Thursday, October 19, 2017

Clint Ober, the Father of Earthing

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Clint Ober is a true pioneer in the field of grounding, or what he termed "Earthing." A former cable television network expert, he lost his health and nearly his life after an infection from a root canal compromised 80 percent of his liver. The infection spread throughout his entire body and he was given just months to live. However, after experimental surgery his liver grew back to its original size. 
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During the healing process, he experienced a paradigm shift. In his book Earthing (click here to look inside the book) : The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?. 
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he wrote, "A stark realization came over me that I did not really own my home and the mountain of possession I had. Rather, they owned me." He sold his possessions and business, bought an RV*, ( A recreational vehicle (RV) is, in North America, the usual term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with living space and amenities found in a home. ), and spent four(4) years driving around the country in search of his purpose in life. In meditation, he thought, " I want to do something different. Whatever time I have left I want to dedicate it to something worthwhile and with purpose."

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  One day he sat on the bay in Key largo, Florida, and asked for guidance. When he returned to the RV, he hear these words: " Become an opposite charge." Years later, thinking about static electricity ( which caused "snow" and white lines on TV) he wondered if being insulated from the ground in footwear would have an effect on people' health. He realized that electronic and electrical equipment had to be grounded and thought perhaps humans do too. 

  And thus began his quest. First he developed a grounding pad that could connect someone with the earth when indoors ( he simply calls it an " extension cord" for the earth). He performed a humble study showing that of the people who used the grounding pad,  

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Grounding Pad ⇧

85 percent went to sleep more quickly, 
93 percent reported sleeping better throughout the night, 
82 percent experienced a significant  reduction in muscle stiffness. 74 percent experienced elimination or reduction of chronic back and joint pain, 
100 percent reported feeling more rested when they woke up, and 
78 percent reported improved general health. This was just the beginning of a long career in research on the effects of grounding.

  Clint Ober's research is a major reason we now have science starting to catch up with what we intuitively know: that getting grounded is good for us. 

  When you touch the ground, barefoot or barehand, something special, almost magical happens. Or perhaps we should say that something electrical happens. Because when you touch the ground, you're connected electrically with the earth.

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  Look at it this way: the earth is a giant negatively charged electrical battery. That's why our electronic equipment is grounded and why electrical plugs have a third, grounding prong.

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  Anything disconnected from the earth tends to hold a positive charge (which is why there are electrical storms or why your hair stands on end, particularly in the winter). How many times have you shuffled across the carpet and then zapped someone? Shocking!

  That static charge is harmful. For example, computer chip makers avoid static electricity because it can fry a circuit board. Anyone who works around gunpowder or fills up at gas stations knows the danger of stray sparks causing an explosion.
  Those charges build up in our human bodies. The earth was always there to take the hit, so to speak. But along the way, we became disconnected from Mother Earth. Not grounded directly. Our ancestors walked barefoot or in leather-soled sandals. Leather soaked with sweat is a good conductor. They slept on the earth, tilled the earth with bare-hands, and, in a very real sense, were one with the earth.
  Not so today. Because we're insulated from the ground, that static electricity charge builds up ー with no place to go.
  When you slip off your shoes at the end of a day work, walk barefoot through the grass, or squish your toes on a sandy beach, you're not just draining tension away, you are off-loading the excess positive charge clinging onto and in your body. You're plugging back into the earth, getting grounded, and getting your  dose of vitamin G.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017


For Health and EMF protection.

In the last hundred or so years we have lost something vital for our health and wellbeing: our electrical connection to the Earth.  With the advent of rubber and plastic soled shoes, and insulating mattresses in insulating houses, we spend our days and nights disconnected from the Earth.

One only has to walk barefoot in the grass or on a beach to regain this connection and feel the nurturing effects, and yet in our modern lives it is not always practical to do so.  There is a very physical and scientifically verifiable reason why we feel better when we do this:

The Earth is a massive reservoir of negatively charged free electrons.  Without a connection to this reservoir, the cells in our body are unable to balance the positive charge which results from things like electron-deficient free radicals.  The effect of excess positive charge in the blood can be seen very clearly by the way in which the cells are attracted to clump together (see Scientific Research).

