Tuesday morning rage-face in 3…2…
Photo source and story seen at Minnesota Skeptics by Bjorn Watland
The Bach Kids – Bach Original Flower Remedies website claims that these concoctions are a “natural way to treat your child’s emotions!” And as you can see on the front of the packaging, Dr. Bach’s remedies are physician-approved…by Dr. Bach!
“Dr. Bach Stated: Clematis helps you live more actively in the present rather than in the future or your own dreamworld.”
The “Stress Relief” drops contain these flowers or extracts (well, these are homeopathic preparations so the word “contain” is another dubious claim) for the following purposes:
- Rock Rose for stress and anxiety
- Impatiens for irritation and impatience
- Clematis for inattentiveness
- Star of Bethlehem for agitation
- Cherry Plum for irrational thoughts
Are you weeping yet? No? Try this for the “Daydream Remedy”:
Created from the extracts of the Clematis flower, Dr. Edward Bach’s choice for bringing focus in to the present, Bach Kids’ Daydream Remedy is an all-natural solution that encourages children to flourish both socially and academically.
And here’s the “Confidence Remedy”:
Using the essence of the Larch flower, Dr. Bach’s personal choice for alleviating fears of failure and restoring confidence, Bach Kids’ Confidence Remedy helps combat the crippling effects of lacking self-esteem that can hinder children’s performance in school, on the playing field, and in challenging social situations. Confidence Remedy helps do away with that typical shyness that can keep children from getting the most out of their young lives and puts them on a steady course for success.
I feel for parents who are struggling to get their kids interested and focused on things that they feel are important (like, you know, education), but water/glycerine drops aren’t going to help. And I might not get so snarky except Dr. Edward Bach’s company is charging gullible, desperate parents $13.89 a pop for these “remedies”!
As an industrial scientist who works in the field of in vitro diagnostics, and who has seen projects take literally years to pass design controls, verification, validation (including lengthy and expensive clinical trials) and transfer to manufacturing (repeat the entire cycle for design changes), and then more time – months to years – for FDA submission, evaluation and response all to ensure that the product is safe and efficacious, it burns my butt to see something like this slide through without any oversight and they still get to charge $13.89 a pop.