Four of the Most Misused Terms in Alternative Medicine

A lot of talk about alternative medicine involves taking legitimate medical terms and infusing them with dubious new definitions to sell some often sketchy products. The incorrect use of pseudoscientific language lends credibility to concepts that aren’t actually accepted by the medical community, turning people away from scientifically proven medical treatment.

Here are some of the terms that are most commonly used and misused by alternative medicine gurus, natural products websites, dubious doctors, holistic healers, and all those purporting to treat illnesses with things other than science.

Toxins
Perhaps no word is more misused by the alternative medicine industry than “toxin.”

Detoxification/Cleansing
Alternative medicine retailers sell countless cleanses and detox diets meant to flush you of the toxins that have built up in your body.

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