What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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"A woman has been awarded more than £800,000 after she suffered permanent brain damage while on a detox diet…..Detox diets are based on the theory that toxins from "unhealthy" food and drink build up in the body and can lead to health problems. Purging those toxins — through restricted diets, lots of water or using particular supplements — is meant to leave people feeling better and, often, thinner. But critics disagree with the principle. Dr Andrew Wadge, of the Food Standards Agency, has branded detox regimes "nonsense" and said the body has its own system of getting rid of toxins — the liver. Dieticians are regulated by law in the UK, but nutritionists and nutritional therapists are not. Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George's Hospital in Tooting, told the BBC: "As a dietician I frequently see people who have been given the wrong information by nutritionists or nutritional therapists and we deal with the consequences," she said." BBC News (3rd July 2008)