Case Quizes Clinical Cases

Revisiting: Baby Barney Can’t Breathe!

Baby Barney

Elaine answers last month’s quiz

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit –  Baby Barney Can’t Breathe!



Antimonium tart-5


Hepar sulph.


Kali bich.

Coccus cacti

OK, everybody, line up!  Speak into the microphone.

Hello again Elaine,

Hello Wayne!!!

My repertorisation of this case is…
Breathing: Accelerated
Breathing: Difficult, cough with
Coryza: general watery discharge

I wouldn’t use that one, because he didn’t have coryza until the mom put him in a sauna; so, it wasn’t an inherent part of the case, it didn’t come about on its own.

Lungs: Expectoration, discharges difficult
Throat: Swallowing, difficult
Sleep: Insomnia, sleeplessness, restlessness, from

No, no, he doesn’t have insomnia.  If you couldn’t breathe, you wouldn’t be able to sleep either.

Stomach; Vomiting, coughing
The main remedy was Arsenicum and seemed to fill all the rubrics and I’m going to go with this one.
So, Arsenicum.

I repertorized all your rubrics except for the two that weren’t part of the case (Coryza with watery discharge, and Insomnia) and here’s what I got:

Antimonium tart!

Normally I think straight away of Antim tart.

D’oh!  Well, Wayne, when you see a super-keynote of a remedy?  Like a rattling cough with inability to raise the phlegm, which is the defining symptom of Antimonium tart?  Go for it!  That’s the only characteristic symptom in the case, all the rest is unremarkable.  The whole case is summed up right here in this sentence:

“There is mucous, but he is not able to get it out…”

That’s it!  That’s Antimonium tart!  Nothing more needs to be said!  This is our drowning remedy!  It’s also a big remedy in Pneumonia.  Any time there’s fluid in the lungs, whether it’s water or mucus or whatever it is, and the person can’t cough it up?  Or he does cough it up but it just keeps coming?  He coughs it up, but there’s still more, and he coughs that up, but there’s still more, and it just never stops?  That’s Antimonium tart!  Even if it’s just that you’ve “swallowed wrong”.  Have you ever done that?  Your drink goes down the “wrong pipe”?  (Oh, that’s so painful!)  Well, grab your Antimonium tart because that’s what it’s for!  Fluid in the lungs.  Sometimes you can hear it rattling, or the person has a rattling cough, but he can’t expectorate.  So, yes, Antimonium tart. was it!

“Save the last dance for me” is a song I can remember singing in my first band.

Really?  You had a band?

Nostalgia for me.  Must have practiced it 100 times.

You sang Ben E. King’s part?  I wish I could have heard that!!!!!

Good to see photos of what we Australians called “Yank Tanks”.

A reference to American cars?  But I didn’t post any pictures of American cars!  Oh!  The “Once In A While” video!  I get it now!  That’s a great song too!

Good Luck,


Is anybody else here?  Step right up to the microphone, you’re on the air at

Hi Elaine,

After a long time, I am participating for your quiz:

It truly has been a long time!

I would vote for Antimonium Tart for the symptoms:

1) Lots of mucus with little expectoration

2) Difficult breathing

As usual, you are correct and right to the point!

Thanks and regards,



Who else is here?  Oh look!  It’s Miroslav and Jitka!

Hello Elaine and Shana,


here are our responses to the May quiz.  Our answers are brief this time and we hope that at least one of us answered correctly:

Miroslav votes – Drosera

Here are the reasons why I vote for DROSERA:

it is the only drug in the rubric: rapid respiration, cough, vomiting after coughing,

aggravation when lying.

Jitka votes -Antimonum tartaricum

In this case problems with breathing were highlighted and therefore I think that the remedy

for the baby was Antimonium tartaricum:

– rattling respiration, rattling cough with difficulty raising phlegm, mucus in the trachea

– respiration, difficult, cough

– respiration, accelerated

Best wishes Jitka

Jitka, you are right, one of you did answer correctly!  OK let’s give it up for our winners!  Congratulations go out to:

Firuzi, Maria, Jitka, Shweta and Anurag!

Your prize this month is Ben E. King’s Drifters singing “Save The Last Dance For Me” (but you have to picture Wayne singing it!)  See you next time!

P.S. There’s a picture of Sam Cooke at the end of this video for some strange reason; don’t pay it no mind!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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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]
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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Shana Lewis

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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