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Revisiting: Speaking Of Bedwetting….

Elaine gives the answer to last month’s Quiz! Revisiting: Speaking Of Bedwetting….

Mom, it’s time for the quiz.

Shana, don’t look now, but, it’s our 10th year of doing the quiz, our 10th anniversary!  Can you believe it?

Woo-hoo!  Whose case do we have this month?

Ahem!  Well, since you ask…..

I wanted to continue our series of quizzes on “the Big Bang Theory”.

Shana, I don’t know how to tell you this, but, the big bang theory is obsolete!  I just finished watching the Science Channel and as it turns out, the latest theory is “M-theory”.


Sorry, I guess that makes your show irrelevant.  Maybe you should just move on with your timely announcements, your end-of-year wrap-up.

2013 sure has been quite a year, hasn’t it?  The last thing I expected to happen was for my friend from high school (you know the one) to tell me he was staying in Philadelphia for a year instead of going back to Minnesota.

This is your end-of-the-year wrap-up?  Your prom picture?????

Is there anything wrong with that?  What else did I do at the end of the year?

I don’t have the foggiest idea!

I met with my friends at the ice skating rink last Saturday where they were all ice skating.

Except for you.

I didn’t do any ice skating.  We found Angie and we all spent a wondrous time together.  I really don’t have anything to say.

Didn’t Nelson Mandela die this year?

Oh, right.  I guess I forgot.  You can start the quiz now.

Yeesh!  Well, this is the worst year-end report I’ve ever heard!  And didn’t you get a new computer?

I forgot that too.

It was yesterday!!!!  OK, this might be a good time to start the quiz.

So this is my friend “Mabel” telling me about her 5-year-old who’s still wetting the bed at night.  Take it away, “Mabel”:


Hi Elaine.  Speaking of bedwetting….

We were?

I keep telling myself I am going to get cracking on trying to help “Wanda” be night-time dry with homeopathy; I guess I’ve had a lot on my plate and that issue just keeps getting “diapered” until later notice.  However, “Wanda” will urinate so profusely that it will seep out of her diaper and wet half the bed!

Yikes!  How old is she?

5 1/2.  She was nighttime dry from before age 1 until age 3.5, the summer after her father moved out, and then suddenly started wetting the bed at night and “holding” her urine during the day.  She would feel urgent need to go and would have to just stand there with her legs crossed until the urge receded, but then she wouldn’t go!  And so by the time she finally did go, her urine was very strong in odor.  She goes just after falling asleep; first part of the night.  Very occasionally she will have a random dry night but there is no pattern, so I can’t count on it.  So I’m still diapering three of my four children nightly, where most parents have long said g’bye to diapers.  It gets wearisome.

Try a dose of _______________30C.


So Elaine, as suggested, I gave “Wanda” a dry dose of _______________ 30c Wednesday night and voila!  Dry diaper overnight!

No way!  Get out!!!!

[2 days later]

Elaine, second night in a row that she was dry again (last night)!

No way!!!!!

Plus, we went to a ballet production of the Nutcracker and she said she needed to go to the bathroom during intermission.  Now normally I wouldn’t even know she needed to go unless I saw her standing awkwardly, crossing her legs and focusing until the urge went away.  Today?  She recognized she needed to go but she had no sudden, leg-crossing “urge”.

Holy cow!

Plus, we walked into the foyer and of course there was a long, long line to get in the ladies room.  One kid behind us was crying b/c she was scared she was going to wet her pants.  “Wanda” just stood next to me, not dancing around with her urge or crossing her legs, just waiting her turn.  It took at least 10 minutes of waiting.  Once she got a toilet, she clearly had a really fully bladder, which makes the different urge/holding behavior all the more impressive.

I for one, am very impressed!!!


So listen, everybody, what is the remedy?  If you know, write to me at [email protected], the answer will be in next month’s ezine.  See you then!









Phosphoric acid


So how did we do?  Hello!!!  Is the caller there???

Hi Elaine,
I think the answer to this one is Causticum.
On repertorising the rubrics

  1. Bedwetting first sleep
  2. Profuse increased urine
  3. Odor urine – acid pungent (some license here)
  4. Retention of urine
  5. Grief sorrow – general

I came up with two remedies – Sepia and Causticum, both of which had bedwetting in first sleep.
Both these remedies are in heavy black type in Murphy – Children – Bedwetting
I chose Causticum because of the mental symptoms – ailments from long lasting grief.
General comments on Causticum are urination during first sleep, difficult to wake child, sensitive, sympathetic and anxious children.

Looking forward to hearing your words of wisdom.

As you are right, I have no words of wisdom!

Best wishes, Wayne Butcher


Is there anyone else on the line?  Hello, the Hpathy Quiz is on the air!

My dear Elaine, let me guess this time.  Well, I’ll vote Causticum for the following reasons.

1. The condition of Causticum can be predisposed by prolonged sorrow and here the causation is grief since Wanda’s father has moved out.

2. Another important note to remember about Causticum is the great weakness of the nervous and muscular-skeletal system on physical level; this weakness is increasing gradually and unnoticeably, and may reach point of paralysis of single organs and parts (bladder).

3. Causticum passes urine unconsciously, without sensing the stream. Wets the bed in the first sleep.

So I am expecting your comments.  Until then warm regards to you and Shana of course.

Vicky, you have given us a very well-thought-out analysis!  Yes, it was Causticum!  You were right to draw our attention to Causticum’s keynote symptom, “paralysis of single parts”.  I remember when my mother was here for dinner one time and she told me that food tended to get stuck in her esophagus and move down very slowly.  I immediately thought of “paralysis of single parts” and gave her Causticum.  It worked swiftly and she never had that problem again!

And, yes, paralysis of the bladder.  Think of this after surgery when there is often inability to pass urine because of the anesthesia.  Give a dose of Causticum 30C.

So, here’s the thing about this case.  The big clue is: History of holding the urine!  That is very prominent here and points to Causticum.  A typical scenario is, a child won’t go to the bathroom away from home; or, a teacher won’t let anyone leave the class to go to the bathroom; or, the family is on a long car trip and the father, who’s a Nux vomica, refuses to stop because he “needs to get where he’s going!”  When the child’s finally able to go, he can’t, not until he falls asleep.

So, let’s congratulate our winners, shall we?




G. Parthasarathi Rao



The ceremonial firing of the Hpathy cannon will now commence with Dr. B doing the honors.

Run for your lives!!!!

See you back here again next time!!!


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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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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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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