Hello little Shana!
I see we’re doing another “completely different” Quiz again!
Well, Shana, since you got to do your favorite TV show last month, I get to do my favorite movie this month; which, as you may know is….
“Beethoven Lives Upstairs”?
Exactly! A little-known Canadian production which, as far as I’m concerned, should have won an Academy Award — for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score, Best….(What are the other catagories?)
Mom, I think we get the idea that you liked the movie!
LIKED?! People, do yourselves a favor, run, do not walk, to the nearest movie-renting place and rent this movie!
Mom, there are no more Blockbusters or movie-renting establishments of the like anymore.
If you want people to see the movie for themselves they will have to visit amazon.com. Anyway, I get why you liked it. Neil Munro (the actor who played Beethoven) did an excellent job. His portrayal was passionate and lively.
Before I forget, do you have any of your timely announcements to make?
Yes, have you seen our ad in the hpathy ezine?
Yes, but I don’t think anyone else has, it’s kind of buried in the side-bar in a cluster of other ads. It’s all about our March Madness Sale!
What made you decide to have a sale, Mom?
Dr. B is having a sale.
Our sale is going to be much better than Dr. B’s! We’re going to have music, dancing…..It’s going to be the Sale of the Century!
I had no idea! Will there be Rabbits? Cows?
Most assuredly! Here come the cows now!
Mom, those are dogs.
I was told there’d be cows.
Well, so much has been going on in the past month! We have 90 days left until the Barry Gibb concert!
How will I manage for the next 90 days?
The 30th Anniversary of the Scorpions album “Love at First Sting” (1984) just passed.
Just passed what?
No, Mom, the anniversary just passed!
No one cares, Shana!
It has this epic song called “Crossfire” that sounds like a military march.
Oh how grand! A military march! Just what we all need! And as you know, there’s only one song by the Scorpions I like and I can never remember the name of it. Do you know who really had an epic song called “Crossfire”? The Orlons in 1963!
“Caught in the middle of a…Crossfire! Caught in the middle of a….crossfire!”
Mom!!!! You know the rules: No singing!
You kids and your rules!
You can sing when I’m not here.
And when will that be, pray tell?
In a little bit because I am going to play the song you like by the Scorpions–“Believe In Love”–released in 1988, and will be in my own world.
Well, as long as you know the way back… And by the way, I don’t like it that much!
Why couldn’t I have lived through the eighties?
The eighties?!!!! Why would anyone want to have lived through the eighties and witnessed the decline of the United States and most of the western world thanks to Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and their tax breaks for the rich!
Oh look here it is now.
“Believe In Love”, click below:
Now if you will excuse me I am going to play air guitar while Klaus Meine’s beautiful voice takes me away.
Spare me! And P.S., I’m sure you won’t mind if I take this opportunity to do the dishes.
This is why my cousin Jon is cooler than you are.
Jon is not cooler than I am!
You know who else is cooler than you? Andre Gardner!
He is not!
And speaking of Andre Gardner of WMGK, I should probably report on our road trip to Andre’s “Hometown of the Week” at J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Havertown, PA.
Since the traffic was a complete mess, you probably shouldn’t bother. Shana, it would be good if we could possibly move on to the Death Report. Did anybody die this month?
Shirley Temple died at 85.
I thought she died years ago!
Cute little Shirley Temple….
The news said natural causes so I guess it was just her time. 85 is old enough to die, right?
Yeah, I guess it’s old enough. I, for one, plan to be dead by then.
The only Shirley Temple film I remember is “Heidi”.
But, what an excellent movie it was! Her best, as far as I’m concerned!
I don’t even remember who Shirley Temple was always tap-dancing with.
Oh dear! It was Bill “Bojangles” Robinson!
I guess that’s all for the death report.
Thank goodness, I sensed that our audience was starting to doze off!
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is time for…
The HPATHY QUIZ!!!!!!!!!
Put your thinking caps on! Watch these three clips from “Beethoven Lives Upstairs”, I’ve chosen parts 3, 4 (I couldn’t get part 4 to paste so click on the link) and 5; or watch the whole movie if you can find it, and tell us:
WHAT REMEDY IS BEETHOVEN?
And then write to us at [email protected] and let us know what you think. The answer will be in next month’s ezine.
And now, Shana, time for our new feature which I’m calling (drum roll, please!) “Shana’s Funny Things!”
You know, the funny things you said, as a baby?
Mom, no one wants to hear that!
Of course they do!
And remind me again why people will think they’re funny?
