Posted 05 January 2016
Homemark, Herbex and others regularly promote detox products, whether a juice bar, detox foot pads or detox tea, and particularly at the beginning of each year. What does Science-based Medicine have to say about “detox”, considering that the physiology of detoxification has been well studied?
A few selected extracts from this excellent article written by Scott Gavura:
“With 2016 upon us, it’s finally time get serious about your health. You’re resolving to eat better and exercise more. But first, you need to reset your body – and purge yourself of all of your lifestyle and dietary overindulgences. But how? The options seem limitless, and everyone has advice: There’s Dr. Oz, Gwyneth, and even your favourite Kardashian has advice: They’re all telling you how it’s essential to “detox”, “cleanse” and “flush” away all of your toxins”.
““Detox” is a legitimate medical term that has been co-opted to sell useless products and services. It is a fake treatment for a fake condition”.
“Fake detox is marketed based on three easily-debunked ideas. Once you can spot the flaws, it’s easy to spot the spin and misinformation, and to make smarter, healthier decisions”.
Read the article at Science-Based Medicine or Science-Based Pharmacy, which explains the well-studied and worked out physiological processes around detoxification and therefore whether these products could work, and concludes: “If anyone suggests a detox or cleanse to you, remember that you’re hearing a marketing pitch for an imaginary condition”.