Is earthing, or grounding really a cure for inflammatory diseases, back pain, headaches, arthritis, electrical sensitivity and other diseases?
I decided to try it myself to find out if it really works.
Below is a short video with transcript which explains more about how earthing works.
Dr. Sinatra: “Some of the most radical ideas are really the most simple. I mean, you look at grounding for example or earthing; putting your bare feet on the ground soaks up lots of electrons because the earth is negatively charged and our bodies are so full of free radicals from anything from heavy metals, to air pollution, to trans fats. Our bodies are being inundated with a firestorm of free radicals so you have to put the fire out. And you can put the fire out in many different ways.
Cave Man Medicine or the Barefoot Revolution
The earliest and the most primitive form of healing the body is putting your bare feet on the ground. I call it cave man medicine or the barefoot revolution. When you to go the beach or you take a beach vacation, or you go barefoot in a park, or you sleep in the park on your back, or you are looking at the stars at night and you are grounded, people say I feel really good. It is like when people go on a vacation at the beach they think, oh no stress, plenty of sunlight, good restaurants, that’s it partially. What is really happening is when they go onto the beach they are grounding themselves. Whether we are in the water or whether they are walking on the sand and that really shifts the ergonomic nervous system to a point where it is functioning better and that is what it is all about.
Detoxifying the Body
When you walk barefoot, you are literally soaking up millions of electrons into the body so you can detoxify the body. Whenever you take on electrons in the body you are making the blood thinner, so instead of the blood being more like red ketchup it becomes more like red wine and we know that hyper-coagulable states, sludgy blood, is the most common cause of stroke, heart attack, cancers, tumors, neurodegenerative disease and diabetes. There are so many toxins in our blood stream that our blood becomes so viscous; it becomes thick. When you put your feet on the ground, like I am doing right now and my feet are on the ground that has been little bit irrigated, that is a little bit wet and there is good conductivity, I am soaking up millions and millions of electrons right through my body and these free electrons will intercept free radicals and when this happens the body has a shift and in our experiments we showed that within 2 seconds of grounding you get a change of skin conductives. It is almost like a lie detector test, it happens quickly. What grounding does from the cardiac point of view, it improves heart rate variability, it absolutely shifts the sympathetic nervous system back to the point where nervous system has more tranquility in it; we record bigger stimulation.
So I am so bullish on grounding as the most primitive, easiest, cheapest way of creating optimum health. Go barefoot in the pack, walk on concrete, walk on the beach, walk on the sand, go surfing, when you are golfing take off your shoes for a little bit: ground. If you fly in an airplane: ground. When you do these things you are really helping the body to achieve an optimal state of homeostasis.“
What Scientific Proof Exists As To The Benefits of Earthing?
A number of studies have been carried out to clarify the benefits of Earthing here are some of the most important ones:
Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons, click here to see study.
Earthing Reduces Blood Viscosity—a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease, click here to see study.
Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, Blood Oxygenation, Perfusion Index, Skin Conductance, and Their Variability Induced During and After Grounding, click here to see study.
Emotional Stress, Heart Rate Variability, Grounding, and Improved Autonomic Tone, click here to see study.
What Earthing Means To Me
Its all about getting back into contact with mother earth. It sits well with the idea that the illness and disease of our modern times is aided and abetted by a loss off daily contact with nature that our ancestors had.
This contact has been lost because of the houses we live in, the offices we work in, the transport we use. They all insulate us from this contact with the earth which is so vital, even fundamental.
Our beds keep us suspended off the floor, our offices enable us to spend our days several levels off the ground our autos carry us along off the ground on insulating rubber tires. And when we do go for a walk in the park, or in a forest we are inevitably wearing shoes with man made soles which keep our feet from making any direct contact with the ground.
When you add this lack of daily physical contact with the earth to other factors like the exponential increase in EMF exposures and other pollutants which have been introduced into our lives in the last few decades you begin to understand the problem.
How I Like To Earth
The simplest and easiest way of re-establishing the link with nature is to walk barefoot as much as possible. I like to do it in the morning.
