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Revisiting: Prettier Than Kelly (But Dont Say Anything!)

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Revisiting: Prettier Than Kelly (But Dont Say Anything!). Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Who missed last month’s thrilling quiz? I don’t see how anyone could have, thanks to Dr. B’s special reminder, but, here it is again anyway, the answer to follow:

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – Much Prettier Than Kelly (But Dont Say Anything!)

OK! Well, as I mentioned in the editorial, the response to this quiz was absolutely overwhelming! Ninety-six votes! I am awash in quiz answers, this has never happened before! I want to thank everyone who voted and hope to see all of you back the next time too! So, now, what was the answer here? Most of your votes went for Colocynth, Mag-phos., Sepia and Viburnum–not to mention Chamomilla and Nux vomica! Viburnum, which is “cramp bark”, makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? All really good choices!

Better from pulling the knees up, chilliness, sharp pains… all go especially well for Mag-p. and Coloc. So why didn’t these really good remedies work?

Are all of you familiar with what we call the “concomitant” in homeopathy? Whenever we’re taking an acute case, the first words that should come to mind are:





The concomitant is the symptom that’s there, but has nothing, really, to do with the case. For instance, a headache with one runny eye. Why should that be happening? What does it have to do with the headache? Nothing! That’s why it’s so important to us. Whatever remedy we choose has to have this odd symptom. This is another way of saying, what’s PECULIAR in this case? There’s the famous paragraph 153 from The Organon by Samuel Hahnemann that we call “the Strange, Rare and Peculiar clause” that states:

The more striking, strange, unusual, peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms in the case are especially, almost exclusively, the ones to which close attention should be given. (my emphasis)

So, what is the concomitant in this case? What is Peculiar? It’s the burping! It has nothing to do with the cramps and she hadn’t just eaten which might have explained it, so….at 1:00 in the morning when you have absolutely no inclination to look in the repertory, which remedy has burping? Right, Carbo veg!

I gave it to her, not feeling very hopeful because, let’s face it, who ever heard of giving Carbo veg. for cramps! But, it worked! It just goes to show you how brilliant Hahnemann was that he made this observation–it’s what’s peculiar in the case that, more often than not, leads to the remedy.

Here’s what one of our readers said:

Hi Elaine,

the remedy for the Feb 2008 quiz is “CARBO VEG”

Carbo veg is always belching and slightly relieved for a while. All the symptoms are ameliorated by eructations. It has great thirst during chill. It has colic and pain in limbs and sleeps with legs drawn up.

Cheekala Sujatha

And sooooooooooooooo…..out of 96 people who wrote in, who are the lucky winners?

Congratulations goes to:

Zara Lashkova

Flora Zorn

Cheekala Sujatha


S K Malik



I also want to point out that Chris Ryan wrote in and said liquid Calcium-Magnesium would have worked just as well.

And finally, G. Vijayakumari wrote in saying she got Belladonna right for November and didn’t get credit, so, congratulations to her and to all our other winners.

Any prizes, 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

Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom.  Elaine takes online cases. Visit her website at:

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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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