Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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Over the last few months, the topic of detoxification has come up in conversation a couple of times. I even met someone who was "detoxing." I wish I'd asked him more about the process. If any of you readers are considering a detox diet, I urge you read up on it.

Here is snippet from a great article by Dr. Steven Novella:

Recently detox is all the rage. The basic concept is nothing new - potential customers are scared with the notion that their bodies are being harmed by invading toxins. This triggers our disgust emotion - an evolved defense against eating spoiled, contaminated or dangerous food. There is something deeply satisfying about the idea of getting bad things out of our bodies. It also is an appealing notion that symptoms we may be having are not a problem with our body itself, but is the result of something foreign that can be purged. The word detox tries to capture all that. Its an effective marketing slogan. It is also (as used in such marketing) utterly meaningless.

For the complete story, go here: NeuroLogica Blog » The Detox Scam

Brian Dunning of Skeptoid had a very interesting podcast about Detox a couple weeks ago. Here is a snippet:

Today we're going to head into the bathroom and suck the toxins out of our bodies through our feet and through our bowels, and achieve a wonderful sense of wellness that medical science just hasn't caught onto yet. Today's topic is the myth of detoxification, as offered for sale by alternative practitioners and herbalists everywhere.

You can listen to Brian's podcast or read a transcript here: The Detoxification Myth

Sandy at the Junkfood Science Blog talks about Detox in this article. Here is a snippet:

Not only were the claims about how the body works wrong, some claims were even dangerous. Companies were using phrases that sounded scientific, but didn’t actually mean anything. Most of the producers and retailers were finally forced to admit that they had even simply renamed simple cleaning or brushing, as detox. As the scientists explained, “detox” has no meaning outside very select medical treatments for poisonings or drug addiction.

As always, I recommend that you do your own research. Start with the above great articles and follow their links. Wikipedia is also a good place to START your research. Always drill into the details and follow the links.


  1. And in case you didn't catch Ben Goldacre on radio 4 last month challenging the BS from a detox marketer, here's the link:


  2. @Crispian: Thanks for the tip. I'll go check it out.

  3. @Crispian: I listened to the Goldacre interview. Nice stuff. I think I heard him on the SGU podcast. I've definitely read about this interview.

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