Hello, little Shana.
Mom, for your information, I am almost 30! I will be 30 next month!
No way! Say it isn’t so! (You don’t have any announcements to make, do you?)
I have 2 very important deaths to announce….
In the beginning of the year (January) Peter Robbins (the original voice actor of Charlie Brown, at the age of 9, in the 1960’s) tragically died by committing suicide at the age of 65.
OMG! How awful! And apropos, I suppose, given how depressed Charlie Brown was.
Apparently he had a lifelong battle with mental illness. Yeah, not the greatest news to start off with, but he will always be remembered as the voice of a cultural icon.
In honor of Peter, here’s a scene from the iconic 1965 Christmas special that some of us will always remember.
It’s when Charlie Brown’s baby sister, Sally, asks him to write a letter to Santa Claus for her.
“All I want is my fair share, all I want is what I have coming to me.”
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been a Christmas staple for decades. RIP, Peter Robbins.
Next on the Death Report, it is with great sadness that I must announce the death of the lead singer of Procol Harum, Gary Brooker, at 78. He died in February, apparently of cancer.
I never knew his name before but heard his soulful voice many times on the 1967 classic, “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” Interestingly, he was sued 17 years ago by band-member and organist Matthew Fisher over the royalties for that song. It’s a complicated story that only Daddy would understand, but basically, Matthew felt he was entitled to a share of the writer’s royalties due to the fact that HE was the one who came up with the haunting organ riff that the song is known for. He waited 38 years too long, though.
Meaning the Statute of Limitations had expired?
Yeah, whatever; so, in the beginning, the British Courts didn’t find in his favor—because of what you said, and the royalties remained with the lead singer.
Gary. And there’s another writer too, Keith Reid.
However, Matthew was allowed to appeal the decision and on July 30, 2009, the House of Lords awarded him 40% of the writer’s royalties going forward. Gary Brooker was not in favor of the decision, saying the song was written before Matthew was even in the band and that the ruling would stifle creativity in the studio. What do you think, Mom?
Anyway, now that I’ve tried my best to explain that weird little piece of music trivia, here’s their iconic song which, I have heard, is the most-played record of all time. Shame it turned out to be their only hit. I mean, Procol Harum did apparently have other songs but nobody, not even me, ever heard them. Oh, wait, I do know another one because Styx…
covered it; and what’s wrong with Styx?
Shana, you know how I feel about the lead singer’s creepy voice!
Mom, for your information, Dennis DeYoung was no longer with Styx at the time they covered the Procol Harum song, and P.S., have you ever heard “Lady”?
Alright, I guess “Lady” is OK; even if a bit grandiose.
Mom, you are so judgmental! Anyway, getting back to the song that caused a royalty dispute…
And is the most-played record of all time….
… here it is, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”. RIP, Gary. Oh, and just one more thing, this live performance sounds exactly like the record! Which is very unusual; live performances are often disappointing.
On a lighter note, but first I’m going to put up a Spoiler Alert since it involves the ending of “Arthur”.
Are we still talking about Arthur????
The show I grew up with. It aired its final episode on February 21st. I’m honestly still a little in disbelief because “Arthur” was on for my whole childhood; so, it’s “baby steps” for me (like Dr. Leo Marvin’s “book”).
Shana, no one knows what you’re talking about!!!!
Mom, we did an article on “What About Bob”, remember??? It’s called “Elaine and Mati Sort Out Arsenicum alb. and Argent-nit”. That was the article that included Dr. Leo Marvin and his book “Baby Steps”!
That article came out 90 years ago!
It did not! And as I was saying…
No one remembers it!
If I can be allowed to finish…. It’s “baby steps” for me from now on, meaning: getting used to the idea of “Arthur” no longer being on the air will take one baby step at a time.
So, what you’re desperately trying to say is, it will be a long time before you’re over “Arthur”. OK, fine. Can we possibly move on to the Quiz now?
However, the show made it to season 25 which is a pretty big accomplishment.
We can move on to the Quiz if you’ll stop interrupting for five minutes.
