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Some Clothes And Shoes Are Perilous To Your Health. See Why.

Tight Shoes & Ties; Restrictive Nylons & Underwear; Platform Shoes & Stilettos; Super-Tight Clothes.

10 Years Ago I Placed An Article About The Perils Of Fashioned Shoes On My Health Website When They Were Bringing Back Stilettos And Pointy Toes In Addition To The Already Damaging 'Platform Shoes'........They Were Starting To Design All Manner Of Shoes That Wreck Your Feet. Since Then, They Have Brought Corsets Back And All Manner Of Tight Clothing - Some Of Which Are Unbelievably Tight - I Don't Think You Could Breathe In Them!

It Seems They Have Not Stopped With Women, The Guys Are Wearing Pointy Toes Too And Some Tight Fitting Clothes. Well Today, I Found An Article About Men Wearing Tight Fitting Collars And Ties. Professional Researchers Are Expressing Much Concern About This In Relation To Vision And Brain Health, Based On Several Tests They Have Run. We All Need To Be Aware Of These Things In The Interest Of Good Health And To Protect Our Health, So I Thought I Would Cover More Than Ties In This Post. Shall We Go?

Ways Clothing Can Make You Sick

By Jaimie Dalessio Clayton   

From skinny jeans and body shapers to way-too-tight neckties, some of what we wear isn't just uncomfortable — it's unhealthy. Find out what the designer labels and fashion spreads won't tell you.

Can Your Clothing Choices Hurt Your Health?

The right clothes can make you feel better about yourself, even smarter, but the wrong clothes can — in some cases — make you feel pain and even make you sick. Read on for some ways your clothes might be hurting you.

Skinny Jeans, Tight Pants and Digestive Issues

Tight clothing that pushes into the abdomen, everything from jeans to belts and compression undergarments, can be problematic, "particularly and especially when somebody overeats," says Jamie Koufman, MD, a reflux specialist and author of Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure based in New York City.

Pressure on the stomach, known as intragastric pressure or intra-abdominal pressure, can trigger acid reflux — pushing stomach acid back up through the lower esophageal junction, where the esophagus and the stomach meet, causing heartburn.

Acid reflux is common, and not just for older adults, according to Dr. Koufman, who says about 37 percent of the 20 to 30-year-old age group gets it. Even someone who isn't prone to acid reflux can develop reflux if they wear a tight article of clothing often over a two-week period, she says. Snug-fitting corset-style shirts can have a similar effect, says Koufman.

"It's not a good idea to wear something tight to a dinner, particularly if it's late in the day as well." And if you must wear compression undergarments under a dress or a tight belt with a new pair of pants, Koufman suggests eating smaller, less fatty meals to reduce the risk of reflux, and trying to loosen things up after you eat, if you can.

Compression Undergarments and Nerve Pain

Designed to smooth out flab and bulging tummies, body-shapers like compression undergarments and control-top pantyhose have a downside. "Tight garments on the lower abdominal region and the upper thigh can cause a condition called meralgia parestheticairritation of the nerves in the front and outer aspects of the thigh," says Orly Avitzur, MD, a neurologist and medical adviser to Consumer Reports who practices in Carmel, N.Y.

"We've known about this for many years and used to see it in women who wore girdles. Now we see it in other compression garments, which have become quite a common fashion accessory. So we're seeing more and more of that in this generation of women who are trying to look sleek in their clothing." Symptoms include burning, pain, tingling in the thigh area and hypersensitivity to touch, according to Dr. Avitzur.

Tight Ties, Tight Shirts and Poor Circulation

Men can have issues with tight-clothing, too, Avitzur says. Although she hasn't seen it personally in her practice, literature suggests tight neckties can lead to circulation problems in the neck. A study published in the journal Stroke Research and Treatment, in which researchers used a necktie apparatus to mimic the effects of a tight tie on 40 healthy males, found modest changes in cerebrovascular reactivity, which relates to the dilation ability of arteries in the brain — a potential marker for stroke. The study's authors theorize that the changes likely aren't enough to influence stroke risk in healthy adults but could potentially affect risk in adults with other stroke risk factors. Source HERE

Tight Ties May Be Bad For Your Eyes

By Emily Singer - NewScientist.Com

Men who tie their neckties too tightly could be increasing their risk of a sight destroying disease, new research suggests. Scientists found that a tight necktie caused an increase in pressure in the eye, which is one of the leading risk factors for Glaucoma.

The finding could also be of immediate importance in screening for Glaucoma, in which doctors measure eye pressure. “The main point is, if you see a patient with raised pressure, it’s worth checking if their tie is too tight,” says Keith Barton, a consultant ophthalmologist with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in both the US and UK. Most cases occur when fluid builds up in the eye, resulting in excessive pressure that damages the optic nerve. Early treatment can prevent loss of sight, making accurate screening essential.

According to Robert Ritch, the eye specialist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary who led the work, a tight tie compresses the jugular vein, causing a backup of blood along the system to the eye, thus raising the pressure. “This external cause of raised intraocular pressure could possibly contribute to further damage from glaucoma,” he says.

