Mom, it’s time for the quiz again and I’m ready to make my announcements!
Let’s hope someone cares this time.
Mom, I think everyone will be interested to hear that 30 years ago this month, an album to coincide with the 1988 Summer Olympics was released featuring a song by the Bee Gees.
Trust me, no one cares!
…a song that most people probably have never heard. It’s a great song and should’ve been a hit!
If you say so. This better be good, Shana!
Also, real quick, “King of the Hill” returns to Comedy Central, and a 2020 revival of “the Rugrats” is scheduled for Nickelodeon. “A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do!” (Tommy Pickles) In this case, I’ll be a 28 year old baby watching “The Rugrats”.
Now for the most important announcement of all. Last month I saw James Taylor and The Eagles at the Phillies stadium.
For the 500th time!
My cousin Jon’s friend Andy went with me, and here we are:
Also, not that I’m counting, but it was my fifth time seeing James Taylor
I know, I know!
and my second time seeing the Eagles.
Don’t remind me!
The show was great! Glenn Frey’s son Deacon is now in the group and he seemed to get a lot of applause.
The Eagles played good songs: “I Can’t Tell You Why”, “How Long”, “Desperado”, “Seven Bridges Road”, etc. There was also a song with a horn section called “Funk 49” by the James Gang (I think that was Joe Walsh’s thing, who by the way apparently has a guitar like my Mom’s.)
Anyway, they did two encores (25 songs in all, whereas James did 17.)
Not that you’re counting!
The first encore obviously was “Hotel California” (Robin Murphy’s favorite song– is he reading this?)
I don’t think so!
The second was “Rocky Mountain Way” (a Joe Walsh song) and “Desperado” (which I love). I also love “One of These Nights” and “Witchy Woman”, which at an Eagles concert is sort of a given.
But anyway back to James Taylor.
I loved his set too and he was funny like he always is. It turns out he went on at 7pm on the dot and the lines to get in were so crazy…
Yes, I saw them, it was insane, and so hot out! I hope you had water.
It was impossible to be seated on time! We could hear him doing “Country Road” while waiting in 90 degree heat to get in.
Traffic was tied up for miles!
Hey, this is what opening acts are for! Hello!!!!
But Shana, in case you didn’t know, James Taylor is NOT an opening act!
Anyway, I was really impressed with his set. Of course, it was the usual songs like “Fire and Rain”, “Steamroller”, etc but he also played “Walking Man” from 1974 and I couldn’t believe it!
That’s a song I don’t think I’ve heard him play before. He really should pull out the rare, forgotten songs more often. He also played “Handyman”, “Shed a Little Light”, “Shower the People” (with Arnold’s amazing solo of course).
I really think people go to see Arnold! And P.S., I don’t understand why he has only one solo! Can’t you do something about that????
Mom, you might want to start the quiz. Do we even have a quiz this month?
Yes, but if you sneeze you might miss it!
Is that a clue, is it about sneezing?
There may have been sneezing, but, actually, Shana, this is the shortest quiz on record! I doubt that it’s more than 2 sentences long!
Well, let me see it!
Tell me if you can figure out the answer. Here we go with… drum roll please…
The Facekom Quiz!!!!!
Elaine, my five-month-old son, “Fernando’s”, cold was getting better, but, today it became worse again! Maybe because he was exposed to a cold draft last evening. We tried the sauna but it did not help. Right now his nose is congested. But sometimes clear water discharge comes out. What should I give him?
You’re right, that was the shortest quiz on record! I don’t know how you solved it!
Well, do you know what the remedy is?
Um…don’t tell me, don’t tell me… Tell me!
I’ll tell you and everyone else next month in the quiz answer. Write to me and tell me what you think it is:
Bye, see you in…OMG!
You forgot again, didn’t you!
Here it is, The Happenings, “See You In September”!
___________________Bye-bye, so long, farewell_____________
Oh! Sorry, this just in! As we go to press, I’m just finding out that the world’s greatest and most famous soul singer, Aretha Franklin, died at age 76. With 20 #1 hit records–which is really a stunning statistic when you think about it– and 50 records in the top-40, her loss is obviously felt the world over. Tributes have come in from Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Barack Obama and others too numerous to mention. Aretha’s picture and notice of her death made the front page of every major newspaper including the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Her death was the lead story on every evening newscast.
A fitting tribute to “Lady Soul” will appear in the September Quiz. Til then, here is her biggest hit, her first #1 record, her signature song from 1967, “Respect”.
(R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me…)
It seems like almost everyone knew the answer! Who wants to go first?
HOPE YOU AND SHANA ARE DOING WELL
We’re fine, thanks!
FOR THE FIVE MONTH OLD BABY, FERNANDO’S, CASE, I VOTE FOR ARSENICUM ALBUM.
THERE WAS THIS EXPOSURE TO COLD DRAFT OF AIR.
Yes, and, that’s a keynote of what remedy? “Ailments from cold/dry winds”?
AND THE CLEAR WATERY DISCHARGE.
AND YES MUST SAY IT IS THE SHORTEST QUIZ EVER!
