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“Ionic footbaths cannot possibly work on any biological level according to James Randi, founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation. A former magician, Randi is one of the leading debunkers of psychics, charlatans and quacks. "Detoxifying footbaths have been completely exposed on YouTube and the Internet repeatedly," he said in a telephone interview from his institute in Florida. The scheme started several years ago when a faulty footbath began spewing rust-coloured water from the pump. These machines create an impressive water show by corroding an electrode when a current is passed through, causing rust to form. The same effect can be achieved by attaching an electric transistor to two spoons and dunking them in a tub of salt water. "This is simply a badly made pump and circulatory system," Randi said.” Calgary Herald (18th July 2010)