Mom, it’s time for the quiz! And I’m pretty sure Firuzi and Alan are wondering what happened to you!
Shana, first we have earth-shattering news!
I know, I know; Aretha Franklin…
The Queen Of Soul…
…passed away last month at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. I know you were probably waiting for me to mention that. Anyway, I would share Aretha singing “Border Song” with her birthday buddy Elton John (because that duet was great). However, I discovered something else just now that I found interesting, and yes, this is a James Taylor song in case you were wondering.
James Taylor again?????? Shana, listen to me; we have to find something that’s going to epitomize Aretha Franklin’s singular talent–what she’s known for, in other words! And that’s why I’ve chosen her jaw-dropping performance of Burt Bacharach’s “I Say A Little Prayer”. This is how we want to remember her:
I also think it’s important to share this because didn’t you say Aretha was part of the Civil Rights movement?
Yes, we called her songs “the Sound-Track to the Civil Rights Movement”, especially the chorus in “Think” where she sings, “Freedom, Freedom, Oh Freedom, Oh Freedom!!!!” Maybe we’ll play that on our way out.
By the way besides the older hits, my favorite Aretha Franklin songs are “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” and “Freeway of Love”.
Is that so???? Well, I’ll make a note of that.
Anyway, guess what I just found out?
Are we no longer talking about Aretha Franklin?
Ten years ago on September 1st, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” ended…
I guess we’re not…
…which means September 26th marks the 10th anniversary of the spinoff, “Suite Life on Deck”, where the twins are in high school.
My God this is interesting!!!!!!
Are you being sarcastic? Anyway, I’m all verklempt. I can’t believe it’s been ten years since the Sprouse twins were last on TV. Currently, Cole Sprouse is playing Jughead Jones in a CW drama based on the Archie comic book characters, called “Riverdale”.
Mom, people do care! Anyway, “Animaniacs” turned 25 years old this month. We’ve talked about this show before. (Not in the ezine, just in general).
Ohhhhhhhh! Not in the eeeeeee-zine. Well, that’s different! Never mind!
You actually said that this was a very funny show, and I have to agree! There’s supposed to be a reboot of the show coming to Hulu in 2020. I hate to sound like the people on the internet…
There are people on the internet????
…who complain about shows they loved as a kid being rebooted…
Oh yeah, I hate those people!
…but, I don’t want them to ruin it.
Oh, I don’t either! Ruin what?
Here’s a clip:
Also, I love how Wakko sounds like Ringo Starr. I am in desperate need of a time machine. Where’s Doc Brown when you need him? You should probably start the quiz now. Who’s our patient?
It’s Hillary E. Clinton. (Not to be confused with Hillary R. Clinton, who is a completely different person!)
Hillary E. Clinton again??????
What can I say, she’s got problems!
I continued with the Cactus grandiflorus with good results for a few days. Last weekend, though, I took a photography class that I think was too much for me, because I got really stressed out.
We had classroom time in the morning and then went out in the field in the afternoon. Both afternoons I got stomach aches (tight knot)…
Sounds like Nux vomica.
… because I was having trouble putting the stuff the teacher talked about into practice.
I did take Nux vomica a few times and it did help
(most obviously it stopped a craving for alcohol.)
I have been having some new symptoms over the past week:
-a greatly increased sex drive with
-spasms in my uterus and vagina that feel like I’m just on the edge of orgasm
-lots of small farts throughout the day, only occasionally noisy
-Extremely sleepy/drowsy despite sleeping well at night
-Occasionally waking up between 2 and 3 but falling back asleep fairly quickly
-Feeling kinda mentally discombobulated and disorganized—hard to get things done, dreamy, lots of sexual fantasizing (and not about my husband but about someone I met a couple of weeks ago—when I think about him I start having those vaginal and uterine spasms)
-I’m crying even more watching feel-good segments on the news and listening to a lot more music
-I’m still having palpitations, but they feel more like a fullness in my chest, like my heart fills my chest but it’s not particularly uncomfortable
-I haven’t noticed any changes in my eating, but I’ve been drinking less water and I’m having to remind myself to drink a little more
-I seem to be talking more and being more expansive in my behavior around other people
-I’ve been having a lot of anxiety, although I’m not sure that would be unusual in a married woman who suddenly finds herself almost obsessed with another man.
-My bunion on my right foot has been hurting a lot, even on days when I haven’t been out walking (that may be because I need new insoles for my shoes, which I just bought)
Causation: meeting this man, who was the instructor in my photography class.
Ah yes, the infamous photography class! Well, “Hillary”, I see a lot of _________________ symptoms here. Do you have a materia medica? Can you look it up?
