Clinical Cases

Revisiting: QUIET!!!!

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Written by Elaine Lewis

Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Did anybody read last month’s Peabody Award-Winning Quiz? Here it is again with the answer to follow:


Shana, it’s time for the September Quiz, what have we got?

Shana close up graduation

We’ve got a case about Luke, Mom.

Shobi’s son Luke? 4-year-old Luke?

Yes! You remember his case from “Homeopathy In The Middle of the Night”?

Oh, yes, he was screaming with a headache and a high fever!  What’s he got this time?

According to Shobi, he’s loud.

He’s what?

She says he’s too loud!

What do you mean he’s too loud?

He’s talking too loud!

What does that mean?

I don’t know!

Since when is that a complaint?

Since when is what a complaint?

Talking too loud!

I don’t think I am!


Didn’t say I was what????




Mom, start the pizza!

Can you start the case?

If I have to.  OK… Ahem!  Here we have Shobi’s email dated August 26, 2008. It says:


Here’s Luke’s case. Yesterday I saw the following:

Loud speech–when he talks to you or replies to a question. He is incredibly loud! And doesn’t seem to realise how loud he is.

He is also telling me that he doesn’t like the attention I give my mother – that it’s not fair that I have to be with her and talk to her as much as I do!!

He would prefer if she just wanted to be with him & Satchel without me interrupting them – or vice-versa.

Then the sleeplessness. He gets in bed and just can’t fall asleep. It’s been two straight nights – my mom has only been here 2 nights!

The eczema patch becomes incredibly itchy on getting into bed. Then it eases away on it’s own once I go in & reassure him. In the meantime he is wide awake and he tells me that he wishes he could sleep like Satchel who can sleep the minute his head hits the pillow. Before my mom’s visit, Luke had the sleeplessness – however it was more due to being overtired at night time or if he had something that had artificial colourings/sweeteners after dinner.

While he lies there he tells me that scary things come in his head – images of things that scare him…like Batman, for instance… images in the daytime he has seen on TV, books etc. Batman, he loves & is fearful of at night or when alone.

Both nights he woke up between 1.30-2am to drink water – he drank gulps of water and went back to sleep.

So, what do you think?? I’m going in circles!



Vote totals

  • Sulphur–3
  • Arsenicum–2
  • Stramonium–2
  • Hyoscyamus–2
  • Silica–1
  • Lachesis–1
  • Causticum–1
  • Belladonna-1

So, how did we do? Don’t ask. I hate to say it, but, we have no winners this month!

Yes, I see the Sulphur people saw that the eczema was worse in bed, and the Arsenicum people saw the thirst and fear at night and desire for company and the Lachesis and Hyoscyamus people saw the loud speech; so, nice try, everyone; but, here’s what I saw:

1. He needs to be the center of attention.

2. He’s sleepless since Grandmom came for a visit two days before.

3. The eczema stops itching after being consoled.

4. Scary things come into his head as he lies awake, things he’s seen on TV during the day, in books, Batman, etc.

5. He wakes at night to drink gulps of water.

What remedy covers all these things? I started with what seemed like the easiest symptom to look up–Waking from thirst. There were only 2 remedies in bold and one of them was Phosphorus. Does Phosphorus cover this case? I’ll say it does! Phosphorus absolutely needs to be the center of attention! They desire company and are extroverts. In fact, when you think about it, talking loud is a good way to get attention and a good way to show off and be noticed if your grandmother is there for a visit!

Phosphorus children are also very enthusiastic and excited. Something like Grandma coming for a visit is enough to cause so much excitement that Phosphorus won’t be able to fall asleep at night.

Something else you should know about Phosphorus, they are very impressionable and have over-active imaginations! A scary movie they see during the day will surely be on their mind when they go to bed at night. The rubric is Fantasies, imaginations, falling to sleep, on.

They have trouble with boundaries. Unwanted thoughts and images easily intrude. However, the positive side to being so impressionable is that they receive reassurance easily too! They are easily reassured, easily consoled. If you tell them, “You’re going to be fine,” they’ll believe you! Consolation ameliorates all of Phosphorus’ complaints! Arsenicum, on the other hand, wants to be consoled but no amount of consolation is ever enough! They’ll make you repeat yourself over and over again!

“Are you sure I’m going to be OK?”

“Yes, you’re going to be OK!”

“But are you sure?”

“Yes, I’m sure!”

“You really think so?”

“Yes, I really think so!”

“How can you be so sure?”

You see, they don’t really believe you. They want reassurance, but they can’t accept it! Phosphorus actually accepts it. So, you can see from the repertorization below that Phosphorus wins hands down!


So, no winners; but, try this month’s quiz; even I got it right!


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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