Do Ionic Footbaths Work?


Ionic footbaths are a popular tool for detoxing the body. The media has been quick to label them pseudoscience based on some poorly done research.  Properly done research has shown that ionic footbaths do increase detoxification of heavy metals.1 There is still some uncertainty as to the mechanism of action, but the anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of ionic footbaths is overwhelming.


The way that ionic footbaths work is through electrolysis. A direct current goes through one end of the array, through the water (which has salt added for conductivity), and back through the other end of the array. Depending on if the machine is set to positive or negative, the current will break water into positively charged hydrogen ions (H+) and oxygen gas (O2), or negatively charged hydroxyl ions (OH-) and hydrogen gas (H2). You can usually see or smell the O2 or H2 gas near the array. The main theory of how ionic footbaths work is that the ions in the water pull out oppositely charged toxins through the pores in the feet and into the tub of water. While there is some variation in watercolor from person to person, most of the color comes from the oxidation of the metal plates in the array, and the ions reacting with solutes in the water. I have used my machine in different cities, and I can tell you that color of the water in Seattle, Eugene, Sacramento, and Los Angeles all looked completely different, ranging from orange, to brown, to dark green. The studies were done to disprove the effectiveness of ionic footbaths all were looking at what toxins were in the water, and nothing was found.


The water in the tub is only a small portion of the water in the whole system. Those who use ionic footbaths will notice that when the machine is turned on or switches polarity, you can often feel a small “shock.” Just like the salted water in the tub, your body is largely made out of water and electrolytes, and the current will travel through your body as well. Most of the detoxification happens internally, and this is why when urine is tested for days after a footbath session, large increases in heavy metals are found. It is the current itself that is responsible for the detoxification, not the ions in the tub. Research has also shown that detoxification from using an ionic footbath is greatly increased when combined with a cilantro tincture taken orally (cilantro has its own metal detoxification properties). Clinical experience has shown that cleansing the hands instead of the feet can help the brain detox better.


Nobody knows exactly what the current does inside the body to cause heavy metal detoxification, but I believe it likely has to do with the formation of exclusion zone (EZ) water.2 EZ water is a kind of structured water that is inside your cells. It is basically made out of a lattice of OH- groups, while the rest of the bulk water has a higher concentration of H+ ions. These happen to be the same ions that are produced in the tub by the array. It is possible that in some way, the current is helping to create more EZ water in the body. The reason that it is called exclusion zone water, is because it excludes all solutes, including toxins inside the cell. If the current from the machine is creating more EZ water, then it is pushing out toxins. The toxins have to go somewhere, and they end up being excreted in the urine.

Body Voltage with the machine on

Body Voltage with the machine on

Body voltage with the machine off

Body voltage with the machine off

The quality of the machine used is also very important. Creating ions in a tub of water is not complicated; it can be done with a 9-volt battery and two copper wires connected to pieces of metal submerged in water. A $200 machine and a $2000 machine are going to create the same ions, but the difference is in the details. The difference between the two is going to be the exact frequencies that are produced: the right frequency will put the body in a parasympathetic state, enhancing detoxification, while the wrong frequency will be cause stress in the body, shutting down detoxification. Cheaper machines do not address this aspect, and this is why many people feel worse from using them instead of better.

By Bryant Rubright



Gerald H. Pollack, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, liquid, and Vapor


Sophia Matrix Therapy


Most detox protocols mainly focus on supporting the liver and kidneys. The lymph system, however, is just as important for detoxing, but is often overlooked. Lymph stagnation is usually present in chronically ill individuals, and supporting lymph drainage is a crucial part of any detox plan.

One of the main functions of the lymph system is that it acts as the sewer system of the body. When toxins are carried out of the cells, they first pass through the extracellular matrix to the lymph, and then to the organs of elimination. When the lymph is stagnant, toxins will build up in the extracellular matrix, which can cause a worsening of symptoms.

Unlike blood, lymph does not have a pump that moves it into circulation.

The lymph system relies on muscle contraction in order to flow, which can be a problem for chronically fatigued individuals since they are typically inactive. Lack of movement or exercise will cause the lymph to become stagnant, blocking detoxification ability.

