Assessment of the Ability of Ionic Foot Bath (IonCleanse®) to Remove Heavy Metals Through the Feet and Its Potential Impact on Body Burden of Heavy Metals
Makers of ionic foot baths claim that their machines can eliminate heavy metals from the body. Researchers at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine are evaluating the ability of an ionic foot bath to help eliminate heavy metals from the body by rigorously testing the machine under controlled conditions. The machine will first be tested without feet under normal operating conditions and again after operation under normal conditions with foot immersion.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Assessment of the Ability of Ionic Foot Bath (IonCleanse®) to Remove Heavy Metals Through the Feet and Its Potential Impact on Body Burden of Heavy Metals|
- Change in heavy metal content in the water after a 30 minute IonCleanse footbath [ Time Frame: 4 sessions, May 26 to June 17 2010 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
The footbath water will be assessed after each footbath session for each participant via a drinking water assessment performed by an accredited lab.
Screening for heavy metals will be done via a 24 urine collection and Urine Toxic Metals assessment four times during the study - baseline, during 2nd and 4th footbath sessions and then at the 3 month mark post baseline.
|Study Start Date:||May 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Participants in this arm of the study will receive 4 30 minutes ionic footbath sessions, one each week for 4 weeks.
Device: IonCLeanse Footbath
Application of an ionic footbath for 30 minutes per week for 4 weeks
Other Name: IonCleanse SOLO machine manufactured by A Major Difference