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Revisiting: Kelly, The Godperson of Acute Cases


Revisiting: Kelly, The Godperson of Acute Cases. Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Does anybody remember last month’s quiz?  Here it is again:


To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – Kelly: The Godperson of Acute Cases


OK!  Caralyn gave us a great case, didn’t she?  So, who got the answer right?  This case must have terrified just about everyone because almost no one wrote in!  However, when the first two people got the right answer, I thought it was going to be a landslide but only one more right answer came in, and it was… Veratrum alb.!

Listen, did you know, in Murphy’s repertory, 3rd ed., there is only one remedy listed under:

Stomach: vomiting, diarrhea during, violent and profuse, and it’s Veratrum alb.?

Now, if you look under what I considered to be the Strange, Rare and Peculiar symptoms in the case–desire for vinegar and acid fruits–(Desires sour food)–and the “electric” pain sensation (Generals: electric, shocks, pain), the remedy is clearly confirmed, being a 3 in both rubrics. So, “D” is fine now, he doesn’t get these horrible episodes anymore; in fact, I was there at Caralyn’s for her Passover seder, and “D” missed the whole thing!  I gave him Colocynth because of the writhing on the floor in pain, it helped maybe 60%, I didn’t know about the electric-like pains then; as soon as Caralyn told me that, I said, “Veratrum alb!”

So, let’s see who our three big winners are this time:  We have Ravi Narayan from beautiful downtown Mumbai, we have S. C. Kursija and finally Lisa who wrote the following:

Hi Elaine,

I am a new subscriber to the newsletter, and also a brand new Homeopathy student (British Institute of Homeopathy). I’ve been using homeopathy for 12 years for my family for all kinds of acute situations only. I love your case examples and they are helping me learn how to use my Materia Medica better. I am going to give my best shot at choosing a remedy for the Jan. quiz. Here goes 🙂

I picked VERATRUM ALBUM based on the chronic diarrhea, intense vomiting, hiccups, stomach pain, electrical pains and the fact that he likes fruit juice (at least he did when he was younger and there’s no mention that he doesn’t like it any longer). The one thing that doesn’t fit this remedy is the foul smell as Verbascum a. has odorless stools.

Looking forward to reading the Feb. case!!!


Lisa, you’re right about the stool being odorless in veratrum, but, you can also find veratrum under Stool: odor, sour and Stool: odor, offensive, even if only as a 1, it’s still there.

So, Dr. B, what have our friends won this time?


This month’s winners will get a special 30% discount on one order of books from Hpathy Mall.

Click Here for Prize Guidelines

I also request our previous prize winners, Alyona and Sujatha to please write to Dr. B at [email protected] and give him your addresses so he can mail your prizes to you.

Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

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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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