Clinical Cases

Hell Is Right Here!

thank you,

bobby
9/15/03:

hi,its bobby again,

just wanted to let you know that im taking the remedy and i feel calmer than before,less anxious,a little less hungry ,less aggressive compared to b4.the change is so subtle that i didnt realize it until now, when i sat down and started to think .

i realized that since ive started the remedy ,ive not felt the need to race on the road. for the first time someone sat with me and did not feel scared of my road skills!! i did feel the need to move fast but i was not feeling the same way.its hard to put into words but i felt relaxed on the road and did not have the need to be pushy which is totally new to me.

i feel a little scared of one thing,is it possible that i might get dependent ? i recall now that i started to feel sad today when i forgot to take it and after taking it ,i felt better after some time. thank you,

bobby

[No, it’s not addictive. A 12C is a low potency and we expect it to wear off and require frequent repetitions.]
9/16/03:

hi,its bobby again,

im really relieved to know its not addictive!! i felt a bit worried.

im feeling even better today but i also feel a little emotional and teary.ive had to pretend a couple of times that i had something in my eye becos i suddenly felt so emotional for nothing!! i dont want to turn into an emotional weakling even if i feel better. i was angry b4 and now i feel very soft.

i dont want to become soft……..i dont want to become weak.

i feel emotionally barely aggressive compared to b4 but i am worried about this change.

thank you ,

bobby.

10/3/03:

hi,its bobby again.

the medicines amazing,i feel much better than i have in a very ,very long time.i noticed that the remedy was starting to slow down again.should i start the new potency now?

so far,i feel less depressed,im more controlled.i still get angry easily but i cool down very soon unlike before when i would boil for days,now its a matter of hours only.im not eating much.the need is not like before,i eat only when i feel like it.ive lost weight and ive started to work out.

but im sweating terribly and i noticed that the bugs are even more attracted to me than ever before!!my sweat seems like a sweetish type of smell.

thanx,

bobby
10/16/03:

Bobby, please tell me:

1. how severe is the constipation now?

still there but not half as bad…

2. Are you still crying uncontrollably and having to cover it up?

sometimes…

3. Are your lips still dry?

very….

4. Are you still salivating excessively?

yes…

5. Are you still stuttering?

very rarely….

6. Are you still drinking 10 cups of coffee a day?

only half as much as before…..

7. Are you still driving aggressively?

i still cant get out of the habit of driving very fast and very roughly but no ,its not at all as aggressive….nothing like before…..

i noticed that my gums have started to rot around the edges near the teeth,kind of like white stuff….and i have started to crave fags again…i had quit smoking about 6 months back but now its back again ,i just keep hankering for a fag and finally i gave in to it.i think its cos i worry a lot about different things and i have started to feel tired again most of the time….i started the next medicine but it seems like it has stopped working for im starting to crave food again all the time .i want to take the next medicine but i am not sure which one as the last isnt working….should i just move onto the next one?i have the 30 one now to use….i noticed that when im worried if i take a few doses consecutively real soon ,i feel better…

10/17/03:

hi,its bobby again,

the sweating is really bad,its absolutely terrible,just drips esp when im even a bit stressed or anxious.then even the anac doesnt help.is there anything i can take to stop the sweating?and the bugs also keep chewing me….

thanx,

bobby

10/17/03:

im taking Anacardium 30 c now,how often can i take it?is there a limit?

thanx,bobby

Bobby, stop the Anacardium. I want to try Mercurius 30C as an intercurrent remedy to try to stop the gum disease and other Mercury symptoms that you have, including sweating, salivating and dryness of the lips.

10/24/03:

hi,its bobby again,

i have got an old ,old fungal infection that has come out on the soles of my feet.it itches terribly.

shall i take the remedy even then?

Hi Bobby,

This is a very good sign that an old symptom has popped back out! We look for this in homeopathic treatment and are always glad to see it. Let me just clarify that the reason we are glad to see an old symptom like a rash reappear is because, especially in Anacardium, suppression of eruptions is often the cause of this state, the Anacardium state.

When the rash comes back to the surface, it is evidence that the immune system, now strengthened, has thrown this disturbance out of the deeper, vital organs and back to the skin where it can do no harm other than be an annoyance. Usually this “Return Of Old Symptoms” lingers for a few days and then disappears.

