Entry 5: Detox Foot Pads – Draw Badness Through Your Sole
As you know, the quest for inner calm is never ending and, fortunately, there is no shortage of mad treatments out there. I love them all! I will try them all if I get the chance! And on that front, I have exciting news. As the first of many trials in my anti-anxiety strategy, I can introduce you to my new purchase; the ‘detox foot pad!’
Let me explain the concept. In simple terms, the footpad is intended to aid restful sleep and to draw inner badness out through the soles of one’s foot! Put a special pad on and leave it overnight. Toxins, heavy metals and other terrible things will be drawn out through the soles of the feet leaving you on the road to purity.
It sounds simple, but it also sounds unlikely – even to me who is a mug for this sort of thing. Surely, at a physiological level, we do not shed this level of badness through our skin. A wee bit of sweat maybe – but heavy metals? Anyway, despite having a science degree, I have never been one for letting common sense get in the way of good health. I may be a little cynical but I also feel really excited about getting these pads onto my feet.
The day drags but finally it is bedtime. Hubby looks unconvinced when I tell him about the detoxed world that awaits but, as ever, he has been forced to participate. We get ready for bed and, with gleaming eyes, open the box of foot pads.
Being a modern woman, I am not normally a fan of instruction leaflets but I do not dare waste any of these little beauties. I scan the user information and note that we will be able to see the results very quickly. The foot pads will be brown with filth in the morning – our filth – although we should not get too excited. Like all expensive, faffy, health things we must use them for ‘a period of time’ to see and feel any ‘discernible effect’ in ourselves. I can live with this though. At £26 for a two-week supply, it’s not a lot to pay for a good cleanse – not really……!
And so, with value for money far from my mind, I eagerly tip out the box. It contains fourteen foot pads, each in their own separate pouch and with an adhesive plaster to hold it on. I open one of the pouches and the first thing I notice is the horrific smell! Like old fish wrapping. My Goodness it certainly catches the back of your throat but anything good for you always smells bad right? On checking the ingredients I see that it does indeed contain shellfish! And quite a lot of shellfish by the stench but I’m sure the manufacturers know what they are doing – don’t they?
After gagging and getting used to the smell, we stick the pads onto the soles of our feet, climb into bed and await a miracle. Right away I feel much more chilled. I wake a couple of times in the night but, instead of the horrors which usually invade my nocturnal mind, I feel drowsily peaceful when I think about all the badness just oozing out of me. Even the thought of it is nice and ‘mind over matter’ is half the battle isn’t it?
When morning dawns, Hubby and I are keen to compare foot pads. They are absolutely rank! And I mean RANK! They are just as brown and disgusting as the box promised and mine is the worst. Whereas Hubby’s pad is brown and ‘moist’, mine is positively weeping and swimming in gunk.
I don’t ever want to face one again.
I undertake some belated research and find that there is not much scientific evidence to support their use – not that we should always need it, but I would have hoped that some lab tests would have revealed something exciting on a sample used pad. Apparently there are no such test results. Requests for further scientific data have, thus far, failed to emerge from producers and proponents.
The only claim, which I have been unable to explain, is that, over time, the level of filth on the footpad is supposed to decrease and this outcome is backed up by some users. So how would this reduction in pad gunk come about? Do they work after all? Hmmmm – I leave the jury to decide.
In the meantime, the quest for inner calm continues! It’s time to go back to yoga!
Next Week – “Three Oms”