Case Quizes

Spider Bite! (a picture case)

Written by Elaine Lewis

I love picture cases! How are you going to say homeopathy doesn’t work? What remedy did this spider bite victim take?


Mom, it’s time for the Quiz (and my timely announcements, of course).

On the happier side of things…”Lonely Days” by the Bee Gees is 50 years old.

No one cares, Shana!

It may not be “Stayin’ Alive”…

I’ll say it isn’t!

but I think this song is historically significant.

It is????

If it weren’t for this song, there may not have been a “Stayin’ Alive” at all!  Why is it significant you may ask?

You must be psychic!  I was just going to ask that!

The Bee Gees had split up over a disagreement about whose song would be the next single–Robin’s or Barry’s.  Barry won and Robin quit.

Robin sounds petulant.

Fast forward to November 1970, and “Lonely Days” marks the reunion of the Bee Gees!

l. to r. Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb


How nice.  But we don’t have to actually listen to it, do we?  Oh geez….


Oh, and one more thing.. there’s going to be a new Bee Gees documentary on HBO next month.  I can’t wait to see it.  Mom, brace yourself for what I have to say next.  We lost the lead singer of the Dovells; Len Barry.

Wahhhh!!!!!!!!  No way!!!  Say it isn’t so!!!!

He was 78.

Among hit songs such as “The Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down”, Len also had a solo career for a while with songs like “1-2-3” and “Like A Baby”.  After “The Bristol Stomp”, there was a follow up record called “Bristol Twistin’ Annie” in 1962.

Bristol Twistin’ Annie, lay your twistin’ down…

I knew you were going to do that. 

I am also heartbroken to announce that long-standing “Jeopardy” host, Alex Trebek, also passed away this month at age 80.


This is definitely the worst thing about 2020 apart from the pandemic.  I cried when I saw the headline on my phone.

I know!  You were crying in the living room, you were crying in the bedroom, you were crying in the kitchen on your way from the bedroom to the living room…. I thought someone had died!

Mom!  Someone did die, Alex Freakin’ Trebek!!!!

Oh.  Well, that explains it.

And P.S., I cried again while reading remembrances about him on the internet.  He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and yet, he still continued to host the show.  The really ironic thing is that the original Jeopardy host, Art Fleming, also passed away from pancreatic cancer!

What?  You’re kidding!  Yeesh!  There would seem to be an on-air safety issue at Jeopardy.

Anyway, Alex’s last episode will air on Christmas day and I’m not ready!  I can’t imagine Jeopardy without Alex Trebek.  He also wrote a book called The Answer is: Reflections on my Life and I think I want to read it, or listen to it if we’re ever in the car again.  The audio version is read by Alex himself along with current consulting producer, Ken Jennings, who also, apparently, has the longest Jeopardy winning streak on record.

Are you saying the producer is a former contestant?

Yes, Mom, that is what I’m saying!

Well who knew?

Somebody named Claire McNear also wrote a book about the Jeopardy experience, being on the show and that sort of thing.  It sounds like it would be an interesting read as well.  I think we should find a video clip to remember Alex by.

Let’s find “Celebrity Jeopardy”, the skit from “Saturday Night Live”, where Alex is played by Will Ferrell.  Alex, himself, used to be a fan of that skit and one time did a surprise walk-on to audience cheers and pandamonium!

I remember that!  Yes, that would be great!  I just would like to warn people who have never seen it that SNL’s “Sean Connery” character was very crude and insulting.  The premise of this skit is that when celebrities come on Jeopardy to play for charity, they’re driven by ego, self-promotion, and, moreover, they’re not very smart!

And you know what else?  Real-life actor, Sean Connery, just died too!  Can you believe it?

Finally, November 17th marks the 20th anniversary of “Rugrats in Paris”.


 Mom, after so much bad news, I needed to lighten things up!

Are you done “lightening”?

Who’s in the Quiz this month?

Do you remember “Rosetta Stone”?


She got a spider bite!


Elaine, I got a spider bite!  It occurred Oct. 21st.  Felt itching and arm felt heavy.  There was swelling, streaks going up my arm and redness.  If you look carefully, you can see the outline of the rather large band aid I put on it.  The dot in the middle is the bite.  For some crazy reason, everything was “fine” until I took the band aid off on the 22nd!  Weird!

I took this picture on Oct. 22nd before taking any remedy.

It looks terrible!  I can sort of see the outline of the band aid and I see lots of swelling, especially toward the crease in the arm at your elbow.  Swollen and red.

Two hours later, after taking ___________200C on Oct. 22nd at 12:48 pm, I took this picture:

The welt has definitely gone down!!!!

Swelling is much less!

Its not getting any worse, thank goodness!!  When should I repeat the dose?  It feels better after ice pack on it too.  I swear I want to move to a condo because my back yard is so full of spiders and bugs!!!!

Ugh!  I am way ahead of you out the door!


So I just put one ___________200C pellet in water and took another dose/sip at 2:09 pm 10/22/20 and then took this picture almost 10 minutes later.

Picture at 2:16 pm:

It looks less swollen now.

Yes, Rosetta, this picture looks MUCH better!  The redness has turned to light pink.

My family is yelling at me to go to the ER saying I need to take antibiotics.

They don’t know any better.

But I think it’s going down.

It is definitely going down!

I’m thinking ______________ is working and I do NOT WANT TO TAKE ANTIBIOTICS.



Morning of Oct. 23rd:

Luckily those streaks are gone and it’s much better.

Very much so.  Yeah, that’s beautiful.  The worst seems to be over.  Do send an updated picture.

Picture from Oct. 24th:

I don’t see nothin’!  Hey, nice dog!


OK, people, more pictorial evidence that homeopathy works!  What was the remedy?  If you know it, write to me at [email protected].  The answer will be in next month’s ezine.  Going out, saying good-bye to my blue-eyed soul brother, Len Barry:

The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol when they do the Bristol Stomp!



Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

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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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