"Foot Detox - Fact or Fiction?"

Foot Detox - Fact or Fiction?
My Experience

After enjoying over fifty years of wonderful health, I was amazed and dumbfounded when my health suddenly began to fail dramatically. Over a period of three months I went from being very active and enjoying every moment of life to being house-bound and in unbearable agony each time I tried to move. Doctors were unable to determine the cause of my affliction even though they gave me every test in the world in an attempt to diagnose my condition. They prescribed a series of prescription medications to reduce the pain, but after reading online about the experiences of others who had taken them, I quickly decided I didn't want these particular prescription medications in my body. I was not only determined to regain my health, I wanted to be drug-free.

I began researching my ailment online for hours each day. Some people said this, some people said that, and I found myself getting more confused as time went by. I tried many things, and although I found that acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy made me considerably more comfortable, my ailment continued to haunt me. Finally, a very kind woman I know suggested that a process known as a foot detox might help my condition. Now, bear in mind that by this time I was desperate. If someone had told me that I would feel better if I tied a chicken to the top of my head and hopped to town on one foot, you would have seen some nut-case hopping up the street with a live chicken tied to the top of his head. The foot detox sessions promised to be far less embarrassing. Actually, all I had to do was sit with my feet in a bucket of water containing a bit of sea salt and an electrical element. Well, after having one session a week with this foot detox thing for a solid month, I was beginning to feel better. In fact, I felt so much better that I figured by owning one of my own I could double the frequency of sessions while completely eliminating the cost.
That's where my online research of the foot detox began.

What I Learned Online

I learned that no one seemed to know for sure how this foot detox thing was supposed to work. I found a great many web sites claiming that the water changed colors due to the toxins that were being pulled from the body. They stated that the color of the water even indicated which bodily organs were detoxifying. Others claimed that the gentle electrical current killed the parasites hosted by our bodies that were the root cause of many ailments. Hmmm, interesting. Next I came across web sites where skeptics claimed that the foot detox was nothing more than the latest hocus-pocus making the rounds in the natural healing community. Many sites called the device and out and out scam with no holds barred. One site claimed that when they sent a sample of the water after a detox session to a lab, absolutely no toxins were found. Within the next several weeks, I discovered that many web sites previously touting the detoxifying ability of the foot detox, complete with photos of the water changing color and a description of which organ corresponded with each color, had removed their claims of detoxification along with the accompanying photographs. Now I see that quite a few web sites are attacking the detox contraption while claiming there is absolutely no medical or scientific confirmation in existence lending support to their ability to do anything at all. Well, I suppose that is probably so. At least there isn't any that I can find. I do know that using the gizmo has most definitely made me feel better.

The truth of the matter is that for the past three years I haven't been able to leave my home or even go up or down stairs. This year, although, I mowed my own yard again, worked in my garden, ran the rototiller, and began going up and down the stairs to the laundry room in the basement. Maybe it's a medical phenomena that hasn't yet been explained, maybe it is based on some scientific principle not yet fully understood, or perhaps it has only been the result of positive thinking (a mind over matter type thing), but I guarantee that I feel much better since beginning to use this detox gizmo.

What Does It Do, and What'll It Cure?

Well, the first thing it has done is to help me feel like life is worth living again. Bear in mind that I am not a trained medical professional, neither am I any type of scientist. I truly do not know how it works, how it helps you feel better, or even "if" it will work for you. I do know, although, that you would have your work cut out for you trying to get mine away from me. While I am not qualified to give medical advice (or any advice according to my wife), I am presuming that if you are still reading this that you have some type of ailment, have heard of the foot detox, and have already searched around the Internet and read the many claims people make about it. If you haven't already done so, search the Internet for "foot detox" and read what those braver than I are saying about it. If you believe them, great. If you don't, that's okay, too.

We live in a very litigious society and if I told you exactly what I feel it does for me, or what my father-in-law says it does for him, some rascal with plenty of free time and a dream of getting rich quick, gaining notoriety, or simply tossing their weight around would have me in court quicker than a flash for making unsubstantiated claims. Well, I'm not going to give them the opportunity.

I am not here to try to convince you of anything and I do not have anything to sell. I do not sell foot-detox units, plans for building foot-detox units, replacement elements for foot-detox units, or advice about building or using foot-detox units. My entire goal here is just to let you know a bit about my experience with the foot-detox gizmo. So, Fact or Fiction? I am not qualified to say one way or another.

I've heard and read what people say on both sides of the issue, but I don't have any scientific evidence to support a conclusion, nor do I know of any medical testing that shows conclusive proof one way or another. I do know that my father taught me to be a skeptic. According to him, the safest bet was to not believe anything you hear and only half of what you think you saw. However, I am truly grateful to the woman who introduced me to the foot detox, and I am thankful that I was open-minded (or desperate) enough to give it a try. I hope you have found this description of my experience with the foot detox helpful, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness, good health, and prosperity.

