FASCIA'S RELATIONSHIP TO GROUNDING / EARTHING, AND WHY IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTHRead Now
CAN GROUNDING / EARTHING BETTER YOUR HEALTH?
"Emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Reconnection with the earth's electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being... including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth's electrons from the ground into the body." From a joint study by authors from Cal State Irvine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, as well as a team from the Department of Ambulatory Cardiology and the Department of Neurosurgery at Poland's Military Clinical Hospital (Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons) and published in a 2012 issue of Journal of Environmental and Public Health
"It is now well established that the energy on the surface of the earth is mainly electrical. The central theme of this book is that we draw this electrical energy into our body in the form of free electrons through our bare feet. These electrons resonate at a variety of frequencies and the frequencies reset our biology, providing the body with electrical energy and behaving as anti-oxidants. Our research on Earthing has uncovered what is perhaps the most simple and natural remedy against proliferating, painful, and often deadly conditions, including the disease of aging, created by various kinds of inflammation." From Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? on the website of the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine
"Whilst grounding is often undertaken in industry as a matter of good practice in situations where the risk of excess charge exists, little thought is usually given to the biological effects that such measures may have, or possible benefits that may arise from the more widespread application of electrostatic and other ‘electromagnetic hygiene’ measures in hospitals and the general built environment. Research, which is still in its infancy, indicates that grounding the human body... can significantly enhance biological functioning." Researchers from London's Imperial College a review (Grounding & Human Health: A Review) in a 2011 issue of the Journal of Physics: Conference Series
A contemporary of OTTO WARBURG, Dr. W.O. Schumann was a German physicist who became a professor at and director of the Electrophysical Laboratory at the Technical University of Munich. His area of expertise was electromagnetism. Although he had predicted it mathematically years prior (his predicted value was 10hz), he later proved that the earth had a frequency (7.83hz), by discovering what has become known as the Schumann Resonances (electromagnetic frequencies created / stimulated by lightning and winds that occur in the area between the surface of the earth and the ion-conducting part of the atmosphere above the stratosphere called the ionosphere). In essence, Dr. Schurmann discovered the pulse of the earth. But what does this have to do with "Grounding" and what exactly is an electrical ground?
When speaking of the electricity in your house, car, or appliances, a ground wire allows excess electricity built up within a circuit to be shunted to the the ground or earth (ground wires have historically been known as "earthing" wires) before building up to the point of critical mass where it does something bad. Another example, a lightning rod, will always be attached to a wire that runs all the way to the ground. In similar fashion to non-biological systems; for decades there have been scientists who have shown that excess electricity --- particularly in the form of positive (+) charges --- can and should be bled from the body, and that negative charges could be gained, simply by putting your feet or body in contact with the ground / earth. Follow along as I explain this in just a bit more detail, showing you something very very cool in the process.
Although I first heard of Grounding / Earthing a number of years ago, after recently re-reading Becker's seminal Body Electric, it made me start wondering about Grounding, which is frequently referred to as Earthing. What exactly is Grounding / Earthing and how does it work? The premise of Becker's book (Becker was an orthopedic surgeon who did a great deal of research for the military before being blackballed for some of his amazing non-pharmaceutical discoveries) is that the body is first and foremost an electric organism. In other words, it's the electrical system that controls and rules over the chemical system and not vice versa (interesting in light of our nation's out-of-control propensity for CHEMICAL REMEDIES --- pharmaceutical drugs --- as well as what BJ and AT were telling their patients and followers well over a century ago).
Our bodies are great conductors of electricity (you can prove this to yourself by grabbing hold of a live spark plug). We are not only made up of water, a great conductor of charges when it contains ions (charged metals), but each and every cell contains these ions. There are negatively charged ions (aka anions --- molecules that have more electrons than protons) such as phosphorus (P-) and chloride (Cl-). It's important to remember that because of their extra electron, anions can act as electron donors. Likewise, there are positively charged ions (cations) such as sodium (Na+), iron (Fe+), potassium (K+), magnesium (Mg++), calcium (Ca++), as well as any number of others. While these all have obvious functions (for instance iron is what makes up the "heme" portion of the oxygen-carrying molecule hemoglobin), there are endless numbers of functions that are less well known by the general public.
An in-depth study of physiology will show that most bodily functions, including nerve function, are run by ion pumps --- the body using energy to pump ions a certain direction in order to create a resting potential so that when needed, depolarization can take place and ions move in the opposite direction, allowing various bodily functions to take place. There is no question that our body is indeed "electric". The question, however, that we must answer is whether or not electrical fields coming from outside the body can affect normal physiology on the inside, and even more importantly, is there anything at all that can be done to modify or change it.
The pics below are all from NASA and show the magnetic fields created by the earth and its interaction with the solar system (click the pic on the left to see how intricate and complex this system really is). The truth is, everything, whether living or non-living, organic or inorganic, has both a VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCY as well as a magnetic field. Everything has an electronic pulse. In fact, just days ago our airwaves (EMF's themselves) were buzzing with the fact that the earth has a distinct hum that can be heard (with special equipment) on land as well as at the bottom of the ocean.
There is ample evidence to suggest that we are being bombarded by EMF's (Electro-Magnetic Fields) that are at least on some level, adversely affecting our NORMAL PHYSIOLOGY. While this is itself a topic for another day, suffice it to say that in similar fashion to DRUG SIDE EFFECTS, some people will be affected far more than others. Numerous governmental agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO) have "trust us" propaganda pieces on their websites (What Are Electromagnetic Fields?) that have experts talking from both sides of their mouths about the exponential increase in human EMF exposure being "proven" completely safe.
