Because I am fascinated with As-Seen-On-TV products, and because I am a product of my culture, believing that I need not have to actually alter my lifestyle to have a healthier life, I was fascinated by the Kinoki Detox Foot Pads. Yes, the ads are gross, when the people peel off the giant leeching adhesive strips and they are covered in gooey brown crud, but, as stated, I like to apply my magical thinking to products that can draw toxins out of me rather than me having to work to do so. (Or, maybe, not put toxins inside me in the first place!)
So disappointed was I to learn, while listening to NPR, that they are a hoax. A ruse. They took used and unused foot pads to a lab, did some sciencey juju, and proved that their is nary a difference between the two. No toxins leeched out. Also, the pads turn brown whenever they are exposed to moisture, which is why they look the way they do when you peel them from your sweaty feet after a good night’s sleep. The pads, they do nothing!
You can listen to the story here.