2016 Discoveries Made by Spanking FIT

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It was out of growing concern about false claims and exaggerations that abound in media that in 2014 I, Dr. Garrett, launched my web site Spanking FIT! (http://www.spankingfit.com/). I introduced it as a “spanking new” approach to health, medicine, fitness, and sexual topics based on REAL Science. As explained in the web site’s ABOUT US section, a common source of false claims in health-related fields are peer-reviewed papers published in well-regarded scientific journals. Their authors, while well trained in medicine, often have little or no education in the Science of Statistical Inference, also. Understandably, the media journalists who report on them do not possess the skills to critically evaluate them. My stated objective was a thorough investigation into all popular claims using my special personal statistical expertise. It is my belief that with reader input, I have been able so far to take a modest step forward toward achieving my goal.

What major topics did Spanking FIT cover in 2016? They are best summarized as (1) natural health restoration and performance enhancement using human bodily acid supplementation (H.B.A.S) (2) natural illness prevention (3) natural pain alleviation, and (4) healthful recreation and nudity. Here’s a summary of major findings relevant to each topic:

Natural health restoration and performance enhancement using human bodily acid supplementation (H.B.A.S)

In 2016, Spanking FIT rigorously evaluated published efficacy research pertaining to four important natural bodily acid supplements: alpha lipoic acid, L-carnitine, L-citrulline, and taurine. Natural supplementation therapy, if effective, obviously may provide a much safer alternative to conventional pharmaceutical therapy. We present below a summary of findings in tabular form. Column 1 of each table names the natural acid supplement. Column 2 summarizes the most common health/ medical claims made about it by so-called medical “authorities”. Column 3 presents a summary of published research “findings” based on clinical trial outcomes. Note my use of quotation marks around the word findings. This is due to the fact that much published medical research suffers from common weaknesses and flaws, especially in the field of statistical data analysis. These flaws, in most cases, do not completely undermine published claims, in my opinion. Rather they call attention to the need for additional experimental work and improved statistical design and analysis in order to validate them. Let’s get started:

Natural Bodily Acid Commonly claimed supplementation benefits Claims made in published clinical trial outcomes Uncovered weaknesses & flaws in published works
Alpha lipoic (A.L.)/ thioctic acid 1)    AL is an anti-oxidant which limits damage to body cells caused by free radicals. (a)  Supplementation with AL lowers creatine kinase (C.K.) content of muscles following aerobic/ anaerobic exercise (C.K. is a marker for muscle damage.) (a) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests.
(b)    Supplementation with A.L. reduces oxidative stress to the muscles of athletes. (b) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests.
(2)    A.L plays important role in energy metabolism (a)    Supplementation with A.L. enhances exercise work performance

(athletes performed isometric/ isokinetic exercise of their quadricep muscles)

(a) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests.
(b)    Increases PGC-1 alpha protein activation in mice (said protein induces cells to synthesize mitochondria) (b) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests, extremely high doses used (human equiv. of 40 gms. per day)
(c)     Yields higher relative percentage of lean mass to total mass in mice. (c) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests, extremely high doses used (human equiv. of 40 gms. per day)
(d)    Elevates E.P.O. levels in young athletes. (d) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests.
(e)    Yields weight reduction

 

(e) Potential conflict of interest on the part of researchers

(work sponsored by Dalim BioTech, manufacturer of A.L.)

(f)  lowers food consumption in mice (Nature Medicine publication)

 

(f) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests

For the detailed results please read: “Can Alpha Lipoic Transform Your Body?“; Spanking FIT,  Jan. 2016

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Natural Bodily Acid

 

Commonly claimed supplementation benefits

 

Claims made in published clinical trial outcomes Uncovered weaknesses & flaws in published work
L-carnitine: amino acid derivative of Lysine (1)    Memory improvement

 

 

(a) Improvement in both total no. of intact mitochondria and ultra-structures of neurons in hippocampus of rat brain.

