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Revisiting: The Eyes Have It!


Local waitress sets her sights on a homeopathic remedy–did you guess which one it was?

Mom, it’s time for the quiz again!

Shana, is that you?  You mean another month has gone by?

I guess I should start by making my announcements.

There’s probably no way to stop you….

Two albums turned 20 years old this month.

Then shouldn’t they be in college?

I will not even bother to reply to that ridiculous remark, since albums can’t go to college.

They can’t?  Then why did I pay their tuition?

Mom!!!!  Try and pay attention.  OK?  20 years ago today…

Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play!

No, Mom, it was not the Sgt. Pepper album!  On May 6th 1997, the Bee Gees released “Still Waters”.

Was he in jail?

Mom!!!!  You’re supposed to be paying attention and not talking!


I think this is probably my favorite Post-Disco Bee Gees album.  It has so many great songs on it like “Still Waters Run Deep”…

Excuse me, pardon me, but, isn’t “Still Waters” by The Four Tops?

Ugh!  Mom!!!!!  Click below and you will see that it’s by the Bee Gees!

I hope I’ve cleared that up!  So, where were we?  Oh, there’s also “My Lover’s Prayer” which is another great song.

Excuse me, pardon me, but, isn’t “My Lover’s Prayer” by Otis Redding?

Mom!!!!  Do I have to explain everything to you?  Take a trip with me down Memory Lane and observe who is singing “My Lover’s Prayer”:

Well, excuse me, but, hop aboard my Night Train to the Past and you will see that “Lover’s Prayer” is, in fact, by Otis Redding!

OK, since settling this is impossible, let’s move on to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

There ya go!  Who was on the Oprah show?

The Bee Gees!  I am extremely fortunate to have on tape the Bee Gees on Oprah from September of 1997 singing “Alone”–and don’t say it’s by someone else!

OK, I won’t say it’s by Jackie Wilson.

Jackie Wilson sang “Alone At Last!”  OK?  Yeesh!

The other album that turned 20 this year is James Taylor’s…


“Hourglass” CD (released May 20, 1997).  I knew you were going to scream!  

You made us listen to that CD every day on the way to school for a whole year!

Well excuuuuse me!   This album happened to have won him his first Grammy since the 1977 “JT” album (which is the album with “Handy Man” on it).

His only good song.

Mom!!!  What about “Mexico”?

OK, “Mexico”.

And what about “Carolina In My Mind”?

OK, “Carolina In My Mind”.

And what about…

OK, OK!  You’ve made your point!  He had a few good songs!

For “Hourglass”, he won “Best Pop Album” in 1998. 

Unfortunately, Shana, I seriously doubt that anyone cares.  (If only he would have stuck to singing folk songs.)  Can we start the quiz now?

Who’s in the Quiz this month?

It’s “Rosemary Clooney” again!

You mean Rosemary Clooney of the “4 Day Migraine”?

Yes, that Rosemary Clooney, and as you may remember, she works at Sabrina’s Cafe as a waitress, and I walked in 4 days ago, sat down, and along came Rosemary Clooney with, “Elaine, you have to do something about my eyes!  They itch!  It’s allergies, springtime allergies, my eyes itch terribly, and they hurt and they’re irritated!”

So I got out my 30C Emergency Kit from my backpack–you know, the one you’re all supposed to have? — and I said, “Hold out your hand,” and I tapped a few pellets of _________________30C into her palm and I said, “Just pop them in your mouth.”  She did and took a swallow of water right away, probably thinking that, like Pharma drugs, you have to take them with water.  I started to say, “They’ll melt in your mouth!” but it was too late.  “I’m sure it will be OK,” I thought to myself.

I think she had no faith in them working, and neither did I since I didn’t have much of a case to go on, and it didn’t help that she came back 5 or 10 minutes later and said that her eyes were still itching!  I felt very bad about that but said to give it a little more time.

She went outside, to wait on the outdoor diners and then came back seconds later, and said, “They’re better!”  I said, “What???  Really????”  I couldn’t have been more shocked, as less than a minute earlier they were “Still itching!”  And I just want to add that before I left the restaurant, I looked for Rosemary to confirm that she really was, in fact, better and that her eyes had, in fact, stopped itching, and she confirmed it.

Update: It’s four days later and Rosemary tells me that she never relapsed and her eyes are still fine!

So, OK everybody, it’s your turn now, what remedy did I give?  Write to me at [email protected] and let me know!  The answer will be in the June ezine–and just in time for my birthday (June 20th!) so, mark that important date on your calendar!  Bye-bye!









Is anybody here????

Hi Elaine!

Oh look, it’s Sarah Q from Jordan!  Could everyone please just settle down?

The quiz is up!  Hooray!!!!!  How are you Elaine?  Happy birthday!

Oh wow, you remembered!

Yes, you left reminders in all your articles!  So this quiz is really clear.

It is?

