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The Seven-Hour Headache

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Try to guess the remedy for this month’s quiz!

Mom, it’s time for the quiz.

What, again???

I guess we should start with the Death Report.

So soon?  Well, if we have to…

There’s no easy way to say this.  The King of the Blues, B.B. King, died at age 89.

It’s the end of an era!  He lived a long life, had a 70 year career and was still singing ’til just about a month before his death, he was on the road constantly, he was the most successful blues singer of all time, he was beloved in all parts of the world.  Do you realize this is the end of the blues?  They’re all gone now!  Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Koko Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Ray Charles, Z. Z. Hill…Who else was there?

Don’t look at me!

Well trust me, they’re all gone…Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Tarheel Slim, Buster Brown, Slim Harpo… all gone.  It’s fitting that the king of the blues was the last to go.  It’s shocking.  The Blues.  Dead.  Yeesh! Here’s BB King with his biggest hit, “The Thrill Is Gone”.

I think he died from complications from diabetes.  I remember seeing him on that one episode of the “Cosby Show”.  I think he used his real name, Riley, for his character.  I saw the Classic Rock circles responding to his death, Eric Clapton said, “He was a beacon for all of us.”

Next on our Death Report, the bass player of the Brothers Johnson, Louis Johnson, died at age 60.

I haven’t seen a cause of death yet.  I did find out, though, that he was the one playing bass on “Billie Jean”!

What?  Get out!!!  Are you serious?  “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson???  He’s playing the bass?  That’s probably the most famous bass line in history!

Remember how I always listened to Michael Jackson as a baby?

How could I forget?  Who knew that was Louis Johnson on bass!  Here’s Michael Jackson, at the high-point of his career with arguably his most famous song, “Billie Jean”:

First “moonwalk” ever!!  What a historical moment.

You can say that again!

That again.


But now onto more unfortunate news!

There’s MORE unfortunate news? What is it now?

David Letterman retired from the Late Show.

It’s the end of an era (again)!  He’s been doing late-night television for 33 years!

I loved his last monologue featuring Homer Simpson laughing at Dave’s pencil throwing/window-breaking shtick.

And what’s even better is how my favorite talk show host, Conan O’Brien, thanked Dave for saving him from obscurity.

Again with Conan O’Brien???

And, well, let’s have dear old Coney say it for himself.

Dear old Coney???????  Spare me!

Do you understand how much my love and respect for Conan has skyrocketed at this point?

No one cares, Shana!!!!

It’s got to be off the charts by now.  He literally told his viewers on Letterman’s last night to turn him off and go watch Dave!  Then he and comedian Patton Oswalt proceeded to act like idiots, spilling water and knocking things over because, presumably, no one was watching.

I know, I was one of them!

In happier news, now that we are in the month of June, there are only two months left until James Taylor at the Borgata.


Whose case do we have this month?

“Cara” is here with a headache, which somehow seems appropriate.

How nice.  I have to go watch “The Brave Little Toaster” now.

At least you’re not wasting your time!!!!!  OK, so here’s Cara reporting on her rather unusual headache:


Elaine, it might have been a shorter headache but I had to deal with the septic tank fiasco, “Joe” showing up, getting our septic tank emptied, and (hopefully, knock on wood) our plumbing issues resolved, which have lasted for 9 months now!

I’m starting to get a headache too!

Yesterday was “day 2” of my cycle, and my body apparently decided to do nearly all of its bleeding in a 24 hour period.  It was the heaviest I have ever bled, in a short amount of time. This is not typical for me at all.  By the end of the night, I was zonked and got super-irritable, so I took Sepia 30c before I fell asleep.  In the night I could tell I had bled more and so I took Phosphorus 30c while half-asleep because it was beginning to concern me how much blood I was losing.  I woke up with an occipital headache.  A cup of unsweetened white tea (caffeine) did not help.  My headache was so severe that I forgot to eat breakfast until about noon, at which time I made a smoothie.  It felt like the sort of headache I get right *before* a period starts; but I got no such headache before my period this time (or in recent cycles). So it was definitely hormonal, though I wondered if it was caused by the heavy bleeding.

I took a dose of Nat-mur 30c but it didn’t help. The bleeding is very minimal today; it really was a sort of major 1-day bleeding session. It was not dark and clotty; it was pretty bright/fresh looking, which was another reason I chose Phosphorus.

Sabina has bright red blood also.

After Nat-mur, I tried Nux-vomica 30c.  The headache then nestled all in the nape of my neck and I did not feel it in the back of my head anymore.  So I tried Gelsemium (thinking of how stuporous and dull I was feeling, could not think) and the headache disappeared from my neck and landed back in the back/base of my head again!  So it felt like I was just chasing it around but not resolving it.

It was really hard to think; I didn’t want people chattering at me; it just felt oppressive.

I jotted down some other contenders based on different rubrics in Murphy’s repertory.  Then I got on and tried repertorizing.  Then I took the trash outside.  It is in the low 80’s today and breezy; idyllic!  When I went from the air conditioned house to the outside warm air, my headache eased momentarily!  Realizing also that I had been uncharacteristically chilly all day, I decided to take _________30C, 3 pellets.

Hey it has been a few minutes and I just got caught up in reading an article online and forgot I had a headache!

Wow! That’s incredible!

I am “testing” it by being aware and seeing if I still have something going on but I don’t think I do! RELIEF!!! That headache was nearly 7 hours long!

Kent says “The ______________ headaches are stupefying, they are benumbing; they bring on confusion of mind.”  I did say stuporous in my description!  I said a few times how I couldn’t think! Which is the ultimate irony, having a headache and trying to focus on rubrics.

Ugh!  Trying to read with a headache!  The worst!  OK, everybody, if you know what the remedy is, write to me at [email protected].  The answer will be in the July issue!  Bye for now!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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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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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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