THE IONIC FOOT DETOX: FACT OR MYTH?
A recent fad has been sweeping the country: ionic foot detoxes. You may not recognize the name, but you probably have seen the infomercials about foot patches or foot baths that pull all the toxins out of your body through your feet, leaving you with a patch or bath full of brown liquid (aka the toxins). But is it all just a scam? Or is there actual scientific proof to support these claims?
Ionic therapy is loosely linked to the work of Royal Raymond Rife, an American inventor considered to have discovered bioelectric medicine. His theory said that viruses will be destroyed if they are introduced to the right balance of resonating frequency, similar to a glass being destroyed by the high pitch of a soprano. Fast forward to the 21st century, and Dr. Mary Staggs applies this theory and others to create the first commercial ionic footbath in 2001.
I decided to try it out for myself with Pacific College Alumna and Oncology Specialist Christine Adamo, LAc, and see for myself what the scoop is all about. Christine is a supporter of “true” ionic detoxes and uses them in her practice, particularly with her cancer patients to help with the side effects of chemotherapy.
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First off, I say “true” because Christine warned me upfront about the many false companies out there who claim that the brown water produced in their bath or patch is the result of toxins coming out of the body. “This is NOT true,” Christine said. The water changes color naturally because of the chemical reaction between the electricity and the salt water, not because of toxins. So don’t be fooled by the infomercials; it’s actually the debris that begins to form in the water that are the toxins.
Don’t just take Christine’s word for it; the scientific evidence speaks for itself. “We can do a test and you can see for yourself if you’d like?” asked Christine, before we began the detox.
“Why not!” I said. Afterall, what better way to determine a treatment’s efficacy than with a scientific experiment?
We decided to do a urine pH test before the detox and then another pH test after the detox to compare the results. My first pH test showed to be more on the acidic side of normal. I was ready to see if this detox would really change my pH level in just 30 minutes.
The main point of these foot detoxes is to make the body’s pH more “alkaline,” but what exactly is the importance of being alkaline?
An alkaline body is crucial to a person’s health. Diseases thrive in an acidic environment. So basically, the less acidic your body is and the more alkaline, the less prone you are to contracting a disease, such as osteoporosis or cancer, according to Christine.
The Center for Disease Control reports that up to 85% of all illness are caused by toxins and pollutants in our bodies. The human body functions best when the ions are balanced at 80% negative and 20% positive. So how do we achieve this?
What we put into our body, such as the foods we consume, have either acidic or alkalizing properties. Check out the food charts for yourself here. The more of the higher alkaline foods you can incorporate into your diet the better. An ionic detox, helps to facilitate the alkalization process through the process of ionization, which removes “free radicals” from the body.
How do ionic foot detoxes fit into Chinese medicine?
Traditionally, we think of acupuncture and herbal medicine as being the main components of Chinese medicine. The ionic foot detoxes we see today are a more modern invention, but magnetism itself has been used to accompany traditional Chinese methods medicinally in China for over 2,000 years.
Acupuncturists use a variety of modern tools now adays, that weren’t invented yet back in ancient Chinese times. Tools besides the ionic detox machine, such as the electrical stimulation machine work to accompany acupuncture. Both of these tools work with acupuncture to clear heat in the body.
“Every physician has a set of tools in his/her tool bag; sometimes you have to branch out to find more tools,” said Christine.
So, the crucial question: Did it work?
The pH test says: Yes! My post detox pH levels were right in the middle of the spectrum, as they should be, and noticeably more alkaline than before the detox. Christine says that the detox continues to alkalize the body up to 48 hours after the treatment, via urination and sweat, which is an added benefit. One should not eat/drink acidic foods after a treatment, to help better facilitate the detox process.
It’s important to aid in your body’s alkalizing process. “You can’t just come in and ‘get fixed’. You have to take ownership in your health. The work I do with a patient has to be part of a team effort,” Christine said, which is why the food alkalinity chart is so important. Christine suggests bringing it to the grocery store with you to help in purchasing alkalizing foods.
Other scientifically measured effects of this detox, besides alkalization, are lower blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels. A 2008 study by Center for Research Strategies showed participants’ levels of aluminum to have decreased by 46% and arsenic levels to have decreased by 24%, on average.
Are ionic foot detoxes common in holistic healthcare settings?
A simple Google search will show that ionic foot detoxes are commonly offered in holistic healthcare centers, as well as spas, hair salons, and grocery stores across the U.S. Products purchased on store shelves, however, can vary in quality and so it’s wise to entrust a healthcare professional with the ionic detox process.
It’s important to note that detoxification is an important first step of a treatment plan. Similar to treating drug or alcohol addiction, detoxification helps prepare the body for the next phase of treatment, whether it is therapy or alternative care. For most natural healthcare enthusiasts, an ionic foot detox is the beginning of a lifestyle committed to eating healthier and exercising.
Is the ionic detox good for anybody?
Yes! Most people can benefit from an ionic detox. It is especially good for those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, fungal or yeast infections, and cancer.
The ionic detox is contraindicated for those who have a pacemaker and open sores or lesions on his/her feet. People with Diabetes Type I should use this therapy with precaution.
The benefit of this form of detox is that it is, “gentle and safe, and not compromising because it bypasses the gastro-intestinal system,” Christine said. The detox also works well when accompanied with acupuncture, to stimulate blood flow, in treating peripheral neuropathy.
