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Discussion in 'Barefoot & Minimalist Running' started by Longboard, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. The Ramzev

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    GO Doc! Give 'em hills!!
     
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    It could have been canine hookworm. Since dogs and we have different enzymes (or something), canine hookworm gets lost in our system and cannot find the bloodstream to get to our lungs to complete the cycle. So it wanders about subcutaneously, itching, but never being bloodsuckers like the ones that make it to the gut.
     
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    So, if he says anything to you, are you going to ask about exploding toes? [PS: great name for a rock group: The Exploding Toes!]
     
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    That might be it. He did seem rather lost, wandering around aimlessly in my foot for the better part of two months. He would progress very slowly so I'm assuming he wouldn't be visible to the naked eye. I certainly wasn't successful trying to scratch him out.

    Here's the photo again. The locals called it Filaria in Portuguese. Which, looking at Wikipedia, made me think it might be Mansonella streptocerca. Also, most locals seem to get it in the foot too, including a neighbor. So I'm pretty sure it comes from bug living in the ground when it's moist, which also fits the description of Mansonella streptocerca in Wikipedia, but I know nothing about this otherwise. On the other hand, we had a dog, and there were a lot of sand fleas that year, towards the end of the rainy season (you can see a scar from an infected bite towards the bottom of the photo), so maybe I got it from her, as you suggest.
     

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    Busted after cool down walk following tmill by a trainer w/ no knowledge of the article. She said last Thursday they decided to ban bare feet on machines until after corporate meeting later this week. Allowed to use floor though ill bet after meeting no more floor. Time for a beer .
     

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    Roundworms, hookworms, they're all pretty similar. The thing is, they all come from poor sanitation. Yeah, you can prevent them with shoes, but if you have sanitation problems it's causing a lot of other problems (like diarrhea, cholera, etc.). The solution is decent potty protocol!
     
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  7. The Ramzev

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    How did a conversation go from Wall Street Journal digress to hook worm?

    On second thought, it's quite a natural progression...
     
  8. Longboard

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    In the one relatively short article the author included :
    Athlete's foot, plantar warts, pounding, abrasions, infections, spread, thick skin, blisters, friction, stares, angry looks, socially frowned upon, policy, barefoot camp, civil rights, tiptoe, disgusting, germy, safety, liability, toe explosions, toe shoes, glovelike minimalist shoes that hug each toe, tootsies, health concerns, Bare Naked Tootsies, toes, unshod, shod, feet, cringe, au naturel, public equipment, distaste, hairy feet, clomping, excessive human skin transfer, Born to Run, Tarahumara, injury, barefoot running, midfoot, forefoot, heel, hurt, footloose, sneaker-free, Barefoot Runners Society, controversial, medical experts, strike, stress fractures, sneakers, debate, and cold weather..........
    Without any sentence listing!
    As much as we wish she would have weighted the story more heavily in our favor, I guess she really is quite the good journalist!
     

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    One of the first comments to the article talks about hookworm
     

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    My minor complaints with the article are things like her quoting the epidemiologist saying "easier for infections to spread" when I'm sure even he would say it was taken out of context. He's no doubt much smarter than that, and probably believes that barefoot running on the treadmill adds no infection risks over shod running.
    My one MAJOR complaint is the following author's opinion:
    "Meanwhile shoe-wearing gym members USUALLY cringe when they see runners go au naterel on public equipment"
    As I told her more than a few times........my rough estimate is that 20% of Americans cringe at the site or thought of bare feet, not most. Her opinion is that "gym members usually cringe". I disagree.
    And while I'm disagreeing with her in an area that I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on, I'll go WAY out on a limb withouth even doing a drop of research.......are'nt you supposed to italicize a french phrase like au naturel when you are writing in English?
    No criticism of my poor spelling and grammer etc. allowed, I'm 'jus a dentist and world famous barefoot runner while SHE's a writer for the newspaper considered to be the height of accuracy in reporting!
    I believe the double IPA has finally kicked in.
     

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    why don't they cringe at bare feet in yoga? Why isn't everyone disgusted beyond belief in martial arts classes?
     
  12. Longboard

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    Or gymnastics, swimming, diving, Pilates, modern dance, surfing, stand up paddle.......
     

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    There you go again, employing logic and common sense. Cut it out. :)
     

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    Agreed. I haven't gone bf at gym, but just out in public, most people's looks show curiosity or amusement; few seem to cringe. And really, are you at the gym to work out or to wonder about how gross you think other people look?
     
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    so many of the older women who do water aerobics at the pool where water shoes, then take them off for shower flip flops, then carefully transfer their feet to socks and shoes.
    i have also seen many people carefully wear flip flops right up to the lap lane.
     
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    I overheard a middle aged woman at a FL swimming pool in the early '90's showing off her newfangled water shoes to her friends: "These are the new thing, they're great, this way you can't get AIDS from the swimming pool".
    Little did I realize at the time that this fool was a harbinger of things to come.
     

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    Apparently she didn't read the instructions that came with her fancy new shoes. To be effective in the prevention of AIDS, they had to be worn on a different part of the anatomy.
     

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    Surely their weak-a$$ genes are heading for extinction.
    Yah, I don't know if that's always true. The sandy streets in the peri-urban, village-like neighborhood I lived in were pretty clean, and the people there fairly hygienic.
    Probably depends a lot on how the rest of you is dressed too, no? If you look like a hippy, people might assume (once again, incorrectly) a general lack of hygiene. If you look like a middle-of-the-road, middle-aged, middle-class, somewhat jocky cat like I do, dressed mostly in Target-esque apparel, then they probably just assume eccentricity. That's usually the response I get from my "Minnesota-nice" bourgie neighbors. If you look like Dr. L Board, they probably assume you're a MMA fighter who has escaped from his cage.
     
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    Well, I went down to my gym in the late morning yesterday (usually there early morning) when all the pretty people are there. Now I am concerned about the " unnecessary transfer of silicone". How will it show if I absorbed too much? Gynecomastia?
     
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    Martial arts, don't forget martial arts athletes, they're barefooted too.
     

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