I’m fortunate to have a small garden next to my home. When I get up I like to go out and walk bare foot for a few moments. If there’s a dew all the better, its even more effective. If its raining or cold it doesn’t stop me. I just put a coat on over my nightclothes take my shoes off and do it all the same.
Everybody doesn’t have the luxury of a garden. Maybe it’s easier for you to do this exercise during the day by taking your shoes off for a few moments in the park.
One of the best grounding exercises is to walk barefoot in the sea water. When you’re on holiday paddle along the shoreline or maybe there is a lake or pond near where you live where you can do this. One effective way of adding to this effect is by using very simple earthing equipment.
Earthing In Your Bedroom
I installed an earthing sheet, or bed pad, for my bed initially to try the idea. Its like an under-sheet that you position below the bottom bed sheet. Then to ground you just plug it into the electrical socket in your bedroom (there are some cases where this will not be possible). Once its installed you cant see it or feel it under the sheet.
Initially I found that I didn’t sleep very well for the first few nights. But then my sleeping improved and I felt I had more energy from using it. Once I began to feel that the earthing sheet was having a positive effect, instead of placing the sheet underneath the bottom bed sheet I swapped positions, making it so that the grounding sheet was on top of the bottom bed sheet and therefore in direct contact with my skin.
Earthing and EMFs What Can You Expect?
Don’ t expect miracles overnight with earthing.
Initially I was quite skeptical so I bought the Earthing book written by Ober, Sinatra (in the video) and Zucker. It was an interesting read. It talks a bit about the “science” behind it, about practical ways to earth, and even talks about electrosensitivity. But about half of the book is made up of testimonials. Lots and lots of stories and testimonials.
The stories about improved athletic performance and all the various diseases (particularly inflammatory) did get me wanting to try the earthing products. Having now used them for some time I can say that I honestly do believe that they have had a positive impact on my health.
Where To Buy Earthing Sheets and Pads
I bought my earthing sheet and earth pad separately but you can now buy earthing starter kits where you get the earthing sheet and pad, in a pack, which seems quite a good deal.
The earthing sheet you install on your bed as shown above. The earthing mat is a grounded rubber mat. I use mine in my office under my monitor, but you can sit your CPU on it, or your monitor.
Is it Safe To Earth Anywhere?
Earthing in an environment where there are potentially high levels of EMFs is to be avoided.
If you are using an earthing sheet in your bedroom you can try and measure with your EMF meter to ensure that via earthing you are not exposing yourself to high electric fields. But this is a delicate exercise which requires obtaining what the Institute of Building Biology calls a potential-free electric field measurement. For a more complete explanation of this issue click here.
Unless you are absolutely sure about that your electric field exposures have been reduced when you earth I recommend switching off the mains circuits to and around your bedroom. And even then, you are wise to check the EMF readings with your EMF meter. If you are looking for an easier way to switching off your circuits, an electricity demand switch can do this in an automated manner (should only be installed by a qualified electrician).
In your office, for instance, better to earth your equipment than earthing yourself using an earth mat. Because in earthing yourself in a high EMF environment you may well be exposing yourself to significant electric fields.
Is It Really Safe To Go Barefoot Outside?
Obviously the first thing is to watch where you walk. Broken glass, sharp stones etc. can be a real hazard but this aside, from an EMF exposure viewpoint going barefoot in nature means you are outside and in theory away from any major sources of EMFs. Though even outdoors there could be an issue with stray voltage. Also known as stray electricity, ground current or neutral-to-earth voltage, stray voltage can be defined as a current that arises both from design faults in the distribution systems of the electrical utilities. Because electrical current uses the earth as the path of least resistance rather than the neutral wire provided by the existing electrical system, if you are walking barefoot you could be exposed to these EMFs. A body voltage meter will tell you if these EMFs are present in your environment.
When done in the right environment earthing can be an easy, safe and inexpensive way to counteract the effects of EMFs and other pollutants.
Earthing mats, earthing sheets, earthing bands, there are more and more elaborate ways to earth.
Start earthing by taking your shoes off more outside, and see how it feels.