Mombu 2012-04-30 08:32:50
During the last several years I have had the opportunity to carefully
observe and study a number of diseases that occur in the United States
population, but less often or not at all in other countries. After
much persistence, I finally “stumbled” onto a significant discovery
concerning our habitual use of footwear since birth, a seemingly
irrelevant topic because almost everyone in the United States
considers shoes to be harmless. Nonetheless, please keep an open mind
to the possibility that scientists and doctors (even the smartest
Nobel Prize winners) have all overlooked something common as the cause
of widespread disease during the last two hundred years.
Chiropodist Dr. Simon J. Wikler first proposed in the early 1950’s
that shoes are a cause of degenerative disease in humans because of
the inherent changes to our posture and gait. I believe that his
novel idea was the tip of a gigantic iceberg, and I have expanded his
discoveries to include many diseases with “no known cause”, including
seemingly-unrelated conditions such as heart disease, cancer,
depression, obesity, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, asthma,
osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s disease to name but a few. You may
find the complete text and pictures of my explanation, including my
thoughts on a possible “cure” and prevention for these conditions, at
my aptly-named website:
As you all know, the cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains completely
unknown, despite the best scientific efforts of the last 100 years to
understand the condition. Scientists can see it happening under a
microscope or in other fancy gadgets, but they are clueless to why it
arises in the first place. The first Alzheimer’s disease patient,
“Auguste D.” was born in 1850, during the last year that shoes were
made completely by hand. Beginning in the early 1850’s, shoes were
made on a sewing machine to standard sizes, and fashionable footwear
was distributed widely throughout Europe and America for the first
time in history. The landmark case of “Auguste D.” occurred in 1901,
about half a century after fashionable footwear started becoming
I believe that the foot is what makes us uniquely human, and
constantly covering it with a shoe from birth dramatically alters the
natural foot, inducing great distress to the body and circulatory
disturbances to the brain, a vital organ that requires a tremendous
amount of blood and oxygen flow for its proper functioning. Try an
experiment on your own body by walking around for a month in a shoe
size that is too small, and see if you have problems handling everyday
tasks. It seems to me that the brain shuts down non-essential areas
when the blood flow is reduced, leading to the memory problems that
are quite common in the elderly and others who have endured much
stress in fancy footwear.
I am extremely interested in all discussion concerning these ideas,
and welcome any opinions, skepticism, comments, feedback or any
questions, here in the newsgroups or directly to me. Thank you very
Glenfiddich 2012-05-03 05:29:20
This isn’t news to doctors – it’s obviously the reason that
hospitals make sick people wear loose slippers.
Actually, this misses the foot cause of ALL our physical and
mental problems; it’s not from wearing shoes – it’s from
walking around upright instead of going sensibly on all fours.
Dpharris 2012-05-03 05:29:31
On 9 Dec 2003 20:09:26 -0800 in alt.support.alzheimers,
quack, quack, quack!
jeez, first it’s iron, then it’s viruses (cured by antibiotics!),
now it’s shoes? what next, underwear?
Chop 2012-05-03 05:29:34
there’s obviously about a million reasons to wear shoes and the following is
2 rather surprising ones the last part of the last one is the real kicker .
.. . heh . . . maybe going barefoot causes alzheimers
The caduceus (medical symbol) is not a staff with snakes, but rather guinea
worms (Dracunculus medinensis) wrapped on a removal device. The reason
these little critters were adopted by the medical profession as their symbol
is because Dracunculiasis represents one of the first “treatable” parasitic
afflictions of man. It was one of the first endosomatic parasites that
was removable by primitive means, i.e. non-surgical. We now know a
whole lot more about these worms than we did 100 years ago.
Pathology is caused by the female worm, which bores through the skin of
its human host (usually in the extremities such as the bare feet and legs)
where her uterus will rupture, spewing forth thousands of eggs. When these
eggs contact a water source, such as a well, they will hatch releasing a
tiny larva that must be eaten by the intermediate host in the life cycle,
the cyclopid freshwater copepod, Cyclops sp. After being swallowed by the
copepod, the worm will bore through the gut lining and will enter the
body cavity where it will mature and will simply wait. The life cycle
is completed when a human drinks unfiltered water and swallows the
copepod, thus releasing the worm into the gut. The worm will bore
through the gut lining and enter the subcutaneous tissue where it will
further mature. Males are small (3mm) while females can reach a meter
in length. After mating, the male dies and the female migrates to the
extremities to release her eggs.
