When I see all these so-called miracle wonders that we’re bombarded with on TV, magazines etc, I just laugh. When I read this article I was laughing…release all those toxins in your body from your feet..LMAO
You wouldn’t have tons of toxins in your body if you do the right thing, treat your body kindly. Oh and everytime I eat vegatables, I couldn’t feel any more cleansed. No huge invetment there.
Do the right things in life and you can slow down the aging process without buying these scams.
Eat right, exercise, wear sunscreen, have friends, be in a relationship, give back, don’t smoke or drink alcohol etc and that’s your recipe for anti-aging. No huge monetry investment. Well, these days eating right does cost a lot of money.
Oh and wear protection to prevent STDs.
Take science guy Bob McDonald to an anti-aging convention in Las Vegas and what do you get? The exfoliation of elixirs that claim to fix everything from saggy skin to nasty toxins to unstable auras. McDonald’s more scientific conclusions air this week on Magical Mystery Cures.
Wells: There is a scene in the program where you have your feet planted in a water bath that has turned a putrescent brown. Scummy material floats on the surface of the water. What was the alleged process that you were subjecting yourself to?
McDonald: That’s called an ionic foot bath and it is supposed to detoxify your body by having ions in the water draw out the toxins through the pores in your feet. And as you sit there — it takes 30 minutes to do this — the water keeps getting browner and browner and browner and they tell you, ‘Oh look, there’s something from your liver. There’s something from your immune system. I even see yeast. Were you drinking last night?’
It looks convincing in a horribly disgusting way.
It does! And your feet are right in the middle of it. It looks like it’s coming out of your feet.
What was actually happening?
I repeated the experiment without my feet. We got one of these (foot baths) and plugged in it and followed the instructions. There are two metal plates that are in there that the electricity runs through. The ions are from the metal. . . They mix with the oxygen in the water and form iron oxide. That’s called rust.
What about the scummy stuff?
It’s coming off the oils and the sweat on your skin, forming a kind of waxy substance that floats to the top. Also some of the salts in the water will turn colour, as well. So it’s all just a reaction within the water itself.
So it’s a scam, yes?
I think so. The act of putting your feet in warm water and sitting there for 30 minutes does make you feel better. But your toxins don’t go out through the bottom of your feet.
You subject other parts of your body to treatments as well. At one point what appears to be a heat gun commonly used for stripping paint off wood is being aimed at your face. What was the salesman selling in this instance?
This was to resculpt the collagen in my skin. To take the wrinkles out and fluff it up and make it look smoother. And these things actually do work. They do this either using heat, or they use radio waves to actually do some damage to the collagen in your skin. The collagen is the part of your skin that gives it support, that keeps it standing up. When you get really, really old your collagen withers and then your skin just kind of hangs on your bones. . . If you damage it with heat or radio waves or even lasers, then the body will sort of build up more collagen and try to repair that. .
You call upon a number of qualified experts to dispel claims made by the anti-aging industry. What do they have to say about stem cells in topical creams?
The stem cell expert said this was the nasty end of stem cell research. And it actually isn’t stem cell research at all.
What claims are these topical cream makers making?
The one cream we looked at claimed to have active horse cells in the cream and the idea is that those healthy young horse cells would train your cells to be younger. . . They were very vague about it, they’re always very vague. If I was to ask a scientist how stem cells work they will get right down to the molecular level and they’ll tell me. But in this case it’s always very vague. Or they’ll back off and say this is proprietary.
But I want to be clear. Creams allegedly shot full of stem cells will not revitalize anyone’s skin or spur any cells to regenerate.
No. . . As the expert pointed out to us, stem cells have to be kept in very specific conditions to survive. They have to be in nutrients, they have to be kept at particular temperatures, or they have to be frozen. . . So it’s not in a cream you can stick in your cupboard.
What was the most outrageous product?
I found the most outrageous were the gadgets. There was one where I just got completely lost where I was told to hold on to some quartz crystals and stare at a laptop that had some mathematical patterns on the screen called fractals. . . They are very beautiful to look at. I had some ethereal music on a headset playing and I was told that this was going to balance my quantum codes.
That was one of my favourite lines in the show. You say, “I have no idea what she’s stalking about.”
That’s because it was not science. And that’s what bothers me about this. I’m really annoyed when I see things where science is being misused. It’s being misrepresented by people trying to dupe the public or they are conspiracy theorists who say outrageous things and then say well, they’re scientifically proven, they just put out wrong information or misleading information or partial information.
What about the fellow wearing the white lab coat with the winged staff symbol we commonly associate with the medical association? He tells you that the consumption of a particular brand of water can be linked to the disappearance of cancer in eight cases.
We have him on tape saying that. Yes, he was pretending to look like a doctor. . . We actually went to the company and told them about that and to their credit they sort of toned him down a bit. What he was using is a legal loophole. . . These products are not pharmaceuticals, which have to go through scientific testing and government regulations. These are called nutraceuticals or cosmaceuticals and the only thing they have to do under Health Canada regulations is prove that they’re safe. You can say a friend of mine took this and he feels a lot better. . . But there’s no documentation to back it up. And that’s what bothers me. It really bothers me that they can go that far.
Water is huge. What does oxygenated water do?
Well it tastes good and we need water in our body. But it’s not going to put much oxygen into your blood. If you want oxygen take a deep breath. That’s what your lungs are for. That’s how we absorb oxygen. So again it was just another gimmick I think.
Does anything work?
Oh yes. Let’s make it clear, I’m not trying to dismiss or criticize the health food industry or the natural products that are out there. There are lots of wonderful products that do work. Food supplements: some of them work. There are some creams that are good for your skin. There is a lot of stuff out of there that does work. I went after the extremes. . . The public needs to be informed that snake oil is still around.
What is your advice for us all?
Do what your grandmother told you. Eat right and exercise. . . I came away from this feeling kind of sorry for people who have bought into an industry that constantly tells them they’re not good enough, they’re too fat, their skin is too wrinkly, their skin is the wrong colour, they’re not balanced with the universe. It makes me feel sad to get caught up in this, ‘Oh I need that because my aura’s off or something,’ when in fact if you just got on a bicycle and rode around the block a couple of times you’d feel great.