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Skip the Foot Cleanses

August 23, 2011 by admin0

This a published study which showed the inefficacy of ionic foot baths as a method of “cleansing”. I have re-posted it below for those interested.My advice

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


Study Design

• 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.

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