Mom, don’t look now, but, it’s time for the quiz! And we all know that Firuzi wants you to get the Quiz in on time this month!
What dream world is she living in?
So let me get started with my important announcements. Announcement the first: Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing” album turned 40 this month.
I did not know that.
This is the same album that has “I Go For You” on it; I think this is my favorite Andy Gibb album. Here is Andy in concert, being introduced by his brothers–also known as The Bee Gees.
Real quick, what’s 50 years old this month?
It’s not me is it?
Mom! It’s way too late for that! You’ll have to wait until I get to “Things That Turned 70”; which reminds me, James Taylor turned 70 in March.
It’s “In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly that turned 50 this month!
Why are we celebrating the worst record from 1968?
Because without it, we wouldn’t have this totally hilarious episode of “The Simpsons”!
Reverend Lovejoy to the congregation: “And now let’s all stand for ‘In The Garden of Eden’ by I. Ron Butterfly… Wait a minute… This sounds like Rock and/or Roll…!!!!!”
LOL!!! So funny!!!!! Also I can’t forget to mention that the first ever “X-Files” movie turned 20 this month.
Did you say “crazy”?
No, “care-zy” as in “No one cares, Shana!!!!”
Mom, I’m sure that Maria cares!
Maria hasn’t been here in ages–for some inexplicable reason — if she keeps this up, she’s going to need a doctor’s note!
I’m sure that Daddy cares.
Well that’s different. Never mind!
Anyway, I guess we should start the quiz now since I don’t think there’s anything else of importance to say…
Aren’t we going to see the “Mr. Rogers” movie today? It’s a documentary.
Oh, right; and I’m seeing James Taylor and The Eagles in concert next month.
And we should probably move this article along for Firuzi and Dr B’s (and I guess Alan’s) sake and I think the quickest way to do that is by having another “Famous Person” Quiz! Now I usually never introduce quiz cases because I think you’re so much better at it than I am….
This time I think I will do it, only because I know what I want to say.
What an achievement!
Does anyone remember your quiz answer “REVISITING: Wonder Boy Sneezes 100 Times, Uses Up 100 Tissues”? I believe we used an episode of the “PJ’S” in that case to illustrate a remedy. Well, “the PJ’s” are back again! Season 1, episode 4; “Journal Fever”…
…originally aired January 26, 1999. Well, we want you to guess Muriel Stubbs’ flu remedy and her husband, Thurgood’s, constitutional remedy.
Mom, please explain to the people what “the PJ’s” is all about.
You’re done explaining already? OK, this is a very funny, and controversial TV show which only lasted 3 seasons because it offended just about everyone! It was all about African-American life in the big cities of the United States and it was a little too real for network executives to handle! First of all, in one sense, it’s kind of a celebration of African American culture, making use of puns and references to songs and famous people that only black people would know about; for instance, the main character’s name–Thurgood Orenthal Stubbs– is a reference to Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American appointed to the Supreme Court…
…Orenthal, which is football player O.J. Simpson’s first name (Orenthal James Simpson)
and Stubbs, which is the last name of Four Tops lead singer, Levi Stubbs.
The show also seems to be taking a swipe at how badly black people are treated in this country. There’s even a reference to police brutality when Thurgood is stopped by a police car for absolutely no reason, but the police decide it’s too cold for them to get out and beat him up, so they order Thurgood to it for them! “Call it a ‘black-on-black crime’,” they said.
Anyway, so here’s the deal: “PJ’s” is short for “Projects”–“the Projects”, as in, “We live in The Projects” which are big, tall, government-run, so-called “apartment buildings” in black neighborhoods, famous for broken elevators, broken windows, broken doors, lack of heat in the winter time, crime, and all-around dilapidated condtions because, of course, they’re under-funded!!!!!
So, Thurgood is the building superintendent, which means he’s the boss, he’s in charge. He’s supposed to maintain the building, collect the rent, etc. but, of course, the tenants have nothing but complaints about him, and his response is generally to treat everyone dismissively in a brusque, rude manner.
In this episode, it’s very cold outside, the dead of winter. Of course there is no heat in the building, and Muriel catches the flu.
