DrNatura & Colonix – More Detox Delusion

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Here’s an email I received the other day:

Hi again David

I sent you an email last week and never heard back so I wanted to try you again. My company, DrNatura would love for you to try a free Colonix product so you can test it out and let the readers of Science-Based Pharmacy  know what you think. We sell this product mainly through our website and in some retail locations for $60 dollars, but I’d be happy to send it to you right away at no charge. The Colonix Program is a way to reclaim your body’s natural ability to cleanse and detoxify while retuning to a balanced state of health.

I’ve put together this microsite for you to share any or all of the content with your readers – there are tips, symptoms and testimonials about Colonix and DrNatura:

http://www.drnaturanews.com

If you are interested in trying the product, please let me know and I’ll get it right out to you. If you are able to post a mention or tweet, it would go a long way to help get the word out about this great product, so please let me know.

Thank you so much,

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I’ll pass on the generous offer of a sample. In order to give a science-based review of any detox kit, we need to look at the science, and not rely on testimonials.

Detox Primer

Demonstrating the efficacy of a detox kit should be straightforward:

  1. Tell us what the toxins are
  2. Provide evidence these toxins are causing harm
  3. Demonstrate your detox kit actually removes these toxins
  4. Demonstrate we’re healthier because of it

Unfortunately, detox kit manufacturers don’t answer these simple questions. Why? Because detox isn’t about removing toxins at all.  Detox is a marketing slogan that feeds a conscious or subconscious need for purification or cleansing.

Detox kits were the second topic I covered when I started this blog. When I first encountered these products in the pharmacy I was baffled. Who would buy these products? Then I read the ads – and I started wondering if I needed a detox. Do I ever feel fatigued? Yes! Tired? Yes! Bloated? Yes! But who doesn’t feel vague, non-specific unpleasant symptoms now and then?

Take a look at the site for Colonix. No scientific evidence of benefit is provided, just lots of vague claims and testimonials. It looks just like every other detox product you see on a pharmacy’s shelves.

Unfortunately, there’s no scientific evidence that a product that you can buy off the shelf will “cleanse” your bad lifestyle choices. Some argue that these kits do little harm, and may offer psychological benefit to people looking to make a break from what they acknowledge wasn’t healthy.  But the idea that health and dietary mistakes can simply be flushed away by taking a detox product is misleading. The best way to avoid these problems? Avoid them in the first place.

I continue to stand behind my previous evaluation of detox kits: their effects at cleansing seem restricted to the contents of your wallet. If anyone advises your to try a detox kit, ask the four questions above.  Demand scientific evidence, and not testimonials, for the health products you buy.

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4 thoughts on “DrNatura & Colonix – More Detox Delusion

  1. Celeste says:

    “Because detox isn’t about removing toxins at all. Detox is a marketing slogan that feeds a conscious or subconscious need for purification or cleansing.”

    Take a look around you. Mercury in your mouth, pesticides on non-organic food, artificial hormones in your meat, paint, pesticides, plastics, women using artificial hormones, pollution…. and you think your system doesn’t need cleaning?

    Seems like your heavy metal toxicity has got the better of your brain.

    And before you start saying none of this can be proven go check out heavy metal toxicity testing.

    Good luck.

  2. Art Tricque says:

    Celeste, the way an argument works is that one most provide evidence for one’s assertions, not ask one’s interlocutors to look up the proof for whatever broad pronouncements one might wish to make. An excellent place to start to find serious references is the US National Institutes of Health Pubmed web site, which catalogues scientific journal articles on health. I would be happy to welcome you back for further discussion on any points you make backed up by serious evidence.

  3. Hi Art,

    I would suggest widening the circle of knowledge to increase your education, energy and health…

    Serious evidence –

    1. Heavy Metals / Amalgam, Mercury
    http://www.munro-hallclinic.co.uk/
    – Mercury, Amalgam and its effects
    – Toxic Dentistry Exposed Book

    Here you will find about 250 references.
    I don’t know if I can copy and paste them in here – it might be a copyright issue – but you can check out the link which lists them all.