Although still common in some parts of Appalachia (and the southern US),
hookworm is uncommon in the US. However, it is a problem in approximately 2
billion people in many parts of the world, particularly in India. A related
nematode is the dog hookworm, Ancyclostoma caninum. This is present world
wide and in Santa Barbara. It is easy for your dog to get because all dogs
walk around barefoot and don’t use toilets. If a larval dog hookworm
encounters a bare human foot, the larvae penetrate but don’t successfully
get into the circulatory system. Instead, they wander around in the skin for
weeks or months, leaving a track of inflamed, itching skin. This symptom is
called coetaneous larval migrans. Toxocara canis is not a hookworm but it is
a parasite of dogs and cats that causes a related pathology. In this case,
larval worms are able to get past the skin and wander around in the human’s
tissues causing substantial pathology. This is known as Visceral larval
migrans. It is highly prevalent in children but also in epileptics, the
mentally retarded and institutionalized, suggesting that the behavior of
these people contribute to their risk of infection but also suggesting the
possibility that Toxocara can lead to these types of serious mental
conditions. If you own a dog, it is irresponsible to let it defecate in
areas where people like to go barefoot such as in parks or at the beach.
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Darryl 2012-05-03 05:29:42
At the lab I work in, we have an article from way back that,
tongue-in-cheek, suggests that shoes cause cancer. I didn’t read this
post in its entirety, but it falls along the chiropractic subluxation
theory of disease. The site seems to have ignored chinese foot
binding practices which one might consider an extreme form of footware
The site, IMO, is good for a laugh.
Songbird 2012-05-03 05:29:49
My husband gives me a hard time because I go barefoot in the house
year-round and as often as I can outdoors. I have had lots of foot problems
(stress fractures, neuromas, fascitis, etc.), and I often find shoes
uncomfortable as a result.
Now I’ll just tell him to shut up, I’m warding off AD.
Mombu 2012-05-03 05:30:20
To my knowledge, Dr. Simon Wikler was the first to publish the idea
that shoes cause cancer, in the Journal of the National Association of
Chiropodists, volume 40, number 8, August 1950 in a paper titled “Foot
Defects as Possible Etiological Factors in Cancer.” Wonder why all
the surgeons skipped over those pages?
You bring up an interesting point about the Chinese foot binding, an
extremely popular practice that went on for about 1000 years, and
produced some feet as tiny as three inches. Our modern-day foot
deformation pales in comparison to their practice, and has only been
taking place for about 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution made
the shoe available to anyone who wanted it.
One major difference is that we try to do useful things on our tiny
feet for 12 hours a day, going to work, taking care of the kids (and
parents), grocery shopping, and as if that were not enough, we even
walk, jog and run in tiny feet in the name of some undefined quality
called “physical fitness.”
Nobody has commented yet on the world’s first Alzheimer’s disease
patient, born during the last year that shoes were made custom-fit to
each person’s foot. Coincidence?
Suzanne gall 2012-05-03 05:30:22
Hee hee – what fun!
I honestly did think of posting last weekend – “Take a walk in your
Mom was at Dad’s, my feet were cold and I put on her slippers. ( I had
tested them before they were purchased & did walk around in the house with
them – they were OK, not something I’d wear, but she really liked them -easy
to put on etc.) I wore them for about a minute – too cushy and I walked
like a duck – that explained a few things. Needless to say I immediately
bought a different kind of slippers with more tread & more stability. And
yes now I have to help her get them on, oh well. She does miss her other
new slippers – so I still give her the opportunity to wear them once in
awhile as she gets used to her new new ones.
My mom would run barefoot in the winter until she was 50+. Now she won’t go
with out socks and shoes/slippers.
Quack Quack Quack … I felt in her slippers. A cause of AD HEE HEE HEE…
Thanks for the laugh.
& thanks for bringing up an important subject that is often forgotten.
Don’t forget the feet – toe nails, general foot comfort, stability etc. etc.
Darryl 2012-05-03 05:30:24
Yes, coincidence. The first diagnosis of a disease is often not its
first occurrence. How many cases of dementia (not limited to AD) were
diagnosed as possessions or insanity?
By the sounds of it, you’d better loosen your laces.
Dpharris 2012-05-03 05:30:33
On 10 Dec 2003 16:46:24 -0800 in alt.support.alzheimers,
1) most MDs consider chirpodists to be quacks, or no more than
2) maybe the “journal” is not peer reviewed, or its standard of
proof for scientific papers is too low
3) maybe they read it and realized that it didn’t offer any
verifiable proof that foot defects cause cancer.
chirpodists? how about real doctors?