It appears to be a stomach flu. Thurgood promises to take care of her, but his idea of “care” is bringing her something she didn’t ask for, or something made completely wrong, and bringing it too late; but Muriel feels very needy and wants him to stay with her all the time! Thurgood wants to watch TV and go on about his life as usual. He botches every effort at “helping” her. She wants a can of chicken soup, but Thurgood blurts out, “But that’s MY chicken soup!” He quickly realizes he shouldn’t have said that. We easily learn that Thurgood is selfish and has an aversion to responsibility and caring for others, but that’s all I’m going to tell you! Watch the video and figure it out for yourself, what’s Muriel’s flu remedy and what’s Thurgood’s constitutional remedy? And P.S., you get extra credit if you can come up with Muriel’s constitutional remedy too! Keep in mind that Muriel treats Thurgood like a baby, putting on his mittens for him, giving up her leggings so that he can wear them in the cold–and of course, this is one of the reasons why Muriel is sick!– and finally, taking care of him when he comes down with the flu at the end. Write to me at [email protected] and give me your remedy choices. The answers will be in the July issue of the ezine.
Bye, see you again next time!
Thurgood Muriel-flu Muriel-const.
- Sulph. Phos. Phosphorus
- Sulph. Ars. Carcinosin
- Lyco. Ars. Pulsatilla
- Lach. Ars. Phosphorus
- Lyco. Ars. Pulsatilla
- Sulph. Ars. Calc-carb.
- Ars. Puls. Nat-mur.
- Sulph. Ars. Phosphorus
Just about everyone seemed to know that Muriel had an Arsenicum flu, and I guess that’s the important thing! Is anybody here today? Who wants to go first?
Hi Elaine ,
What a funny show!
Oh, I know!!!!! I love it! I hope you get a chance to watch the other episodes. You can probably order the full series on DVD. Do a search for “The PJs”.
I think Muriel is Phosphorus as she desires reassurance.
Yes, she does for sure! But, here’s the thing with Phosphorus and reassurance, Neil: Phosphorus is very easily reassured! If you say to Phosphorus, “You’re gonna be OK, everything’s gonna be fine very soon!” they will actually believe you and will feel better. But Muriel is not easily reassured at all! Muriel can best be described as desperate for reassurance and no amount of reassurance is ever enough! You can see she is trying every trick, every strategy, to get Thurgood to stay. “Can you tuck me in, Thurgood?” But Thurgood just doesn’t get it. He can’t wait to get out of there and go back to the living room!
Muriel’s drinking cold drinks including fruit juice not hot drinks which would indicate Arsenicum, my second choice.
You mean you rejected Arsenicum just because she asked for juice instead of hot tea?????? Aren’t the “mentals” more important in a case, higher in the hierarchy of symptoms than the food desires???? You see, once again, I have to remind you (and most likely everyone else) to read “Repertory Round-Up, part 4” again…
…because you’re forgetting to take the “hierarchy of symptoms” into account! She did ask for hot soup, by the way; remember? A can of chicken soup? Muriel’s remedy IS Arsenicum! If her flu had settled in her chest and she was coughing, that might have led us to be thinking more of Phosphorus; but a gastro-intestinal flu, however, is more likely to be Arsenicum. Plus, Muriel said the famous Arsenicum words: “Don’t Leave Me!” And that was all we needed to hear, quite frankly. You don’t need anymore information than that!
I take exception to your criticism that I had ignored the hierarchy of symptoms when i mentioned that the patient wanted cold drinks. You actually discussed why my selection of phosphorous was not anxious enough in the mentals which was my starting point. The mention of desire for cold drinks was as a consideration following the mentals and not the starting point.
Constitutionally, she seems very caring of others and popular in the community, hence, Phosphorus.
Yes, she’s very well-liked! But what did she do that was telling? She got Thurgood all dressed to go outside in the snow, just like a mother would, and what rubric comes to mind for this? “Over-responsible”! Is Phosphorus in there? No! And when Thurgood said, “You got leggings???!!!!” what do we see in the next scene? We see the leggings on Thurgood! So Muriel gave up her leggings! She’s “over-giving”, “over-responsible” and “self-sacrificing”…. What remedy does this sound like? Carcinosin!
As for her husband, not so much to go on as he’s not unwell, seems typical male though, lol. I’d probbly go for Sulphur due to selfishness but don’t know if he seems selfish in her eyes because of her neediness.
What strikes me about Thurgood is his aversion to responsibility! He’s in total denial about Muriel being sick. He does as little for her as he can get away with. He buys aspirin but the wrong kind. He fixes food for her without first asking what she wants. All he can think of is how fast can he get back to what he was doing. If I look up “aversion to responsibility”, only one remedy is in bold–Lycopodium! (And then, there’s only one remedy in italics and probably no one will be surprised to hear that it’s Medorrhinum.)
