Excerpted from Jeremy Sherr’s book: Neon – The Noble Gases
Case 12.1 Acute influenza
Camilla Sherr, Tanzania.
Female, age 43.
‘I feel terrible. Bad flu, sinuses, tired and irritable. I have had these symptoms for two weeks and they are not improving.
Bright yellow mucus, glowing, reminds me of the fluorescent yellow marker pen. Holding head when blowing nose, < jar.
Headache right temple and right forehead, sharp.
Crackling in ear when blowing nose.
Irritable. Feel put upon, family was over at Christmas, it’s like I have a mark on my forehead saying ‘please come and walk all over me, I feel used and abused and I’m a fool to let people do it’.
Tired, worse on waking in the morning.
Blowing my nose, sinuses and head full of catarrh, feels like I could blow and blow but still not unblock my nose. There’s a lot of mucus and it’s coming out but I can’t blow enough for it to finish.
I want to tell the truth because it’s Christmas, I have to talk plainly with people, I’m always letting things go, it’s better to be straight, especially with family members.’
Rx: Neon 200C single dose
Follow-up after three days
‘Immediately after the remedy I had to pass stool, I became aware that I was thirsty, became tired, and had the urge to evacuate all evening.
Next day I could feel and think better, could get out of bed, could go to work. Headache was gone. I re-dosed in the afternoon, Felt much better and was good in a meeting. Feeling of being used and abused gone.
Totally better in three days.’
The main indication for Neon in this case was the fluorescent nasal discharge that also appears in the proving. This was my own proving symptom, the only significant one I had and I was proud of it. I still remember waking up in the middle of the night, blowing my nose and seeing the glowing discharge. I was astounded and tried to show my wife, who was not amused. I was later even more surprised to find that my supervisor had recorded the symptom as: ‘Delusion he has glowing mucus’. I feel redeemed by this case.
Other pointers were the dissatisfaction, the feeling of being abused, the irritability and the need to speak the plain truth, which are common to the noble gases. The need to talk ‘straight’ fits the Neon verb. The comment about a mark on the forehead is interesting given the location of the headache and Neon’s relationship to the brow chakra.
Case 12.2 Water works
Camilla Sherr, Tanzania
Female, age 44
Observation: A very childish woman.
She says repeatedly: ‘It is my water works, it’s all about my water works’ (meaning urinary system). She has had these problems for many years, allopathy has not helped.
She has oedema – watery swellings in her whole body, legs, arms, fingers and ankles.
Her urination is scanty.
She is like a little girl in her marriage; she speaks about her husband and marriage in a childish way, like a little girl. Very naïve.
She is anti-social and not interested in company. She has no contact with her husband and feels separate in the relationship.
It is difficult to get much information out of her. She keeps repeating in a childish voice: ‘It’s just my water works you know’. ‘I feel like I’m dissolving’.
Rx: Neon 200C
Follow-up two months later
All swelling and urinary problems are much better.
Marriage much better, the connection with her husband is much improved. She is much more social. Appears more grown up.
Improvement continued for a year on the one dose, not seen since.
This case is quite straight-forward. The patient’s naïve personality is two dimensional, She repeats the same naive idiom in a very childish way. The emphasis on ‘water’ in the way she describes her urinary problems, plus her sense of disconnection and aversion to company, are all indications of Neon. Her sensation of dissolving, which is the exact language of the proving, clinches the choice of remedy.
Case 12.3 Moonstone
Jeremy Sherr, Tanzania
Female, age 51.
Observation: her voice is hoarse and indistinct.
She is a retired teacher, but found her work very stressful. She has had homoeopathy in the past. Phosphorus helped initially, the best six months of her life, ‘I was moon walking’, but then she went to higher potencies and it aggravated. Since then she has been oversensitive to remedies. She has had a lot more Phosphorus, but it didn’t help.
She also had Sepia, Pulsatilla and Ferrum phosphoricum.
Observation: speech is unclear.
‘Everything affects my eyes. Sensitive to strip lights and neon lights, which aggravate.
High blood pressure, 190/120, always had it. I think I had a minor stroke. My voice is very slurred.
Too much saliva and sinuses are congested.
I was adopted. My real mother killed herself. [Observation: She is crying. She continues to cry through most of the interview.] Adopted at very early age, don’t know my father. This is heavy. I was raised in a violent family. [Crying.] My adoptive mother married a vicious, alcohol-dependent man. I protected her from age 11. He was vicious and raging. [She is crying all the time.] I wanted to protect my adoptive mother. I was sad and angry. I stood up to him always, I wasn’t scared. Rage and sadness because of what he was doing to my mother. He tried to get into bed with me.
Very hoarse throat. I can’t articulate words properly, people can’t understand me. Sad about my voice, I had a good strong voice before.
Very strong carotid pulse.
Saliva, profuse morning.
I am an oversensitive person, very reactive. I worry myself into a state, put a hex on myself. Much better if reassured. I put others before myself.
