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Revisiting: Baby Demonstrates Hering’s Law

Shana Lewis
Written by Shana Lewis

Sick baby needs a homeopathic remedy, did you guess the right one?

Mom, don’t look now but…

Wait a minute, wait a minute, don’t tell me, don’t tell me, I’m usually very good at this: It’s time to do laundry!

No Mom, the laundry’s in the dryer!

It’s time to fold laundry?

Mom, you’re way off!

Well I’m running out of ideas!

It’s time for the Quiz!

That was going to be my next guess!

And before we start, I want to get one thing off my chest.

Uh-oh.

Last month I read an article saying that at some point, TBS wants to retool Conan O’Brien’s show to a weekly format (like Samantha Bee’s show).

OMG! They want to put Conan O’Brien on once a week? Boy, is that ever a slap in the face! And Samantha Bee should never be on only once a week! She’s much too smart and clever for that, she should be on every night! (Do you think anyone knows what we’re talking about?)

But wait! Then I saw a different article where a TBS executive was quoted as saying “Conan remains an invaluable franchise partner and we have no plans to change the format or frequency of his popular TBS show.”

So wait a minute… You just upset our entire viewership for nothing?????

I don’t know what to believe!!!

Conan’s contract with TBS is good until 2018; so, forget about it! By that time, Trump will have fired all the comedians in the country anyway! Have you seen what “Saturday Night Live” is doing to Donald Trump? Look at this:

Oh yeah, the comedians are dead, I can see that!

So enjoy Conan while you can, his days are numbered, and so are Samantha Bee’s.

Oddly enough, Conan is broadcasting from Mexico March 1st.

He might want to stay there!

I guess we should move on to the “Death Report”. I saw something on Facebook about Soul Survivors member Richie Ingui passing away.

Don’t look now, Shana, but no one cares!

I’m probably the only one who knows that their big hit was “Expressway to your Heart”.

Yep, you’re probably the only one who knows!

You might want to sit down for what I’m about to say next. Are you sitting?

It’s not about Mary is it?

Mary Tyler Moore died last month at the age of 80.

I can’t believe it, I just can’t believe it!

Here is “Inside Edition’s” farewell to her:

Who can turn the world on with her smile….

In happier news January 12th was the 20th anniversary of the tv show “King of the Hill”.

I’m still bitter that it got canceled and it’s not even on Netflix! Apparently it was, then Netflix decided to take it down for some crazy reason.

Shana, this is not making up for the loss of Mary Tyler Moore.

Well, OK, here’s something, how about our trip to the Kimmel Center to see Andre Gardner’s tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the “Sgt. Pepper” album by The Beatles?

Here I am, once again, with Andre:

One other thing, January 18th was “National Winnie the Pooh Day” since it was A.A Milne’s birthday.

I did not know that!

Plus, January 18th also happened to be the one year anniversary of Glenn Frey’s passing.

Thanks for the periodic reminders of Glenn Frey’s death.

Still for some reason I couldn’t feel sad knowing it was National Pooh Day.

Well, you gotta love it; so, if there are no more announcements….

First, a real quick report on our excursion to the Ritz 5 to see the making of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Musicologist Scott Freiman, who taught a course at Yale called “The Beatles in the Studio”, was the one who made the documentary. I wish I could have been in his class.

All you had to do was apply to Yale!

Besides Sgt Pepper, a lecture has been done on the “White Album” and I imagine film lectures on “Revolver” and “Rubber Soul” will be forthcoming. I’m going to want to see those too. For the record, I am officially Team Scott!

Who?

Scott Freiman, we were just talking about him!

We were?

Getting back to “Sgt Pepper”, the lecture was very entertaining! I loved his explanation of how “A Day in the Life” ended with a big piano crash. All the recording techniques Scott explained sounded very complicated, but I’m sure Daddy would have understood them. The only thing I understood was when he explained how Ringo hit his high note at the end of “With a Little Help From My Friends” by virtue of the key being lowered on play-back, but that’s only because Daddy did the same thing when he recorded my cousin Jon’s band, Electric Sky. I had no idea that technique went back as far as Sgt. Pepper!