Because I do!
OK, what’s the first one?
Here we go, it’s a “funny thing” from 1996 when you were 3 years old 🙂
“I don’t have to wash my hair, it’s still shiny, and it has perfectly rounded edges!”
Remember, this was not my idea.
OK, how did we do? Is anybody there? You’re on the air at Hpathy.com!
Hi, Elaine, it’s Eva! Would you start him on Syphilinum? It has the deafness, the dipsomania…
Was he an alcoholic? He may have been but It wasn’t part of the movie and that’s all we have to go on.
Megalomania (“I am right the way God is Right!”)
Well, remember, Eva, he was attempting “humor” when he said that…
– delusion superior, exalted is,
Mind: fantasies, exaltation–Syphilinum isn’t there.
Insomnia (“don’t keep my hours!”),
He’s up at night creating, he can’t put his work down; it’s not insomnia in the sense that he lies down and can’t fall asleep. He doesn’t want to sleep, he’s full of ideas.
Syphilinum’s not listed under “rage” for some reason.
Sensitivity to cold.
I couldn’t find Syphilinum under “cold weather agg.” either. Of course, winter in Austria? How cold is that? Maybe we’d all be sensitive to cold in that context.
If not that, then definitely a syphilitic remedy.
Like Aurum. He does apologise for his temper.
Right, and there’s a rubric for that, and Syphilinum’s not there either. That’s a very important clue, by the way.
Incidentally, Beethoven has long been suspected to have suffered from syphilis, but after testing his hair for mercury (which in those days was the only ‘cure’ applied to this) and finding none, this was ruled out.
This suspicion obviously stems from his symptoms mimicking Syphilis. So, OK, I’ll go with Syphilinum. I would do an LM6. Seems to me a good opener as a first prescription. What about you, what posology?
What about LM1 and going up one step at a time as per aphorism 270(f) of The Organon? (“And in chronic diseases, one can best proceed by beginning the treatment with the lowest degrees of dynamization and if necessary continue to the higher degrees….”)
Hey, thanks for the treat, I did enjoy the buzz from that music!
Me too! I was very anxious to do this quiz because last month, we did Sheldon Cooper of “The Big Bang Theory” and half the people thought he was Sulphur because he was a “genius”. So, I knew it was incumbent upon me to do a Sulphur quiz next time, and this is it!
Did you hear Beethoven say, “Composers are made of fire!”? Sulphur is fire! This is why they have so many issues with heat–worse hot bathing, worse heat of the bed, hot, sweaty, burning sensations, red lips, red face, flushing easily, red orifices, etc. Sulphur is a product of volcanic eruptions. Did you notice his eruptive temper? I thought sure when he said, “Composers are made of fire,” everyone would know he was Sulphur.
From Murphy’s MM we have the following under Sulphur:
“Persons of nervous temperament, quick-motioned, quick-tempered….Very selfish, no regard for others. … Egotistical and obstinate. Intellectuals. Busy all the time. Hopeful dreamers. … Imagines himself a great man. … catarrhal deafness. … Wakes frequently and becomes wide awake suddenly. Cannot sleep between 2 and 5 a.m.”
That is interesting, Elaine! I may have suffered from ‘self-blindness’ here, as I seem to have a goodly dollop of Sulphur myself. In fact one of my favourite cases is a Sulphur one, where I only found it because she annoyed me so much – and then I realised she got up my nose because she was so much like me!
Even down to a huge shoulder bag stuffed full with all sorts of stuff.
(The Sulphur worked like a charm.)
Ok, so in tried and true Sulphur fashion I shall proceed to try and argue for Syphilinum. Hah!
If you can, please do!
Yes, that’s the gossip in musical circles, that Ludwig was hooked on the bottle:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1071597/
(as was his father: http://www.midiworld.com/beethoven1.htm )
But Sulphur is known to have a drinking problem as well.
Syphilinum has the sensitivity to cold which his landlady refers to when she says this is why he is planning to move.
Sulphur is a 2 under Cold Weather Agg.
Also madness is a feature of Syphilinum.
He’s not “mad”, per se, Eva. At least not in this movie. He’s just very difficult to work with. Everything has to be done his way and in his time, he knows best. And all his “eruptions” (“It is they who can’t keep up with me!”)…. Remember, having a temper doesn’t make you a mad man or insane. It means you’re irritable and impatient. He’s irked by musicians who aren’t trying hard enough, a house-keeper who throws away his notes because they look like “scribbles”…think about volcanos where Sulphur comes from, he’s just like a volcano–he erupts!