Hi, Elaine. I looked it up in Murphy’s materia medica. Wow, that sounds dead-on!
I’ll order the remedy from Hahnemann Labs….Shall I start with 30C?
Yes, start with 30C. Let me know what happens!
The ____________ arrived yesterday, and I took my first dose last night around 9:45. I fell asleep pretty quickly and didn’t wake until about 4 a.m., when I noticed that most of my symptoms were gone. I fell asleep and woke again at a little before 7 a.m. Most of my symptoms were back, although they weren’t quite as intense as before the first dose. I succussed the bottle 10 times and took another dose. Since then the intensely sexual feelings (uterine and vaginal spasms, sexual fantasies) and anxiety have decreased a lot, although they’re not completely gone. My anxiety level is a lot lower, although I’m still feeling a bit discombobulated and disorganized. The intensity of the palpitations and the sensation as if my heart filled my chest has decreased significantly also.
So I definitely seem to be headed in the right direction with _____________. Given I’ve had to take a second dose already, I’m wondering if the LM potencies would be a better choice…but I know I tend to be impatient.
For the first time since working with you I’ve been reluctant to take another dose of the remedy. I kinda enjoyed being an over-sexed sixty-something 🙂 Fortunately, the accompanying anxiety has been too much to take and has prompted me to keep going with the ____________30C. It just didn’t seem to be thorough in its effects, though. Today I decided I probably needed to the remedy bottle, and I muscle-tested that I needed to the bottle 6 times, so I did. I guess that puts me at 36C now. That was this morning; by this afternoon “Miss Lascivious” had disappeared and I felt the most centered and grounded that I’ve felt in weeks! My heart feels much calmer. I am more tired than usual, but I’m attributing that to the healing process.
I just thought I’d update you. For now I’m holding off on ordering the LM1. I can get it pretty quickly if I do decide it might be a better bet.
“Hillary E. Clinton”
OK, everybody! If you know the remedy, write to me at . The answer will be in next month’s ezine.
And for now, like I said, we’re going out with the Queen of Soul’s big hit from 1968. Keep in mind, that’s Aretha on the piano too! Yes, she plays the piano on all her songs. She says, “You Better Think!” (“Oh freedom, freedom….”)
Hello! Is the caller there? You’re on the air at facekom.info!
Oh no, could it really be Dr. Abhishek Choudhary from India?
I believe the remedy was Origanum, am I right??
Well, Dr. Choudhary, I see where you’re coming from, but, what’s missing from this remedy are the heart symptoms. If I look up Origanum, I find nothing under “heart”. What we’ve got here is a heart case with lasciviousness as a concomitant. So, we need a heart remedy that’s also lascivious (and I felt I couldn’t go by “lasciviousness” alone because that rubric is too large). So, what I found striking about this case was that she had a specific “sensation” that was peculiar–namely that her heart filled her chest. Very unusual, don’t you think? I hoped I would find it in the Repertory, but nooooooooooo!!!!! So, thankfully, I have a book called Sensations As If by Roberts. Do you have that? If not, get it! I looked up “Heart”, scrolled down to “filled”, and incredibly, there it was! “As if heart filled chest”. How do you like that?!!!!! And only ONE remedy! Cenchris! So I looked up Cenchris in Murphy’s Materia Medica, and look what it says:
Feels as if heart were distended or swollen to fill the whole chest. …
Can you believe it? It was never entered into the Repertory! So, I read the Cenchris materia medica, and there were all her symptoms–increased sexual desire, confusion of mind…and it also said, “Cenchris has the main features of all the serpent poisons,” meaning you can probably assume if Lachesis has it, so does Cenchris. And remember she said she was much more talkative than usual? Well, another confirmation, don’t you think? Of course, Lachesis is in BOLD under “lascivious”!
So, there you have it, Cenchris, thanks to H.A. Roberts and his invaluable book, without which, I couldn’t have solved this case!
Thanks a lot Elaine for the valuable knowledge, yes I have Roberts’ Sensations As If.
Oh good! I guess now you’ll use it more often! You could have actually been the ONE person to solve this case!
I will go through this wonderful remedy. Thanks again.
Thanks for voting! Is anybody else here today? Hello!!!! You’re on the air at facekom.info…
How are you doing?
Fine, thanks; other than the burst pipe in the basement, which was no picnic, I’ll tell ya that!
Thanks again for another fun quiz.
I’m glad you liked it!
I really enjoy Shana’s musical tidbits too.
Oh wow! Did you hear that, Shana? Someone actually reads your “announcements”!
This month I am voting for Platina / Platinum met. because it seems to cover a lot of Miss Lascivious’s symptoms.
