September 25, 2017

POU Weekly Health Thread: A Fish Pedicure??

Okay, which POUer would try this?

From ABC News

Fish pedicures may be a growing trend overseas, but not in the United States.  You sit in a salon, with your feet in water, while small fish nibble away dead, callused skin.  Now, an Arizona woman who started offering fish pedicures is going to court to defend her business.


Cindy Vong opened a fish spa in the Phoenix suburbs as part of her nail salon in 2008 and spent $50,000, seeing it as an opportunity to expand her business. Six months later, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology forced her to stop, arguing that the fish, used for skin exfoliation, could not be sanitized between uses.  Vong sued for the right to reopen the spa.

“She hasn’t violated any law, she hasn’t done anything wrong, she’s being an enterprising woman,” argued Darcy Olsen, the president of the Goldwater Institute, which says it defends people’s liberties from government intrusion and decided to take on Vong’s case. “A threat to her business is a threat to every American business, and that’s why we’re fighting the case.”

Opening statements in the trial began Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court. According to Olsen, the cosmetology board argued that the fish were a tool, and “every tool that comes in contact with a client in Arizona needs to be disinfected or thrown away.”

Olsen said these are unreasonable guidelines. He conceded that “you can’t disinfect a fish with Clorox bleach,” but said Vong’s constitutional rights were violated and the board “could have come up with an alternative set of regulations.”

“Basically, it’s a 14th amendment issue,” said Olsen. “In America you have the right to pursue an honest living as long as you’re not endangering the public. She has the right to operate this business and the government does not have any right to shut her down.”

Fish spas overseas most often use Garra rufa fishnative to the Middle East, to nibble away dead skin on people’s feet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10 states have banned fish pedicures, citing the risk of infection.

Last year ABC News reported the fish “may carry bacteria responsible for a variety of dangerous skin and soft tissue infections, British scientists reported.” The CDC says on its website that it is ” not aware of any published reports on illnesses resulting from fish pedicures.  Nail salon foot baths, however, have caused outbreaks of nontuberculous mycobacterial infections that left infected pedicure customers with boils and scars.”

Vong has argued the practice does not pose any health risks and said she did not receive complaints from customers.

Hmmmmm, yeah ok. Here’s a video about this spa phenomenon:

OK, who’s game?

  • isonprize

    um, NO WAY IN HELL.

    • Miranda

      LMAO!!! Yeah I dont think too many of us willing to try it. LOL

    • Aquagranny911


  • MsKitty

    I’ve seen this on The Amazing Race. I couldn’t do it though simply because I’m real ticklish on my feet. It would drive me nuts.

    • Aquagranny911

      I hear you, me too! Nobody touches my feet but me! My kiddos gave me one of those massage cushions you slip your feet into one year for Christmas by clubbing their little monies together so I had to pretend to like it.

      It was torture so I removed the batteries and faked it, lol.

  • conlakappa

    There was a scene in Ugly Betty with Wilhelmina getting it done, which made me wonder if it’s like Botox–something that Vanessa herself swears by. I saw a Groupon for one a few months ago and thought about it. It was more a distance thing. I’m not driving an hour to let some fish chew on my feet!

    • Aquagranny911


  • I wonder if any fish have died after eating someone’s foot crustifications?

    • conlakappa

      Ha! So while the cosmetology governing board is worried about the health of the patrons, you’re worried about the poor fish!

      • Aquagranny911

        I was too. I like fish (not necessarily to eat) but to watch. We have a small fish pond I would never let someone put their dirty, nasty feet in our pond! We guard the health of our Koi & our turtle!

    • Miranda
  • Aquagranny911

    Daughter & I just looked at this. Fortunately we did not lose our lunch but I do think it put us off dinner! Her response was “Eweeee” & she decided to take a nap, hopefully with no nightmares.

    I have hyper sensitive feet. No body touches my feet but me! I can’t imagine doing this ever!

  • sagittarius

    This is huge in Thailand and other countries in Asia.