 

(a)    Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests.

 

(2) Transports cellular fuel in form of fatty acids across mitochondria membranes to oxidation sites (a) Improves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (C.F.S.) including declines in “attention concentration”. (a)    Lack of a control or a placebo group.

Appearance of a conflict of interest on part of study authors.

 

 

(b)    Decreases mental & physical fatigue, & increases cognitive function in elderly patients (b)    Research study involved centenarians only.

 

 

(c)     Enhances athletic performance

 

(c) Small sample sizes, inappropriate parametric stat tests, appropriate stat tests yielded non-significant results.

 

(d)    Improved male sexual performance which is safer than t-supplementation (e.g. prostate volume (P.V.) does not increase.) (d) Less than ideal stat tests were employed, an appearance of a conflict of interest on part of researchers.

For detailed results please read: “Does l-carnitine Enhance Sexual performance & more?“; Spanking FIT, Aug. 2016.

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Natural Bodily Acid Commonly claimed benefits of supplementation Claims made in published clinical trial outcomes Uncovered weaknesses & flaws in published work
L-arginine/ citrulline (1) Increases production of the enzyme NOS, which in turn increases NO production in endothelial tissue of arteries & veins yielding improved blood circulation. (a)    Supplementation improves erectile response

(b)  Improves sexual satisfaction

 

 

 

 

(c)     Enhances aerobic athletic performance

 

 

(d)    Enhances anaerobic athletic performance & aids in muscle repair

(a) & (b) The majority of studies used small sample sizes; some study results were erroneously reported as statistically significant; only a single study supports claimed hypotheses.

 

(c) Small sample sizes; inappropriate stat tests; conflict of interest appearances

For detailed results read: “Penis Improvement Ideas”; Spanking FIT, Sept. 2016.

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Natural Bodily Acid Commonly claimed benefits of supplementation Claims made in published clinical trial outcomes Observed weaknesses & flaws in published work
taurine Enhanced athletic performance

 

Improvements in concentric strength of athletes

 

Researchers employed inappropriate stat tests

 

 

Improved isometric strength of athletes

 

Small sample sizes; inappropriate stat tests

 

 

Decreased oxidative damage to muscles

 

Small sample sizes; inappropriate stat tests

 

 

Improvements in treadmill performance of heart patients Small sample sizes; inappropriate stat tests

For detailed results read: “Are Taurine Energy Drink Claims Bull?”; Spanking FIT, Oct. 2016.

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Based on the above observed weaknesses and flaws in published medical research, Spanking FIT recommends that researchers slow down and focus on fewer human physiological parameters, while paying greater attention to critical statistical data requirements. Also, it is essential that they improve the quality of statistical analysis that they use.

Natural Illness Prevention

The skin cancer paradox

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Spanking FIT advocates regular moderate sunshine exposure (preferably nude) for health reasons. Consequently, it was necessary for me to investigate  common overexposure warnings and sunscreen use recommendations from the medical community. In “Can Sunscreen Cause Skin Cancer?Spanking FIT, March 2016, I evaluated published research pertaining to the current medical controversy regarding causality between sunshine exposure and both melanomic and non-melanomic skin cancer. (Melanoma is the more deadly form of that disease). Recently, some researchers have taken a dissenting position by suggesting that a lack of adequate sunshine, and not over-exposure, may be causal for melanoma. Spanking FIT got started by reviewing key references cited by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) which, in their opinion, support the sunshine/ overexposure skin cancer hypothesis. We were surprised to discover that principal W.H.O. references contain results that are not statistically significant and; hence, do not validate their claims. We also uncovered non-W.H.O. research which suggested that a negative correlation actually exists between sunshine exposure and incidence of melanomic skin cancer. This is to say that inadequate sunshine exposure may, in some cases, be causal for melanoma. These apparent contradictions led Spanking FIT to question the standard methodology used by W.H.O. researchers and others which consists of comparing incidence rates among populations located in different latitudes and therefore receiving different U.V. exposure levels. We noted that studied populations had probably adapted to their environments following the laws of environmental selection, and that such adaptive behavior would tend to invalidate their method of studying sunshine exposure/ skin cancer correlation by using latitude comparisons. Subsequently, Spanking FIT performed an independent comparison of melanoma rates in Oslo, Norway versus Helsinki, Finland. (Both cities are at the same latitude and have similar populations with respect to skin type and sunshine exposure patterns.) We discovered that Oslo has a much higher adjusted incidence rate than Helsinki. Our findings suggest that there are other unknown contributing factors to melanoma development aside from sunshine exposure patterns. On the other hand, our discovery that the adjusted melanoma rate of Australians compared to Brits is substantially higher, led us to conjecture that high melanoma incidence may result when a population that is not environmentally selected for prolonged exposure to high intensity U.V. radiation is transplanted to such a high U.V. environment.

