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Being Too Clean May Make You Sick?

Have you ever thought why am I sick so much? Why are my allergies so bad? My other friends don’t get as sick as me and I am much cleaner than them… Well, the source of your diminishing health could be the very thing you thought that is protecting you.

The cleaning products we use may be doing to well of a job and living in a very clean and hygienic environment may impact our exposure to microorganisms that are beneficial for  development of the immune system. The University of Michigan recently performed a study that displayed a positive correlation between use of antibacterial soap and diagnosis of allergies.  Two chemicals were identified Triclosan and Bisphenol A (BPA). Triclosan is a chemical compound widely used in products such as antibacterial  soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags and medical devices and BPA is  found in many plastics.  Both of these chemicals are in a class of environmental intoxicants called endocrine-disrupting compounds, which are believed to negatively impact  human health by mimicking or affecting hormones.

The researchers compared urine samples of adults and children over the age of 6 with the above chemicals and compared it with levels of cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is a virus. CMV is typically unnoticed in healthy people, but can be life-threatening for the immunocompromised, such as HIV-infected persons, organ transplant recipients, or new-born infants and it can lay dormant for a long time.

The Researches found that people over age 18 who were exposed to more BPA had higher CMV antibody levels, which suggests their immune system may not be  functioning properly and people exposed to higher levels of triclosan were associated with greater odds of having been diagnosed with allergies.

This is the only research They found and that I can find. Clearly more research is needed to be done but if you want to read the full PDF article for yourself by following this link http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/11/29/2029256/Being-Too-Clean-Can-Make-People-Sick

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July 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm 6 comments

Get Grounded!

Every wonder why it feels soo good to walk on the grass barefoot? As a kid, are your best memories playing in the yard barefoot? Well there is a explainaion and science can back it up. Its a lil thing called free electrons.

Having to get free electron may not exactly be a good thing, but they definately are good for you! Heres a lil chemistry lesson. What causes free electrons are free radicals, chemicals in the air and air itself that are unstable molecules searching for stability.  Molecules are made of atoms, and all atoms want to have as many pairs of electrons as they can.  Free radicals are missing an electron so they find wholeness by stealing one off of a full atom, usually from a cell in our bodies and then cells start steallinf from other cells, and its a big chain reaction.  This chain reaction causes our cells to breakdown and causes an array of health condition such as acne, organ failure, immune diseases, cancers etc.

But there is hope! there are ways to stop this chain reaction. One way is to eat anti-oxidants, They are so full of electrons they can give some up to free radicals and not become one in the process.  A common source of anti-oxidants are fruits and vegetables. Foods containing them are often refered to as super foods, and for good reason!

Another way to obtain free electrons is to go Barefoot! Yes, that’s right. The earth is the largest source of free electrons. When you go barefoot you ground yourself to the ground and you have access to virtually an unlimited supply of free electrons! How great is that?? The Earth’s electron current and electrical flow is about 7.5 – 8.0Hz, the same as brain waves, whereas electronics and free radical causing EMF currents are at 50 – 60Hz which throw our bodies electrical fields all out of whack. The current of the Earth actually pulsates, it has a rhythm that is the weakest around midnight then ramps up at sunrise peaking just before noon then decreases from there to a low point around 3pm then peaking back up right around 6pm then back to near zero current at midnight. Ever hear about having a “biological clock” well this Earth current and the body’s “biological clock” is what was used back in the non-shoe days to dictate a schedule. Low current times meant sleep or nap, high current meant meals or work. You do the activities that need free radical offsets when you can get the highest amount of electrons, and go to bed where you don’t damage yourself when the Earth can’t give any electrons.

Now it makes more sense to take a siesta in the afternoon!

So, anything that is grounded to the Earth is also a grounding point.  Water, trees, even other people (if they are grounded). Aww HA! The science behind holding hands is reveled! Things that are not grounded are synthetics like rubber (shoes), your car, carpets, hardwood floors, concrete… Going barefoot is better than eating any super food and will do everything from break free radicals, to regulate sleep and digestion, lower inflammation and disease,  and in women it brings their menstrual cycles into a near clockwork status, and it also regulates cortisol production and aides in losing and maintaining proper weight.

So get barefoot and eat your super foods. I promise, you will feel alot better if you do.

Secret Tip:  If you are a traveler and want to really test what I am saying try this out:  When you get off a plane in a different time zone find a grassy area like a park, get barefoot for about an hour while you read or something, your body and cellular structure will align to the current rhythm of Earth that is current in that time zone and you will greatly reduce any kind of jet lag you would normally have.  Your body will literally adjust to “local time” very rapidly by using this method.

http://www.evolver.net/node/90760

July 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm 2 comments

I’m a Barefooter!

Hopefully you wont get ostracized from your family for going barefoot but it really is good for you. First of all by taking your shoes off and walking with a natural gait it reduces impact force. Get this, walking in shoes, very cushiony shoes mind you, your leg extends straight out. Not only does this reduce your balance.. but also by landing on your heel, small surface area, a large force is generated traveling up your straight leg and reeking havoc on your joints, from you ankles all the way up to your neck. OUCH! And people do this to themselves everyday. No wonder why seniors have arthritis and need power scooters to get around. Well I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to be subjected to the punishing forces anymore!  By simply taking your shoes off and taking smaller steps, keeping your feet under your center of gravity you can experience a happier well-being.  Also with the small steps your knee will be bent and you should be landing on the ball of your foot. This larger surface area, coupled with your amazingly powerful arch and bent knee do a fantastic job minimizing impact force.  This is especially important when running, since a regular runner can experience an impact force of 2 to 3 times that of his body weight.