– excessive sexual desire
Don’t look now, but, I think when “Miss Lascivious” said “spasms”, she probably meant “throbbing”.
-anxious palpitation of the heart
-sleepy during day and evening
Crying is too big a rubric. You’d have to clarify it by finding a sub-rubric. People cry in a lot of different ways: out of anger, or fright or from loss… some sob uncontrollably, some cry in a more dignified manner, some only cry when alone… you’d have to get to the bottom of it. She said she was crying from sentimentality–watching “feel-good” segments on the news. The closest I can get to that is: “Mind: crying, drunkenness, being sentimental, during”–Causticum, Hyos. and Lachesis. And it’s funny that there are only 3 remedies and one of them is Lachesis because I did pick a snake remedy for this case.
-absentminded and forgetful (what she called discombobulated and disorganized)
Right, and she also added the word “dreamy”.
-pain in joint ( bunion)
You can’t use that, Krista, because she caused that herself by wearing the wrong shoes.
-sexual excitement brings on symptoms
No; now, be careful because sexual excitement wasn’t the etiology, it was the “concomitant”. This was a heart case with lasciviousness, absent-mindedness and talkativeness as concomitants. So, this is what you say to yourself, “I need a heart remedy that’s talkative, lascivious and absent-minded.”
Now, looking at it this way, you would, of course, say, “Oh! That’s Lachesis!” And it even makes sense with her report of crying from sentimentality–Lachesis is known for crying. And you know, maybe Lachesis would have worked to some extent. But I saw a peculiar symptom in the case, namely: “Sensation as if the heart filled the chest.” And when I saw that, I said, “I sure hope that’s in the Repertory!” Well, it wasn’t! But I have a book called Sensations As If by Roberts, and I looked it up, and there it was! And only one remedy listed for it–Cenchris, the copperhead snake! So I went to Murphy’s Materia Medica and looked up Cenchris, and it’s right there as plain as day under “heart”–sensation as if the heart filled the chest; it was never entered into the Repertory! So, go and look up Cenchris, you will find her whole case there, including the word “Dreamy”, exactly as she said it! You’ll also find the word “throbbing” (she said “spasms”–I think she meant “throbbing”)– see below:
Amaurosis. Catarrh. Diarrhea. Eyes, swelling over. Headache. Heart disorders. Leucorrhea. Menorrhagia. Nightmare. Ovary, pain in. Throat disorders. Vulva, throbbing in, ….
See? How do you like that!? And it says under Cenchris that it “…has the main features of all the serpent poisons,” meaning that if Lachesis has it, Cenchris most likely has it too. So I take it from that, that Cenchris should also have “loquacity”; but, that was the peculiar symptom in the case: “sensation as if the heart fills the chest”, the remedy would have to cover that. So, there you have it, Cenchris!
Don’t look now but the gang from Slovakia is here!
Hello Elaine and Shana!
Hello Miroslav and Jitka!
Here are our answers to the September quiz:
Miroslav votes: Lachesis–
I think the remedy is Lachesis:
lascivious, increased loquacity, palpitations …
Jitka votes: Lachesis–
The desire for alcohol and the increased loquacity pointed to Lachesis. I confirmed with corresponding rubrics in Kent’s Reversed Repertory:
Mind, lasciviousness, lustful
Mind, weeping, tearful mood
Chest, palpitation heart
Chest, oppression, heart
Sleep, dreams, amorous
Generalities, alcoholic stimulants
Other than “oppression of the chest”, which I didn’t really see in the case, I think you and Miroslav have done a great job! My pick was a snake remedy also, but I agree that Lachesis may have worked to some extent too! So here’s what led me to a different snake remedy. She had a peculiar symptom: “sensation as if the heart filled the chest”. I thought, “Please let this be in the Repertory!” It wasn’t! So I went to my copy of Sensations As If by H.A. Roberts and looked up “Heart” and scrolled down to “filled”, and guess what? It was actually there: sensation as if heart filled the chest! And only one remedy–Cenchris, the copperhead snake! So I looked up Cenchris, and her whole case was there, including the feeling of confusion and even the word “dreamy” was there! But, I think with Lachesis, you were on the right track, you came very close!
Thanks for reviewing our responses. We didn´t have a lot of chances to find this special symptom, we don´t have “Sensations As If”.
Right, I’m sure most people don’t have it. I guess the whole point of this Quiz was to show how important this book is and if you can get a copy, you really should.
But now I looked in Boericke´s MM, and there it is the whole case step-by-step, just like you said.
I will have a look too.
Thanks again, jitka
So that about wraps up another exciting edition of the Quiz Answer! Be sure to go to this month’s quiz and try your luck again! See you in November!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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