Business nowadays can be a very treacherous path to take, especially with all the scams going about everywhere. Surprisingly, you could not only get scammed by investing on purely money related industries but also via the health industry too. There is one scam in the field of health science which is becoming really popular and has victimized numerous people already; this is the water detox scam.
Being Healthy Has a Price
This scam actually comes in a number of names such as: Foot Detox Spa, Bio-Sync Detox, Bio Detox, Platinum Detox, Mary Staggs Ionic Spa, ionSpa, Water Detox, Bionic Baby-D Foot Spa, HydroTherapy, IonCleanse, Energy Balancer Detox Footbath, Hydra Detox, Aqua-Chi, Bio-Cleanse, Emerald Detox, Q2 Energy Spa, Pure-Charge Energetic Spa, Ionic Detox Box, PediTox, and P.E.P. Body Purge. Although it may come in different names, the whole mode of operation is basically the same for these products.
The whole health program or treatment is an eccentric therapy that is said to be based on the research and findings of Dr. Royal Rife, who is a medical scientist. The system creates a frequency of negative and positive ions. However, the manufacturer claims that this frequency has the ability to gently resonate through the users body. As it resonates, it could also stimulate the cells along the way. When the cells are stimulated, then they would gain balance of their cellular energy. Thus, they are enabled to effectively perform their duty in your body and get rid of all the toxin build-ups that may have occurred through time. Nevertheless, these are just the claims of the manufacturer.
The principle of the treatment is very simple. All you’ll have to do is place your feet into a foot-spa-like bath that is comprised of lukewarm water with some salt added to it to make the water become more conductible. According to the manufacturer, once you turn on this apparatus an electrolytic flow occurs that gives the water in the bath a bio-energetic field. This field lets a gentle bio-energetic resonance travel into your body. Thus, the water in the bath where your foot is in becomes an extension of your body’s water or fluids, in which the only barrier between the two is nothing more than a thin membrane, known as your skin.
The product claims that this treatment can give a positive effect on your body’s microcirculation, which is your body’s fluid circulation that involves substance interchanges between your blood and tissues. Microcirculation is also said to play a vital role in regulating nutrient and oxygen supply to your tissues so that you can properly excrete your body’s waste products.
How it Became a Scam
The issue in this kind of trade became controversial when some manufacturers claimed that the water color of your footbath would indicate areas in your body that were cleared from toxins. If its black, then it’s your liver; orange if it’s your joints; green if it’s your gall bladder; and etcetera.
However, a lot of critics say these kinds of machines are merely AC/DC transformers with ferrous electrodes, which corrode in order to create rust or a brownish color that dispersed into the water of your apparatus. The difference in color could be accounted by changing the amount of salt that is added to the bath and difference in the electrode composition. To make it short, what happens is a simple chemistry reaction called electrolysis. The truth is, the water in the bath would still change its color, whether or not there are feet in the bath or not.
Additionally, dialysis was done to the water that resulted in findings that said the brownish substance in the water is actually iron-based. The water also does not have any signs of creatinine or urea, which are essential in the real detoxification process.
Such kind of companies only use the color changing phenomenon to impress people and make them interested more with their apparatus. Also, they use jargons of toxin pseudoscience such as: bio-energy, cellular energy, bio-stimulation, and some other terms, simply to mislead and confuse people.
Keeping it Safe
You may see a lot of companies offering this kind of treatments or even apparatus. However, such kind of treatment has no basis yet in supporting their claims. So, the best way that you could avoid being scammed by this kind of marketing, then it would be best that you do not buy one. Additionally, if you really want to know whether you have any problems with your body’s liver, gall bladder and other internal organs, it would be best to consult your doctor.