Posted 03 February 2017
If the “central dogma” of alternative medicine is that wishing makes it so, one of the most important of the other organizing dogmas of alternative medicine is that “toxins,” whether they come from inside or outside, are making us sick and that we can’t be healthy until we “detoxify.” This is far more a religious belief than a science-based one.
I hate this analogy. The body is not a car; it is orders of magnitude more complex than a car. More importantly, a car is not designed to fix itself or replenish its own fluids. In contrast, the human body has evolved over billions of years, all the way back to the simplest one cell organisms, to be self-sustaining and self-“detoxifying,” needing little more than adequate nutrition (fuel), water, and activity to maintain itself. Yet quacks like Bollinger often make this analogy, selling “detox” pseudoscience as “routine maintenance” of the body.
Before I go into Bollinger’s flawed analogy more, I can’t help but ask: Where do all these “toxins” come from? What are they?