Detox Scams

Many of our patients have risked their lives, harmed their health and impeded their recovery efforts using ‘detox’ products.

The added danger for cancer patients is how badly the detox chemicals interact with their cancer medicines or how they damage the gut microbiome. (see repair gut microbiome)

An article in Science Based Medicine reports’ “The basic idea is that modern life results in the accumulation of “toxins” in your body, and every now and then you should have a tune up by flushing those toxins out. The specific toxins are never mentioned.

There is also no basic science reason or clinical evidence to support the notion that the methods recommended actually remove any specific toxins from the body.

The term “detox,” however, has been hijacked for clever marketing of worthless products and treatments. Like much of what happens under the umbrella of so-called alternative medicine, a successful marketing slogan is more important than science or evidence.

“Detox” is now frequently attached to many dubious treatments as a hand waving explanation for how they allegedly work. This is often the case, where a new idea is retrofitted onto an old treatment. In fact the treatments rarely change, but the justification for them evolves to optimise marketing. 

Some detox treatments include coffee enemas, with the idea that many toxins get clogged up in the colon. Other “colon cleanse” products are meant to be consumed orally. This is as unnecessary as “detox.” The colon removes waste on its own – that’s what it does. 

Courtesy of Science Based Medicine:

As well; when patients or their naturopaths research & recommend cancer nutrition, the results are usually abysmal.

This is a highly complex area.

It involves a substantial understanding of the new sciences of…

  • genomics – concerning structure, function, evolution, & mapping of genomes.
  • pharmacogenomics – the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. 
  • pharmacognosy – concerned with medicinal drugs obtained from plants or other natural sources.
  • pharmacokinetics – the branch of pharmacology concerned with the movement of drugs within the body
  • pharmacodynamics – the branch of pharmacology concerned with the effects of drugs and the mechanism of their action.
  • epigenetics – the study of characteristics or “phenotypes” that do not involve changes to the DNA sequence
  • metabolomics – the scientific study of the set of metabolites present within an organism, cell, or tissue.
  • & many more new sciences

    We suggest you Google the new sciences above to understand their brilliance as well as the complexities involved. These sciences are your new friends & can save your life – ask Grace Gawler on how to capitalise on these breakthroughs.

    Grace Gawler, your cancer navigator is skilled and knowledgeable in the above fields – few naturopaths, integrative GPs are.


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“Let’s be clear,” says Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, “there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.”

The respectable one, he says, is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. “The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.” The Guardian

DETOX diets and cleansing regimes are swamping the internet. And their message is clear: to be our best selves, we need to rid our bodies of toxins, like pollution, pesticides, synthetic chemicals and processed foods.

But, my podcast, Science Vs, asked: is there any science behind these detoxes? Can we do anything to help cleanse our body of toxins?

As we prepare to welcome 2019, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. And what better way to start fresh in 2019 than by literally purging yourself of 2018, inside and out? You may already been seeing advertisements for all forms of detox products and services: Your local pharmacy likely has a shelf of supplements and kits that promise a svelte, glowing you within a few days. A Facebook post is promoting lemon juice, cayenne and maple syrup as a cure-all. Or there’s your local naturopathic clinic promoting IV vitamin infusions – not only will a detox make you feel better, you’ll look better too. Science Based Medicine

Detox Dangers for Cancer Patients

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