5 minutes? You plan to go on talking for another five minutes????
Mom, that’s an estimate! It could be 6 minutes! Now, as I was saying… I bet some people didn’t know that the Arthur book series is even older.
Oh geez, here comes the Parade of Trivia!
“Arthur’s Nose” was published in 1976 and that was back when the Read Family looked more like real Aardvarks.
Alright, now the ending.
The ending of what?
Mom, if you were paying attention to the last five seconds, you would know that I am referring to the final episode of “Arthur”!
I thought you might, possibly, be referring to your stint here at The Hpathy Quiz.
By the way, that is Marc Brown, in animated form, at the beginning of the video. I literally owe him my childhood.
Really? What about me and Daddy???? Don’t you owe us anything?
And who is Marc Brown?
Mom! You’re only prolonging my announcements by pretending to be stupid! Of course I owe you and daddy.
You owe us $50,000.00
I don’t have $50,000.
You haven’t even looked!
Mom; right now we are remembering Marc Brown, whom we all owe for creating “Arthur”. That’s what he did for me and lots of other people my age—which, again, is almost 30— but anyway… the character’s original voice actor, Michael Yarmush, came back to voice adult-Arthur, which I thought was pretty cool. He used to be kid-Arthur until his voice changed.
As fascinating as this is…! Can we start the Quiz now?
I’m almost done! The franchise is still going to exist in other media forms such as internet shorts, a podcast …
No one cares, Shana!
Ok, now the quiz.
You’re sure you’re finished. OK! We have a guest presenter with us today! Let’s give a big, warm Hpathy.com Welcome to the one and only… Maria from Greece!!!!!
Hi Elaine and Shana! And thanks for letting me present my sister-in-law’s COVID case today, my brother’s wife.
Hi, Veronique, nice to see you again!
Cold room, desires
Pulsatilla does fit for those symptoms, but, we can pull more rubrics out of this case. What else can we use? Because it looks like covid pneumonia to me, I picked the “Pneumonia” rubric along with “rattling cough”, and “Coughing: worse lying down/must sit up”. Let’s see if we can repertorize this:
What I see here is a tie for first place between Antimonium tart and Pulsatilla. So what do we do? According to Murphy’s Materia Medica:
The disposition and mental state are the chief guiding symptoms to the selection of Pulsatilla.
Sad, crying readily, weeps when talking.
Our husband, in this case, reports no mentals! It would be hard to prescribe Pulsatilla in a case where no mentals were reported; so, if I had to choose between Ant-t. and Puls, my first choice would be Antimonium tart.
This is why I encourage people to make use of my questionnaires which are on my website. My acute case questionnaire would have elicited the mentals. “Is your case changing you mentally or emotionally?” Also, “What are you doing?” and “What are you saying?” Antimonium tart frequently does not want to be bothered or talked to; whereas Pulsatilla definitely wants company and sympathy. And yes, the remedy was Antimonium tart.
Hold on, I think I see Yael from Israel heading this way!
I’ll try to answer this month’s quiz with Boninghausen’s MM only.
I’m amazed that you can even sit up to read Boenninghausen after having a baby. (By the way, learn how to spell Boenninghausen!) After I had Shana, I couldn’t sit for a month! I don’t think I even left the house for a month!
If I don’t get it right, I’ll try again with Murphy’s.
Here’s the thing, this is a very easy case and I’ll give it to you in a nutshell: You need a Pneumonia remedy with a rattling cough.
Always start at the “top” of the “hierarchy of symptoms” with what’s wrong. Start with what’s WRONG.
So here are the rubrics I checked:
– Loss of taste, with PULS in bold + underlined.
– Loss of smell, with PULS in bold + underlined.
There’s a sub-rubric here when loss of smell is compounded with loss of taste, and PULS comes out also.
– Sleeplessness, with PULSATILLA in bold + underlined.
