Learn how the power of the earth can help you stay healthy.

There is an interesting new concept found in a book, Earthing, by Clinton Ober. Check it out or keep reading for the high points.

The proponents of Earthing believe there is a lost connection to our planet’s natural flow of surface electrical energy and the electron deficiency in our bodies this creates. Because of this, they are suggesting we get grounded daily. Stay with me! This is not voodoo--it’s science.

The sole of the foot is covered with over a thousand nerve endings per square inch. The foot is the vital link between the person and the Earth. The Earth is covered with an electromagnetic layer. It’s this layer that creates the sensory response in our feet. The energy residing on the surface of the Earth is primarily electrical. We draw electrical energy through our feet in the form of free electrons fluctuating at many frequencies.

The Earth is negatively charged. It has an endless supply of negative-charged free electrons. Anytime you have two conductive objects and they make contact (your bare feet and the ground), electrons will flow from the place where they are abundant to the place where there are fewer of them. The electrical potential of the two objects will thus equalize. That’s grounding.

If you have lots of positive-charged free radicals running amok inside your body, guess what’s going to happen when you make contact with the Earth? Big negative-charged Earth overwhelms little, positive-charged free radicals.

Why should you care? Well, one of the primary issues said to be responsible for the health decline is the demise of our immune system. Asthma, hay fever and other common allergic reactions have increased. Pediatricians see more children with food allergies. There is a jump in lupus, multiple sclerosis and other afflictions caused by misfiring immune systems. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer are linked to chronic inflammation. Inflammation is now believed to be the underlying cause of more than 80 chronic illnesses, and more than half of Americas suffer currently from one or more of them. Earthing advocates believe daily grounding will help the immune system stay in check.

Earthing research has shown study participants with a high level of tension showed a decrease in muscle tension. There are results demonstrating pain reduction to individuals living with a plethora of ailments. Athletes describe enhanced performance and reduced recovery time after grueling events when they practice Earthing. U.S.--sponsored teams in the Tour de France now use Earthing blankets.

What can you do? Walk barefoot in your backyard, on the beach, in a grassy park, on concrete or open ground (not asphalt, wood, vinyl, painted concentrate), or any place outside wherever comfortable. Ground yourself by sitting on the Earth or on a chair with your feet planted on the ground, while reading a book or listening to music. To make the Earthing experience most effective, dampen the soil or grass for added conductivity. Leave your feet squarely on the earth and sit there for thirty or forty minutes. It’s simple--unless, of course we have snowfall. Then I recommend taking a vacation where walking on the Earth doesn’t freeze your toes.

gary grossman January 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Dear Kandy, please provide the scientific references that support your column about Earthing. Thanks, Gary
Kandy Duke January 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Gary, There is a link in the article to the Earthing website where the book is sold and was the basis for my article. If you go to the link below on amazon you'll be able to "look inside" and see that the appendix does include a bibliography. I purchased the book as a kindle and I'm not sure I can cut and paste the bibliography to send to you but when I have time more time tomorrow or Wednesday I'll try to do that. I know it sounds "out there" but it's really interesting to me. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=earthing+book&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=7588781489&ref=pd_sl_2jdwyulyod_e
gary grossman January 24, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Hi Kandy, when you say that something is science I hope to see references to scientific studies, but Amazon wouldn't take me to the actually reference Appendix so I don't know what the evidence is. The Earthing Institute does list a few studies but I wonder if they meet the gold standard of medical research, i.e., double blind with reasonable sample sizes suitable for statistical analysis. The placebo effect is well known in medicine and techniques like Earthing need to show that responses are greater than expected from placebo effects alone. There are many people with illnesses who are easy prey for scam artists - I don't have the time to evaluate the Earthing literature, but I do think that everyone needs to have a critical eye when examining the next "great new technique that will cure your ills". Just think of all the foods (e.g. grapefruit diet) and fad diets (remember the packaged system that actually included plant laxatives in what you ate) that have been touted in the last 50 years as promoting weight loss without any effort and all have been misleading. Maybe Earthing works and maybe it doesn't but personally I've seen too many of these things come and go to be anything but skeptical. Good luck with Earthing
Kandy Duke January 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Gary, I agree that there is lots of "stuff" out there that we have to look at with a critical eye.Their data isn't found in the top medical journals to be sure but as we know from history, even data found in the top journals has been fudged sometimes.I find the preliminary data to be interesting & in the pursuit of getting people outside & active I found the idea fascinating. If you go to their website & click on Research link you can read about the specific studies listed below. Emotional Stress, Heart Rate Variability, Grounding, and Improved Autonomic Tone: Clinical Applications The neuromodulative role of earthing Earthing the Human Body Influences Physiologic Processes Chronic Disease: Are We Missing Something? (Editorial) Pilot Study on the Effect of Grounding on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, Blood Oxygenation, Perfusion Index, Skin Conductance, & Their Variability Induced During & After Grounding Human Subjects for 40 Minutes The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology The Effectiveness of a Conductive Patch & a Conductive Bed Pad in Reducing Induced Human Body Voltage Via the Application of Earth Ground The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels & Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, & Stress Medical Thermography Case Studies Grounding The Human Body to Neutralize Bioelectrical Stress From Static Electricity & EMFs


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