The Detox Myth (?)

  • metta

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    Jan 02, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    The Detox Myth

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/befit/story/0,,1379231,00.html
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    Jan 02, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    But TOXINS! Those scary, evil-sounding mystical toxins that are in your body causing your unemployment, your boyfriend to lose sexual interest in you, and your kids to hate you! If a detox can't remove these insidious, scientifically unrecognized toxins, what will we blame our problems on?
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    Jan 02, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    Isn't there a new "Quicker with Liquor" detox?
    I've heard that hourly lines of blow are required with this detox.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidBut TOXINS! Those scary, evil-sounding mystical toxins that are in your body causing your unemployment, your boyfriend to lose sexual interest in you, and your kids to hate you! If a detox can't remove these insidious, scientifically unrecognized toxins, what will we blame our problems on?
    Blame it on the alcohol...which is a toxin.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    BTW, if you want to detoxify, drink lots of water. it also prevents hangovers.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    Just to be pedantic... technically, a "toxin" is a protein. Other shit, like alcohol and reality TV shows, are "toxicants."

    And for $149.99 I'll send you a special mystical detoxifying crystal (rock.) If you act before midnight, I'll even ship it for free!
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    Jan 07, 2013 12:02 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidJust to be pedantic... technically, a "toxin" is a protein. Other shit, like alcohol and reality TV shows, are "toxicants."

    And for $149.99 I'll send you a special mystical detoxifying crystal (rock.) If you act before midnight, I'll even ship it for free!
    Crystal meth and crack rocks are detoxicants? Who'da thunk it?
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    Jan 10, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidJust to be pedantic... technically, a "toxin" is a protein. Other shit, like alcohol and reality TV shows, are "toxicants."

    I was taught that toxins come from a biological source whereas toxicants are man-made.

    Snake venom is a toxin (and does include proteins).
    Ethanol (alcohol from fermentation) is a toxin (and does not include proteins).

    Arsenic and Cadmium (found in nature, but not produced by biological processes) are toxicants.
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    Jan 10, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBTW, if you want to detoxify, drink lots of water. it also prevents hangovers.


    Not drinking alcohol also prevents hangovers.
  • Montague

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    Jan 10, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    paulflexes saidBTW, if you want to detoxify, drink lots of water. it also prevents hangovers.


    Not drinking alcohol also prevents hangovers.


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  • Medjai

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    Jan 10, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidJust to be pedantic... technically, a "toxin" is a protein. Other shit, like alcohol and reality TV shows, are "toxicants."

    And for $149.99 I'll send you a special mystical detoxifying crystal (rock.) If you act before midnight, I'll even ship it for free!


    Some are lipopolysaccharides and such too...

    The same myth applies to cold medication...
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    Jan 10, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    I've heard some dietetics majors (not you Medjai, but when I went back to school to get my RD), promote detox. Then I wondered why I was going back to school with these people if they believed such quackery, what actual science had UT taught (I did nutritional sciences elsewhere). They don't teach you that detox is bullshit in school--you don't learn that until you intern with practitioners. This is a huge problem in formal nutrition education--lack of real world application that you should be aware of.
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    Jan 14, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
    I do a daily Cleanse where I get rid of Di-hydrogen monoxide from my system. Its shameful that the govt allows this chemical to be put in basically everything. I mean Come on, cant we figure out a way to survive without it?





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  • Medjai

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    Jan 14, 2013 3:44 PM GMT
    bluey2223 saidI've heard some dietetics majors (not you Medjai, but when I went back to school to get my RD), promote detox. Then I wondered why I was going back to school with these people if they believed such quackery, what actual science had UT taught (I did nutritional sciences elsewhere). They don't teach you that detox is bullshit in school--you don't learn that until you intern with practitioners. This is a huge problem in formal nutrition education--lack of real world application that you should be aware of.


    Well, the idea behind detox is a great one. The problem is, it has zero backing to it. If there was some evidence to support their use, I'd be all for it. Same goes for cold medication, vitamin supplementation (with the exception of D), and herbal treatments. The ideas are sound, but the evidence is insufficient or contradictory.
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    paulflexes saidBTW, if you want to detoxify, drink lots of water. it also prevents hangovers.


    Not drinking alcohol also prevents hangovers.
    Not drinking alcohol is boring.
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    Jan 22, 2013 5:37 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    GAMRican said
    paulflexes saidBTW, if you want to detoxify, drink lots of water. it also prevents hangovers.


    Not drinking alcohol also prevents hangovers.
    Not drinking alcohol is boring.


    Bottoms up!
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201010/why-intelligent-people-drink-more-alcohol
  • Tombo

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    Feb 02, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
    JerseyJames75 said
    paulflexes said
    GAMRican said
    paulflexes saidBTW, if you want to detoxify, drink lots of water. it also prevents hangovers.


    Not drinking alcohol also prevents hangovers.
    Not drinking alcohol is boring.


    Bottoms up!
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201010/why-intelligent-people-drink-more-alcohol


    What a load of bullshit that article is!
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    Feb 02, 2013 2:49 PM GMT
    bluey2223 saidI've heard some dietetics majors (not you Medjai, but when I went back to school to get my RD), promote detox. Then I wondered why I was going back to school with these people if they believed such quackery, what actual science had UT taught (I did nutritional sciences elsewhere). They don't teach you that detox is bullshit in school--you don't learn that until you intern with practitioners. This is a huge problem in formal nutrition education--lack of real world application that you should be aware of.
    the is a huge group


    There is a whole group of peeps that don't believe in detox. There are tons of detox debunking sites on the web. What they have in common is that they just want to have contrary opinions as some exercise for their egos. They have never tried any of it. Their opinions are just closed mind speculation.

    It is just like peeps that hold anti- gay opinions just for egotistical purposes. They haven't tried it, they dont what to understand it, they just want to close their minds to anything outside of their beliefs .
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    Feb 02, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Alpha13 said[/cite][/quote]

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    Feb 02, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    Tombo said
    JerseyJames75 said
    paulflexes said
    GAMRican said
    paulflexes saidBTW, if you want to detoxify, drink lots of water. it also prevents hangovers.


    Not drinking alcohol also prevents hangovers.
    Not drinking alcohol is boring.


    Bottoms up!
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201010/why-intelligent-people-drink-more-alcohol


    What a load of bullshit that article is!


    Care to explain your claim if you're going to make it?