One environmental fact which has a positive effect on human health is that the Earth’s surface contains a very large supply of free electrons (potentially a beneficial factor). However, modern lifestyles have separated us from those electrons – from the synthetic shoe soles we wear to the height at which we live above the ground. Throughout most of history, humans walked barefoot or with footwear made of natural products while sleeping on the ground. Primitive people had access to the ground’s electrons, and balance was maintained naturally in the electrical charges of the body.
Earthing (grounding) is the study and practice of how reconnecting with the Earth’s surface can be beneficial to health, disease prevention and treatment. Except in ultra-dry areas, such as deserts, a negative electron potential is maintained by the Earth’s electrical circuit and this negative charge has been found to be beneficial in many human health conditions. It is already known that electrons from antioxidants can neutralize electropositive free radicals, which, in turn, alter immunity and cause inflammation. Electrons from the surface of the Earth most likely act in the same way with free radicals.
Since the 1960’s most have worn artificially-soled shoes instead of leather and had no longer slept on the ground. Chronic diseases and inflammatory conditions have increased dramatically during recent decades, and this disconnect with the Earth’s surface may contribute to the cause. As early as the 1920s people started to report trouble sleeping unless they were on the ground with copper wires attached to grounded pipes. In the late 1900’s benefits started to be reported with the use of pads and mats connected to the Earth outside.
Ober*, a cable television executive, found that the human body resembled a television cable. When television cables were grounded, interference in the signal (“snow” on television) was eliminated. “All electrical systems are stabilized by grounding them to the Earth.” Sokal and Sokal, father and son from Poland, found that grounding the human body “appears to offer a significant modulating effect on chronic illnesses encountered daily in their clinical practices”. Walking barefoot on the Earth or connecting with the Earth’s electrons transfers energy from the ground into the body. As a result Earthing reduces pain, improves sleep, has a blood-thinning effect, and shifts from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic side of the autonomic nervous system.
Grounding eliminates the charge induced on the human body from common electrical sources and alters human brain waves. Grounded subjects report improvement in pain, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, hypertension and autoimmune diseases. Studies have shown improvements in the daily fluctuation of stress-related cortisol production by patients. Normalization in many of these people improved sleep patterns and daytime energy. Athletes have less post-workout muscle soreness with grounding, and Earthing for only one night has been shown to improve the markers for osteoporosis, such as calcium and phosphorus in the blood and urine. Earthing improves blood sugars in diabetes and may be a natural solution for blood with high viscosity, allowing more oxygen to reach the tissues.
CONCLUSION: Grounding of the human body allows electrons from the Earth’s surface to enter the body and counteract inflammation, improving a number of symptoms and disease processes.
NOTE: A new book named “Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?” was published, by *Ober C, Sinatra ST, and Zucker M.
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