Secondly, what strikes me about Thurgood is that he talks with an “air of command”, like he’s some sort of very grand or exalted person, and did you know that, “talking with an air of command” is actually in the Repertory? And there’s only 8 remedies listed for that! “Dictatorial, talking with an air of command”–and Lycopodium is in that rubric but not Sulphur. And a sub-rubric of that is “Love of power”, which I think sums up Thurgood pretty well as he is the “boss” of the building, and you’ll find Lycopodium is there too (under “love of power”). So, my vote for Thurgood is Lycopodium.
Is anybody else here today?
Thanks for the fun quiz ! Short on time, but here are my answers. Let me know if I’m on the right track.
A good guess, but, probably not.
Muriel constiutional- again short on time here, but I vote for Carcinosin.
Yay! 2 out of 3.
Is Thurgood Lycopodium?
Thanks, Krista! Who else is here?
Hi Elaine and Shana! I am here, I am here!
Maria!!!! Thank goodness you’re alive and well!
I have been very busy, but I have been reading the quizzes, never missed one!
Oh, well that’s different. Never mind!
For this month’s quiz my votes are:
(I thought of Sulphur too, though)
Wife’s flu: Arsenicum
(mostly because she was screaming “don’t leave me!”)
Wife’s constitutional: Pulsatilla maybe. I am not sure for this either, but she seems naive and affectionate.
I wouldn’t call it naive. Maybe “sincere”. And yes, affectionate. But she’s not Pulsatilla. There aren’t too many adult Pulsatillas, Maria. Remember why Pulsatilla is a child’s remedy: Children’s emotions are all over the map! They’re happy and laughing, then they’re sad and crying! Then they’re angry about something! Then they’re feeling sorry for themselves and pouting! Then they’re disappointed and whining, then they’re back to being happy and laughing again! Why does Pulsatilla fit this behavior? Because Pulsatilla is the “Wind Flower”, remember? Easily tossed and turned by the wind. It’s here, it’s there, it’s this way, it’s that way… just like with a child, whose mood changes so easily. You know that Pulsatilla has “changeable symptoms”, right? Now, like I said, there aren’t too many adults that fit this picture! We would find it quite alarming if we found an adult behaving in this way!
So, here’s what you can do. Make a list of the elements of the case. You already said “affectionate”–and I agree–and that’s in the Repertory, too. But what else can we say about Muriel? (“Sincere” isn’t in the Repertory for some strange reason.)
PS: I loved the Spigelia quiz!
Well, the scene where Muriel is totally buying the propaganda about vaccines…
I know, I know; that was really unfortunate, and I would suggest that maybe that reflected the writers’ bias for what they think the “reasonable” position on flu prevention is, and maybe they were saying, “Muriel takes the ‘reasonable’, ‘educated’ position; Thurgood takes the ‘stupid’ position.”
…that is where she seemed naive to me.
You have to remember the mainstream media’s pro-vaccine bias.
Staphysagria is naive too, 2nd degree, Carcinosin 1.
I think she reminds me a lot of Marge Simpson, when we had the quiz on finding her remedy.
Yes, exactly, very good!
They both had idiot husbands and put up with a lot of their crap.
Yes, and this brings up a good point, because a lot of people voted for Sulphur for Thurgood, and, in fact, Sulphur was Homer Simpson’s remedy, and if you look for the key difference between the two “idiots”, Thurgood (Lycopodium) wants to be in charge, wants to be the “boss”, wants to hold power; while Homer didn’t want to be in charge of anything! In fact, if you’ll recall, Homer didn’t know anything about his job! Remember what it was that co-worker, Frank Grimes, said to Homer? “You’re what’s wrong with America, Simpson; you coast through life, doing as little as possible, leaching off hard-working people like me; if you lived in any other country, you’d have starved to death long ago. You’re a fraud, a total fraud. [To Marge and Lisa] It was nice meeting you.”
So that was Sulphur–lazy, coasting through life, doing as little as possible…
They call Sulphur “the ragged philosopher”. He spends his time forsaking friends and career pursuits in favor of “researching”, “theorizing”, engaging in “projects”, but rarely accomplishing anything, rarely finishing anything, because Sulphur is so full of ideas and theories that one thought leads to the next and the next and the next and they become so exuberant over their musings and their findings that they can’t set boundaries and goals! Lycopodium actually strives to become something! Becoming something is very important to him, and he usually rises to the top, as I explained in the quiz “What Remedy Is Hank Hill?”