While chronically ill patients are encouraged to move or exercise if they can, the amount they are able to tolerate is usually not enough to properly move the lymph. Fortunately, there are other ways to support lymph drainage without having to exercise, and one of the most effective ways to do so is through Sophia Matrix therapy.

Sophia Matrix is a gentle manual lymph drainage technique that is performed by a massage therapist.

First, the lymph around the gut is cleared through gentle massage techniques so that the rest of the lymph in the body can flow to the gut for elimination. Next, the lymph in the head and neck is cleared to flow down to the gut. Many have found this helpful for clearing facial swelling after dental surgery or amalgam removal.

It is recommended to do Sophia Matrix once or twice a week for the first few sessions, and then once or twice a month for maintenance. It is generally recommended to do colon hydrotherapy either immediately before or after a Sophia Matrix session. It can initially cause a worsening of symptoms due to stirring up toxins and infections that were previously stagnant, so don’t be alarmed and give it few weeks. Still, for this reason it is best to start Sophia Matrix with the guidance of your doctor as part of a comprehensive detox protocol to minimize any negative reactions.

By Bryant Rubright

Chinese Medicine and Hormones


Both men and women struggle with hormonal imbalances in today’s world. Hormones are chemical messengers produced and secreted by our endocrine glands (testes, ovaries, adrenals, thyroid) that influence how our organs and cells behave. When the body produces too much or little of a certain hormone it is known as hormonal imbalance. There are several reasons why many men and women struggle with imbalances and there is never one thing that can help to rebalance optimal hormone levels. Since hormones perform a synergistic dance with our nervous system and talk to our brain, we must approach treatment in the same way. Eliminating toxic exposure, decreasing physical and psychological toxins, and re-wiring the emotional chatter that does not serve us are all integral pieces that need to be addressed to return hormones to the beautiful dance within our bodies. I encourage patients to integrate all types of treatments that address the underlying cause of hormonal imbalance or deficiency from a western and eastern medicine stand point. Both paradigms of medicine can shed light to why a person might be suffering from a myriad of symptoms due to endocrine imbalance. 

The kidney system comprises what we know in the Western medicine as the sex glands (testes and ovaries), hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid.

I want to shed light on how Traditional Chinese medicine considers imbalances in the endocrine system and provide my top go to herbs that can be very helpful. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) considers the kidney system to be closely related to the western endocrine system, however, it has a wider function. The kidney system controls the growth and development and reproductive system in the body. The kidney system comprises what we know in the Western medicine as the sex glands (testes and ovaries), hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid. These are all actively involved in the growth and development of the body. In TCM, a lot of the focus is to balance the communication between the hypothalamus and pituitary, located in the brain, and the organs that secrete potent hormones like the adrenal glands, thyroid, breasts, ovaries, uterus, testicles, and prostate. The hormones that are secreted bind to specific receptors in target structures triggering physiological actions. These powerful hormones are called Jing Qi and housed in the Kidney. Jing Qi is the battery that provides us the basic energy to power all our life functions. When Jing Qi is abundant, our ability to adapt to disease, illness and stress is optimal. As we age, our supply of Jing Qi energy is slowly drained, and begins to decline between the ages of 35 to 60. When Jing Qi declines, the organ systems within our body become unbalanced. 

Hormonal balance occurs when Yin and Yang interchange smoothly making room for change and transformation.

TCM also tries to balance the Yin and Yang of nature and even though they are opposite in function, they depend on each other for the body to function properly. Yin is the cooling, anchoring, and calming energy while the Yang is a warming, outward, and high intensity energy within our bodies. The yin hormones in our body can be thought of as the metabolizing functions of the body. Hormonal balance occurs when Yin and Yang interchange smoothly making room for change and transformation. It is important for estrogen and progesterone to be balanced so too should the Yin – Yang ratio be balanced. When either one is declined or over abundant, imbalance occurs and symptoms like moodiness, weight gain, digestive problems, acne, menstrual irregularities, infertility, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, headaches, insomnia, breast pain, anxiety, food cravings and loss of libido can occur. For example, a woman who exercises too much without sufficient rest (too much Yang) will end up putting so much stress on her body she will drain her reserves. When a person’s reserves, which are stored in kidneys and adrenals, are running low, symptoms such as tiredness, low libido and poor appetite are common. If the body produces a lower than normal level of hormones (Yin deficiency), it can lead to hormonal imbalance. This in turn may lead amenorrhea (no periods) or infertility due to ovulation problems.

