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There’s a new health breakthrough related to barefooting that I thought I should report on. It not only can make you feel much better and lead a healthier life, it manages to verify, and then magnify qi.

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BBC 4 (their more eclectic channel) had a very interesting show last week about the human foot. Aside from the fact that they dissected (well, somewhat ) a foot, they also had a few segments on the wonders of the foot in general.

Catch it if you can.

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Nothing New Under the Sun

Or should I say, “Nothing New on the Earth(ing)”. I’ve looked before at earthing, with my Eye on Ions, and even noted a product, Earthrunners, that runs copper studs through sandals, so you can be both shod and grounded simultaneously, practicing Cargo Cult Barefooting.

But there is nothing new under the sun.

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Give Me Some Latitude

In a couple of comments to my entry about the Hasidic dress codes, Victor was curious about how people dressed in New York (or even much of the eastern United States) in the late 1800s, early 1900s.

Weren’t they hot?

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These Feet Were Made for Walkin’

There’s an interesting new study that looks at how our hands and feet are wired in our brains. The results of the study suggest that hands for tool use evolved before feet for walking (the debate is over whether we evolved walking to free up our hands for tool use, or we evolved tool use after our hands were freed up because of upright walking).

But I was fascinated by another aspect of the study.

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Flipping Them Off

For some reason I’ve spent some of the last few entries discussing flip-flops and the myths associated with them. My suspicion is that, because they look pretty close to bare feet, they relie on many of the same barefoot myths and attract the same animus directed towards bare feet.

I thought I’d take a deeper look at the science.

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The F-Word

When it comes to barefooting, there’s an F-Word. And that word is “fetish”. Now, barefooters and foot-fetishists are mostly separate groups, but the overlap can sometimes cause a bit of, shall we say, conflict.

But where does the fetish come from?

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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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Baking a Seri Boot

What can you do if you want to toughen up your feet? I wasn’t too thrilled with the results I got when I tested Tuf-Foot.

Of course, the tried and true way is to do a lot of hiking over rough terrain . . . if you don’t get too footsore to continue.

But here’s another idea.

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Tuf-Foot

Barefooters sometimes wonder what they can do to toughen up their feet. There is a produce out there, called Tuf-Foot that claims to do so.

I like the product; I’m just not sure it really does much.

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The Fungus Amungus

There was a recent study published in Nature that looked at all the fungi that live on human skin. What was different about this study is that they used DNA to identify the different species, and found a lot more than can usually be found by culturing. The study found a huge profusion of fungi on our feet.

What do you mean “we”, paleface?

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The Seri Boot

So, how hot can you stand when you go barefoot? How about 180°F? Neither can I.

But if our feet had developed a “Seri Boot” we might be able to.

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Not the First Day of Summer

Yesterday was widely touted as the “First Day of Summer”.

That’s really not the case.

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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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Do You Have Ape-Feet?

There was a recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, A midtarsal (midfoot) break in the human foot, by Jeremy DeSilva and Simone Gill, both of Boston University. By examining patrons of the Boston Museum as they walked around the museum barefoot (!) and taking videotape, they discovered that 32 of the 398 participants had a midtarsal break similar to those of non-human apes.

So, what does it mean?

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