Here’s a video of Scott Freiman explaining the chord progression in “Penny Lane”.

 

 

And now, it’s off to Yale for you, young lady! And for the rest of us,

it’s time for the Quiz!

This is a 1 yr. old baby with an upper respiratory infection. I gave Phosphorus 6C because I thought it matched his personality. At first, it looked like he was gonna be alright. Then, the next day, or actually, later that night, the case went bad, then I changed the remedy to the one that matched the new presentation in which he was very sick. He was taken to the hospital, that’s when the remedy was given. The mother writes:

(Day-one):

Elaine, he ate. Coughed and threw up a little but not as much as before. He was instantly smiling and talking after throwing up. He fell asleep about 10 minutes later and he’s peacefully sleeping now. I can hear a rattle in his breathing but it’s not labored. It seems to be coming from his chest. I’m sure he will wake up to eat tonight. Hopefully he will keep it all down.
Thanks! Have a good night!

(Next morning):

Elaine, he never threw up again and he ate well over night. It was a rough night sleep-wise. He was up crying a lot. He seems gassy and like he’s trying to poop, thick yellowish-cream mucus in his nose, clear discharge. He’s pretty emotional this morning but not as lethargic as he’s been in the past. He will still show a slight smile. His eyes are a little watery but he’s still pretty bright eyed. He’s tired but he was up a lot last night and he wants to snuggle. He’s still coughing, it’s loose and productive. We can hear a rattle/crackle in his chest and kind of wheezy/congested nasal breathing.
I gave him another dose of Phos this morning. Anything else I should do?
Thanks!

(Later in the afternoon):

He’s tired, more lethargic but not completely. He’s not really showing any emotion other than discomfort and sadness. No talking or smiling. If I walk around holding him, he just lays on my shoulder. He’s awake but not moving a ton. If I sit down, he whimpers. If I lay him down, he cries. He’s “complaining”. I believe he did throw up again when he was napping. The towel I laid under him on was pretty wet. No diarrhea. Coughing a little bit. It’s definitely difficult though loose and productive.
The remedy is _____________________.

I gave him a dose. His really high liver enzymes went down to 100!! The other one stayed at 1200. His clotting/anticoagulant factors did double. He has a very slow drip IV with 5% glucose. They haven’t mentioned anything else. I think he’s slightly improving. I just gave him the dose so I’ll let you know how he does.

(One hour later):
He’s talking and reaching for toys and things again!! He had a major coughing spell about 20 mins after I gave the remedy and threw up a bunch of mucus but it didn’t seem to bother him. After that is when he started talking again.

______________________________

OK everybody, if you know the remedy, write to me at LEWRA@aol.com. The answer will be in next month’s ezine.

Mom, to play us out, here is a song Bob Seger released on the one year anniversary of Glenn’s passing as a tribute to him.

Yes, because you can’t get too many reminders that Glenn Frey is dead!

Goodbye, everybody, see you next time!

________________

 

Votes:

Antimonium tart-4

Pulsatilla-3

Cina

So let me begin by explaining why this case is an example of Hering’s Law.  Once the baby took a turn for the worse, his vomiting no longer ameliorated as it once appeared to in the beginning.  But 20 minutes after the correct remedy was given, he immediately threw up “a bunch of mucus” (Hering’s Law) and was instantly better and reaching for toys and “talking” once again!  What was the discharging of mucus after the remedy an example of?  “Center to the Periphery”:  “Healing takes place from the center to the periphery”–Constantine Hering, MD.  In homeopathy, our symbol for healing is the ripple-effect of a stone tossed in a pond:

This is an illustration of Hering’s Law of Cure.  The remedy first hits the center of the case which is your mental/emotional state and pushes the disturbance out–to the periphery, to the outside; in other words, forces you to get rid of it!  So, translated into English, you take a remedy, you feel great, and then–wham!–there’s a sudden discharge!  It could be vomiting, diarrhea or both, coughing something up, or perhaps a skin eruption or crying….and then it’s all over and you’re fine, just like with this baby.

