Vibram FiveFingers – Don’t Buy Online!

Buying a pair of Vibram Five Fingers is a bit of a challenge especially online as the sizing needs to be so accurate for a quality fit. The only way to get a quality fit is to try a pair on in a physical store. In Australia you can find real stores where you can try the product at these stockists here or worldwide stockists here. Below is a list of the problems with purchasing this product online:

  • Even if you watch the fitting videos and measure your feet accurately multiple times there is a good chance they won’t fit even if you have normal feet. I think the sizing chart isn’t detailed enough and more measurements are required if they are to be sold online.
  • When you receive your shoes there is no further information to telling you if they fit correctly. For example they should not fit like a glove. All your toes should have room to move inside each pocket and none should touch the end of the shoe. Vibram should put this information with every shoe sold.
  • A lot of online legit sellers especially outside the US have the incorrect sizing chart on their website. Get the official correct sizes here (click on sizing at the bottom of the page, eg 26,04cm is 26.04cm).
  • Do not remove any tags, stickers inside the shoe and make sure you wash your feet thoroughly before trying them on. As these are designed to warn barefoot which makes it extremely hard to keep them clean if they need to be returned. Even if you think your feet are clean wash them as some online sellers won’t take them back unless they are in “immaculate” condition.  This is near impossible but I guess only try them on for a few minutes and thoroughly wash your feet.
  • Even if you follow the sizing directions correctly there is a good chance you might have to change sizes.  You need to consider the return charges. With buying online you might pay $12 or more for postage for delivery to your home. To get another size you will have to pay at least $12 to have them returned to the online shop but you will have to pay another $12 to have them returned to you. So all up you will be paying for 3 lots of freight($36) if the size is incorrect. This assumes you only need one size change so it could be more. You also have to consider your time. If you get paid $20 per hour and it takes 2 hours to email the online shop and arrange the packing back up and postage back to the online shop that is another $40 so the real price is near $80 to get a size change.
  • If you look at the sizing chart there is very little difference between sizes. It is normally only about 5mm. Normally if you purchased a pair of shoes online and they were 5mm too big it wouldn’t be a problem. The FiveFingers need to be the right size to say on your feet(no laces/straps on classic). A lot of people recommend going one size above what Vibram recommend on the sizing chart but it is hard to tell if you haven’t tried on a pair before.

Many people have had the same size problem but I guess a lot of people don’t find out these problems until after they purchase.  So what can be done to fix the above:

  • Vibram puts in a note in every shoe sold explaining how they should fit on your feet so the customer will know if they are too small or too large.
  • More detailed specification for sizing so they can be purchased online with confidence.
  • If you are going to purchase online as you live in a remote location or too busy maybe consider other brands. There are a heap of similar brands and they are a 1/3 to 1/2 the cost with free shipping. Search in google/ebay or use the list here . If you like how they feel and the size is correct you can always buy a pair of Vibrams later. I would like to only recommend Vibram but until they fix this I see this as a viable alternative.

You can help get this changed/fixed. Contact Vibram/online seller quoting this article or your own concerns before purchasing. Better still just visit a physical store and avoid all these issues.

Water Doco Now on DVD

Great doco on bottled water. The only issue is that they are strongly against privatisation. The problem with public water is that it is abused and wasted. If you own something you will naturally not waste or exploit it. Just look at public housing/public transport/public health/ etc. It is a limited resource and no government will protect it for the people long term as there are so many special interests who weasel their way in no matter what politicians say. Be sustainable and don’t rely on the government to protect water only individuals can protect this resource.

The Vaccine War

Great 1 hour documentary on vaccines that shows both sides of the story at http://video.pbs.org/video/1479321646/# .  I personally think vaccines do more good than harm but as a libertarian I believe everyone should be able to make that choice.  It looks like the general public and medical professionals still think vaccines are essential then I guess students can be refused entry to public schools if they are not vaccinated. Home schooling or private schools are the only other options. In a ideal world I don’t think there should be public funded schools and I believe this would open up the market to parents who want to send their children to un-vaccinated schools.

Snake Oil Salesman False Health Claims Exposed

Just because it sells it doesn’t mean it is legitimate. Coral calcium was just one of these products that was just a fad but has nearly died now. If it really benefited so many people why isn’t it sold abundantly any-more?   Always remember that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Many people like Trudeau are still operating in Australia feeding off the sick.  Lies will never help the sick and improve the health of the general population.  If it is real why don’t these snake oil salesmen get it properly tested to improve everyone’s health or they just in it to make a quick dollar?  If the claims are correct and they really do work it would be very profitable for the salesman and it would also be good for the sick.  It is a win-win situation so why wouldn’t the salesman want to prove their product?

Plastic Bottle Poison

We all drink/eat out of plastic bottles/containers at some stage but do the chemicals within the plastic leach into our food and water? Common sense would suggest that there would be some chemical leaching especially when the plastic is subjected to microwaves, strong acids/alkali or heat from dish washing but is this a concern?

A lot of plastic materials have recycling numbers imprinted into the plastic. For example most disposable water bottles are made from PET which is recycling number 1. This plastic if fine for single use but can decay allowing microbe contamination to grow which can be a health hazard. They should only be used for single use.

Since PET is meant to be single use we may turn to sports bottles which are commonly made of a harder plastic as they are designed for multiple use. These are commonly made from recycling number 7. Recycling number 7 contains a chemical called Bisphenol A. This chemical has been found to mimic hormones in our body. Bisphenol A has shown in rat studies to effect reproductive and fertility function. Pregnant or expecting mothers need to be particular aware of this problem as it could have similar effects in humans.

So what are you left to use? I recommend using glass where ever possible. It is easy to clean, won’t scratch and doesn’t have the potential problems of plastic. I would also keep away recycling numbers 3 and 6 as they also have other chemicals that maybe of concern.

Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis – Can Probiotics Help?

From this video Dr Narmer Galeano explains these conditions and the differences between them. The cause isn’t fully understood but bacteria might be a contributing factor that Dr Narmer Galeano mentions so probiotics might help some people. Yoghurt is a good start but larger amounts of probiotics maybe required.