Herbal medicine prolongs the treatment by continuing to create balance within the body even after a person leaves the treatment room.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine are safe and effective forms of treatments, which promote a healthy equilibrium. Acupuncture accesses the nervous system and helps to regulate an over or under active response from organs. Herbal medicine prolongs the treatment by continuing to create balance within the body even after a person leaves the treatment room.  Everything is broken down into patterns, thereby being better able to customize treatments to the individual (not all hormonal herbs are good for everyone). By doing so, Chinese medical practitioners can better find a natural cure for hormonal imbalance that best suits your needs.  Below are my favorites that I like to work with!


Top 5 Chinese herbs for balancing woman’s endocrine system:


  • Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry): 

    • Builds and nourishes blood and yin (blood in Chinese medicine is considered vital for a healthy endocrine system)
    • High in antioxidants
  • Dang Gui

    • Regulates and nourishes blood and yin 
    • Phyto-estrogen rich to help regulate hormone receptors
  • Shan Yao (Chinese Wild Yam)

    • Increases qi and yang energy 
    • Helps to increase progesterone levels
    • Strengthens the digestive system
  • Bai Shao (White Peony root)

    • Nourishes the Blood and regulates menstruation
    • Calming to the nervous system
  • He Shou Wu 

    • Nourishes the blood 
    • Adaptogen
    • Helps the immune system fight infection 


Top 5 Chinese herbs for balancing the male endocrine system:

  • Polyrachis Ant

    • Tonifies Jing Qi and nourishes the yin and yang aspects of energy
    • High in Zinc, which helps the production of essential sex hormones
  • Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche) 

    • Helps the body increase white blood cells to fight infection 
    • Stimulates the endocrine system to increase hormone secretions of hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and reproductive organs
  • Ren Shen (Chinese Ginseng)

    • Increases yang qi
    • Helps to calm the nervous system 
    • Tonifies the digestive system
  • Yin Yang Hou (Horney Goat herb): 

    • Increases sperm production and increases sexual desire and activity
    • Stimulates the sensory nerves
    • Aids in recreation of endogenous hormones
  • Tu Si Zi (Chinese Dodder Seeds)

    • Strengthens yang energy and nourishes the yin to help with impotence, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation, tinnitus, urinary frequency, sore painful back
    • Tonifies the Kidneys and Liver
    • Strengthens the digestive system


Remember that these are potent herbs and should be taken under the supervision of a licensed Chinese herbal practitioner.

Written by Dr. Radha Sinha, ND, EAMP/LAc


The Benefits of Exogenous Glutathione

Glutathione is one of the main methods of cellular detoxification, Glutathione can bind to heavy metals, pesticides, mold toxins, and other toxic compounds, and carry them out of the cell.  Glutathione also can facilitate and control the immune system.  Being the body’s master antioxidant, glutathione can also control inflammation.  Glutathione levels can decline with aging, and maintaining adequate levels of glutathione is critical to maintaining health.

Many conditions are associated with low glutathione levels.

There are genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors that can influence glutathione levels.  When there is not enough glutathione, toxins cannot be adequately cleared from the cells, and free radicals cannot be quenched, leading to excessive inflammation and damage.

The effects of IV glutathione on a man with Parkinson’s:

Glutathione is created through the methylation cycle.

If something in the methylation cycle is not working correctly, glutathione production is reduced.  In the realm of lyme disease, the most common cause of low glutathione levels is krypto-pyrroluria (KPU), sometimes also referred to as hemo-pyrrole-lactam-uria (HPU).  KPU is a condition where molecules called pyrroles are created that bind to nutrients like zinc and b6, causing a deficiency.  Methylation, and therefore glutathione production, is dependent on zinc and B6.

Ideally, you want the body to produce adequate levels of glutathione endogenously.  This requires replacing the deficient nutrients needed for production.  In KPU, this means taking high doses of zinc and B6, as well as other nutrients.  Folate, B12, and other nutrients may also be needed to upregulate methylation.  Supplements like vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, and N acetyl-cysteine are often used to supply the body with the building blocks to create glutathione.  Whey protein has also been shown to increase glutathione levels.