Muriel is mild, yielding, sympathetic, she freezes because Thurgood didn’t turn on the heat in the building and she reacts mildly.
Very good! Yes, she is “mild”.
Oh, and another sign of Thurgood’s Lycopodium nature–he’s cheap!
And he took her leg warmers and she didn’t react!
In fact, you even get the impression that she GAVE them to him. “Selfless”. And I think we have to add “Guilt” because when she got better, she said to Thurgood, “It wasn’t your fault, I asked for too much.”
She is somewhat poetic in nature, she still writes her journal. I don’t know the exact rubric for it.
I would say “Artistic”.
I will vote Carcinosin, but if I am wrong I will try again!
You’re not wrong, so don’t try again! Let’s list the elements of the case and then repertorize:
- Yielding, can’t say no
- Guilt feelings
And there it is, Carcinosin!
Your quizzes are so much fun!
Really??? Then you should like this month’s too!
Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!!!
Hi Elaine! Quiz about personalities seems interesting. Nice PJ’s episode to watch.
Muriel: Flu Remedy
Flu symptoms– fever, sore throat, sneezes, vomits and she says
“dont leave me ” – Arsenicum album
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!!!!!
Muriel: Constitutional Remedy
She is very accomodating, polite and caring…
Right, I agree! But what else, Vamsi? She gave Thurgood her legwarmers so he’d be warm as they walked together out in the cold to HUD (The Department of Housing and Urban Development) to collect winter supplies for the building. So she sacrificed her own well-being and probably made herself sick so that he could stay warm. So what rubric is that? “Yielding, can’t say no”. And what other rubric goes for her? “Responsibility, over-responsible”. Right? Over-responsible. I mean, she’s dressing him to go out, like a mother would. He even says,
“Where’s Mr. Scarf?”
Very shrewd lady knows how to get things done.
Seeing Muriel , it reminded me of this statement from your Phosphorus article:
“She is volatile emotionally and she tends to put out so much energy that she burns herself out and gets sick as a result.”
But Vamsi, Muriel’s not volatile, she’s very measured, mild, not given to outbursts.
Muriel’s Constitutional remedy represents a perfect Phosphorous according to me.
But Vamsi, Phosphorous is not over-responsible; in fact, just the opposite. Phosphorus is listed under “aversion to responsibility”; they really don’t relish doing things for others, and they’re very undependable; they would rather that people did things for them. It’s under “delusions: great person, is a”. So they would most likely not be mothering somebody unless they thought they’d be gaining some advantage by doing so. I think in that same article, Mati said, “Yes, they can be ‘doormats’ in the beginning! But once they’re IN, now they think it’s your turn to start paying them back for all the stuff they did for you!”
So, actually, Vamsi, I’m voting for Carcinosin for Muriel. See “Revisiting: What Remedy Is Marge Simpson?” for a deeper discussion of Carcinosin. Scroll up for link.
Now for Thurgood
Thurgood says “its a dry cold”, as he takes ice cubes in his drink.
BUT, when he gets sick, it was from trudging through the snow! He even collapsed in the snow. So, I’d have to say, Ailments from cold/damp–more likely Rhus tox than Aconite which is “ailments from cold/dry”.
Constitutional Remedy for Thurgood
Selfish, Aversion to responsibility, Suspicious,
Where was he suspicious? Oh, the flu shot? You should probably ignore that section of the video. This is mainstream television, they’re not going to want to offend their sponsors–Big Pharma–meaning, “Everyone should get their flu shot to protect themselves from the flu!”
Since Thurgood is supposed to be uneducated, they made him the anti-vaccine advocate; that scene was supposed be the premise for Muriel and Thurgood coming down with the flu–they didn’t get vaccinated, so that’s what you get, apparently!
He shouts, he’s egotistical. He looks like a LACHESIS.
Vamsi, he does shout, but first of all, who does he shout at? His “inferiors”: Muriel’s sister Be-Be, Haiti Lady, Mrs. Avery. Secondly, what I noticed about Thurgood’s voice? He talks with an “air of command”, and that’s actually in the Repertory! “Dictatorial, command, talking with an air of”. Also, as you said, aversion to responsibility; but, I don’t see Lachesis in that rubric. The main remedy in that rubric is Lycopodium. Lycopodium is the only remedy in Bold for that. Now here’s the other thing, Lachesis knows how to be charming! Think of the phrase “snake charmer” (Lachesis being the Bushmaster snake). Lachesis would have gone up to that customer service window at HUD and flattered and charmed the HUD lady into giving him the winter supplies he asked for; but, the HUD lady didn’t take him seriously at all; and that’s the thing with Lycopodiums, they only get respect from underlings; so he got completely blown off! Luckily, Muriel was there and she knew how to be charming. “How are your grandchildren?” she asked, sweetly.