There are various things we can do to balance this electron-deficiency, such as anti-oxidant rich foods and drinking living water.  But what has been largely overlooked until recently is receiving free electrons from the Earth.

It's such a simple thing and yet the effect can be so profound.  In our modern lives we can't always be outside and barefoot, and so the products offered on this website are designed to provide this electrical connection to the Earth in a convenient and practical way.

There is another effect of grounding which is particularly relevant in our modern electrical world.  Our environment is full of a wide spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, from computers, mobile phones & masts, radio & TV broadcasts, WiFi, Bluetooth, power lines, domestic wiring, and other electrical appliances.

This electromagnetic radiation induces voltages in our bodies, disrupting the trillions of subtle electrical communications which are a vital part of the function of our body's systems.  By being grounded to the Earth we greatly reduce the levels of these induced voltages. 

We are electrical beings, living on an electrical planet, and our connection is vital for our health and well-being.

Blood viscosity samples, before and after grounding

The effect of grounding on the blood

One of the most dramatic demonstrations of the benefits of grounding is the effect it has on the blood.

On the right are darkfield microscope images of blood taken from three individuals just before and after forty minutes of grounding.

The before images are on the left, the after on the right.  The pictures clearly show a dramatic thinning and decoupling of the blood cells.

The blood samples were taken during research into grounding by Dr Stephen Sinatra MD.

The video clip on above ⇧ shows the results of some similar blood tests which were performed on some volunteers live during the recent Longevity Now Conference 2010.  Presented by David Wolfe.

Or watch the full video on YouTube here.

Further reading

For further reading, case studies and personal reports, we recommended a visit to

Another great resource is the book ⇩ ‘Earthing’ by Clinton Ober.

Earthing book

⇗The authoritative book on Earthing/Grounding.  Highly recommended for a deeper understanding of why earthing is so important to health.

This is the English version of the book.  It is also available in German, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Polish, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, French, Finnish, Serbo-Croatian and Czech.
Price: £13.95  for Quantity:1

January, 2000

A. Clinton Ober
Ventura, CA

From the beginning of time, except for the past few generations, humans lived their entire lives primarily in direct physical contact with the earth; therefore, it is assumed that humans throughout evolution were naturally grounded.

  In modern times, humans have insulated themselves from contact with the earth by wearing synthetic soled shoes and living in homes that elevate the body above the earth. Consequently, humans are no longer naturally grounded and now the body becomes charged with static electricity and radiated electric fields can now create unnatural weak electric currents with-in the body. [1]

  This work provides evidence that loss of natural ground allows extraneous electricity to interfere with and stress the normal bio-electrical activities of the body, which thereby interferes with natural health and sleep.

  Today everyone is physically stressed, their muscles are tense, back and joint pain are the norm and most do not sleep well. These conditions all relate to excess stimulation of the nervous system and/or interference of the bio-electrical communications between cells.

  For instance, muscles only respond to bio-electrical communications from nerves. When these communications are interfered with muscles become tense and remain tight. This leads to fatigue, skeletal problems and pain.

To what extent do EMFs create abnormal electrical activity in/or on the body?

  In 1995 the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences [NIEHS] and the US Department of Energy [DOE] stated that common exposure to electric and magnetic fields [EMFs] from household electrical wires now produce unnatural weak electric currents between human cells. In other words 24 hours a day if you live and sleep in a modern home. [1]

These unnatural currents in the body are the direct result of the body being insulated from ground contact. The question is do these currents along with the static electricity created on the body from carpets etc. interfere with normal bio-electrical functions?

An indication is; according to the American Institute of Stress, over 75% of all visits to primary care physicians are now for stress related health conditions.

