Earthing (Grounding) is direct contact with the surface of the Earth, with resulting beneficial physical effects including reduced cardiovascular risk factors. Red cell clumping is seen with cardiovascular disease, and it is increased due to abnormal electrical charge (zeta potential*) on red blood cells. The zeta potential of the red blood cells maintains the steady flow of the blood. A higher charge on the surface of red blood cells reduces their tendency to clump, and increased blood viscosity plays a role in cardiovascular events and may be reduced by Earthing.
The human body conducts electricity as does soil, however dry sand does not. Electrons are transferred from the soil to the body by direct contact. The same is true of other organisms. Grounding results in equalization of the electrical potential of the body with the Earth’s potential. The goal of this study was to see if Earthing can change zeta potential of red blood cells.
Conductive patches were attached to the soles of the subjects’ feet and the palms of the hands and were connected to a stainless steel rod in the ground outdoors. The 10 subjects sat in recliners with little light or sound. Each subject had one grounding session. The electrode wires were attached to a 300 foot long conductive wire attached to a ground rod.
Blood samples were drawn and were exposed to an electric field. Video recordings of the movement of the blood under a microscope made it possible to record cell velocities. Microscopic slides contained drops of fresh blood from the participants, and clumping of the cells was measured. An electrical charge was passed across the blood, recording was made of the movement and clustering of the cells, and the zeta potential of the cells was determined.
Earthing (Grounding) increased the zeta potentials of the red blood cells by an average of 2.70 times and resulted in less clustering of red blood cells. Earthing, also, increased the velocity of the red blood cells to further reduce the blood viscosity. Both of these improvements reduce cardiovascular disease risk. All subjects had improvement in their zeta potentials after two hours of grounding. There was less clumping of red blood cells after grounding than before grounding.
Three subjects came to the test session with pain. Two reported that their pain was gone after two hours of grounding. The third person said that her pain was nearly gone. Grounding has been shown to improve functioning of the autonomic nervous system with increased parasympathetic activity.
CONCLUSION: Grounding reduces blood viscosity and is a simple and significant method for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
NOTE: *The zeta potential indicates the stability of a colloidal suspension.
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