These are the nicest people in the materia medica. (Hey, this must be my remedy!) Sweet, selfless, concerned about others, sympathetic…it all fits! Worse from heat and the sun, ailments from sun exposure–I hate the sun! Easily chilled and over-heated like Mercurius–that’s me!
Nat-carb.’s big issue is assimilation! They can’t assimilate certain people, they can’t assimilate certain foods…certain foods just don’t digest, they sit there. Gas and bloating is the result. Milk is the worst (I’ve never liked milk!). They may have gas and bloating or diarrhea from milk. They may crave starchy foods but develop gas and bloating from them. You may be thinking, “This case must be Lycopodium!” But you don’t see the 4-8 PM aggravation time, and Nat-carb. could never be the braggart and bully that Lycopodium can be!
They can’t “stomach” certain people either. Certain people–obnoxious people, offensive people, aggressive people–offend them. They do their best to avoid stressful people and stressful situations. Nat-carbs monitor the environment for things that might distress them so they can avoid them.
They are very refined, delicate, polite, soft, philosophical, composed, intellectual, stoic, dignified, unobtrusive, quiet, all the things that I am, basically. There’s a narrow range of things they can tolerate, whether it’s temperature, food, friends or music. They’re easily put-off. They can’t tolerate certain stimuli, like noise or a certain kind of music…. “Turn it off!” they might say, or, “Hey! You call that music? What’s the matter with you? Those aren’t even real instruments! The record label was too cheap to hire musicians, and where’s the arrangement? They were too cheap to hire arrangers, or writers! Why are people putting up with mediocrity, allowing themselves to be duped by big business interests, perpetuating an ‘anything-for-money’ fraud in popular music?”
Hello? Is anybody there?
Elaine, Elaine, quick, breathe into a brown paper bag and concentrate on this picture of Dionne Warwick!
OK. Good idea, Dr. B. Dionne Warwick…Dionne Warwick….
Now, repeat after me:
Do you know the way to San Jose…
I’ve been away so long, I might go wrong and lose my way. Do you know the way to San Jose
I’m going back to find some piece of mind in (Take it, Dr. B!)
LA is a great big freeway, put a hundred down and buy a car…
In a week, maybe two, they’ll make you a star,
weeks turn into years, how quick they pass
and all the stars that never were are parking cars and pumping gas!
You can really breathe in San Jose
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa
Can’t wait to get back to San Jose
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa—-whoa!
Wow, Dr. B, I didn’t know you could sing, and hitting those high notes too….wow! I’m fine now.
Are you sure?
Yes, I’m back to being myself. Now, where was I?
They don’t like noise, and you might want to try Sulphur for yourself.
Are you sure? I could have sworn I was Nat-carb! Anyway, they’re easily offended.
I think we’ve assimilated that.
It’s their narrow range of tolerance that’s thematic here.
You might look at Nat-carb. as a combination of Calc-carb., Nat-mur., Lycopodium and Mercurius. They are mild, down-to-earth, sensible and practical and loving and giving with their family like Calc-carb. They have the sensitivity, introversion and perfectionism of Nat-mur., the gas and bloating of Lycopodium and the narrow range of temperature tolerance of Mercurius.
They’re cheerful. If anything is troubling them, they won’t tell you. They don’t want to be a burden.
The digestion is weak and the ankles are weak too with easy dislocation and spraining.
Always eating, always nibbling. Eating ameliorates.
(Is there anything to eat in here?)
Let’s close now with the one and only, Miss Dionne Warwick, accompanied on the piano by composer and arranger Burt Bacharach, with, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose”:
Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom, C.Hom.