fish-reflexology.jpg A novel way of exfoliating the skin of the feet ( Fish reflexology ), brought to the United States by John Ho, has been banned. The reason given is that it is an unsanitary practice. The procedure requires a person to sink the feet into a tub that has fish in it for about 15 minutes or so. The fish then nibbles off the dead skin.

Highlights of the ban
a. Cosmetology regulators insist that fish pedicures are not hygienic.
b. Around 14 states, including Texas and Florida, have outlawed them till date.
c. It is allowed in Virginia whereas Ohio permitted it after a review.
d. Cosmetology regulations require that tools used in pedicures should be discarded or sanitized after each use.
e. But since epidermis-eating fish are too expensive to throw away and there's no way to sanitize them, this method is deemed to be unhygienic.
f. The New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics banned fish pedicures in November 2008.
g. However, proponents of the technique say that it is safe if the water is kept clean.
h. Fish reflexology costs approximately $50 USD for a 40-minute session.