The description of stress is; a state of continuous anxiety and nervousness in which muscles become and remain tensed. Stress is now confirmed to be a primary contributor to cardiovascular disease, cancer, gastrointestinal, skin, neurological and emotional disorders, and a host of disorders linked to immune system disturbances ranging from the common cold and herpes, to arthritis and AIDS. [2]

In the late 1960s, when humans were first widely diagnosed as being stressed, synthetic soled shoes, carpets and the like had just become popular and the use electricity and household electrical devices tripled from the previous generation.

Do these unnatural weak electric currents in the body also interfere with sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep-2000 report [3], nearly two thirds of American adults [62%] now suffer from sleep problems. Americans have the most comfortable beds and the most protected sleep environments in the world. Yet, in traditional societies where most humans sleep on animal skins, grass mats or directly on the ground, sleep problems do not exist. [4]
As for Americans, most now sleep within 12 inches of electrical wires hidden in the wall at the head of their bed and with electric cords around or near the bed. All of which emanate e-fields throughout the night and create weak electric currents in the body [1].

The fact that the majority of people, with the best health care in human history, now increasingly suffer from poor sleep and stress related health problems suggests that something, largely unknown to the health community and public, is wrong. The dramatic change from the body being naturally grounded to now conducting unnatural weak electric currents between cells is the most likely
candidate. Circumstantial evidence is provided by the fact that humans in traditional societies that maintain contact with the earth do not experience the common sleep and stress related health problems of the modern world [4]. Nor do the animals that live in direct contact with the earth.

Evidence that is more conclusive was reported by the NIEHS and the DOE [1] that in some laboratory studies the biological effects of EMFs are:
-Changes in functions of cells and tissue
-Accelerated tumor growth
-Decrease in the hormone melatonin
-Changes in biorhythms
-Alterations of immune system
-Changes in human brain activity and heart rate.

The question is; by restoring natural ground to the body and thereby neutralizing these weak electric currents in the body and static electricity on the body, do muscle relax and normal sleep return?

In search of the answer the following test was performed.

To effectively restore ground contact for an extended period, test subjects slept on dissipative carbon fiber mattress pads placed under their fitted sheets, connected via a ground wire [protected with an inline 1/100 amp fast blow fuse], to a ground rod driven into the earth near their bedroom window. The grounded mattress pads were designed to replicate the ground plane of the earth in the bed.
Sleep disturbances along with chronic muscle and joint pain, which the subjects had been experiencing for at least six months, were recorded to establish a base line.

The test was for a period of 30 days.

An advertisement, distributed to ten beauty salons in Ventura County, CA solicited individuals experiencing sleep problems accompanied by tense muscles and/or chronic joint pain to participate in the study. Of the respondents, sixty individuals participated.
Age of subjects was between 23 and 74 years
Male subjects = 22
Female subjects = 38
Declared sleep problems = 100%
Declared chronic muscle or joint pain = 100%
The subjects were randomly divided into two groups. The first group of thirty, slept on carbon fiber mattress pads connected to a dedicated earth ground, just outside their bedroom window. The second control group of thirty, slept on carbon fiber mattress pads but were not connected to an earth ground.

E-field created charge on their bodies were recorded with an AC voltmeter connected to the earth ground and body contact made with a hand held probe or an EKG electrode patch.
E-field created charge measured on subject's bodies while lying in their beds were as follows:
Test subjects Control subjects
Less than 1 volt 2 2
1 volts or more 28 28
2 volts or more * 16 15
3 volts or more 8 6
4 volts or more 4 3
5 volts or more 3 2

*All subjects averaged 2+ volts on their bodies while lying in their beds.

E-field created charge measured on test subject's bodies after grounding: averaged 10 millivolts or less. 