Disclaimer: By the way, most online information states that these foot detox gizmos are not recommended for pregnant or expecting mothers, persons with pacemakers, implanted organs, open wounds on their feet, or those suffering from epilepsy. This is probably real good advice. Neither have these foot detox gizmos been evaluated or approved by the Food & Drug Administration. Also, just in case you might have skipped over parts of what I have written above, I absolutely make no claims that these foot detox contraptions will cure any illness, disease, or medical condition.

Another crack investigative report by WECT?

Wilmington's Prima Day Spa was recently the subject of a minor informative report on the foot detox system.

In an interesting turn of events, the WECT reporter, Kim Gebia received a flurry of phone calls about her story from people with all sorts of varying opinions. Many of them were excited about the idea and wanted to know more. Others wanted to attack the validity of the suggestion that this machine would have any therapeutic value.

The initial interview was arranged by Jennifer Saucier, one of Prima's owners when she asked Kim Gebia if she would like to do a story on this interesting device. An excited Kim took the story stating that her story editors saw it as an indulgence knowing that she loved to cover day spa stuff. She scheduled to interview Jennifer, and Elizabeth Casazza, a representative of Aqua Vida who traveled to town at Kim Gebia's request and two of Prima's patrons.

Each time Jennifer offered information regarding Prima's approach to these type of therapies or any background on the day spa, she was told by Kim that WECT was being very cautious not to make this seem like an advertisement. In the end Jennifer was not heard or even shown in the resulting interview. In fact scarcely little, only one sentence was used of what the Aqua Vida representative said. Ultimately it was Kim who did most of the talking about what was the function of the foot spa. What came next was very interesting.

Several days after the original story aired on the morning of December 17th. Prima became besieged with phone calls from curious clients who wanted to know why Prima was offering a "Scam service". We were completely broadsided by what was apparently a follow-up story that as our customers said, painted Prima and the practice of the foot spa therapy in a dubious light. Kim quickly apologized saying that she met with her producer and he said they were getting a lot of concerned calls and that they would need to do a follow up story to get to the bottom of the issue. Not having been given the courtesy of being asked our opinion which was squelched and edited in the first interview, we were bewildered. Owners and representatives of Prima at this time have still not seen the piece or heard anything but reports of a damaging testimony from a local medical professional whom Kim says she sought out for a professional prospective. So strange we thought, when she really didn't listen to anything Jennifer was saying or put it in the original story. Interesting huh?

When speaking with Kim, we told her that there was what sounded like a slanderous report saying that this was all a scam and hoax, we could get very little of what was said by the medical professional and she assured us that our name was not mentioned and it would all blow over and that she was sorry but she had to do it.

We have heard more reports about the follow up interview and we are told that the medical professional went to WECT's station and put a nail attached to a car battery in a dish of water and said that this was the same thing. This was followed by an anchor saying that those patrons in the interview should demand their money back. Patrons ?... wait a minute... those women didn't pay for that service and one of those women was a friend that came in to take part in the interview. Oh yes we remember, Kim told us that they needed to appear as customers. Wait a minute.. was this a set-up?... Why would that anchor say that, he didn't know any of the facts... oh wait... it's a WECT report. Still none of us has had any chance to speak to the very selective WECT camera.

We would like to have access to a media outlet to speak to this report. If for nothing else just to say "Hey, anyone care what we think? Or what about all the hundreds of thousands people in the U.S. who love and demand this service and consider it a part of their wellness regimen? We know there is no certainty about all of this and we know that it is controversial. As we told Kim when she called to apologize, this smacks of past transgressions by the medical industry when they speak publicly against anything new that comes down the pike while they really know little about it. Take for example when chiropractic medicine was summarily dismissed for nearly two decades by the AMA as being a scam in the 60's and 70's until the Chiropractic association won one of the largest settlements ever awarded against the very slanderous and competitive contingencies within the AMA.

Jennifer Saucier holds a business degree from Tulane university and Jason Saucier is a semi-retired professional portrait artist, a business owner and one of the top instructors for intradermal cosmetics in the US. A subject on which WECT's Jennifer Abney interviewed him for a sweeps piece several years ago. They wish to publicly state their disappointment with WECT for what they view as very irresponsible journalism. As for this service. We know damn well people feel better after doing it and they want more of it! They are available for comment however Prima is currently exploring legal options.

