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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Earthing: The Next Great Solution to a Slew of Maladies?

We've lost contact with the earth. Our feet seldom touch its surface, and when they do, it's usually only for a day here and there in the summer. I never realized how big of a deal it was to be disconnected from the earth, until I purchased an earthing bed pad; basically, a conductive half-sheet with a wire that plugs into the wall and which connects to the earth.

I purchased the bed sheet about a month ago, after reading a book called "Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?" by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, and Martin Zucker.

The concept of Earthing, while quite simple, has amazing effects upon the body, according to the authors of the book. By standing on the earth or connecting the body with a device that's grounded into the earth, electrons from the earth get transferred into the body. These electrons neutralize free radicals, and thereby, lower oxidative stress and inflammation.

Earthing also seems to normalize a number of other bodily processes. The authors of the book mention that it balances the nervous system, and specifically, cortisol levels. Studies have revealed that it also thins the blood, strengthens the immune system and restores sleep. It also blocks or lessens the effects of EMF's, electromagnetic frequencies, upon the body.

The effects of Earthing are yet not entirely understood, and tests are still being done to determine exactly how it affects the body. But so far, it's believed to restore and balance the body's electrical system, as it reduces inflammation, which means that it is likely to impact the body in a wide variety of ways.

Those who have tried Earthing report a variety of results; anything from improved sleep to less pain to complete resolution of their disease processes.

I have been sleeping on an Earthing half-sheet for several weeks now and my sleep has improved radically. I used to get up once or twice during the night and it used to take me an hour to an hour and a half to fall asleep. Now, I can often sleep through the night, and I have been falling asleep faster than before. I am also sleeping more deeply. In addition, I feel more relaxed during the day, which means that Earthing may be a good treatment for those with anxiety.

That said, during the first week or so that I slept on my half-sheet, I felt more deeply rested, but also a bit more tired, which may have simply been the result of my body entering into a deeper state of relaxation. Or it may have been caused by toxins being released from my body, as my body realigned itself energetically with the earth. Indeed, those with chronic illness who are considering Earthing should take care not to spend too many hours on an earthing mat or bed sheet at first, as doing so can trigger the release of toxins.

I am cautiously optimistic about the long-term effects of Earthing. If the results of the preliminary studies are any indication, Earthing may be useful for treating a variety of diseases, and normalizing many of the body's abnormal processes.

I believe it's well-worth trying out as an adjunct treatment for those suffering from chronic illness and Lyme disease. For more information on Earthing, visit: http://www.earthinginstitute.net, or http://www.earthing.com

5 comments:

Renee said...

This continues to be a fascinating for me. I first read about it on the site, SpiroChicks. To hear how much it has helped your sleeping patterns is exciting. In Ocotober at the recommendation of our LLMD we hired a EMF douser to figure out that we had a very strong electrical magnetic field under our whole house ~ he had never seen one so bad....He worked with Joel to figure out how to remove it from the house using copper wires, etc. placed in the ground. Two things have come from this...our sleep is better..AND amazingly my all over neuropathy dropped down from a high 9 or 10 to mostly 7 or 8 and sometimes 5-6. My anxiety went from a 9 to a 7So it really makes me wonder if this grounding and balancing of our bodies electrical system would help even more! There is so much out there that we do not understand fully. I would never live in another house before having this man do a check for fields, etc. He felt it could possibly have contributed to my cancer last March ~ I am unable to leave the house for weeks at a time and have spent 6 yrs in an unhealthy house!
I am so glad you posted this.

Martin Zucker said...

Connie
Nice article on Earthing. We think this can really beef up the immune system and reduce inflammation. Probably what you described in the beginning was some detox going on.
Suggest you eliminate the second reference to earthinginstitute.com....we only have earthinginstitute.net
Cheers
Marty Zucker, co-author of the Earthing book

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...

Hi Martin,

Thanks for you comments! (and the great book). I appreciate you bringing to my attention the websites. I meant to list the Institute's site and also the product site, (had a moment of brain fog there) and have changed the second reference to reflect that.

By the way, I have a friend who has been Earthing now for several weeks but yet feels worse. He is very sick. I assume he is probably releasing a lot of toxins? My guess is that over time, he will feel better. Would you agree?

Thanks! Connie

Connie Strasheim (aka Killabugger) said...

Hi Renee,

Wow, that is interesting. I'm so glad you figured out that you had an EMF problem in your house. As you probably know, that can be a big deal for some people. One friend of mine didn't heal from Lyme until she moved out of a high EMF area. The EMF's were the thing preventing her recovery! That's why Earthing is so exciting, I think, because it minimizes the effects of EMF's upon the body.

I'm so glad to hear you are sleeping better and that your neuropathy has improved. It would be interesting to see what the Earthing bed sheets would do for you, too.

You have just given me a new idea, as well. I think I'm going to check my house for EMF's. I just moved into a new place and after I moved, I discovered a microwave tower about a block away. This makes using the Earthing products even more important for me.

Happy New Year!

Connie

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