Is Aqua Chi Scam?

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The modern market is so full of scams that it’s really hard to separate truth from fraud. While some products are just innocent white elephants, others may pose great threats to your health at your own cost. Although foot baths and foot pads are basically harmless, no scientific evidence has managed to support their effectiveness to the slightest degree. Nevertheless, companies like Aqua Chi are still fooling innocent customers for quick cash while selling worthless rubbish like detox foot baths that supposedly help your body ‘detoxify and heal’.

It all started with the researches of Royal Rife, the chauffeur for a wealthy San Diego family, who even faked a PhD from Georgia tech. Apart from an ionized foot bath, he had also worked on ‘Rife Ray’, a radio device intended for destroying germs and viruses without affecting the skin. Lucky for him, a Dr. Arthur Yale undertook the job of promoting the bath through cancer treatment. Fortunately the FDA could sniff the oncoming danger and prosecuted many of the promoters. However, the device revived through pyramid-like multilevel marketing schemes, and has now reappeared through Aqua Chi and many other famous healthcare companies.

Foot baths from Aqua Chi are available in different models, focusing on individuals as well as spas, salons and alternative health practitioners. They are marketed through Wellspring Team Inc. Aqua Chi tries to convince buyers that these foot baths can cure literally hundreds of diseases, including kidney failure, arthritis, limb paralysis, heavy metal poisoning and even autism and menopause. Humorously, one testimonial was based on a person who fell off a roof and recovered through the foot bath. According to Aqua Chi, the device produces positive and negative ions which ‘resonate through the body’ and ‘stimulate body cells’. With the resulting re-balancing of cellular energy, toxins are liberated and excreted through 2000 pores in the soles of the feet.

Anyone with basic medical knowledge knows that toxins are processed by the liver and kidneys to be excreted with urine. In short, this just shatters the very foundation of Aqua Chi’s claims. The company has gone to such lengths to claim that once you immerse your feet in the bath, the water changes color due to the release of toxins. In reality, this has nothing to do with toxins; rust in the metal electrodes is solely responsible. Laboratory tests on water samples taken after treatment sessions have clearly depicted the presence of rust, with no trace of other toxins or parasites. Similarly, color changes in foot pads are accomplished through chemical coatings that change color upon contact with water, which is a major constituent in human sweat too.

Even with such contradictions as clear as day, Aqua Chi doesn’t seem to give up yet. Elaborate testimonials, reports from non-existent doctors and seemingly genuine tests done using unheard-of instruments are still keeping the company on its feet, just for the sake of a few more bucks. Accordingly it’s better to look at all this in a skeptical point of view, and brace yourself against the huge Aqua Chi scam.

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