Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Surgeon General's Warning

There was once a time that smoking was considered no hazard to one's health. After a while people started to realize that there may be some negative effects to smoking. In recent decades laws have been passed that made it mandatory to print a warning on cigarette boxes so people would be made aware of the dangers of smoking. This simple measure made users aware of the risks before making a purchase. If they still chose to purchase the cigarettes they were at least made aware of negative effects it may have. 

This warning and ones like it can now be found on most tobacco products to prevent occurrances like in the picture below. Today, I think we can all agree, we do not want this to happen. 

Because smoking can lead to lungs like those on the lower right. 

To the barefooters reading this, you all know where this tired old comparison is going. Today, for the most part, shoes are considered helpful, positive things without negative effects on health. 

Today we see kids like this. Most people see nothing at all wrong with this picture. I however see developing children being set up for a life of  problems.

Years of wearing shoes can give you feet like the ones pictured below...Yet there are no warnings on the boxes. I am sure I am not the only person out there that feels strongly that shoes should have warning labels on the boxes. Then at least consumers can be informed of the risks they take by buying shoes. 

Maybe if we made this a law we would see less of  this

and more of

Dirt is not a bad thing folks. It is also a great indicator of your arch. 

Barefooting is easy
Barefooting is good for you
Barefooting is NOT illegal
Join the revolution

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  1. nice blog, just like y feet to adjust to the stones better and thistles and nettles, somedays are so sensitive for me, been bare about a year, but been wearing vibrams for longer, so go to town in vibrams, as not used to tarmac cos some is horrible! Its all an interesting experience from one day walking where I do with my dog, I am fine with the gravel, stones and another so sensitive and have to be more aware of pressure! I get complaints from parents on how dirty me feet are! But that pic way beats mine! LOL!

  2. Woah. Freetings fellow barefooter.

    I think I may be one of the only barefooters in my city. It is definitely a lifestyle.

    I remember jogging with shoes and every time I went for a run, my mind would be elsewhere. With shoes, I would always think. But when I started to run barefoot, I was pulled into the now, the present moment. Every step gave me a new sensation. Occassionally when I ran on gravel, I would cry out in pain, but more so in happiness because it was so damn liberating.

    Once barefoot, I'm never going back.

  3. hahaha I love that you put a pic of Alexander Mcqueen's shoes... as a chain smoker I'd like to say that 30% of all cancer cases are lung which means 70% are not.... so ya.

    But I like your blog it's really interesting.

  4. Ah!!!! I loved this post! Good job!!!
    I've been away from blogging for a while, but I had to come check up on your posts!
    Great job!!!

    A little story for you... I was in Wal-Mart the other day barefoot (of course) and I was waiting in the check out line. There was a lady behind us with a little girl about 3 years old who looked at her mom with wide eyes and asked, "Mom! Why don't they have shoes on?!" The mom flushed red and hushed her little girl like she said something terrible and they walked off to another check out line. I wish they would have stayed because I would have told them how great it was to be barefoot.

  5. Whoa. I was not prepared for that picture of the misshapen feet. I wish I would have actually read this sooner, I could have used it in my persuasive speech I did for my speech class about barefooting. One of my points was the deformation of feet due to shoe use. That image would have certainly garnered a reaction. =P

  6. wow.. cool blog! I do love to walk barefooted at home or the beach, but haven't tried doing so in any other places.
    I perfectly believe that feet shouldn't be cramped into shoes the whole time! i don't like to see my feet developing onto something like the photo above..

  7. I go barefoot to stores too but I get yelled quite a few times. I wish more people would go barefoot to stores so I wouldn't be the only one.