Test Subjects* Control Subjects**
Categories: Same Improved Same Improved
Time to fall asleep 4=15% 23=85% 20=87% 3=13%
Quality of sleep 2=7% 25=93% 20=87% 3=13%
Wake feeling rested 0=0% 27=100% 20=87% 3=13%
Muscles stiffness & pain 5=18% 22=82% 23=100% 0=0 %
Chronic back and/or joint pain 7=26% 20=74% 23=100% 0=0%
General well-being 6=22% 21=78% 20=87% 3=13%
*Reports not received from three participants.
**Reports not received from seven participants.

The purpose of this work was to provide evidence that when the human body is grounded it is naturally protected from static electricity and radiated electric fields. The meter reading of the grounded subject proved this true. The benefits of grounding the body were expected to relax muscles and improve sleep. This
also proved to be true.
Worthy of mention is that several subjects in the study stated they also experienced significant relief from asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea and hypertension, while sleeping grounded. These unexpected results indicate that loss of ground contact plays a much larger role in overall health then was anticipated at the start of this study.

In the May 1999 NIEH-EMF RAPID report, mention is made that
reported biological effects to humans exposed to EMFs, such as changes in melatonin levels cannot be confirmed in animal studies. Therefore, the actual effects to humans are inconclusive. [5]
In the animal studies, sheep exposed to EMFs from a power line were reported to have experienced no change in melatonin levels. The sheep, which walked and slept directly on the ground were naturally grounded throughout the experiment. The fact that melatonin levels remain normal in sheep when grounded, supports these findings that when humans are grounded their sleep improves.

● Personal note from Roger Coghill, MA Biol. MI Biol. MA Environ Mgt. a leading research scientist and author specialized in the field of Bioelectromagnetics, the science investigating the interaction of electricity with organic life. 
Yes, I would be prepared to believe that grounding the body will help dispel any extraneous electric fields which could otherwise interfere with the body’s own endogenous fields. We have found that these latter are vital for well-being, with adverse effects if disturbed. It could also be a way forward for protection against high frequency radiation.
Best, Roger Coghill 12/05/99

● Comments from Russell Whitten, D.C. Ojai, CA 8/25/00
Prompted by the results of a patient, who participated in Mr. Ober's
study, I grounded the beds of 35 additional patients over a two-month period. The bed e-field measurements in this group ranged from .3 to 47 volts before grounding. A variety of health benefits occurred in this time. Many of the improvements, such as increased energy and athletic performance, can be attributed to the improved sleep that almost everyone reported. However, in many cases metabolic and hormonal conditions responded as well. Chronic back pain went away in several cases, stiff arthritic joints became more flexible, asthma attacks subsided and PMS symptoms lessened greatly. These indications confirm that e -fields do affect the body.

The important finding of this study is that the human body when grounded is naturally protected from static electricity and the weak electric currents created in the body by radiated electric fields. The benefits of grounding the body are; sleep significantly improves, muscles relax, chronic back and joint pain subsides and general health improves.

1. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S.
Department of Energy, Questions and Answers about EMF, electric and magnetic fields associated with use of electric power [1995]

2. American Institute of Stress,

3. National Sleep Foundation,

4. Slumbers Unexplored Landscape [1999] Carol M. Worthman,
Anthropologist, Emory University Atlanta, GA

5. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences EMF Rapid Report.

[May, 1999]
For additional information on this study or for parties interested in performing additional studies related to personal grounding and health, please contact:
Clint Ober @ 805- 844-0888 or e-mail clintober @ 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



In nearly five (5) years of barefoot walking and running, Michael Sandler has stepped in dog poop only twice (2), and both of these times it was his own dogs' poop, as  the dogs were rounding him up with their leashes. Fortunately, feet are easier to clean than shoes.

Walking barefoot is an exercise in awareness. You become more aware of your environment and of every step you take , with light-footed.  While you are looking twenty (20) feet before you, you're also scanning the ground just beneath your feet, always on the lookout for hazards coming your way. Dog poop, except in thick grass in the park, is almost always avoidable. No excuse not to do barefoot walking outdoor.

