Stampede: Up to your ankles in toxins
So you let yourself go a little bit over the past 10 days.
Maybe your nostrils were stung by the intoxicating aroma of corn dog batter or possibly it was the greasy glint of pizza on a stick that caught your eye. Whatever your poison, the bottom line is your digestive system has been put through the wringer.
That’s where Doctor Detox — a foot-bath product showcased in the BMO Centre that claims to start you on the right track towards ridding yourself of harmful chemicals — comes in.
“Basically it uses ionization — positive and negative ions to detoxify the body,” says spokesman Josh Werner. “From the different colours in the water after your 30-minute treatment we can see what you’re detoxing from.”
Werner himself claims to use the product — originally created in Australia more than 10 years ago — every other day for a one-month cycle. He then takes a two-week break before starting all over again. All part of keeping himself healthy in an era where deep-fried fats and sugary sweets reign supreme.
“The big thing is what happens inside the body. It’s a natural non-evasive, non-chemical detox,” Werner explains, conceding that Doctor Detox alone with not fully cleanse an individual. “It’s the internal that we are really looking for. People that use the treatment want to continue drinking lots of water to flush out the toxins.”
Hours-long waiting lists have formed at the Doctor Detox booth each day of the Stampede, Werner says, noting that generally visitors have been “Surprised, they have never seen anything like this before. A lot of times just from eating that deep-fried food their water looks oily.”
Adam Mitchell and his shopping mate Tami Hanson decided to test out the foot-bath after hearing about it from friends; within minutes the water began to turn yellow. As the end of their 30-minute cycle, both Mitchell and Hanson’s feet had seemingly been swallowed by a thick brownish-black sludge.
“I was told it was going to get this way but it’s pretty gross,” Mitchell said. “It doesn’t feel weird, feels like you are just soaking in a normal bath of water.”
“That it until you look down,” added Hanson.
The Doctor Detox retails at $1,298 for the personal model and $1,698 for the dual model, intended for couples of businesses hoping to detoxify with support from others.