It’s Mercurius. The whole case now seems to be Mercurius. Can’t you go to the health food store and get some right away rather than waiting for it to arrive in the mail? You really need to start Mercurius right away. Please stay in touch so we can find out what happens with the 4 mercury symptoms that you have now:

fungal rash on feet

gingivitis

excessive salivation

excessive perspiration

If for some reason Mercurius aggravates the problem, stop the remedy and let me know. Otherwise, take it in water with 5 succussions before each dose 3 times a day and let me know how you’re doing in a few days.

10/26/03:

hi,its bobby again,

the fungal rash has suddenly gone away all by itself.should i take mercury still?

10/27/03:

I thought there was the possibility that this would happen, though not quite so dramatically! Please answer the questions below:

1. Do you still have a desire to smash things?

sometimes i still do.but its very rare now.

2. Are you still stammering?

no,i sometimes have difficulty getting words out but i dont stammer.

3. Do you still have road rage?

no 🙂

4. Are you still friendless?

yes

5. Do you still have chronic fatigue?

i am now having problems sleeping,but surprisingly i dont feel that tired even ,esp compared to before.

5. Are you still gritting your teeth and glaring?

i dont grit my teeth but i still glare at times.

6. Are you still consumed with hatred?

its still there but its not as painful.

7. Are you still very hot?

very

8. Are you still messy?

yes 🙂

9. Are you still lonely?

extremely.

10. Are you still praying?

always.

11. Still have desire for ice cream and ice cold water?

no,dont feel thirsty at all,have to remind myself to drink water.

12. Still waking tired?

yes,constantly.

13. Still speaking rapidly?

yes,but making a conscious effort to curb it.:)

10/28/03:

hi,its bobby again,

just wanted to say that i got the mercury and have started it.the saliva seems less,but my skin is very dry and peeling on my hands and feet (before the mercury even) ,i have also been getting angry ,red acne type boils which have watery pus ,this at once improved after the first dose of mercury 🙂

also,my lips are very dry and i find myself constantly licking my lips to moisten them.my mouth is very full of saliva still,its funny. i dont feel thirsty at all,not even the slightest bit.i actually have to force myself to drink water for my healths sake.

thank you,

bobby

Bobby, I think you’re “proving” Mercury so I need you to antidote it.  Please see my article “The Aggravation Zapper” (on my website) and follow the instructions.

11/11/03:

hi,its bobby again,

i took the mercury antidote just as you said to and i started to feel better right away:),im still having the dry skin problem though plus the old symptoms.i have started to take the anacardium again as i noticed i was starting to feel angry again at even small things.that became better at once after i took it.maybe,i shouldnt take anything else.ive never seen any miracle before happening in my life and i dont want to lose it now…..

thank you,

bobby

11/21/03:

hi,its bobby again,

im taking anacardium only now as i didnt know what else to do.i have again got the fungal infection,it comes and goes by itself.my energy level is definitely improving daily 🙂 i havent felt so energetic in a long time.

a few new symptoms have risen.i feel very angry at times ,although it is never overwhelming,yet it keeps smouldering within and i have to keep it under check at all times. it is a different kind of anger than before [my emphasis].it is more emotional and bitter,resentment and fury at the past.i sometimes feel very,very sad and at other times,mostly,i feel very angry,i feel hatred and resentment at the people who did what they did to me.i know it is of no use yet i cannot stop it.i also feel very restless,i dont sleep much even if i am tired for when i go to bed,i keep recalling unpleasant stuff so i avoid going to bed as much as possible.

i do not have road rage anymore though, and i find it easier than before to deal with strangers.im trying very hard to overcome my lack of confidence.but i find my anger targeting the past now [new presentation].also i find myself avoiding anything that reminds me of the past as it is very difficult at this moment to handle it.

thank you,bobby.

Bobby, switch to Nitric Acid, which is covered in the Repertory by the following rubrics:

Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences

Hatred of persons who had offended him

Plus, it is similar to Mercury–gum disease and sweating!

12/14/03:

hi,its bobby again,

sorry i have not posted for a while.i started taking nit ac some time back for anger at past injustices.it made a big improvement to me mentally…i went back to anacardium (200C) and now i have noticed that some old symptoms briefly flare up then die down e.g. my fungal infection but it never stays for long.it is always on my feet and always the same type. [I told Bobby to stop taking Anacardium if it’s working and only repeat if he detects a relapse. A 200C potency generally lasts a number of weeks without need of repetition; but, every person is different, so, the operant phrase here is: as needed!]

i have not had road rage now for a very long time.i find it hard to believe that i actually do not have the desire to confront everyone around me.others now find it hard to adjust to my driving but in a very different way 🙂

i still have problems sleeping sometimes but not very often.only if i am very stressed or anxious if i have something really important the next day.

i am more relaxed now and have tried to meet people more although i have not been able to find a girl yet to go steady with.but i am more confidant now about myself and feel less anxious around people.

thank you,bobby

Bobby,

Are you still dwelling on past injustices against you? How is the gum disease and sweating?

