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A HOLISTIC MEDICAL STUDY OF THE
ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS OF WEARING
NONABSORBENT SYNTHETIC CLOTHING

By Harold Kulungian, M.A.
177 North Pleasant St. Amherst, Massachusetts
Unaffiliated Self-Employed Holistic Practitioner.
B.A., Harvard; M.A., Tufts
E-mail: harkulungian@netscape.net


ABSTRACT

The synthetic clothing industry, and especially the synthetic clothing outfitters for outdoors people, generally advertise their products as having the ability to "wick away the moisture", i.e., to get rid of sweat and thereby keep one's skin dry, which is essential for optimum health and performance. This advertising claim turns out to be false, as easily conducted scientific experiments can demonstrate. In order to "wick away moisture", it would first be necessary for the clothing to absorb the moisture it supposedly will disperse. Only natural fibers of animal or vegetable origin have the capacity to expand to absorb moisture-and to contract when they are dry. No man-made synthetic fibers can possibly absorb moisture, since they are non-cellular. The clothing recommended for mountaineers and outdoors people has traditionally been mainly wool, with the use of other natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, and silk, also commonly used. Since the early 1960's, there has been a radical clothing revolution that has embraced nonabsorbent synthetic fibers as actually superior to wool and other natural fibers, which have now been pronounced to be "obsolete" by the standard textbook on mountaineering in its latest editions. Millions of uncritical people have accepted as true the false advertising claim of "wicks away the moisture". This new dogma about the alleged virtues of wearing petroleum-based garments has taken a huge toll on the public health, which has not begun to be investigated yet. Not only mountaineers, but the gullible public, have suffered disasters to their health and safety that have not yet been explored. This is a ground-breaking holistic study with far-reaching implications and ramifications for further study, research, and scientific experiments, in order to enlighten the public about the health dangers of wearing nonabsorbent synthetic clothing, especially next to one's skin.

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