The detox diaries
Do so called detox diets work? Tarig Babiker and Alexander Hamilton spent a week on one and describe the highs and the lows
- By: Alexander James Hamilton, Tarig Babiker
Despite reports in the press denying any scientific evidence in support of the benefits of detox diets,1 we thought we might see for ourselves what all the fuss was about. The aim was not to lose weight, but to see how feasible it would be to exclude additives, wheat, meat, dairy foods, and preservatives from our diets. We hoped the experience might give us personal insight; help us to better advise our future patients; and let us explore a more holistic approach to practice-a concept often viewed sceptically by Western medicine.
Being a medic often predisposes you to uncertainty when faced with treatments that claim physical benefit that lie beyond our textbooks. We certainly felt that without our medical backgrounds we might be able to derive spiritual benefit from the detox experience as well as physical changes. We were both willing subjects for an experiment, but were we inherently biased