If It Doesn’t Fit You’ve Got To Quit-Tight Clothing May Be Hazardous To Your Health


I recently read a book about Thomas Edison, probably the greatest innovator and creative mind in the 20th Century.  There has not been a game changer since Steve Jobs who has changed the lives of so many people throughout the world than these two men.  It was of interest that Thomas Edison made a point of wearing loose fitting clothes.  He never wore a belt, only used suspenders, and never tied his shoes.  He believed that tight fitting clothing choked off the blood supply to organs, extremities, and to the brain.  It certainly makes sense to me that occlusion of the blood supply with belts, ties, shirts buttoned at the neck, and laced up shoes might diminish the blood supply to head, neck, abdomen and feet.  I know the evidence is soft but certainly anything that decreases the blood supply and thus oxygen to any organ or structure can not be helpful and may even be harmful. 


Women are advised to wear loose fitting clothing.  Tight pants and underwear can decrease the blood supply to the pelvis and allow harmful bacteria from the rectum to move to the vagina and gain access to the urinary tract.  Tight fitting clothing can thus be a cause of urinary tract infections and women with recurrent UTIs should be advised to wear looser fitting pants and underwear. 



Avoid anything tight around a man or women’s middle, which can put pressure on your stomach, can exacerbate the symptoms of gastroesophogeal reflux. Until your symptoms are under control, think stretchy and comfortable clothing,  Opt for the loose-fitting maternity wear, especially if you’re trying to stamp out heartburn.

Although I don’t have scientific evidence that supports this suggestion, I think it is prudent to wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable loose shoes without laces for men and women with claudication or pain in the legs associated with walking.  I think this might apply to those who suffer from restless leg syndrome.  

Bottom Line: If you are suffering from GERD, recurrent UTIs, or pain in your legs, take a hard look at your clothing and loosen your belt, untie your shoes, and unbottom your shirt collar.  As my wise ol’ Jewish mother would say, I don’t know if it will help but it voidn’t hoit!

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