Feel Good Friday – SuperFeet

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter How to (Almost) Painlessly Improve Your Running When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. Ever wonder why it feels so good to be barefoot on the beach? Because the human foot was designed to adapt to uneven surfaces. Today we are predominantly walking on concrete, tile, pavement, surfaces our feet don’t adapt to and it is exhausting. That is where the beauty of Superfeet comes into play with it’s three-dimensional insole in your two dimensional shoe.Superfeet walked onto the scene in 1977 and to get the word out they reached out to skiers but they were reluctant. So they went to Nordica, a ski boot company which began using Superfeet in their boots and it was a great success. Next they contacted the hockey industry big boys, Bauer Skates, and again, success. But how to reach the masses? They developed a ‘trim to fit’ line and boom.We know you are probably used to the old Dr. Scholl’s insert, but after one week those are about as supportive as tissue paper. Superfeet are based on principles of podiatric medicine. That means they really work. On a personal note, I have a friend who has had foot problems for over a year. The doctor gave him a boot to wear for six months and it still hurt. He finally tried Superfeet and the pain was gone. Testimonial!The difference is:A structured heel cupRearfoot supportFirm stabilizationWhile we are all fans of shopping online, we found it best to go to a store that carries Superfeet to get expert advice and try them on before purchasing.And for the Feel Good aspect, Superfeet has had a giving program for some time. They give 1% back of annual sales to help those in need in their community in Washington but are starting to grow their donation area. There are a lot of people in the outdoor community who work with the non profit, 1% for The Planet, and theirs is similar but Superfeet actually has a donation committee in-house to see where the donations are needed most locally. It’s always important to remember, those in need can be only steps away! The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Deliciouslast_img read more

Epstein victim says she attempted to escape his private love island after

After months of hell, there was suddenly hope. Sarah Ransome saw an unattended quad bike and raced off to a remote corner of the 70-acre Caribbean island. She planned to swim from the private island of Little St James to St Thomas island.“I had been raped three times that day,” she said. “A shark would have been my best friend at that point. I didn’t even think about it.”She didn’t get far. Her host, Jeffrey Epstein, had installed cameras all over the island, she said. Within minutes a team had appeared in pursuit.In 2017, Ms Ransome filed a lawsuit against Mr Epstein, his confidante Ghislaine Maxwell, and three others, claiming that for seven months she had been trafficked for sex. Ms Maxwell denies the allegations.The case was eventually settled out of court, but to encourage others to come forward Ms Ransome is telling her story in the wake of Epstein’s suicide — highlighting how he would prey on very young women and use them to expand his global network. She even thinks he cynically changed his tactics to target “older” women after finding himself under investigation.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.It began in Johannesburg, where Ms Ransome was born to British parents. Her mother was the daughter of Lord Gordon Macpherson, the second baron of Drumochter; her father, to whom she remains close, left at an early age and moved to Cape Town. When she was 14 she says she was raped by a wealthy schoolmate of her brother’s. South African police dropped the case. It was her first taste of being let down by the authorities. Epstein controlled every aspect of their lives, Ms Ransome said – their homes, their food, their medical care, their physical appearances.Although willowy and 5ft 9in, she was told to starve herself down to eight stone. “They would put plates of food down in front of me, and then they would be snatched away.”In 2007 Ms Ransome was sent to South Africa to “look for” a personal assistant for Epstein — he insisted she must be 18 and from a model agency.She refused, knowing the girl’s fate. Soon after that she fled, not returning to New York until last month to address the court in a hearing to formally close Epstein’s case.The day Epstein was arrested was without question the best day of my life. Without questionHe died in a suspected suicide on Aug 10, although Ms Ransome believes he was murdered on behalf of powerful people who needed to silence him.“The day Epstein was arrested was without question the best day of my life. Without question,” she said.Miss Maxwell’s lawyers, in a motion to dismiss the 2017 suit, have said: “Ms Ransome may have come to regret her consensual relationship with Mr Epstein but that does not mean she was the victim of unlawful sex trafficking or that Ms Maxwell is somehow liable.”Ms Ransome is determined that the people around Epstein should be made to reveal what they knew. “I was asked to recruit in South Africa,” she said. “Who else was asked? What about Paris? You think there are no 15-year-olds in Paris who have been abused?” Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City. REUTERS/Marco Bello oe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images She left for the Scottish Highlands to move in with her aunt and uncle. She became head girl at Grantown Grammar and then a student at university in Edinburgh, but dropped out.At 22 and after a tumultuous relationship, she left for a New York fashion school. Two weeks later she was approached by a girl at a nightclub. “She found out everything about me very quickly,” she said. “I was so broken; I was an open book. It was like: ‘There’s this amazing guy, a philanthropist, this wealthy guy, he’s amazing, he’s helped me so much, he’s helped me achieve my dreams, he can help you.’A “charming, charismatic” Epstein then took her out. Two days later the girl called to say he really liked her and wanted to fly her to his Caribbean island by private plane. Alone in New York, she accepted.She said: “From the time I got on the island, that was when the abuse began. They called me in for ‘massages’,” she said, making quotation marks in the air. “I don’t think people quite believe that it was literally… there were some days I was raped three times a day. And then he would rape others.” He would also “lend” her and other girls to his friends.She said she met Ms Maxwell on the first visit to the island. The pair “were like brother and sister”, she said.Epstein “preyed on girls who had nothing”, she said, “They were pretty much homeless — I was pretty much homeless. I had just come from an abusive relationship in Edinburgh. I had no money. He promised me a visa, and entrance to the Fashion Institute. He held all the power.”By now Ms Ransome lived in an Upper East Side apartment building owned by Epstein. She had no idea he had other girls also housed there. Little St. James Island, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, is seen in an aerial view near Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands July 21, 2019. read more