IS ARSENICUM NOT THE ONE?
ARSENICUM ALBUM , BELLADONNA , EUPHRASIA , GRAPHITIS, NITRIC ACID, ARE SOME THEM I KNOW THAT HAVE AILMENTS FROM DRY COLD WINDS.
BUT BELLADONNA HAS SUDDEN ONSET
DISCHARGE OF NITRIC ACID IS ACRID
EUPHRASIA HAS THIS ACRID LACRIMATION BUT BLAND WATERY NASAL DISCHARGE.
PLZ LET ME KNOW WHERE I’M WRONG.
Shifa, there is a remedy that’s as popular for “ailments from cold/dry winds” as Arnica is for “ailments from blunt trauma”, and that remedy is????? ACONITE! And because we know the Etiology (“ailments from cold/dry winds”), we don’t have to concern ourselves with anything else!
We don’t have to know if the discharge is watery or clear or yellow, etc., because “etiology” is at the top of the “hierarchy of symptoms”, and whatever is at the top over-rules whatever’s at the bottom!
Now, of course, if Aconite didn’t work, then we’d have to go back to the drawing board and take a complete case; but, it’s just like, if we know someone has suffered a blunt trauma, what do we say? “Take Arnica!!!!” Right? We’re not going to say, “OK, but, wow, I’ll be needing two hours to take a complete case!” No one ever says that! It’s just like if you get a phone call from a friend and she’s sobbing and says, “My boyfriend just left me,” you’re going to say, what? “Take Ignatia!” Right? “Ailments from acute grief”? That’s Ignatia. You’re not going to say, “I’ll be right over to take a 2 hour case!”
So, this is one of those cases when we are lucky to know the etiology, because that usually means that we are going to know, very quickly, what remedy to give.
This is why we always have to ask WHY. “Doctor, I have a pain here, here, and here.” “WHY?” We have to know why. That’s the first thing we have to know. Was it from blunt trauma? Was it a stab wound? Was it from over-lifting? Is it gas? Was it from an electric shock or lightning strike? Was it from a bee or wasp sting? Sometimes “Why” is the most important thing we need to know.
Yeah I had my mind all over that watery, clear discharge.
Sometimes things are right in front of our eyes but we search elsewhere…
Thank you very much elaine.
Oh look, Neil is here!
Hey Elaine ,
That was a good insight into lachesis by the way–last months quiz (“What Remedy Is Marie Barone?”) and a useful distinction between lachesis and pulsatilla. Both jealous remedies both hot remedies so not surprised they both got votes.
Anyway this month I think the remedy is Aconite as the cause was exposure to a cold draught.
You are absolutely right!!!!!
Seems it was clearing up when discharge appeared which is good sign but congested again after exposure.
When we know the etiology, which is at the top of the Hierarchy of Symptoms, nothing else matters! This is the proof of that! Ailments from cold/dry winds–Aconite! We know it just like we know that ailments from blunt trauma is Arnica, and ailments from injuries to areas rich in nerves is Hypericum. We don’t need any more information! That’s how you can solve a case in 2 sentences!
Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!!
This indeed is the shortest quiz and I guess the shortest answer from me.
Taking cold from exposure to dry, cold winds would be nothing but ACONITE.
Please let me know…
Vamsi, you are absolutely right!!!!!!!
Hi Elaine and Shana!
Oh look, it’s Maria from Greece!!!!
For this month’s quiz I thought of 2 remedies having the draft sensitivity:
Hepar and Nux Vomica. I ruled out Aconite, because I would expect a more “aggressive” picture.
Hepar starts with clear watery discharge and has the draft sensitivity.
Nux is aggravated by the slightest draft of air and also has the congested nose alternating with watery discharge.
I will vote Nux, but if I am wrong I will try again.
Maria, isn’t this “ailments from cold/dry winds”? Do we really care what the ailment is or what it looks like?
I know, I know “etiology overules symptomatology”!
It was Aconite, huh?
Yes! How else could I have solved it with so little information?
Don’t look now, but, I think I see Dr. Abhishek Choudhary from India! (My eye sight is very good!)
Hi Elaine, I think the remedy was Aconite.
You are correct, sir!
I think I see Krista over yonder.
I was going for shortest answer…
You are correct!
Thanks for the quiz. 🙂
Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!
Hello Elaine and Shana,
Hello Miroslav and Jitka!
We send our answers a bit late, because Miroslav went on a long vacation but he is back and here are our solutions.
Miroslav votes Aconite:
“I think the child got a remedy Aconitum: Aggravation after the cold air draft, clogged nose with sparse discharge. Although there are not listed mental symptoms, I would try this remedy.“
Jitka votes Aconite:
“I think the child got Aconite; in regards of etiology: Aconite is used when there is a sudden onset of cold due to exposure to dry and cold air conditions.“
You are spot-on: Ailments from cold, dry winds.
Thanks for voting!
Who are our winners? Dr. Abhishek Choudhary from India, Krista, Miroslav, Jitka, Neil, Jane from Singapore and Vamsi. Congratulations everybody! Be sure to try this month’s quiz as well!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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