12/23/03:

i am not dwelling consciously any more on the past. the gum disease and sweating have gone 🙂

i have taken an online homeopathy course …………..homeopathy has been the biggest miracle in my life 🙂

hell looks better every day…….

thank you ,bobby

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One of the last things Bobby did before leaving the discussion board for good was change his signature line to:

“the lord works in mysterious ways”


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

Elaine takes online cases. Visit her website at: elaineLewis.hpathy.com

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Elaine Lewis

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]
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16 Comments

  • I just wanna know the reason why you choose 12 c that also in repeated dose & why not 200/1m in single dose as 1st: it is more dynamic in nature & 2nd: the boy have a great vitality & young to go with a higher potency pretty well, which acts more deeper, more longer & are more curatively ?
    Means I just want to know the philosophy ?
    was it given on a trail basis ?

    No doubt, it is very b’fully done ! 🙂

  • Hi Drofart. I know and understand why people believe that giving the high potency is going to work soooooooo much better in every case! But, in fact, look at what has happened here, with no aggravation: Within days of taking the 12C potency daily in water with succussions before each dose, in maybe two or three days, he is already feeling significantly better! Now, you give a 200C and … what happens? Either an aggravation or generally nothing! You have to wait and wait. You tell your patient to come back in a month, why? Because there’s reason to believe it might take that long for the 200C to show some effect! This is very frustrating for the patient, all this waiting; and then what happens? He gets better but doesn’t correlate it with the remedy, which was taken so long ago. So he says, “I just got better by myself.” Now, when the potency wears off and needs repeating, he won’t come back to you! Also, in this case, he needed two intercurrent remedies, one of them stopped the awful sweating and gum disease. How can you give an intercurrent if you’re being held hostage by a high potency? “I’d like to give you nitric acid, but, it could interfere with our constitutional; so, I can’t do it.” I didn’t have that problem, I just stopped Anac., gave nitric acid, then went back to the anacardium. Now here’s another problem. You give a 200C, a week goes by, nothing’s happened. The patient has mint or coffee. What has happened? Was the remedy “antidoted”, sight unseen? Should it be repeated? There’s no way to know! With daily dosing, you always know what’s going on! If your last dose was antidoted, well, you’re going to take it again anyway! What is the 200C potency for, really? Acutes! That’s where it really shines! You can see a symptom or complaint go away, Wham! Just like that! In minutes, or even seconds! You burn yourself, you take your burn remedy 200C, seconds later, the pain is gone! Thanks for writing in and reading the case!

  • Hello mam,

    “Now, you give a 200C and … what happens? Either an aggravation or generally nothing! You have to wait and wait.”

    I don’t know what makes you think like this but it is not the correct story not atall.
    & if you find that a remedy, that is the most similimum to person in disease , don’t you think a single dose can do the work with placebo & with out unnecessary repetition ?

  • “What is the 200C potency for, really? Acutes!”

    Again i am unable to know what makes you think like that Your statement contraindicates thousands of indian homoeopaths who uses 200 potency exclusively for initiation of deep seated chronic disease treatment including me .

    By the way thank you for explaining .

  • Dear Drofart, you should read the Organon. Hahnemann says it is brash beginners who make the mistake of not starting chronic cases with the lowest dilutions and therefore never know the true gentle healing that homeopathy can do. I’m paraphrasing here. I should find the exact quote which I will as soon as I get some time. I’m busy with a case right now. How can you look at this case, which heals so perfectly right from the beginning with no aggravation and say it was done wrong? And again, when you give one-dose-high, you are held hostage by that potency, you can’t interrupt it, you can’t prescribe any other remedy for fear of antidoting it, even if the remedy hasn’t started to work yet, but the patient suffers an illness or injury; what can you do? Are you obligated to defer to an, as yet, non-working remedy so you don’t antidote it, or do you go ahead and give the Arnica or the Arsenicum and hope that it doesn’t undo the action of a 200C that hasn’t yet “kicked in”? And how long do you wait to verify the status of this “non-working” remedy? How much of the patient’s time do you waste? But, if your patient were on 12C daily, and he received an injury or a case of diarrhea from bad water, you could jump right in with Arnica or Arsenicum, neutralize that pain or illness, and when cured, go right back on the 12C constitutional and not miss a beat, not leave the patient suffering and in pain, and not waste any of his time. When the 12C wears off, which it surely will do, you can buy the 15C, put one or two pellets in a bottle of water, succuss 5 times before each dose/sip, and you’re back in business. You see how Bobby eventually wound up at Anac. 200C? But he got there, not abruptly with an aggravation, but one step at a time.