Then there’s this lady’s response to his proposal of marriage: “He once asked a woman to marry him, and she responded; ‘you are ugly and half crazy, of course not.”’ http://www.midiworld.com/beethoven1.htm
We have to separate the real person from the character shown in the movie. His real life may be quite different. However, I think anyone would have to agree that no woman could be married to him.
On the other hand, the gossip that he suffered from Syphilis himself seems to have been disproved: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17214130 Well, looking at this email, I may not have convinced you of Beethoven’s need for Syphilinum, but my Sulphur constitution seems to be pretty clear!
Here is what I repertorized:
And of course, Sheldon is nowhere near Sulphur…
We definitely agree on that.
Blast! You are just too convincing! Syphilinum is not even getting a look-in.
A complete no-show!
Sulphur it is… Cheers for that!
Is the caller there? Hello!
Tough quiz, really really really tough… But I like very much this kind of quiz! The only remedy I came up with was China. Silly selection maybe, but this was the best I could do! It could be one of the other artistic remedies but here are the reasons I chose it (Radar keynotes):
– NERVOUS and IRRITABLE.
– SENSITIVE and INTROVERTED.
– Cannot express feelings easily; difficulties showing gratefulness or affection.
– Touchy and easily offended.
– Nervous capacity is on edge; sensibility to noise.
– Can be constant irritation with severe irritability, but a feeling of guilt afterwards.
– Refinement, an artistic element, especially poetry to express themselves.
– Great imagination, ABUNDANT IDEAS in the EVENING IN BED.
– Imagine doing courageous things or make plans about great projects.
Maria, because last month half the people thought Sheldon was Sulphur because he was a “genius”, I knew that meant my next quiz would have to be Sulphur so everyone could see why Sheldon could not have been Sulphur, so, this is it! Beethoven is a Sulphur! Now, it’s true that China (Peruvian Bark) imagines that he has many plans and many projects, but he never really does anything! Now, let me explain about Sulphur. It’s an element made from the eruption of volcanos! Sulphur is all about fire! Remember when he said, “Composers are made of fire”? That’s when I thought everyone was going to guess the remedy. Imagine a person on fire with ideas? What happens? He can’t put them aside, he keeps erupting with more and more ideas! One idea leads to another…you get a picture of this bubbling-up of ideas, like lava.
So what happens? He can’t stop to eat, he can’t stop to bathe, he can’t stop to sleep because he needs to keep putting his ideas on paper lest he should forget them. He neglects himself, he forgets to eat, his personal hygiene, his hair, his clothing, his relationships become non-existent; he doesn’t clean his house; his hair becomes a fright; hence, we have the rubric “untidy” that Sulphur is so famous for; but, you can see why. He is so busy, so enthusiastic, he cannot put his work down, whatever it may be. You saw that Beethoven would get an idea for a note or a chord and he’d quickly write it on the wall so as not to forget it! You probably didn’t see it in the 3 clips I posted; but, when he felt like he was getting too grimy or too sweaty, he would simply pour a bucket of water over his head with no regard to the mess he was making, pat himself dry, and keep going! This is what happens when you can’t put your work down!
Now, what else resembles a volcano? His eruptive temper! He has explosions of temper! “Where are my pencils?! Why are there no pencils here?!” “No, no, no, I can tell you’re not keeping up with me!” He has no patience, he’s rude because he doesn’t have the patience to come up with a tactful way of explaining himself.
What else about a volcano is like Sulphur? The heat! Sulphur is very effected by heat. Heat aggravates them. Hot showers and baths aggravate, the heat of the bed aggravates, they have hot feet, they stick their feet out of the covers at night. What else? They flush easily, have red faces, red lips, red orifices, hot, sweaty hands.
Sulphur also holds himself in high esteem, imagines himself a great person. Notice he says, “I’m right! The way God, is right!” Maybe you can associate this with how high the lava shoots up into the air during a volcanic eruption, equating, perhaps, with his high self-esteem.
The other thing with Sulphur is is their “quick repentance”, which I think we observed when the house keeper apologized and ironed his shirt, after which he was extremely humbled. So, I think the rubric is “easy to anger quick to apologize”, something like that, I would have to look it up. OK, I looked it up: “Mind: remorse, regret, repents quickly”.
You sure picked a heck of a character! Anyway I am very interested to see what other readers came up with! For me the artistic element was the most decisive for my selection.
