Last Modified on Jun 13, 2014
The Ionic Foot Detoxification idea is a controversial one. Defenders are amazed at the evident toxins expelled from the body and the positive effects on their overall health. Detractors say that the same "toxins" will be seen after running the foot bath with no feet in it at all!
So what is the truth about the many ionic foot detox baths available out in the marketplace? The idea is that the device emits negative ions into the water. WIth your feet placed in the ionically charged bath, the feet are said to shed heavy metals and other toxins. Additionally, the negative ions entering the body at the feet bind with and neutralize positively charged heavy metals and toxins, which are thus neutralized and can be evacuated by the body's excretory system.
Natural Cures: The therapy is thought to be good for overall detoxification of the body, improved joint health, improved circulation, reduced fatigue, and a stronger immune system among other positive health effects.
Are the positive claims about Ionic Foot Detoxification cures genuine? Find out below!
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[YEA] 01/31/2013: Stellalopez from NY, NY, USA: "It is undeniable that negative ions have several benefits especially when it comes to your health. For example, the aforesaid ions can help flush out the toxins that normally take lots of time to exit your body. Similarly, by taking full advantage of the negative ions you can have a reinvigorated, healthy lifestyle. Just so you know to be able to enjoy the aforesaid benefits you'd have to find a system that lets you make the most of negative ions. For this, it makes sense for you to look for a system that is designed with ionic foot detox in mind.
This is because negative ions can be easily made to enter your body through the feet but only if you successfully ionize the water. Anyways, whether you are a man or woman or belong to any age group you can always enjoy the benefits of a foot detox system if it helps you with the aforesaid ionization. Therefore, when you are finding a system you have to ensure that it has the ability to split water into H and OH- ions. Otherwise, the ions are unlikely to enter your body and you won't be able to cleanse yourself without the use of artificial mechanisms.
Just so you know even if the aforesaid system is able to ionize water and split it into ions you may still not be able to enjoy the expected benefits. This is likely to happen when the circulatory and lymphatic systems fail to undertake the transportation of the ions. Interestingly, the aforesaid ions are supposed to get transported throughout the body. In fact, this is imperative for you to enjoy the benefits of negative ions and improve your health. Nevertheless, as soon as the transportation of ions takes places the ions are likely to neutralize the toxins in your body without any difficulty.
The good news is that once the toxins are neutralized they won't stay in your body for a long time. Anyways, with an ionic foot detox spa or system you'd be able to enjoy some or most of the following benefits:
Energized organs: When the ions neutralize the toxins, making them exit your body, you'd have energized organs. Furthermore, your organs are likely to function optimally after detoxification because they'd have received adequate stimulation.
Improved health: Even if your health is not in a great condition right now you'd be able to recover in a quick manner. Plus, headache, tension, and pain are unlikely to bother you anymore."
12/31/2013: Revachampion from New York City replies: "Hi Stella, I appreciate this info. Could you recommend a brand to buy? and do you know of a place in NYC where ionic foot baths are done with a good quality machine? I've been researching lots of stuff on the internet and it's overwhelming! Thank you."
06/13/2014: Barbara from Australia replies: "I have used both the detox pads on the feet overnight with good results, and recently used the foot ionic detox bath. The results in my immediate health were wonderful and I reccommended it to my sister after showing her the sample of my water. She uses a lot of toxic chemicals in her art and has been painting with mud from a gold mining region, therefore would have traces of cyanide and other heavy metals. Her water turned frothy black, and mine was only brown. There will always be knockers and disbelievers but I am a scientist and see the benefits for myself. My pain has gone and I feel far more alert than prior to the detox and I live a pretty healthy lifestyle...just had poison introduced into my system from affected food."
[YEA] 12/09/2011: Karen from San Anselmo, Ca: "Hi All, Read all the reviews. It's not a hoax, but a genuine healing device. Who cares how it works as long as it works! Same is true for vision therapy which can not be explained adequately, but changes behavior and personalities. We just need to look at the outcomes from using them. We had our first treatments last week. I have had many healings and have done many cleanses over the years, and this was one of the most rapid and effective techniques I have ever used. I had two treatments on consecutive days.
Ater the first treatment, I had no more joint pain in my wrist, which I have had for the past 9 mos. My husband was able to sit on the floor crossed-legged for several hours without the usual discomfort. We both felt a bit drained immediately afterwards, just like when we soak or have a sauna, but our energy came up after eating and taking a short rest. We felt extremely relaxed and nurtured.
