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The Life Of Calcarea Carbonica


When I started getting votes for Calc-carb. in our “What Remedy Is Homer Simpson?” quiz, I knew I had some ‘splaining to do!  Everyone got that Calc-carb is lazy and so is Homer Simpson, but that’s where the similarity pretty much ends.

First we have to find out what Calc-carb. is!  It’s the oyster shell.

So to understand Calc-carb, we have to get to know the oyster, and that should explain everything!

What is an oyster?  It’s a pale, damp blob!  It’s clammy, shapeless, soft, it doesn’t do much but eat (and have sex), it doesn’t go anywhere–its shell is anchored to a rock!  So you can surmise, based on this fact, that Calc-carb is sluggish, sweaty, cold and clammy, unrefined, lethargic, plodding, worse from exercise, worse from motion (motion sickness), gets out of breath easily, slow to catch on, slow to finish anything, slow to start anything, perfectly happy to just be in one place in familiar surroundings…. Without its shell, the oyster is totally vulnerable; so, you can imagine that to a Calc-carb, his home (shell) means everything to him!  He’d rather be at home with his family than anywhere!

Adventure doesn’t suit Calc-carb!  There’s no “desire to travel” here, like with Calc-phos.  Remember that the oyster goes nowhere!  So anything that forces Calc-carb out of his comfort zone is met with resistance.  This could be anything!  They may resist going to school, camp, college, graduate school, to work, to a new job, a promotion….  In fact, these are people who might never reach their potential.  The kids ask if they can come home from camp.  They get homesick.  They drop out of college (too much work, deadlines, pressure), they take menial jobs (averse to competing), they keep the same job their whole life (too stressful to interview or take tests for a new job), offered a promotion they refuse it (anything new is viewed as overwhelming).  They may live in their parents’ house after college and may never marry or pursue a career!

Especially if Dad is a professional?  Calc-carb is content to be his “assistant” for life!  You know who’s Calc-carb?  Have you seen the cartoon “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”? His son, Ben, is a Calc-carb.

Note that Ben Katz is a 24 year old child, who is still living at home with his father; he’s still eating children’s cereals for breakfast, in fact, here he is now eating his little boy cereal from his little boy bowl.

He does nothing of value all day; note his loose clothing because Calc-carbs cannot wear tight clothes–too much pressure!  Again, the “pressure theme”, they cannot and will not be pressured!  If you try to hurry them up, they just get slower, they will dig in their heels! Very stubborn!  “Stubborn” is a big word in Calc-carb! 

Now, Dr. Katz, himself, is probably a Calc-carb because he’s too easy-going, solicitous and deferential to others (his receptionist gets away with murder!)

and this is the worst kind of parent a Calc-carb child can possibly have!  The Calc-carb child will do nothing on his own in the absence of a stern task-master of the Arsenicum variety who will tolerate no nonsense!  Calc-carb is not a self-starter.  He will not make the well-known pearl without that irritating grain of sand–that no-nonsense teacher, tutor or coach who will provide step-by-step persistent prodding, structure and guidance!  Well, this is certainly not the laid-back Dr. Katz!  So Ben is basically still a child and will surely be a child all his life, will probably never marry and never have a job–though Dr. Katz does try to talk to him about it, but, he never gets tough with him.

What else do we know about Calc-carb?  They tire easily, both mentally and physically. What takes most people 2 hours takes Calc-carb all day!  They have a big issue with getting started!   Starting anything is a major ordeal!  You might as well ask them to climb Mt. Everest!  Whether it’s starting the dishes, mowing the lawn, starting their homework, making an important phone call, whatever it is, it’s a major roadblock for Calc-carb!  To anyone else, none of these things would be seen as an ordeal.

Here’s what Calc-carb does: He knows he has this thing he’s supposed to do.  He starts by worrying about it.  In the time he’s taking to worry about it, he could have had it finished already!  He might convince himself that this isn’t a good time to do it, that he should do something else first, some sort of preliminary thing, like if he has to mow the lawn, maybe he should do the weeding first or he should have something to eat first so that he’ll be fully nourished before he starts; or maybe he should get a good night’s sleep first; whatever he does, whatever the preliminary thing is, it so tires him out that he can’t get to the real thing he was supposed to do!  He is the King of Procrastination!  And do you know what?  Calc-carb isn’t even in the “Procrastination” rubric in The Repertory!  It horrifies me to have to say that.  Now, who is our Calcarea in Chief?

It’s you, Charlie Brown!

First of all, there’s that big round head Calcarea is so famous for.

Here is a video called “A Book Report on Peter Rabbit”.

In it, Schroeder, Lucy, Linus and Charlie Brown all have the same homework assignment. They have to write a book report on Peter Rabbit in 100 words.  This video was one of my quizzes a few years ago, you had to guess the remedy of each character:

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No one could figure out Charlie Brown’s remedy!  Now, given what you know now, I want you to watch and notice how Charlie Brown is the last one to get started on his homework; he procrastinates, he worries, he talks about being too tired and being under pressure and how he hasn’t eaten; the assignment is just too much for him, you can see how worried and anxiety-ridden he is.  “How do they expect us, to write a book report, of any quality, in just two days?”