OK, wait a minute, sleeplessness is not part of the case. Even Maria makes a point of saying that the sleeplessness is only because her symptoms are keeping her awake. Let me put it this way, if I keep waking you up at night by hitting you over the head, would it be fair to call that “sleeplessness”? Anything that’s common, typical, explainable or expected, is not part of the case. And as for loss of taste and smell, I’m sure you’ve heard that they’re very common in covid cases, and common symptoms don’t help us—unless they’re extreme, worse than you’d expect, or the only thing that’s wrong.
So I’m going to make a wild guess here and go with PULSATILLA. The modalities also seem to match (cold room, thirstless).
Careful; thirstless is not a modality. It’s a physical general. I know that Pulsatilla seems to fit. And yes, better cold temperatures and thirstlessness are true symptoms for this case, as is better sitting up. Pulsatilla is a great match for the modalities! But Antimonium tart—which also covers the modalities really well and is also thirstless—is more of a Pneumonia remedy than Pulsatilla is. And, you know, you have to start at the top of the “hierarchy of symptoms” when you’re analyzing a case; and what’s at the very top? Etiology. And then what? Diagnosis! And what’s the diagnosis? Well, of course, COVID 19, but we don’t have a “covid” rubric in our Repertory, so, we have to go with the closest thing. Usually we pick the “Influenza” rubric, but in this case, I don’t even see the tell-tale muscle aches so commonly associated with influenza; so, this looks more like pneumonia to me, and we all know that covid tends to land in the lungs with something they call “covid pneumonia”.
So, we begin by saying, “We need a Pneumonia remedy with a rattling cough.” And we might even go a step further by taking the cough’s modality, “worse lying down”. This sums up the pathology. That narrows down our choices tremendously!
We never start out a case by saying, “We need a remedy that’s better cold temperatures and thirstless and has no appetite and no sense of taste or smell” with no reference to what’s wrong!
I always use the example of giving directions to my house. I have to first state that I’m in Philadelphia. If I don’t tell you that, if I only say, “Take the expressway to the airport exit and turn right at the light,” it’s not going to get you anywhere but lost! “I don’t understand, Elaine; what city are you in?” That’s what you’d say.
So…in answering this quiz, you should begin by giving the name of the “city”: “I need a remedy for Pneumonia!” That’s how you start. Then, you say the next most important thing, the main pathology symptom: “rattling cough”. And then, since it has a modality, “worse lying down”.
Is loss of smell going to get you closer to the remedy? Is loss of taste? No. That’s like saying, “I live near Dunkin Donuts.” Who doesn’t?!!!!! Anyone with a virus can have loss of smell and taste! I even had them, at least once, with a really bad cold I had in 1989. I kept saying, “What’s wrong with the food here? It has no taste!”
We don’t have a “hierarchy of symptoms” for nothing. Don’t start at the bottom and go up. Start at the top and go down. Pneumonia with a rattling cough pretty much says all we need to know, all the rest is confirmation. Just with those 2 symptoms alone, you’re edging out the next most likely remedy which is Pulsatilla.
We might be able to edge out Antimonium tart, though, by starting at the bottom! But this is why we don’t start at the bottom! In fact, just for the fun of it, let’s see what happens if we repertorize all the symptoms in the case except for the pathology, what will we get?
We get a very clear case of Pulsatilla. But it’s the wrong remedy!
Please see “Repertory Round-Up, part 4” again.
In conclusion, yes, Pulsatilla is a very close remedy; and I bet I get a lot of votes for Pulsatilla; but, Antimonium tart is more of a Pneumonia remedy than Pulsatilla is, and we need a pneumonia remedy to cure this case.
Wow, I’ve been humbled… instead of being lazy and looking for a quick answer on my computer I should have walked to my other room to get the repertory, and then I would have thought (probably): wait! loss of smell/taste is not #1 here in our case,
It’s not even any number at all, because they are common symptoms of viruses and common symptoms don’t lead us to remedies. Here are the symptoms of this case: Pneumonia with rattling cough, worse lying down, thirstless, better cold temperatures.