Many illnesses throughout my life.
I don’t need to be needed, don’t need to look after a lot of people. My marriage broke apart, I felt devastated, abandoned, like at the beginning of my life. But I enjoy life, friends and have a good time [she says while crying].
Before Phosphorus I used to struggle with depression in the morning, I had morning low fever > Phosphorus.
I have many pedunculated and cauliflower warts.
I am vegan, love animals. I don’t smoke or drink, I do yoga.
I lost my voice after many friends had cancer, it took a lot out of me.
Suicidal after marriage broke up. I attempted suicide at 31, was saved. I feel despair, abandoned. I’m not depressed [repeats many times]. Usually I am very positive.
Cared for parents for 20 years. My adoptive mother said, “You have bad blood, no one wanted you”. As a child I didn’t love her, but had to protect her. [She continues to cry all the time.] My greatest sadness was when my real mother killed herself. I was 12 at the time but didn’t find out till I was 13. [Crying.] I stood up to my stepfather. I was courageous, he was vicious. Stood up to him, knocked him out. Mother closed down, I went into overdrive.
Fear of dark and thunderstorms in past but now that is better. I used to see ghosts. Sensitive to atmosphere, ghosts, dark.
Menorrhagia during menopause.
Aversion to heat and cold, extremes.
Dreams of angels, I love angels. I like images of angel wings protecting me and enfolding me. I love stained glass and light reflected on water. I have dreams of moonstones. I love the stars. I am an airy Gemini. I like to look at the moon, it’s calming. I like glitter and luminosity.
I used to have a lot of self-loathing but I now love myself. I avoid relationships for fear of being abandoned, but I am brave enough to travel alone, do things alone.’
Rx: Neon 30C single dose.
Follow-up 6 weeks later
‘Much better. I feel much calmer. I can’t feel my blood rushing around like before. Much calmer and stronger. No anxiety at all. I am much, much happier. Taking things in my stride again.
Within 4 four hours of taking the remedy, my jaw was looser and I could talk better. Articulation has improved a lot. My voice is more consistent.
Much more energy and motivation. I had no aggravation on the remedy. My eyes did not look exhausted as they have after other remedies in the past.
My boundaries feel better.
Dream: I was consoling the devil in his loneliness. He was disguised as an old woman. I was not afraid of him. He was a fallen angel. I love angels.
I am so happy!’
Rx: Neon 30C in two weeks time.
Follow-up 2 months later
‘Feeling very well, lighter, more fluid in my body.
My voice is much stronger and clearer. Breathing is much better. The saliva is much less. Sinuses are much better.
I feel very positive, energy is fine, I am coping with life very well. I am less haunted by the past and family.
Pulse has slowed down. Blood pressure lower. Much calmer. No crying, no sadness, just positive. I had a very positive dream about work, I was getting very good feedback at work. I heard someone calling my name in my dreams. Very good dreams.’
Rx: Neon 30C when needed. (In case of relapse)
Follow up three months later
She repeated Neon once.
‘Doing very well, Neon has really helped me. Much calmer, more productive. I am working on my house. No anxiety, feeling lighter and brighter, managing life better and feeling positive.
My blood pressure remains high, but it has been like that all my life and I don’t expect it to change. However, I take no medication and feel OK. No more headaches and no more dizziness.
Voice is becoming more articulate, people understand me better.
I exercise more, put myself first more often, feel strong and not weepy.
Dreamt of a serene, inspiring Japanese woman, felt drawn to her. Can’t get a song out of my head ‘The Greatest Love’ by Barbra Streisand. I am opening up to the possibility of needing someone! I feel much stronger, Neon has done me a lot of good, I’m coping so well, no more despair, so happy that I want to dance.’
Rx: Neon 30C when needed.
My assessment is that this lady was in a state of severe depression. I chose Neon because of the aggravation from neon lights, the attraction to the moon, stars and angels, light and luminosity, as well as the strong contradiction between happiness and optimism on the one hand, and deep despair on the other. Her general demeanour was childish and naïve.
Neon –The Noble Gases –by Jeremy Sherr
Thank you for illustrating Neon with these 3 cases. I was wondering if your experience would allow you to formulate a genius or essence for the remedy. I get a sense that it is a remedy for a deeply depressed person who is not aware of the fact. There is a relationship to light and sensations in the eyes, as well as glowing discharges (but is is only mucus or can it be urine or feces also?). Your cases give a vague sense of the remedy, but still too unsubstantial to prescribe for me.
YOUR ARTICLE IS AMAZING. IT IMPRESSED ME A LOT AS IT INFORMS ME THAT HOMEOPATHIC NEON IS A REMEDY FOR MANY CONDITIONS. I WANTED TO KNOW ITS PROVING SYMPTOMS ON MIND AND BODY BUT I COULD NOT FIND THOSE. I SHALL BE GRATEFUL TO YOU IF YOU GIVE THE ENTIRE PICTURE GATHERED IN ITS PROVING.