know what? It is SHOW TIME! Get ready for the often-imitated, but never duplicated…the one and only…

HpathyQuiz!!!!!

So, let’s everybody quiet down, OK? So this was a constitutional case until it started to look like this patient was coming down with the flu! I had to switch gears and find a remedy for whatever was happening to her acutely. Consequently, there are 2 remedies here, Remedy-X and Remedy-Y, you have to find both of them. I give you now….”Roxanne”:

Shouldn’t we call her Roxy instead?

Are you still here, Shana? Fine, Roxy. Yeesh!

 

In a message dated 7/2/2017 3:19:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, ***@gmail.com writes:

This morning I’ve been tearful, irritable, and angry. I lost my temper at the cat for being noisy and started throwing pillows. I finally sat down on the floor and got really upset, crying and angry at the same time.

Sounds like Remedy-X.

I went for a walk and in the middle of it decided I was too tired to continue. I did not feel better being outside, which is unusual for me. I went home and started feeling really cold. I couldn’t stand to be talked to and was snappish with my husband. I finally went to bed, because that seemed to be the only way to get warm and be alone. I felt better moodwise just getting under the covers. I just got up to eat lunch and feel as though I have a tight band around my head and a tight neck. I was drooling while I was in bed too, and have been feeling a lot of tension between my shoulder blades. It had been foggy all week but it’s sunny today.

I’d been feeling mildly achy for a couple of days. I’m unusually thirsty today too.

Take a dose of Remedy-Y 30C in water and let me know if it works.

Ok, I took Remedy-Y, took a hot bath, and went back to bed. My mood is much better; I’m still feeling cold and tired, but less so.

Next day:

Feeling better today—still a bit tired and achy but no longer cold or irritable.

In a message dated 7/6/2017 8:21:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, ***@gmail.com writes:

Wow, I’ve felt sane most of today thanks to the Remedy X. My emotional and mental state goes beyond calm and centered. I have had to plus the bottle and reduce the time between doses, but this remedy really seems to be helping at a deep level. Fingers crossed that it continues to do so.

Roxy

 

In a message dated 7/9/2017 11:22:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, ***@gmail.com writes:

I woke up feeling even better this morning!

_________________

So what do you think? We’ve got a constitutional case interrupted by a flu-like virus which had to be treated first, then she took the initial remedy that I blurted out, so, try to separate out the two, the acute case from the chronic case, and let me know what the two remedies were. Send your answers to me at LEWRA@aol.com. And oh, by the way, Shana? You know what Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston said in 1966?

It Takes Two?

Me and you!

________________________________________

 

Votes:

Remedy X    Remedy Y

Pulsatilla                   Nux vomica

Chamomilla              Rhus tox

Sulphur                     Gelsemium

Ignatia-2                    Mercury-2

 

Alright, who wants to be first?  Oh look, Sarah Q from Jordan is here!

Could everyone please stop screaming and sit down?  Thank you!

Hi Elaine!

I can’t believe I am so late this month!

You’re not late!  In fact, you’re the first one here!

This was an interesting case!  Right off, I thought of Pulsatilla as her chronic (constitutional) remedy!  It wasn’t just her tearful mood, but the fact she went out for a walk expecting to feel better and it didn’t help; meaning that it usually does help!

It’s true that Pulsatilla is better for fresh air and slow walking, but Pulsatilla is a “mild” remedy.  If you go to “Mind: mild disposition”, Pulsatilla is a 4, meaning you can scarcely contemplate Pulsatilla without picturing “mildness”!  But Roxanne here is anything but mild!  Her emotions are extreme, they’re all over the place!  She’s crying, she’s mad, she’s throwing things, she’s losing her temper!  She’s an emotional mess!  When Pulsatilla cries, you have sympathy and want to help.  When Roxanne cries, you just wanna bolt for the door!  “Let me outta here, this is a crazy house!”

Wait, I’m not finished.  She also mentioned she was thirsty implying that usually she’s not, which also goes for Pulsatilla.  So I used the rubrics:

Crying

Thristless

Motion amel.

and came up with Pulsatilla in the #1 position.

As for her achy virus, she was irritable, throwing pillows…

No, no, wait; you just identified that as being her constitutional state!

…drooling, thirsty, chilly, tense, sensitive to noise, averse to company, and she had a hoop sensation headache; so, I took the rubrics:

Tension, physical, externally

Irritability

Salivation

Company, aversion to

Band sensation around head

Thirst

Sensitive to noise

So… I am feeling like it’s a Nux vomica case–the throwing-pillows-at-your-cat level of anger and irritability, and the intense chilliness.

The only rubric that didn’t come up for Nux vomica was the band around the head headache but I did find this rubric in kent’s rep:

“Generalities, constriction, band, sensation of a” which has Nux v level one intensity.
I hope, hope, hope I get at least one of them right this time.