If my Acute Case Questionnaire had been used by Maria or her brother, we’d have had more symptoms to go on and perhaps it would not have been so close between Ant-t. and Pulsatilla. For example, no mentals were given. If the mentals had been asked for, perhaps we would have seen that the patient was not crying, not clingy nor needing sympathy. Perhaps we would have heard that the patient was irritable or apathetic, all of which would have told us right away that this was not a Pulsatilla case.
Who wants to go next?
Hi Elaine and Happy Birthday Shana!!
Shana says thank you!
It’s Lori D from hot AZ…ok that’s what you get until I can come up with something else.
How about: “It’s Lori D from P-A-Z!” (Phoenix, AZ) Huh? Huh? What do you think????? Did I nail it or what?!
My creative juices have been stifled by the increase in the temps here in Arizona.
But it’s a dry heat, right? Not oppressive like the tropics? So I think we are all dying to hear if you’re still in the same smoke-filled apartment complex and, was it noisy there too? Did you get your car windshield fixed? How are things in general? Please let us know.
My guess for this month’s quiz is between Ant Tart and Puls. I think they both have all or most of her symptoms but the word rattling cough that’s worse lying down caught my attention and made me think more of Ant Tart. So I will take that as my final answer. If I’m wrong, then I will pick Puls.
You are right, Lori! Yes, it is Antimonium tart! And Pulsatilla is a close second; but, I only think it turned out to be so close because we didn’t get any mentals; probably because the patient’s husband didn’t know enough to ask for them. Only homeopaths would think that mentals mattered in a case of fever with cough.
BTW, thanks for the software recommendation. I am just getting my computer fixed and will try the 14 day trial that they have offered once I get it back.
Love all these quizzes even though I suck at them.
Not anymore! Is anybody else here?
I hope your computer is fixed!
Yes, and doing great!
Is the NEW March 17 Quiz answer……APIS?
Is this the case that’s called “COVID Again”? If so, no, it’s not Apis.
I will want to try again.
OK, but first you have to read “Repertory Round-Up part 4” again, as I have added more information to it, to help you solve this case:
And by the way, why did you pick Apis? We can’t learn from answers that come in without explanations.
And by the way, I think I see Salma Afroz from Bangladesh!
Dear Elaine and Shana,
Greetings. Happy birthday to Shana. How are you both doing?
It’s long time I could not be with you all. I always missed you though.
We missed you too!
No wonder it is the reality. I have to face the same with my brother’s wife and kids. Sorry to Maria.
Is the answer of the quiz : Bryonia?
What made you think it was Bryonia?
Thanks a lot Elaine. Sorry, sorry. I have written BRYONIA mistakenly. In my opinion, it was Pulsatilla as:
rattling cough, worse on lying down
better on cold room temperature
Other symptoms like loss of smell and taste, headache with fever, rattling type of cough, insomnia during fever… all Pulsatilla covers.
Well, Salma, everyone seems to like Pulsatilla for this case. I think as soon as people saw “thirstless” and “better cold temperatures”, they went right for Pulsatilla, not realizing that Antimonium tart has the very same symptoms! But most importantly, Antimonium tart is a Pneumonia remedy. I would encourage you (and everyone else) to read “Repertory Round-Up part-4” again
because you are making a common mistake: You’re starting at the bottom of the Hierarchy of Symptoms instead of starting at the top. Antimonium tart scores higher for the part of the case that has to be cured, namely, what appears to be “covid pneumonia”. We don’t have that rubric in our Repertory, but, we do have “Pneumonia” and “Rattling Cough” and Antimonium tart scores higher for these 2 than Pulsatilla, plus it has all the things you’ve identified with Pulsatilla: thirstlessness, better cold, and better sitting up.
Now, as for insomnia? No, she does not have insomnia. Insomnia is what you have when there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be able to sleep and yet you can’t fall asleep. In this case, our patient can’t sleep because symptoms, such as coughing, are keeping her awake. Maria even makes a point of saying that, that she’s not sleeping because of the symptoms in the case. If you’re not sleeping because of a very good reason, you don’t have insomnia.
