'Detox': science or sales pitch?

Aust Fam Physician. 2007 Dec;36(12):1009-10.


There is no question that the world is becoming increasingly toxic, with worldwide dissemination of industrial chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and radioactive elements. Many of these toxins have demonstrated harmful effects including cancer, reproductive, metabolic, and mental health effects. It is also known that many toxins undergo bioaccumulation through the food chain and that synergistic effects can occur whereby combinations of toxins can be more potent than the sum of individual toxins.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Environmental Health*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Hazardous Substances*
  • Humans
  • Pesticide Residues
  • Public Health*


  • Hazardous Substances
  • Pesticide Residues