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Revisiting: Ailments from an Extremely Loud Noise

Here is last month’s quiz along with the answer!

Mom, don’t look now, but, it’s time for the quiz!


I’m excited about another month of making important announcements, which Maria, at least, seems to like.

Oh great, so now we’re writing for Maria!

Before we move on, I thought it would be a good time to share this song, to get people in a “September” mood.

Oh wait, let me guess, I know this one…. “Do you remember, the 21st night of September….”

No, no Mom, it’s not “September” by Earth Wind & Fire!  It’s “September Grass” by James Taylor! 

Oh for the love of God!


Are you trying to put everyone to sleep?  Who needs Valium when you’ve got James Taylor?

…and speaking of James Taylor …


He’s still touring.

No one cares, Shana!

And I keep waiting for his Facebook page to say that he’s coming back to Philadelphia.


Remember when I said I would clean?

Yes, when is that going to start?

I’m still going to do it.  I’ll take the trash out, and so on.

What about mowing the lawn?  The lawn needs mowing.  And by the way, could you also do the dishes and vacuum the carpet?

I know we already saw James Taylor….

Twice!!!!  Moving right along….

Anyway I think you’ll like my next announcement.

I hope so!

We saw the James Brown movie, “Get On Up”, last month which means I get to talk about Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.

What????  No! No! You do not get to talk about Mick Jagger–again!  I get to talk about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown!

But Mick Jagger produced it!  I thought you were going to be nice to Mick Jagger since he produced the film.

But why do we have to talk about him????  What is it that you want to say about Mick Jagger?

I just want to praise him.

Oh for heaven’s sake!  You’ve got 10 seconds.

I thought “Get On Up” was good, and I wish we could somehow thank Mick Jagger for producing it.  I thought Chadwick Boseman was great as James Brown.  Remember how when we saw “Ray” you said that Jamie Foxx’s portrayal of Ray Charles was extremely realistic?  I thought Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of James Brown was just as good too.

Extremely!  He did the impossible, he portrayed a man who was larger than life.  Do you see this picture?

I don’t know if this is James Brown or Chadwick Boseman!  But I assume it’s Chadwick Boseman because it’s in color.

I can’t tell either!  In an interview, Mick Jagger said he thought about the movie “Ray” when he decided to produce the James Brown film.  Remember you said you could see James Brown in Mick Jagger’s on-stage movements?  I read that Mick Jagger admitted he copied James Brown.

I told you!  Didn’t I tell you?

I know you did, Mom!  You practically pushed me off my seat in the movie theater!!!!  Everyone was saying to Mick, “Oh, you’ll never find anyone good enough to play James Brown.” but I think he proved them wrong.

He did indeed!  Can we stop talking about Mick Jagger now?

Chadwick put in extra hours with the choreographer to get everything right, sought help from James Brown’s surviving family members for the part.  On a “Today Show” interview, they said Boseman learned all the choreography in two days!

I can’t believe that!

Also there’s going to be a documentary about James Brown that Mick Jagger produced on HBO in October.

Oh good, put it on the calendar!  Can we stop talking about Mick Jagger now?

OK, but no more complaining when the Rolling Stones come on the radio!

I reserve the right to complain whenever I hear “Paint It Black” or “Hey You Get Off Of My Cloud”!  And I’m not that fond of “Satisfaction” either, I must tell you.

OK, you have a point there.  Can we start the quiz now?

Not before we watch the Godfather of Soul on the Ed Sullivan Show from 1966; you’ll see why they say, “There is no other like this Soul Brother!”


And now…I don’t quite know how to follow that, except to say….once again…. Heeeeeere’s Claire!

Hey Elaine.  I understand I have to follow James Brown.  Ahem.  Probably not the smartest idea you’ve ever had!  (That was a great video, by the way, and I just want to say to anyone who didn’t watch it… Why didn’t you watch it!?)  

Anyway, here’s the case of my daughter, Mira.  My husband, after cleaning out the gutters, found some fireworks in the garage and brought them out to the girls.  He found two items that just “popped” with colored strings flying out of them, and then there were those little white caps that you throw on the ground and they make popping noises.  But then there was something else he found, just a noise-maker of sorts, but — Oh.  My.  Gosh.  It sounded like he shot a gun right there!  I don’t think he realized it would be that loud!  The kids were startled, but Mira was TERRIFIED.  She freaked, she grabbed me, she was shaky and crying.  I grabbed ___________30C from my pocket.

Within 15 seconds of a pellet in her mouth, she was totally calm!  Whew!

