Case Quizes

Would You Be Sad If I Hung Myself?

Homeopathy cures a psychiatric case, try and guess the remedy!

Mom, it’s time for the Quiz! 

Did you know this year is Motown’s 60th Anniversary?

I did not know that!  That would make Motown as old as I am!

Mom, don’t look now, but, you left 60 behind a long time ago!

(Shh!!!!  People think I’m young!  And I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten away with it!)

I read that Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, is retiring at 89.

I’m surprised he’s retiring at such a young age!  His co-founder, Smokey Robinson, is still out there singing!

There was a documentary on Showtime earlier this year called “Hitsville: The Making of Motown”.  We probably should watch it.  It may repeat at some point and I believe it’s on my DVR.  That’s not all though.

There’s more????

Apparently Motown has released songs that were supposed to come out in 1969 only they didn’t for whatever reason.  There’s new old songs by the Temptations, etc.  In fact the Motown Unreleased Series goes all the way back to 1962.

It sounds like a goldmine!  Shana, what’s the most iconic song on Motown Records?

“My Girl” by The Temptations?

Written by who?

Smokey Robinson.  And Mom?  It’s “by whom.”  “Whom” follows a preposition.  I’ve tried to explain that to you.


Here it is now:

Speaking of Anniversaries, this year the Beatles’ Abbey Road turned 50.

As some people might know, it’s the last album the Beatles did before breaking up.  “Let It Be” was the last album released but recorded before “Abbey Road”!

I had no idea!  You’re such a wealth of information!

Anyway, a Super Deluxe edition of “Abbey Road” (with additional session recordings and demos, etc.) has been released.  This is what WXPN’s Helen Leicht was playing on her show.  Now I’m not an engineer or anything…


…so I have no clue how any of this differs from the original 1969 release; but, I do know that “Her Majesty”

was originally part of the medley but Paul wanted it out.  That’s one of the many things I learned from Scott Freiman, the guy who makes educational films about the Beatles.  Apparently Paul didn’t like the way the medley sounded with the inclusion of this extra song (between “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam”) and I kind of agree with him.

Shana, you’re rambling; and I think we just lost India.

On the actual album “Her Majesty” plays after the end after a few seconds of silence.  As I also learned from Scott Freiman,  one of the engineers (John Kurlander) was instructed not to throw anything away.  On the remixed version there’s an additional disc with “Her Majesty” as part of the medley as originally intended.

Oh, and did I mention it was remixed by George Martin’s son Giles?

No, and I think the sound you hear now is that of Pakistan leaving the building.

There are two other deluxe albums he remixed (Sgt Pepper and the White Album.)

Do tell.  Shana, I have a plane to catch!

No you don’t!  I have a death to announce which is rather sad and then we can start the quiz, OK?  The Simpsons lost one of it’s longtime producers recently.  His name was J Michael Mendel and he was on the show since the very first season.

Turns out he was also a producer on “the PJs” for 34 of the 40 or so episodes, apparently there were some episodes that were unaired, which is a shame.

Wow!  I wish someone would put them out!

You can start the quiz now.

Really???  Well, hooray!!!!

We have a fantastic quiz this month!

One of our favorite Quiz participants, Linda, is here with us today, to present a case of her own!  She will tell us about her grand daughter and how she cured her of  suicidal depression using homeopathy.  Linda, where are you?

Thanks, Elaine, for letting me take over The Quiz and present my case!  I will call it:


Janelle, my grand daughter, is normally a happy, bubbly, giggly 16-year-old but, unfortunately, like the rest of us in our family, she has symptoms of all the main miasms.

And by “miasms”, we mean inherited dispositions to get “sick” in certain ways.

She was held back a year and had to repeat kindergarten for learning problems.  At age ten, she was having problems reading, doing arithmetic and she also had a cluster of warts on her hand.  So I took her to see our local homeopath.  Palladium was prescribed and cleared up the warts but the homeopath didn’t want to prescribe anything for her learning problems, saying we should not be trying to turn Janelle into someone she isn’t…

A normal person.

…that we should simply encourage her to do the things she likes to do, namely, singing and dancing.

Right, because there are so many job openings in that field!

I disagreed for sure.  I see no reason why Janelle couldn’t use both halves of her brain.  So, being an amateur homeopath, I bought my own Repertory.

Which one?

Murphy’s; and found that Lycopodium is listed for three of Janelle’s problems: dyslexia, bad breath and yellow teeth.  I gave her the 1M but it did nothing.  The 10m improved all three symptoms…

Wow!  We forget how important finding the right potency is!  You could have easily given up at 1M!

…but she still couldn’t do arithmetic.  To this day, she’s still in Special Ed.  I don’t know if she has ever learned to read in keeping with her grade level.

