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Br Med Bull. 2012;101:33-8. doi: 10.1093/bmb/lds002. Epub 2012 Jan 31.

Alternative detox.

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  • Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, UK. edzard.ernst@pms.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The concept that alternative therapies can eliminate toxins and toxicants from the body, i.e. 'alternative detox' (AD) is popular.

SOURCES OF DATA:

Selected textbooks and articles on the subject of AD.

AREAS OF AGREEMENT:

The principles of AD make no sense from a scientific perspective and there is no clinical evidence to support them.

AREAS OF CONTROVERSY:

The promotion of AD treatments provides income for some entrepreneurs but has the potential to cause harm to patients and consumers.

GROWING POINTS:

In alternative medicine, simplistic but incorrect concepts such as AD abound. AREAS TIMELY FOR RESEARCH: All therapeutic claims should be scientifically tested before being advertised-and AD cannot be an exception.

PMID:
22297655
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