The Ionic Foot Bath
Many years ago when I operated a health
practice in Newcastle (Australia), I used micro current
therapy to help my patients. That micro current therapy often
showed astonishing results.
Electrotherapy certainly is not a new
invention. In Germany health practitioners have been using
micro current therapy (Feinstromtherapie) for over
100 years and it is believed that electrotherapy in one way or
the other was used thousands of years ago. The Germans have
developed a rather sensible theory around their micro current
therapy. The theory says in short that every cell is a bit like
a battery. If the battery is full it works well, but if it is
empty it does not. Lately we hear a lot about ATP (Adenosine
Triphosphate) which living beings can use like a battery (
). If the energy is high, the cell can function well, i.e. can
take in nutrients and expel toxins. If the energy is low, this
mechanism does not work well and toxins will build up.
The above web site explains how that works:
The structure of ATP has an ordered carbon compound as a
backbone, but the part that is really critical is the
phosphorous part - the triphosphate. Three phosphorous groups
are connected by oxygens to each other, and there are also side
oxygens connected to the phosphorous atoms. Under the normal
conditions in the body, each of these oxygens has a negative
charge, and as you know, electrons want to be with protons - the
negative charges repel each other. These bunched up negative
charges want to escape - to get away from each other, so there
is a lot of potential energy here.
As you can see there is a lot of electron
involvement…and electrons are important for energy production
and determine the health of individual cells and hence the
organism as a whole.
An electric current is defined as a flow of
electrons. Just as we can recharge a battery by plugging the
power pack into the socket of an electric power outlet, we also
can recharge the batteries of our cells through an electric
current. There are many interesting articles on the internet
dealing with that ‘re-charge’.
Here I will simply cite a couple of these web sites to arouse
Famous German bio physicist, Professor F.A.
Popp, states that all life processes are determined by
electromagnetic phenomena. This is quite well understood today.
The heart would not pump unless it receives an electro magnetic
command from the brain. The heart muscles would not
contract unless electro magnetic energy is involved. Cells even
talk to each other by means of electromagnetic information. This
is called cell it cell to cell signalling…and so we could
Recently on one of my trips to China I came
across a different form of electro therapy…the ionic foot bath.
Actually I had been involved with ionic foot baths before.
Initially I was quite excited about the
potential of the ‘ionic foot bath’. Here was a rather simple
device with the potential to heal without doing any harm. But
when I looked at the claims of those people selling it, I became
a bit suspicious.
It was claimed that the detoxification of the
body could be seen in a dark and sometimes black discolouration
of the water in the foot bath. If that were true, literally
‘tons’ of toxins would have to be removed from the body. Of
course I wanted to know more about that ‘miraculous’ device.
When I was offered to have one such ionic foot bath sent to me
for evaluation I accepted and agreed immediately.
The ionic foot bath basically consists of a
plastic basin, and an ‘array’ which is in most cases a wire coil
in a plastic casing. The coil is placed in the basin with water
to conduct electricity. The water has to have a certain
conductivity which can be adjusted by means of salt, for
example. There should be not too much conductivity since
otherwise the metal coil will dissolve very quickly. On the
other hand there should not be too much resistance (too little
conductivity) either since the current could not flow.
All that made sense. The only thing that
worried me was the ‘black water’ and the claim that all this
‘horrible stuff’ came out of the body.
When the device arrived I did some simple
initial tests. First I filled the basin with water to the level
where it should be and then I added some salt until the
conductivity meter indicated that the conductivity was right.
Now I switched on the electricity and placed my feet in the
It did not take long and the water changed
colour. Wow…that was quite impressive. Could it be that I was
really so full of toxins that they changed the colour of the
water so dramatically?
Now I emptied out the basin and made it ready
for my next test.
Again I filled the basin with water and added
salt as per instruction until the meter showed the correct
conductivity and switched on the electricity. This time I did
not place my feet in the water.
After a while the water took on exactly
the same colour as before when I had my feet in the water.
I had a closer look at the coil, or ‘array’
as the users of the ionic foot bath call it. The coil looked as
if it were made of stainless steel (SS). I rang the sender in
the UK and confirmed with them that indeed it was made of SS.
