Detox

What was the Biggest Supplement Scam of 2013? “Detox” and Detoxing…

To celebrate the New Year, I decided to spend a little time thinking about the past 12 months, and specifically, the biggest supplement scam that has been “pulled” on the unsuspecting public. I didn’t have to think very long. In my opinion, it’s without a doubt the continued and rapid growth of “detox” or detoxifying products that claim to cleanse, purge, flush out, or otherwise eliminate...

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The Detox Delusion

We still receive questions and comments about detoxes and detoxifying a near-daily basis, and many of the products we review contain some sort of “detoxifying” element. And although we have covered this topic in significant detail (see here, here and here!), the silliness – detoxes are complete nonsense – continues unabated. Thus, I thought it was prudent to feature a little bit of a great article from the good...

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Toxins… not “Toxins”

D’ya think the food we eat is filled with toxins? If so, this Guardian article, “I survived the deadliest meal in the world,” should disabuse you of this notion. If they really were, you’d probably be dead. 😉 It’s a mildly amusing tale of a charity banquet, but it resonated with me on two levels… Sympathy: I spent years intermittently enduring my mother-in-law’s cooking, so I know what...

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Acai Scammers Fined $1.5 Million

Last year, I made note of a court order suspending sales of certain acai berry supplement products. The defendants were making over-the-top, unproven weight loss and “detox” claims, offering phony “free trials,”  and – of course – adding unauthorized charges to customers’ credit cards. In other words, it was one of those acai berry scam operations we all know and loathe. At any rate, the case...

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Thoughts on a Detox Death

When I read this CBC report, my first thought was “stupidity carries the death penalty.” But after thinking about it, I realized there was more to it than that. But first, the facts: A Quebec woman rushed to hospital after undergoing an overnight detoxification spa treatment involving intense sweating has died.   The woman, 35, died late Friday afternoon in a Drummondville hospital, said Quebec provincial police.   She and...

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The Official Sci-ence “Red Flags of Quackery”

Via Respectful Insolence, the “Red Flags of Quackery” (click on the image to see the original). It’s funny, despite the fact that it’s all too...

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