Colon cleansing supplement claims of improving overall health “have no basis in science,” expert says

Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health
The Los Angeles Times  "Healthy Skeptic" column reports that "NuAge Colon Cleanse and Oxy-Powder makers say their products rid the body of toxins and help people lose weight." According to the "NuAge website ... the product contains 'muciligenic fibers,' but it doesn't provide any other information about ingredients or directions for use," while "Oxy-Powder, a supplement from Global Healing Center, takes a low-fiber approach to colon health." Indeed, the "lower digestive tract really does set a foundation for health and well-being, says Dr. John Inadomi, chairman of gastrointestinal medicine at UC San Francisco and chairman of the Clinical Practice and Quality Management Committee for the American Gastroenterological" Association. "But claims that colon cleansing supplements can somehow detoxify the colon and improve overall health 'have no basis in science,' he says."…
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Homeopathic Cobra Venom for Pain? Watch out!

General Health
According to the experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Cobroxin and Nyloxin are new homeopathic products used for chronic pain. They come as an oral spray and topical gel. The bad news is that these products contain a "5X homeopathic dilution" of cobra venom. This means that they contain a concentration of about 0.001% cobra venom. As I discuss in my chapter on "Homeopathy," in my best-selling book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, although virtually all homeopathic products contain no detectable active ingredient (no even a single molecule), these two chronic pain products contain a small amount that could potentially have some effect. Preliminary research has evaluated cobra toxin given as an injection. But there is no reliable evidence about this homeopathic dose when taken orally or applied topically.…
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Listening to Mozart Won’t Make Your Child Smarter

Children's Health, Parenting
First we learned that DVDs intended for babies are not only not helpful to children, but may harm them. Now comes a study showing no evidence of the so-called 'Mozart Effect.' The study, reviewing over 40 studies done of the topic, was performed by Austrian researchers. HealthDay News has a report with the details: For years, research showing a link between listening to Mozart and increased brainpower spurred parents to expose their tots to the great composer. But now, a new Austrian review finds there's no evidence that listening to Mozart -- however glorious the music -- will do anything for anyone's cognitive powers. In particular, the findings debunked the myth of improved spatial task performance among Mozart listeners. University of Vienna psychologists examined more than 40 studies and unpublished…
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