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Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness

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Posted 22 October 2018

Charcoal, “toxins” and other forms of nonsense are the backbone of the wellness-industrial complex.

By Jen Gunter New York Times 

Before we go further, I’d like to clear something up: Wellness is not the same as medicine.

Medicine is the science of reducing death and disease, and increasing long and healthy lives.

Wellness used to mean a blend of health and happiness. Something that made you feel good or brought joy and was not medically harmful — perhaps a massage or a walk along the beach. But it has become a false antidote to the fear of modern life and death.

The wellness industry takes medical terminology, such as “inflammation” or “free radicals,” and levigates itto the point of incomprehension. The resulting product is a D.I.Y. medicine for longevity that comes with a confidence that science can only aspire to achieve.

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Top ten signs your detox may be a scam

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Posted 29 December 2017

From Science Based Medicine

As we prepare to welcome 2018, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. And what better way to start fresh in 2018 than by literally purging yourself of 2017, inside and out? You may already been seeing advertisements for all forms of detox products and services: Your local pharmacy likely has a shelf of supplements and kits that promise a svelte, glowing you within a few days. A Facebook post is promoting lemon juice, cayenne and maple syrup as a cure-all. Or there’s your local naturopathic clinic promoting IV vitamin infusions – not only will a detox make you feel better, you’ll look better too.

Unfortunately, most of the hype around detox is useless at best, and expensive and potentially harmful, at worst. Most detoxes are only successful at cleaning you of your savings, not your toxins. Here are Read the rest

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“Detox”: Ritual purification masquerading as medicine and wellness – Detox is a Scam

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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
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The detox scam

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Posted 05 January 2017

An excellent article published on Science Based Medicine explaining why ‘detoxing’ is a scam.

It seems about once a year we remind our readers that detox is a scam. The basic idea is that modern life results in the accumulation of “toxins” in your body, and every now and then you should have a tune up by flushing those toxins out. The specific toxins are never mentioned. There is also no basic science reason or clinical evidence to support the notion that the methods recommended actually remove any specific toxins from the body.
The term “detox,” however, has been hijacked for clever marketing of worthless products and treatments. Like much of what happens under the umbrella of so-called alternative medicine, a successful marketing slogan is more important than science or evidence. “Detox” is now frequently attached to many dubious treatments as a handwaving explanation for
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The one thing you need to know before you detox

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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”.

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Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know

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Posted 3 January 2015

“Detox” is a legitimate medical term that has been turned into a marketing strategy – all designed to treat a nonexistent condition. Real detoxification isn’t ordered from a menu of alternative health treatments, or assembled from ingredients in your pantry. Actual detoxification is provided in hospitals under life-threatening circumstances – usually when there are dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol, or other poisons in the body. These are not products you can purchase in a pharmacy for personal use. What you’re seeing promoted as “detox” is using medical terminology, but only to give the perception of scientific legitimacy to medically-useless products and services. Fake detox is built around a number of easily-debunked premises. Once you can spot the flaws, it’s easy to tell fact from fiction.

An article by Scott Gavura and published on Science Based Medicine, explaining how scam artists lure you to … Read the rest

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Miracle Magnesium – ‘Dit laat net jou maag werk’

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Posted 01 November 2013

This article on Body Detox / Marcelle du Plessis / Miracle Magnesium, and published in Beeld on 31 October 2013, is titled “It only makes your stomach work”.

Interestingly, according to the article, Marcelle du Plessis says that it does not matter whether she has proof for her products or whether the ASA rules against her claims, that she will continue to advertise her products and the claims! Does this suggest that Body Detox has “psychopathic” tendencies?

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Miracle Magnesium oil scam/fraud – The evidence

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Posted 30 October 2013

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away – Philip K. Dick

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another – John Burroughs

Overview Marcelle du Plessis / Body Detox makes the claim, among other, that “When Miracle Magnesium Oil™ is taken orally and Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ is sprayed daily over the entire body, it may be beneficial for . . . sinusitis.” (http://miraclemagnesiumoil.co.za)

We will briefly show the nonsense of this statement, and further below, show why the claims of Body Detox, and specifically for magnesium oil, are nonsense! [modal id=”5806″][/modal]

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