Happy New year, Mom!!
Same to you Miss Shana! Looks like it’s time for a brand new year of Quizzes!
And announcements! I’m sure you’ll like this first one. “The PJs” turned 20 years old! You remember that we featured Muriel and Thurgood Orenthal Stubbs in the June quiz last year?
That quiz was a real winner!
Speaking of which, you know how we always have to say goodbye to the people we lost in the previous year?
Oh yes, we definitely have to do that!
But wait, I have some last minute deaths to report!
OMG!!!! More deaths???
Last year we lost animator Will Vinton, best known for “Meet the Raisins”, AND for producing 5 episodes of “The PJs” (see quiz link above).
And last year we also lost two members of the Funk Brothers (the Motown studio band).
The first one is Melvin Ragin, also known as “Wah Wah Watson” who joined the Motown house band in 1968.
Nowhere is his contribution more apparent than on The Temptations #1 hit, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. His guitar at times seems to be saying “Whacka-whacka” and at other times, “Wha-wha”; at any rate, his guitar takes the starring role. It’s fitting to play this now, as we also lost Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards last year.
Here they are now–The Temptations, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” with Wah-Wah Watson on guitar:
We also lost another Funk Brother, Eddie Willis
who performed on such classics as “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvellettes and “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations–even on Jr. Walker’s “Shotgun”.
I don’t know if either of these two men appeared in the movie “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”–the movie about The Funk Brothers– but since we ordered it, I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
A man named Billy Dawn Smith also died. It turns out he wrote most of songs by The Crests, maybe all of them except for “16 Candles”. He definitely wrote “The Angels Listened In” and “Step by Step”.
Yeah, those were the good ol’ days!
Mom, unfortunately, no one knows what you’re talking about!
Listen, we left out a death last year, and we can’t let this go by! My girl, Denise LaSalle, died a year ago this month at 78.
I love her #1 hit from 1970, “Trapped By A Thing Called Love”:
I probably should mention that the only good thing to come out of Conan’s show being cut to a half an hour is that he has an internet archive of his Late Night Shows starting from 1993 to the present so that’s very exciting.
I seriously doubt that anyone cares! Can we possibly start the Quiz now?
Mom, first we have to say our good-byes to:
Dennis Edwards of The Temptations
Yvonne Staples of the Staples Singers
Eugene Pitt of The Jive Five
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin
You can start the Quiz now.
After a moment of silence … OK. And now for the January Quiz!!!
OK, this is another Quiz by text message!
Who’s the patient?
Um….I need a fictitious name. OK, how’s this: “Rosetta Stone”.
What the heck kind of name is that?
Do you have a better idea?
OK, then here she is now, for the first time ever at Hoacuoidep.com, Miss Rosetta Stone!
Hi Elaine, Hopefully this is coherent. My daughter just literally was shutting the trunk to our min-van and slammed it into the top of my head!
I hate it when that happens!
I felt like I was going to pass out and just fell to my knees. There is no blood, but by the time I came inside I had a huge goose egg. I took Arnica 1M, do you think that is strong enough? My head hurts so bad right now.
Everything seems loud, I keep shushing everybody. Do I repeat Arnica?
No, take ____________________.
Rosetta, did you get my text message about _____________?
I did get your text about _______________. It helped. I still have a decent bump and I can hardly stand to touch it. It still hurts. All in all it’s not awful compared to last night. I was glad to get rid of the headache and feel more myself.
The headache’s gone?
Yes, that night.
OK everybody, what was the remedy? Write to me at [email protected] and let me know. The answer will be in next month’s ezine. See ya then!
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! How did we do on last month’s quiz? Looks like half of you weren’t fooled! And here to start us off is Riitta Hietanen from Canada!
Hi, Elaine — I think you gave Nat-sulph for the case of injury to head with sensitivity to noise….
You are absolutely right–and you summed it up perfectly!
OMG! It’s my soul brother, Peter Dunseith, from Wales!
This is Peter, your old friend from Wales –
Peter, where have you been?
I live in Tuscany, Italy now.
Ohhhhh….”My soul brother from Tuscany, Italy…” (I’ll have to get used to saying that!)
New year’s greetings to you and Shana, and I’m looking forward to more trips down “Motown Memory Lane”.
This is what I like about you, Peter. If I say 2 Funk Brothers died, generally no one knows what the heck I’m talking about!
In the case of your patient with the bump on her head, there are only two symptoms to consider:
Head pain after concussion/mechanical injury; and Head pain, noise aggravates.
On repertorising, the remedy that scores tops is Belladonna. If the patient had also told you that her headache was pulsating, and she wanted to lie in a darkened room, that would have really clinched it.
Anyway, since it is not Arnica, my vote goes to Belladonna.
