Ionic Foot Detox: A Simple Cleansing Routine: Q&A

Last Modified on Sep 11, 2010

Does the Kangen Water Machine Work?

09/11/2010: Sams from Lahaina, Hi, Usa: This is a question for Ted regarding information you wrote in the ionic foot detox bath about whether it actually works or not. You had given specific chemical breakdowns and a detailed explanation about H and O atoms and mentioned the Kangen water system. I, myself, have a Kangen water system and obviously bought into the whole idea of what it's about, but it's nice to hear a true perspective. My question really is could you explain the science behind how the Kangen SD501 machine actually works? Does it work? How effective is the machine? What about in relation to similar water ion machines? I strongly appreciate your response and thank you in advance!!

09/30/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Most Kangen machines tend to increase negative hydrogen. This can easily be produced by actually bubbling a hydrogen gas into the drinking water and consuming that, but hydrogen gas, in parts per billion has an unusual healing properties, up to parts per million. This can easily proven with an Oxidation Reduction Potential meters, which will easily register on average about -800 millivolts. The other thing is Kangen water seems to separate the "bad" water from the "good water", So if I live somewhere in Canada or U.S., where water is high in chlorination and fluoridation and where ordinary Reverse Osmosis can't get those remove (they theoretically are close to distilled water anyway), the oxidation side, you may notice the water smell bad, which is obvious because all the chlorines and then some is on that side, while the more alkaline, less halogens (including the benficial iodine) is on the other, so you get "good" water. The biggest downside to Kangen water is the price of the filtering device and replacement parts and they tend to cause as much as the machines. Some who can't afford it may have problems so a workaround is to buy a commercial mineral water and add vitamin C with baking soda to get the ORP of roughly -250 to -350 millvolts. Of course, we can get more mineral content, by adding 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt per drinking water also. This applies to distilled water, which lack minerals, and hence has to be reconstituted with the mineral rich sea salt. In fact sea salt has more mineral content then an ordinary drinking water, assuming we add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt per drinking water.

Do Ionic Foot Baths Really Work?

02/07/2008: Denise : Love your article on ionic foot detox. Hi, Ted. I'm so glad I read your article. I was at my chiropractor's today, and they were demonstrating this very thing, and there was a lady with her feet in the tub of water. I almost threw up when I saw the water, and the water kept getting worse! My question to you is, besides the colors, there was also some algae-type stuff floating around in the water, but this lady said the water was completely clean when she started. The water/algae solution really looked like something we saw as kids when we saw a little pond of water, all green and brown and yucky with little patches of green algae floating around. Any thoughts? I was really going to try this ($15 for 15 minutes), but after reading your article I'm having my doubts. Thanks for your time. Would love a reply. This is a sincere note. :) Thanks, Denise

02/09/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Denise:

When a machine is re-used, the fungus, and algae tends to grow inside the device from moisture which discharges out the iron, the iron gets more rusted, and some fungus grows on them. Hence it is the electrodes, where the algae that grows around it that is creating the problem. What the original invention was is to allow negative ions to be loaded into your body, or full electrons, has gone off into new directions on foot detox, which it doesn't do. The devices actually achieved none of those.

The one device that does what it claims that doesn't really do any foot detox, but what it does is it charges the body to 10,000 plus volts and small amps , placing the body on an insulator and charged up the body with excess negative ions, so that the surplus electrons can act as a free radical scavengers of positive charges. The body then is naturally detoxed with the negative ions itself and drinking more water will remove the toxins. This is why people who travels frequently reports Deep Vein Thrombosis, or Economy Class Syndrome. It works when the plane goes into the clouds and above, acquires positive ions (the atmosphere is actually positve ions) which can amount can easily attain 100,000 volts of positive electricity tricking into the body to think the tissue is damage in the area of the leg, since that area acquires the most positive charge from the plane, sometimes causing varicose veins, swelling feet (which doesn't happen if you sit in an office all day), and causes accelerated blood clots. These accelerated blood clots gets recirculated and my cause heart problems as the clots get lodged into the heart. At least that' just one theory. So what a good ionizers do is supposed to reverse this with a negative charge. The foot detox in my opinion started with the wrong end of things and is not doing what was intended to do. The more reliable devices are negative ion air generators makes more sense. In fact this one is a proven technology and Russians have allegedly used it in the Olympics during training because they found there is a statistically significant improvement in athletic ability and stamina when they use the device. Of course in the area of sports medicine the use of negative ion (air) generators have great usefulness during training, it is also one of the secret weapons athletes have against competing nation. Even my own country isn't aware of this fact, but you can have a read on this one:

As for the foot detox, it is merely electrodes of low DC performing electrolysis, creating those colors. If I really bothered to check I have found live bacteria, rusts, and also algae. There is no organic acids and other human wastes found in the water, which would obviously prove it comes from you. It comes from the device itself.

As a matter of fact, I don't use a foot detox because it is for this reason. I however do have a couple of negative ion generators, but on the other hand I can do it chemically creating excess negative ions by drinking or taking sodium ascorbate, or vitamin C with baking soda, or apple cider vinegar and baking soda. I can easily prove this phenomenon by buying an electronic ORP meter, which measures in millivolts the solution to be taking. The readings will be typically -200 or less millivolts of the resultant solution, which means negative charge. Most of the foods we do eat isn't. It's usually 100 or more millivolts, including something as simple as a common bottled water, or even a mineral spring water. Hence, a lot of our food has oxidizing influence which accumulate toxins, while negative neutralizes them, to some extent, and help with the healing process.

12/01/2009: Rk from Houston, Texas replies: This is a comment for Ted from Bangkok regarding his comment concerning aircraft entering clouds and developing an electric charge.

Ted, as a pilot of commercial airplanes and others, and having more than 45 years of experience, I would like to direct you toward a search for 'aircraft static discharge wicks'. These discharge the ion buildup immediately in order to prevent the aircraft from developing an electrical potential that will create a lightning strike on the aircraft.

Nice idea though, but it unnecessarily alarms uninformed passengers.

12/02/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear RK: An experiment was performed on an aircraft regarding blood clots when it was grounded on an airplane. The jar tested was placed on the floor of the plane during the flight. The electrical charges were acquired and compared against the controls. This is why we have swollen feet during long distance travels. The charges accumulates around the feet when it was grounded to the floor of the airplane.

The blood clot and colloidal precipitation was increased. This explains why the positive charges were in excess that explains the economy class syndrome. It's the best explanation I can find. It's well known concept regarding negative/positive ions found in deserts. In moving vehicles, it's a well accepted fact that the vehicle acquires positive charges. The same concurs from people sitting on long distance travel, plane or car.

If I have time, I will conduct experiment regarding Oxidation Reduction Potential charges in millivolts, when the plane flies where such electrical imbalance, especially positive charges. In any event, the phenomenon of positive/negative charges are a well accepted fact and its effect on the level of brain's serotonin levels. It's not easy for the plane to insulate completely the electrical influences from charges from the clouds as well as changes in air pressures, that influences such imbalance of negative and positive ion charges.

some interesting research on serotonin and sleep/wake cycles links.

Can an Ionic Foot Bath Detox My Body?

11/30/2007: Tommy : Hello Ted, I really appreciate you input on the earthlink site What is your knowledge of the ionic foot detoxifaction process, is it fake or does it actually work. Thanks for any input Tommy

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The present ionic foot detoxification are MOSTLY fakes based on their claims for a couple of reasons. The real answer may surprise you, but it should be noted that it is not ONLY found in the ionic foot detoxification, and the healing effect does not come from pulling out toxic chemicals from the body using this "ionic" effect.

The method of ionic foot detoxification needs a water with added sea water for the electrodes, probably direct current, to conduct electricity to work. The electrodes used in ionic detoxification contains iron electrodes and causes discoloration responsible for the dramatic color changes.

As a proof, using an ionic foot detoxification machinery, a foot was never put into the solution, but the cloudy color appeared anyway. An analysis of this strange color were iron oxide, which is brown red, but color can vary depending on the salt impurities and salt concentration.

A home analysis can be done by evaporating the water solution and you should get the brown red powdered dust, which is mostly iron oxide which gets pulled out from the iron electrodes whenever electricity conducts and the iron gets loose.