Can we equate the “vomiting” at the end with the vomiting during the illness?  No.  The vomiting during the illness was not a curative event.  It was just a symptom we would want to match to a remedy; and notice the mother said, “He had a major coughing spell, threw up a bunch of mucus, but it didn’t seem to bother him!”  Those are key words right there: Didn’t seem to bother him.  That’s because it was not a part of the illness, it was part of the cure!  The discharge caused by a remedy, it’s true, “doesn’t bother…”, it’s not distressing, it’s not part of the illness!

Now, sometimes, the “disturbance” will make “stops” on its way to the periphery; so, for example, you might take a remedy, feel better at the “core” but have an unexplained back pain or joint pain or leg pain, etc. out of nowhere; but again, the patient, if asked, will say, “I doesn’t bother me.”  Always ask, “But how do you feel mentally/emotionally?”  “Oh fine,” they’ll say, “and my leg pain doesn’t really bother me.”  That’s how you know it’s “Hering’s Law” and not a symptom you need to prescribe on, not part of the case per se but part of the case being over!

 

So what was the remedy?  Oh look, it’s Maria to solve the case for us!

Hi Maria!

Hi Elaine and Shana!
For this month’s quiz I vote for Antimonium tartaricum.

Yes, it was Antimonium tart!

I know its a long shot, but here are the rubrics that made me think of it.

Form Vithoulkas’ keynotes:

Generals

WEAKNESS. DROWSY, SLEEPY

Check!

Cough
LOOSE, RATTLING

Check!
LOUD RATTLING deep in chest.

Check!

CHEST FULL OF MUCUS, TOO WEAK TO RAISE MUCUS.

Check!
Sleep
Sleepiness. Comatose state.

Check!

In Murphy’s repertory is grade-1 under Carried, desires to be.

Well, Maria, he’s a baby!

Anyway if I am wrong I will try again!

No, you were not wrong, so please don’t try again!  But be careful picking rubrics that are common, like babies wanting to be carried.  If the baby was averse to being picked up, now THAT would be a symptom!  That would be so peculiar, we would surely have to pick a rubric for that, like, “Children: carried, aversion to be”.  Though, there are remedies like Chamomilla that will wear you out because they scream if you don’t carry them!  And you not only have to carry them, you have to carry them “briskly”!  But, I do think it’s instructive that the baby in this case just lay lifelessly on the mother’s shoulder.  “Weak, drowsy, lack of reaction”, to quote Robin Murphy for Antimonium tart.  So, if we have a baby who just wants to be carried, with no further information, I don’t think we have much to go on, but if you observe that when carried, the baby is lying lifelessly and stuporously, that helps lead us to Antimonium tart.

Wow I didnt expect it to be right. Thank you, and I will be more careful with those common symptoms.

Did you see my Tidbits article?  I wrote it just for you!

Yes I read Tidbits and I loved it!!!!  “Repertory Round-up, part 3”.

Thanks, Maria!  Who else is here?

 

Hi Elaine,

I think the answer is Antim. tart. It covers the desire to be carried, the wheezing and amel. from vomiting.

-Dr. ABHISHEK CHOUDHARY

(INDIA)

Dr. Choudhary, you are right, it is Antimonium tart!  But be careful about the “amel. from vomiting”; actually, this is why I called the case “Baby Demonstrates Hering’s Law”, because the vomiting that came at the end, after which he was better, was what Hering called “Healing Takes Place From the Center to the Periphery”; in other words, “The disturbance moves OUTWARD after the correct remedy is given, it moves to the periphery; some sort of Discharge occurs–it could be vomiting, or diarrhea, or crying, or a skin eruption; but the important thing to remember is, that this is NOT part of the case, this is how the case ENDS!  Because as soon as it happens, the patient is better!

Now, BEFORE the remedy was given, the baby had been vomiting off and on and though it seemed to ameliorate early on in the illness, later it did not!