After the second treatment, I experienced being in my body fully, and could feel my feet firmly planted on the ground. I felt blissfully connedted to my own well- being, or my essence. I am now researching which machine to purchase, as only two treatments made me a firm believer in this particular way of releasing toxins. Almost forgot to mention that it was easier to concentrate after the treatment. Don't believe the negative reports. It's just the forces that want to keep you away from healing yourself of all of your energy draining toxins, and being your true healthy self!"Replies
[YEA] 08/02/2012: Big Cat from Davenpprt, Ia replies: "I just tried it for the first time. All I can say is I'm feeling better than I did before. I am a 33 year old male that is 6'4" and 250lbs and in good shape. I left with more energy and slept like a baby that night. The next day I still felt great and only had one cup of coffee. I am used to drinking four. My wife says my skin looked better and eyes were clearer. She is going next week and can't wait.
My water had a copper color to it and I could see the bottom. There were a lot of things floating in the water. The lady's water next to me was a dark black green and you could not see the bottom or her feet. She was younger and looked to be in great shape. The guy before me was a brown green with oil stuff in it. His water was the worst looking of the three. All of them said they had great benefits from the detox.
Some people are in such bad shape there might not be any hope for them. Just try it and see if it works for you, if it does its worth it. I am going back next week happy to pay the $25.00.
Have a good day!"
08/03/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Big Cat, I just wanted to say that I tried the foot detox quite awhile ago at a chiropractor's office and I felt such a difference that I decided I had to have one of those machines since it was $40 a pop. When I asked how much the machine cost, I about fell over. I went home determined to find an affordable one. It took me half the day but I did it. This was about 4 years ago. I used it, my husband used it, all my kids used it and everyone benefited from it! When anyone felt they were getting sick we got them on it and it stopped it in its tracks. We found it to be amazing.
I had several friends buy one after they tried ours and even a couple of doctors! Anyway, if it's something that interests you, I can tell you where I got mine. It was quite affordable when you consider how much that would have cost me in visits per session! To your health, Lisa"
08/04/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tina, I know how frustrating that search could be! I spent half a day determined to find one affordable. I took a chance on a website I found and called. The man who answered was very helpful and patient with me which made it a good experience. I ordered one from him that he suggested based on what I wanted. I will add the link:
You have several choices and you don't need to buy the more expensive ones. The simple one works just fine. We have the Ionic Detox Foot Bath with Infrared. A suggestion I would give you is to use trash bags to line the inside each time you fill it up to use it. It makes clean up much easier.
I am so thrilled to hear you called Dragon Herbs. I have never actually called but have gone in there and they are always so helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share information! I love their herbs! They helped me restore my health several years ago and today I use them to maintain my health. Did you ask for a catalog? It is a book worth having as you get a wealth of knowledge in it. Anyway, I wish you the best and blessings back at you, Lisa"
08/04/2012: Tina from Princeton, New Jersey replies: "Hi Lisa, I have been wanting to get a foot detox machine. Did some research online but could not find one that seemed good. The reviews were so mixed. If you can, please let us know the name and source of your machine. Thanks! Also thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge of natural health cures. I went on the dragon herbs site and already ordered something. I talked on the phone to someone who was informed and very helpful. God bless!"
08/06/2012: Tina from Princeton, New Jersey replies: "Hi Lisa, thanks for posting the link for foot detox machines. I am reading through all the options they have and will decide soon. Thanks also for the tip about black garbage bags as liners.
I am not sure if I asked for a catalog from Dragon Herbs but will do so with my next order. Their site is so rich with information and I am currently reading my way through the list. God bless you!"
11/24/2011: Katy from Orlando, Fl: "I have been on Morphine for 6 yrs. (multiple severe injuries) and numerous other medications for more than 20. I have been nearly bedridden and wondering how long it will be until I needed a nursing home (I am 47). I have been doing Ionic Detox for the last 3 months. After two treatments I could walk again. Now, I am not using a cane anymore. My fibromyalgia pain level has improved (though I continue to have severe nerve pain obviously not solved by a detox bath). My urine has changed from being very cloudy and leaving hard to clean sediment in my toilet (the bottom is permanently ruined, none of the cleaners worked). My skin has improved 80%, I constantly had rashes, boils and acne all over my face, back, shoulders, butt, arms, legs, chest and ears. My joints don't hurt anything like they did.
Initially, the water was black, then orange, then yellow, then green, etc. Now it is nearly clear.
Is it a one stop cure? No. Did it improve the side effects I have? Most definitely.
I only wished I had bought a machine, I've spend about $1000. at various places but I used a lot of coupons from the daily savings internet companies so try that avenue first and see if you benefit."Replies
11/24/2011: Anon from Anon, Us replies: "I found this while searching for information about Ionic Foot Detox: http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=567466 Would welcome anyone's input, as I was thinking of trying it."