The nasty debate on circumcision within the medical community

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In “To Cut or Not to Cut-the Circumcision Question“,  May 2016, Spanking FIT addressed another well-publicized medical controversy regarding the age-old practice of male circumcision. (This one has become especially nasty among medical “professionals”, even resulting in malicious online name-calling.) We began with an examination of U.S. Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C.) claims that “circumcision reduces risk that a man will acquire H.I.V. from a female partner, and also lowers risk of other S.T.D.s”. C.D.C. further makes the claim that there exists a reduced risk of cervical cancer and H.P.V. for female sex partners of circumcised males. Upon review of published research that C.D.C. cited to back up their claims, Spanking FIT discovered significant defects in both their methodology and in their analysis. In the majority of studies, researchers failed to record the safe sex practices of participants. Whether or not an individual practices safe sex obviously influences their chances of acquiring an S.T.D., regardless of their circumcision status. In one major clinical trial conducted in Africa by the Male Circumcision Partnership and which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, research “findings” were confounded by the fact that a large percentage of trial participants did not use condoms during sex. This would, of course, tend to exaggerate the importance of circumcision as a S.T.D. preventative measure. Spanking FIT also conducted an independent comparative risk assessment and found that for those individuals who consistently use condoms during intercourse, circumcision affords only miniscule reduction in probability of acquiring H.I.V. infection. Spanking FIT also presented analysis which suggests that high quality latex condoms, when used correctly, are very effective in preventing a wide range of S.T.D.s. Finally, we reviewed research asserting that an uncircumcised  penis provides enhanced sexual pleasure for a man.

Exercising for “Healthy Body Art” in lieu of  tattoos

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Legitimate concerns on the part of Spanking FIT regarding tattooing health risks, especially among the very young, led us to embark on our “Healthy Body Art for the ‘Boys’ & the ‘Girls‘” series.  The series contains exercise sets designed to safely enhance sexual attractiveness of the female and the male body, but without the health hazards of commercial “body art” such as tattoos and piercings. So far, our series includes exercises for acquiring Venus Dimples, for enhancing the Butt, for developing Broad Shoulders, for enhancing the Chest, Biceps & Triceps, and the Legs. In the Legs segment, Spanking FIT also evaluated health claims that cycling is beneficial for rehabilitation of the knees following injury and even following knee surgery. Cycling may in certain cases also be prescribed for such chronic knee conditions as osteoarthritis (O.A.). The unproven theory behind this claim is that cycling “nourishes” joint cartilage. Spanking FIT discovered that presently only anecdotal evidence exists to back up these common medical practices, and that there is a lack of experimental work refuting or affirming them. The good news, however, is that clinical trials are presently underway in Oslo, Norway to investigate this issue. We also examined the current sports controversy pertaining to “deep squatting”, and whether or not this exercise type leads to serious degeneration of the knees over the long term, as some believe. Our evaluation of published research indicated that, although professional weight lifters are at increased risk for O.A., there is no evidence that those who incorporate moderate squatting into their regular exercise routines are at any risk. Finally, for those concerned about the risk of long term joint injury from conventional squatting, Hindu Squatting may provide a safer alternative with added aerobic benefits.

