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RIP, Kate Spade; RIP, Anthony Bourdain: How Bach Flower Remedies Can Help Relieve Suicidal Thoughts

Updated: Feb 1

Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream"

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Kate Spade’s suicide. She was such a talented designer with a flair for classy, yet fun, creations. Her playful designs and color palette truly brought joy to the world. Then, today, I was disturbed to hear that Anthony Bourdain committed suicide. Two passionate and gifted lives lost to emotional distress just three days apart. It is so ironic that they both brought so much joy to the planet, yet they were tormented inside and suffered in silence. Their passing left heartache and a vacuum in their place.

In a report published yesterday, June 7, 2018, the CDC reports that there has been more than a 30% increase in suicide rates in at least half of the states in United States from 1999 to 2016. This is an alarming statistic and it should be a wakeup call!

Alas, it has taken the deaths of major and beloved celebrities like Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Robin Williams a few years earlier to generate a conversation on this topic. The sad fact is that for every celebrity (and there are many) suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, or other emotional distress, there are untold thousands of common folk also struggling to regain control of their lives. Whether famous or not, each and every person brings unique talents and gifts into this world. The loss of every single life through suicide is a senseless tragedy. No problem or set of problems is insurmountable. You can get past this and live a life of joy and fulfillment.

Anyone who is suffering in silence or contemplating suicide should immediately speak to loved ones or call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. The Bach Flower Remedies are very effective at easing hopelessness, depression, and suicidal thoughts. They should also start taking the Bach Flower Remedy Gorse to rid themselves of feelings of depression, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts. Gorse is sold online and in many health food stores. While Gorse can relieve one's feelings of hopelessness, there may be many factors contributing to this feeling below the surface. Therefore, it is recommended to seek the guidance of a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) to assure that you get the best combination of remedies to address the root causes.

Recently, there have been numerous articles on the increase of anxiety in our society. Last month, on May 7, 2018, Medscape published an article titled “High Anxiety in America: APA Poll Highlights Nationwide Worries.” It showed that Americans are much more anxious than a year ago, particularly about health, safety, and finances.

Mental health practitioners and doctors mean well, but often they are misguided. The medical community’s answer to mental and emotional distress is medication. Often, these drugs do not help, but they do have side effects and contraindications. Other times, they may help with depression, but increase anxiety—or vice versa. In many cases, people feel emotionally numb or flat from their medications.

The number one side effect of most antidepressants is suicidal ideation, which means patients start to feel suicidal. This fact should be alarming to everyone involved! Regrettably, suicidal ideation has become an accepted side effect by the medical community—and is treated like unavoidable collateral damage. I contend that drugs are not the solution, but part of the problem.

The good news is that there is a safe, effective alternative. Bach Flower Remedies have been helping people deal with their emotional distress for almost a century. They do not have any side effects or contraindications. They do not interfere with medications, so someone on prescription or recreational drugs does not have to worry about complications.

Unlike pharmaceuticals, the Bach Flower Remedies actually address and resolve the underlying energetic imbalance that creates emotional distress. In other words, they resolve the condition. They work! No one has ever been cured by taking prescription drugs for emotional distress. At best, they merely mask the condition or numb people to their pain; meanwhile, the condition festers under the surface. At worst, they induce suicidal thoughts and may actually lead to suicide.

People suffering from emotional distress often feel isolated and unheard. A five-minute appointment with a doctor once a year to refill prescriptions does not qualify as being heard. On the other hand, an in-depth Bach consultation does give a person the opportunity to be heard.

If you are currently taking antidepressants, anti-anxiety, or bipolar medications, do not attempt to stop them yourself. Contact a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) in order to start taking Bach Flower Remedies. Once you are feeling better, you can work with your doctor to wean off medications. Starting and stopping these drugs are the most dangerous times and should always be carefully monitored by a doctor!

While may be tempting and easy to blame doctors and the medical community for perpetuating failed treatment protocols, they are the products and also the victims of their own training. If they knew a better way, they would adopt it. Unfortunately, they are indoctrinated in the practice of treating symptoms, not the whole person. Doctors themselves are not immune to the increasing suicide rates in our society. Doctors and dentists have the highest suicide rates of any profession in America.

Dr. George Lundberg of Medscape At Large wrote an article titled “A Conspiracy of Silence on Physician Suicide,” dated March 23, 2018, shortly after a medical resident jumped off a 33-story building in Manhattan. In this article, he said “Physician burnout is rampant. Physicians seeking early retirement seem epidemic. Psychiatric drug use by medical students and young physicians is rife. Enough physicians to fill the graduating classes of two medium-sized medical schools are lost annually to suicide.”

It seems that every day brings more sobering news. In early May 2018, the suicides of two medical students at NYU within five days sparked “waves of concern and a renewed search for answers.” I propose that the answer for most people is Bach Flower Remedies. Locate a BFRP in your area by searching the Find a Practitioner list on the Bach Centre’s website, Alternatively, I offer telephone consultations nationwide at reasonable rates. I may be reached by phone at 415-420-7800, by email at, or via my website at

© 2018-2024 Carl Anderson

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