Clinical Cases

Controlling Explosive Bowels: A Case of Radium Sulphuricum

Homeopath David Johnson presents a case of Radium Sulphuricum.

Client: ‘it’s better if you ask me questions so I understand what you want and then I can answer correctly.’

(He’s asking for a framework in which to describe his problems.)

Practitioner: What would you like help with?

I’m having anxiety attacks related to bowel movements. They control my life. It overtakes me; I’ll need to leave a meeting. I’ll take side streets to work, so if I need to I’ll be able to stop and use a bathroom.

There’s a feeling ‘Oh oh, I have to go’ (have b.m.) That could happen again in the 8-10 minutes it takes to drive to work.

I love to walk, but I take a bike instead (so can get to bathroom more quickly). I don’t have the freedom to go for a walk. I dread being on airplanes; I don’t want to use the bathroom on the plane.

I go into panic mode if I’m invited to friends’ home for food. It controls my daily life.

I don’t like to be confined. I always take the aisle seat in a plane or theater. I don’t like the corner table in a restaurant. I don’t like chaos, commotion in a restaurant.

I’d like to be free of it; have some normalcy. It’s embarrassing; it’s like ‘are you kidding me?—a grown man worried about going to the bathroom? What’s his problem?’

(tendency to feeling embarrassment and self-critical in a censorious manner)

I try to fight the gurgling (intestinal). Inside, the muscles around my abdomen are all tight. What happens is a pressure inside me; it builds up to the point that it has to come out; I have to release it. It feels explosive. After that, I’m just exhausted; I’ll have the “hungries”.

I don’t want to show weakness to others. It would feel like a catastrophe, an embarrassment.

Practitioner: New challenges?

I like to be prepared and well-versed. I don’t like to go in without knowledge. ‘What will it take to achieve this goal?’ I don’t go in cold turkey.

Practitioner: Your work?

I love my work—I’m dreading my last day. I’m an instructional chairperson at a college. It’s a major responsibility. What I do affects a hundred people every semester. You have to admire these people who build large organizations on a dream.

(He implies that he wouldn’t be able to do build a large organization from a dream of his own, but admires those who do.)

Practitioner: Any problems at work?

I’ll feel rushed to present my ideas. I’ll be interrupted—lose my train of thought—it’s a major frustration.

(There’s a pressure to express the ideas quickly; then he’ll feel frustrated after being interrupted. He’s lost control over maintaining his train of thought.)

Practitioner: Fears? Dark, ghosts, elevators, bridges?

No, nothing apart from what we’ve talked about.

Practitioner: Run warm, cold, somewhere in the middle?

I run warm, put my feet out from under the covers.

Practitioner: Appreciation

I like to be acknowledged, appreciated.




The client had problems for decades after he’d been working as a first responder and during an emergency lost bowel control. Apparently he was teased for years after the incident.

In the history, he relates the following:

Controlling, pressure, release, explosive = theme of strongly holding things together vs. falling apart = radioactive

Embarrassment of catastrophic proportions = second column

Gastrointestinal problems, runs warm, desires appreciation = sulphur

PLAN: Radium sulphuricum 200C, two doses separated by 12 hours


Follow-up 6 weeks later:

I had only one attack last Monday. It was a crazy, hectic, rotten day at work. I can’t believe the improvement. When the concern comes over me, I just say to myself ‘knock it off’. I made something out of nothing.

I feel relaxed, in control. If something does happen, ‘such is life’. I’m feeling a lot better. When I think ‘what if’ I direct my thoughts somewhere else.

There’s no gurgling, rumbling after I eat food. I don’t feel the gnawing sensation in my abdominal cavity.

For the past 5-6 weeks, I’m a different person. I made too much of nothing.

Within 2 days of taking the remedy, ‘Oh my God, I don’t have that gurgling and rumbling.

I’m not afraid to eat out anymore. I’m looking forward to it. I’m not thinking about it as often. When I do, I just say to myself, ‘knock it off’.

I’m enjoying life more. I’m not concerned about taking a hike, going out to eat. At meetings, things roll off of me. I’m realizing I can’t please everyone. I have a responsibility; I do my best.

I’m walking away from too much news; ‘I can’t change the world.’ I was at 3-4 on the contentment scale 6 weeks ago; now I’m 9-10. I wonder why I waited for the past 40 years.

The client repeated the remedy 2 months after the initial consultation, and has not needed any further doses.

About the author

David A. Johnson

David Johnson, CCH, RSHom(NA) is a homeopath residing in the southern Wisconsin area of the US. He is the author of “Radiance, Resonance and Healing: The Homeopathic Periodic Table” (Emryss Publishing) which is based on his 20 years of experience of matching the theoretical schema of Series and Stages with the words of clients. His email is [email protected]

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