I’m sorry (not sorry) for the clickbait, but I need to get this one off my chest and out into the world. Cleansing, detoxing, juicing…will it ever go away? Many of my nutrition related blog posts are born out of frustration and usually inspired by some ridiculous article a friend has sent me. I’ve written about how I despise Shakeology and why juice cleanses are BS and today I’m back to talk about cleansing.
Last week, Well + Good published this piece about a guy who has given himself over a thousand colonics and claims it has saved his life. I’ll let that sink in…over a thousand colonics!
Now, he is a “colonics expert” with a private practice in NYC, where he provides colonic hydrotherapy and (surprise, suprise!) dietary recommendations. Here are some direct quotes from the W+G piece:
Jacobs is the first to admit his oftentimes extreme wellness views aren’t based on scientific facts, but rather his own gut instincts—which is why you won’t find studies supporting the majority of his claims.
So he knows that his views and recommendations are not based on any science, but preaches it anyway. Interesting and definitely irresponsible, but that’s not even my biggest issue with this guy. He continues on:
Meat, bread, milk, chicken, fish, alcohol, drugs, sadness, anger, bad energy from too many computers and cell phones and fluorescent lights, pollution—that’s all positive ionic. What happens when a beautiful, baby-like body takes in positive ionic food and experiences emotional trauma? It goes into the body and opposites attract—it sticks like glue on you….Bad food sticks in the body.
I’m sorry…WHAT? He also doesn’t eat or drink anything at all until 4 or 5 p.m. each day. Hello, restrictive and disordered eating!
This stuff gets me fired up, so I wanted to share and counter this nonsense with the cleanse I recommend: cleansing yourself of BS “experts” and websites like these that seek to create fear surrounding food. I’m no expert on colonics, but I do know that much like how the liver detoxes for us, our colon already does the good work of elimination. No special treatment or cleansing needed. Some argue that colonic treatments can help with symptoms like bloating or constipation, but even so, it’s temporary and certainly doesn’t address the cause of the symptoms in the first place.
Demonizing certain foods and instilling fear surrounding food choices doesn’t benefit anyone. When you’re wrapped up in self-improvement and aiming to live a healthier life, it can be really hard to know who to trust and what might something you should try. I challenge you to stay vigilant, ask lots of questions and start cleansing your newsfeeds and blog rolls of people who claim certain foods are “toxic”, “bad”, “dangerous” or should otherwise be avoided/restricted.
Need help sifting through the muck? I’m here. So are lots of really intelligent and compassionate dietitians who embrace all food and focus on supporting true health. I’d be happy to work with you or recommend an RD in your area!