Just a Little Bit More
In a little local newspapery flyer thing I found in a pizza place a couple of weeks ago, there was a small section entitled, Ask Dr. Susan. I had to check it out because the "Dr." in question was one Susan Walker, ND and the question revolved around the issue of detoxification. Would Ms. Walker buck my expectations and tell the layperson the truth as far as we know it, or would she turn it into a shitty, smarmy, ignorant sales pitch?
If you're reading this on my site, I think you know the answer.
She said the following in her piece:
"...new research is emerging showing that toxins disrupt key mechanisms involved in the regulation of weight and that you could be overweight because you are not detoxifying properly."She referenced the National Human Adipose Tissue Survey as well as a U Weight Loss (a product/process that she offers). In case you were wondering what the "3 Simple Secrets" of U Weight Loss are, well, look no further.
"We live in a toxic environment; this is quite clear."
"Toxic chemicals are usually stored in the body in fat tissue, organs and bone and can have detrimental effects on almost every system in the body."
"...detoxification is central to long-term health and effective weight loss.
If you'll check out that page quickly and look at secret number one, it says, "free your body of toxins and cravings". What? Both toxins and cravings? That's just craziness. From Ms. Susan's article, you'd think there's a ton of science-based, blinded, peer-reviewed research to back up her adipose studies and such. Sadly, not so much.
The National Human Adipose Tissue Survey (NHATS) only lists the chemicals that have been found in the adipose tissue of cadavers. The U Weight Loss assholes and the "detox" dipshits take that information and assume that these chemicals are at harmful levels, THEN they claim specific health detriments (weight gain, for example) that result from those harmful levels, THEN they claim that their stupid programs can remove the supposed toxins from your body, thus reversing all the ill-effects.
Anyone see a problem? If you'd like to get the skinny on why "detox" programs are silly, just go to Brian Dunning's great site, Skeptoid - better yet, subscribe to his podcast on iTunes or something. Ten to twelve minutes a week to make you a more informed consumer is well worth the time investment. At the very least, it's better than a visit to Dr. Susan who either has no idea how your body works or, more nefariously, knows exactly how your body works but doesn't care and only wants you to empty your wallet.
I hope for the former.