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Revisiting: Elaine Goes to the Dogs!

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Revisiting: Elaine Goes to the Dogs!. Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz!

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Hi Elaine!
For this month’s quiz I don’t know what to vote for…

Join the club!  From the looks of things, people are afraid of dogs!

…except Ledum. The reason is the possible etiology of insect bite. I have no other idea!

There were too many “etiologies”, Maria:  Sleep loss, over-exertion from “horsing around” with the female dog, possible insect bite, heartworm medicine, 2 weeks of rain….  And then when “Kathryn” couldn’t find an actual insect bite?  I had to let go of that one.  In the end, I settled on Over-Exertion from attempting to have sex with the female dog and Ailments From Damp Weather (2 weeks of rain), plus the “shoulders feel tight” report from the vet and “stomach feels tight”, putting them all together, I came up with Rhus tox!  “Tight” is a Rhus tox word, and so is “restless”, another word from the case.  (“…he and the little girl were restless.”)  Remember the quiz where Caralyn’s father was up pacing back and forth all night with leg cramps?   Here’s what Caralyn said:

“So, I asked him to describe the pain. He said that the pain felt like something too large was trying to fit into something too small. He said that the feeling was of a tightness.”

So that was a Rhus tox case, the operant word being “tight”.  So, when I saw that word coming up again, my mind went immediately to Rhus tox, then I remembered the restlessness, over-exertion, and 2 weeks of rain, and there it was, Rhus tox.  Thanks for voting, Maria!


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

Hi Elaine,

This time it’s animals. It’s exciting and interesting as usual.

Coming over to the quiz, I see Eddie is strained up with lots of physical work playing around. He also has a muscle cramp as seen by the vet and his stomach seems tight (bloating due to gas probably?  I guess so. )

No, don’t guess.  When we don’t know something for sure, we just put it aside. “Stomach, tight” is all we know.

Muscle Cramps, stomach tight, pain increased by movement, does it go for Magnesia Phosphorica?  Please let me know.  Did i miss anything?

Thanks in anticipation.

Well, Vamsi, I see that you and I were thinking along the same lines because I too was thinking about a muscle cramp; but, what if you add the over-exertion and the fact that it had been raining in that part of the country for 2 weeks, and now what do you come up with?

I always enjoy your hints thoroughly as they make me to delve more into this wonderful subject.

Yes Elaine, if you were to add over-exertion and cold damp weather to the above….

Wait, it wasn’t cold. She said nothing about it being cold, just rainy.

Complaints arising due to over-exertion and damp weather, would it be RHUS TOX? Please suggest.

Yes, it is Rhus tox!

When we get a case, often it’s like being dealt a hand of cards. You look at all the cards and nothing makes any sense, it’s like a mish-mash until you start sorting them. You can put all your three’s together or all your face cards together or all your spades together and see if by doing one thing or another, something comes to the fore. You might notice that, “The best thing I have here is an Ace!” (That would be a super-keynote of a remedy.) You might notice that all you have are common things, like–2 fives or 2 sixes, what we would call “common symptoms”, like sneezing and runny nose, not too helpful. So, we’re “dealt” all these symptoms, and by themselves they’re pretty much unusable until we find a way to put them together. So, I first saw the word “tight”, that was my first clue. I put that together with over-exertion, rainy weather, and another Rhus tox word in the case, which was “restless”, and it was like finding an Ace, King, Queen and Jack of spades!  Your choice of Mag-phos?  You had no cards to go with it! 

Mag-phos. has terrible pains. This is from Allen’s Keynotes:

Pains: sharp, cutting, stabbing; shooting, stitching; Lightning-Like In Coming And Going (Belladonna); intermittent paroxysm becoming almost unbearable, driving patient to frenzy; rapidly changing place (Lac caninum, Pulsatilla), with a constricting sensation (Cact., Iodium, Sulphur), CRAMPING, in neuralgic affections of stomach, abdomen and pelvis (Caulophyllum, Coloc.).

So, you see, all we’ve got from this dog is slowness, “lethargy” she called it, moving very slowly. Plus, Mag-phos is not worse damp weather. It’s worse for cold, but not rainy.

Elaine, that was a wonderful explanation, loved it thoroughly. Yeah, I can never forget that Mag-phos is for cold but not damp.

Here, this might help, from Murphy’s Materia Medica:

“Allen adds to the above that the pains rapidly change place, that cramping is the most characteristic type of the Mag-p. pains. Dread of cold air, of uncovering, of touching the affected part, of moving, of cold washing.”

Thanks a lot for being so very patient and answering all our queries.

With heartfelt regards,

Vamsi Sudha


Dr. B, unfortunately, we have no winners this month.  But, 6 brave quiz readers dared to hazard a guess; so, I suggest we give a shout-out to…..



Dr. Kimtsou




 shout Thanks for voting! 

See you next time!


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

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