“Men who wear tight neckties and men with thick necks should be aware that they might cause long-term damage to their optic nerves,” he told New Scientist.

Hold Your Breath

Ritch’s team found that among 20 normal patients and 20 patients with Glaucoma, intraocular pressure increased by 2.6 mm Hg and 1.0 mm Hg respectively.

However, just how much these pressure changes increase the risk of Glaucoma is unknown. “We don’t know what will happen if someone wears a tight tie for three years,” Ritch says.

And others say there is no need for men to cut up their ties yet. “I think tight neckties would be a small risk factor,” says Barton. “They aren’t causing Glaucoma in most people.”

But both researchers and doctors agree that the study results may improve screening, perhaps by asking men to remove their ties before eye tests. Several other factors can cause a temporary increase in intraocular pressure, for example if a patient squeezes their eye, holds their breath, or drinks lots of coffee or water before the eye test.

The new findings will help eye doctors distinguish transient factors from long-term increases in pressure associated with ageing, which indicate a substantial risk of glaucoma.

Journal reference: British Journal of Ophthalmology (vol 87, p 946)

Why You Should Wear A Loose-Fitting Collar To Avoid Glaucoma

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

While studying at the Harvard Medical School, I heard this story: A 55-year-old businessman complained of headaches, blurred vision and a tingling sensation in his right ear. Harvard professors were not able to make a diagnosis. So he consulted doctors at The Mayo Clinic and famous Harley Street doctors in London, England. None could diagnose his problem.

Years later he was at a convention in Atlantic City. He needed a new shirt and walked into a store and asked for a size 15. A young salesman suggested a size 16. Irritated, the man replied, ‘I’ve been buying shirts since you were in knee pants, and I want a size 15! The salesman replied, “That’s fine with me, Sir, if you want to suffer from headaches, blurred vision and a tingling sensation in your right ear!”

Tight collars are not hard to find if you watch television. The ones I often see are on overweight males whose necks are bulging out over their collars, and they look awfully uncomfortable. Snugness, whether in woman’s stockings or men’s shirts, is not a healthy habit.

A study in the British Medical Journal of Ophthalmology states that tight neckties increase the risk of Glaucoma. Dr. Robert Ritch of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary several  years ago agreed. He stated that tight neckties constantly pressing on the jugular vein increase intraocular pressure (IOP) which is one of the risk factors of glaucoma as this continual pressure destroys the optic nerve.

Other eye specialists point out that a false diagnosis of glaucoma can be made if a tight necktie is worn during an eye examination.

But how many men wear shirts with tight neck collars? Dr. Susan Watkins at Cornell University reported that there are two chances in three the neck size of a man’s shirt is too small, and his necktie too tight.

Her study involved 94 white collar males. Researchers first measured the circumference of their necks with the collars buttoned and the ties knotted. The neck measurement was then repeated with the collars unbuttoned and the ties loosened. Watkins discovered that 67% were buying shirts with collars that were smaller than the size of their necks.

Dr. Watkins claims this tightness is causing more than discomfort. It’s also triggering visual problems that can be scientifically proven. For instance, men were asked to tell researchers when a light, flickering at increased speeds, appeared to be constant. The tight collar wearers were found to have poorer visual discrimination than those who purchased the right neck size.

I could not find any research that explained why so many males bought shirts with collars that were too tight. Maybe it’s a more macho look. But good sense dictates the constant pressure on jugular veins impeding the flow of blood from the brain is not a healthy situation or is it prudent to decrease the flow of oxygenated blood in carotid arteries to the brain. So my advice is to forget about Harvard doctors that are unable to make this simple diagnosis. But if you need a new shirt and are in Atlantic City, seek the young salesman. I’m sure he will tell you that it’s prudent to be able to insert two fingers between the neck and buttoned collar. Source HERE

What Wearing High Heels Does To Your Feet

And six ways to undo the damage.

By Amy Marturana Winderl, C.P.T.

Most high heels are uncomfortable. Even your best, most luxurious pair will leave your feet aching after a couple hours of walking. Sure, beauty is pain, and we make sacrifices for the sake of fashion. But wearing high heels all day every day can actually cause some serious problems with your feet.

"The reason heels are bad is because when you are in any kind of shoe that has elevation or a heel, your weight gets shifted forward to the ball of the foot," Jackie Sutera, D.P.M.Opens in a new window, a podiatric surgeon at City Podiatry in NYC, tells SELF. "The higher the heel, the more weight and pressure get shifted forward. Your knees and hips then have to push forward and your back has to hyperextend backwards to counterbalance," she explains. This can translate to leg, hip, and back pain"It misaligns the whole skeleton and that’s in a nutshell why it's really bad for you."

On top of all that, heels cause more noticeable damage to the feet and ankles. Here's what you need to know before stepping into that gorgeous new pair of stilettos.

High heels can cause all sorts of cosmetic problems for your feet.