A vitamin D connection to muscle health & repair?

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Reliable sources indicate that over 100 million Americans each year suffer from some form of chronic pain. Conventional chronic pain treatments including steroids carry with them serious side effects such as osteoporosis and aseptic necrosis (bone death). Over-prescription of opioid pain killers has contributed to the current U.S. addiction crisis. For this reason, Spanking FIT decided to embark on its Scientific Advancements in Pain series where we evaluate research pertaining to more natural pain alleviation remedies. The series begins with the topic of “shoulder pain”. First, we evaluated the efficacy of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (M.T.P.T.) in treating chronic pain. M.T.P.T. is based on the theory that chronic pain may be the result of small knots which develop in muscle fascia following injury or strain. M.T.P.T. practitioners believe that it is possible to eliminate pain by massaging out these fascia knots. Spanking FIT’s research evaluation uncovered clinical trial evidence that supports the theory. I also uncovered solid scientific evidence that Vitamin D not only plays a well-recognized important role in bone health, but also in maintaining the health of skeletal muscles. Hence, vitamin D therapy also shows promise in alleviating chronic muscle pain following injury or strain.

Healthy Recreation & Nudity      

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The scientific evidence is convincing that moderate all over sun light exposure benefits human health. There is even unconfirmed evidence that exposing male genitalia to sun light may be healthier yet! For this reason, Spanking FIT embarked on a quasi-scientific international nude beach evaluation. The evaluation begins in North America. Part I-A covers the U.S. state of California. Part I-B covers the Pacific Northwest including Oregon, U.S.A., and Vancouver, British Columbia. Also there is , Part I-C: “Dangerously Naked-Nude Beaches of Mexico”, Part I-D: “Skinny Dipping in the Southern U.S.A.”, and Part I-E: “Fellow Travelers-Hit the Nude Beaches of Communist Cuba”. Stay tuned for more to come in 2017.

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Nude Beach Tempest Hits Mid-Atlantic!

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Not since the terror attack of September 11, 2,001 has a disaster of this magnitude occurred in the New York Metro area. I’m referring, of course, to the August 8, 2013 crackdown on Long Island’s fabled nude beaches; and, there’s trouble brewing at nearby Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, also. It is with dismay that Spanking FIT finds  itself in the awkward position of having to evaluate the mid-Atlantic’s “awesome” traditionally clothing- optional beaches during a period of considerable legal turmoil.

This is Part I-I (that’s I “eye”)  of Spanking FIT‘s “International Nude Beach Evaluation” on the U.S. mid-Atlantic states.  As in all of our previous segments, Spanking FIT meticulously conducted its evaluation in the three principal categories of health, safety, and enjoy-ability. In the health category, our evaluation includes beach cleanliness, water cleanliness, and the absence of parasites, including mosquitoes and flies. Safety includes primarily the risks of becoming a crime victim, or of being arrested for public nudity. Enjoy-ability factors include weather, scenery, and the sociability of beach participants. We begin with an evaluation of Gunnison Beach located in Sandy Hook, New Jersey mainly because it is still possible to “bare-all” here, provided certain precautions are taken.

Gunnison Beach,  Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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Gunnison Beach takes its name from Battery Gunnison, a fortification of heavy guns mounted in 1904 for the defense of New York Harbor. It is named after Captain J. Gunnison who was attacked and killed by Native Americans around a half a century earlier. During the Cold War it served as a home to Nike Ajax and Hercules missiles.