I went back and looked at my quiz answers from 3 years ago, and it’s funny! Everyone got the elements of the case right, but no one knew it was Calc-carb! 

Kelly said:

“Charlie Brown is Phosphoric acid.  He procrastinates, keeps saying his thinking is, “not very good”.  Can’t seem to get started; pessimistic and fearful.  Seems apathetic, nervous and insecure.  Pacing/fruitless activity.”

All these things are correct!  They are procrastinators par excellence!  They know their thinking is “not very good”.  They’re fully aware of their intellectual limitations and rarely talk in a group.  They won’t ask a teacher for clarification either and are usually behind the rest of the class.  They can’t start their homework, they’re pessimistic and fearful.  Apathetic–yes!  Nervous and insecure–yes, yes!  Fruitless activity–to be sure! This is what they do instead of getting started!  Kelly found all the right elements but didn’t know they went for Calc-carb!

And what about Nonda? Here’s what she wrote:

“Charlie Brown is a Pulsatilla because he seems “soft” and is eating peanut butter.”

In fact, Nonda, Calcarea does desire peanut butter, but, guess what?  One more thing that’s not in the Repertory!  Catherine Coulter says that Calc-carb desires peanut butter and when Catherine Coulter talks, I listen!  What else does Calc-carb like?  Sweets and carbs!  Bread and butter, ice cream, pasta, cheese…and yes, this type tends to be overweight.  Also, Calcarea is very soft too as Nonda said!  Literally as in soft skin, soft musculature; but also, soft-hearted.  So soft that an impression made on Calcarea is made forever.  If you offend Calc-carb, she may never speak to you again.  Oh no, she won’t cry, and there will be no recriminations, she will just withdraw.  That’s what they do.  They don’t complain, they just resign themselves, they accept that this is how it is, and go off to be by themselves, they go back into their shell.

Think about Charlie Brown for a minute.  He’s slow, slow to catch on, often confused, the last one to know–he’s a target for bullies!  Lucy torments him, he’s never figured out how to deal with her.  Catherine Coulter says that Calc-carbs are naive, unworldly and easily, repeatedly, duped!  (“Constantly duped but still trusting.”  Catherine Coulter,  Portraits of Homeopathic Remedies, page 43.)  Is that not what Lucy does to him?  She repeatedly convinces him that she will hold the football steady so that he can run and kick it, and every time she pulls the football away!  How does she get away with it?   Because Calc-carb is hopelessly trusting.

On Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown never gets a single valentine.  (“I know nobody likes me, why do we need a holiday to emphasize it?”)

His baseball team has never won a single game!  It’s all a part of the “failure theme” of Calcarea.  They worry about failing, so they don’t try.  They might drop out of college, they don’t aim for a career.

But let’s move on then, shall we?  Calc-carbs make wonderful wives and mothers!  Why? They are very nurturing and hospitable, they love their home (their shell), so they bring all kinds of people and things into it!  A whole brood of kids–5 or 6 maybe–pets: a dog, a cat, a bird, a lizard, a hamster, turtles.  The dog, the cat and the younger children all sleep with the parents.  Calc’s elderly mother has probably moved in.  It’s a permissive household, and people come and go as they please.  (Only if you’re late coming home, Calc-carb will get very anxious and assume you’ve had an accident!)

Philip Bailey says of Calc-carb, “The image of the matronly inn-keeper’s wife, extending hospitality to all, keen to gossip and not above bawdy fun….If they trust you, they are likely to be chatty and pally… Unlike Natrum, Calc usually feels worthy of love and happiness and is able to receive as well as give.  Family life comes naturally.” (Homeopathic Psychology, page 51)

Calc loves to chat, but it won’t be about world affairs!  It will be about the child’s soccer team, the coach, the neighbor and her husband and why they’re getting a divorce…. It’s always small things and they’ll tell anybody who’s willing to listen!

They don’t like change!  Change is very threatening to them!  In fact, Charlie Brown has a song called, “It Changes”:

“Just when you’re sure and you’re safe and secure, that’s when it happens to you, it changes.”

To sum up then, what can we say about Calc-carb, what are the Calc-carb words and phrases?



Easily overwhelmed











Worse exercise

Worse motion

Trouble getting started

Once started, must be allowed to finish, can’t be interrupted, can’t start anything new


Worries about their security

Worries about their family

Loves to eat–especially eggs, sweets, carbs and ice cream; so, may have a weight problem

Chilly, loves warmth, warm rooms, the fire, warm drinks



Sensitive to cruelties


Tires easily, trouble going upstairs


Afraid something bad will happen


Fear or dislike of school

Is bullied, accepts it with resignation





Pressure aggravates


Always late


Chatty about little things








Innocent, sincere

The end!

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