The pressure your toes experience being pressed forward can lead to hammer toes (when the toe becomes bent downward permanently), bunions (a swollen, bony bump that forms on the side of the big toe), and ingrown toenails. "If you already have them it gets worse. If you don’t have them, they can develop, especially if you have a genetic component," Sutera says.

They can also leave you with real injuries.

Similarly to how overusing muscles can lead to injury, repeatedly wearing high heels can cause all sorts of painful problems. Straining your ankles and other tendons surrounding the foot can lead to tendonitis. "Because your foot is elevated and the weight goes forward, a lot of tension gets taken off the Achilles tendon and it shortens over time," Sutera explains. "That's why a lot of women who are a little older don’t feel good in flats, because the tendons are so tight from overuse of high heels their whole livesthat it’s uncomfortable when they’re stretched to their original length.

Extra weight and pressure on the front of the foot can even cause a stress fracture. Heels can also cause pinched nerves. "The most common is called Morton's neuromaOpens in a new window," Sutera says. It occurs on the ball of the foot, usually between the third and fourth toe. "You can get heel spurs [a calcium buildup on the bone], arthritis, and heel pain, as well," she adds. If your feet are ever seriously hurting you and it won't ease up, see a podiatrist to figure out what's wrong.

Repeatedly wearing heels can actually wear away your foot's natural cushioning.

"What ends up happening with overuse is the fat pad on bottom of the foot starts to become a lot thinner over time," Sutera says. "When you don’t have a natural cushion anymore, you can get generalized pain on the bottom of the foot." This pain is called metatarsalgia. The rate at which these fat pads atrophy depends on the person, but over-wearing high heels and even walking around in cheap flip-flops can contribute to the process over time.

For the clumsy among us, heels are a twisted ankle just waiting to happen.

Whether you have terrible balance naturally or are going to be drinking in those stilettos, an ankle twist or sprain is a real concern.

If you're going to wear heels, there are some things you can do to minimize and mitigate the effects.

The best thing to do is to not wear heels, and if you do, buy ones that are made with cushioning and a proper arch from brands like Vionic. But let's be honest: Knowing heels aren't great for our feet isn't going to make all women just stop wearing them. Sutera recommends some things you can do to make wearing heels a better experience for your poor feet:

Massage and stretch your legs at the end of the day.

 "The Achilles tendons and calf muscles get really tight, so doing calf stretches and massages can undo that," Sutera says. Downward dog or a runner's calf stretch against the wall will suffice. If you have a pinched nerve or other pain in your toes, massage in between the thin bones. "That usually helps to open up the space, promote circulation, and calm everything down," says Sutera. Simply spreading and stretching your toes apart will help, too. Opens in a new window

Ditch shoes that are worn out or no longer fit. 

"I don’t care how much money you spent, they will hurt you if they're not in good shape and don’t fit you well,"

Choose wedges and wider heels over a thinner heel.

 "There's a greater surface area to distribute body weight across, and it gives you much more stability as well."

Alternate heel heights throughout the week. 

You should also switch shoes throughout the day so you're not in heels all day long. That way, your feet aren't always forced into the same angle day in and day out.

Wear commuter shoes. 

It's difficult to grasp this idea when you've worked to perfect your outfit before leaving the house, but your feet will thank you later. "If women in their 20s started doing this now, they would have fewer problems when they get older," says Sutera. Wear shoes with a thick sole, arch support, and shock absorption, and wait to change into those high heels until you arrive at your destination.

Wear high heels in moderation. 

Heels aren't good for your feet. But no one expects you to just stop wearing them when they're so attractive. If you make better shoe choices most of the time and wear reasonable high heels sparingly, Sutera says you'll be OK.

Source HERE  

Janets Closing Comments

So There You Have It Girls And Guys - Please Be Careful and Remember "A Stitch In Time Saves Nine" Maybe More! This Topic Is So Important, I Will Be Making Another Post Soon For Women. There's So Much Out There To Get You In These Days. SO MANY ITEMS,,,,,,,,,,Take Care.........Who would have ever thought that "Clothes" can harm you? Though many feel discomfort I'm sure. Your body is trying to tell you something through aches and pains, shortness of breath, circulation impaired. Are these "Fashions" so important that we're prepared to face such discomforts and a threat to our health? Some People Will Tell You "Health Is Everything" Who Did Not Know What You Know Now.

To See My Article On The Perils Of Fashion Shoes Click HERE. You Will See A Variety Of Fashion Shoes From 8-10 Years Ago. Pretty Strange The Government Have Not Banned The Sale Of Them - They Ban Dangerous Toys For Kids. There Are So Many That Are Dangerous To Walk In.

A Friend Of Ours Drives A Cab In The City And Has Commented To Us How Dangerous Some Of Those Shoes Are - Especially Near Busy Traffic. So Many Struggle To Walk Properly And Their Backs Are Out Of Proper Alignment. His Mrs Wears Comfortable Shoes (Really Nice) and I Do The Same. They Are Concerned For Girls Whose Liking For Fashion Shoes Defies Common Sense (at such a young age). Please Let That Not Be You.