I recently came across a study which showed the inefficacy of ionic foot baths as a method of “cleansing”. I have reposted it below for those interested.
My advice: Skip the foot baths, supplements and gimmicks and save your cash for organic produce instead.
Objective assessment of an ionic foot bath (IonCleanse®): Testing its ability to remove toxic elements from the body
Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Vol 7 (2010), Iss.1, Art. 44
Deborah A. Kennedy, Kieran Cooley, Thomas R. Einarson, Dugald Seely
Phase 1 Establishment of baseline &confounders
• A baseline measurement of the contribution of the ionic footbath machine to any toxic element release when both distilled and tap water were used with no feet present.
Phase 2 Assessment of the effectiveness of the removal of toxic elements
1. To determine the effectiveness of the ionic footbath’s ability to remove toxic elements through the feet of each participant;
2. To determine whether ionic footbath sessions would increase toxic element release through the urine;
3. To determine whether the ionic footbath would reduce the overall toxic burden of heavy metals, as measured through hair mineral analysis
• A proof of principle, non-randomized, non-blinded comparative, no feet versus feet, trial.
• Ethics approval was given by Research Ethics Board of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM)
• All participants enrolled gave written informed consent to participate in the study.
Study Duration: 12 weeks
• Clinical Trial registration no: NCT01125592
• Independent laboratory analysis was performed by CanAlt Health Laboratory Inc. Concord ON.
• Microsoft Office Excel 2007 was used for all data manipulations and descriptive statistics.
• StatsDirect version 2.7.7 was used for the non-parametric statistics.
• Toxic elements were present with and without feet.
• Source of the toxic elements is unknown – there are many components.
• Material testing was not performed on all the components of the footbath.
Strengths & Limitations
• Rigorous methodology
• Multiple routes of elimination evaluated
• Independent laboratory analysis using industry accepted standards
• Small sample size, n=6
• No materials testing performed
• There is no evidence to suggest that ionic footbaths promote the elimination of toxic elements from the body through the feet, urine, or hair.
• We thank all of our study participants for their time and dedication to this project.
• This research was supported by a grant from the Holistic Health Research Foundation.
• Deborah Kennedy is supported by a career development grant from the Sickkids Foundation.
• A Major Difference Inc. provided the use of an IonCleanse® SOLO™ device and all related supplies for this study but had no other involvement in the project.
• CanAlt Health Laboratory Inc. provided the water and urine analysis testing at a reduced cost, enabling us to increase the number of participants in the study.