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The Plantigrady Bunch

A couple of weeks ago there were a bunch of articles about a new study discussing why humans walk heel-toe. The articles related that to dogs and cats, who walk on their toes.

Unsurprisingly, I have some bones to pick with the articles. (Hell, I have bones to pick with just about everything, right?)

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There have been quite a few articles out about a new study that claims that running barefoot, as opposed to running shod, improves your memory. I thought I’d take a look at the study to see what it really said, and just what it means to improve your working memory.

Barefooters probably won’t like what I have to say.

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Central Ohio is probably not the best place to be located if you are trying to get in shape for hiking or backpacking somewhere with mountains. But I do have a favorite place to do as much as I can.

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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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Overselling

There’s an article that’s been showing up on my Facebook feed, about The Scientific Reasons Why You Should Just Always Be Naked. In it, it discusses going barefoot.

But it oversells it, and gets it wrong. Their supposed reason for going barefoot just makes up the science.

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Your Feet Are Killing You

Many barefooters are aware of Simon Wikler’s book, “Take Off Your Shoes and Walk”, from 1961. You can even see a bit of it at the Parents for Barefoot Children site.

You may not be aware that he had an even earlier book.

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The Western Assumption

Early this week, while highlighting Allan Savory, I noted his appearance on the new PBS series Earth: A New Wild. There was another episode of the series this past Wednesday, entitled Forests, that included a visit to the Huaorani in the Amazonian Rainforest.

What struck me about the segment was how little the westerners even attempted to fit into the environment.

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