Feet

One can oft times despair at the general level of journalism in the UK but if looking for a level of journalism to really deeply despair at then you need look no further than The Daily Mail.

A while ago the great god Google took me to The Daily Mail where i came across this article: “So that’s why your feet are giving you grief!   Simple steps you can take to beat the toll of ageing”.

It states that the writer had the help of leading experts to write the article — experts in what may i ask?   Nowhere does Diana mention who these experts are or what their speciality is.   However, one thing is clearly obvious and that is that none of them know anything about feet and foot health because not one of them suggests going barefoot as a solution.

All the problems in the article are caused by wearing shoes — all of them.   So obviously the solution to all of them is to not wear shoes.

I started living my life barefoot in 2004.   The excruciating pain of osteoarthritis that i used to suffer (which i developed in my mid thirties) disappeared almost instantly.   I went from not being able to walk to town to being able to go hill walking like i used to when i was 20, simply by stopping wearing shoes.   Yes, i do go hill walking barefoot.

But alas, our society expects people to wear shoes.   Why?

We have a similar fixation within our society for making people wear shoes that other societies have for making women wear head-scarves.   Why?   It’s utterly ridiculous for people in the UK to eagerly criticise other societies and cultures for their dress codes while never considering their own blind obedience to the absurd dress codes that our own culture promotes, shoes, neck ties, etc..

Had i continued wearing shoes when the osteoarthritis set in and went down the standard medical route of painkillers and anti-inflammatories that are commonly prescribed for this condition, i would have had knee replacement surgery by now.   The cost to the economy caused by sickness and time off work, the cost to the NHS for knee and hip replacements and the cost of all the other medical help and prescriptions that go along with this debilitating medical condition is astronomical.   Yet the doctors — the drug pushers for Big Pharma — continue this treatment practice: why?   Because doctors get paid lots and lots of money to keep treating people like this and Big Pharma makes obscene amounts of profit every year from osteoarthritis medication and operations.   The damage done by wearing shoes is big business and in a capitalist society — where the sole goal of all corporate entities and their representatives is to maximise profits — the wearing of shoes must be actively encouraged and made a requirement.

I found this from 2012: “The Global Economic Cost of Osteoarthritis: How the UK Compares”.

To put it simply:

Shoes are a tax on walking!

Now i’m not saying that everyone should just throw their shoes away.   There are times when footwear is necessary — like clearing brambles — but footwear isn’t necessary every moment of the day.   If you work in an office then there really is no need to wear shoes.   If you’re at home then there really is no need to wear shoes.   If you’re going to the newsagent to buy your copy of The Daily Mail



…i hope you get my point.

Give your feet a chance to be feet for as many minutes in the day as you can, else you’ll pay for it when you get older.

#bigpharma #health #barefoot #feet

Sporting Futures

I was reading this: “Gene doping: Sport’s biggest battle?”

It does raise some good points.   I especially liked the last paragraph:

It seems, though, that the nature of gene doping will make drawing that line technically difficult and ethically awkward.   The authorities, the athletes, the fans may need to agree a whole new definition of what we want sport to mean.

My thoughts are that if one looks back over time, even without doping drugs, athletes have been using any science that could potentially enhance their performance to do just that.   Synthetic vitamins and minerals, and/or isolated natural ones, could be considered doping by some, but not by others.   Some people freak out at the idea of taking vitamin & mineral supplements while others embrace them — should those that embrace them be excluded from any competitive endeavour partaken by those that eschew them just to level the playing field?   Why do we draw a line between artificially raising your testosterone levels with a natural testosterone supplement and artificially raising your levels of vitamins and minerals through artificial supplements?   Both can be extremely detrimental to health.

So where do we draw the line on genetic enhancement?

People are already selecting babies from IVF embryos for different genetic traits: “IVF baby born using revolutionary genetic-screening process”, which begs the question (which the useless BBC journalism doesn’t even mention), should babies born from IVF genetic screening be allowed to compete in sports?

Some might think that this is taking things a little too far, but is it?   What difference between gene doping and IVF gene selection?   If you allow one then you have a huge ethical argument on your hands to allow the other.   If you disallow one, likewise, the ethics would surely dictate that you disallow the other.

We’re entering into a new age for humanity.   One where we have a choice to alter our genes or not.   And also the choice to alter the genes of our children without their consent before they’re even born.

It seems a little disingenuous to be discussing whether or not to ban people from activities for genetically altering themselves of their own volition to achieve their own goal choices in life while we allow parents to make genetic choices for the unborn by disposing of embryos that have genes they don’t like while retaining the ones they do.