Um…well…gee, I wish I could say yes… but I think you’ve mixed up the constitutional symptoms with the symptoms of the virus.  I’ll try to walk you through my thinking.  Here is the case in red:

This morning I’ve been tearful, irritable, and angry. I lost my temper at the cat for being noisy and started throwing pillows. I finally sat down on the floor and got really upset, crying and angry at the same time.

Here’s where I blurted out a remedy before I realized she had a virus.  (Remedy-X).

I went for a walk and in the middle of it decided I was too tired to continue. I did not feel better being outside, which is unusual for me. I went home and started feeling really cold.

OK, now I know she’s got a virus–because that happened to me once too–feeling really cold right before realizing I was sick!  Take the rubric “Generals: cold, low vital heat”.

I couldn’t stand to be talked to and was snappish with my husband.

Use the rubric, “Mind: company, aversion to”

I finally went to bed, because that seemed to be the only way to get warm and be alone. I felt better moodwise just getting under the covers.

The rubric– “Generals: covers, amel.”

I just got up to eat lunch and feel as though I have a tight band around my head and a tight neck.

So the key word here is “constriction”, the Repertory doesn’t use the word “tight”.  So, “Generals: constriction sensation” is your rubric.

I was drooling while I was in bed,

The closest I could come to this symptom was, “Mouth: salivation, sleep, during”

and have been feeling a lot of tension between my shoulder blades.

Another reference to “constriction”.

It had been foggy all week

Bingo! There it is, the big enchilada!  We’ve struck gold!  It’s the etiology!  Ailments from foggy weather!  “Generals: foggy weather agg.”  And look what remedy comes up on top–Rhus tox.  It’s in bold for “foggy weather aggravates”:

I’d been feeling mildly achy for a couple of days. I’m unusually thirsty today too.

Notice I added “Thirst” to the repertorization and Rhus tox is a 3 for that.  Now, I have to confess.  The truth is, I didn’t repertorize any of that–at least at the time.  As soon as I heard “It’s been foggy all week”, that was it for me, I knew the answer!  I didn’t need to know anything else!  You know that “etiology over-rules the totality of symptoms”, right?  Did you know that?  So, I was pretty sure I was gonna find Rhus tox in the “foggy” rubric, and then I remembered all the references to “tightness”, and “better hot bath”, all of which go for Rhus tox, and that was it, case-closed!  You can’t think of anything BUT Rhus tox in this case!

So, after she recovered from the virus, which happened very quickly, Roxanne took, on her own, the remedy I blurted out before I knew she had a virus, and that remedy was the one you thought was Pulsatilla, because she was crying, and better for walking–usually–and fresh air when she’s not sick.  But here’s the thing, Pulsatilla has a very mild disposition as I may have mentioned; in fact, it’s a 4 in that rubric!  Roxanne’s behavior was anything but mild!  She was losing her temper, throwing things, crying, and yelling at the cat!  Basically, she was out of control!  Look up “Mind: control, lack of emotional”, and there are only 2 remedies in bold, Anacardium and Ignatia; so, of the two, I prefer IGNATIA, as it’s more of a female remedy; in fact, see Allen’s Keynotes:

“Especially suited to nervous temperament; women of a sensitive, easily excited nature…”

So to me, the loss of emotional control suggested Ignatia, and I was about to go with that until I realized there was something else wrong with her.  Then I had to drop the Ignatia idea as I began seeing more and more that she had something like the flu.

I have here an Ignatia quiz for you to compare with this one, it goes into more detail about Ignatia:

Revisiting: Who’s That Lady?

Also, to learn more about Rhus tox, click here:

Today’s The Day, Elaine Turns 100!

So that’s it, acute case–Rhus tox

Constitutional case–Ignatia

Your big mistake, Sarah?  First, you mixed up the acute and constitutional symptoms and secondly, you missed the etiology!  Foggy weather agg. “It’s been foggy here for a week!”  That’s what made it not Nux vomica.  Nux v. is actually better for cloudy, rainy, damp weather; worse for clear sunny weather.  So it couldn’t be Nux vomica, even though she had a bad temper, was yelling at everyone, worse noise, very cold, all looking good for Nux vomica, until you get to “It’s been foggy here for a week.”  That changed everything; the all-important etiology.  So, thanks for voting Sarah, and be sure to try again with this month’s quiz!

Is anybody else here?  I’m sensing the presence of Dr. Mukesh Patel!

 

Hi mam,

Hello Dr. Mukesh Patel.

this is for recent quiz,

i’m trying my luck….

Good!

first one was Chamomilla

i found a rubric WEEPING WITH ANGER

About the author

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 LEWRA@aol.com
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 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"!

1 Comment

  • I know there is a Big Bang theory fan base and have read articles on suggested remedy types for various characters .I was therefore interested in Elaine’s ideas about Raj’s girlfriend from a while back ..the painfully shy socio -phobic one .Any ideas?

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