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'Detox: flushing out poison or absorbing dangerous claptrap?'

31 August 2011

Professor Edzard Ernst debunks the detox myth.

Edzard Ernst, Professor of complementary medicine at Peninsula Medical School, makes clear in a Guardian article published today why alternative-medicine detox myths are not just wrong, but can also be dangerous.

He explains "unless someone is very severely ill, the elimination of toxins is most efficiently being taken care of by various organs – for instance, the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and the gut. In a healthy person, the function of these systems is already optimal. No improvements are needed or can be achieved by detox therapies."

Read more about how Voice of Young Science also challenged detox myths and product claims in their public guide to debunking detox.




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