Why Getting Naked is Good For Your
We hide in cocoons, when we could be free as butterflies. Peripheral
evidence suggests that skin-only is superior to our tomb-like textile
traps, especially for the brain.
1. The Clothes You Were Born In. Pediatricians agree that
infants thrive with a daily dose of naked time because
the unhampered range of motion aids brain development. Recent
discoveries reveal that the plastic brain changes
and develops throughout our entire lives. Neuroplasticity pioneer
Michael M. Merzenich believes, everything you can see happen
in a young brain can happen in an older brain. This indicates
that naked time is equally valuable for humans of
any age, especially the elderly.
2. Barefoot Medicine. Going shoeless is now recognized
as an anti-Alzheimers, brain-boosting activity because the
sole sensation entices your brain into growing extra, efficient
neuron connections. Merzenich believes our brains decline if we
limit the sensory feedback from our feet. He advocates
walking barefoot (to improve balance, posture, and co-ordination
functions in the vestibulocerebellum.) Dr. Norman Doidge (author
of The Brain That Changes Itself) concurs that skipping shoes
will increase brain flexibility and youthfulness, and many podiatrists
now advise going barefoot as much as possible. Bare feet are todays
prescription. Tomorrows elixir will take the next step:
3. Soothe Away Your Crazies. Massage is recognized as
a therapeutic treatment for mental health issues like depression,
anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolarism, borderline personality disorder,
learning difficulties, and low self-esteem. The skin stimulation
of massage improving blood flow and detoxifying the lymph
system is duplicated by the warmth, freedom, and improved
circulation generated in Nakedness.
4. Socialization. Self-actualization proponent Abraham
Maslow believed Nudism... is itself a kind of therapy.
Health benefits of social nudity include stress reduction, satiation
of curiosity about the human body, reduction of porn addiction,
a sense of full-body integration and developing a wholesome attitude
about the opposite gender. Research at the University of Northern
Iowa discovered that nudists have significantly higher body self-acceptance.
Another study by Lawrence Casher concluded that teens at a New
York nudist camp were extraordinarily well-adjusted, happy,
5. Weak Body, Worried Mind. Clothes are a breeding ground
for filthy fungi and bad bacterium, causing yeast infections,
urinary tract infections, rotting toenails. Lyme Disease deer
ticks can grab onto your sweater and sea lice can sneak into your
bathing suit crotch. Testicular cancer is linked to tight briefs,
breast cancer to tight bras. Cinched-up belts, ties, and clothes
impede breathing. Mens snug pants raise testicle temperature,
lowering sperm count and fertility. Plus, sunlight that nudists
receive produces vitamin D that creates strong bones and prevents
osteoporosis and cancers.
6. Comic Relief (Just Joking!). Have you noticed that the
furry Norway Rat only lives 2-3 years, while the Naked Mole Rat
survives to be 28?
In addition to all this, clothes are a huge money/time-suck with
shopping, laundry, taking on-and-off, stashing in closets and
dressers, plus gazillions of hours wondering what so-and-so looks
like with their undies removed. Americans spend at least $900
million annually on bathing suits alone; our carbon footprint
would shrink like a wool sweater if fabric was no longer manufactured.
So... is the future going to be full frontal? Will the post-Singularity
planet be stripped, once climate is controlled by nanobots? Will
everyone choose to be nude, strutting around like the Nuba dancers
and wrestlers of Leni Reifenstahl? Trends point to a time where
there wont be a stitch to worry about. Fodors Guide
says nudism is tourisms fastest-growing sector, and American
naturist clubs claim their enrollment is growing 20% annually.
The German airline OssiUrlaub.de offers nude chartered flights
to a Baltic sea resort, and todays lengthy luggage searches
at airports might steer travelers to destinations where they only
need carry-on towels and sunblock. Twenty million Europeans already
go to nude beaches and spas. Will the rest of the globe burn their
garments to revel in raw flesh and simple skin?
I am pulsating imagining it, are you? Can 100 billion brain neurons
Hank Hyena is senior editor of The Extropist Examiner. He
also wrote SexBots Will Give Us Longevity Orgasm and
Eight Ways In-Vitro Meat Will Change Our Lives for
January 27, 2010