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Old 12-27-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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I just found out that my comfortable, rubbery, colorful shoes were causing my problems.

I couldn't figure it out. I eat good. I Work out. Take vitamins. ??

Then one day I put on my new pair of black Crocs and started sweating. It was cold in the room at the time.

I thought about it and realized that the shoes were made from a petroleum product.

I googled Crocs and plastic and saw that they use a chemical to make the plastic nice and soft and it was leaching out of the plastic through my pores and into my bloodstream.

The chemical group is called Phthalates and these chemicals are known to reduce testosterone levels and subsequently all other "manly attributes"


Luckily as soon as I stopped wearing them and got them out of my house everything got back to normal.

phthalates go ahead and copy and paste and check out this very bad chemical.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest, CA
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The thought of wearing all plastic shoes (made from petroleum based materials) that completely cover the foot does not appeal to me, so I am nowhere close to being a buyer for Crocs. They have sold millions of them all over the globe. I prefer shoes that are more like sandals that allow the feet to breathe better, and I often wear wool socks with them. It's startling that the molecules from Crocs would cause such an allergic reaction in such a short time. Of course, the "plastic smell" from a new car is something that bothers me, I suppose it's a similar type of an allergic reaction. I can't stand being in a new car without having a lot of fresh air blowing in my face.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:13 PM
 
Location: huh?
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they're hideous anyways!
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:31 PM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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The thought of wearing all plastic shoes (made from petroleum based materials) that completely cover the foot does not appeal to me, so I am nowhere close to being a buyer for Crocs. They have sold millions of them all over the globe. I prefer shoes that are more like sandals that allow the feet to breathe better, and I often wear wool socks with them. It's startling that the molecules from Crocs would cause such an allergic reaction in such a short time. Of course, the "plastic smell" from a new car is something that bothers me, I suppose it's a similar type of an allergic reaction. I can't stand being in a new car without having a lot of fresh air blowing in my face.
Same chemical as in a car. It's not an allergy at all like when you can't eat peanuts. It's a chemical sensitivity, which basically means that you body has had enough and is fighting back.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:55 AM
 
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I love my crocs. Waaah! I doubt if I will toss them out, but I will do research first. They are so comfortable.

http://www.phthalates.org/yourhealth/human_exposure.asp

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006..._birkys_fo.php

http://www.parent-traps.com/2007/09/...lose-foot.html

http://www.productsthathurt.com/blog/200710051356/nrdc-study-finds-significant-levels-of-phthalates-in-select-air-fresheners.php (broken link)

http://www.blogginmomma.com/category/news/

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Old 12-28-2007, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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they're hideous anyways!
That's my thought, as well. Although, I've noticed many nurses wearing them. Being on their feet all day, they definitely want something comfortable, so I guess these Crocs do the job. Personally, I wear leather sandals, leather tennis shoes, or leather boots, (depending on the time of year, and what I am doing). Leather breathes, plastic doesn't. I'll just leave those Crocs for the other folks who like them.
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:33 AM
 
Location: In the woods next to the ocean
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Plastic shoes are fine - for plastic feet.

I never understood why anyone would wear flip-flops either.

But a billion Asians can't be wrong.

Can they?
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:57 AM
 
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I have sensitive feet that scream when I wear anything they don't like, so I am down to Ughs, flip flops by Reef, and then Crocs. The Crocs last a lot longer than the Reefs which begin to hurt my feet as soon as the fabric starts to mold to my feet, so that is about 3 months and $20. The Crocs don't make my feets sweat due to all of the holes in them.

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Old 12-28-2007, 10:11 AM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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Be aware........... Fake Crocs have not only Phthlates but PBDEs (Polybrominated diphynyl Ethers) , a fire retardant. This chemical is KNOWN to cause permanent nervous system damage.
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Old 12-28-2007, 10:20 AM
 
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The chemical group is called Phthalates and these chemicals are known to reduce testosterone levels and subsequently all other "manly attributes"
This could explain why so many of my menopausal friends LOVE their Crocs .....
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