This principle works the same way if you use silver electrodes and you get a cloudy gray color, which is mostly silver, silver oxide, and some silver chloride if a salt solution is used.

A colloidal silver is prepared in a distilled water you get mostly silver and a gray color. The color varies, depending on the salt concentration much like the colloidal silver experiment, where a black cloudy water appears if a lot of salt is used, but a white cloud if less salt or no salt is used.

So in this instance color variation of the iron electrodes, based on my experience, comes from different kinds of sea salt and different concentration of sea salt, much like the colloidal silver experiment. The fun occurs whenever various metal electrodes are used, and you can get blue, green, orange, red and yellow solution. So a creative marketer can used different metallic electrodes to display different colors as varying concentrations of water is revealed, some other possible electrodes can have various metallic impurities to reveal different colors with copper, chromium, vanadium and other interesting "imporities" of the electrodes.

This phenomenon can also be replicated by adding sea salt to two electrodes with iron nail (one on positive and one on negative charge with D.C. power from using a small electrical adapter could cause the same water color to change the same way.

Since the water gets cloudy with or without the foot into the solution, we can conclude it doesn't work in removing toxic chemical from the body. If this were real, then the Poisoning Control Center would be out of business!

It should be noted that certain foot detoxification do work, by providing negative electrical charges to the body, but such instances should not cause water color to change and it works similarly to those who are familiar with the negative ion air generator, or negative ion filtering to filter out microscopic bacterium and invisible virues and fungus from the air.

However, I have not seen these kinds of devices in the market and presently the manufacturer or marketers have not yet addressed this issue. However, in a traditional foot detoxification in Asians, used by Japanese sauna consists of simply using sea salt in hot sauna, so that it is the sea salt used for foot detoxification.

The sea salt has an alkaline nature and the salinity kills trace bacteria in the foot. Some alkalinity do get through the body, but in a traditional hot sauna used for the feet, certain sauna water are high in sulfides and sulfates and it is these sulfur compounds that does the biochemical detoxification. But it does not pull the toxins out of the body, the sulfur compounds usually enters the body transdermally during a hot sauna bath, and they neutralize the chemical oxidants in the body. Of course, I prefer a more concentional methods in many of my remedy, simply by detoxification from the inside, by simply adding drops of 10% sodium thiosulfate, such as 5 drops per 1/2 glass of water, and in instances of ADHD & autistic children with behavioral problem (the blood oxidants are high) as much as 15 drops of sodium thiosulfate is used to cause calming effect in children within minutes. The sodium thiosulfates can or maybe found in many hot water springs with its "sulfur smell" or rotten egg odor smell, although the smell is weak, but it can be noticed too in a a sodium thiosulfate. A sodium thiosulfate is a reducing agent that neutralize chemical oxidants in the body, the alkaline water also has some negative charge using the sea salt, or the use of vitamin C sodium ascorbate (alkaline vitamin C!) using an affordable, pocket Oxidation Reduction Potential Meter which measures whether our body is in antioxidant or oxidant, but can be used to test out the solutions. In general, the larger the negative value of the reading of ORP, in millivolts, the more antioxidant it is and the greater the reducing capabilities. In general, an antioxidant solution exists in alkaline, while oxidants exists in acid. There are certain exceptions to this, but the topic is beyond this posting.

In fact I also used foot detoxification, but not anywhere close to an ionic one, using the old sauna method, which obviously does not require an expensive ionic devices.

I used two methods to detoxify my body, but it should be noted taking bath in a hot sauna may be more effective than just the feet. But the best traditional way to detoxify, take your pick does work well. Here is a couple of example where a foot detoxification I used are most effective:

'1. In warm gallon of water, 20 tablespoons of sea salt, plus 20 tablespoons of baking soda. This can be used as a foot detoxification or just taking bath in it. But in a bath water, tablespoons become cups at roughly speaking.

2. About 10 tablespoons of sodium thiosulfate crystals (available as "Hypo" from a camera supply store, or dechlorinator Sodium thiosulfate from a swimming pool supplier, with 10 tablespoon of baking soda. This I used either for bath or foot detox.

