Over the past 24 hours, stories have appeared in media sources as diverse as ETonline and CBS News about the “Master Cleanse” being Tweeted about by celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher, 32, and Demi Moore, 47. It’s hard to know if we’re all being punk’d by the stars of “Dude, Where’s My Car” and “G.I. Jane” (among many other fine films). But it’s another opportunity for us to raise consumer health awareness and medical knowledge by covering the medical facts behind the headlines.
The recent interest in detox or cleansing began about a year ago when Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean program as a method of weight loss and a treatment for all sorts of chronic health problems. Subsequently we published a number of stories about the use of detox or cleanses undertaken by public figures as diverse as Al Roker and Meredith Viera, a number of Hollywood actors and actresses (such as Gerald Butler and Beyonce Knowles), and other rich or famous people whose health styles the public admires. Just last month, we reported on the one substance that cleansing definitely removes from its practitioners.
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