There is just one rubric that we need and that is:

Eyes; Itching, air, open, amel: PULSATILLA

I’m voting for Pulsatilla!

I am confused though, is that what you gave her at first?  If it was why didn’t it take right away?  Maybe because she swallowed it rather than letting it melt?  Thanks Elaine!

Sarah, I was thinking of giving her Pulsatilla; but, I decided to play it safe and give Euphrasia (homeopathic Eyebright). 

Murphy has placed the word ALLERGIES in bold under Euphrasia.  I don’t think she was really better outdoors?  But, who knows, maybe she was.

Thanks for stopping by–all the way from Jordan!  Is anybody else here today?   


Hi Elaine and Shana!

Hi Maria!!!!!

Glad to hear Shana won first prize in the Rock ‘n’ Roll trivia contest 😀

Thanks!  What else would you expect from someone nick-named Shanapedia! (The Encyclopedia of Shana).

My vote for this month’s quiz goes for Euphrasia.

You’re right!!!!

It is the first remedy I would think of for seasonal allergies regarding the eyes.

That was my thought too!  It was the eyes, and it was allergies; so… Voila!  Euphrasia!

If I am wrong I will try again.

You’re not wrong, so don’t try again! 

Do we have any other contestants?


Dear quiz masters,

Oh look!  It’s the gang from Slovakia!

We are sending  our regularly unsuccessful contributions to your quiz…:)

How exciting!!!!

Miroslav votes for: Ruta

In rubrics “itching eyes, eye pain”, there are many remedies, the rubric “allergy“ is not mentioned in the Repertory …So I’m forced to resort to my surmises: I  would try Ruta, it’s a routine remedy for eyes … I was also thinking about Euphrasia…

As well you should have!

I also thought of Histamine as a routine remedy on itching.

Yes, that might have worked too.

But if I have  to choose, I pick Ruta, she has eyes red, hot, painful, itching  inner corners …

Actually, we have no information about the corners.


Jitka votes for: Histaminum

It’s a reasonable choice.

I made a chart of  Rosemary´s three symptoms mentioned in the her case.  The most striking symptom was itching, and according to a chart it should be Pulsatila or Sulfur.  But in my opinion, none of them suit this case.  So I decided to vote for a more versatile remedy for allergy itching and that’s Histaminum.

It’s not what I used but it makes total sense. 

Hold on, Dr. Sebastiano Di Salvo from Italy is here!


Dear Elaine,

my answer is Pulsatilla (second choice euphrasia)

Actually, you and I were so close, but I reversed them:  Euphrasia was my first choice and Pulsatilla my second choice.  In Murphy’s Repertory, there are 3 remedies in bold under Eyes, itching:  Euphrasia, Pulsatilla and Sulphur.  But in Murphy’s MM, “allergies” and “hay fever” are in bold only under Euphrasia.


True but again, the cause of the symptoms is most important.  In Euphrasia, the cause of the itching is more likely to be allergies than in Pulsatilla.  Murphy has “allergies” in BOLD in his Materia Medica under Euphrasia.

Best regards

Sebastiano Di Salvo, Italy


I want to thank everyone for voting!  Especially our big winner…Maria!!!!!

The most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard…..

But, wait a minute!  Stop the presses!  This just in!  Richard Dery from Canada says he’s got it!  He votes for Euphrasia!   Here’s Little Richard …

he says “I Got It!”



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"!


  • Boy, Sarah Q from Jordan really caused a stir! ;D Nobody screams wildly when I show up!

    Who knows, maybe the waitress went outside to “test” to see if the remedy was truly acting; like she may have started to notice a slight change, doubted whether she was imagining it, and went outside to test it, though she did not seem to mention that as a modality to Elaine (i.e. “it’s even worse outside!”). She (the waitress) did say they were spring allergies.

    Euphrasia as an herb is an astringent and mucus-reducing; and astringents, herbally speaking, are great at improving eye problems (bilberry being another astringent example). Rubrics for the homeopathic remedy Euphrasia support the signature of the herb: eye issues, mucosal tissues, increased discharge, etc, and these are the types of things that so often show up in an allergic response (build-up of mucus, for instance).

    Nice on-the-spot prescribing! It’s wonderful when you have the remedies on hand and can give the right remedy at the right time and introduce homeopathy to someone. A friend’s daughter once hurt her foot badly during a playdate and with her mother’s permission, we gave her a dose of Arnica 200c (the highest I had in my bag) and within minutes, she and her mother were stunned that the foot looked better and felt pretty much normal. From then on, the mother kept Arnica in HER bag for her kids!

    • That mother is a smart lady who actually learns from experience! Regarding Rosemary, I should mention that the door to the restaurant was open and the waitresses were going in and out serving the people who had chosen to eat outside; therefore, the outside air was part of the inside air; so, I can’t make too much of Rosemary going out and coming back in again and saying her eyes had stopped itching, I can’t say that it had to be that she was better for outside air. Oh yeah, Sarah’s fans do get quite emotional…..

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