Both methods work by transdermal absorption and neutralises toxin, rather than "pulling out" of toxins. These methods work in many ways. However, there is a limite pulling out as in the case of excess heavy metal toxicity as the body gets rid of it through the sweat glands during a hot sauna where the sodium thiosulfate once seeing the toxic sweat high in high heavy metals are then chelated and neutralize. Few people know that sodium thiosulfate chelates and remove mercury and other heavy metals but then so does N Acetyl Cysteine. In fact a weak tannic acid solution can chelate and neutralize and prevent the free radical metals by attaching themselves and reduces the free radical just the same. It is these less exciting methods that has worked for me well, but not it should be noted that I am not yet doing justice to the ionic foot detoxification.

As electrodes current moves in a water solution, a hydrogen gas and oxygen gas is liberated. In many healing water, or sacred healing water, or even in rain water, there is a high hydrogen content, but not high by absolute means in parts per billion. In a rain water it has both high hydrogen and oxygen, which causes the ORP meter to jump from positive to negative, as both exists in the solution much like small amount gas being liberated in electrodes as they liberate. But here is the strange thing, these hydrogen gas have NEGATIVE charges and you can easily prove this to yourself by liberating hydrogen gas (from a hydrogen tanks- quite expensive - but I have done it!) and measure the ORP, and the millivolts goes easily to negative -600 millivolts. A person with trace hydrogen gas with burn wounds can cause an accelerating healing effects in present of hydrogen gas, of only parts per billion or parts per million. In chemistry I do get exposed to disinformation now and then, such as whenever hydrogen gas is liberated in an electrolysis of water, where two parts hydrogen on one end (the ones with the most gas!) and one part on the other end, namely oxygen, the one end of hydrogen, in theory should be H2. However H2 gases should have NEUTRAL charges, which is does not, since the ORP would show a strongly NEGATIVE charges of at least -600 millivolts. A human urine, has only a negative ORP around -60 millivolts to -120 millivolts, but not nearly anywhere close to those value. And it is this that has the healing properties. Japanese researcher knew this and they market this product as Kangen water or Microwater, being rich in negative hydrogen, but interestingly, the negative hydrogen gas in most stable in an ALKALINE solution. Of course I can talk all day with this, but there is SOME healing effect from these liberating gases in an ionic foot detox machine.

But this too can be duplicated by developing two carbon electrodes (you DO NOT need iridium platinum electrodes, such as those used in Kangen water maker, perhaps to maximize their profit using expensive electrodes) and a show lace weak salt water bridge between two glass is used. One carbon electrodes is placed in one glass of weak salt water, and another carbon electrodes is placed in another weak salt water, and a shoelace "salt water bridge is formed". When a direct current from a milliamp, 12 volts or 24 volts is applied the gas liberate. Without the need to know which one is the antioxidant water, and which ones is the oxidant water, you can use either the ORP meter or the pH meter to find it. The antioxidant water will be the alkaline one, with the negative hydrogen, and the oxidant one will be the acid one, with the positive hydrogen. The basic chemical sequence in creating this in a salt water bridge will creeate this:

H2O NaCl -> HCl NaOH

The HCl goes on the acid side The NaOH goes on the alkaline side

But as electricity is applied this happens also:

2H2O -> 2H O2 O H2

The 2H has a strong negative charge, and some H2 appears on the alkaline side, while the O2 and O may appear on the other side of the oxidant end. I don't know if O exists very much as I never studied them, but there might be a slight trace. This part is never explained to you in Kangen water or microwater, otherwise they can't sell the machine if you just used only a carbon rod and shoelaces.

In summary, detoxification foot machine, as far as I am aware doesn't pull out the toxic chemical from the foot, most of them is iron being produced from the electrodes, when placed in a salt water solution. The unique color variation occurs because different concentrations of sea salt and metal impurities occur from the electrodes. There may be some detoxification but the mechanism at work may not be what is claimed by the marketer. A more practical method is to use the traditional sauna as part of the detoxification process.

07/17/2012: Linda from Bartlett, Il/usa replies: Hello, I had a complimentary foot detoxification at a spa this past weekend. I not only felt the tingling, but like a burning sensation from time to time on different parts of my feet during the 30 minute process. I noticed when I got home that I have 4 circular red spots on my right foot.. Not painful, but they look like sores that are healing (that I did not have before)... Do you know what these are????



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