In our rush to not only be beautiful on the outside but also beautiful on the inside (whatever that means), we may be throwing money at all the wrong treatments. CNN's article Deconstructing 'Detox' Diets takes a realistic look at several of the most popular detox methods, including diets, colonics, and herbal supplements. As much as a detox massage designed to 'cleanse your lymph nodes' sounds positively excessive and something only rich people do to feel like they're rich, IT IS. According to Dr. Ki Y. Shin, who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Houston, these massages which are often offered in high-end spas are really tailored for cancer patients. "It's a medical massage for sick people that requires special training," he says, and one that he uses to treat lymph-related swelling in patients at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. (CNN)
If after reading the aforementioned article you feel disappointed that your liver, colon, and lymph nodes don't really need your help, please consider taking up recycled-aluminum art as a hobby, reading to the blind (or just plain reading) or abiding the speed limit when driving through school zones. These methods may not make you more beautiful on the inside, but they will help clean up the earth, fill your brain with words, and save school children from your reckless driving. And hey, maybe all that do-gooding may save you from ever really needing that lymph node massage.
Dr. Shin's clinical interests include neuro rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation and pain management. Improving quality of life in the cancer patient using the rehabilitation team is his goal. He practices at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.