The next article, to be posted tomorrow, has been a long time coming! It's perhaps one of my best research articles so far, and will hopefully have a positive impact.
Naturists have always been pushing to expand opportunities. Although "nakations" have been fueling some growth recently, I believe the biggest growth was way back before the 1960's when naturism was part of the health movement. Back when doctors would sometimes recommend it as a way to rejuvenate health.
Right now, naturism is merely a form of recreation that is often struggling to survive. Top-freedom is leveraging "equal-rights" and is gaining ground. The LGBT community has done the same too for their acceptance and rights. Breastfeeding has advanced the most, by leveraging itself as a matter of public health.
Freehiking, as my research shows, should also be accepted in high-risk areas as a matter of public health. To clarify, I don't mean in a "health movement" type of way; I mean in a "use of clothing greatly increases your risk of contracting a horrible life-long illness" type of way. And the little-understood illness is spreading like wildfire, as the article tomorrow will show.
This revelation was actually an afterthought, after I was already deep into the research. At that point, I decided that it would be best to get it published as soon as possible, to the largest audience that I could. That didn't happen as I'd hoped. Here's the timeline of events:
July 2012 - A presentation on the subject, along with meeting someone who's been dealing with the health problems, and along with a few prior close-calls myself (some still visible), prompted me to learn a lot more about it and write what I found, especially since I live in a high-risk area.
March 2013 - Originally written for the blog, I pitch the article to TNS to get it published there first. They (both Nicky and Mark) say it's something they'd be interested in.
November 2013 - After an extensive re-write, I submit it to TNS. Nicky says it's too long, and I re-submit to the specifications.
April 2014 - I don't see the article in the Spring issue, so I check in. Nicky says the Summer issue is all-female-written, so it'll be published in the Autumn issue.
Autumn 2014 - No article.
Winter 2014 - No article.
Spring 2015 - No article.
"High-risk" season is starting right now, and I don't want to go any longer without publishing. The last thing I want is for TNS to kick the can further down the road, so I'm not checking in about it again. If both Nicky and Mark simply forgot about the article, then it must not have been very important to them.
I decided to publish here. I apologize that the article has 2-year-old or older references. Also, that there's no hyper-links within the article. It was written for the magazine, and I don't want to spend more time updating references and in-lining them into the article. It's magazine quality: concise, informative, important. But it has far fewer eyes on it, a year later than I was hoping for.