The Worst Cough Ever!

Written by Elaine Lewis


Happy Holidays Everyone!

Same to you, Shana!!!  The joy of the holiday season is upon us!

If you say so.  Well, real quick, I’m going to go through the Death Report.

Oh geez!  That should cheer everyone up!

Well… I was going to make some mundane announcement (you know, to balance out the bad news) that was happier in nature, like Elton John’s


“Madman Across the Water” turning 50 last month, but then you would’ve just said No one Cares.

Oh.  Thanks for reminding me.  No one cares!

Either way it still must be recognized.  It’s the album that gave the world “Tiny Dancer” and “Levon”.


Ok… So, now:

Sadly we lost a member of Tavares, a group of brothers known for a series of hits during the Disco era which included, but not limited to, “It Only Takes a Minute” (a song I remember you playing when I was little) and “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel.”

Ralph Tavares (center), the oldest brother, was almost 80 when he passed away this month.  Tavares is also known for their cover version of “More Than A Woman”, which was written by another famous group of brothers…

Gee, I wonder who that could be?

The Bee Gees.

Both the original and Tavares’ cover version appeared in the movie “Saturday Night Fever” and were featured on the best-selling soundtrack album.  If you see one movie, this should be it.  Anyway… there are so many good Tavares songs that it’s hard to pick which one to play, but…  Here they are on “Soul Train”.  After the song, host Don Cornelius asks for their names, Ralph is the last one to give his name.

This month we also lost Michael Nesmith of the Monkees (he was the guitarist).  The Monkees had their own TV show: 1966-1968.

Micky Dolenz is now the only surviving member; first we lost Davy Jones (who apparently was the only Englishman in the group) in 2012, followed by Peter Tork in 2019.  They are known for songs such as “I’m a Believer” (I first heard it in a South Park episode)

No one cares……..

“Daydream Believer”, “Last Train to Clarksville” (doesn’t it sound like a Beatles song to you?)

They all did!

You know what’s nuts though?  I think I heard “Mary, Mary” in a commercial from one of our Simpsons tapes.  I didn’t know it was the Monkees though, but now it’s grown on me.  Anyway, here is one of their biggest songs, “Daydream Believer”… Wait.. isn’t their biggest song “I’m a Believer?”  I think “Daydream Believer” was their last # 1, but “I’m a Believer” was  HUGE.

They were all HUGE!  (Except for “Mary, Mary”)

Next, I am saddened to announce that David Lasley died.

Shana, don’t look now, but, no one knows who David Lasley is!

He is best known for being one of James Taylor’s back-up singers

Good grief!

along with Arnold McCuller, Valerie Carter and Kate Markowitz.

Shana, he’s actually not best-known for anything, since no one knows who he is—but you!

He could also be seen in a 2013 documentary entitled “20 Feet from Stardom.”

You see?  Not a star!

It’s the story of other back-up singers such as Merry Clayton (who sang the female part on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”).  It’s a very good movie.

Anyway, I know you like “Handy Man” and obviously I need to play a clip of James Taylor in concert so I can say goodbye to David.

Good grief!

Who’s in the Quiz this month?


Well.  This should be interesting.  Not!

 It happened almost as soon as I heard Robin Murphy died!  I developed a cough and a sore throat.  So weird because I almost never get sick, and nothing was working, all the things I usually take at the start of a cold–Ferrum phos., Phosphorus….  I tried Spongia, I tried Antimonium tart, I tried Oscillococcinum, Influenzinum ….  Nothing was working!  I started imagining that this was what happened to Robin Murphy, that nothing was working, that he tried all the things that should have worked and nothing was working.  I was losing sleep, I had no energy.  Luckily, Lynda with a Y wrote!  She’s a homeopath from Canada.  She asked me how I was.

“I have a cough and a sore throat and can’t sleep because of it,” I said.  I may have said other things too.  Anyway…

“Take _________________,” she said.

I was skeptical.  I had never taken _____________ and the keynote I knew it for didn’t seem to be present.  I wasn’t even sure I had it above a 6C, but I did; I had a 30C, so I took it.

I wrote back:  “Wow!  Thanks, Lynda, immediately after taking ___________ the sensation in my chest melted away!  I was able to go shopping!”

“Especially smiling and happy U and Shana r feeling much better! YAY!!!!” replied Lynda.

“Woo-hoo!” I said.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, Shana had it too!  She had the exact same symptoms I had!

Epilogue:  I was taking a nap at night after dinner after feeling sooooo much better all day.  But I kept waking up with a cough, and I started wondering what the heck was going on!  I seemed to be getting worse by the minute!  A violent, spasmodic cough!  Terrible tickling in the upper chest and throat area making the need to cough unbearable!  I wondered if I was in a new remedy state and if __________ would even work again!  I couldn’t remain lying down.  I got up, stumbled and lurched into the kitchen, coughing all the way, I hastily plussed my remedy bottle, my hands and body shaking from the non-stop coughing!  I took a dose every 15 minutes with 10 succussions before each dose for maybe 2 or 3 doses and then fell asleep.  When I woke up, I was fine!

Lynda does it again!!!!

I can effectively declare December, 2021 to be “Lynda With a Y Month” at!


OK, so what do you think the remedy was that cured the Worst Cough Ever?  Write to me at [email protected] and let me know.  The answer will be in the January ezine.

OMG!  It’s almost 2022!  What the heck happened to 2021?  Where did it go?

Well, everybody, looking forward to another year!

Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

Elaine takes online cases. Write to her at [email protected]

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About the author

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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