The nude beach is located close to the tip of a barrier “spit” known as the Sandy Hook Peninsula.  The latter is approximately 6 miles ( 10 km.) long and varies in width from 0.1 to 1.0 miles ( 0.2 to 1.6 km.). On its western side is Sandy Hook Bay and on the eastern side is the great Atlantic Ocean. Gunnison Beach is located on the Atlantic side and is a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area which is owned and operated by U.S. National Park Service. G.P.S. coordinates are N 40.4600 and W -73.9955. It is accessible by the Seastreak Ferry which departs daily from East 35th Street in downtown Manhattan. Total trip takes about 45 minutes. By car it is best to approach Gunnison by taking Route 36 off of the New Jersey Garden State Parkway south through the Atlantic Highlands, and then turning north up the peninsula on Hartshorne Dr.. Here’s how Spanking FIT rated it:

Health (B-)

Water quality at all New Jersey beaches including Gunnison is monitored by the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection (D.O.E.P.) Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program.  Last summer ( August 2016), almost twenty beaches in Monmouth County including Gunnison and in nearby Ocean County were under “water quality advisories” due to elevated bacterial counts. Although Gunnison was temporarily closed to swimmers, it was open to nude sun bathers. Potential visitors should check for alerts at njbeaches.org. On the subject of beach cleanliness: Gunnison, like all Sandy Hook beaches, has a “carry-in/ carry-out”  policy with respect to trash. In other words, visitors are theoretically required to dispose of their own garbage at home. Recently placed  dumpsters near the parking area may be observed over-loaded with garbage. There was an absence of trash cans on the beach itself, and it was disappointing to observe that some beach visitors had left theirs’ behind. Luckily, glass bottles are banned completely at Gunnison Beach.

Gunnison also lacks adequate shelter from the sun. Bring along sun hats or umbrellas.  Restrooms and outdoor showers are at the entrance near the parking lot  where there is no nudity allowed. What a bummer!

Despite heroic efforts at mosquito control including “ditching” and spraying,  Gunnison has a serious pest problem like all Jersey beaches.  We were not especially bothered by it during our late May/ early June visit. However, as summer progresses, the problem definitely intensifies. There’s a problem as well with female green bottle flies who suck blood in order to feed their young. The tick population has been described as “phenomenal” by the experts, and the wooded area near Gunnison is often called the “poison ivy capitol” of New Jersey State.  Is it necessary to dress-up at Gunnison Nude Beach in summer defeating the purpose of having a “clothing-optional beach”? Probably not; but, it can seem as if Mother Nature is conspiring at times with the northeastern prudes against healthy human naturist activity.

Safety (B-)

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While many consider Sandy Hook to be part of New Jersey’s Middletown Township, technically  it is part of Gateway National Recreation Area placing it on federal land. Consequently, Gunnison isn’t patrolled by the Middletown police, but rather by federal rangers. It is difficult to find online crime stats specific to Gunnison. However, according to cityrating.com, Middletown Township ranks way below the national average in both violent and property crime. Keep in mind, however, that portions of Sandy Hook can be quite deserted, and that crime in nearby Asbury Park is among the highest in New Jersey. There are even rumors that legendary labor boss Jimmy Hoffa may be buried here!

Regarding danger from law enforcement: While Gunnison still is an official and legal clothing-optional beach, recently there appears to have been a swell in the number of “lewd conduct” arrests made here. Rangers may be observed to”hide” in the dunes using binoculars to spy on nude sunbathers. It has been alleged that the mere touching of one’s genitalia while unclothed is considered adequate grounds by them for making an arrest. This may be a consequence of the recent decision by Gateway National Recreation to incorporate, of all things, New York (?) State’s more inclusive definition of public lewdness into their penal code.  During our visit, rangers could be seen driving their vehicles in-between groups of naked sun bathers.  They claim to be looking primarily for pot use (still a federal crime), and overt sexual activity. Be forewarned that under cover beach “snitches” may be lurking here, and that even the lifeguards are suspected of reporting beach-goer behavior to the cops. The beach has been jokingly referred to  by European visitors as “a  naked American mini-police state”! (Gunnison’s lifeguards do loyally perform their safety duties  from 10A.M.- 6 P.M. daily Memorial Day through the Labor Day weekend.)

