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Severe Backache (Thanks to Nat-mur!)

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Mom, it’s time for the quiz.

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I can’t believe it’s 2016 already.  I have a few announcements about the things I’m looking forward to this year.

Before your announcements, we have to say good-bye to all the people we lost in 2015.

Is this going to take long?  Oh, and speaking of deaths, Robert Stigwood died.

Shana, believe it or not, no one knows who Robert Stigwood is!

Are you kidding?  He was the manager of the Bee Gees and the manager of Cream, and he produced “Saturday Night Fever” and, I think, “Grease”.

No one cares, Shana!

Hey, it was your idea to talk about people who died, I have more important announcements!  Though it is sad and all, and by the way, if it weren’t for Cream we wouldn’t have Eric Clapton!

More minutia no one cares about!  Can we possibly get on with saying good-bye to the people we lost in 2015, not the least of which was Natalie Cole, and just a few days ago, David Bowie?

Doesn’t Dr. B complain when our articles go on and on with too many pictures and videos and stuff?

Are you finished finding fake reasons to stop me from talking?  Because I would like for us to say good-bye to the 21 talented people we lost in 2015, if you don’t mind!  Thank you.  Ahem!

Natalie Cole

Ben E. King

Allen Toussaint

B.B. King

Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson)

Julian Bond (civil rights leader)

Leslie Gore

Ben Cauley (The Bar-kays)

Haleema Alkhatib (The Majors)

Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone)

William Guest (Gladys Knight and the Pips)

Larry Johnson (The Artistics)

Wally Roker (The Heartbeats)

Lenny Coco (The Chimes)

Ken Kelly (The Manhattans)

Ronnie Bright (The Coasters and the bass voice on “Mr. Bass Man”)

Don Covay

Dave Somerville (The Diamonds)

William Brown (The Mad Lads)

Percy Sledge

Curtis Lee

Rest in peace, everybody!  And thanks for the great music!

Can I make my announcements now?

Dear God, are you still here?  Yeah, go ahead, and hopefully this will have been worth waiting for.

Why did you think I wouldn’t be here?  A couple of TV show revivals are happening this year.

It was such a long list and you have such a short attention span.  Anyway, go ahead.

Cartoon Network is bringing back “The Powerpuff Girls”…

Good grief!!!!!!!!!!

…which as you know is my favorite show from my childhood.

No kidding!  When is your childhood going to end, exactly?????

Soon.  Maybe never.  I don’t think it’s necessarily a revival.


The Powerpuff Girls!  It’s being called a “reboot” which I guess means it will be modernized for today’s kids.

No one cares, Shana!

They recast Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup so I’m kind of skeptical about it.  At least there are some other original cast members returning one of which is Tom Kenny as the clueless Mayor.  Other than that it won’t be the same but I’ll check it out anyway.

Yes, cuz all our readers from India and Pakistan are dying to hear what happens!

Now for the actual revivals.  Fox is bringing back the X-Files!

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Its not a show I thought I would ever watch but for some reason when I watch it I feel closer to Daddy.

I’m sure he watches with you.

It’s only going to run for 6 episodes.  I guess David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are getting older.

If I am, I’m guessing they are too.

I know David is 55 and Gillian is almost 50.  Still I can’t wait!  I managed to watch all of season 7 before New Year’s.  I finished seasons 8 and 9 too.  Now all that’s left is the second movie “I Want to Believe” which will be on tv next week.

Well, thank goodness you’re on top of this!

Next, Netflix is bringing back “Gilmore Girls”.

Yay!!!! (Is this going to cost me money?)

Mom, I already explained this to you but explaining anything to you is a complete waste of time!  Anyway, “Full House” is coming back in February.

I don’t know when “Gilmore Girls” starts but I want to see it and I know you do too.  I want to see how the writers deal with Edward Hermann’s death.  Its unfortunate we don’t have Netflix because I really want to see these.  I heard one of today’s pop singers remade the “Full House” theme song.

No one cares, Shana!  It was a dumb song to begin with!

It’s not “Full House” without the theme song, just like it’s not “The Fresh Prince” without the theme song!

I hate the “Fresh Prince” theme song!

It’s an iconic theme song!

It’s stupid!

I’m afraid I won’t like “Full House” without the original theme song–which is here:

Great.  So now everyone can hear how stupid it is.

Mom, you never know, someone who reads the ezine could have grown up with the original “Full House”!  Or they have kids who watched it?