    2. Artificial hormones (eg contraceptive pill and other hormonal contraceptives and artificial hormones in the environment ie paint, pesticides etc)
    http://www.johnleemd.com/

    His references again are too long probably to post here and could be against copyright but you can view them all at:
    http://www.johnleemd.com/store/resource_references1.html

    3. Treatments for Nuclear Contamination / Vaccinations / Radiation
    Dr Mark Sircus’s work.
    His work is extensive and he has written many books on many subjects and has an informative blog with references on many posts eg’s
    http://blog.imva.info/medicine/treatments-nuclear-contamination
    eg http://blog.imva.info/medicine/autism
    “The new findings, which surprised the researchers, suggest that a mother’s exposure to industrial air pollutants while pregnant might increase her child’s risk of autism.[6] ”

    4. Heavy Metal detox
    Research on use of their product of removing heavy metals:
    http://www.detoxmetals.com/pages/The-use-of-Hair-Tests-in-Clinical-Decision-Making.html

    And all their articles on the different types of toxicity.
    These are articles contain references to academic research.

    GENERAL TOXICITY
    Toxic Metals and Antioxidants
    Chlorella and Dioxins

    BABY, INFANT AND CHILD TOXICITY
    Toxins can poison babies even before they are born.
    Mercury Exposure in Children: A Review
    Effects of Toxic Metals on Learning and Behaviour
    Growing Up Toxic: Mercury and Developmental Diseases
    Mercury in Baby Hair from Vaccinations
    Mercury in pregnant urine and cord
    Prenatal Mercury Leads to Lasting Brain Damage
    Environmental Exposure to Metals of Newborns, Infants and Young Children
    Chemicals in Newborn Baby Eskimos
    Lead and Your Health: A Health Brochure
    Lead and Performance in Children
    Mother Bear Book on Lead Toxicity
    Health Effects of Lead
    Toxicological Profile for Lead
    Mercury Levels in Umbilical Cord Blood
    Growing Up Toxic: Chemical Exposures in Developmental Diseases
    Developmental Neurotoxicity of Industrial Chemicals
    Toxic Metals and Mental Health
    Environmental exposure to metals of newborns, infants and young children
    Chemical Exposure and Increases in Developmental Disease
    Childhood urine mercury excretion: dental amalgam and fish consumption as exposure factors
    Lead and Your Health – Lead poisoning in children
    Chemical Impacts on Children’s Intelligence and Behaviour
    Urine Mercury in Children

    MERCURY – GENERAL
    Global Mercury AssessmentMercury toxicity, mercury poisons the body. HMD effectively removes mercury from yoru body.
    Mercury Study Report to Congress
    General Review of Mercury Toxicity
    Three Modern Faces of Mercury
    Health Effects of Mercury and Mercury Compounds
    Mercury and Porphyrins
    Mercury Content in Hair
    Mercury in Human Hair and Fish
    Mercury in Urine
    Mercury Poisoning on Skin
    Mercury in Medicine: Taking Unecessary Risks!
    Mercury Toxicity and Antioxidants
    Blood Levels of Mercury
    Low-Dose Mercury Toxicity and Human Health
    Human Neurotoxicity of Mercury
    Mercury Reaches the Brain Directly Through the Nerves
    Mercury in Medicine: Taking Unecessary Risks
    Mercury in Health Care
    Mercury and Iatrogenic Deaths
    Ecological Effects of Mercury

    MERCURY AND AMALGAMS
    Amalgams release toxic mercury into your body. Take HMD to protect yourself.Amalgam Related Illness – FAQ’s
    Before and After Amalgam Removal
    The Dental Amalgam Issue – A Terrible Sin Against Humanity!
    Amalgam Disease – Poisoning, Allergy or Psychic Disorder?
    Does Chewing Gum Increase Mercury in the Body?
    Does Mercury Increase After Amalgam Removal?
    Does Mercury From Amalgams Get into the Mother’s Breast Milk?
    Mercury Release From New Dental Amalgams
    Mercury Excretion in Children with Dental Amalgams

    AUTISM AND MERCURY

    Autism: A Novel Form of Mercury PoisoningMercury from vaccines has been linked to autism.
    Mercury and Autism: Accelerating Evidence
    Mercury and Vaccine
    A Review of the Relationship Between Autism and Thimerosal
    Thimerosal and Autism?
    Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines
    Handling of Thimerosal Exposure
    The Association of MMR Vaccines and Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Thimerosal and Developmental Disorders including Autism
    Mercury Contamination in Hair from Infant Immunizations
    Autism and Air Pollution
    Autism Questionnaire for Heavy Metals