So, my votes are as follows: Arsenicum for Muriel’s flu, Carcinosin for Muriel’s constitution and Lycopodium for Thurgood.
Thanks for voting!
Hmm… I think I see Dr. Salma Afroz from Bangladesh (I have very good vision!)
Hi Elaine and Shana,
Hope you are doing well.
I’m guessing that Thurgood is a Lycopodium, Muriel has an Arsenicum album flu and constitutionally she is Pulsatilla.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
Salma, you were so close! It was Lycopodium, Arsenicum and Carcinosin!
And now, I’m pretty sure I see the gang from Slovakia!
Hello Elaine and Shana,
Hi Miroslav and Jitka!
…nor the hot summer stopped us trying to solve your interesting but challenging quiz. We did what we could…:)
So I looked at the episode, but I could understand very little. I couldn´t observe what ameliorates or aggravates Muriel, what she desires and so in this case of flu it is going to be my “blind shot“. I know from the description that she didn´t want to stay in the room alone…
That was all you needed to know!!!! That and the diagnosis, and you probably noticed that she was thirsty? So, you say to yourself, “I need a stomach flu remedy that’s thirsty and is afraid to be alone.” In fact, she is VERY afraid! And Thurgood can’t get away from her fast enough! What remedy acts so desperate that everyone wants to get away from them?
Her ailment was caused by cold and if I’m not wrong, I saw her barefoot in the snow – so an acute remedy could be Pulsatilla.
I didn’t see Muriel barefoot in the snow at all.
As far as her husband is concerned, he is “unpleasant”…
No, no, no, no, no…..Don’t say “unpleasant”, it’s a very vague term, could mean many things, and not even in the Repertory, so, it doesn’t help us; let’s all try to be more specific and accurate when we’re listing the elements of the case.
Do you mean “irritable”? (“irritated” isn’t in the Repertory) but “irritable” is another one of those vague words which, even though it’s in the Repertory, isn’t going to help us because hundreds of remedies are listed under it, over 300!
…he wanted to eat the soup which should have been a medicine for his wife!
And what is the rubric for that? “Selfish”? But what is striking about Thurgood? He does NOT want to take care of Muriel! He wants his life to go on as normal! So what is the rubric for that? “Aversion to responsibility”! And the remedy in bold for that is????? Lycopodium!
He can only be Arsenicum
No, Muriel is Arsenicum. She has an Arsenicum flu. You can tell by her anxiety; Thurgood is not anxiety-ridden over Muriel’s illness at all. He is selfish and trying to get away with doing as little as possible; though he knows certain things are expected of him, but he does them all ineptly and badly.
And the constitutional remedy for Muriel? It is very difficult to live with the Arsenicum person, she could handle Natrum muriaticum, although initially I thought of Carcinosinum…
Yes! It is Carcinosin! You should have stuck with that and not talked yourself out of it!
…but she would probably be more suppressed. Muriel was nice towards him, she behaved like a mother towards a child.
And that’s what Carcinosins do! They are over-responsible and selfless! Look up both those rubrics in the Repertory, you’ll find Carcinosin there. You need to go back and read “Revisiting: What Remedy Is Marge Simpson?” again:
I relied mostly on your description of the story because I didn´t understand the dialogue. My solution is the following.
Muriel – an acute remedy is Arsenicum – a gastric influenza, did not want to be alone and was very demanding.
You are correct!!!
Muriel – a constitutional remedy is Calcarea carb – she is a very caring person.
A very good guess. I picked Carcinosin. They’re very similar.
Thurgood – a constitutional remedy – Sulphur – innovative (toilet next the bed, a horn for Muriel), always a leader (he is in charge), lazy, rude, in a hurry.
You make a very good case for Sulphur! Yes, he is very inventive, isn’t he? I thought he was Lycopodium but, I like your explanation too! In fact, I’m calling you a winner! That means I have to make Krista a winner also–she guessed Sulphur, Arsenicum and Carcinosin. So, two winners today! Let’s hear it for Jitka and Krista!
Now, try your hand at this month’s quiz and I’ll see you back here in August; thanks to everybody who voted!
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