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Revisiting: What Remedy Is Bart Simpson?

Revisiting: What Remedy Is Bart Simpson?

Who’s familiar with Bart from the TV cartoon series “The Simpsons”? He’s a very badly behaved child; but, a lot of kids are these days; hence, this quiz! Scroll down for the answer.

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – What Remedy Is Bart Simpson?








Is anybody here today?


Hi Elaine .

Well I think Bart is a chip off the old block and I remember Homer being a sulphur so i’m going down the lazy route and saying Bart is like his dad ..a sulphur.  Same untidy mind and habits, same day-dreamer, same lack of application and laziness.

Hi Neil, well, Homer would be proud of you because, yes, you took the lazy way out!  Now you actually have to do the work, find the elements of the case.  Sure, you can say Bart is “lazy”, but, isn’t it more to the point that Bart has an “aversion to study”?  That’s a much more useful rubric than “laziness” which contains 265 remedies!  (Murphy’s Repertory)  So, no, it’s not Sulphur.  Keep trying.


Good-bye, Neil!  Is anybody else here today?


Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hi Salma!

I guess Bart Simpson is Lachesis!

A good guess; I know why you think so, because he’s cruel, right?  But did you make a list of the elements of the case?  Remember I said that Bart’s messy room meant that he was “untidy”?  Is Lachesis under “untidy”?  No.  This requires real discernment.

Thanks Elaine. I took the rubrics:

Mind- activity, mental-increased

What led you to pick this one?

Sorry, I should have picked “hyperactive children”

Mind- deceitful

Right, I picked that one too.

Mind-concentration, general-difficult

With over 250 remedies, this rubric isn’t going to help us much.  Too big.  I picked “Attention Deficit Disorder”, which only has 28 remedies.  It’s in Murphy’s Mind chapter.

Mind- egoistical, haughty

I’m not sure that Bart is “haughty”, per se.


Too big a rubric, hundreds of remedies.  Wouldn’t “hyperactive children” be better?  18 remedies. 

when i add “untidy” Sulphur comes first then Lachesis


But if i add dirtiness in place of untidy (as it contains only 5) Sulphur comes first and then Nux vomica

And if i take mind-restlessness, drives him from place to place in place

No, I don’t think that rubric pertains to this case.  Bart is a hyperactive child.  He probably eats too much junk food, which is why he can’t be still and can’t study.  We saw him drinking a soda while watching cartoons.

Is there any other rubric i can take for Burt sympson?


Think about Bart:

He has an aversion to school, an aversion to studying, an aversion to reading (all are rubrics); all he wants to do is play!  That’s a rubric too, “Playing, desire for”.  He’s disobedient, cruel, deceitful and untidy.  Also, like you said, he’s got ADD and hyperactivity.  What do you think now?

Sorry sometimes I am so dumb!  Now I think Bart is Medorrhinum.


Thanks Elaine for guiding and teaching.





Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!


Dear Elaine and Shana,

we send our first answers in this year to the last quiz of the last year.

Wow, so profound!

Miroslav’s answer is: Phosphorus

After reading the description of Bart, I thought of such remedies as Tub., Stram., Tarent …, but after watching the video I didn´t feel aggressiveness or maliciousness in the boy.

Really?  Because he’s always in trouble!

… It rather seemed to me he has a sort of bad luck, he is easily detracted from the object of his interest and really mindless.

I’ve picked these rubrics including hints:

Mind, chaotic

What did he do that was chaotic?  He simply won’t study.  He can’t concentrate, he hates to read, he hates school, he only wants to play, he’s disobedient, he’s deceitful and he’s a bit cruel.

Mind, learns badly

He doesn’t learn at all!  He has an aversion to study.  That’s actually a rubric.

Mind, fear of failure (repetition of a school grade)

No, he just wants to stay with his class.  He imagines still being in the 4th grade as a grown-up, in the same class as his own (future) son!  What a disgrace that would be!  He knows he has to pass the test but he can’t concentrate to read!

Mind, inattentive

That’s a good rubric, but even better is the subrubric “inattentive when studying”!  That’s really to the point, isn’t it?  And only 3 remedies–and one of them is the one I picked!

Food, drinks, soda drinks, desire–Phosphorus.

True, but, you know why kids like sodas?  They’re full of sugar!  Of course, Phosphorus desires sweets too.  But, no, it’s not Phosphorus.  Phosphorus isn’t cruel, deceitful, lying, dishonest, cheating–though they do have trouble paying attention, staying focused; their mind does wander.


Jitka´s answer is: Sulphur

I saw  these features in Bart, in my opinion they create a picture of the child Sulphur.


– perpetual motion;


– centre of any mischief


– high spirited; naughty


– getting into trouble and into fights


– disobedient; unheeding and defiant of reprimand.


– coarseness and roughness


– laziness, untidiness,


– lack of discipline


– irresponsibility,


That’s a good one.  “Aversion to responsibility”.  But, you know what?  You missed all the obvious ones: Aversion to reading, to studying, aversion to school.  Pretending to have appendicitis and copying Milhouse’s test answers, what’s that?  That’s “deceitful” and “lies, inclination to tell lies”; and he’s cruel, he pushed Martin down twice to prove to him that kids really do laugh at him.

Anyway, the remedy is Medorrhinum.  Robin Murphy used to call Medorrhinum children “Wild Child”: undisciplined, irresponsible, hyperactive, poor grades, poor study habits, getting into fights, mischief, lying, cheating…  Plus, other traits that include:

hot–walks around in bare feet, throws the covers off at night

desires ice, loves to suck on ice cubes

thirsty for cold drinks

better at night, dull during the day

desires oranges and unripe fruit like green apples

better at the ocean


Here’s my repertorization:

Revisiting: What Remedy Is Bart Simpson? 1

Well, bye everybody, thanks for participating!  See you again next time!



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

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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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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"!


  • What a shame you couldn’t resist being political by being sarcastic about the death of President George Bush. I do wonder what the remedy is for a whole culture of people who are so arrogant and closed-minded as to believe only their point of view is viable, and any other versions of “truth” must be ridiculed, vilified, and/or suppressed. It dehumanizes others – who have the same right you do to their opinions, beliefs, and attitudes. What is homeopathic about needing to make someone who holds or represents a different point of view a target? I doubt that Hahnemann would have found that a laudable mindset for a healing practitioner.

    A closed mind has stopped “thinking” long ago.

    • Ellen, I think you read too much into that. I was merely observing that since most of our readers are from Asia and Europe, along with the remoteness of the Bush presidency (30 years ago), that probably no one would care that he died.

  • when there is no actual physical ailment to treat, do you think that a constitutional or a miasmatic remedy is indicated?

    • If there’s no “ailment”, you take a constitutional case. But, Bart’s behavior problems and inability to pay attention are an “ailment” of sorts. More importantly, he matches the remedy picture of Medorrhinum. Too bad we can’t give it to him.

  • Hey Shana!
    my 6 is white, but I totally enjoy ”papa was a rolling stone”, and the rest!.
    Now here’s me shame’n scandal in the family ( pls don.t shoot!): some of us have a constitutional remedy and others behave sometimes like,, and some other time like.. Bart is from the first category!

    Bart’s not only

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