    FISH, MERCURY & TOXIC METALS
    Mercury in FishMercury in fish and sushi can harm your body. Detox with HMD.
    Mercury in Fish: A Global Health Hazard
    Advice on Fish Consumption: Benefits and Risks
    Mercury in Fish: Risks and Benefits
    What You Need to Know About Mercury in Seafood
    Over the Limit: Eating Too Much High-Mercury Fish
    Fish Consumption: Toxicological Considerations
    Fish consumption, mercury and child development
    Mercury levels, fish and pregnancy
    Fish Consumption Advisory for Mother-to-Be
    Risk of Eating Fish on Embryonic Development
    Fish, Mercury and Sub-Fertility
    Mercury Levels in Seafood Species
    Hair Mercury Levels in Freshwater Fish
    High Mercury Levels in Tuna Sushi
    Toxic Tuna in Sush
    Mercury Contamination in Tuna Sushi
    Mercury and selenium in fish
    Mercury contamination in fish
    Mercury in canned tuna
    Heavy Metal Content of Canned Tuna Fish
    Mercury, Cadmium and Lead in Canned Tuna
    Mercury Levels in Seafood Species
    Heavy Metals in Commercial Fish
    Mercury Levels in Swordfish
    Mercury distribution in water and fish
    Mercury extraction from fish
    Mercury Levels in Fishermen
    Blood Mercury Levels in Sports Fishermen
    Use of Fish Oil Supplements in Clinical Practice
    The Use of Fish Oil Supplements: A Review

    TOXICITY AND HUMAN HEALTH & DISEASE
    Mercury and Diabetes: Pancreatic DysfunctionToxic heavy metals cause a risk to your health.
    Heavy Metals and Auto-Immune Diseases
    Brain MRI Changes in Patients With Metal Toxicity
    Organic Pollutants and Cardiovascular Disease
    Organic Hazardous Air Pollutants and Cancer
    Thyroid Disease and Xenobiotics
    Mercury Contributes to Altzheimer’s Disease

    TOXICITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
    Chemicals and WildLife: A Cause for ConcernHMD is the only chelator that removes Uranium from your body.
    Environmental Chemicals in the Human Body: Are They a Risk to Health?
    Health Effects in Arctic WildLife Linked to Toxic Chemicals
    Chemical Contamination in the Arctic: The Tip of the Iceberg
    Heavy Metals in Bird Eggs
    Mercury in Arctic Mammals
    Mercury and Zooplankton
    Toxic Release into the Environment Inventory
    Toxic Fertilizers and their Effects
    Contamination: World WildLife Funds (WWF) Biomonitoring Surve
    Environmental Costs of Mercury Pollution
    Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
    Combination Effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
    Semen Quality and Xenobiotic Toxins
    Protecting Children From Environmental Toxins
    Flame Retardants in Newborns with Cryptorchidism
    Human Experiments and Pesticide Policy: The English Patient
    The Food Chain and PCB’s
    The Food Chain and PFC’s
    The Food Chain and Phthalates
    The Food Chain and PBDE’s
    Pesticides and Children’s Health

    My aim is not to argue – only to enlighten and educate.

    I have no idea about this particular product but we live in a toxic environment and that is a fact

    I do hope you will review the following resources so that you can make more informed decisions in the future for yourself and your family and increase your own wellbeing and health by whatever means you see best.

    All the best
    Celeste

    • Celeste, your aim appears to be to inundate people with misinformation until they start agreeing with you. However, let’s apply the Sen. Franken rule to this, shall we? Just to save time?
      I find ONE point you raised that’s nonsensical, refers to discredited or totally unproven hypotheses, and we consider that the whole of your rant cannot be taken seriously.

      Thimerosal -> autism: DISCREDITED
      That’s your entire Mercury and autism section, for which you don’t even give a reference.

      However, let’s be nice and give some of the rest a cursory glance it doesn’t deserve:

      – You seem to have a bee in the bonnet about mercury. Not a shred of evidence for all the issues that seem to worry you, nor how they might affect us or the environment (is there that much mercury in the world?). I am not saying our environment is perfect; I am saying that if you want to be taken seriously you need to provide solid proof.

      – I clicked on your first link, but since the webshite it leads to uses more space on selling books (always a bad sign, when “doctors” want to make you pay to discover what they’re gibbering about) and hormones than in providing information, I call foul on that one too.

      – Another site is flogging chelation. Chelation is considered to be useless at best, at worst actively dangerous. Again, when someone is trying to sell me some sort of miracle cure for undefined ills (I think I’d notice if I had heavy metal poisoning), I am very suspicious of ‘studies’ and ‘research’ they have conducted on their own.

      More on detox and why it’s a scam? Try this site as well (I can play the self-referential game too) http://blog.anarchic-teapot.net/2011/09/25/gut-reactions/

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