Here, in a nutshell, is the sentence in the case that reveals the remedy is Antimonium tart: The mother says the baby’s cough “is difficult, though loose and productive.” In other words, we have a loose cough that is difficult to raise. There you have it, the essence of Antimonium tart–lots of mucus, can’t cough it out!  Or, the mucus just keeps coming!  You’re never done!

A key word for Antimonium tart in this case was the word “rattling”. When you hear people say “rattling respiration” or “rattling cough” or “rattling breathing”, think of Antimonium tart right away.

Of course, Antimonium tart might confuse you with Gelsemium with its dullness and irresistible desire to sleep.  But Gelsemium is thirstless and Antimonium tart is actually thirsty for sips like Arsenicum.  Also, I doubt that Gelsemium would want to be carried, it’s a remedy noted for its “indifference”, apathy.  It may want something, but is too apathetic and indifferent to ask for it.

Elaine thank you for your reply and your detailed information about the remedy.  I learned something new today.

 

Thanks Dr. Choudhary!  Who else is here today?  I think I see Wayne all the way in Australia!  (These glasses are terrific!)

Hi Elaine, I think the remedy is Pulsatilla.

According to Murphy, there can be, Cough with retching and desire to vomit; loose cough with vomiting of mucous.

There is a yellow mucous discharge from the nose – yellow is a Pulsatilla clue.

Yes but yellow mucus is a bit too common to hang your hat on.

The child is now sad and desires comforting. There is groaning and rattling in the breath.

Yes, and “rattling” right away should make you think of….what remedy?  Antimonium tart!  And then you look back at the case and say, does anything else here go for Antimonium tart?  Well, we have the mucus that’s difficult to raise, we have the stupor, the lifelessness, the sparkle gone from the eyes, the dullness; so, yes, it was Antimonium tart.  Pulsatilla generally has no trouble expectorating.  They have a loose cough that’s easy to raise.  They are sad and weepy.  Pitiful.  You feel sorry for them.  They melt in your arms.  This baby is just kind of lifeless, just laying there on the mother’s shoulder like a sack of flour.

Better for sitting up – does not like lying down.

Yes, but you know what?  That goes for Antimonium tart too!

Best Regards,

Wayne

 

 

Hi Elaine,

Oh look!  It’s Maryam from Pakistan!  You all remember Maryam, right?  She named her cat after me?  For as long as Maryam’s cat, Little Elaine Lewis, is in this world, I will not be forgotten!

Hope you are fine.  My guess for this month’s quiz is antimonium tart.

You are correct!

He was rattling, and was sleepy too.

You got it!

He wanted to be carried on mother’s shoulder so I first thought it could be Chamomilla but he was not so problematic like Chamomilla.

Yes, Chamomilla is screaming and angry…they are no fun to be around, even as babies!

So I think it’s ant. tart.

Good job!

Regards

Maryam from Pakistan.

 

Oh, look-a yonder, what is this I see?  (Funny how I just broke into a song by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters):

It’s the gang from Slovakia: Miroslav and Jitka!!!!!  Standin’ on the corner and they sure look fine!

Hello Elaine and Shana!

Hello Miroslav and Jitka!

Here are our answers to the February quiz.

OK, I’m ready!

Miroslav votes Pulsatilla.

D’oh!

A key symptom in this case is:

Mind: he wants to be carried, slowly: PULS ( a single remedy).

But wait a minute, how do we know the baby wants to be carried slowly?  We have no information for that.  We only know that he was worse lying down and better for being carried.

Murphy’s MM: “Child continuously wishes to be carried erect”. Guess what remedy? Antimonium tart!

Decompensated Pulsatilla child is always “clinging” to the mother, he wants to snuggle.

That’s very common for a baby, wanting to snuggle.  But …

About the author

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"!

About the author

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 LEWRA@aol.com
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:
http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

2 Comments

  • Elaine, great quiz as usual. Dealing with babies is the toughest part in homeopathy as the baby does not describe its ailments. It entirely depends on the doc to evaluate the symptoms clearly. Great job done Elaine. Thanks for explaining Hering’s Law. You are a perfect Doc !!!

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