Saturday, January 3, 2015

WFAE getting all juiced up for detoxing on Monday

"Any product or service with the words 'detox' or 'cleanse' in the name is only truly effective at cleansing your wallet of cash."
 - Scott Gavura, pharmacist 
On Monday, Charlotte Talks is hosting a show to answer our questions about detoxing and cleansing. I'm not holding my breath. Their "local experts" include an owner of a local raw juice company, a Yoga instructor, and an "Integrative Nutrition Health Coach" from a local company called "The Whole Tulip" - who pushes Juice Plus+ on their website as a "magical combination of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients" that "has good science behind it...over 30 published studies proving the benefits in preventing disease and improving your health" (no babes required, just green smoothies).

No experts in science-based medicine will be on hand to counter the claims of these companies who are selling snake oil to treat the health issue that WFAE claims to be informing us about. Sorry, but that doesn't sound like public radio. It sounds more like an infomercial. Perhaps someone will call in and ask them about colon cleansing...

  • Harvard Medical: "The human body can defend itself very well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence. If you’re generally healthy, concentrate on giving your body what it needs to maintain its robust self-cleaning system — a healthful diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups. If you experience fatigue, pallor, unexplained weight gain or loss, changes in bowel function, or breathing difficulties that persist for days or weeks, visit your doctor instead of a detox spa."
  • Mayo Clinic: "[T]here's little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Indeed, the kidneys and liver effectively filter and eliminate most ingested toxins. The benefits from a detox diet may actually come from avoiding highly processed foods that have solid fats and added sugar. If you're considering a detox diet, get the OK from your doctor first. It's also important to consider possible side effects."
  • WebMD: "They're popular, but they aren't proven to do what they say they'll do: flush toxins out of your system. In fact, they may be risky and even backfire."

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