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Revisiting: Attacked By Almonds!


Elaine gives the answer to last month’s allergy quiz!

Shana, where have you been, look what time it is!

What time is it?

It’s time for the Hpathy Quiz!

So soon?  What are we doing this time?

Don’t you remember?  Our full report on the Barry Gibb Concert!

Mom, do people even know who Barry Gibb is?

Maybe we need to explain.  Barry is the last living brother of The Bee Gees, famous for the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack

and for, without a doubt, the most iconic songs of the Disco era of the 1970’s, including “Stayin’ Alive”, and “How Deep Is Your Love”.

Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb


Barry Gibb today.

I consider myself lucky to have actually seen a living legend!  We’re the same age, and I don’t understand why he looks better than I do!  Anyway, here is our night at the concert:

This is the Wells Fargo Center:

Shana in the parking lot:

Here we are in our seats:

And here is Barry Gibb:

Shana predicted he would come on with “Jive Talkin'” and she was right!  High points of the concert–Barry said, “Here’s a song I don’t even remember,” and it was “Stayin’ Alive”!

Next great moment, Barry starts to sing, “I Started a Joke” and all of a sudden, Robin Gibb “appears” out of nowhere as if he were right there on stage, you have to see it to believe it!

And now I’m all verklempt!  Talk amongst yourselves….

Mom, maybe we should start the quiz.  Our old friend Gabi wrote to us, she was attacked by almonds.


Hi Elaine,

I was walking back home from downtown.  I had had a pretty awful interview at this art gallery with the owner.  In any case. I started eating almonds from a bag from a Hallal store where I usually go.  The store bags them from bulk.  The almonds were in my bag since the morning.  I’ve had allergic reactions in the past but mild ones with just an itchy throat.  I get this from many other things, apples, carrots, peaches, you name it.  So I simply take a dose of Sulphur and it’s gone.  (Sulphur because of the itching.)

The attack started after about 5 blocks and about 20 almonds later.  I had Kali iodatum 1M with me for hay fever so I took one dose of that but it didn’t do anything.  I realized something was wrong.  It may have started as an itchy throat but soon got very bad; this was before the Kali dose.  By then I was already swelling up very badly and my throat was beginning to close shut.  I went into a store and bought some coke.  I thought caffeine might stop the effect of the remedy?  I thought perhaps I aggravated with the Kali but I soon realized that it had nothing to do with that and it was simply the large amount of almonds I had eaten because I had never eaten so many almonds before in my life on an empty stomach (this is after teaching a 3 hour class too)!

My tongue was now swollen and I started to cough uncontrollably but I had another 6 blocks to get home so I kept walking.  I covered my head with a scarf and looked down because I would have scared anyone in the street with the way I looked!

I had hives all over me when I got home, I was red from my neck all the way down to my feet.  The worst part was under my arms.  I could not speak since my tongue was so swollen. I also had palpitations but I tried to stay calm despite my kids threatening to call an ambulance!  The worst part was when they couldn’t find my remedy!  Now I was in a panic!  I got under a cold shower straight away.  About 10 minutes later they found the _______________ 200C.  I was still in the shower when I took the remedy.

I felt more calm after about 3 or 4 doses five minutes apart.  I could actually feel my throat opening up and I could swallow. I stayed under the cold shower for a while.  I repeated the 200c about an hour later. I was very swollen but calm now in bed with cold towels on my face.

It’s now twenty-four hours later, and I am fine!



Does anybody know what the remedy is?  Write to me at [email protected] and let me know.  





Mercurius sol.


From the looks of things, just about everyone got it right!  Who wants to go first?  Oh look, it’s Hpathy Team Member, Firuzi Mehta!

OK, for the Almonds Quiz, I’d give her APIS right away.  The cold shower improvement confirms it for me.


Dr. Firuzi Mehta

Yeah, it’s really that simple.  Who else wants to go?  Oh look!  It’s the winner of the Career Day Contest, Vamsi Sudha!

Elaine…Gabi’s attack of almonds is a clear case of Anaphylaxis, and the remedy she must have administered is “APIS”.

Added to it, she also got relief from cold water (cold shower + cold towel), which also reinforces the Apis prescription.

BTW: You also have mentioned about APIS in your Titbits – Part 15 (Emergency kit).

Pls let me know your opinion.



You’re right again, Vamsi, anaphylaxis + better cold applications = Apis!

Oh look, it’s Maria from Greece!

Hi Elaine, for this month’s quiz my vote goes to Apis.

Swelling, hives, cold application ameliorates, it is a major remedy for allergic anaphylactic shocks.

If I am wrong I will try again 🙂

No need, as you are correct–again!!!!  Who’s next in line?  Oh wow, it’s my soul brother from Wales, Peter Dunseith!

Hi Elaine,

Here’s one for you

R.I.P. Bobby Womack

Thank you so much!  I love Bobby Womack!   Here’s one for you, Peter; Bobby wrote this for Wilson Pickett, I love this song; This is Wilson Pickett with “I’m In Love”:

Thanks, Elaine!  I am also choosing Apis – rapid onset of itching throat and generalised urticaria with hives and swollen tongue, ameliorated by cold bathing and cold applications.  Apis is also indicated for anxiety accompanied by palpitations.  If the worst of the inflammation and swelling is in the axillae, it is more Vespa than Apis, but on the totality I will go with Apis.

Very good, Peter; everyone seems to get it!  So let’s congratulate our winners, shall we?  And here they are:

Dr. Firuzi Mehta

Dr. Anastasia Kimtsou







P. Durga Prasad

Dr. Parshant Singla


Peter Dunseith


Thank you everyone!  See you again next time!


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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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

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