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I always figured I had gunk in my joints, but a session of Ion Cleanse Detoxification at Total Image in Vinton, Iowa, proved it.

As I was getting my hair cut at the salon, I was drawn to the sign on the mirror explaining the process and the colors the water would turn after 30 minutes with your feet in it. I have heard about detoxification but this time, I just had to try it.

My feet in the nice, clean water before the toxins were pulled out.

My feet in the nice, clean water before the toxins were pulled out.

I went in a couple days later for my trial treatment. Total Image owner Kristen Redlinger put purified water in the tub along with some sea salt. She then added some hot water.

The array is placed into the water and emits currents which pull the toxins out of the body. According to AMD (A Major Difference), the maker of Ion Cleanse Detoxification, this is how it works:

The array goes into the water with the hands, feet, or other body parts, and the control unit delivers a small direct current into the array, which causes the metals within the array, in combination with the water and salt, to generate positively and negatively charged ions. These ions neutralize charged particles in the body. The neutralized particles are pulled out of the body through the skin via osmosis and diffusion. Osmosis and diffusion involve the movement of particles through a membrane, from a lower concentration to a higher concentration. In this case, the higher concentration is the ion field set up by the array in the water. (

As the toxins come out of your feet, the water turns a different color(s) and may have flecks.  Here is generally what the colors indicate:

Yellow-green:  Detoxifying from the kidney, bladder, urinary tract, female/prostate area

Orange: Detoxifying from joints

Brown: Detoxifying from liver, tobacco, cellular debris

Black: Detoxifying from liver

Dark green: Detoxifying from gallbladder

White foam: Lymphatic system

White cheese-like particles: Most likely yeast

Black flecks: Heavy metals

Red flecks: Blood clot material

Now the brochure does come out and say that water, metal, salt combined as well as other particles in the environment will cause the water color to change even if your feet are not in it.

The water turned a dark orange and flecks were visible after about 20 minutes, indicating detoxification of my joints.

The water turned a dark orange and flecks were visible after about 20 minutes, indicating detoxification of my joints.

So, when the water turned a little orange after my feet were in it for a few minutes, I wasn’t too alarmed. But then it turned a deeper red-orange and became rather thick. Wow, there really does seem to be a lot of toxins in my joints.

I’ve always had stiff joints. Even when I was young, slender and in shape, I had a difficult time walking after being stationary for a long time. When I get out of bed, I look (and feel) like am 90 years old sometimes.

I tend to attribute this to thyroid problems. I had my entire thyroid gland removed eight years ago and am on medication. When my levels are wacky, I can usually tell because my knees are extremely stiff. When my levels are stable, the stiff joints are much better, but not completely cured.

I haven’t yet had a follow-up detoxification session. I wonder how much more gunk remains in my joints and other parts of my body. Eewww.

For some reason Jan. 5 rang a bell.  Ahh, yes, that was the date I had my thyroid surgery in 2001. The plan was to remove only part of the thyroid gland which had a fairly large nodule. But after further testing, the surgeon decided to take the whole thing.

In November 1999, I went to the doctor to see why I was having a difficult time getting pregnant. The first thing she did was look at my droopy eyes, feel my protruding neck and ask me if I had ever been diagnosed with thyroid disease. No, but it had been suggested by another doctor to get it checked about seven or eight years earlier.


Within the following several weeks, I had about 15 blood tests, an ultrasound and a fine-needle aspiration to test the nodule (otherwise known as a tumor).  No amount of pain killers or sedatives can relax you during the biopsy when a very long needle is stuck in the base of your neck and the doctor taps on it to get cells. Nine times. After all that, the results were still inconclusive and the surgery was set for Jan. 5.

A little background on the thyroid gland: It is a butterfly-shaped organ in the base of your neck. It basically controls your metabolism, so when its levels are out of whack, so are you. Because of that, it is often linked to weight gain. For a more scientific description, here’s a link.

When I woke up after my surgery, my husband had that concerned look on his face. What? Again, the tests were inconclusive and the entire gland was removed. More testing would have to be done. For a week I was convinced I had cancer and the treatments would be ongoing. At the follow-up appointment, the surgeon said it was not cancerous and I would go on thyroid-replacement hormone for the rest of my life.

Since then, I have taken a daily dose of Levothroid to replace the hormone my now non-existent thyroid gland would produce. At the time of my surgery a friend with thyroid disease said she wished she could have her gland removed to better regulate her levels. I have since discovered that is not necessarily the case. I have my levels checked (a simple blood test) every 3 to 6 months. There are times in between when I request it because of the way I feel.  Some of these symptoms include extreme fatigue, stiffness in the joints, shortness of breath, irritability and loss of concentration. Yes, I know most of these are common and could happen anytime, but when your thyroid levels are off, they are magnified.

Some sort of thyroid disease is fairly common, especially in women. However, many times it goes undiagnosed and untreated. I have often wondered if I would have had the surgery – the last resort – if I would have had my levels checked when my college doctor first suggested it.

If you consistently have the above-mentioned symptoms, ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels. Like I said, it’s a simple blood test and can be regulated by a daily pill. If you don’t like needles, just think of one going in your neck multiple times for a biopsy.


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