That, of course, brings us back to the question of why nudity is at all permitted in a state that contains some of the most socially conservative elements in the U.S. outside of the South? The answer may have something to do with Gunnison’s historical origins as a military installation until 1974  and the fact that all male soldiers  from Fort Hancock would skinny-dip there routinely. Also, as previously noted, Gunnison is on federal land.

Enjoy-ability (A-)

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Is it really possible to enjoy and benefit from beach nudity while under heavy federal police surveillance and intermittent attack by blood-sucking insects? The answer is- you bet it is! First off,  on the Atlantic side, Gunnison provides spectacular city views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. On the opposite side, you get scenic views of the dunes. What about in the middle? Since Gunnison, unlike many naturist retreats, appeals to a youthful crowd, you get a view of younger women and men in their 20’s and their 30’s here. (Not that we are “ageist” in any respect. Just honest.) By the way, beach rumor has it that’s radio “shock jock” Howard Stern in the above photo, sans jock.

As the largest East Coast clothing optional beach, Gunnison is host to literally thousands of visitors each week during summer months. The fact that alcohol use is permitted adds to the festive atmosphere and a complete removal of inhibitions to the chagrin of its beach “chaperones”, the federal police. (Gunnison is among the few “nude beaches” that have uniformed “gawkers”.) Incidentally, the northern part of it is fully clothed, the southern part is not, and the further south you go, the “gayer” it becomes.

Weather at the beach is typical mid-Atlantic which means hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It was warm and sunny, about 70 ° F. (21°C.) that afternoon that we visited in late May which is  probably weather-wise and mosquito-wise the best time of the year to visit. Summertime daytime temperatures climb to the mid 80’s. Abrupt weather changes are not uncommon, and be advised that Atlantic hurricane season runs from beginning of June through end of  November.

Nude Beaches- Fire Island, New York

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If there is trouble brewing in Jersey, the situation is even more dire in nearby New York State where, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, seashore officials announced that they would commence enforcement of repressive New York State anti-nudity law at all Fire Island beaches. (Violators face wopping  $5,000 fines and up to six months imprisonment.) The trouble started when, in February of 2013, Sandy ripped apart the boardwalk and destroyed the sand dunes suddenly exposing nude sun bathers to visiting tourists at one of New York’s most famous “clothing-optionals”- Lighthouse Beach.  Officials used “concerns” that school children and others touring the lighthouse would view naked bodies  as a pretext for their crackdown.  Heaven forbid that these youngsters receive a human anatomy lesson along with the tour! Because Lighthouse Beach had served as a naturist haven since late 1800’s, these actions were nothing less than anti-nudist sacrilege. Cherry Grove Beach, another Fire Island nudist jewel, was also affected by the ban. The photo above from the New York Times is of happier times.

Why is the “Big Apple” all of a sudden losing its luster in this respect?  How is it that such a  regressive crackdown could occur in New York  of all places where the populace, in general, prides itself in open-mindedness and sophistication?  Readers keep in mind that mixed in with “sophisticates” is an array of extremely conservative elements including Orthodox Jews, Catholic dogmatists, and newly arrived Middle Eastern immigrants. Many of the latter cling stubbornly to their superstitious belief that the naked human body is shameful. Such attitudes are detrimental to the public health, in my opinion. (See: “Nude Sunbathing- It Does a Body Good!; Spanking FIT, Aug. 2015 )   Spanking FIT paid a visit to naturist victims of New York’s current anti-nudity “witch hunt”, and here’s what we uncovered:

