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OK, This Is Just Disgusting

The story is about two Moms who started their own business serving a need. The main story is how they built their business.

But it is what their business is for . . .

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Two Commercials

Here are two fairly recent commercials that feature bare feet, in one way or another.

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Here is an interesting column written in 1932, when barefooting kids were starting to disappear in the United States, particularly in the cities.

It is written by an educator named Angelo Patri.

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My Winter Boots

I know some barefooters who try to keep their feet in shape over the winter by keeping a pan of gravel in the garage. They then spend a bit of time doing the old gravel massage. It’s not like walking, but at least it keeps the soles thick, exercised, and (mostly) in shape.

I’ve tried something a bit different.

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The Human Body User Manual

Wouldn’t you like to know how your whole body works together? Wouldn’t it help if you knew, from your head down to your feet, how various habits can induce excessive wear and tear on our bodies, and discourage them from repairing themselves as much as they are capable of?

Then maybe you can help fellow barefooter Stephanie Welch produce The Human Body User Manual.

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As I think about much of the advice that I keep seeing coming from podiatrists and other experts, I figure I must be doing something wrong.

Their admonitions just aren’t coming true.

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You Know Where This Is Headed

A couple of days ago that haven of misinformed fluff, The Huffington Post, came up with another of their hard-hitting exposés. This time they tell you 11 Mistakes You’re Making In The Bathroom (And How To Fix Them).

Take a guess. Take a wild guess. What do you think one of the 11 mistakes involves?

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You Have to be High to Wear Heels

And by “high” I mean on some pretty powerful painkillers. That was illustrated for us by Emma Thompson at the Golden Globes.

And she’s not the only one (really only kind of) rebelling against high heels.

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Shoes are a Necessity

The guest yesterday on The Huffington Post’s C-Suite was Blake Mycoskie, the CEO of TOMS shoes.

He actually seemed like a very nice guy—very caring and socially responsible. But . . .

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One in Six Podiatrists . . .

On his America’s Podiatrist blog, Dr. Michael Nirenberg points us to a survey of podiatrists in the magazine Podiatry Management. The survey asks “Do you recommend barefoot running?”

The response is (somewhat) better than I thought it might be.

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Tetanus and Going Barefoot

Tetanus is often associated with rusty nails and going barefoot.

However, there is a lot of mythology associated with both, and I thought I’d sort that out a bit.

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The Benefit of the Outdoors

There was a very interesting story in last Friday’s Toronto Star: Kids with autism benefit from outdoor classroom. It seems to show just how stifling a standard classroom environment ends up being.

While many seem to handle it, its effects really hurt others.

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Or at least that’s the title of this article at that wretched hive of misinformation, the Huffington Post. I’ve written before about Huffpo HuffPoo and More HuffPo HuffPoo: The Annual Flip-Flop Warning.

But this time they’ve outdone themselves.

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The Dumbest Article Ever Written

Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit, but just a bit. The article is Flip-flops, loose shoes can be damaging, from the Port Huron Times Herald.

One would really expect better of podiatrists.

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Toddlers

I got an emailed request to write about toddlers going barefoot.

So, here goes . . .

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