[YEA] 04/03/2012: J22shelton from St. Louis, Mo replies: "I've had a positive experience with the foot bath. At first, I wasn't sure if anything was coming out of my feet. I just knew the low level electronic voltage made my neck pain virtually go away when I used it twice a week, so I purchased a cheap machine off of E-Bay to save money so I wouldn't have to go back to my expensive Chiropractor.
But since using it, I've noticed the water is black if I've recently been out drinking with my friends. It's frothy when I'm fighting off a yeast infection, and the water is orange when my arthritis flares up. So I was skeptical at first, but this has basically proven to me that the bath does actually remove toxins from your feet. Also, my manual mentions black particles may come off the array and that the water color can be impacted by nuances in the local water. So they are straightforward that not everything in the tub comes from your feet, too.
After a treatment, I notice that the next day I always wake up before my alarm goes off, feeling refreshed and strong, with no neck pain. It saddens me that so many people I know come to a quick conclusion that this is a scam, without even giving it a fair try."
[YEA] 01/15/2010: Margie from Spokane, Washington: "You know I've gotten many of these foots baths, and I consistantly feel better, my Candida which was bad has really diminished in its severity. My shoulders were getting sore at night and stiff, they don't hurt anymore now. There are many other things I've noticed, but can't think fo them right now, I just know there has been great improvement and I will continue to do this and I recommend it to everybody."
[YEA] 08/27/2009: Cissy from Dallas, Tx: "I have been sick for two years w/adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. This stuff hit me out of nowhere! My mom tried the foot detox and said it increased her energy level. She paid for me to come with her.
The best I feel is when I use the machine. She bought one of her own. Seriously, I can not say enough good about this machine! Most days I have no energy and feel only slightly above the level of an invalid. The machine isn't miraculous, I'm not out dancing but I am better able to move about the house and get daily activities done and just over all feel better. I am a fan and I say 'yeah'."
08/28/2009: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking "What machine, and what is foot detox?" Can you explain, it sure sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing."
[NAY] 12/18/2008: Sue from LR, AR USA: "I have been researching this ionic footbath phenomena. Did you know you can make your own ionic foot bath with a 6-volt battery and nail, costing you a few dollars?? Does this not seem like a scam selling these units close to a couple of grand? Of course you can get a made in china brand for a few hundred $$'s. Do you really think that much gunk can come out of your feet in 30 minutes? People feeling benefits is caused by the placebo effect. Get real, really is what is happening is you are soaking your feet in what could be toxic metal sludge being degraded from the metal array! And how about the chlorine gas that is coming up out of the foot bath into your face!! What do you think electrolysis is used for: making this gas, by adding salt to the water it is the conductor which creates the gas. Can't you smell a strong bleach smell towards the end of a session in this foot bath?? It made me feel nauseous!
Please do not fall for this scam. Check out this website made by a chemistry professor: http://www.chem1.com/CQ/ionbunk.html#FBF"Replies
[YEA] 03/28/2012: Tanya from Anc, Ak replies: "Seriously? I don't know what kind of foot bath you recieved, but it wasn't an ionic one. There is NO chlorine involved nor ANY smells whatsoever. I have been having these done since I first found out about them 5 years ago, and I'm 26 yrs old now.
It has been proven that if you leave the arrays in with NO human body party, it will get a little bit yellow. And 2. Why does everyones water look different then? I think you are just a negative spammer or a stupid person who doesn't even have book or street smarts LOL.
The first time I ever had it done, my water looked dark pea soup green, the 2nd time almost a year later it was dirty, but not too frothy or dark as before. I do not smoke, no soda and eat very healthy so I'm not around too many toxins.
ALSO!!! PROOF> I could feel whatever it is being sucked out of me while in the bath out thru my feet. Iam HIGHLY intuned with my body, even when I have acupuncture I can feel every vein and nerve ending circulating blood. These are the BEST simple machines ever invented and today I officially bought one so I can share it with all my friends! And YES I'll be posting pictures :) Thank you!
It makes me so happy to read about the people above who had been suffering from things stuck in their bodies that eventully developed illness, and doing this treatment has cleaned and cured them! Absolutely wonderful! And many blessings to them! Xo"
04/25/2012: Bioorganicchemist from Mishawaka, In replies: "Yea... I myself had parasites... And they come out... So there is no bunk about that... If blood hold a positive charge and you put a negative charge on it... The cell will release the crap that is hanging on to it! Also... Reverse osmosis is the action... The crap wants to go to a higher level of salt... Thus the running at 1.8 so it will leave the body... Any good organic chemist knows this works! I bought my own machine for $133 on the web... It works great and my parasite issue is resolved!!! Anyone with parasites is poisoned by the Medical industry to rid their body of them and usually they come back... This is a God send!!!"
