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Kinoki Foot Pads?: Step Directly On Bullshit with Kinoki Foot Pads

There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t get at least a half dozen emails asking about specific health or fitness products. Though I don’t have time to answer them all directly – we do try hard to post as many of them as possible on at least one of my sites.

Today is a good one…

Many people have been asking for my opinion about these foot pads that turn black when you wear them overnight.

My good colleague, Dr Stephen Barrett – at ‘Quackwatch’ has pulled this gem right from the FTC’s files.

Here you go…

FTC sues “detox” Kinoki Foot Pad Marketers

The Federal Trade Commission has charged Yehuda (“Juda”) Levin, Baruch Levin, and their Xacta 3000 Inc. with deceptive advertising. According to the complaint, the defendants claimed that applying Kinoki Foot Pads to the soles of the feet at night would remove heavy metals, metabolic wastes, toxins, parasites, chemicals, and cellulite from their bodies. The ads also claimed that use of the foot pads could treat depression, fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. [FTC charges marketers of Kinoki Foot Pads with deceptive advertising; seeks funds for consumer redress. FTC news release, Jan 28, 2009] http://www.casewatch.org/ftc/news/2009/kinoki.shtml

When applied to the feet, foot pads darken, which marketers claim is evidence that toxins are being drawn out from the body. However, investigators have demonstrated that the darkening is caused by contact with moisture from any source and has nothing to do with “toxins.” [Barrett S. The "detox" foot pad scam. Device Watch, Feb 5, 2009] http://www.devicewatch.org/reports/kinoki.shtml

It used to baffle me at how many people acutally buy into these rip-offs – But as I’ve become wiser – I’ve grown to understand human nature – and how these types of dirt-bag companies prey on the desperate people who are conned and misled into wasting their hard earned money for an outright lie.

How do you feel about this stuff?

Have you been cheated in the past?

If so – I’d like to know – so click on that cool ‘Comments’ button right there, and just post it below.

Your trainer,

Joey Atlas

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