Ouch! Well, Peter, here’s a very important lesson for you:
Headache after head injury–the rubric can be found in Murphy’s (3rd ed.) “Clinical” chapter as: “Concussion, brain, headaches after”–and the remedies are … Bellis perennis, Cicuta, Conium (2) and Nat-sulph (3). Now, the “Head” chapter:
“Injury, head, ailments after”–the highest rated remedies are … Arnica (3), Helleborus (3) and Nat-sulph (4).
Look at how highly-rated Nat-sulph is! Did you know that Nat-sulph is our main remedy for ailments after head injury?
Now, of these three remedies (Arnica, Helleborus and Nat-sulph), which one is likely to have a sensitivity to noise? Not the dull Helleborus, and not the zoned-out, confused Arnica. That leaves Nat-sulph. And indeed, I did another Nat-sulph head injury quiz where the patient insisted that the car radio be turned off, even though John Lennon’s “Imagine” was playing–not exactly a “racket”–but, he couldn’t bear it!
So, I think we might have to think of this as a keynote for Nat-sulph:
Head pain or headache after head injury with aversion to (ordinary) noise!
(Make a note of that, everyone!)
So, yes, ailments after head injury, and you’ve already tried Arnica, think of Nat-sulph!
Thanks Peter! Is anybody else here today?
Two remedies i think of in head trauma are Arnica and Nat sulph. Seeing as Arnica was ineffective and no bleeding, i think Nat sulph could be the remedy, but there is no sign of mental disturbance just yet. The only symptom seems to be the feeling of faintness and passing out so maybe Opium? I just remembered Opium is very sensitive to noise. I remember reading somewhere that their hearing is so acute they can hear a fly crawling up the wall!
You should have stuck with Nat-sulph! They’re sensitive to noise too and it’s our main remedy for “ailments after head injury”. Even though it’s true that Opium has acute hearing, think of the larger picture of Opium. Here’s Opium from Murphy’s Materia Medica:
The effects of a poisonous dose of Opium are scarcely to be distinguished from a fully developed attack of a stroke. Absolute unconsciousness, complete muscular relaxation, pupils contracted to a pin point, turgid, bloated.
Very red or bluish face, stertorous breathing, pulse slow and full.
The effects of Opium as shown in the insensibility of the nervous system, the depression drowsy stupor, painlessness and torpor, the general sluggishness and lack of vital reaction, constitute the main indications for the drug when used homeopathically. It affects the nerves, mind and senses.
All complaints are characterized by a stupor. Complaints are painless and are accompanied by heavy, deep sleep, stertorous breathing. Sweaty skin. Dark, mahogany-brown face. Venous, passive congestion. Strokes.
So…I think “stupor” would be the watch-word we’d be looking for in an Opium head injury, that and pin-point pupils.
Thanks for voting, Neil! Hmm…I think I see Linda from the West Coast!
My guess is Nat sulph because it’s the only remedy I know of for head injury.
You’re right, it is Nat-sulph!
I hope all is well at your end – but, then again, why wouldn’t it be? You’re a homeopath!
Are you sure? I’ll have to check that with Shana. Meanwhile, Linda, here we are in the midst of a “government shut-down”! (Donald Trump has shut down the government because he wants to build a border wall to keep Mexicans out and Nancy Pelosi won’t let him) and, have you noticed what all the news stories are all about? Layed-off government workers who can’t afford their drugs! It’s all about medical complaints! “I can’t afford to buy my son’s asthma medicine!” “I have two kids ‘on the spectrum’!” And I’m like, OMG! Everybody’s got a disease (that, ironically, the medical system has probably caused!) And they have no idea!
I know, Elaine; I always tell people that homeopathy is the only medicine I’ve ever used for many years now! And, by the way, I really enjoy reading your Quizzes even if I don’t always try to answer. I also really enjoy Shana’s input on who died and who sang in what group and what they sang, etc.
Really? Did you hear that, Shana???? That’s 4 people now! Four people who actually read your announcements–Linda, Maria, Peter from Tuscany, Krista from Nebraska…. You have a following!!!!! Yay!!!!
Have a great year, both of you!
We’ll try, but I ain’t promisin’ nothin’. Oh! Speaking of Krista from Nebraska…
I’m voting for Nat-sulph!
And you’re right! Thanks for voting!
Oh look, a new-comer (who hopefully will become a regular part of our family)!
The remedy is ‘ Natrum sulphuricum’.
You are correct!!!!
Dr. Sureka Eswari
And now for the lovely and powerful, Dr. Salma Afroz!
Hi Elaine and Shana,
I guess Miss Rosetta Stone needs Natrum sulph.
And look, it’s Maria from Greece!
Hi Elaine and Shana and happy new year!
Same to you, Maria!
I missed Bart Simpson’s quiz but I read the revisiting and I must say I wouldn’t have guessed Medorrhinum.
No way! I guess I should probably do a Tidbits on Medorrhinum since so many people didn’t get it.
Great quiz, though. For this month’s quiz I vote for natrum sulphuricum. If I am wrong I will try again.
You’re not wrong, so don’t try again!
Oh look, the gang from Slovakia is here!
