Tuesday, May 22, 2012

2 American ND Bach Flower Purveyors and Science-Based Medicine

here, I cite from a google.com search and a recent post from the blog Science-Based Medicine, both regarding the unicorn tears and magic beans known as Bach flower Remedies [BFR]:

001. a google.com search "naturopathic medicatrix Bach flower remedies" [without the exterior quotes] yields:

001.a. Botwick, J.D. (ND UBCNM) who writes in "The Principals of Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2012-05-22]:

"naturopathic physicians treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, Bach flower remedies, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, and other diagnostic tests [...] they cooperate with all other branches of medical science."

Note: a science subset naturopathy subset Bach flower remedies [and homeopathy!] claim.

001.b. DeGrandpre, Z. (ND NCNM) states in "What I can help you With" [vsc 2012-05-22]:

"I may suggest vitamins, supplements, botanical medicines, energy medicine such as homeopathy, reiki or Bach Flower remedies."

Note: so we have this idea of 'energy' subset homeopathy, reiki, BFR.

002. Dr. Harriet Hall writes in "Bach Flower Remedies" (2012-05-22) [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"Bach flower remedies [...] contain a very small amount of flower material in a 50:50 solution of brandy and water, and are said to work by transmitting a vibrational energy through the memory of water (not the same as homeopathy, but equally implausible). Bach was trained as a homeopath [...and]  used his intuition to access a psychic connection to plants. He would hold his hand over different plants to see which one affected his emotional state, and he would collect the dew from that plant to use as a remedy [...]";

ok, not so much unicorn tears as 'dewdrop of psychically fondled flower.'

"[in] Bach’s 1936 book The Twelve Healers  [...] he offers no evidence of any kind [...and] the nature of the disease is immaterial. The mind shows the onset and course of the disease, and the outlook of mind is all you need to consider. Heal the mind and the body will heal itself. He isn’t just offering to affect psychology: he promises to cure all that ails you [...]";

and aren't we now in the land of the quack idealist / panacea-ist.

"the descriptions sound more like personality types in astrology than like temporary manifestations of illness [...]";

because it is 'big woo.'  It reminds me of the Genotype Diet personality types.

"the indefatigable Edzard Ernst did a systematic review of randomized clinical trials as of 2010, concluding that the most reliable trials did not show any difference between flower remedies and placebos [...]";


"people actually believe this rubbish [...] the naturopathic Bastyr University teaches Bach flower therapy and even sells a book about flower remedies for animals."

and naturopaths pose such as scientific directly, or scientific by use of such terms as 'energy' which, without evidence and based on absurdity, isn't science at all.  It is a bait and switch.

BFR, oh what wonderful company you keep!
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