Clinical Cases

Revisiting: Pizza Gets Bad Reviews

Written by Elaine Lewis

Pizza fails to hit the spot! Did you guess the right remedy?

As you may recall from our last episode, Shana’s half-brother Earl had over-indulged in pizza from Pizza Hut, which I can assure you IS, truly, the greasiest, cheesiest, heaviest pizza I have ever had in my entire life!  Here’s the case again with the answer to follow:


Recently, Shana’s half-brothers and sister and cousin were over to the house, and that can only mean one thing:

One Large Pizza to go!

I called Pizza Hut.  Do all of you out there know what a pizza is?

It’s a round thing made with white flour, tomato sauce and sprinkled generously with grated cheese. You pop it in a very hot oven for 10 minutes.  You carve it up like a pie and eat a slice of it–or two or three.  Apparently Shana’s brother had one slice too many!  I found him slumped over in the chair the following morning.  He informed me that he hadn’t felt well all night.  He said he felt very heavy and could hardly stand up — and I suspect he might have been nauseous too.  I put a 30C pellet of ____________ in water and told him to take a sip.  He told me later that day, “That remedy you gave me straightened me right up!”  In fact, he told everybody! 


So, gang, which remedy came to the rescue?  Do you know that out of thirty-four respondents, most of you voted for Nux Vomica?  Who says homeopaths can’t agree?!  Unfortunately, you agreed on the wrong remedy!  Now think about it: pizzas are very heavy with melted cheese, therefore, it’s a fatty meal.  Check your Materia Medica.  (I’ll look in Murphy’s.)  It says that Nux v., “Loves fats and tolerates them well.”  Hmm…that’s the last thing we would need in this case; a remedy that tolerates fats well!  Also…  Nux Vomica’s indigestion kicks in hours after eating — usually in the morning. (“…nausea in the morning after eating….worse eating, some time after….Several hours after eating.”)  Earl, however, felt bad all night.  Also, the sensation in Nux v. is that of a weight in the stomach or a knot or a stone.  Earl, however, had a heavy sensation all over.  The following rubrics are from Murphy’s Repertory:

Food, heavy food aggravates

Stomach, nausea, general, fats, agg. eating, after (fats aggravate after eating)

Stomach, nausea, general food, rich, from (rich food aggravates)


The remedy that comes out on top is Pulsatilla!  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, apparently many of you didn’t know, but, Pulsatilla is our premiere remedy for ailments from fatty food!  In fact, when I saw that Earl was sick from Pizza, I went right for the Pulsatilla without even thinking about it! 

Here’s what Murphy’s MM says regarding Nux vomica: “Desire for stimulants. Craves spicy food, beer, fat food, chalk, drugs, tobacco, stimulants.  Loves fats and tolerates them well, (Pulsatilla opposite.)”  So, Murphy is saying here that Nux vomica and Pulsatilla are OPPOSITES!  One craves fats and does well with them, the other does not!

Now, I don’t want to give the impression that everybody voted for Nux vomica, some of you did get it right!  So, congratulations go to:

Dr. Arshad, Dr. Syed Areeb Ali, Anant P.Singh, Vibha Bhatia and Valerian who, alone, presented a reason: “Pulsatilla; The generous cheese <, suspected nausea!“.  Thank you, Valerian! (Translation: aggravation from too much cheese!!!!!)


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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