Taking exogenous glutathione can also be beneficial for those who have issues making it endogenously.

 Glutathione is a peptide, and when taken orally it has poor absorption. Liposomal glutathione is the most commonly used form, and has good absorption through the oral mucosa.  Sublingual acetyl-glutathione lozenges are also available, but there is less evidence of its absorption.  Glutathione can also be absorbed through the skin from creams or patches.

There are prescription options for glutathione as well.  Intravenous glutathione offers the best absorption along with injections, and is often used to reduce the symptoms of a herxhiemer reaction.  Glutathione can also be compounded for inhalation via a nebulizer, as it has good absorption through the lungs.  This has more of a local effect on the lungs.

When using exogenous glutathione, more is not always better.  Some people feel great right away, but many people have strong detox side effects when taking it and have to start with very small amounts, gradually working up.  The end goal is to ultimately get your body to produce all of the glutathione it needs, but supplementation can be good for acute stressors or toxic exposures such as an acute illness, alcohol consumption, or airplane travel.

Written by,
Bryant Rubright

The Importance of Friendship

I had the pleasure of attending one of my last sessions with Dr. Paul Herscu, founder of the New England School of Homeopathy. Not only I have learned so much about homeopathic remedies but I have also learned great life lessons that I think is important for all my patients to know. As doctors, we try to present the most innovative and new research around science to help our patients but sometimes we forget some basic yet vital pearls around what creates happiness in life. When you ask someone, what gives meaning to their life, the answer usually is relationships and love. With intriguing accuracy, sociologists and psychologists have delineated the forces that attract and bind friends to each other, beginning with the transition from acquaintanceship to friendship. This bond creates chemical and energetic changes in the body’s physiology and when those interactions are positive, it helps to shift the body into balance. These interactions can feel minute in the moment but can have a lasting, profound effect on health and vitality.  

Different levels of friendship

Dr. Herscu explained to me that there are many different levels of friendship and relationships in life and being able to maintain these relationships is vital for healing. This concept is not new and has been extensively studied, but often forgotten when we help people with various ailments. The three different groups are as follows: 

  • Group 1: These are people you tend to share school notes, talk basketball, trash talk, go to occasional brunch, but they don’t know your birthday or they might forget to call you on a regular basis. You have interactions with these people on a semi-regular basis but do not intimately connect.
  • Group 2: These are people who know minor intimate details about your life. For example, they know your birthday and will go out of the way to call you and celebrate it. These are people you can vent to or can count on to show up at a special celebration. You might see these people on a frequent basis.
  • Group 3: This group is usually only populated by 1-4 people. These are people who really know you deep down. They know your secrets and your life story. These people have seen you on your knees and have seen you shine. These are the people you call first when something traumatic or a big life event happens. Both parties divulge personal details about life and usually, there are many deep conversations that occur when interactions happen.

Emotional Expressiveness, Unconditional Support, Acceptance, Loyalty, and Trust...

Given the above groups, it is important to note that one group is not more important than the other. Each group is just different and all are vital to the different levels of our psyche. Sometimes a person just wants to blow off steam and needs a break from life and asks friends from group 1 to hang out. During this time, you do not need anyone to micro-analyze your life or situation. Other times, you need your absolute best friend to help you think through tough situations. Thus, a healthy psychological state is to establish friendships in each group. This helps with psychological safety because in the friendship process there is emotional expressiveness, unconditional support, acceptance, loyalty, and trust. Once a friendship is established through relating and reciprocity, the intimacy that is created binds the individuals like glue. According to Beverly Fehr's research, people in successful friendships seem to possess a well-developed, intuitive understanding of the give and take of intimacy. If this intimacy and closeness is positive, emotions of love are felt which then helps to calm the nervous system. When the nervous system is calm or in a parasympathetic state, the body starts to heal. It is important to note that the connections made with another individual should elicit a positive feeling within you. This is our internal radar on building a community around us that makes our lives more abundant. Dr. Laura Carstensen, director of Stanford University’s Center on Longevity, has stated that new information is leading us to believe loneliness itself is bad for you and that emotions can cause physiological processes to activate that have a negative impact on health.

