Thursday, June 28, 2012

Post 1 - Lemonade Diet

Our textbook Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal explains how to differentiate between real therapies and non-proven therapies. The example I found and will be discussing in the Lemonade Cleanse Diet. The Diet claims that all diseases are caused by a buildup of toxins in the body. By completing this diet, a total of 10days you will remove all the bad toxins from your body.

This is the Diet:
·         10 days of no solid food
·         Whenever you feel hungry or thirsty: Drink freshly squeezed lemon juice with maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water.
·         Drink one cup of herbal laxative tea at bedtime.
·         Drink a quart of warm salt water solution. (This releases all the toxin’s that the night time laxative loosened.)
·         Occasionally, drink a cup of mint tea. (This freshens your breath because toxins are released in your mouth.)

The website claims that the common side effects within the first two days are headaches and fatigue. The reason why these side effects occur are supposedly because of a “built up toxins hat are being circulated into your bloodstream as you finish the first stage of the cleanse.” Which if you are on an all liquid diet, of course these side effects from a medical view point would most likely be because you are not getting the proper amount of protein and nutrients.

Like the text predicted the testimonials were all extremely positive and describing why you should buy their kit instead of finding the ingredients yourself. Also they claimed nutrition gurus and celebrities have used this diet. This diet does not have any medical support nor has any health care professional claimed it as a healthy way to loose weight. No prior research has proven its effectiveness. It is all based on what the website is telling you and the testimonials on this website.

**Note the only other information I found in my Google search was from Wikipedia and various blogs, I found that interesting.    

1 comment:

  1. I immediately thought of the "Beyonce Diet" when I saw this post. I believe this diet was made popular by this celebrity when she used this method to lose weight for a role in a movie.

    I find it crazy how one can essentially starve themselves with this diet! There are no medical studies and evidence to support the claims of how it's beneficial to ones health. And of course one would lose weight if they don't eat any food. Additionally, celebrity endorsed diets usually do not work for regular people. They often neglect to inform the public of additional aids that help with their weight loss, such as fitness trainers.