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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct 7, 2011 / 9 Tishrei, 5772

Toning shoe takes a misstep

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I feel badly about the whole Reebok toning shoe mess. It was the athletic shoe for women that promised to strengthen calves and hamstrings up to 11 percent and tone buttocks by 28 percent more than regular shoes.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has fined Reebok $25 million for “unsupported claims.” I thought the “unsupported” part was clever on behalf of the FTC, which I had previously envisioned as droll sorts, rolling about on their desk chairs all day, certainly never engaging in word play.

In any case, the unsupported claim was that you could firm what sagged by merely changing shoes. It was a stretch and yet so many wanted to believe it. It’s become the American way, really – wanting something for nothing -- toning without sweating, weight loss without dieting and savings accounts without saving.

I wanted to believe in the toning shoe the same way I want to believe there might one day be a chocolate that makes you thin, alcohol that makes you sober and cigarettes that are good for your lungs.

To their credit, the commercials made it very believable. She was a lovely young thing, the camera highlighting her tiny bum barely covered by her tiny shorts. No fat, all muscle, the picture of health, vim and vigor. And all because she changed shoes.

Why yes, maybe if I buy those shoes I’ll look like that, too. Maybe I’ll even be 20 again, have long flowing hair, eat fries, double cheeseburgers and chocolate shakes yet have a willowy build and do back walkovers.

Of course, I never completely bought into the toning shoes. The shoes were too much like the Facelift in a Jar. You hope it’s true. You desperately want it to be true, but the $29.95 price tag tells the rational side of your brain that it’s not true.

In any case, the toning shoe misstep has not been a total loss. The unsupported claims of the toning shoes are working out exceptionally well for personal injury attorneys. The Internet now teems with sites dedicated to helping women recover damages if they have been injured by toning shoes.

It is not as if the shoes mysteriously beat owners about the head in the night, forced them to turn down the wrong street or jump high hurdles when they weren’t conditioned. They are looking for injuries where the shoes may have caused someone to teeter, lose their balance and incur injured ankles, stress fractures or worse. Ever so thoughtful, if you’re not sure as to how you might have been injured, the websites offer a list of possibilities to get you thinking.

Even for those, and I quote, “who are completely healthy and able, it may be possible that a change in your walk could become permanent and affect your ability to wear normal shoes.”

It’s really not a full day unless the healthy and able-bodied are filing lawsuits, is it?

The personal injury firms have even been considerate enough to set up toning shoe injury hotlines.

Let’s hope the women can walk to the phone.

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