Conventional Wisdom is often wrong. This is a two part post discussing the practice of going barefoot and diabetes.
- A discussion of barefoot and diabetes, including amputations
- A barefoot incident with a sharp object
Amputations are a real ‘fact of life’ for millions of diabetics. Diabetes amputations happen to approximately 40,000 diabetics each each year in the United States alone. Think about that… body parts being removed.
With so much pain and suffering world wide … why do so many continue to listen to the American Diabetes Association and their world wide partners? I DO NOT!!! And I thrive.
Intro to Barefoot and Diabetes
1) If you are diabetic, DO NOT TRY going barefoot unless you maintain normal blood sugars.
2) Move into barefoot exercise gradually, allow your feet to adjust to moving without shoes. Walk barefoot in your home, then your yard, later down the street and in parks. Always checking your intended path for foreign, sharp objects.
I go barefoot because I love it, I truly do. Especially the barefoot play on a grassy field or on the local football field…. it is an exhilarating feeling. I run “distance” barefoot on pavements and sidewalks because it’s a challenge. I run barefoot on pavement in part, to prove that YOU do not have to live, eat and take drugs like the American Diabetes Association and their minions want you to do.
“Diabetes and Barefoot Exercise” is a good introduction and sums up my thoughts on barefoot exercise.
Barefoot Diabetes Incident
I decided to “turn my garden”, I wanted to do so in my bare feet so I used a pitch fork instead of a shovel. The shovel would have required shoes but using a pitch fork I was able to accomplish the task barefoot.
All was well until I began raking up small brush on one end of the garden, I was going to burn them and use the ash as a fertilizer.
While doing so… I felt a sharp pain shoot up my foot and into my leg. Of course my first thought was… a NAIL! I reached down and removed the thorn in the picture (top right). The pain lasted the rest of the day and was sore the next as well.
The picture (above) is not a great picture, despite numerous attempts the ‘auto focus’ on my camera would not function properly. Still, it was NOT a major injury, it was merely a puncture of the skin by a thorn that had been laying in the garden where I dump my kitchen refuse. There are all kinds of bacteria, bugs and worms in the garden eating on the organic garbage. I’m sure it was COVERED in bacteria. :)
The picture below was taken yesterday, three days later. Once again, I made this a mini-experiment.
I used no soap, salves, ointments, lotions nor potions. In fact, I never touched it once I removed the thorn.
The picture below is just more evidence ,a diabetic toe… is just a toe, if you maintain normal blood sugars as I do.
I did not highlight it, but hopefully you can see the “slight” scratch in the center of the picture. No infections … the body did it’s job.
That is the essence of “low carb paleo living” in my opinion.
Eating and living in a low inflammation lifestyle that allows your body to heal and defend itself.
For 90% of diabetics, the thorn in the foot would have been a “big deal”. Why? Because according to a report in this post, “90% of diabetics do not maintain normal blood sugars. With high blood sugars, you risk infections that can lead to amputations. … which leads me to part two of this post.
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With my promotion of going barefoot for diabetics … many people falsely believe I “make light” of the risk of amputations… I do not.
Diabetic AMPUTATIONS are real!! I spent some time digging up information of diabetes amputations… here’s what I found.
From the National Institute of Health
Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
- More than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
- In 2006, about 65,700 nontraumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in people with diabetes.
WOW! in the US alone … 65,000 diabetic amputations. THAT IS A TRAVESTY!!
Here I am, running around barefoot, occasionally getting shards of glass in my foot or stepping on sharp rocks…and even getting thorns in my foot… WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE, while 10’s of thousands have amputations each year.
Does this make any sense… to ANYONE???
The high carb diabetes care advice ‘sold’ to millions does not benefit diabetics.
Who does the ‘carb up and shoot up’ advice benefit? … The Medical Industry, Big Pharma and Big Food.
I run around barefoot all the time… and I have normal blood sugar.
There is a better way to manage diabetes!
Reduce Your Blood Sugar the Warrior Way
Below is my personal ‘diabetes care’ manual. It is truly diabetes friendly, not Big Food, Big Pharma and Medical Industry friendly. Every person who follows my plan improves blood sugar control. Not coincidentally, each person who follows my diabetes care plan reduces the profits of Big Food, Big Pharma and the Medical Industry.