Your feet are full of nerve endings. Perhaps the most sensitive area of your body and people completely shutout this sense when they put shoes on. Your feet are not super sensitive just so your girlfriend can tickle you, it is an important way to receive sensory information, gather information about the world and is helpful for keeping you balance.  Wearing shoes is the equivalent to wearing boxing gloves while operating heave machinery, while you may be able to accomplish the task it will be a lot harder and unsafe.  When you put shoes on your feet desperately want to receive sensory information that is being blocked from them so to try to get it you over compensate by hitting the ground harder.  And there is a correlation between more expensive (cushiony) shoes and more injuries.

More about barefooting to come!

July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

The Barefoot Approach

Health sits on the back burn as we go on living our lives. Only do we think about it when it declines. This page will hopefully prompt you to make changes to your lifestyle to improve your quality of life.

July 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Man’s Hallmark

It seems only fitting that my first blog be why you should go barefoot.

     It is a common believe among shod communities that they walk “normally” but this term only works in the context to conform to an accepted standard.  To walk naturally however, is the pure manner without faults of form or function.  Normal gait cannot be performed in shoes because they limit or impede the movements of the foot.

Indeed, it seems contradictory by evolutionary standards or by divine creation that human beings need to wear shoes. If you are so inclined to believe in evolution or even if you know what it’s about then you believe it took humans millions of years to evolve and it is understandable that the one thing driving man’s evolution was the ‘design of the foot and its biomechanical function responsible for our distinctive erect manner of gait and walking on two feet with a stride. That accomplishment perhaps the single most significant development of bioengineering in all evolutionary history was responsible for making us human in the first place and the spawning of the human species. More than any other distinctive human capacity the huge brain, language, conceptual thinking, etc. our unique form of gait, unduplicated in all evolutionary history was the very seed of our humanity.’   OR, if you believe the maker of the universe, in all His splendor and magnificence, created us in their own image, how can anyone think that our feet, are so weak and fragile that they need to be cramped into a confined and ridged space??  They are the foundation of the whole human body and that has held us up since the time our first breath was breathed into us.

‘A secure, stable superstructure cannot be erected on a design-defective base or foundation (the Tower of Pisa is a classic example).’~Dr. Rossi

It cannot be assumed for any reason that the Creator overlooked our feet in his perfect plan.  In His grand architectural design of the foot one foot has 28 bones, that gives the feet over 25% of all the bodies, structural supporting, bones.  These bones make up 37 moveable joints that are connected by 107 ligaments, yielding to the pressure of the body when up and moving, this is essential for shock absorption.  The foot also has 19 muscles and tendons, 18 of which connect to the toes showing just how important the use of our toes are. If the toes are cramped into a narrow shoe then these muscles are diminished or become unable to use.  There are another 13 muscles and tendons coming down the leg and connecting to foot giving us the ability to walk, run, jump, dance, even to stand.  Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the foot are its arches. Nature’s most stable structure and we are graced with four arches that support the weight of our body.

The foot has a complex system of blood vessels and nerves, which give the foot its life, its sense of touch, its ability to maintain temperature, to give nutrition to foot tissues, and engage the movement of the muscles and tendons. It even has two pulses.  The sole of the foot is cover with 2,000 nerve endings, perhaps the most densely populated area on the body! The foot even has a built in air conditioning system! With 1,500 sweat ducts able to produce a pint a day its no wonder why peoples shoes smell sooo bad.

The human foot is the most complex and remarkable in all nature.  There is no other foot like it.  It is the only foot with arches, a straight-ahead big toe, and a heel bone that touches the ground.  It’s tragic that it’s taken for granted.  On an average day, a 150-pound person will put almost 2,000 tons of cumulative weight on the feet.  If people respect their feet keeping the strong and healthy then this is not a problem but more people don’t take good care of their feet.  Feet are constantly neglected and abused causing steep consequences both in foot distress and dollar signs.  Americans for example pay $12 billion a year to treat foot problems, most of them caused by shoes or shoe related.  About 2% of societies that don’t wear shoes have foot problems compared to 70% among shoe wearing communities and their feet are only half as strong.  What frightens me the most is that by the age of 6 you won’t find a single child with straight toes.

As you can see from the brief description I have supplied about the complexity of the foot I strongly want to point out that it would be highly improbable that the structure of the foot, much less the whole human body, could have randomly been but together.  Recognition is no doubt in order to the one responsible for our lives.  Many people go on not giving a second thought to how precious life is and take for granted the complexity of our body. Without a full understanding of our bodies it is no wonder why we suffer from illness and disease so often that is most of the time preventable.

Thank you!  I immensely appreciate your valuable time invested in my thoughts.  This is just a summary of some of the information that I have found related to going barefoot.  Please ask me questions as I’m sure this information does not answer everything and only sparked your interested to going barefoot.

July 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm 2 comments


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