Hello, Elaine and Shana,
Hi Miroslav and Jitka!
here are our answers to the January quiz:
OK, I can’t wait to see! What’s the verdict?
Miroslav votes: Spigelia
Another interesting case . At first I was thinking about a routine remedy used in a head injury – Nat-sulph. But it is more aimed for vertigo and epileptic seizures
and also I thought, that would be too easy …
Really? OMG! I don’t pick quizzes based on how hard they are…. To me, they’re all hard! Well, actually, “Attacked By Almonds” was pretty easy.
Anyway, never think that the obvious remedy can’t be it!
I was more attracted with the symptom – headache aggravated by noise
Hearing, sensitive to sounds, headache agg, neuralgic: Spigelia.
First of all, since you seem to be picking remedies based on “insights” or “intuition”…you should have surmised that there is no way your average patient has Spigelia! We’re lucky if our patients have Arnica!
Jitka votes: Belladona
At first I also pondered upon the remedy Nat sulph, but it is more indicated on persistent emotional and personality changes.
So I selected two rubrics which, by my way, correspond to the patient’s condition the most and I selected remedies that were in both rubrics – Bell., Nat sulph and Phos. I decided for Belladona, because I think it is most sensitive remedy to the senses in acute condition.
Listen, everybody, this is a Head Injury case. Not a Headache case. Even though she HAS a headache; but what’s the etiology? Head Injury/Concussion! We need a Head Injury/Concussion Remedy. I see Belladonna is only in plain-type under “Concussion”. I don’t see it under any of the sub-rubrics. I wonder if you might have confused “Bell” with “Bell-p” (Bellis Perennis) because that’s in the rubric “headaches after concussion”, but not Belladonna. “Concussion, headaches after” would be a perfect rubric for this case.
bell nat-s phos
First aid, headache, head, injury, after 2 3 2
Mind, sensitive, noise, least noise 2 1 2
But see, it wasn’t the least noise, it was people talking. And unless she says, “People were whispering and I told them to be quiet,” we have to assume they were talking in their normal voices; so, that’s not the “least” noise. So what you’re left with is “Headache after Head Injury” and Nat-sulph scores highest there.
I want everybody to remember this:
In “Head Injury”, and “Ailments after Head Injury”, Nat-sulph scores the highest, even sometimes higher than Arnica!!!! If you don’t already have Nat-sulph, thinking Arnica should be enough, you better buy it! Because here, what this case shows, is that Arnica was not enough!
Go to the Head chapter, and scroll down to “injuries”, and note that in all the subrubrics, Nat-sulph is either in BOLD or in Bold/underlined, with only one exception — “epilepsy, after” in which it’s a 2 but there are no 3’s in that rubric.
So, “head injury”, “concussion” and “ailments after head injury” are all super-keynotes for Nat-sulph; never forget that.
Thanks, Miroslav and Jitka!
Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!!!
Wishing you a Happy New Year 2019. Hope you’re doing well.
I missed answering the last quiz.
Head Injury and headache following a head injury. Mental troubles arising out of a head injury point out to NATRUM SULPH.
Please let me know your valuable comments.
You’re right! It is Nat-sulph! Yes, headache after head injury, and the sensitivity to ordinary noise. Very good!
I think we may have time for one last quiz answer…
I opted for aconite….because of
ACUTE AND VIOLENT COMPLAINT
FEAR OF DEATH
There was no fear of death reported. Go to the Head chapter. “Head: injuries, head, mental functionings altered” (her intolerance for noise)–six remedies listed, only one in BOLD–Nat-sulph. In fact, Nat-sulph should be the first remedy we think of after Arnica for head injuries, especially depression after head injury and headache after head injury.
eager to know whether im lucky or not…
I think “HEARING LOUD” has to do with remedy..but I couldn’t find a rubric in repertory related to it……
“Mind: sensitive, over-sensitive, noise, to”–Nat-sulph is there as a 2.
OK! Well, first of all, thanks to everyone who voted! And now we need to give the gold-star to all our winners:
Congratulations go to…(envelope please!)
Now, before we go, in honor of Yvonne Staples who died in 2018 at the age of 80, here are the Staple Singers singing, “If You’re Ready, Come Go With Me”. See lyrics below (from left to right: Pops, Cleo, Yvonne and Mavis).
Here are the lyrics:
If you’re ready
If you’re ready now
If you’re ready
Come on go with me
No hatred (come go with me)
Will be tolerated (come go with me)
Peace and love (come go with me)
Will grow between the races (come go with me)
Love is the only transportation
To where there’s total communication
If you (come go with me)
Get ready now (come go with me)
Feel you’re able (come go with me)
Take me by my hand, y’all (come go with me)
No disaster (come go with me)
Will ever enter there (come go with me)
No wars (come go with me) uh huh
Would ever be declared (come go with me)
No economical exploitation
And no political domination
If you (come go with me)
Get ready now (come go with me)
Think you’re able (come go with me)
Come on go with me (come go with me)
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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