Somehow, I don’t think so.

I love the old theme song so much that I’m worried the new version might ruin it for me.  Also Michelle won’t even be in it.

OMG!  Michelle won’t be in it?  Someone call the Television Police!

Yeah but Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and John Stamos will be in it so I guess it more than makes up for it.

If you say so.  By the way, Bob Saget looks terrible!

Its because he’s older than he was in 1987.  I’m curious about what Danny Tanner and his family have been up to since the original show ended in 1995.

Nothing, Shana, they haven’t been up to anything, just like when the show was airing they weren’t up to anything!

I want to see DJ and Stephanie all grown up.  Another thing is Elton John is coming out with a new album sometime this year.  That’s all of my announcements.

That’s all your announcements?  You didn’t think to announce the show you’re going to be on?  January 27th on the Fuse Network?  11 pm?

Oy!!!!  Mom!  Our readers from India and Pakistan probably don’t even get the Fuse network!  I’m embarrassed to be on a dance show when I don’t even know how to dance; and besides, you know how I feel about “today’s music”–ugh!  And the fact that a minute ago we were talking about Elton John should prove my point.  Now that I’m completely embarrassed, we can start the quiz!

Well fine!

So what’s this month’s quiz all about?

This month we’re having a case-management quiz, featuring the ever-popular, Joe Schmo!

Joe Schmo again?  You’ve given up trying to find fictitious names, haven’t you!

It’s a different Joe Schmo!  Joe Schmo is a hypersensitive, allergic patient.  Normal doses of remedies aggravate him, his symptoms can easily spiral out of control, and that’s what happened here.  Tell me what mistake the homeopath made, what mistake Joe Schmo made, and how you would correct it.


Dear Elaine,

How are you?  I am contacting you after a gap of more than 3 years.  I hope you remember me.

Presently I am in India for the last 4 years.

I was advised by my Homeopath to take Nat Mur 200C continuously: 3 doses over a period of 2 months.  Since then I have developed a severe backache.  So, I did your Aggravation Zapper, I diluted a Nat Mur 200C pellet in water, dumped out and refilled with water 24 times, and took a sip.  I felt better within 3 hours, but there was a relapse after a week and the backache returned.  Then I zapped again in the 36th cup this time but it didn’t help.  Then went to the 60th cup but that also didn’t help.  Both 36th cup & 60th cup only brought aggravation!

Next I took Nat Mur 1M after a month but backache came back with greater ferocity.  I zapped Nat Mur 1M to the 24th cup & took a sip but that aggravated the condition further!  What am I going to do?

I have experienced that normally 24th cup zapping after an aggravation brings lot of relief. But this time, it failed.


“Joe Schmo”


Dear Joe,

Drop one pellet of ____________________C in half a bottle of spring water, take a sip, and let me know what happens.


Dear Elaine,

I took __________________C yesterday morning (Indian time) and feel much better today morning.  Backache reduced, phlegm coming out with cough.  Slight aggravation in headache, though. Overall I feel better. Improvement noticed within 2 hours.  I am much better.  ___________________C has done wonders for me.  Back pain has literally gone.  Will wait now.  The dose seems to be still working and bringing improvement.


So, everybody, Joe Schmo had really painted himself into a corner where everything he tried made him worse!  How to rescue him?  Let me know.  I want to know what the homeopath did wrong.  I want to know what Joe Schmo should have done when he relapsed after his successful zapping of Nat-mur in the 24th cup.  I want to know what finally ended the severe backache aggravation.  Write to me at [email protected].  The answer will be in next month’s ezine.

Now my dilemma is, what song to play us out?  I want to honor one of the many great entertainers we lost in 2015 but with so many truly talented artists to choose from, I find it next to impossible!  I am literally going to have to pull a name out of a hat!  So, hold on.

OK, we used a deck of cards and gave each artist a number. Shana picked the card and the winner was…(drum roll please)…Ken Kelley of The Manhattans!  Shana is insisting on picking the song.

Mom!!!!  That is not how you spell Ken Kelly!

Well excuuuuse meeeee, I am not an encyclopedia of music–as some of us apparently are! Have you picked a song yet?  (I saw the Manhattans at the Uptown Theater in 1967, in case anyone’s interested.)

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Mom, I think it’s appropriate to say to Ken Kelly, and all the great recording artists who left us in 2015, “Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye”.
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"!

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