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Detoxes and Cleanses

Posted 4/25/2016

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  Detox regimens and special cleanses are sometimes advertised as beneficial in reducing cancer risk and, maybe, even fighting known cancers. Note the word advertised.

  There is no useful evidence that these processes are valuable, and our bodies actually do a good job at keeping us in the right balance. I appreciate that there are people who find a detox regimen valuable for a range of reasons and feel that it is a health benefit. As long as no harm is done, I surely have no argument with that. My worry focuses on people who place faith in an anti-cancer benefit.

  This is a good summary from Stacey Kennedy at DFCI about this:

Can Detoxing Regimens and ‘Cleanses’ Fight Cancer?

Despite their appeal as an easy “fix” to the problem of cancer, there’s little scientific evidence that detox
regimens and cleanses, especially on their own, reduce the odds of developing cancer.
If you type “detox and cancer” into an Internet search engine, you’ll get an avalanche of websites, articles,
products, patient testimonials, and practitioners claiming that cancer can be prevented or even cured by
diets or “cleanses” that rid the body of “toxins.” Are these approaches safe? Are they effective? It’s not
necessarily as straightforward as you may think; the details really do matter, says Stacy Kennedy, MPH,
RD, CSO, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.
These regimens and offerings run the gamut: raw food, high-alkaline, and “miracle” diets; herbal
supplements or “elixirs”; detox drinks with lemon and cayenne

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