What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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The Master Cleanse or Lemon Detox Diet, Fat Flush, 21 Pounds in 21 Days, the Liver Detox Diet … these are just a few of the so-called "detoxification" diet plans that have become all the rage. Holistic healers and diet gurus are pushing all sorts of products and regimens that are supposed to help purge our bodies of chemicals and toxins, while helping us to lose weight -- fast! But do you really need to rid your body of dietary "poisons"? Do your colon, liver, and lymph nodes need to be flushed and cleaned? And should you try one of these detox diet plans for weight loss and optimal body performance? According to doctors and registered dietitians who spoke to WebMD, the answer is a resounding "no." Article by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD — Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD, WebMD Feature (2nd July 2008)