But, Maria, all remedy types can be artistic, but they do it in their own way. For instance, would Arsenicum write notes on the wall???? Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Never! You see what I mean? They would very neatly be written on lined paper.
WOW Elaine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You nailed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am speechless, what an analysis! You are absolutely right! Best character analysis I have ever read! Thank you for teaching us in such a way!
Can’t wait for next quiz!
Well, I don’t know if I can top this one, to tell you the truth……
Hello! Is the caller there? You’re on the air at Hpathy.com!
Ok – so I watched the videos.
Hey everybody, it’s Mati Fuller!
Within the first 3 minutes of the first video, I saw dictatorial, perfectionist, fastidious, tyrant, (I’m right and the rest of you are wrong, I’m right and nobody else can do anything right, nothing else is up to my standards and that justifies my disgusting behavior….)
He walks quickly, and at the end he states that all doctors are quacks….
In the second video he starts out unforgiving, and still dictatorial.
He also finds the weather too cold, hint, hint….
He is described as a beast, and the boy says that he doesn’t follow any rules of conduct, he makes his own rules (a true tyrant).
But…hint-hint…the boy loves him! What does that tell you?
They also say that he is famous for his temper.
The deafness has to do with him not wanting to hear what anyone else is saying….
It can only be one remedy – Arsenicum, here to prove that he is right and everyone else is wrong, not appreciating anything anyone does for him because nothing is ever good enough….
Glad I didn’t know him…
I have to disagree with you, Mati. To me he’s a very clear Sulphur. Would Arsenicum say, “All doctors are quacks?” Arsenicums love doctors, because Arsenicum is a hypochondriac who goes from doctor to doctor getting proof that he is sick so everyone will have to fuss over him and feel obligated to stay with him and cater to Arsenicum’s every need.
What Beethoven has is an “explosive” temper, he doesn’t “argue” so much as he “explodes”; he’s impatient, he can’t tolerate mistakes and lacks the patience to express himself tactfully. Sulphur, the element, is a product of volcanos. They have explosions of temper but also of ideas, of creativity, they can’t put their work down, one idea leads to the next, they’re hurried, they can’t stop thinking, their work, their projects, are irresistible; so, they miss meals, don’t stop to eat or bathe or comb their hair–look at his hair, it’s a mess, but he doesn’t care what others think. (“Egotism”–Sulphur is 4, Arsenicum isn’t there. “Excessive self-esteem”–Sulphur is a 3, Arsenicum isn’t there.)
He’s not really “good” at arguing, like Arsenicum; he’s not “litigious”, he just yells, bangs the piano keys, “No, no, you’re not keeping up with me!”
I wouldn’t use the word “fastidious”. The housekeeper got things thrown at her because she threw out his notes, they were just “scribbles”, she said. Would Arsenicum scribble on pieces of paper? No, Arsenicum would write neatly and be well-organized. Beethoven would get an idea for a chord or a note and write it on the wall because the wall was nearby and a piece of paper was somewhere out of reach. Would Arsenicum write on the walls? Scribbling? Writing on the wall? That’s not Arsenicum. Yes, everything had to be perfect and done perfectly according to him, but I wouldn’t use the word fastidious. Sulphur is a 1 under “fastidious”, Arsenicum is a 4. But under “dictatorial”, Sulphur is a 2, Arsenicum only a 1.
Last month, Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory” was an Arsenicum; but, half the people voted for Sulphur because Sheldon was a “genius” who liked to argue. I felt I had to do a Sulphur character this month so everyone would see the difference between an Arsenicum who argues, and a Sulphur who argues.
I don’t really know what it means that the boy likes him in spite of his temper…
Arsenicums aren’t likable under the best of circumstances! As you point out in your book, Arsenicums throw money around to buy loyalty and support, which they seem to need an unending supply of. The boy sees that Mr. Beethoven has a kind heart underneath his explosions of temper. And Beethoven does apologize to the housekeeper when she irons his coat, and what do they say about Sulphur? Quick to anger but quick to apologize?
You are right, that Arsenicums love doctors because they are hypochondriacs and go from doctor to doctor, but they also hate them because they know that they can’t trust them to do things right. The story that goes with Arsenicum shows that he was poisoned by someone he trusted, so the truth is, they don’t really trust anyone. That is why they always try to get another opinion from a different doctor. So, I believe they could say that doctors are quacks.