Relationships can also reflect who we are inside

Relationships can also reflect who we are inside, which is why bonding can have different levels. Through these interactions, we can find a sense of self. Creating intimate relationships with the people around us allows for a sense of self in society or in a group. This social identity is important when thinking about how we relate to the environment around us. One can think about this in terms of our immune system. New studies are taking the benefits of stress management a step farther, linking friendship and diverse social networks to increasing the ability to fight disease. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) reports that strong social connections have been linked to such benefits as lowered risk of depression and early death, greater pain tolerance and a stronger immune system. So here is to, another way to help strengthen the immune system by connecting with people and ending the day with a smile.

Written By: Radha Sinha ND, EAMP/LAc



How does Constitutional Homeopathy fits into your protocol?

Neural therapy is a medical approach that diagnoses and treats local disturbances of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The autonomic nervous system is divided into somatic (voluntary) and autonomic (involuntary). The somatic nervous system controls voluntary movements such as walking, talking and movement of limbs. The autonomic nervous system, on the other hand, regulates internal body functions such as immune function, blood pressure and circulation, hormones, digestion, body temperature, heart rate, breathing, urination, sexual function, menstruation, and other automatic body functions. When there is trauma of any kind, the ANS becomes injured and these internal functions do not perform at optimum levels and ultimately leads to dysfunctional signaling resulting in disease or chronic pain.

We owe the discovery of interference fields to Ferdinand Huneke, MD in 1940.  The foci of disturbance, called interference fields, are electrophysiologically unstable and emit abnormal neurological signals to which the autonomic nervous system reacts. The ANS will react to disturbances or “blocks” to the interference fields in many different ways. When this happens, the body becomes unstable and a person presents with myofascial or other pain pathologies, or other chronic illnesses such as, IBS, asthma, GERD, or menstrual irregularities. The autonomic regulation of every cell, cellular space, and organs, hugely determines the health of an individual. The main objective of neural therapy is to identify where interference is occurring to the nervous system because this interference causes local cell instability and can be found in many different ways. Open regulation is the ANS’s ability to flow between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches without interference. Neural therapy treatment frees the ANS of interference to produce health.

Bella Fiore Klinik doctors use ART muscle testing to identify blocks/interferences. After the interference has been identified, procaine is injected into the space subcutaneously or intramuscularly. The anesthetic has been shown to help restore electrical potential, help normalize physiology of surrounding tissues, and help the nervous system rebalance signaling to the area. This is especially the case when the focus is so old and degenerated that it has devolved into what has been referred to as an island of chronic unconscious distress. For example, A woman’s complete unawareness of the stress emanating from her fifteen-year-old hysterectomy scar and a man’s unconscious irritation from his fifty-year-old hernia scar are examples of when individuals express pain but are unaware of any problem with the scar at the peripheral nervous system level or disturbing memory pattern of the scar causing an interference field in their brain (in the CNS).

Whole 30 Challenge

It’s almost been two weeks on the Whole30 and I’m feeling great! 

Overall I feel my health is better, with energy and digestion being the most notable improvements. I’ve eaten a more varied diet than usual adding in things like Golgi berries, plantains, bee pollen, raw cacao and Brazil nuts. I’ve also been eating a lot more vegetables and juicing. So those are the positives, but some challenges I’ve faced have been food preparation and eating out. I, like many of you, have a busy schedule and preparing food doesn’t always fit nicely into it. Getting into the habit of making my meals everyday is something I’m still struggling to get used to, but I have found some things that help. I highly recommend using a slow cooker or making a meat dish that you can have throughout the week. On day 1 of the Whole30 I made a lamb curry that was absolutely delicious and lasted me for around 5 days. This helped a ton with putting together quick meals when getting home late from work. 

Another obstacle I chose to overcome was finding a substitution for my beloved chips. Ask any of my friends what my favorite food is and they’d definitely all say chips. These unfortunately are not allowed on the Whole30, but because I do consider “crunchy” a food group, I had to look elsewhere for the crunch. Raw vegetables are healthy and tasty, but still not exactly what I was looking for. So, I made plantain chips. These were a delicious solution I highly recommend trying. 

I am excited to continue this journey and keep you updated!