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Hi everyone,

The purpose of this yearly post is to stimulate interest and discussion about the biomechanical effects of shoes on "age-related" degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease.  Chiropodist Dr. Simon J. Wikler pioneered efforts to understand the influences of shoes in the 1950's, but his work was neglected during the subsequent drug- and diet-based approaches to medicine.  However, the prolific footwear historian and podiatrist Dr. William A. Rossi clearly demonstrated throughout his publications that shoes influence the posture of the human body.  Therefore, using the posture-based approaches to medicine of the distinguished orthopedist Dr. Joel E. Goldthwait, I have expanded Dr. Wikler's insightful work to include a variety of illnesses and conditions whose causes remain unknown.

Alzheimer's disease is just one example of diseases that are related to the use of footwear, especially since it affects women disproportionately more than men.  Women's footwear is more physically deforming to the feet because of higher heels, pointier toes, and smaller sizes, but any shoe might have a more deforming effect on the lighter build of a woman's body.  Even the first clinical case, presenting to Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1901, was a woman called "Auguste D." who was born on May 16, 1850, during the last year that shoes were made completely by hand.  The second clinical case of what became known as Alzheimer's disease was a man, "Johann F." born about a year later on March 8, 1853.  Auguste and Johann were among the first children growing up in the manufactured shoe era following Issac Singer's 1851 sewing machine, which made modern shoes widely available for the first time in the history of mankind.

You may find my thesis regarding shoes and disease on the Internet at: newbielink:http://www.shoebusters.com [nonactive]
Thank you very much for considering my novel approach.

James Semmel
Albuquerque, New Mexico


previous years' threads:
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=12324
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=6340.0
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=3965.0


 

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6th annual: Are shoes the cause of Alzheimer's disease?
« Reply #1 on: 06/01/2009 18:15:35 »
What's your main evidence that shoes cause alzheimers disease? It is a weak argument to say that shoes cause it because most people with alzheimers wear shoes, this shows correlation but not neccessarily causation. They probably all wore underpants too.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 07/01/2009 13:28:38 »
Feetback,
You keep bringing this up, and  we keep pointing out that it doesn't make sense. For example some strains of mice develop Alzheimer's disease but don't wear shoes.
Why do you keep banging on about it?
 

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6th annual: Are shoes the cause of Alzheimer's disease?
« Reply #3 on: 08/01/2009 15:45:11 »
That's your best counterexample?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 08/01/2009 17:05:15 »
That's all that is neccessary to show that your argument is completely invalid. Have you got any evidence to support your theory?

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=18520.0   <-- Check out number 6.
« Last Edit: 08/01/2009 17:07:23 by Madidus_Scientia »
 

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« Reply #5 on: 08/01/2009 19:08:52 »
Feetback,
It's not, perhaps, the best counterexample, but it was the first that came to mind.
One counterexample is one better than your zero proofs.
Anyway, as has been pointed out, it only takes one counterpoint to show you are wrong.
Why didn't you answer my question?
Why do you keep banging on about it?
 

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