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.
Last Wednesday I did another hike into the northern “wilds” of Cantwell Cliffs. It wasn’t a particularly long hike, only about 2 miles, but it is pure bushwhacking through a trailless area. I also did it (as I do in this area) doing what I call “abo hiking”, that is, not wearing much at all, similar to the Australian aboriginals.
In many ways it is barefooting writ larger.
Poison ivy is a real annoyance. For the barefooted its generally not more of a pain than it is for the shod, since the plant needs to be bruised to release its urushiol, which is the chemical that produces an enhanced allergic reaction in the body, and if you are barefoot you are less likely to bruise it. But it is still an annoyance.
Isn’t there anything that can be done about poison ivy?
You all may recall the situation I reported on a month ago, in which a McDonalds employee in Newark, Ohio (my back yard) was photographed barefoot in the store. There was a big news story and the Licking County Health Department sent an inspector and considered it a health code violation.
I wondered what would happen if I tried to eat there barefoot. But it turns out that there is quite a bit more to the story.