Detox! From drug rehab centers to your local health food store, the idea of cleansing the system through fasting, detox potions, juice or teas is popular. Most of us would like to feel clean and pure in body and mind. But is it really some material concoction that can do the job or offer us some measure of control over our lives? My colleague, Anna Bowness-Park, writing for the February 18, 2015 edition of The Vancouver Sun, lifts the idea of detoxing to a new level–a spiritual one. Here’s Anna:
“Cleansing” and “fasting” are popular health words these days. Teas, juices and various additives are increasingly being touted as a way to purify our bodies of toxins and impurities.
And, even though results of new studies are impelling researchers to debunk these methods, for many of us, the search for purity is commanding a good deal of our money, time and attention. Looking for guidance, we are fed promises of a happier, better self by uber-slim Hollywood movie stars who promote their own brands of purification products, along with a food industry that capitalizes on this trend by frequently using the word ‘pure’ in its advertising.
Taking it a step further, some travel abroad to special retreats and clinics for cleanses that offer mysterious and exotic sounding promises – and drugs – for a total purge and better health. It’s expensive; and, it can be dangerous.
But why are so many drawn to these expensive treatments? It can’t be only about a sales pitch. I asked a friend, Sarah Steele, a doula. In her experience – where her circle of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are mostly women – she’s come to the conclusion that it is usually about control. Many women, she says, are seeking better control over their bodies – whether for weight loss, or for more complicated reasons.