09/22/2012: Nicole from Sydney, NSW replies: "I tried the foot bath when I was in Japan about 10 years ago. I was a very heavy smoker at the time and decided to give it a go to see if it could assist with the toxin build up. My water stank to high hell and was as black as anything, with a green algae like substance floating on top.
After 20 minutes I felt energised, like I could have run around the block.
However this positive effect was only short lived (probably because I lit up directly afterwards). But the effects of the foot detox are real. Even for someone who has no condition (other than nicotine addiction) I didn't' feel unwell before the treatment and yet somehow I felt about 100 times better afterwards."
[YEA] 09/21/2013: Barbara from California replies: "I'm sorry, but I don't feel you have the right to reply unless you have honestly tried this. And, as a scientist, I can honestly say that you obviously have no grasp of chemistry. When Salt (Sodium Chloride) breaks down into its elements (Sodium, Na+) and (Chlorine Cl-), they are the cause of the conduction causing the 'battery'. You are not generating chlorine gas. If that were so, you would die everytime you ate salt. Think about it. Chlorine is a halogen and is one electron short of a full shell, and as a result, will bond to anything to get that last electron - usually something from group 1, like Hydrogen, or Sodium that can offer up one. This is called Ionic Bonding, thus Ionization. So now that that's cleared up. I have may disorders including fibromyalgia, and a shunt in my brain due to Intracranial Hypertension due to cerebral spinal fluid not draining properly which causes severe headaches, and nerve pain left over from surgeries. I was skeptical at first, but I was tired of all the drugs and was willing to give it a try. I was amazed. The water was brownish orange, there was definitely fat deposits because there was oily residue on the top. There was some sludge which could have been from the array, but my headache was definitely better. What I did note was that I kept urinating all night after, like my body was trying to cleanse itself. The next morning I got up not feeling tired like I normally do. I tried it the following week with the same results only there was white foamy stuff in the water indicating lymph..... I was sick. So you tell me, is it really a placebo effect??????"
[YEA] 12/07/2008: Becky from Bakersfield, CA, USA: "So, I just finish paying $100 USD for 3 sessions of the ionic foot detox bath. I've decided that it may be benifical for me to just buy my own. After all, how great would it be to detox my grandpa with arthritis and my dad with years of smoking damage, and pain pills from surgeries? So I started to do my research, and almost everything I've seen is negative. I am a type one diabetic and I have lyphedema in my left leg. I was a heavy smoker for about 10 years. I went to have my feet detoxed for a 3 day period. (once a day for 30 mins). The first day the water turned very black very fast. I was told it was detoxing my lungs and liver. She showed me a large amount of heavy metals that came out of my body also. The next morning I felt a bit nauseous and had a head ache, which I was told might be a side effect.
On day two the water was much more green and brown, with a bit of foam at the top. She said I was detoxing yeast or candida, know to cause diseases and cancers when built up in the body. Although there was no white foam indicating lymphatic detox I did feel movement or pain in my leg like something was happening. I also felt a pulsating pain in my kidney where I have a swollen lyphnode. I also saw very tiny parasites that looked like mini white rice. She also said that she could see some cholesterol coming out. My last cholesterol blood test was 113, a bit high but not too bad.
On day 3 when I went in the water was more orange indicating that my joints were detoxing, during this I felt sharp pain in my lower back, I told her and she looked at the water and said that my joints were detoxing, I do have a stiff back most of the time.
Although I didnt notice a huge difference I did notice some. I feel that I am breathing better and I was a bit more energetic.
Overall I think that there may be something to all of this. Your body detoxes in 3 ways: Kidney, fecal matter and through pours in the skin.
So I dont think that this method is too far fetched."
11/28/2008: Darrel from Toronto, Canada: "In response to James from Sedona, Arizona
The ionic foot spa theory originated from Royal Rife. The Aqua Detox is said to have been developed by "Dr." Mary Staggs based on "research" by Royal Rife
The ionic foot spa may or may not work. But from all the stuff I read on people who did test NOTHING is detoxing from your foot and that's the theory I bought the machine on. It's seems to be pretty much based on balancing your energy and stimulating your stimulating it, that is where people are probably most benefiting."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/04/2008: Alan from Makaha, Hawaii: "I have been using a foot detox machine for about 6 months, several times a week, with a week or two off every 3 or 4 weeks. I can't honestly say that I've seen any improvements in my health; perhaps less headcolds. But since I'm 62, maybe it takes some time to get a lifetime's worth of junk out of the body. Hard to know the answer.
