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Friday, April 17, 2009


Pete F.

O.M.G., some people should really mind thier own business although, I can see how thier thinking has been a little tainted in todays society in believing that our feet will fall off if left un-shod outside the shower or bedroom. If it makes you feel a little better, here's some info I have uncovered.
In general, being barefoot promotes healthy development of musculature in the feet and legs, while excessive reliance on shoes tends to promote atrophy and weakness in those same muscles. This suggests that overdependency on shoes can have serious consequences. A study published in the September 2006 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism found that “modern shoes may exacerbate the abnormal mechanics of lower-extremity osteoarthritis.” Researchers concluded that maybe it was time to re-evaluate our daily walking programs,
presumably to include time for walking barefoot.
Dr. Lynn Staheli, who directed the orthopedics division at the Children's Hospital in Seattle for 15 years, documented that children raised in parts of the world where shoes are rarely worn had better flexibility, mobility, and strength, which resulted in fewer foot-related problems and injuries. In the 1960 classic “Take Off Your Shoes and Walk,” chiropodist Simon Wikler notes that children who go barefoot regularly develop stronger, healthier, and more functional feet than children who are generally shod. (He notes that a “constantly shoe-wearing tenderfoot” is rarely able to comprehend the innate capability of the human foot.) The following site covers such topics as when and when not to let children go barefoot, what doctors think, and parental testimonials. It also features excerpts from “Take Off Your Shoes and Walk.”
A recent study by UK scientists discovered that a common soil bacteria activates cells in the brain to produce serotonin and can alter behavior similar to antidepressants. This tells me that people walking around barefoot should be happier people.
In many parts of the world, reflexology paths and “barefoot parks” offer feet a chance to experience varieties of textured surfaces. In addition to biomechanical advantages of regular barefoot exercising, many holistic health practitioners believe the tactile stimulation underfoot while walking barefoot on natural surfaces has positive effects on body, mind and spirit.
Walking barefoot is also a good way to avoid athlete’s foot. Contrary to a widely believed myth, it is not the sole-to-ground contact that presents a risk so much as it is feet going back into the moist, dark, warm environment found inside shoes. Closed-toe shoes especially are ideal incubators for fungi and bacteria to live and breed. Allowing the feet to “breathe” also prevents foot odor.
I say you seem to be doing fine. As a parent of two teens I can say that none of us are perfect but we all do what we feel in our hearts in the best thing for our children and a little advice is welcome, but to be scowled at for allowing your kids to be comfortably barefoot is just being a bussy-body.

“Going barefoot is the gentlest way of walking and can symbolize a way of living-being authentic, vulnerable, sensitive to our surroundings. It’s the feeling of enjoying warm sand beneath out toes, or carefully making our way over sharp rocks in the darkness. It’s a way of living that has the lightest impact, removing the barrier between us and nature.”
From the book “Barefoot Dreaming” by Adele Coombs


Those people sound very nasty! I'm glad they didn't cause more trouble for you. I feel judged all the time - sometimes it's self-inflicted, sometimes it's people being nosy and rude, but of course the other 33% of the time it's a genuine mistake my husband or I have made. The most recent was the day care teacher saying to me "um, tomorrow you need to bring his REAL coat." *shrink* *hide* *run to Target to buy coat*


It appears that Casey Anthony was on antidepressants when she killed Caylee per her attorney. She had a "history of suicide". Not sure how anyone alive has a history of suicide but these freaks will surely explain that all to us. This is like the mother lode of showing how the for profit mental health industry works b/c no stone will be left unturned in this case down to the details of what skanky outfit Casey was wearing when she picked up her prescription to what brand of pen was used to sign the medication sheet.
Cindy Anthony is on a "new" antidepressant. She and her doctor are experimenting to get the right meds, some make her forget, some make her remember, but they haven't honed in on the one that gives the desired effect of making your lies believeable to other people.
George is obviously not on anything b/c their is no medication that offers that complete a job of zombification. Either he's a real zombie or the recipient of the most effective labotomy ever performed.
Seems like "Mommy's Little Helper" is popping up everwhere and doing such a good job at relieving parental stress it's downright scary. Antidepressants will no longer need to carry all those confusing warnings, just one:
Warning: May greatly reduce your number of family members.

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