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Do detox treatments really work? Experts take your questions

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Bring your questions to our live chat about detox diets on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. ET. (Shutterstock)

Look in your cupboard. If you have lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and a few days worth of laxatives, you could be ready for a detox treatment. Or do leeches and a foot bath work better?

As the New Year gets underway, so often does dieting season for many people looking to schluff off those last pounds from their holiday feasts. These diets, however, can become much more complex than simply a combination of exercise and portion control.

Do detox programs work? How do people tell the difference between what's real and what's myth? What is the healthiest way to go about a detox?

Cleanses are the subject of this week's CBC Marketplace investigation, during which a group of sorority sisters test the claims behind TV star Dr. Oz's "detox" cleanse.

This week on CBC Live Online, host Lauren O'Neil was joined by the following special guests:

  • Tom Harrington is the co-host of CBC's Marketplace, Canada's consumer watchdog investigative program. Harrington is a four-time Gemini nominee for best sports host, and he is a former sports correspondent for CBC News, reporting for The National. Marketplace is nominated for Best News Information Series at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.

  • Dr. George Dresser is the program director for clinical pharmacology and toxicology and a specialist in internal medicine at Western University. He received the Piafsky Young Investigator Award in 2004, and he took part in the Marketplace detox investigation.

To join the chat, simply:

  • Click on "Sign In" inside the Spreecast window.

  • You will be prompted to connect with Facebook, Twitter or an email address. Choose one, sign in and follow the prompts to access the chat.

  • To ask the guest a question, click on the "Camera" button. One of our producers will send you a private message before bringing you up live.

  • To ask a text-based question, click "Submit Question," and type it in, or expand the window and join the live chat in the right-hand box.

** Your connection will work best if you have a strong Wi-Fi connection or a direct broadband connection. You'll also need the latest version of Flash installed, a well-lit room and a set of headphones.

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