  Don't sweat the poopy stuff just walk aware and you'll be fine. 


Monday, October 16, 2017


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"Until I met Jessica, she was in denial about her feet bubions, but after meeting her and checking out her bare feet, it was one of the first things I mentioned. Note to men : this is a really poor icebreaker!
  "But I was forgiven, and I was right. Her shoes, even her most comfortable pair, were pushing her toes inward, particularly squeezing her biggest and smallest toes." 

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This is not the natural shape of the foot, and bunions are not hereditary. Instead, it's our feet directly adapting to the shape of our environment. 

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But why the bunion? The bony callus on the side of your foot is a protective mechanism, trying to get the shoe off your toes to give the toes more room to breathe and move properly.Over time that bunion can become quite painful if you don't heed its warning and give your feet the room they need.
  Bunions, however are reversible! Once you begin taking your feet out of their medieval torture devices - your shoes, your feet begin to return to their natural shape, without bunions. Walking barefoot can be corrective for bunions in helping wake up the foot.

 As Dr. Ray McClanahan, a leading podiatrist in the Northwest, put it this way, foot surgery, like that for bunions, typically isn't corrective surgery, but cosmetic surgery, done to help you feet fit into fashionable footwear. If you are willing to go barefoot, you can help correct your bunion naturally for free. 

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This is not an objection at all. It's actually a reason to walk barefoot (though start slowly). Weak ankles are caused by too much support (and a lack of mobility) in a shoe and not enough blood flow to the ankles.

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  Consider this: our shoes are typically the cause of ankle sprains. In almost any athletic shoe you wear, you're raised above the ground at least a half (1/2) inch or more ( and sometimes up to two inches), and they have super grippy tread. ⇩

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  The higher you're off the ground, the more likely you are to catch this tread on a rock, a curb, a crack in the sidewalk, or almost anything you stepped on, and roll an ankle. Moreover, grippy rubber shoes bottom is supposed to be good for traction, right? Well, yes ... except if it causes your foot to stick or catch a surface while momentum continues to carry your body mass forward. When you want to go one way and your foot inside the shoe, is stuck going another way, you could end up with an ankle sprain.

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  Here's the good news. When you're fully barefoot walking or running, you're directly on the ground surface so it's much harder to roll an ankle. And if you're fully barefoot, you tend to skim over obstacles rather than 'stick on' to them and twist.

  Sure, if you step on a ball or other obstacle accidentally underfoot, you can always roll anything, but when you're barefoot (or in very flat footwear) you're already almost on the ground. there is no place to roll.

  Ankles can be strengthened over time by being barefoot. Unless you have pins and other hardware in your ankle that prevent mobility, even short distances barefoot walking can benefit your weak ankles.Just start slowly and listen to your ankles. If they start getting tired, stop walking. 

  If your ankles are weak, you just need to start slowly with barefoot walking and focus on the other exercises mentioned in this blog. The ankle is a system of interconnected muscles, ligaments , and tendons, and therefore can be strengthened. It just take time, patience and bay steps barefoot walking. 

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  In nature we never had anything wrapped around our ankles. Even a tall Native moccasin was no more than soft leather (never use rubber or plastic) that covered the ankle. The ankle must be allowed to move unencumbered in order to stay flexible and strong.

  You can bring that flexibility and strength back through barefoot walking, particularly on uneven surfaces. 


Not true, unless you're walking in very unsanitary conditions, such as stagnant water or some third-world country areas without plumbing.

  In general, parasites that enter through the feet skin are rare and found only in the hottest places. Even there, as long as you're not walking barefoot or standing barefoot around in festering pools of water, there's little chance you'll pick something up, and it's extremely unlikely you'll pick up something that's life threatening ( you have a much higher chance of winning the lottery). However, please do not walk around a dog park without shoes. Common sense. There, we've said it.

  The greater harm to your health is not getting out and exercising.

