In a controversial area such as detox this is probably the most controversial method that I have ever seen. Detox foot patches also called detox foot pads are fitted to the soles of your feet as you sleep overnight.
When the pads are removed in the morning they are claimed to have absorbed toxins from your body. They are often found to be smelly and discoloured.
You will find a lot of mixed opinions on this. Certainly the procedure is effortlessly easy and rather unlikely to me at least as a detox technique.
But this is something we would all love to be effective!
After all who wants to drink green juices for months or drink a mix of psyllium husks with water as part of a colon cleanse or take our Milk Thistle and Dandelion herbal teas and tinctures for a liver detox if all we needed to do was…..go to sleep with a foot patch on and wake up detoxed!
So what's going on? Is this real or is it a gimmick?
Well the foot patches are not a recent fad. They have been around for 4 years at least and are not to be confused with the foot pads used by Podiatrists and Chiropractors when they are working to support our humdrum foot problems like fallen arches, corns and walking difficulties.
There are several brands of detox foot patch –Kinoki, Chikusaku, Takara to name a few. All are claiming that the pads or patches detox the body but where is the proof they claim to have?
The finding that the detox foot pads pads are smelly and stained in the morning means very little. Toxins such as heavy metals or "gender bending" environmental estrogens can hardly be expected to produce such an effect and there are little to no other facts or tests to look at despite the claims.
Scientific claims that I cannot check or verify in some way are simply not believable.
A few years ago some scientists made claims that energy was being produced by a battery cell device they constructed and that the energy produced was nuclear energy.
This claim that "cold nuclear fusion" was occurring caused a huge ruckus and many experimental groups tried to check the results. After a while it seemed that the whole thing was hoopla. No solid results could be found to support the claims.
My position is that it is fine to talk about detox and traditional Chinese or Oriental medicine but when push comes to shove there is no proof for detox by foot pad and we are all left looking at testimonials and wondering if there is anything real?
Detox is a real and valid proccess and set of procedures to eliminate toxins from the liver and from the fat cells of your body and all this can be measured and verified.
But if health claims are made but not backed up and no proof is forth coming even after multiple challenges then we can just smile and get on with the rest of our day…..
Unless I can see some scientific experimental laboratory proof I'll regard detox foot patches as "pending validation" at best and an outright scam at worst.
Putting herbal and other medical ingredients on a cloth / patch / pad is what a poultice is and people have been using herbal poultices for centuries.
Suppose we just forget the word "detox" here and regard these foot patches in the same way we look at foot baths and other topical treatments?
We may find that some of these "foot poultices" have genuine therapeutic effect and an effect that is not connected to detox at all.
Have you any experience of any these Detox foot products? Please share your experience or point of view in the comments section below…..