The best time to detox for people who are not suffering from a specific ailment is during the transitional seasons: Spring and Fall.
Christine Adamo is a board certified Oriental medical physician in the state of California. She practices various forms of Eastern medicine including herbal medicine, nutrition, natural supplementation, acupuncture, and detoxification. She is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Her passion is in integrative oncology, providing specialized care for patients with cancer.
Find Christine on her website: www.EastWestIntegrativeMedicine.com
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- Skin problems such as wrinkles
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The black flecks are metals that (A) come off the zinc bar in the middle of the array; (B) from the de-ionization of heavy metals in the water itself and (C) from the de-ionization of metals from the patients body.
Sometimes you cannot tell where the metal is coming from. However, when there are many black flecks in the water (over 20), you can be fairly certain they came out of the patients’s body.
The manufacturer recommends treatments of two times per week for 8 weeks. After that once or twice a month, or anytime you have been exposed to something questionable. Anytime you are starting to feel like you might have been exposed to a virus or flu. It is great before and after sporting events and workouts.
The Alimtox-AOK Ion Cell Cleanse may assist the body in improving:
- Liver and kidney function.
- General circulation and metabolism.
- Arthritis • Headaches and migraines.
- Skin Problems.
- Mercury and heavy metals detox.
- Well being & balance of the whole body.
- Menstrual pain.
- PMS This treatment can be used in conjunction with detox diet plans.
No. You can go about your daily business as usual. The most common side effect we have experienced is that you may feel tired directly after the treatment and feel the benefits over the next few days.
Disclaimer: The Gencel Ion Cell Cleanse is safe for most people, however the following cannot have the detox treatment:
- People with a pacemaker.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing.
- People with implanted organs.
- People with epilepsy.
- People who have a blood thinning disease.
- The Alimtox-AOK Ion Cell Cleanse should not be used by children under the age of 5.
If properly used the Alimtox-AOK Ion Cell Cleanse has not been shown to have any negative side effects.
No, you will not get an electric shock.
The Gencel Ion Cell Cleanse does not heal or cure any disease or condition. If a patient’s problem is caused by a toxic buildup the symptoms may be alleviated by detoxification. The cleanse can assist the body to release these toxins. We do not make such claims because the results are unpredictable. Frequent detoxification with the Gencel Ion Cell Cleanse can give people a greater sense of well being and can help them to feel better especially when used in conjunction with a detoxifying diet.
Yes, but remember, we are talking about detoxification and balancing meridians. A patient with peripheral neuropathy has greatly impaired nerve and circulatory function. It will take much longer to detox this person than someone with OA, but detoxing them will make them more comfortable and can possibly help to slow the progression of their disease. Some OA sufferers may experience immediate relief especially if they are willing to make lifestyle and dietary changes.
In an adult body it takes approximately 20 minutes for the blood to make one complete cycle. Therefore to stay on the machine for less than 20 minutes would not be harmful but would not be particularly beneficial either. The cycle is considerably less for children and the treatment times should be adjusted accordingly. Adults should have the full 30 minutes and children should have 15. It should not be used on children under 5.
The machine does not cure anything. It is simply a machine which can assist your body to rebalance it’s bioenergetic fields. This stimulates self-detoxification. When the electro-magnetic fields are balanced, the body’s organs will naturally function better.
Results depend upon your lifestyle. We recommend an initial course of two times per week for 8 weeks – then a top up session once or twice a month.
In our opinion, no special training is needed to operate any of these systems. Full instructions are supplied with each unit. There are certain organizations who offer “training” however, we believe this is not necessary. These units are sold to private households and individuals as well as medical practitioners. The only requirement that you may need if you are using the unit on clients is public liability insurance. This is considered a low risk treatment.
Arrays last for 30-50 sessions.
Yes, this is perfectly fine.
Patients can begin to use the Alimtox- AOK Ion Cell Cleanse as long as they are recovered and should wait at least six weeks.
How does ion cell cleanse affect you?
Our ionic foot detox does a fine job of getting rid of all the toxins and heavy metals from your body. It cleanses your feet from all the impurities that form a hindrance on your way to complete hygiene. The positive charge being generated during the process attracts the toxins from your body. Our foot bath ensures keeping your personal hygiene in-check and eliminates all chances of contamination in your body. What helps the foot soak detox do wonders to your feet is its making that involves herbs, minerals, and various plants in it. The natural compound soothes your skin and rejuvenates it for a better-looking, healthier look as well.
A Detoxed Foot Soak Is All You Need!
As more people are getting familiar with our foot soak detox, there seems no end to the rise in its popularity. More people are using it eradicate the body of all harmful toxins in your body. Our foot bath gets rid of all the impurities coming from the air, any chemical elements in your house, or even your beauty products. Indeed, our detox cleanse is your savior at the end of a tiring day.
An Ionic foot bath detoxification
Works for Everybody!
If you're looking to get foot detoxification done most efficiently, you’re at the right place! It is a process that works perfectly for everyone looking to preserve their hygiene. The foot bath is introduced especially for those who have open sores or infections on their feet. We bring you the best ionic foot bath that relaxes your feet while enhancing the circulation in your feet. For athlete's foot, you won’t find a better solution than the detox foot bath.
Is Ionic Detox Foot Bath Safe for You?
Our detox process is a well-researched procedure that is free from any risks to your health. However, it is vital to consult with a doctor before commencing the process as it impacts your blood sugar levels.