The Barefoot Professor: The Barefoot Book


driving barefoot True for MI and all the other states, too.

Dispelling the myths

Clearing up the misconceptions about going barefoot

Yes, it is legal to drive barefoot
Mr. Jason Heimbaugh had heard that driving barefoot was illegal, but he wanted to know for sure. So, he sent letters of inquiry to the DMV offices of all 50 states and the District of Columbia and received responses from most of them. He discovered that it is NOT illegal to drive barefoot in any of the states that responded.* Indeed, many people believe it is safer to drive barefoot than in shoes, especially high heels or flip flops. Mr. Heimbaugh's letters and responses can be found on the Society for Barefoot Living (SBL) website.

No, there are no health codes that prohibit bare feet in businesses
Members of the SBL contacted the health and/or agriculture departments of all 50 states and confirmed that there are no health codes or state laws that require shoes in businesses of any kind, including grocery stores or restaurants. This is a tenacious myth, however, and even many restaurant owners and managers believe it. The truth is that bare feet are not a health issue. Indeed, bare hands spread germs and disease and are far more hazardous than bare feet. Visit the SBL website to view and download health department letters.

No, going barefoot does not lead to fungal infections
The best way to get athlete's foot or toenail fungus is to frequently wear closed-toe shoes. The best way to cure athlete's foot and toenail fungus is to go barefoot. This is not just my opinion, it is the position of the American Academy of Dermatology. Shoes are incubators that create warm, dark, moist environments - perfect for growing fungus. Going barefoot keeps the skin on your feet dry and strong and exposed to microbe-inhibiting agents like wind and sunshine. Bacteria also thrive in shoes, especially Pseudomonas bacteria (which is responsible for most of that shoe stink). Because of this, even stepping on a nail is safer barefoot than in shoes, as research proves that shoes significantly increase your odds of puncture-wound infection (this research is discussed in The Barefoot Book). Finally, the risk of parasite infection through the feet in the United States is virtually zero due to clean water and sewage systems.

More myths...
There are many more myths associated with shoes and going barefoot, such as regulations by OSHA, liability laws and insurance restrictions. These are all covered in The Barefoot Book.

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*With the exception of driving a motorcycle in Alabama. Nine states did not respond: Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

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