Lighthouse Nude Beach (L.H.N.B)- west end of Fire Island

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Located on the western end of Fire Island in Suffolk County, Long Island, is what remains of one of the mid-Atlantic’s most famous and historic nude beaches known as Lighthouse Beach. For readers not familiar with the geography of the region, Fire Island is a barrier island approximately 30 miles long and 0.5 miles wide separating the south side of Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean.  As its name implies, Lighthouse Beach is adjacent to the Fire Island Lighthouse, the G.P.S. coordinates of which are 40.6322 N & 73.2186 W..  If travelling by car, take the Robert Moses Causeway south from vicinity of West Bay Shore, Long Island to Robert Moses State Park and head east on Robert Moses Parkway. (Think Robert Moses all the way and you can’t go wrong!) By heading straight to the water and then veering to the left or right you will arrive at the remnants of what once was one of the most popular clothing-optional havens from the New York City “rat race”. Literally thousands of naked beach-goers could be observed here on many a warm sunny day. There are even unconfirmed rumors that Jared Kushner, son-in-law to the current U.S. President, came here prior to his marriage to Ivanka.

Health (B)

We observed no beach trash cans during our visit except for the ones near the parking lot entrance.  The beach itself was relatively litter-free on this beautiful June day. Since L.H.N.B. is also located in the state park, water quality is monitored by New York Parks Department (parks.ny.gov).  The beach is closed when testing results exceed 104 enterococci colonies per 100 ml. of water, the current N.Y. State standard. L.H.N.B. is a “category 1” beach which indicates “low” exceedance rates and the necessity for resampling within 24 hours. The beach may also be closed for other reasons such as heavy rainfall, high waves, or a lack of available lifeguards. Readers check their website for “the latest”.

As is the case in New Jersey, flies, ticks, and mosquitoes are problematic here, especially during the summer months. Because L.H.N.B. is in a federal wild life preserve, there is no spraying of pesticides here. It is our theory that for healthy individuals, health risks from pesticide probably outweigh those from insects.

Safety (B+)

Crime stats specific to L.H.N.B.  or Robert Moses State Park do not appear to be available online. However, according to one source, areavibes.com, crime totals on Fire Island are lower than both New York and U.S. national average.  Despite this, the National Park Service claimed in a February 2013 report that a spike occurred that year in “lewd, lascivious, and voyeuristic” behavior at L.H.B. . They went on to claim that “suspected” prostitution, drug use, and assaults were on the rise. What did they do regarding it? Step up foot patrols? No, instead they decided to ban nude sun bathing! Their reasoning makes as little sense as that of certain middle eastern governments which purport to prevent rape by requiring women to be veiled in public! Surely such non-logic has no place in a nation that prides itself in being a world leader in civil liberties, and especially in a city that is home to the Statue of Liberty herself.

Despite the unjust nature of things, we decided to comply with the law and wore swim attire. That was not the case with a number of beach-goers that warm sunny day in June that we visited. Many appeared to be mocking the authorities by wearing G-strings and even completely transparent beach wear. One exceptionally beautiful young woman wore what appeared to be a see-through fish net. Carefully observing standard nude beach etiquette, no photos of beach-goers were taken on our part.

Enjoy-ability (A-)

The June weather was absolutely gorgeous and the scenery matched. The wooly beach heather was still in bloom. Dense thickets of beach plum and bayberry were also visible by the dunes. The reddish spring poison ivy leaves were beginning to turn green. Look but don’t touch. They are the bane of many a sunbather, nude or otherwise.

Despite the ominous threat of law enforcement hanging over everyone, the atmosphere was quite lively. The further east that we went along the shore, the more naked bathers that  we saw. Ironically, the looming crackdown seemed to have drawn participants closer to one another, and  was sufficient to enhance the sociability of even the snottiest of Long Islanders. Since there have been no reports of binocular use by law enforcement or the employment of undercover cops, it may still be possible to acquire nude sunbathing health benefits here and simply cover up at the first sight of blue. Naturally, the psychological benefits of being bare are impaired by this silly predicament. As previously indicated, the eastern section of L.H.N.B. is best suited for being unsuited, since it is more remote.