At age 15, she still had such problems in math that she couldn’t tell you what half of twelve is.

Oh, wait!  I know!!!!!

That’s very good, Elaine.  And you’re, how old?


That’s what I thought.  So…  I noticed her eyes were often dilated and she had developed various obsessions.  Flying home from vacation, she said she felt claustrophobic.

Last spring, still 15 years old, Janelle was spending the night with me and we were enjoying our usual movie and popcorn.  Janelle went to use the bathroom and when she came back, she asked me, “Grandma, would you be really sad if I hung myself?”

Kids say the darndest things….  But, holy cow!!!!

Talk about a horrible shock!  I was shaken and heartbroken.  Her uncle (my younger son) had been through years of “mental illness,” so I know all about America’s failed approach to psychiatric care.  By the way, my son didn’t just recover from “incurable” mental illness, his mental health was completely restored because I dumped the conventional approach of using miserable, for-profit drugs and learned to wean him off synthetic drugs by giving him appropriate care, mainly “orthomolecular medicine.”

Which means using high-potency nutrients in place of drugs.  (Vitamins, minerals, amino acids….)

He hasn’t needed psych drugs in years and leads a good life.

Good for you, Linda; for researching and finding a way!

Speaking of Dr. Hahnemann, to use his words, it truly does “bend down the soul with grief” to see someone you love become seriously depressed, then mentally ill.  I know all about dealing with the police, ambulance trips to the ER, commitments to psych hospitals, and all the drugs they force patients to take that don’t cure anything.  I know how lawyers and all kinds of psychiatrists and other doctors get into the act, each with their hand out to be paid handsomely for their services.  To think of my lovely granddaughter being forced into that system was just terrifying to me.  I knew her depression wasn’t even going to be “just” depression, that she might act on her urges and hang herself, just as my aunt had done while she was committed to our state psychiatric hospital.  I believed that the Syphilitic miasm was rearing its ugly head yet again, trying to destroy another family member.

That’s the miasm of destruction.  Miasm being an inherited trait; in this case, beginning with an ancestor who had syphilis, and genetically passing down the characteristics of it to future generations.

When I talked to her mother, whom I’ll call “Cindy,” I found out that Janelle had been on an antidepressant for a while.

Well that’s just great!  I understand that one of the side-effects of these drugs is suicidal ideation!

Then I found out they’d had to hide the knives because Janelle had threatened to kill herself and then threatened to kill her little brother.

That’s a very good point, Linda, because there’s a thin line between suicide and homicide.  Often if a person is afflicted with one, he also has the other.  I think of Phil Hartman of “Saturday Night Live” whose wife killed him while he slept, and then she killed herself.  She was on Prozac.

The next week she was put in a psychiatric hospital and given an anti-psychotic drug.  When we visited her, it was clear she was agitated, and not living in reality.  She thought she was 106 years old and that a different relative was her father.  When her real father (my older son) visited her, she was angry and yelled at him for never “being there” for her.

Once she was released from the hospital, Janelle easily took the homeopathic remedies I gave her.  That included the 6c remedy I made from one of her anti-psychotic pills.  I followed your (Elaine’s) article online in which she explains how to make a homeopathic remedy out of a Rx drug:

In this way, I was able to slowly cut down the amount of the anti-psychotic drug Janelle was taking.

Now, months later, she says she takes only one pill a day but she doesn’t know if it’s an antidepressant or the anti-psychotic.

Well that’s just great….

I’ve given up trying to find out from Cindy because she doesn’t know either.

You’re kidding!

Janelle simply does what her mother tells her to do and Cindy simply does whatever the doctor tells her to do, no questions asked.

Doctors have a God-like hold on people.

Cindy doesn’t respond to my texts or emails having to do with Janelle’s mental health or her treatment.  I’ve tried to find out if Janelle was taking the antidepressant before she became suicidal and homicidal but Cindy says she wasn’t.  I don’t believe her.

Janelle turned 16 and during the summer she spent the night here.  My son (her father) happened to stop by.  Janelle hid in the bathroom with her cell phone and refused to come out.  She called her mother to come and pick her up and then simply left without saying a word.  She texted me, asking me to never allow my son to come and visit when she was there.  Cindy and my son have never been married, never lived together, so my son has not been in Janelle’s life every day.  My son has never hurt her.  He has tried dozens of times to call and visit with Janelle but Cindy won’t allow it.  She has been poisoning Janelle’s mind about her father since she was very young.

Linda, why does Cindy let Janelle see you?

Because I bent over backwards to be kind and helpful to her.  School has started and Janelle asked me to take her home from after-school swimming practice every day so that’s what I do.  I like having that 20-minutes to check on her mental and emotional health.