    • Ya, thats why i asked at my first post that is it given in a trail basis.& i have seen cases cured with 200 potency repeated daily thrice in dry doses daily 6 globules, how you categories or explain them, What is possibilities behind them? & when you get the quote from hahnemann about high potency along with what is a high potency, plz do post it in forum. So we could make a thorough discussion about where , how & what potency should be chosen along with what to do when illness takes place during treatment & what are the prime mistakes of a homoeopaths & more about flexibility of medicine administration according to the case .

  • 200C, dry dose, three times a day is very unHahnemannian. I’ve written an article called “Why Do We Have To Put the Remedy in Water?” maybe you can do a search for that above. Actually, you can go to this article:
    https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/frequently-asked-questions-ii/

    I believe Aphorism 247 of The Organon goes into that. The truth is, Drofart, people are not prescribing as per the Organon, yet they call themselves “classical homeopaths” for some reason. “Don’t cause aggravations!” Hahnemann said, over and over again. Especially see Aphorisms 275 and 276. Again, I am working on a case and I will try to get back again later.

    • I believe the whole organon 5th & 6th. But before entering to a territory i always read the caution & advice on the gate .

      Aphorism no 245 is the gate i thought .

      About others i ll wait till you get free .

  • Sorry to be so long in answering:

    Aphorism 129: Since you can’t know who’s sensitive to remedies and who’s not, start with a small dose of medicine for everybody and increase it from day to day where appropriate and necessary.

    Aphorism 161: No one should allow an aggravation in chronic disease.

    Aphorism 246, footnote a: Administer the medicine starting with the lowest degrees.

    Aphorism 249, footnote b: You’d never need to antidote a remedy if you would only start with the smallest possible dose.

    Aphorism 253, footnote a: The signs of improvement on the mental and emotional plane can only be realized if the dose is small enough. A large dose acts too violently and initially disturbs the mind and emotions.

    Aphorism 276: If the potency is too high, especially if it’s the right remedy, the more harm it can do.

    Aphorism 282: If your remedy caused an aggravation, you gave too large a dose.

  • Elaine, I’m so glad you were able to help Bobby. What he went through as a child is sickening. I hope he’s continuing to be well and happy.
    It’s interesting how you brought about such huge changes with relatively low potencies. Not being a professional homeopath, just someone who reads about it a lot and tries to use it, I thought the low potencies were for physical problems while the high ones, like the 1M, 10M and higher, were for mental and emotional issues. Good to know the low potencies can work such miracles.
    Thanks for posting this case.

  • Hi, Linda. It should be obvious that that’s a myth (high potencies are for mental problems, low potencies are for physical problems). When people refuse to read the Organon, myths abound. If I had to make a rule at all, I would say, Low potencies repeated daily are for chronic cases. High potencies are for sudden acutes like fevers and injuries. Even having said that, you would find exceptions. But what you should always aim to do is prevent provings and aggravations from occurring as they are very distressing to the patient.

    • Hi Elaine,

      Why would it be obvious that these high potencies are a myth? Are you saying The Organon is still correct and that new ways of practicing homeopathy are incorrect, even if these new ways are used by pretty well-known, possibly world-renowned homeopaths?

      Yes, I definitely need to read The Organon again. It’s right here on my bookshelf.

      I simply do not understand why the 2 professional homeopaths with whom I have recently consulted, use the 1M and 10M and higher potencies and why they have written books about these high potencies.

      Secondly, I see that Luc De Schepper’s book, Hahnemann Revisited, costs $55 and up. arghh – I’ll buy it when I can.
      Thank you, Elaine!!!

      • High potencies aren’t a myth, per se; it’s a myth that you can’t treat mental illness with low potencies. This case proves that you can. They may be world-renowned homeopaths, but they haven’t read the Organon, obviously. Other world-renowned homeopaths disagree with them, like Luc De Schepper, David Little and Robin Murphy.

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