Foot nibbling fish spa gets the boot

Apparently this is a new service some spas are beginning to offer. You kick off your shoes and socks and dunk your tootsies into a tank of water containing live fish called garra rufa. The tiny toothless wonders, known as “doctor fish” in their native Turkey, exfoliate the feet of the customers (or are they cust-toe-mers?) as they nibble away the dead skin.

The treatment was being offered at Dixie Simpson’s Purple Orchid spa in the town of Duncan on Vancouver Island. Alas, we may never know if doctor fish truly can get you on the good foot. Provincial health officials have nixed the foot nibbling, saying the service poses a potential health risk.

Health officials say the well-meaning fish can carry pathogens and spread diseases that are hazardous to humans. Hence, Simpson must toe the line or else face six months in jail and foot the bill for a $25,000 fine.

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