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Revisiting: What Remedy Is Beethoven?

Elaine Lewis
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Elaine gives the answer to last month’s Quiz!

Hello, Mom!

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 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:



Beethoven Lives Upstairs – part 4


And then write to us at 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.



Nux vomica-2

OK, how did we do?  Is anybody there?  You’re on the air at!

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.”

About the author

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 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

Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

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  • Hi Elaine,

    This quiz was phenomenal, not only it was interesting to judge an historical personality, the way you answered was simply great. You taught us not only Sulphur, but other remedies like Arsenicum, Nux Vomica, Lycopodium and Staphysgaria, etc. very well. Normally Homeopaths get confused between remedies, the skill to eliminate other remedies is also very important. I liked the argument, “Will Arsenicum write on the wall??”. Need to learn a lot from you…

    thanks and regards,

  • Elaine,

    I am spellbound reading your explanations. Your explanations for the quiz were outstanding. Your personification of the remedies is marvelous. Elaine, This quiz is a feather in you cap. Your description of Sulphur as “Eruptive like Lava” was the touchstone for Sulphur. Beethoven was eruptive in thoughts as well as anger…The eruptive quality of lava is seen in all his actions……

    I also liked the Nux vomica explanation also, “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.” …thats the reason he is also in need of stimulants all the time…….

    Great quiz Elaine … as always…quite educative…