However, I don't agree with those who say these machines are fake and don't actually pull stuff out of the body. Here's why: For many years I've had a problem with frequent urination. Rather than have to get out of bed to walk to the bathroom numerous times each night, I got into the habit of using a jar next to my bed. What I discovered was that sediments would form in the bottom of the jar. Periodically I'd have to scrape that caked crud out of the jar. This went on for at least 10 years. It was unnerving to see that crusty material because I always worried I might be an eventual candidate for kidney stones. Anyway, since I have been detoxing, my urine is now crystal clear and the urine jar has had ZERO sediment build-up on the bottom."
[YEA] 04/05/2008: Jan from Nashville, Tennessee: "I have two of these footbath units and have used them for over two years. I find that they work, but they have different effects on different people. I seen lots of crap come out in the water with me, but I am an active person. More stuff comes out when I massage my legs with body lotion during the treatment. When I first began to use the footbath there was a good deal of white foam and curdy stuff that looked like cottage cheese. The water frequently smelled like liver or fish. I cut back drastically on dairy products and peanut butter and there is no more foam---my doctor said that the milk and peanut butter were causing congestion, which is what the foam was. Now there is a good deal of black stuff in the footbath. There is no smell to it; this is after 2.5 years of using it once a week. It always makes me very sleepy while it is running. I have run the footbath for a man who had cancer and very little came out; with him there was a small amount of green matter floating on top of the water. I have run the footbath for a woman who was had been married to three men who had been heavy smokers; a thin, black, oily substance came out of her. She was always terribly ill with flu-like symptoms for a week after the footbath. She was a fairly active person who walked for exercise. I ran the footbath for a woman who had been in a nursing home for two years and who was barely mobible; she had poor circulation and had had pneumonia three times of which we knew; one of those instances of pneumonia was staph pneumonia; she had constant kidney infections due to e. coli. But the footbath didn't make her sick; she said that her joints felt better after she used it. Not much showed up in the water when she used it. There was a good deal of what looked like orange algae. The water smelled like fish and liver when she used it. All these baths were run in Nashville, Tenn, with city water, using sea salt and water that had been filtered with a Paragon filter. Often when I feel like something's pulling on my feet while I do the footbath. I always get very sleepy during the bath but engergized afterward. It's not a miracle cure, and doesn't work for everyone, such as my friend who had the flu symptoms, but it has made me feel better. I sleep better, I'm losing weight, I have more energy, and, above all, my joints don't hurt anymore. I also don't have that feeling of overall pain."Replies
05/28/2012: Yvetta from Nashville, Tn replies: "Are you still offering the ion foot bath? Are you in Nashville? Iveta"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/01/2008: Darrel from Toronto, Canada: "Ionic Foot Detoxification Methods. I just bought one of these and then read Ted's email now i'm all confused. I emailed the guy that I bought the ionic spa from and told him what Ted said and he told me this:
You need to understand how the cellspa works. You think that the material in the water after the use of the cellspa means toxins. It is actually a mixing of the oxidation of the water and the toxins. While the array increases the oxidation of the water, at the same time, is where the electromagnetic circuit (body to water) closes.
You will need a microscope to find out the difference on the water contents after you use the cellspa, with your feet in the water, and without your feet on the water.
If you would check the water contents under the microscope when your feet were not placed in the water, you will find just water and water oxidation, no toxins at all.
If you would check the water contents under the microscope when your feet were placed in the water, you will find the same results, plus different kind of toxins derivated from your body cleanse, depending on your body physical condition."Replies
[NAY] 04/22/2008: Darrel from Toronto, Canada replies: "Update: Ok, after doing a bunch of these detoxes. I don't notice or feel any different. The stuff is definitively coming out of the array not your feet when you keep an eye you can see stuff coming out of the array. Anyways people on a forum I been to did tests on it and got the same result as Teds. So I just waisted a bunch of money.
Here's some of what they said.
We borrowed a popular unit from a friend of ours and ran our three employees through it according to the instructions provided with the unit. Then we ran the unit twice without feet in it at all. Here's what we found.
The water was visually identical in all cases.
This is most likely because the gunk that you see in the water has nothing to do with your feet or detoxing your body. It comes from the corroded metal electrode in the water. This electrode corrodes at a hyper rate caused by a process called electrolysis. The result is everything from foam to slimy films to black flecks in the water.
We had the water lab tested for metal content, including heavy metals. We found no difference between the normal sample and the control samples (samples that had no feet in them).
I also know that some people say that the water looks different depending on who's feet are in the water. We found this to be somewhat true as well, but, when the water was mixed, it all looked exactly the same. In fact, when the feet came out of the water, I could see that the water began to settle towards a similar appearance in all cases. It's possible that the initial differing appearance is caused by various oils or other substances on the surface of the skin of the person being bathed.
