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Revisiting: The Godfather, Part-III


Revisiting: The Godfather, Part-III. Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Who remembers last month’s riveting and exciting quiz? Here it is again for those of you who missed it…


To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – The Godfather, Part III


OK!  How did we do?  You know, I hesitated presenting this case. “Too easy!” I thought. “Everybody’s gonna know what the remedy is!”  And yet, so few people wrote in!  But still, this case demonstrates so well what a miracle homeopathy is.  Remember that the naturopath could do nothing with it?  It sounds very severe and life-threatening to me.  It’s especially relevant that at literally the exact same time, Shobi’s father-in-law, with a similar respiratory infection, was in the hospital (his family opted for “real” treatment) unconscious on a respirator, with antibiotics and morphine…does anybody think this case ended well? No, it did not.  So, homeopathy vs. drugs, which case got better?  Just ask Shobi’s father!

So, as for the quiz, I was shocked that so few people voted!  I thought I would be flooded with quiz answers!  It is a fact, though, that half the people got it right.  The answer was, indeed, Lachesis!

Now, why did I think this would be an easy case?  You know, when you’re looking for the correct remedy, or what Hahnemann called the “simillimum”, if you go down the road of checking the Repertory for common symptoms like “loose cough” and “fever”, you’re going to wind up with a big fat tie of ten or twenty remedies for first place, and how is that going to help you?  So, when we look at a case, we’re hoping we see a big red flag somewhere!  A big red flag is a KEYNOTE, a symptom a remedy is known for exclusively, or almost exclusively!  What’s the great big red flag in this case?  Here it is:

“At the moment, he doesn’t want to wear a tie – he feels like that, too, is suffocating.”

All anyone needs to know about the case is right there!  Lachesis can’t bear to wear anything tight around his neck!  And Lachesis is constantly fearing that that he can’t breathe, that he will suffocate!  If you keep hearing the word “suffocate” over and over again, think of Lachesis!

In solving a case, you want to make sure that the remedy covers the peculiar or “characteristic” symptom in the case, then you can work your way back and say, Does Lachesis cover… 

  • Cough from talking
  • Suffocative cough
  • Sleep apnea
  • Bronchitis/pneumonia

And, clearly, the answer is yes!  One other interesting symptom that he had:  According to Allen’s Keynotes, under Lachesis, “The least thing coming near the nose or mouth interferes with breathing.”  Remember what Shobi said?

“Yes. but he hates wearing the oxygen mask when he sleeps as he feels like it’s suffocating him.”

Interesting, right?  So, what about the etiology?  People are always remarking to me how I’m always emphasizing the role the “cause” or “etiology” plays in solving a case.  It appears that Shobi’s father comes down with these respiratory ailments every time he FLIES!  This is clearly the etiology–ailments from flying.  But, what about flying?  There are two possibilities.  A plane is a closed-in space.  Lachesis is in BOLD for “fear of suffocation”.  Second possibility: there’s a lack of oxygen in your average plane; you can’t open a window!  We all know they’re recycling the air; Lachesis people are very sensitive to oxygen deprivation!

Generals: air, indoor air agg.–Lachesis(3)

The latest word from Shobi is that her father has since taken more business flights and is fine!

He began recovering significantly within one day of taking Lachesis 30C.

So who are our winners this month?  Stand up and take a bow:

Sapna, Dr. Amit Arora, Elisabeth Fawcett, and, of course, Gabi!

Give yourselves a big hand!


Dr. B, what have they won?


This month’s winners will get a special 30% discount on one order of books from Hpathy Mall.Click Here for Prize Guidelines

Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom.  Elaine takes online cases. Visit her website at:

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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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