Foot Detox Pad


Sentinel (August 17, 2007, 16:37:04 PM):
My fiancée once slapped some “detox” pads on my feet and claimed that it would extract toxins from my body. The next morning the pads were brown on the parts where it made contact with my skin.

See similar product here

I found this video for alternative method that works with a liquid.

Does anyone know if this actually works? Has anyone tested the pads before and after to determine what toxins are actually extracted?
bluegray (August 20, 2007, 11:47:53 AM):
While there's no way to know for sure without testing these pads, while reading though the various sites, many alarm bells go off.
It uses colorful reflexology charts and infra red images and a lot of pseudo scientific speak to promote the product. The endorsement from is a bit flaky if you look at the other products the site endorses. The products that lost out to the foot pads were: ShuLi Patch, Verseo, Essence Palace, Kinoki, Body-Relief, KinoTox, and Chi Foot Patch.

As usual for these quack products, the "Order Now" links are more prominent that the "Good Evidence Here" links.

Maybe these pads turn brown even without contact to the feet?
Mefiante (August 20, 2007, 15:52:30 PM):
Be deeply suspicious whenever the word "detox" is used about a product. It exploits the nonsense notion that the efficiency and/or rate of "toxin" removal can be improved (I put inverted commas around "toxins" because these are mainly the by-products of digesting and/or metabolising food. Generally, the human body is tolerant of such "toxins" within fairly narrow limits – if you've ever had food poisoning, you'll understand this well. The "toxins" are flushed from the body through the work of the liver and kidneys, and claims about improving this process are, to a high degree of probability, bogus.

These pads probably react chemically with dilute urea (or possibly some mineral salts), which we humans secrete on perspiring. You can test this theory by placing a few drops of fresh urine or perspiration on the pad :).



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