Personally, i’m a little in the middle.   If my parents knew i was going to be born a boy they wouldn’t have had my embryo implanted.   Likewise, if they knew i was going to be born with a serious heart defect they wouldn’t have had my embryo implanted either.   I wouldn’t exist in this brave new world of embryo gene selection: i simply cannot agree that it should be allowed.   How many people in history would have never been given a chance to life if this technology had been in existence 10,000 years ago?   How many of you would not be here now because just one of your forebears was not selected for gestation?

As i say, i’m a little in the middle, because i do believe in the right for a person to alter their own genes.   What anyone does to their own bodies is entirely up to them and is nothing whatsoever to do with anyone else.   My body is my space in this universe: Nature gave it to me.   Or if you believe in a god, then you can say that your god gave it to you.   It’s yours, it’s sacrosanct that you are its spirit, its soul, and it is yours to do with what you will.   So if you want to have gene therapy to alter any aspect of it, then you should be allowed to.

So going off on a little tangent here, i read a sci-fi book years ago (sorry, can’t remember the name but if it rings any bells with anyone, please let me know as i want to read it again) which had gene therapy and things in it.   This was written long before any of this technology was ever thought of as reality.

In the book the whole gene therapy thing was spun into the body mod world.   This is what i like most about it.

People were having big cat, dog and other mammalian tooth buds implanted into their gums replacing their human teeth.

The possibilities for body mods are incredible.   Like i want to have woad blue skin — so i have a small injection that changes my DNA and my skin turns woad blue.   I’d love vampire fangs, so they take my stem cells and add a bit of jaguar cat DNA to make tooth buds for all four canine teeth and implant them in my gums and a few months later i have beautiful fangs and i change my name to Akasha.

Or maybe i want to be completely hairless: quick injection, done.   Or covered with hair like a tiger has: quick injection, done.

Fun fun fun!!!

So, to get back to the original point, what is going to happen to sport in this new future of genetic manipulation?   The answer?   I really don’t know.

#doping #genedoping #bodymods #peds #genetherapy #genetics #ivf #sport

Plant-Strong Podcast

Rip Esselstyn has finally taken the plunge and began his very own podcast. Yes folks, the Plant-Strong Podcast is finally here.   Me is thinking that this just may turn out to be the very best vegan podcast ever and i’m very much looking forward to lots of future episodes.

As well as the links on the website you can also get this on Podbean.   Podbean’s my absolute most favourite podcast hosting site forever, because, in truth, it’s the only one i’ve ever used.

#podcast #wfpb #vegan #health #gettingfitter #food #fitness #bigpharma #bigfood #ripesselstyn

One Year, No Beer

I was listening to the No Meat Athlete Podcast episode, “One Year, No Beer?”

Worth a listen to, and check out the One Year No Beer website also.

Disclaimer: One Year No Beer had nothing whatsoever to do with my quitting alcohol.   But as of writing this post i’m now at 308 days 13 hours sober and thought i qualify well to give the idea a shout out.   Like the guy says in the Podcast, you can quit for a month but you don’t have to change your lifestyle and socialising habits (you just avoid things for a month).   To quit for 90 days is something altogether different because you do have to start changing your lifestyle habits and socialising habits.

To take it to a year is something else entirely.   To go through all the seasons, the festivals, the celebrations, the birthdays, the ups and downs and never ending trials and tests of life, etc., and to experience it all in sobriety — now that can be challenging and, to a lot of people, even frightening.   But seriously, it’s worth it.   If you truly can’t face an event, a person, a place, etc., without alcohol, then maybe you should think about deleting that event, person or place out of your life.   Clear away the shit that you need to be boozed up to face and create the space in your life that you fill with ideas, events, people, places that you can enjoy sober.   There’s a whole world out there to explore and enjoy in sobriety, all you need to do is get sober.

Good luck!

#alcohol #oynb #fitness #gettingfitter #growingyoung #health

2017 Totals…

All Activities…

Activities: 650
Distance: 7,208.27
Time: 671:33:18
Calories: 232,807
232,807 calories is over 4 stone of pure fat burned off your butt.

Cycling…

Activities: 217
Miles: 6,725.69
Time: 382:33:02
Calories: 176,176

Run/Walk…

Activities: 61
Miles: 392.13
Time: 80:15:43
Calories: 32,729

Sailing…

Activities: 1
Miles: 20.91
Time: 3:45:54
Calories: 381

Walking…

Activities: 23
Miles: 69.50
Time: 33:48:40
Calories: 6,589

Meditation…

Activities: 297
Time: 112:29:07
Calories: 6,582

Yoga & Stretch…

Activities: 51
Time: 58:40:52
Calories: 10,349