Headache, loss of taste and smell, are common virus symptoms, there are over 100 remedies listed for loss of taste; even still, Antimonium tart is one of them, and “headache”, my goodness, there is nothing more common in a virus than a headache. Practically any remedy can have a headache; so, unless there is something striking and peculiar about the headache, it is not going to help us.
Here’s the way you have to phrase this case:
“I need a Pneumonia remedy with rattling cough that’s thirstless, better cold, and better sitting up.”
If you open up a Materia Medica and look up Pulsatilla, you won’t find the word “Pneumonia” anywhere. Now, look up Antimonium tart and what do you find (Murphy’s Materia Medica):
Antimonium tart. affects the mucous membranes especially of the bronchials and lungs.
Alcoholism. Aphthae. Asphyxia. Asthma. Bilharziasis. Bilious disorders. Bronchitis. Catarrh. Chicken-pox. Chills. Cholera. Cholera morbus. Colic. Coughs. Croup. Delirium Tremens. Dyspepsia. Emphysema. Eruptions. Eyes inflamed. Hydrocephalus. Impetigo. Intermittent fever. Laryngitis. Lumbago. Lungs disorders. Muscle pain. Parkinson’s disease. Plica polonica. Pneumonia. Psoriasis. Rheumatism. Ringworm. Small-pox. Stiff-neck. Sycosis. Synovitis. Taste, altered. Thirst. Tongue, coated. Tremors. Vomiting. Whooping cough.
What might move us away from Ant-t. and more towards Pulsatilla? If she had the mentals of Pulsatilla–crying, clinging, pathetic in appearance, better for sympathy and consolation; but, since we have no mention of mentals here—and it would be hard to conceive of a Pulsatilla virus with no mentals—we have no reason to go there.
So, if you hear that someone has pneumonia with a rattling cough, Antimonium tart should be your very first thought, which is why Maria thought of it. You should jump right in with your confirmatory questions:
- Can she lie down? What position is she taking?
- Does she want, warmth or cold temperatures?
- Is there thirst?
- What are the mentals?
Pulsatilla puts out a very pathetic picture such that you feel sorry for her and offer sympathy. No one feels sorry for Antimonium tart. They can be in a bad mood, or apathetic or in a stupor, muttering, moaning, complaining. Antimonium tart might throw a scare into those taking care of her, as he or she is often “blue” or deathly pale in appearance, not getting enough oxygen, and seems to be sinking into unconsciousness.
Dear Elaine, You are so right. Thank you for all the clarification.
Thanks and best regards.
Salma Afroz, Bangladesh
I think I see the gang from Slovakia!
Hello Elaine and Shana,
Hello Miroslav and Jitka!
our answers to the last quiz are as follows:
I think Maria thought of Gelsemium at first, absence of thirst, weakness, fever, headaches … But apparently her condition didn’t fit to modalities: cold room ameliorates, because Gelsemium is usually chilly and would long more for a warm room.
You are right, Miroslav, exactly right! She did pick Gelsemium first and then realized Gelsemium would not want to be in a cold room.
A significant symptom for me is the absence of thirst and also that she wants a rather cold room.
In a rubric: Fever, thirst, there are 6 remedies
The two remedies are on the third degree, and since Gelsemium longs for warmth, Pulsatilla remains, because she likes a cool room. I also found Pulsatilla in the rubrics:
Cough aggravates in bed, loss of taste, smell, absence of hunger, but only in general and I do not know if it will be a choice for the remedy as Elaine always urges us to focus on peculiar symptoms … In addition, in one of the previous quizzes (where I guessed Puls. on the covid.)
Elaine told me that Pulsatilla do not be prescribed for the flu.
Let me just say that you’d want to see the mentals if you were going to prescribe Pulsatilla for a virus.
Even so, I would have guessed at her, because of the cold room after which the patient longs. My guess is therefore Pulsatilla
Since Maria probably didn’t choose the remedy according to the diagnosis, but according to modalities, I looked for remedy in rubrics that seemed to me the most important in this case:
– Tongue, loss of appetite
– Nose, olfactory loss,
– Cough, lying in bed aggr.
