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Revisiting: Scary Halloween Virus Hits The Heartland!


Revisiting: Scary Halloween Virus Hits The Heartland!. Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Shana, don’t look now but, remember the scary quiz from last month’s ezine?

No, and neither does anyone else, Mom.

I guess we need to hit the rewind button again….

Hitting…and….. action!


To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit –  Scary Halloween Virus Hits The Heartland!





Alert voter, Maria, writes:

Ok, I am between 2 remedies. After struggle, I left out Aconite which was my 3rd option. So I have to vote between Belladona and Stramonium. I will go with Stramonium for the mental aggravation at night, the strong fear of dark. Otherwise it has many similarities with belladonna concerning the after or during fever effects, the talking in the sleep etc. But from belladonna I would expect bad or wild behavior. This case has the smell of insanity somehow, so I will vote Stramonium.

You know, you have to give me credit for ruling out Mancinella; hahahhahahha!


Maria, is that a maniacal laugh, apropos Halloween? Well stop it, you’re scaring me! But, you’re right, it is Stramonium!

Wow I am gonna party for this! I was sure I would have to guess twice- as I always do ::PPPPPPP

Thank you, it was a very good quiz and guess what helped me make the final decision?


An article in the hpathy ezine on insanity

I wrote that????? Geez, maybe I should read it, I might learn something. Here it is now:

STRAMONIUM (Stink-weed)

High energy and intensity are striking in this remedy. VIOLENCE or fear of violence is a keynote. Night is a good time to look for Stramonium symptoms because they are AFRAID OF THE DARK, they are worse at night and may need ALL THE LIGHTS ON in the room; a hall light or night light may not be sufficient. NIGHT TERRORS–shrieking in sleep, tossing and turning, sitting up and not knowing anyone, terrified, and not remembering the event the next morning, especially in children, is characteristic. What would cause this state in a person? A high fever, a suppressed fever, a stroke, meningitis, a recent FRIGHT or a fright they’ve never gotten over, sunstroke, a dog bite, a head injury, rabies, and alcoholism, are all possible causes.

Other Stramonium symptoms include:
Ceaseless talking.
Fear of tunnels.
Desire to escape.
Eyes staring wide; eyes half open during sleep.
Face–expression of terror.
Believes he is possessed by the devil or has other issues with the devil or devils.
There may be an absence of pain where pain would be normal.

RAVING MANIA, super-human strength, dilated pupils, red face, violent rages, manic-depression.

Biting, striking, strangling.

Fear of water, including the sight of running water, the sound of water, GETTING THE HEAD WET in the shower or the swimming pool, fear of shining objects, reflecting objects, glittering objects, mirrors; fear of animals, dogs, disease, ghosts, suffocation, claustrophobia, death, anything like death, such as the color black or cemetaries, etc. Conversely, they may dress all in black or seek out cemetaries and the like.


STAMMERING. Makes explosive efforts to get the first syllable out.

Grimmacing, twitches.
Hallucinations: sees animals coming at him, sees ghosts, talks to spirits, hears voices.

(All the insanity remedies seem to have religious affections– praying, talking to God, believing he is some great religious figure, etc., so, we can’t rely on this feature to differentiate among them.)

Well! Wow, how about that?! It’s all there! I should probably add that I checked and found Stramonium in the “talks in sleep” rubric as a 2; plus it’s a 3 under “excessive loquacity”! So, what do we have here that goes for these 3 cases? We have fear of being attacked by animals, look of terror, not recognizing anybody, fear of dark things, shrieking in sleep, and constant, non-stop talking…what more could anyone ask for? And notice how you don’t need to have every symptom of a remedy to prescribe it. One child only had a little bit of fear and the rest was non-stop, ceaseless talking in sleep! In fact, none of the three cases were exactly alike but, interestingly, they all had a piece of the Stramonium picture! Let’s give a round of applause to our winners, shall we?

Maria Theodorou, Maryam from Pakistan, Diderik Finne and Alix!

Congratulations everybody, see you back here in December!

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 [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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