Mombu 2012-05-03 05:30:38
No, it’s people like you who drive everyone crazy!
Mombu 2012-05-03 05:30:44
According to the biography of Dr. Alzheimer, the landmark case of
“Auguste D.” in 1901 was unusual and represented a significant
departure from all prior cases. While Alzheimer’s disease may
certainly have existed centuries earlier, it evidently did not exist
in the masses. Something seemed to come out of the Industrial
Revolution of the 1800’s to produce widespread Alzheimer’s disease.
How can we possibly expect the drug companies to produce a
satisfactory medicine when nobody even knows which noxious byproduct
of the Industrial Revolution causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Thanks for your post.
Mombu 2012-05-03 05:30:53
I was not aware of that. Thank you for sharing this insight, yet
another clue that the MD’s may be wandering down the wrong path in
trying to stomp out degenerative disease.
There has been recent debate about the quality of peer-reviewed
journals. In my opinion, if everyone agrees with one another on a
subject, then very little progress is expected. It is the people who
disagree that seem to drive new ideas and areas of research. Could
this be why the doctors, scientists and Nobel Prize winners have
completely failed to find the cause and cure for cancer?
If the breast and prostate surgeons of the 1940’s had been truly
interested in testing Dr. Wikler’s novel hypothesis, they would have
initiated a 60-year study in the United States comparing children
raised barefoot versus peers who wear shoes. We would be seeing the
results of that study right about now. I wonder why we are not?
Darryl 2012-05-03 05:31:01
Peer-reviewing is, for the most part, an effective process; however,
it is NOT true that everyone agrees on the *theories* in print.
Perhaps they both considered and disregarded his hypothesis. Most
hypotheses have been considered novel at some point in time; hence,
the progress that has been seen in research as a whole. With the
apparent devotion to your site and Wikler’s hypothesis I suggest that
you raise funds and develop a paradigm involving the Sprague-Dawley
rat, a radial arm maze and small shoes.
However, more interesting may be the development of the industrial
machine that gives rise to todays shoes.
Mombu 2012-05-06 00:14:06
I would like to note that my thread concerning shoes and Alzheimer’s
disease has attracted infinitely more attention in its first two days,
than the “Botox Sheds Light on Alzheimer’s” thread has been able to
attract at all.
After reading my hypothesis that the habitual use of shoes since birth
causes Alzheimer’s disease in humans, some people on
alt.support.alzheimers apparently turned into ducks, quacking at the
suggestion that something so close to their bodies could be so
responsible for such a powerful disease.
Others in this newsgroup seemed to place emphasis on peer-reviewed
journals and faith in scientists and doctors that have completely
failed to find the causes of almost all other degenerative diseases in
the last 200 years.
But nobody seemed interested in questioning what it is in our
environment that is robbing us of our minds, our past experiences, our
ability to handle everyday tasks, and indeed, robbing us of our unique
individuality and personality.
Is the possibility that shoes cause Alzheimer’s disease really more
tragic than the disease itself?
Evelyn ruut 2012-05-06 00:14:08
Considering that you also claim it is the cause for diabetes, (and who knows
what else?) I would imagine that people regard you as some kind of a nut.
I know I do.
(To reply to me personally, remove sox)
Glenfiddich 2012-05-06 00:14:12
”Feetback” is a loon.
He also claimed shoes cause breast cancer.
If he were right, everyone who wore shoes would develop diabetes,
cancer AND Alzheimers – and heaven only knows what else besides…
I claim with absolute certainty that this ‘feetback’ character has
drunk water its whole life.
Does that prove that everyone who also drinks water will
turn into a newsgroup loon?
Lee 2012-05-06 00:14:27
was it a contest? ok … you win …. far as I’m concerned you’ve got the
~price~ for 2003 (least the shampoo & soaps cure poster knew when to quit!)
Dpharris 2012-05-06 18:21:36
On 15 Dec 2003 12:46:02 -0800 in alt.support.alzheimers,
it definitely has robbed you of yours. PLONK.
Hgoldste 2012-05-06 18:21:38
: alt.support.alzheimers apparently turned into ducks, quacking at the
: suggestion that something so close to their bodies could be so
: responsible for such a powerful disease.
You want to be in alt.paranormal,alt.usenet.kooks, not here in a
support group. The only fowls here are foul bogus theory peddlers and
Dennis’ albatross from supernews. A******.
For those who’ve chosen to ignore the smell of feet try this on for
could halt alzheimers”)
Marginal usefu 2012-05-06 18:21:49
Do you still have that ridiculous hat? That’s what needs to be plonked.