– Environment, cold improves
The only remedy that is found in all of the above rubrics in the third grade (bold) is Pulsatilla, so I am voting for this remedy.
OK, first of all, what symptoms are common here that we should ignore? Loss of appetite, loss of smell and loss of taste. Almost any cold or virus can have these. What is characteristic here? Thirstless with fever, better cold, worse lying down, better sitting up. Now, what no one mentioned here is the pathology! What’s the pathology? What is wrong with this patient? What does she have? She has pneumonia with a rattling cough! We have no “covid” rubric in the Repertory, so what are we going to call it? We can’t call it the flu because there are no muscle aches so common with the flu. Where are all her symptoms? In her lungs! So we should assume that she’s got something like bronchitis or pneumonia with a rattling cough. Now, hearing that, what remedy should we think of right away that also, by the way, is covered by Thirstlessness, Worse lying down, Better sitting up and Better in cold room? Antimonium tart!
Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!
First the most important:
Dearest Shana !!
A special day for everyone
You make it bright in every tone
As you reach the 30th milestone
Remain dear to us, as you are the Quiz backbone 🙂
🍀🌼🌷Happy Birthday Dear Shana.🍁🌼🌻
Wow, Vamsi, a birthday poem, how special! Thank you! (Did you say Shana was the the Backbone of the Quiz? Oy vey!)
Missed last month’s quiz 🙁
But on to the quiz of this month.
Elaine, sad to read the case as people have very less belief in Homeopathy and they are so wavering!
Well, like I said: when being cured isn’t enough….
Not sure Elaine, But I feel it’s Antimonium Tart, as the rattling chest, thirstlessness….
And also juggling between Belladonna too as the fever is high with Headache, thirstlessness too .
Am I on the right path ?
Yes, you are. In fact, it IS Antimonium tart! Even though Belladonna can have a rattling cough, it is much more likely to have a dry cough. And Belladonna is more likely to be worse from a cold room than better for it. Also, regarding the headache, almost any virus can be accompanied by a headache. Unless the headache is more explicitly defined—with sensation, location and modalities—it’s not going to help us. Anyway, congratulations, you nailed it!
Hey !! Elaine, That’s great 🙂 I cracked the quiz!
Please tell Shana to post Birthday Snaps in our Next Quiz.
Vamsi, birthday pictures will probably be in the May ezine.
Our quiz always starts with a photograph of her cheerful smile !!
Well, you wouldn’t want to see pictures of me every month, I’ll tell ya that!
Also Elaine, wanted to know is there any specific reason why Antimonium tart is better in Cold room temperature?
The only possible reason that I can see is that the Antimonium tart patient is sweating.
Have a look at a previous Quiz from five years ago that was Antimonium tart, and I think you will see all or most of the same symptoms you see here:
and Belladonna is worse in Cold Room ?
That’s probably because sometimes in a Belladonna case, all the blood rushes to one spot, like the head or face or ear. That area is often hot, red and throbbing, leaving the rest of the body with a lack of vital heat, especially the extremities. But, I have to tell you, Belladonna is a 2 under Generals: heated, becoming heated agg. But it’s also a 3 under Generals: cold, temperature, agg. So what can we conclude from this? That Belladonna is only slightly more aggravated from cold than heat. It would seem that they’re pretty much worse for both. But for Antimonium tart., we only have information for being worse heat, better cold.
Really want to know the reason as this allows it to stay fixed in our mind.
Rattling is the grand keynote of Antimonium tart.
As soon as you hear that, you can start asking confirmatory questions for Antimonium tart: “Are you worse lying down, better sitting up?” “Do you prefer heat or cold?” “Are you sweating?” and so on.
Shirley votes for Belladonna. She didn’t say why, but, I’m guessing the high fever and lack of thirst. But Shirley, Belladonna is more likely to have a dry cough than a rattling cough.
I think it’s time to give a shout out to our 2 winners: Lori D from PAZ and Vamsi S from IND, come on down! You’re the big winners of the March Quiz!!!!
Bye everybody, see you again next time!
Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom
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