The appearance of the water also -I tend to believe - depends on how much a person moves around in the water. The electrode gives off a lot of muck in the water. If a person is fidgety, they tend to mix more of the greens and browns into the water from the corroding electrode. If they are more still, the water has a lighter brown hazy appearance. I believe that this is likely why companies that have been more honest in their advertising have admitted that, even with no feet in the water, the water turns brown. They then say that the water is more brown when feet are in it, but this is, in my opinion, because of the movement of the feet in the water. This mixing action increases the efficiency of the electrolysis by circulating fresh water near the electrode. This circulation also carries the particles from the electrode into the water instead of allowing it to settle.
In speaking to a number of people at the convention we attended in September, we also learned that many people believe that the black specks that are found in the bottom of the water are heavy metals that have come out of the feet.
Well, I was initially skeptical of this because the basic physics of this make it quite impossible. When confronted with this idea, some explained that they believe that the metals come out in very small particles and then coagulate because of the electricity present. Since we found these same dark specs at the bottom of both of our foot bath sessions that had no feet in them, I believe this is, at least, unlikely. It is also very unlikely because if the amount of particles that came out of the bath really came from a person and were heavy metals, they would be dead to begin with. The amount of mercury (and other heavy metals) that cause death is way too small to be seen, especially in the volume of water used in a foot bath.
I've also seen live cell analysis showing that peoples' red blood cells look healthier after an electronic foot bath. This could be true, yet, in speaking to a person I know who does live cell analysis, they told me that it's very easy to manipulate these tests- making one look like the cells are "lazy" and making the very next test making the cells look healthy and active. I'm not saying the company did this. I'm just saying that I would like to see tests done by a disinterested third party.
I would like to see a study where people take the supplements that are normally given to people when they have a foot bath and they soak their feet in water with the minerals added but have no electricity applied to the water. It would be interesting to see if this causes people to feel differently as well.
I truly wish our tests had shown that these foot baths remove heavy metals because I would have been thrilled to have found a quick and safe way to detox. Also, I would be manufacturing these devices right now and making quite a bit of money. Unfortunately, we don't make much money doing what we're currently doing, but we pay the bills (usually) and people benefit, and that's rewarding.
I realize that the idea of 'Ionic Foot Baths' (IFB) can seem very convincing, and I'm sorry to have to rain on the parade, but I feel I must point out that anyone who has learned how to make Colloidal Silver (CS) can see at once what these baths are really about.
Both procedures, IFB and CS, use electrolysis - the setting up of a small current of electricity between two electrodes that are immersed in water. When making CS it's extremely important to use the PUREST water available. It's also important to control the current so that it never exceeds 1.0 milliamp.
If the water is impure and contains a lot of minerals (as is the case with most tap water), or if the current is too high, you will get exactly the same results as these 'Ionic Foot Baths'; you will end up with dirty discolored water. The sludge and discoloration will have come from the electrodes, and from the impurities in the water which will have undergone chemical changes by reacting with electricity. The various colors that have been reported could simply be the product of the kind of mineral salts, such as sea salt, that have been added to the starting solution.
You can very easily duplicate what happens in an 'Ionic Foot Bath' by connecting up three nine-volt batteries to two wires, stripping the ends of the wires, inserting them in a jar of water, and adding a pinch of sea salt or some other mineral salt. Cloudiness and discoloration should appear fairly quickly, and sludge will eventually build up on your electrodes if you let this little experiment in electrolysis run for half an hour or so.
A foot bath is always nice and refreshing. An 'Ionic Foot Bath' is probably even more stimulating. But to suppose that the resultant debris has actually been drawn from deep inside your body is, I'm sorry to say, really stretching the imagination. The impurities in tap water, which are normally invisible to the naked eye, quickly become visible when you run a current of electricity through it.
Here the link: http://herballure.com/Studies/IonicFootSpa.html"
05/22/2008: Darrel from Toronto, Canada replies: "Ionoic Foot Detoxification:
lol -- even the inventor says all these colour changes and foot detoxing is false. Her claim is that this basically stimulates the organs with electricity. Must read!!! http://www.detox-online.com/how.asp"
09/27/2008: James from Sedona, Arizona replies: "Well Darrel from Toronto... I went to the link of the person you said was the "inventor" - go to the article... she is a distributor, not an inventor. That makes me question your "scientific" information on this.
I suggest others do their research beyond these postings."
[YEA] 09/28/2011: Kaygee from Cobourg, Ontario replies: "If the ionic foot bath is the electroydes creating the discoloration in the water... then how would you explain a friend of mine had small worms coming out of her feet while in the foot bath.
My husband and I have a ionic foot bath.
