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:
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.