Earthing: Healing Power Beneath Your Feet
During my many years in medical practice I have seen remarkable advances in technology that give physicians unprecedented ability to save lives. However, if you were to ask me about the most impressive breakthrough, I am positive my answer would surprise you. It has nothing to do with high-tech at all. It is the very Earth you live on. Literally, the ground beneath your feet.
Do you recall walking barefoot along wet sand at the beach or on a field of dew-moistened grass? Do you recall feeling some tingling in your feet or legs, or a sense of warmth or well-being rising up into your body? That sensation is the result of direct barefoot contact with the surface of the Earth, which brims with natural, subtle energy.
The Earth, you see, is an electrical planet, and you are a bioelectrical being living on an electrical planet. Your body functions electrically. Your heart and nervous system are prime examples.
Emerging science reveals that direct contact with the ground allows you to receive an energy infusion, compliments of Mother Earth. Think of it as “vitamin G” – G for ground. Just as the sun above creates vitamin D in your body, the ground below provides you with vitamin G, a kind of “electrical nutrition.”
This energy infusion is powerful stuff. It restores and stabilizes the bioelectrical circuitry that governs your physiology and organs, harmonizes your basic biological rhythms, boosts self-healing mechanisms, reduces inflammation and pain, and improves your sleep and feeling of calmness. When these things happen, you are going to feel better in a big way.
The discovery of these benefits, and the dynamics behind them, is the subject of a 2010 book I am proud to have co-authored − Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (Basic Health Publications) and which has now been published in more than 10 languages. The research and the personal experiences of thousands of individuals all over the world, including doctors, suggest that we humans live on a global treatment table…but don’t know it.
We Are Disconnected from the Earth
Modern lifestyle, including the widespread use of insulating rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, has disconnected most people in so-called developed societies from the Earth’s surface energy. Most of us don’t walk barefoot nor do we sleep on the ground as we did in times past. This physical disconnect from the Earth may be a totally overlooked cause of abnormal physiology and actually contribute to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep. By reconnecting to the Earth, many common symptoms are often relieved and even eliminated. People sleep better. They are more energized. They feel better.
The research, which I am proud to have been part of, along with many testimonials, provides intriguing evidence of significant physiological shifts in the direction of a revitalized and healthier functioning body − generated simply by regularly walking barefoot outdoors or, while indoors, sleeping on a conductive bed sheet or sitting/working with your feet on a conductive floor mat connected to the Earth via a wire. More information about grounding devices may be found at Grounded.com.
A Solution for Inflammation?
In recent years, inflammation has come to the forefront of medical attention and been recognized as the leading underlying trigger of chronic pain and most major health disorders, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. “All roads to chronic disease lead through inflammation,” researchers are increasingly saying. Bodies are on fire.
One of the major benefits of Earthing is that it appears to extinguish the flames through the transfer of negatively-charged electrons from the surface of the Earth into the body where they neutralize positively-charged destructive free radicals involved in chronic inflammation.
The potential benefits from the Earth’s energy on the brain, heart, muscles, immune and nervous systems − and in turn the whole body and the aging process − are massive. Medically, this is a big deal!
I see Earthing as a profoundly simple, practical, effective, and cost-cutting way to combat common illnesses and pain problems, and make people healthier. In my own field of cardiology, Earthing has shown great promise - I have personally heard, from both individuals and doctors, of improvements in circulation, arrhythmias, blood pressure, and neuropathy.
Learn how Earthing has the potential to help promote health and healing in the body! Simple, effective, and best of all natural, Earthing is truly an amazing discovery. Click here to listen to the audiobook version now - it's FREE!
The Earth as a Blood Thinner
I have collaborated in several small Earthing pilot studies that have exciting implications. One, on the electrodynamics (zeta potential) of blood cells, indicates that Earthing significantly improves viscosity (blood thickness), inflammation, and flow. There are clear indications that individuals with a variety of cardiovascular conditions may benefit greatly from Earthing.
Diabetes, which carries a high risk for cardiovascular disease and arterial and nervous tissue damage, is a global epidemic for which Earthing has significant promise.
The blood study I did has been published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and can be read online at http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/acm.2011.0820
Another study I worked on showed how Earthing contributes to a de-stressing and balancing effect on the nervous system, and as a result, on heart function. This study, published in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, can be read online at http://imjournal.com/pdfarticles/IMCJ10_3_p16_24chevalier.pdf
A review of all the Earthing research conducted to date can be found at the online website of the Journal of Environmental Health and Policy at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2012/291541/
Earthing excites me just as it does other health professionals who witness the remarkably broad and significant effects that the Earth’s energy has on health. This is a simple, natural, and profound resource that has been overlooked in the health equation. I believe that the scientific investigation of the Earthing phenomenon has just scratched the surface of a whole new and exciting frontier for exploration that is nothing less than a huge healing bounty from Nature.
The Roots of Earthing
Throughout history, many indigenous peoples honored connectedness to the Earth and ascribed healing properties to the Earth’s energy. As one example, Traditional Chinese Medicine describes the Earth Qi.
Until recently, however, the distinct health benefits of this connectedness have remained largely undocumented. Thanks to the curiosity and persistence of a pioneer of the American cable TV industry named Clint Ober, the benefits are now becoming clear.
In 1998, Mr. Ober discovered he could wean himself off painkillers and sleeping pills by applying a cable television principle to his own problem of chronic back pain. The crisp television images you see on your screen at home are delivered through a shielded cable that prevents signals from leaking out and outside interference from leaking in. The cable consists of an inner copper conductor surrounded by a mesh shield. The shield is electrically connected to the Earth, which prevents the build-up of electrical charges in the system. The electrical potential of the shield equalizes with that of the Earth’s surface, and protects and stabilizes the signals flowing through the conductor. Electrical systems throughout the world are similarly protected (Earthed or grounded) in this way.
Mr. Ober discovered, first on himself and then on others, that this same stabilizing influence could lessen pain and improve sleep for humans connected to the Earth. He subsequently set off on a scientific odyssey, working with researchers including biophysicists and electrophysiologists, and developed Earthing systems that people could use indoors.
Biophysicist James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine:The Scientific Basis (Churchill Livingstone, 2000), sums up Earthing this way: “The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on. People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make.”
How to Earth Yourself
Go barefoot for forty minutes outside and see what a difference that makes on your pain or stress level. Sit, stand, or walk on grass, sand, dirt, or concrete − preferably wet, for greater conduction of the Earth’s electrons. These are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s electrons. Wood, asphalt, and vinyl are not conductive.
Ideally, you want to sustain the Earthing experience and make it a part of your daily routine. The easiest way is to use an Earthing system indoors such as bed sheets, mats, or body bands connected via a wire to a properly grounded electrical outlet inside a home or to a ground rod outside. These systems incorporate carbon or silver mesh to conduct the Earth’s energy and can be used in bed, while watching TV or reading, or while working at the desk.
For the full and fascinating Earthing story, I recommend the Earthing book I wrote with Clint Ober and health writer Martin Zucker.
And for children, Laura Koniver, MD has also just released this new book: From the Ground Up
For information on Earthing research visit www.earthinginstitute.net.
To see a selection of indoor grounding products, visit Grounded.com or call (800) 228-1507.
© 2010 - 2013 Heart MD Institute. All rights reserved.