We use the same water, salt. His water is black/brown and mine will be yellow to orange, sometimes I get black/brown. He feels good or no difference in energy levels after, while I am drained for up to a week but I have a relieve in leg heaviness. Note that we do these baths one right after the other. We have noticed the chlorine smell.. But only when we have no sediments and the water is barely changed.... when this happens my energy is not drained.
My husband always has far more sediment in the water then I do... he is healthy and smaller than I am.
So what is happening for sure... I don't know but some people swear by it. Some say the colour of the water is not important but the ionizing in the body is what is promoting detox."
09/21/2012: Rachael from Scottsville, Ky, Usa replies: "First, let me inform you that there are lots of different foot detox machines on the market. Some ONLY oxygenate the blood, some ONLY change your PH balance, some actually do what they claim to do. Second, the proper way to use the machine(if you get the right one), depends on how bad your body is. You need to use the machine 2-3 times a week until you get a clear reading, then you only need to use it once a month, every other month, or when you feel you need it. You will get a better reading by the third use. My third use the bottom of my feet started to itch just in certain spots, when my friend raised my feet to clean them off, I have very large parasites stuck to my feet just in the spots that were itching and one of them was only half way out. So anyone who says that skin in impermeably (which I just read an article on foot detox scams) is an idiot. You pick up worms and parasites by walking around barefoot and stepping on them, you can get them if a dog licks you. So, common sense tells us that if you can get them thru the skin, you can get rid of them through the skin. DUH! I have MS so I have done lots of medications and extra strong steroid treatments through IV. I was sick for 2 months with every bit of stomach trouble you can imagine. I ended up in the ER twice where they gave me 2 antibiotics that didn't work, made me sick and caused a severe reaction to my MS medicine. My first ionic foot bath showed lots of parasites and worms(I have lots of animals that I care for and clean up after). It was at a MS support group where they came and offered this trial. Me, my boyfriend, and 2 other people had parasites and worms, the other 7 showed no signs of them. Everyones water was different. I have done 4 treatments so far but it is going to take a while to clean me out. My worst problem is my stomach so that is what my water is showing most of, but I had a lot of blue in the right spots showing that it was cleaning some of my brain, it finally started cleaning my lungs and blood, and it showed her signs of my high blood pressure. I am waiting for it to get to my thyroid where I have had a single cyst on one side for 5 years. It was biopsied 4yrs ago and 2yrs ago it stopped growing. I haven't had it checked in 2yrs and I am due for an ultrasound, but I am hoping this will take care of it first. The lady I go to works with several doctors, 1 I know is an oncologist, who sends his patients to her when they have chemo. She is making a difference and she only charges $25 a visit and she doesn't charge people when she knows they are on hard times and can't afford it. She also treats many people from our Amish communities.
So what is it gonna hurt to try it for a while and see if it helps? Just be careful which machine you use. Only a few of them actually do the full detox. The reason you do your feet is in 30minutes your blood will run from the bottom of your feet, through your whole body then back down to your feet. So it picks up the negative ions, circulates it through your whole body and anything that sticks to these negative ions gets pulled back out through your feet. If you do it too long at one sitting or too close together you can do harm to your body. You will pull too much at once and your body needs to slowly get use to being clean slowly. Once you get all the "gunk" out of your body then your body's natural healing properties can start to work because nothing is blocking it. God created our bodies with amazing abilities, and healing itself is one of them, block too many foreign things block our bodies ability to work properly.
I don't want to offend anyone, but if you don't believe it works then don't use it. If it helps you, then by all means do it. What will it hurt? And most of the people who say it doesn't work has never been in a shape where doctors are no longer able to help and willing to try anything to some relief even if it doesn't cure everything. "
09/22/2012: Robyn from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Rachael, are you allowed to mention a brand. I've spent a house on treatments, supplements, home remedies. Im living in a car when Im not allowed in a car because Ive lost my licence. Because I cant go inside... there is new paint. Ive spent this last week looking, renting or buying it doesnt matter - everyone paints or recarpets. This is just 1 thing that has made me so sick. Ive spent my whole life looking for somewhere to live. Im so over it I cant tell you but Id give a foot detox machine a go. The patches I used on my feet always used to come off black. I know Im toxic but Ive been detoxing for years!! I just wish something would work."
