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Scientists Say Our Body’s Bacteria & Fungus Are As Unique As Our Fingerprints

This year, scientists have made groundbreaking discoveries regarding the bacteria and fungus biome of our bodies. It may be difficult to believe, but the microbes living on and in your body outnumber your own cells 10 to 1. Not all bugs are bad, of course. As babies, gentle microbes strengthen our immune systems to fight off the nastier bugs that make us sick. Probiotics form colonies in the gut so that harmless bacteria takes up all the real estate that bad bacteria may otherwise nab. It turns out, the colonies of microbes thriving on us is diverse — and as unique as our fingerprints.

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Should You Ditch Shoes And Go Barefoot?

Do we live in a shoe-obsessed culture? Have we been tricked into thinking that we need shoes to protect us from pathogens? Professor Daniel Howell, author of The Barefoot Book: 50 Reasons To Kick Off Your Shoessays that wearing shoes has led to fallen arches, bunions, hammer toes, knee arthritis, blisters, corns, calluses, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. The answer, he says, is not in “better shoes” — but in no shoes at all. He’s even managed to dig up a few podiatrists who say the same. Is a revolution brewing… or is there some truth in a mother’s advice to always wear your shoes while playing outside?

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Health Risks of Walking Barefoot Through Airport Security

The next time you’re waiting in line to go through airport security, take a look around at how many people kick off their sandals or walk in stocking feet up to the scanners. Imagine how many sweaty feet touch the floor surface in just one day — hundreds, if not thousands! Most people don’t even think twice about this practice because “it’s the law” to remove one’s shoes before boarding a plane. However, you can still be prepared by avoiding walking barefoot and wearing socks instead. Doctor Marybeth Crane explains why walking barefoot or in stockings through security is a filthy (and dangerous) habit.

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