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I'd always held that it was just a matter of time before the feds came down on Kinoki and on January 27, 2009 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged their marketers with deceptive advertising, including claims that use of the foot pads would remove toxins from the body; treat high blood pressure, depression, and a host of other medical conditions; and lead to weight loss. The FTC charged that all their advertising claims were either false or had no evidence to support them, which is exactly what I've been saying for the past year. The FTC filed its complaint against Xacta 3000, the company marketing the foot pads, and two of its principles: Yehuda ("Juda") Levin and Baruch Levin, whom they say are liable and culpable for the charges made in this case.
The first time I came across Kinoki detox foot pads I knew immediately that they were a scam and wrote a piece in these pages entitled "Kinoki detox foot pads - a scambuster report." In that blog I went so far as to say that Kinoki foot pads were such a blatant scam that they gave other scams a bad name. That blog became one of the most widely read items I've ever written, generating nearly 500 comments at last count. While some respondents disagreed and said that the pads had helped them, many writers agreed with my assessment of Kinoki as being a scam. Well, now the federal government has weighed in and guess what? They agree with me and have officially called Kinoki detox foot pads a scam.
According to the complaint, the defendants marketed Kinoki Foot Pads with deceptive advertisements on television and the Internet. "In advertisements, the defendants claimed that if consumers applied the Kinoki Foot Pads to the soles of their feet at night, they could remove heavy metals, metabolic wastes, toxins, parasites, chemicals, and cellulite from their bodies. In addition, the advertisements claimed that use of the foot pads could treat depression, fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. The complaint also states that the defendants falsely claimed to have scientific proof that the foot pads removed toxic materials from the body."
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The FTC is seeking to permanently bar the defendants from deceptively marketing Kinoki foot pads and for them to provide monetary payment to consumers who bought the pads under false pretences. It will doubtless take some time for this to work its way through the courts or for the defendants to negotiate some type of settlement but I'll be sure to keep you posted on any final decisions.