Kitchen Science

Posted: March 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

I wrote an article a little while ago about doing research for ionic foot baths. For those of you who don’t know, these foot baths are sold as a way to easily detoxify your system. You simply sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice foot soak as the magic of ionized water soothes the toxins from your body. Ate too much fast food? Drank too many beers last night? With an ionic foot detox you can undo the effects of your shitty lifestyle choices in 30 minutes!

Or not.

Here’s a picture of one of these baths at work:

Damn! What did I eat?

Pretty impressive right? Who knew there would be all this gunk just built up within the body of a living being?

The good news is, there isn’t gunk built up in our bodies. Our kidneys, liver, urinary tract, colon, lymphatic system, sweat glands….they all take care of the waste our bodies produce. “Toxins” don’t build up in our body, requiring us to cleanse ourselves with supplements, colon cleansing, and foot spas.

The secret to good health isn’t a secret, and it is boring as hell. If you want to be healthy, you have to live healthy. This means eating your veggies, exercising, and laying off the booze and drugs and cigarettes. Having a trusted physician doesn’t hurt either, as long as you can afford it. The alternative is to accept the risks and live it up. We only have one life, the way you live it is your choice.

So! Now that we’re caught up on the back story and details, let’s get to the fun!

I have found out how to recreate one of these spas on a smaller scale. To do this I used a 400mL glass beaker, 2 brand new stainless steel forks, an AC adapter (DSA- 18W- 12 US1; Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 0.8A; Output: +12V — 1.5A), some duct tape, tap water (~200mL), and about 1/4 tsp NaCl (ordinary table salt).

I split the positive and negative wires on the AC adapter and then stripped the wires on each side about halfway down. I then wrapped each side of exposed wire around the handle of each of the stainless steel forks and secured the wire with duct tape. Next I added the salt and tap water to the beaker and gave it a quick stir. I placed both forks in the water and plugged the adapter into an outlet.

Immediately the solution began to bubble around the forks, producing a dark, frothy color in the solution. The solution got darker as time went on. The same “detoxing” effect went on, without feet!

Here we have a video. I apologize for the shakiness, I was experimenter and camera person here.

Even in a beaker, the concept is the same. The water is turning color because the electrodes (the forks) are being corroded as electrolysis is occurring in the solution. It isn’t flushing toxins out of anything. Youtube has more videos of other people doing the same, or similar experiments. One of them is with a carrot even!

Please remember, fellow heathens, that your health is important. If you want to try alternative therapies for your ailments, do as much research as you can. Approach these therapies critically and find out all the facts! When someone is trying to sell you something that is too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are some links I’ve used over the course of my learning experience to explore the world of ionic foot baths:

http://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/the-drugstore-detox-delusion/

http://www.devicewatch.org/reports/aquadetox.shtml

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4083

http://www.badscience.net/2009/01/the-barefaced-cheek-of-these-characters-will-never-cease-to-amaze-and-delight-me/

My methods were ripped off of this video:

http://youtu.be/hbqYOw9I38w

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