3rd annual: Are shoes the cause of Alzheimer's?

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3rd annual: Are shoes the cause of Alzheimer's?
« on: 09/04/2006 17:03:39 »
TO: All Alzheimer's disease researchers, doctors, and patients.

I am a 35-year-old electrical engineer investigating the biomechanical effects of shoes on degenerative diseases--an admittedly unusual topic.  Today, April 8, 2006, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of "Auguste D", who was Dr. Alois Alzheimer's first clinical case of the disease that came to bear his name.  Indeed, Alzheimer's disease was so rare a century ago that doctors didn't even have a name for the condition.

Alzheimer's disease is just one example of diseases that are related to posture and specifically 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 that first clinical case presenting to Dr. Alzheimer in 1901 was a woman (Auguste D.), and she was born on May 16, 1850, during the last year that shoes were made completely by hand; Isaac Singer's sewing machine of 1851 made modern shoes widely available for the first time in the history of mankind.  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.  Both Auguste and Johann were among the first children growing up in the modern manufactured shoe era.

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.  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 theory.

James Semmel
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Also reference the discussion at the Alzheimer's Association:
newbielink:http://alzheimers.infopop.cc/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/214102241/m/5971053221 [nonactive]