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Foot Bath Detox and Cancer

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Can you take a foot bath detox? You can take one and I can tell you that they feel great. I received this therapy at an alternative doctor’s office a few years back. The best part of the foot bath detox was the water turning a dark, metal-ichy color.

First, some basic info-

Ionic foot baths, also known as ionic foot detox or ionic foot spa, are a type of alternative therapy that claim to help detoxify the body. The premise behind them is that an electrical current passes through a water and salt solution, creating ions that are then absorbed through the feet. This is said to help draw out toxins from the body.

However, it’s important to note that there is limited scientific evidence to support the efficacy of ionic foot baths for detoxification. The concept of toxins being drawn out through the feet via an electrical current is not supported by mainstream medical science.

Here are a few points to consider:

  1. Lack of Scientific Evidence: The scientific community generally considers the claims made by proponents of ionic foot baths to be pseudoscientific. Rigorous scientific studies demonstrating their effectiveness are lacking.
  2. The Body’s Natural Detoxification Processes: The body has its own highly efficient mechanisms for detoxification, primarily carried out by the liver and kidneys. These organs filter and remove toxins from the body, and they do not rely on the feet.
  3. Potential Risks: There may be some risks associated with ionic foot baths. For example, if the water is not properly maintained or if the equipment is not used correctly, there could be a risk of bacterial or fungal infections.
  4. Placebo Effect: Some people may experience a sense of relaxation or well-being after using an ionic foot bath. This could be attributed to a placebo effect, where the individual believes the treatment is effective and therefore feels better.
  5. Alternative Therapies Should Be Used with Caution: If someone is considering using alternative therapies like ionic foot baths, it’s important to do so under the guidance of a healthcare professional. They should not be used as a substitute for evidence-based medical treatments.

In summary, the efficacy of ionic foot baths for detoxification is not supported by robust scientific evidence. If someone is interested in detoxification, it’s generally recommended to focus on a healthy diet, regular exercise, and staying hydrated, all of which support the body’s natural detoxification processes. Always consult a healthcare professional for advice on any alternative therapy.

Foot bath detoxing may or may not be effective in ridding the body of toxins. But one thing is certain. Chemotherapy and radiation can overwhelm the cancer patient’s body with heavy metals. 

Research shows and I believe that we can detox our bodies. We cancer survivors need to.

To learn more about detoxification and cancer click the links below.

Have you been diagnosed with cancer? What type? What stage? Any symptoms? Let me know.


Hang in there,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Foot Detox Baths: Fact or Fiction?

“Some people believe a foot detox can help pull toxins from your body. But research hasn’t shown this. Still, soaking the feet may provide some benefits…

What’s the point of a foot detox?

Foot detoxes are becoming more and more popular as a way to rid the body of any harmful toxins. Potential toxins can range from impurities in the air, to chemicals in your home and beauty products. Because of their surge in popularity, ionic foot detoxes are now being offered at some health and wellness spas, at alternative health offices, and even for at-home use…

What the research says

Although research on foot detoxes is limited, there is some evidence to suggest that the practice isn’t effective.

Researchers in a 2012 study took an in-depth look at the IonCleanse foot bath and found that the foot detox did nothing to reduce toxin levels in the body. They also concluded that the foot bath didn’t stimulate the body to remove toxins by itself, such as through the kidneys or liver.

It’s worth noting that most evidence in support of this practice is anecdotal…

Who should consider a foot detox?

Most everyone, except for those with open sores or an infection on their feet, can benefit from the relaxation that a warm foot soak can provide. That said, it isn’t necessary to purchase an expensive foot detox product.

Instead, use Epsom salts, with or without a foot detox product, in a foot bath, to refresh and clean the feet.

Foot soaks can be a wonderful way to relax after a hard day or to help revive circulation in the feet. They may also be beneficial if you’re experiencing athlete’s foot…”

Objective assessment of an ionic footbath (IonCleanse): testing its ability to remove potentially toxic elements from the body

“Ionic footbaths are often used in holistic health centres and spas to aid in detoxification; however, claims that these machines eliminate toxins from the body have not been rigorously evaluated. In this proof-of-principle study, we sought to measure the release of potentially toxic elements from ionic footbaths into distilled and tap water with and without feet.

Water samples were collected and analyzed following 30-minute ionic footbath sessions without feet using both distilled (n = 1) and tap water (n = 6) and following four ionic footbaths using tap water (once/week for 4 weeks) in six healthy participants.

Urine collection samples were analyzed at four points during the study. Hair samples were analyzed for element concentrations at baseline and study conclusion.

Contrary to claims made for the machine, there does not appear to be any specific induction of toxic element release through the feet when running the machine according to specifications.”

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