US - Detox diets: Health regimen or latest fad?
- Detox diets: Health regimen or latest fad?
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A body detoxification program that urges
people to "Be your own doctor" is growing in popularity -- but some
doctors say the regimen doesn't do anything that the body doesn't do
"You can't live in a dirty environment, breathing dirty air ... eating
food that's contaminated with poisons and pesticides and be healthy," said
John Wood, a co-founder of the "21-Day Detox" program in California.
Going vegan, fasting
During the course of the three-week program, the group avoids animal
products and dairy and go vegan. The program even includes abstaining from
confrontation with others, billing itself as a holistic detox.
'Potentially quite dangerous'
Critics say the program is unnecessary and health care providers are
sharply divided over the efficacy of fasts or detoxification programs.
"There is no process that I know of ... that supports the claim that you
will purge environmental toxins over and above what your body itself is
capable of doing," said Dr. Peter Pressman, an assistant professor of
clinical medicine at the University of Southern California.