Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Heal! Connect to the Earth for your Missing G

“Vitamin G” is a natural solution to aches, chronic fatigue, and insomnia.
Beneath your feet outdoors is not just a mere patch of grass, dirt, sand, or concrete. It is an omnipresent source of natural healing energy. We humans, as all other living beings, are electrical creatures on an electrical planet, and the ground beneath us is more than something we just stand, walk, play, and build on.

Cable and electrical wiring that comes into our homes and offices is grounded. Shouldn’t we be too? It makes sense to me, especially now that we are constantly bathed in electropollution from antennas, computers, cordless and cell phones, digital equipment, dirty electricity, microwaves, PDAs, satellite TVs, and WiFi.

Thankfully, it also made sense to former cable industry executive Clint Ober, who developed the concept and practical applications of Earthing. Retired and traveling around the country, he began noticing that almost everyone wears synthetic-soled shoes—and wondered if we are, inadvertently, insulating ourselves from Earth’s natural electrical surface charges with our rubber, plastic, and synthetic-mixture shoes.

Reflecting on the growing number of debilitating diseases in this country today—including a serious illness he himself suffered at age 49—Ober started to suspect that the ubiquitous and chaotic byproducts of man-made electropollution might be to blame. Could the Earth provide stability to the human body—within our own natural electrical circuitry—as it does to other electrical systems?

Getting Grounded
Ober conducted a simple experiment on himself, using his knowledge of electrical conductivity and grounding. He rigged up a conductive grid out of metallic duct tape to fit his bed and attached a wire to the grid, running the wire out the window to a metal grounding rod planted in the Earth outside.

First he measured his body’s own voltage from EMFs emitted by nearby wiring and electrical devices; next he laid on his “grounded” grid—where he discovered his body’s voltage had suddenly dropped to near zero, roughly the same voltage as the Earth. Before he knew what was happening, Ober fell asleep—for the first time in years without a sleeping pill.

He began working—slowly at first since university sleep researchers initially laughed at him—with biophysicists, electrophysiologists, and medical doctors to validate his own personal observations. And Earthing was born!

Today, a number of studies show that Earthing promotes better sleep, more energy, quicker healing, and reduced inflammation and pain, while normalizing the stress hormone cortisol. Here’s what people are saying after using Earthing sleep systems:

“After using the Earthing Universal Mat for one day, that evening I experienced the best sleep I’ve had in awhile. Previously, I woke up with pain in the deltoids muscle—but not after using the pad…for just one day! After several days of usage, the best word I can use to describe the feeling throughout my body is “fluidity” of movement. I have arthritis in my spine, hands, neck and also fibromyalgia.” – Diana L.

“I’ve been sleeping on the Earthing Bed Pad for many months and I sleep so much deeper, dream vividly, and wake up totally refreshed. I don’t wake up during the night any more either. I love the Earthing Body Bands, too, because they are so versatile. I use the wrist band while I am watching TV to help me relax. I also use it while I am at the computer and I don’t feel tired by the end of the day. The larger band I put around my waist when my lower back is strained by exercising too hard. All the pain and stiffness goes away.” – Liz B.

Several studies have confirmed that, when this grounding system is used during sleep, “it normalizes the daily cortisol [stress hormone] rhythm, improves sleep, and reduces pain and inflammation,” writes James L. Oschman, PhD, in the Journal of Bodywork Movement and Therapy. Other research in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine shows that this technique uses free electrons from the Earth to neutralize positively charged free radicals in the body that cause inflammation.

In another study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Dr. Oschman explains that grounding or Earthing “enables both diurnal electrical rhythms and free electrons to flow from the earth to the body,” setting our biological clocks for hormones that regulate sleep. In fact, Dr. Oschman compares this grounding technique to antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals.

In Dr. Amalu’s research, a 33-year-old woman with significant knee pain and swelling from an injury—a condition that caused her to be unstable on her limbs for 18 years—reported that her pain was cut in half after six days of 30-minute exposure to Earthing. She could also stand for long periods and no longer needed to sleep with a pillow between her legs at night.

After four weeks of this treatment, she was able to play soccer again, and by 12 weeks, she went waterskiing for the first time in years. Not surprisingly, her thermogram showed considerably less inflammation in her knee.

Men benefit as well. A 57-year-old man suffering chronic bilateral ankle and foot pain for two years slept on an Earthing system for just two nights before most of his pain was gone. And within four weeks, he was pain free with only occasional stiffness in his feet and ankles.

A real estate agent diagnosed with fibromyalgia 15 years ago “tried all kinds of remedies, creams, and pain relievers that might help for about an hour or so, but that was it.” Then 10 years ago, she started grounding herself with an early prototype Earthing mat. “The very first night, I feel asleep right away and woke up refreshed without any pain. I couldn’t believe it.”

Ground Yourself
The Earthing Bed Pad (placed at the foot end of any bed, over the bottom fitted sheet, and tucked around and under the mattress) grounds your body to the Earth for sound sleep. You can also sleep grounded on an Earthing Fitted Sheet. I can personally recommend Earthing because I’ve seen the difference it’s made in my life.

The victorious American-sponsored Tour de France Cycling Team did too! Team chiropractor, Jeffrey Spencer reports the cyclists slept better after sleeping on bed pads with silver threads that are grounded to the Earth. The team also had more energy, stamina, and strength plus less tension, despite the physically grueling, highly competitive nature of the Tour de France. The cyclists even healed better from their injuries, Spencer reports.

Throughout most of human history, we have walked, sat, and even slept on the Earth—separated only by natural materials from its natural and healing electrical currents. The Earth’s own natural grounding discharges and prevents the buildup of artificial and harmful man-made EMFs from all our digital, electronic, and wireless gadgets.

Who wants to give up the convenience of these devices? That’s why my latest book Zapped highlights grounding yourself with Earthing products as a smart solution to electropollution."

-Edge On Health, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman