Medical tourism from another angle

Posted: 06 April 2011 by reanxyz in Uncategorized

ATHAILAND trip normally means cold cocktails on the beach and spicy pad thai noodles, but for growing numbers of “detox” tourists, the menu calls for clay shakes and shots of wheatgrass.

At a “wellness centre” on Koh Phangan island in the Gulf of Thailand, travellers pay hundreds of dollars to abstain from food, coffee and alcohol and receive daily colonic flushes.

Many such centres are springing up across the “Land of Smiles,” catering to tourists seeking to purge their bodies of toxins, shed kilos, relieve chronic constipation, kick nicotine addictions, and otherwise improve their health.

It is a tough regimen.

Detoxers survive on a rigid diet of shakes made with psyllium seed husks and bentonite, a type of clay — which absorb toxins later expelled during colonic cleanses — herbal supplements, carrot juice, vegetable broth and water.

Then there is the daily do-it-yourself colonic cleanse, or enema, with a bucket of diluted coffee.

Caffeine and sugar withdrawals can be severe. Detoxers complain about crushing headaches that last for several days, nausea, mood-swings and dizziness.


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