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Special Reports January 2016 Issue

Do You Really Need to "Detox"?

Starting the new year with a "cleanse" sounds healthy - but the science says otherwise. Get the facts before you try this fad.

When the last strains of "Auld Lang Syne" have faded, the football bowl games have whistled to a close and the holiday decorations have been boxed away, New Year's resolutions begin in earnest. Increasingly, the trendy way to begin the year on a healthy note involves ridding the body of "toxins" - enduring a "detox diet" or drinking nothing but juice for several days to "cleanse."

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