We posted a link on facebook to a great article on the “detox” phenomenon, it is a great article giving the facts behind this latest fad though it’s pretty long, so we promised to summarise the information here and give our own thoughts on the matter.

Whilst we agree with the article’s premise that there is no basis for the “detox” programs promoted by most sources, we understand that “well being” is quite often a state of mind and as such anything that can promote this (whilst remaining harmless) is fine. What isn’t fine is the exorbitant costs a lot of these “treatments” carry for what is mostly nothing more than placebo.

We cannot summarise better then the conclusion written on the same post:

Any product or service with the words “detox” or “cleanse” in the name is only truly effective at cleansing your wallet of cash. Alternative medicine’s ideas of detoxification and cleansing have no basis in reality. There’s no published evidence to suggest that detox treatments, kits or rituals have any effect on our body’s ability to eliminate waste products effectively. They do have the ability to harm however – not only direct effects, like coffee enemas and purgatives, but they also distract and confuse people about how the body actually works and what we need to do to keep it healthy. “Detox” focuses attention on irrelevant issues, giving the impression that you can undo lifestyle decisions with quick fixes. Improved health isn’t found in a box of herbs, a bottle of homeopathy, or a bag of coffee flushed into your rectum. The lifestyle implications of a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, lack of sleep, and alcohol or drug use cannot simply be flushed or purged away. Our kidneys and liver don’t need a detox treatment. If anyone suggests a detox or cleanse to you, remember that you’re hearing a marketing pitch for an imaginary condition.

the full article can be read here: