The “Experts” Dead Wrong in Recent Los Angeles Times Article on Hangover Remedies
In the recent Los Angeles Times article “Medical professionals disagree about new hangover remedies”, some of the “experts” are just plain out of touch; they are missing some of the most impressive emerging science in their field. One such development being that the primary “hangover” culprit is alcohol’s metabolite acetaldehyde (or ALD), which is far more toxic and deadly than the alcohol itself.
The article identifies the exact problem in the “hangover remedy” category: Even those who do understand the science of alcohol detox are skeptical and treat detoxification like a pseudoscience. Damon Raskin of the Cliffside rehab center in Malibu, California calls such products “hardly necessary”, adding that almost none of them are FDA-approved. Yet, he recommends a multi-vitamin as a cheaper alternative.
It sounds reasonable, but the problem is that multi-vitamins are also classified as dietary supplements. By definition, no dietary supplement is FDA-approved. Only drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Supplement companies must comply with the FDA’s rules, rather than win approval like drugs.
Maybe Raskin doesn’t understand that distinction or the fact that the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DHSEA) protects a consumer’s right to take dietary supplements without anyone’s approval, considered by many to be an important civil liberty. Raskin goes on… “…drink a sports drink and plenty of water, eat a banana, have some food in you – you can get all the same benefits, and it would be a lot cheaper.”
Not bad suggestions at first glance, but those familiar with alcohol’s 2-stage detox process in the liver will know that his claim that you get “all the same benefits” is categorically untrue. Raskin also says that none of them have gone through “rigorous studies to show they do anything at all”.
Three human studies show that the main ingredients in our product Intox-Detox, Japanese raisin and Setria L-Glutathione work together to enhance the detoxification of alcohol and its metabolite ALD and also shield the liver against toxins. That’s not nothing; it’s something. Even if helpful, no vitamin, food, rehydration drink or specialized water has been shown to be as effective.
It’s hard to disagree that “…the best thing for a hangover is to drink in moderation, and not to get one”, but it seems a little disingenuous since hangovers are quite literally one of the civilized world’s oldest problems. Unfortunately, humanity consistently seems to struggle with moderation when it comes to drugs and alcohol; if they didn’t, Raskin’s rehab center would be out of business in no time!
There is a new paradigm in the alcohol recovery and liver detox market, moving away from folk remedies toward real science-based ingredients. Intox-Detox is leading this charge by combining the best of Traditional Chinese Medicine with ground-breaking supplement science.
The “experts” have fallen behind. Even medical professionals don’t seem to really understand the problem, much less how to take a science-based approach to addressing it. These natural supplements are for moderate, social drinkers who want to protect their bodies and avoid the misery of the morning after. The point is not to enable binge drinking or create a “get-out-of-jail-free card”.
If the impending hangover is the “prison”, then products like Intox-Detox are more of a “stay-out-of-jail-altogether card” to protect your body from toxic elements that might threaten your health and well-being in “jail”.
So, to all the would-be experts out there – go look at the science for yourself. When you do, you will quickly realize that not all “remedies” are created equally. And further, the ones suggested by Raskin to be as good if not better (and cheaper) are actually vastly inferior to the latest in dietary supplement research.
Here’s to your #BETTERTOMORROW,
Andy Bennett – Intox-Detox CEO & Founder
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