Cherry Grove Nude Beach (C.G.N.B.) & the Fire Island Pines (F.I.P.)

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C.G.N.B. is located in the town of Cherry Grove about seven miles east of the Fire Island Light House. No autos are permitted on the Island east of the Light House, so that your options are to walk the seven, take the ferry from the big L. Island, or sail your yacht. F.I.P. is only about a mile and a half walk on the beach  from C.G.N.B.; hardly a hardship for fit Spanking FIT readers. Let me begin by saying that neither place is suitable for homophobes or those disturbed by the sight of same-sex couples holding hands. The entire town of Cherry Grove is often referred to as that “gay small town”, or more crudely as “Coney Island for queers”. Truthfully speaking, Cherry Grove is much cleaner and its visitors less rowdy. Many members of the “queer community” are attracted to the bars, discos, and the restaurants. So are lots of “straights”.  Here’s how Spanking FIT rated this beach duo:

Health (B+)

Both beaches are less populated than L.H.N.B.. Consequently, they are cleaner. Wooden walkways intended to protect the dunes lead down to C.G.N.B. No dogs allowed at C.G.N.B.. F.I.P., on the other hand,  is more “dog friendly”. There’s the absence of restrooms on the beaches themselves.

Expect insect and poison ivy problems at both. Stay out of the woods! Beautiful wild life including deer inhabit them, but be warned that they are carriers of Lyme.

Because the beaches are a bit further out on the Atlantic, water quality tends to be better than at L.H.N.B.. However, closures and alerts may still occur.

Safety (B)

Both the towns of Cherry Grove and of Fire island Pines are affluent, so there is little chance of being victimized by anything except “white collar’ crime. As previously noted, the announced nudity crackdown applies to both of these locations, as well. Visitors be extremely cautious in traversing the so-called “meat rack”, so named on account of the alleged sexually promiscuous behavior which goes on there. While Spanking FIT  advocates public beach nudity, it does not advocate public sex at the beach.  Casual encounters which may involve multiple sex partners contribute to spread of S.T.D.s. However, they need to be minimized through education and not by law enforcement, in our opinion. The “meat rack” is that stretch of dune that connects the two beaches.

Exercise caution when swimming. No lifeguards were present.

Enjoy-ability (A-)

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Whether  you are “straight”, “gay”,”bi”, or “tri” (you’ll try anything), C.G.N.B. and F.I.P. are places to be. Straight guys love the sight of naked lesbians, and for straight gals, the predominantly gay Pines provides lots of “eye candy”. (Just don’t expect to give out too many phone numbers ladies.)

The “no automobiles allowed” policy provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy an exhilarating workout at the same time by walking or biking. One  nude lady that we interviewed put it extremely well: “f__k the feds! I plan to go on doing what I’ve been doing for decades!” Bravo sister, bravo!

Conclusion

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The long established naturist tradition at mid-Atlantic beaches is under siege by the forces of superstition and anti-science. The potential harm to human health is immeasurable (don’t forget: “Nude Sunbathing-it Does a Body Good!”; Spanking FIT, Aug. 2015). Will the U.S. mid-Atlantic situation devolve toward the state of affairs in Mexico? (see: “Dangerously Naked-Nude Beaches of Mexico“, April 2016) ; or, will the voice of reason prevail as was the case in Cuba  (see:”Fellow Travelers Hit the Nude Beaches of Communist Cuba!“, Nov. 2016) and in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canadian Vancover (see: “International Nude Beach Evaluation Part I-B“, Aug. 2015). The future remains to be seen.

In the meantime, travelers have two options: either exercise caution when visiting  U.S.  mid-Atlantic beaches, or maybe take your business elsewhere in protest. Why not go to North or South Carolina, instead? (See:”Naked Carolina“, March 2017) In the wake of their “bathroom controversy”, both states are seeking tourists.

Cordially, Dr. Garrett

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