So at this point, we are still scratching our heads and wondering how a company like WECT gets away with this sketchy kind of sub-par reporting and behavior. In summary, what they did was get a very small amount of info from us about a non-medical device that is now in use by millions of people worldwide, and then a whole lot of debunking from a medical professional who is still unnamed to us? What he was debunking by the way, was mostly what Kim said in her report. He has not heard from us, we have never met, never seen or heard from him and with the exception of WECT using our name and logo in the initial story, you have not heard from us on this? Strange? Don't debunkers usually confront people they are debunking?

Also worth mentioning is that some years ago WECT had Jennifer and Jason in studio for a report on the controversial mineral body wrap. The response was incredible. However back then they didn't feel the need to follow up with a debunker even though there were neigh-sayers. Now years later we have more customers than ever coming in for this service because it makes them feel and look so much better and competitors have even set up shop in town focusing on the mineral body wrap we introduced. Hey, like mama said, "the proof is always in the pudding".

It would seem that the voracity of some of the skeptics and perhaps the desire by WECT to create an interesting and news worthy controversy led WECT to turn to the end all council of a "Medical Professional". Will someone please tell us who this person is? We think WECT has pulled the follow-up report so we may never see it unless someone is kind enough to send us a copy.

Will we stop offering this service? Heck no! We are not intimidated, people love this service and from what we've seen there is a real value in it, and when last we checked, this is still a free country.

Please stay tuned for our summary of this debacle. We will give more facts as this story unfolds. But in the meantime, we invite you to come and try this service to see for yourselves. We are getting a lot of great feedback on it.

Thank you for all of the kind comments and great feedback from our many clients who have emailed us at info@primadayspa.com



WECT reports on Prima day spa's fascinating foot detox system



Here is some of the information offered by the developers of Aqua Vida Foot Spa.

Why do you need to rebalance your body?

The body needs to cleanse itself of toxins each day. Toxins the body cannot eliminate are stored in fatty tissue, joints, muscles, and the brain. These toxins can clog cell membrane walls which are then unable to absorb enough nutrition to support normal cell functioning. Over time, this leads to reduced vitality and weakened immune and lymphatic systems. You can see this visually on pH strips as toxins tend to be acidic and reduce the pH balance. The AquaVida foot spa helps the body rebalance itself, improve pH, and increase energy levels.

How do toxins build up?

There are 500,000 different chemicals used to make, lubricate, clean, coat, wrap, and finish the products we use. Each year over 5,000 new chemical substances are invented. And while our bodies have complex systems that remove toxins, namely the lymphatic, skin, liver and kidneys, they are no match for this onslaught.

Heavy metals, minerals, synthetic chemicals and hormones, even human and animal wastes are in the water we drink, the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the houses we live in, the air we breathe, and the cosmetics we use.

Cosmetics are currently below the radar when it comes to identifying toxins. TEA (triethanolamine), DEA (diethanolamine), and MEA (monoethanolamine) are commonly used in cosmetics in the USA. Their use is restricted in Europe as they are known carcinogens. Almost 50% of cosmetics containing ethoxylated surfactants were found to contain dioxane, a carcinogen. Most shampoos contain Sodium or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, which caused eye damage, central nervous system depression, and even death to animals that were exposed to it.

The skin is the largest organ in our body and because it is permeable it easily absorbs toxins. The scalp is especially permeable to toxins. Consider the numbers of toxic chemicals put in your hair to color or bleach, shampoo, condition, and treat it.

Our bodies are bombarded by toxins. In 1999 a noted author and activist, had his blood tested for 150 different commonly used chemicals. His blood had 84 synthetic compounds, including 13 different Dioxins, 31 different PCB's, DDT, lead, organochlorine pesticides, chlorine, and malathion, etc.

What waste products are expelled by the sweat glands in the feet?

Eccrine sweat is composed primarily of water with various salts and organic compounds in solution. It is a filtrate of plasma, a colorless hypotonic solution that includes sodium, chloride, potassium, urea, bicarbonate, ammonia, uric acid, phosphorus, fatty acids, and other metabolic wastes.


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Foot Detox
Posted: Dec 7, 2007 03:29 PM EST
Updated: Dec 7, 2007 05:42 PM EST
Foot Detox First

WILMINGTON -- A new spa treatment is proving popular if you can stomach the results. A day at the spa is supposed to be beautifying but this new treatment is downright ugly. The foot detox tub at Prima Day Spa is simple, you put your feet in and a little black box puts out an ionic charge that sucks the toxins out from the feet. Just minutes after your feet are put into the tub you can see the water turn an orange color as the toxins are released through the more than 2,000 sweat glands in the feet. Apparently the foot has been called the map to the body and it a great way to clean out your body. Spa employees say the foot water is dark with lead, aluminum, toxins from stress, the air, food, you name it and it may be in there. Customers are usually grossed out by what they're bodies were storing but glad to know that their tub of toxins is going down the drain.

Reported by Kim Gebbia