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Revisiting: No One Said Being A Homeopath Was Easy!

Revisiting: No One Said Being A Homeopath Was Easy!
Written by Elaine Lewis

Revisiting: No One Said Being A Homeopath Was Easy!. Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Don’t tell me you missed last month’s quiz!!! Here it is again with the answer to follow:


Shana, you are not going to believe this! I was at Whole Foods today….

Shana at FSS reunion

Mom, you better tell people what “Whole Foods” is.

OK. It’s a health food store the size of a supermarket, and quite grand, I must say. Shana, get a picture.


So, there I was, standing in the checkout line–Shana, get a picture of the check out line!


So I was standing in the checkout line, minding my own business, as usual, not paying attention to what was going on, when all of a sudden I hear the bagger saying to the cashier, “What is this, ‘Happy Days’?” referring to the music being piped into the store.

Mom, you better tell people what “Happy Days” is.

OK. Happy Days is a TV comedy from the ’70’s about the ’50’s! Shana, get a picture of “Happy Days”!


So that’s when I realized that Ricky Nelson’s watered-down version of “I’m Walkin'” was playing over the loud speakers!

Isn’t that a Fats Domino song?

Yes it’s a Fats Domino song!  That’s the whole point! (Shana, get a picture of Ricky Nelson.)


So, the bagger says, “Everybody knows that rock ‘n’ roll stinks before the Beatles!”

No!!  He did not!!!!

I’m serious!!!!!!

Do we need a picture of The Beatles?

No, Shana, even the 20-year-old bagger guy knew who The Beatles were!  So, I blurted out, “THAT’S A FATS DOMINO SONG!!!” I was met with blank stares and mild incredulity. (Shana, get me a picture of Fats Domino)

 Fats Domino

Check!  (Leave it to you, Mom, to create an incident at Whole Foods!)  The important thing is, you struck a blow for Truth in Rock ‘n’ Roll!….again!  To the extent that anyone knew what you were talking about.


I guess no one ever said homeopathy was going to be easy.  What are we doing?

I’m not sure!

Do we have any patients this month?

More than likely, this is the Hpathy Quiz, isn’t it?  Oddly enough, we’re back to Gabi again, only this time it’s her son, Santiago.  He’s only 5 years old and has some sort of virus.  Here’s what Gabi wrote:

Hi again, Elaine. Santi had just come out of the bath and I had wrapped him up and put him in his pj’s and robe and put him to bed under the duvet. I know it’s a bit much but the house was cold and with wet hair I was afraid he would get sick. He had been a bit complainy all day but I had not paid much attention to it. This was at night.

So, I go to look in on him after I finish putting things away. He was asleep. His face was bright red! I touched him and he was really hot; so, I proceeded to undress him a bit and uncover him and I gave him Belladonna without even thinking about it. (Between you and me Elaine, I am running out of potencies so you will surprised here at what I have been using.) I gave him a 200c and there was no real improvement. I figured that with such a high potency he should be calmer and less agitated right away (he kept moving and going up and down and in and out of the covers) so next I gave Sulphur for the redness…dumb me. No reaction. I waited about 20 minutes to give it some thought.

He happened to be sleeping with his mouth open so I decided to smell his breath and it was very strong; so, I finally put two and two together, also recalling that I had noticed his tongue was white and gave one dose of ____________ 1M, (yes, I know, a little high but that was all I had). He calmed down instantly and fell asleep. That’s it!!!!


So….what is it? Do you know the remedy? Write to me at [email protected] and let me know; the right answer will be in next month’s ezine. Shana, get that video of Fats Domino with Ricky Nelson joining him on “I’m Walkin'”!

Here it is!  (Eat your heart out, Beatles!)


Ricky and Fats 2


How did we do? Here are our vote totals:




Nux vomica-2




Kali mur.


Rhus tox

It looks like our crack team of homeopaths was right again! Yes, it was Mercury! How did we know? Of course the bad breath gave us our first clue. But what else? For me, it was the “under the covers/out of the covers” behavior that solved the mystery! A lot of you saw it as “restlessness”, undoubtedly, and picked Arsenicum; but, you could also see it as Mercury’s famous “narrow range of temperature tolerance”! They’re cold so they put the covers on, two seconds later, they’re hot, so they throw the covers off, and so it goes. They would do the same thing with the thermostat, or opening and closing the windows if they could. So, we had two big keynotes for Mercury here. Let’s congratulate our winners:

  • Caralyn
  • Abby Beale
  • Chris Gregory
  • Lowanna
  • Maria Georgas
  • Sinead

Unfortunately, someone didn’t sign their email, but here’s what he or she said. While we’re at it, let’s look at this person’s choice of rubrics:

Dear Elaine,

According to the following rubrics the remedy can be Mercurius

[Boenning ] [Face]Red:Bright:

I looked in Boenninghausen’s repertory and there were only two remedies under Face, red, bright–Belladonna and Stramonium Under Face, red, there are 130 remedies, many of them in bold, making this a useless rubric.

[Boenning ] [Fever]Pathological types:Inflammatory:

How do we know this? Don’t make assumptions. In fact, the presence of bad odors in a case usually suggests that the pathology is not inflammatory but, more likely, septic.

[Boenning ] [Mouth and throat]Tongue:Coated (not clear):White:

There are 80 remedies in this rubric, many of them in bold, making this a useless rubric as well.

[Boenning ] [Mouth and throat]Mouth (buccal cavity), in general:Odour from, bad breath, etc.:
[Boenning ] [Sensation and complaints in general]Infants:Fever:

Santi’s not an infant. But again, fevers in children? Too large a rubric. Too general. Not useful.

[Boenning ] [Sleep]Sleep:Restless:

Restless sleep? Mercury’s only a 1 for that in Murphy’s Repertory; I couldn’t find it in Boenninghausen’s, it’s too large a rubric anyway.

[Boenning ] [Sleep]During sleep,:Mouth:Open:

I didn’t see a sleep chapter in Boenninghausen’s repertory. I checked the mouth chapter and under mouth, open, there was no subrubric “during sleep”. In Murphy’s Repertory, I did find, Mouth: open, sleep, during and Mercurius was there as a 1.

[Boenning ] [Time]Time:Night:

Night time aggravation is too big a rubric with 149 remedies and most of them in bold.

[Boenning ] [Sensation and complaints in general]Burning:Of external parts:

With 122 remedies, most of them in bold, this is another useless rubric.

[Boenning ] [Sensation and complaints in general]Ill, sense of being(sick feeling, etc.):

No, really! “I feel sick” is a totally useless symptom for homeopaths.

[Boenning ] [Sensation and complaints in general]Restlessness:Corporal:

Restlessness, too large a rubric. 92 remedies, half of them in bold and if I looked in Murphy’s…well, let me look…. Over 400 remedies, a meaningless, useless rubric; it means practically every remedy is restless in one sense or another.

Dr. B, I guess you can’t remind people often enough of Paragraph 153 of the Organon: “…the most striking, strange, rare, peculiar signs and symptoms in the case are almost exclusively the ones to which close attention should be given …. More general and indefinite symptoms, such as loss of appetitie, headache, weakness, troubled sleep, discomfort, etc., if not more precisely qualified, deserve little attention because one finds something general of the kind in almost every disease and almost every medicine.”

What do our winners–including “Anonymous”– get, Dr. B?


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


About the author

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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