 Last thought here : keep your tetanus immunization up to date. Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is an infection characterized by muscle spasms. Boosters are given every ten years. If you can't remember when your last tetanus booster jab was given, check with your doctor. Although cuts when going barefoot are rare, particularly after your first few weeks, it's better to be safe than sorry here. And remember, if you've got a cut on your feet, do not go barefoot until it's healed. 

Dirty Feet
If you don't want to get your feet dirty, then there is good news and bad news. First, the bad news: if you go barefoot walking, particularly in the city, your feet will get dirty. However, that dirt washes right off, particularly if you keep a wash basin/pail of water or wet wipes by your home entrance door. 

  So here's the good news. Your feet are likely cleaner going barefoot outside than they are in your shoes. Why? Because we almost never wash the insides of our shoes, and we sweat in them every day whenever we wear them.
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Shoes are known to harbor thousands if not millions of molds, fungi, and disease-causing bacteria in and on them before we finally succumb and throw them out in favor of a new pair. 

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Good Morning America once tested 8 people's pairs of shoes as well as two dogs' paws and found the shoes carried the most bacteria, up to 66 million organism each. This compared to toilet seats, with only 1,000 organisms. And nine out of ten pairs of shoes contained coli-form bacteria from human or animal feces. They can also carry pesticides, toxic chemicals, and pollen. Yet we rarely (if ever) wash our shoes, because we don't want to ruin them. So instead we slip our clean feet into germ traps, sweaty shoes-environments devoid of oxygen that are just perfect for wee beasties to fester in and on. And we track them around the houses.

  The rule in our house is this : whether we've washed our feet when we've entered the home or not, we must wash our feet again before we go to bed. 

  And there's even more good news. Research shows that microbes in the dirt (not those in our shoes) are actually good for us, and exposure to them contributes to a stronger immune system. More on this fascinating topic later. 

Going Bare at the indoor Gym.
Something funny happened on the way to the fitness gym. People have gotten liability crazy. Out of concern that you may drop a weight on your foot ( which would break your foot in or out of a shoe), trip (something you're more likely to do in a shoe), or catch your foot on a contraption, gyms are wary about having you go barefoot.

  "At my favorite gym I have to write my own waiver after a lengthy discussion with management about being able to use a treadmill barefoot. In the waiver, I stated they were not responsible if I hurt myself. I also had to promise that I would scrub down the belt afterward so it wasn't dirty for the other patrons (who oddly enough, would be in shoes that were never washed, even after walking in public bathrooms). Even then they were hesitant to let me use the treadmill barefooted."

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  Other strange oddities at gyms abound. There are fitness classes and even yoga classes (though this one is silly) where you have to at least wear socks, if not shoes, when working out. However, you're more likely to slip and fall, particularly in a pose, if you can't grab with your toes. 

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Working out barefoot at the gym is a great way to increase proprioception (your perception of movement and spatial orientation of your body and its parts). balance, strength, and overall health. However, if you find you just can't do it at your gym or the stares are too much, then simply get yourself the most minimal shoe you can. There are even toe sock, with rubber nubs for traction, designed specially for yoga classes. 
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Toe Shoe ⇧

Toe Socks ⇩
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  But wait, you say. What about the gym locker rooms? If our feet are cleaner out of a shoe, what about getting athlete's foot at the local gym? That occurs because people take their sweaty feet with festering foot fungus out of their shoes and then walk around barefoot in the locker room and showers. 
  In these environments, if your foot is going back into shoes, it's easy to pick up the fungus and spread it to your shoes. But if you're staying barefoot, the fungus can't survive in oxygen, so your bare-feet should be just fine. When in doubt, wipe your feet, especially in between your toes, with tea tree oil, organic raw apple cider vinegar, or raw honey. Flip-flops will serve you well here too. 

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Natural Grass Barefoot Wear ⇧

Absolutely wear shoes in public restroom, on the streets in third-world countries, and anywhere else you see or smell unsanitary conditions or feel uncomfortable.