Different grades of Stainless Steel are
available and their composition changes slightly from grade to
grade. All grades of SS contain iron and an average of 17%
chromium. Other grades contain additionally
nickel, niobium, molybdenum, and
titanium. When we send a current through two pieces of metal
immersed in conductive water, the metals will ‘oxidise’ (rust)
and slowly dissolve into the water. When that happens, the
‘rusting’ metals will discolour the water. There is nothing
mysterious about that.
The one thing I am very
unhappy with is the fact that this discolouration is NOT caused
by any toxins coming out of the body, but simply because of the
mechanisms of electrolysis. To tell people that the
discolouration is caused by toxins which the ionic foot bath
‘draws out of your body’ is plainly a fraudulent claim.
Furthermore, we all know
that the skin is a ‘semi permeable membrane’. That means, if we
place our feet into a water bath, whatever is in that water will
enter our body. That is the reason why people all over the world
know about the benefits of ‘herbal foot bath’, mud baths and
packs which have a ‘therapeutic’ effect on the entire body.
One medical speciality
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektrotherapie . A small
current is used to ‘transport’ a remedy into tissues which
remedy then is distributed throughout the body by the blood in
our blood vessels.
In a similar manner
ionic metals from the SS coil can be transported into the blood
of our body…and that cannot be very beneficial.
When I made some of the
distributors of ionic foot baths aware of the fact, they became
very agitated and aggressive. Some changed their claim and
agreed that there may be truth in what I was saying, but that
nevertheless ‘small changes in colour’ could be observed and
that these changes were individually different from one person
My explanation for small
differences in the discolouration of the water is that it may be
caused by changing levels of acidity. From the Ionic Heavy Metal
Test (IHMT) we know that one drop of lemon juice will change the
red colour of lead back to green. Rather than toxins as claimed,
I attribute the small difference in colour between one person
and the other to small variations in pH.
A potential danger in my
opinion is, that if there are ‘toxic’ metals in the water, such
as nickel, chromium, titanium etc., (due to the SS ‘array’ or
plate) and the electrolytic process, then these metals will end
up in our body.
That cannot be a very
desirable outcome for a presumably beneficial foot bath.
I hope I made that very
clear. Electrolysis or the ionic foot baths can be beneficial if
it is done properly, but can be unbeneficial if used in the way
they are often being used right now.
A greater awareness of
the mechanisms involved allowed us to change the entire process
somewhat. We believe that our new approach is giving us the
benefits of micro current therapy and electrolysis without the
obvious risks involved.
We have changed the coil
to a more beneficial material, brass, which consists mainly of
copper and zinc. Copper and zinc are two elements which the body
needs to function properly. Furthermore we have made sure that
these metals are in a form which the body can either use (if
needed) or eliminate (if not needed), i.e.in a chelated form.
In order for that to
happen we developed a new ‘electrolyte’. It is an electrolyte
which can also render the ‘bad metals’ of old ‘arrays’ or coils
harmless. If you have an ionic foot bath, don’t throw it away as
yet, just change over to our electrolyte.
With that electrolyte
you will not get the black discolouration of the water.
Psychologically that may be a draw back since gullible people
‘believe’ that the discolouration is caused by the toxins being
drawn out of their body. But we have a different advantage.
Firstly we have science on our side and secondly we can show
people by means of our IHMT that ‘something’ is happening.
Two years ago, and on
the invitation of our European distributor, I went on a seminar
tour through Germany. In Karlsruhe we visited a huge health
exhibition. Of course, there were people offering ionic foot
We challenged one of the
ladies offering these baths to the public to conduct a test for
us and with us.
First we tested her for
ionic heavy metals levels with our IHMT. Then she placed her
feet in the foot bath for 20 minutes as recommended. Thereafter
we tested her urine sample again. It showed no difference, no
improvement of the ionic metal status at all.
Now we put some of our
special electrolyte in the water and asked her to sit there
again for 20 minutes. The urine test we conducted thereafter
showed a clear improvement in her ionic heavy metal load.
We may not get the
immediate, impressive but fraudulent colour change, but we can
show in a more scientifically acceptable way that our approach
The IHMT shows that we
do not burden the body with further ‘bad’ metals, but that it is
possible to control ionic metals through our special
electrolyte contains all 84 minerals the body needs in a
balanced form. This will further enhance the overall beneficial
I hope that this article
may encourage you to do some of your own investigation.
As always…if you have
any questions, please write to me. Since I am in Australia at
the moment I hope that the email will work better. Before I go
back to China we will endeavour to improve on our web site and
the email delivery of these articles.
Hope you are all happy