My experience with Arsenicums is that they can also blow up and not be very tactful. When they need to prove a point to a worthy opponent, they will express themselves with carefully chosen words, but if it is just someone in his household, I have seen Arsenicums impatient and intolerant of mistakes to the point where they stoop to screaming and throwing things instead of arguing. But you are right – Arsenicum won’t miss meals, or stop bathing or combing the hair. The messy hair was actually niggling at me a bit…
…but I know that when I am in a creative flow, I don’t eat or brush my hair either, and I am neither a Sulphur nor an Arsenicum. So, I thought it was a result of his creative drive and therefore missed it as a clue about his remedy.
But the scribbling on the wall – that is something Arsenicum would not do.
I didn’t know what to think of it… So, maybe you are right… He is probably more likely to be a Sulphur…
Thanks again, Mati!
Oh, look who’s here! It’s our friends Miroslav and Jitka!
Here are our answers to the March quiz “What remedy is Beethoven”:
Miroslav thinks that Beethoven is “Staphysagria”, because he throws things.
That’s understandable but let’s talk about why Staphysagria throws things. Staphysagria only picks up something and throws it when he or she absolutely cannot take anymore stress or abuse and has reached the end of his or her rope! Staphysagria puts up with a lot of abuse, she seems to attract abuse, because she cannot stand up for herself and cannot say no. She gets taken advantage of, and then one day she just snaps! Even she is shocked and embarrassed by her “explosion”! She has tried her whole life not to cause a scene, not to draw attention to herself, and now all eyes are on her! As you can see, Beethoven is nothing like that. He doesn’t care what you think of him!
Jitka guesses that Beethoven is Nux Vomica, because he lives “upstairs” (Nux vomica must always be the highest)
Nux vomica is not a bad guess. Nux v. is very impatient, wants to win, be the best at all costs and will stop at nothing, he must succeed. You are right, Nux v. must be the highest, the tops. He is a fighter and a leader, very ambitious, takes charge, needs the constant stimulation of a challenge; so, he’s always most relaxed when he’s working; he’s at his worst when he has nothing to do, the lack of stimulation is irritating to him. If he has nothing to do he will often irritate the people around him, just to get something going that he can sink his teeth into. This may be fine for him but very unnerving for his wife and children and the people who work under him. They can be afraid to be alone with him, not knowing what will set him off or what confrontation he will start next. Some people avoid confrontation but not Nux vomica!
The remedy I picked for Beethoven was Sulphur. Beethoven is not so much ambitious and wanting stimulation as he is caught up in his creative work. Like Nux vomica, Sulphur knows best and is very impatient. If you work for him, he will not tolerate any less than your best effort. But how do I know it’s Sulphur? Beethoven is the very image of Sulphur: a non-conformist, living outside of the establishment, spurning convention, relationships, friendships, he’s a recluse devoted to art and creative pursuits; he has let his appearance go, he doesn’t sleep, he writes on the wall, he scribbles down notes on pieces of paper that the house-keeper mistakes for trash and throws away…. Everything about this image is Sulphur. It’s like the image of Einstein, who would show up to his classes at Princeton in his bedroom slippers, too busy with ideas to notice he hadn’t put his shoes on. Same with Beethoven.
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I think Beethoven’s constitution is Lycopodium – one of those Lycopodiums who share Sulphur characteristics, “projecting confidence, assertiveness, intellectuality, energy, intrepidness, viability.” ( Catherine Coulter. )
I used the rubrics;
Rage, fury, general
Dwells, on, past, disagreeable events
and came to Lycopdium followed by Veratrum and Platina which I felt did not match the characteristics.
Wayne, if the key to the prescription is “shares Sulphur characteristics”, why not just go for Sulphur? By the way, I’m not totally happy with the rubric “rage”. He is not rageful, per se, he explodes with people who aren’t trying hard enough or harming him in some way. He’s too impatient to find a tactful way of explaining what’s wrong. I don’t like the word haughty. Haughty people are trying to impress others, Beethoven doesn’t care what you think of him. There’s no evidence that he dwells on the past, though he does have self-pity over losing his hearing. He’s actually a very sweet man but he doesn’t suffer fools gladly; but notice that the soloists actually like him and joke with him and the boy likes him too. “People like Mr. Beethoven don’t follow the rules, they make their own rules,” Christoff says. Does that sound like it could be Lycopodium, who is so afraid of what others think of him, especially superiors? Lycopodium is only dictatorial at home, to underlings like his wife and children. To peers and superiors he’s a follower and a boot polisher.
Thanks for your reply Elaine.
I chose Lycopodium because in my repertorisation in points it was higher to some degree than Sulphur.
What do you think about the rubric Pompous instead of Haughty?