Not Medicine

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.


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7 thoughts on “Not Medicine

  1. 1

    There is something uniquely ironic about people who conflate “natural” with “healthy” using (supposed) substances to alter their children’s (perfectly non-pathological) emotions. Daydreaming is something that needs to be remedied away, now? Really?! If you want to make sure your kids do their homework, there are far more reliable, and less insulting, ways to see that it’s done.

    So, when they feed this shit to their kids, and it doesn’t do anything, I expect they’ll react by being extra-horrible to their (entirely normal) youngsters.

    1. 1.1

      Having grown up on this stuff, I can say that most users would tell you that it ‘doesn’t just make them stop daydreaming, it changes their energy so they don’t *need* to daydream.”
      Because that’s not way creepier. Also, they all taste pretty nasty.

  2. 2

    Really? …*sigh*

    When I was a kid, I had this book called The Magic Locket. It was about a girl who maybe wanted to be a dancer or was having trouble with her homework or was going to a scary new school. Her grandmother or aunt or godmother gave her a magic locket which held incredible powers that would help her dance or get A’s or make new friends or whatever it was. Wonder of wonders, it “worked!” The book came with its own Genuine Gold-Toned Metal™ magic locket for you to wear. When you open the locket, guess what’s inside? A tiny mirror! Because if you capture your true nemesis, then you can exploit its eldritch abilities for material gain…er, I mean, because the power was inside you all along!

    I bet the Bach Kids remedies work as well and taste almost as good as the locket, but never help you accessorize.

  3. 3

    Oh lovely. What a waste of money. At least they are homeopathic: clematis can be toxic in lareg doses, not to mention a skin irritant.

    So you can waste money on this water, or you can acutally deal with your kids and find out if they actually need intervention or if they just need a little attention.

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