Another great story to add to the archives!

Thanks!  I don’t think I can add much to it though, seems sort of brief — a very tidy and fast acute!  Left as quickly as it came on!  It was interesting to me that she was the only one of the four girls to respond that way; it was an extremely loud noise.

Claire, what do you think would have happened without _______________?

She would have recovered eventually of course, but it would have taken a *lot* longer in my arms and lots more crying and acting skittish, based on her personality.  As it was, before the pellet had even dissolved, she was back outside on the front porch with me, and she was accepting little “pop-its” from her dad’s hand and throwing them onto the cement sidewalk in front of us, watching them pop.  On the 4th of July, she was scared of even those little things and refused to hold them in her hand or throw them like the other girls!

There is also always the possibility that loud noises would have then routinely startled her because of this experience!  I think that is where healing the acute minimizes the possibility of something becoming chronic.

Very wise words!  And now everybody, if you know what the remedy is….

Mom, wait, this just in!  Joan Rivers died!


She died of complications from an endoscopy.

Good lord!  How do you die from an endoscopy?  Well, another medical mistake….

I remember her from an episode of “The Simpsons”, asking Ned Flanders to be in the audience for her infomercial.  Then when Homer drives away, nearly running her over, she yells out,

“Help, my daughter’s not talented!”

Ha-ha!  Joan Rivers always cracked me up!  But wow!  Look who we’ve lost at practically the same time–the funniest man in America, Robin Williams, and now the funniest woman in America, Joan Rivers!  What was the likelihood of that happening?  Really shocking on both counts!

Do you remember that Joan Rivers was in “The Muppets Take Manhattan”?

I remember that!

Of course when I saw the movie as a kid I had no idea that was her.  However the scene where she and Miss Piggy are putting make up on each other in the department store is hilarious.

And Mom, don’t forget this month’s “Funny Thing” from my childhood.

What’s the funny thing going to be this time?

It’s this one from 1998:

“No, I’m sorry, I’m not having breakfast; it’s spoils my appetite for dinner.”

Ha-ha!  OK, now remember everybody, if you know the answer to this month’s quiz, write to me at [email protected], the answer will be in the October ezine.  See you again next time…





Kali carb.-2

Phosphorus -2





Well, let’s see how everybody did this time!  It looks like we got a lot of right answers.  Does anybody want to take the first swing?

Hi Elaine,

The answer for the quiz “Ailments from an extremely loud noise” is Aconite as it is sudden fright and it is taken under the rubric “Ailments from fright”.




You are absolutely right, Sujatha!


Hi Elaine and Shana!

Hello Maria!

And now for the quiz.  I am having difficulty to decide, I am among 2 remedies.

Aconite and Phosphorus.

What troubles me is that Phos is a 3 under “Fear from noise” and Aconite is a 1.

Fear with crying is only Phos present in 1 grade.

Ailments from fright, Phos is a 3 and Acon is 4.

Startled from fright, Phos is a 4 and Acon is a 3.
I will vote for Aconite, if I am wrong I will try again.

You are correct!  It was Aconite!  Ailments from fright.  It’s more likely “ailments from fright” than “fear of noise” or “startled by noise”; and then there’s the “sudden onset” thing Aconite is so famous for.  The “fear with crying”, crying is normal for kids, so, we don’t pay much attention to that.

PS: we should do a quiz for the Muppet’s Show 🙂

Uh-oh!  I hope Shana didn’t hear that!

Too late!—Shana


I also read your article  “Myths About Modern Medicine”, you nailed it!

Thanks, Maria!


Do we have a caller there?  You’re on the air with the Hpathy Quiz.

Hi Elaine,

Hi Wayne from Australia!

Looked up Mind: Fear: noise from – the rubric in heavy type is PHOS.
Consulting Murphy’s Materia Medica, we see great tendency to be startled by noises.  This would be similar to anxiety during a thunderstorm.
Also we find, Oversensitive to external impressions, noise odors and lights, – fireworks.
There are: however, several other remedies in the rubric.
I tried to find a rubric under terror, looked up Mind: Noise: aversion to, also Mind : Crying: noise, but nothing as strong as Phosphorus.
My vote is for Phosphorus.

Maria was strongly considering Phosphorus too; but, it’s really much simpler than that, it’s merely, “Ailments from Fright, Acute”—Aconite.   Of course, Phosphorus is in that rubric too; but, not in bold as Aconite is.

Enjoyed James Brown!

