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Revisiting: “Everglades National Park” Needs Help!

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Revisiting: “Everglades National Park” Needs Help!. Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Did anyone miss our quiz from last month?  If you did, here it is again with the answer to follow:

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – “Everglades National Park” Needs Help!

So, ladies and gentlemen, I think first we have to learn from Kelly’s mistake, namely that mindlessly repeating the remedy can result in aggravations, with the result being that a new remedy is frantically looked for when you really had the right one all along.  Sometimes we do this because we’re so worried and want something to happen really fast; but, if a complaint came on slowly and you’re into day-2 already, then giving a remedy only half an hour to work seems a bit hasty.  I should think you’d want to wait at least an hour, and then you’d be looking for the child to appear more relaxed and normal in appearance as a sign that the remedy was working.  

Fourteen of you voted, and half of you picked Mercury!  This is not hard to understand, as Mercury is famous for its foul odors, especially bad breath.  Unfortunately, you picked the wrong remedy.  OK, I think we all agree that the most striking feature of the case is the horrible smell!  Here is the rubric:

Fever: putrid–ars., BAPT., crot-h., ECHI., lach., mur-ac., phos-ac., PYROG., sec.

If we add to this symptom, Mind: dullness, fever, during–you’ll see that only Baptisia covers both symptoms.

If you add, Fever: high, children, in–again, only Baptisia covers all three symptoms.

If we look at Murphy’s Materia Medica under Baptisia, we find:

” Face: Dusky, stupid. Besotted look. Dark red. … Great thirst … Dull and confused mind. Inability to think. Indifference. Ideas confused. … Discharges and exhalations fetid. Foul odor of the body, breath; of excretions, stools, sweat, urine etc. … influenza. The besotted look, bleary eyes, aching head, sore throat, pains and soreness all over the body and profound prostration. These indicate Baptisia before any other remedy.”

You might think of this remedy as Gelsemium with a great thirst; or, Gelsemium, only worse! In fact, the first remedy Kelly gave was Gelsemium, and it seemed to help at first, didn’t it?  So, if you’re seeing a case where you’re thinking, “This looks like a Gelsemium flu–lethargic, droopy, dull, dizzy with fever…but the patient is thirsty and he smells awful!”  Think of Baptisia!!!!

We were also missing two very common Mercury symptoms in this case–the famous narrow range of temperature tolerance and the excessive salivation. Kelly’s son was ameliorated from being wrapped up warmly. Mercury would have tolerated this for a few seconds but quickly would have become over-heated and thrown the covers off.  Then he would have become cold and wanted the covers back on!  That’s Mercury for you.

So, who won? We have two winners–Anonymous (again!) and Rajiv Prasad, who wrote:

Dear Elaine,

I think the answer to this month’s monthly quiz is Baptisia. It has all the symptoms of the case viz. the fever developing over a few days, the cough with fever, the thirst, burning hot and red face and ears.  Most importantly it also has the important concomitant of strong and horrible odor of the body and discharges. One could mistake this case for Belladona, but Belladona does not have horrible odor which I think is a key point in this case.

With regards

Rajiv Prasad

Brilliant, Rajiv, absolutely brilliant!!!  Congratulations to our two lovely winners!  See you next time!


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom.  Elaine takes online cases. Visit her website at:  Write to her at [email protected]

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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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