"Low-frequency electric fields influence the human body just as they influence any other material made up of charged particles. When electric fields act on conductive materials, they influence the distribution of electric charges at their surface. They cause current to flow through the body to the ground. Low-frequency magnetic fields induce circulating currents within the human body. The strength of these currents depends on the intensity of the outside magnetic field. If sufficiently large, these currents could cause stimulation of nerves and muscles or affect other biological processes. No obvious adverse effect of exposure to low level radio-frequency fields has been discovered."
This last sentence is simply not true. And as Dr. Becker can attest, bucking the corporations that supply power to the grid is not any different than bucking BIG PHARMA, Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Food, or any number of other multinational corporate conglomerates that are in many ways tied to our government (or at least to the corrupt politicians that run the government) at the hip (HERE'S AN EXAMPLE). If you care to do your own research on EMF's, you will find enough information (much of it rather freaky) to keep you reading for months.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ELECTRICITY, IONS, AND THE REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES KNOWN AS FREE RADICALS
Electricity is what happens when charged particles (either positive or negative) move. This movement ("current") creates a magnetic field. Likewise, moving magnets back and forth across each other can create electricity. Thus, the relationship known as EMF's or Electro-Magnetic Fields. As you saw earlier, the majority of the body's chief ions are positively charged. In many ways this is related to your body's pH. THIS POST on stomach acid as related to whole-body acidity / alkalinity shows how pH is essentially a measurement of electrical charge. Too much positive charge (H+) and you end up acidic (lower on the pH scale), while negative charges (OH-) put people higher on that scale, showing increasing alkalinity. This is why clearing your body of positive charges, while increasing negative charges is, at least for most people, considered a good thing.
To way oversimplify things, positive charges tend to come from bad things / bad habits --- TOXICITY, POLLUTION, too much time around electronics, computers, and EMF's, too much time indoors, not enough fresh air, SMOKING CIGARETTES, ACIDIC FOODS, along with any number of others (a common one that is often overlooked is OVER-TRAINING). Just remember that the same things that cause Free Radicals cause inflammation, and that they are intimately related to each other. Here's an interesting tidbit for those of you who have been following the material I've been publishing on ALUMINUM found as ADJUVANTS in most vaccines --- it's extremely positively charged (Al+++). Oh, for the record, MERCURY is Hg++. Which brings us to a topic everyone should be at least somewhat familiar with; Free Radicals.
Some of you who had a little to much fun back in the sixties might have some confusion concerning what I am saying it means to be both "radical" and "free". Put your bong away and switch gears for a moment. Also known as Reactive Oxygen Species or ROS, FREE RADICALS wreak havoc on the body because they create positive charge. Writing for the May 27 2016 issue of Live Science (What Are Free Radicals?), Jesse Szalay wrote (I am cherry-picking for time and space as I always do)....
"The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA. Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage. Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink... and include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides, and air pollutants."
In other words, Free Radicals are molecules that are missing an electron. This loss means that in most cases, these molecules will be positively charged. Because opposites attract and Free Radicals are always prowling around, looking to get their electron back any way they can, they take electrons wherever they can find them, trying all sorts of low-down sneaky tricks in order to steal them back.
The process of stealing electrons from other molecules is what we call oxidation (this is why OXYGEN can be good or bad, depending on the situation). Too much oxidation going on in your body and you end up with "OXIDATIVE STRESS" and the endless damage associated with it. Oxidation is what causes metal to rust or an apple to turn brown once you've cut it in half. It also causes any number of disease processes, including CANCER, which can be set in motion by chain reactions in CELL MEMBRANES, created by one cell stealing electrons from the next, stealing electrons from the next, etc, etc.
The question now becomes, how in the world can we increase the amount of negative charge / negative ions in our bodies, while preventing electron theft by positively charged free radicals? Can anyone say antioxidants? ANTIOXIDANTS are essentially electron donors (the most powerful in your body being GLUTATHIONE). By giving away their extra electron, they allow the Free Radical to pair the electrons in its outer shell (their outermost orbit of electrons), thereby neutralizing its ability to do damage. Antioxidants are usually thought of as certain foods that act as methyl donors (this is where the electrons come from --- BIOTRANSFORMATION). The thing is, there are any number of ways to potentially increase the number of electrons in your body, thereby increasing the amount of negative electric charge. Some of the more popular include a WIDE ARRAY OF SUPPLEMENTS, ion foot baths, and drinking ionized or "structured" water. There is one, however, that most people are unaware of --- something known as grounding or earthing.
STUDIES ON GROUNDING / EARTHING
The Earth's surface is electrically conductive and is maintained at a negative potential by a global electrical circuit. This circuit has three main generators; the solar wind entering the magnetosphere; the ionospheric wind; and thunderstorms. An estimated 1000–2000 thunderstorms are continually active around the globe, emitting thousands of lightening strikes per minute. This creates a constant current of thousands of amperes transferring positive charge to the upper atmosphere and negative charge to the surface of the Earth. The Earth's surface is therefore an abundant source of free electrons. As soil's electrons are conducted to the human body, the grounded body assumes favorable physiologic and electrophysiologic changes. Attenuation of the inflammatory response and a favorable impact on blood viscosity and RBC aggregation have been the most recent findings. From the study being discussed in the third bullet point
When you start looking at sites promoting Grounding / Earthing, what you find is that many make a lot of health claims. Although you can never trust EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH as much as you should be able to, there are actually a fair number of studies on Grounding / Earthing, although many are done by people who are wanting to sell you something (which isn't really any different than most pharmaceutical research). Let's start by looking at a few in no particular order. I will, however, begin by addressing a question, which if answered in the negative, would totally invalidate today's post.
OK; I'M CONVINCED!
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).