Oh my gosh!  It looks like I’ve got another soul brother! 🙂  Thanks for voting, Wayne!


Hey, everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!


First and foremost, Shana’s funny things were very entertaining ……

Really????  In that case, I should probably read them!

Okay coming over to the quiz, Mira was terrified with the sudden noise from a noise-maker…..a “gunshot”….

Startled by different sounds..reminds me of Borax (Sudden noises, gun shots), Phosphorus (Thunder Storm) and Rhododendron (general storms )

I would go for BORAX, if its not BORAX…I would give another try , please let me know.

Well, Vamsi, it’s really much simpler than that.  It’s just “Ailments from fright”—Aconite.




Thanks, Vamsi.  Oh look, it’s Miroslav and Jitka!

Dear Elaine and Shana,

here are our answers to the September quiz:

Miroslav writes:

As for the quiz, I’d probably give her Aconitum. The reaction was as if the little girl feared for her life, shock … And indeed as fast she responded to the remedy within 15 seconds, it is quite fantastic….Jitka says: I also thought of Aconite in the first moment, but then I wanted to confirm my idea in a repertory.  To be able to select rubrics in English, I used the demo version of Open Repertory that was once possible to download on the Hpathy com.  According to selected rubrics Borax came out (7/18) and Aconite was with his values 5/10 far behind Borax.  Therefore I vote for Borax.Open rep.
Mind, fear, noise, from, sudden, of
Mind, noise, agg.
Mind, sensitive
Mind, sensitive, noise, to
Mind, sensitive, noise, to, slightest
Mind, sensitive, oversensitive from Murphy: Mind: sensitive: noise: sudden shots (I translated this, I do not know whether it is the same in the English version of Murphy)

Best regards Jitka

Well, Jitka, it looks like Miroslav does it again!  It was Aconite!  “Ailments from fright, sudden onset”.

Thanks for voting as always!!!  Who else is here?


Elaine, I am a hobby homeopath taking care of my family with homeopathy. Here is an experience I’ve had with this month’s winner, Aconite:

During Deepavali (Indian festival of light celebrated with sparklers and firecrackers and many other fireworks), my dog Pixie barks, shivers, abstains from food and does not leave my lap. Can you believe it?  She even barks from the lap!  But a dose of Aconite calms her down and I generally follow it with Rescue Remedy.

Sujaya Rao

Thank you, Sujaya!  Very useful information for people with frightened pets on noisy holidays!  Anybody else?


The girl frightened and terrified from sudden loud noise, foremost remedy for frightening is ACONITE.

Dr. Parshant Singla

Thank you, Dr. Singla!  Anyone else want to try?


The child was terrified.

“Ailments from fright”.

I think it should be Aconite.

Dr. Amit Aggarwal

Thank you Dr. Aggarwal!  I see we’ve got one last contestant!


Hi Elaine

I would probably give Aconite for terror and oversensitivity to noise.

Mati Fuller

You are correct, madame!  I think we have a straggler, hold on a minute….


Elaine, in response to all the votes for Borax, I think Borax would be a great choice because of the ‘fright from loud noise’ ……….but Aconite would certainly help in this situation also, sudden event, very intense, terrified reaction….and who carries Borax around in their pocket?  The mum said she had the remedy in her pocket, she had it at hand.  I’m thinking Aconite was used seeing I would have to dig deep to find Borax myself.–HOMNZ

Finally someone exercised common sense!  Yes, who on God’s Green Earth has Borax in their pocket?!  Please!!  I’m dying to know!  Thank goodness Claire had Aconite with her!  I have Aconite with me too.  Aconite and Arnica.  How many of you carry remedies in your pocket?  This is an important lesson to all of you.  Do you see the value in that now?  They aren’t much use to you at home in a drawer or in a shoe box, are they.  This is the true value of homeopathy: an incident happens, you take a remedy, and you don’t miss a step, you just keep on going!  It’s like you carry a magic wand with you and swat troubles away while others in your situation suffer and spread their suffering to others.  Remember the quiz where Gabi had an “attack of almonds” and because she didn’t have Apis in her pocket or backpack, her throat was nearly swollen shut by the time she got home, and then her kids couldn’t find Apis?  A near disaster finally averted at the last moment!  

OK, let’s congratulate our winners now!


Dr. Amit Aggarwal

Mati Fuller


Dr. Parshant Singla





Congratulations!  And thanks to all who voted!  Don’t forget to try and solve this month’s quiz, and I’ll see you back here next month.  Bye-bye!


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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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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