The first week of driving her to her house, though, Janelle hardly said a word.  She was edgy and seemed preoccupied with something else.  Once at her house, she would get out of the car, grab her backpack, close the car door and walk away.  No “thank you, Grandma,” no good-byes, nothing.  Just silence.  My giggly, fun granddaughter was gone, replaced by someone who was angry, irritable and practically non-verbal.

I began looking online for help for Janelle’s symptoms and found Paul Herscu’s “Cycles and Segments” approach to homeopathy.  I thought I could see Janelle in the segments of a certain remedy.  For over ten years she had been clingy and always begged me to sleep with her until she fell asleep.  She needed a night light on and the door open.  Lately, she had developed a weird laugh although it wasn’t scary or anything, just kind of loud and forced.  She felt abandoned by her father and still harbored a grudge against him for not “being there” for her.  Lately, she had become closed off, preferring to stay in the car when I went into stores on errands.  I tried to talk her into going with me but she would stubbornly refuse.

This remedy state can come on after a fright and there had been several in Janelle’s young life:  Years earlier, late one night, her mother, Cindy, claimed she (Cindy) had seen a man on the balcony of her apartment.  The police came over but didn’t find anyone.  Another time, Cindy claimed a man on the bus was stalking her.  She was so afraid of Janelle being “tooken” (kidnapped) that she (Janelle) still isn’t allowed to go anywhere by herself!  Cindy was so afraid of knives that she didn’t like even seeing them, let alone using them.  And to top it all off, Cindy’s mother (Janelle’s other grandmother) often babysat Janelle and her younger brother and everyday she would sit in the the living room with the kids, in the dark, watching scary movies, the kind I wouldn’t watch myself.  So, as I said, fear is certainly a big part of Janelle’s life.

Whoa!  Wait a minute!  It sounds like all three of these ladies need the same remedy!

I totally agree with you!

So, because of all the years of dealing with family members’ mental and physical problems, I own literally hundreds of remedies, including the one I gave, in various potencies.  So, since Janelle’s symptoms sounded like _________ to me, I gave her a dose (one pellet) of the 200c.  The very next day when I picked her up, Janelle was once again vivacious, bubbly and giggly.  We talked.  We joked.  She was engaged with me and she was engaged with life again.  We like to pretend we’re British and call each other “Dahling,” and again, Janelle was happy to “become British” and play along.  She didn’t just say good-bye and thanks for the ride, she held my face in her hands and gave me a kiss on each cheek, European-style.  Then she gave me a kiss on my nose.  I can’t put into words how happy I am to have my granddaughter back.

Good work, Linda!

I’m still trying to talk her into slowly cutting down on her one pill of whatever she’s taking so we can see what symptoms (if any) pop up.  I know her symptoms can truly be cured with homeopathy instead of just being covered up with a chemical straight-jacket.

It’s now a week later: Janelle once again became anxious and angry.  She was in the midst of a family drama and when her father texted her to ask how she was doing.  She texted him back, telling him to “F*** off.”  I figured the 200C must have worn off so the next day I took ____________ 1M with me when I went to pick her up.  But she was back to her normal fun and giggly self once again!  The family drama didn’t knock her off course after all!  She got through it.  “Dahling” and I had a fun, chatty ride to her house.

Since then, you (Elaine) have taught me that if a remedy wears off, you don’t have to go up to the next higher potency, you just give that same potency over again; no need to raise the potency unless the one you’re on stops working; so, I’m glad to know that.

Maybe with the __________ layer removed, she now has a Nitricum acidum issue or maybe some Natrum Muriaticum would help with her anger towards her father.  Or maybe she’s just showing the normal ups and downs of a regular teenager.  I don’t know.

No, it’s not normal.  Like you said, she’s been hearing nothing but negative things about her father since she was born.  She’s “absorbed” her mother’s hatred for him.

Hopefully, we’ll find the answer to her learning problems as well as her obsessions.  She still doesn’t know what half of twelve is. 

Did I mention that I know?

Her obsessions have eased up but they’re still there.

At least she is no longer on track to becoming another sad statistic in America’s failed mental health system.  So thank you, Samuel Hahnemann and bless you from the bottom of my heart; also, Paul Herscu, Elaine Lewis, and anyone else who promotes homeopathy to truly help the rest of us.

So, the name of the remedy Linda gave is….  Did you guess it?  What are the elements of the case?  I came up with 7.  Make a list, try to find rubrics for them, repertorize, and then write to me at [email protected] and let me know:  What remedy is Janelle?  The answer will be in next month’s ezine.

Bye, Linda!

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

About the author

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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