09/22/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Rachael, I can testify about the foot detox machine being very effective. I was introduced to it at a chiropractor's office several years ago at this point, and couldn't believe the difference I felt after a treatment. But, at $50 a pop, I was determined to find my own machine. There are very expensive ones but I spent about half a day scouring the internet and finally found one. It wasn't expensive at all (at least, relatively speaking! ) My entire family benefited from it. When one of us felt as if we were getting sick, in their feet would go and that would abate the oncoming illness immediately. It was so amazing, my dad ordered one, I had drs. order them from me, friends came over to use it and then would buy their own. I know there are many that doubt this but I have seen first hand how effective it is. And yes, if you don't believe in it, then don't try it. Here's to health, Lisa"
09/22/2012: Robyn from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Lisa, can you mention brand? Can you tell me where to find your post with the link about supplements? I appreciate some are synthetic and a stressed body (like mine) could have trouble metabolising them. I am taking mostly what Ted suggests although I've read somewhere here that lysine can be hard on the liver. You say you don't take any supplements. I don't trust our food. Because I'm so toxic I've read detox or die. And there's a truck load of supplements she recommends."
09/23/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Robyn, I will give you the link to where I got my foot detox machine. There are several available and I have noticed they have an international phone at the top or you could probably write them via their website. I have ordered from them numerous times and have never had any problems. My one concern for you is your sensitivity to electricals as these machines do plug in and the energy runs through your feet.
As for the supplements info, I recall you reading it and saying it made you more confused. It was the one on the Dr. speaking about fillers in supplements.
Anyway, hope this helps. Lisa"
09/24/2012: Robyn from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Wow! These are really expensive. Not only the electricity but the plastic they are made of could very well upset my body - dont like buying anything I cant smell first.. Been stung so many times. Do you have any other suggestions. Placing my feet in a bucket of himalayan salts? I dont understand how the ions work? Once Im on the computer because it electricutes me I go a bit brain dead."
09/25/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Robyn, if you can soak your feet in saltwater, it certainly helps. Dunno if it will do what a foot detox machine does, but it can only help. If you can tolerate it."
09/26/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Robyn, Well, relatively speaking, after doing a lot of research on these, they are not that expensive. Although, when I first searched, it was about 6 years ago so perhaps, that has changed. Anyway, yes, this machine for you wouldn't work which is why I said I was aware you would most likely have issues with it. I think Mmsg's suggestion is a really great one although it would not do the same thing as the foot detox machine.
One other suggestion I have is to get the foot detox pads as those are very effective. I remember Timh would talk about using them often. I used them a long time ago after being introduced to them from my Asian massage therapist. They are common in Asian culture but I know they are available widely now. I used to get mine in Chinatown. Best to you Robyn. I know your path is difficult. Lisa"
09/27/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "As for the machines, to keep cost down, you can order the machine without a basin (which you can purchase for a few dollars at your local housware store) or liners or salt. The machine will usually come with at least 2 arrays (the coil that goes into the water). I have used a spa since 2008 w/ marginal success as I usually experience a detox crises (pancreatitis). Lately I have made some in-roads on the parasite infestation and I do 2 oil pulling immediately fallowing a session, which I can cheer for no more overload. Most of the manufacturers give warning on the very first few sessions as can be toxic overload. Evidently many of the negative ions remain in the body (and circulation) after the session and for several days hence.
A good sauna or steam room sweat treatment works well fallowing detox sessions, as do hot mineral baths. In most people, the toxic overload isn't a problem after the first 4-10 sessions. I have done several hundred and still need to fallow w/ one of the several clean-up methods just mentioned.
As an adjunct, I often dose 1 grm Vit-C plus 50 mg grapeseed extract 15 min prior and sometimes 3 caps Dr. Christopher's "Red Clover Combination". If one experiences Liver toxicity fallowing sessions (as I have), NAC plus Milk Thistle Seed extract will be necessary for a day or two. Drink plenty liquids! Detox pads work very well fallowing spa sessions. Maybe more Melatonin before retiring to boost antioxidant protection."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/08/2008: Ray from San Diego, CA: "Ok, as for ionic foot detox, I read all of your comments. The only issue I have is that I ran the machine without my feet in the water and nothing happenned? Just like you said, when my feet are in the water it turns into that rusty color. After using 6 or 7 times the rusty color slowly went away? Did I charge all the iron off the array? Why does the water stay clean when I don't put my feet in it? Is this thing for sure a suckers only device? Thanks...."Replies
[YEA] 06/24/2011: Tdc from Australia, Nsw, Sydney replies: "Well I just purchased one of these ionic cleansers, and on 3 different people in the same day, different arays produced different items and colouring in water, did it again, and same people produced same colours different to other person. deffinately feeling better here, though terrible headaches after first time, and one of the other 2 people had joint aches, other no effect except pleasantly lighter, all of us felt tingling in first minute."
[YEA] 01/08/2010: Alicia from Woodstock, Va: "I have been doing the ionic foot detox once a week for a few months. I was having trouble with period cramps and had a lot of clotting material. After using only 3 times, my next period was a lot lighter, no clotted material, and my cramps were a lot less intense. Amazing. I definitely recommend it."