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Earthing: The Most Important Health

Discovery Ever?
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for the last
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Some things just feel so intuitively right, you know they are going
to work. Earthing is one of those things. Never heard of Earthing? I
hadn’t either until recently. I’m working on a new book about Energy
Medicine for Men. One of the top researchers in the field is James L.
Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis.

On his website, he described a new body of research about the

health benefits of being grounded to the earth and the health
problems that might occur if we weren’t. He also described a new
book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? By
Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker. He also
put me on to the Earthing Institute—

Welcome to the World of Earthing

Throughout time, we humans have strolled, sat, stood, and slept

on the ground—the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the Earth
—oblivious to the fact that such physical contact transfers natural
electrical energy to the body.

Modern lifestyle has disconnected us from the Earth’s energy,

making us more vulnerable to stress and illness.
Earthing is the landmark discovery that this energy upholds the
electrical stability of our bodies and serves as a foundation for vitality
and health.

In an age of rampant chronic disease, reconnecting with the

Earth’s energy beneath our very feet provides a way back to better

We are bioelectrical beings living on an electrical planet.

Remember When We Naturally Spent Time Connected to the Earth

Through most of my childhood I remember the last day of school.

My friends and I would be get antsy for the previous month or so,
waiting, waiting, waiting for school to end and for Summer to begin.
On the last day of school we would run home and take our shoes off.

It would take us a few days before our feet would toughen up

enough to walk around without having to take each step carefully, but
it was the first rite of Summer and we knew we had to feel the pain
temporarily until we were able to walk and run around the
neighborhood barefoot.

Summers were carefree times when I was growing up. We played

sports, dipped our feet in the stream that ran by our house, and felt
the joy of being outdoors. It never occurred to me that one of the
reasons the summers were so joyful was that we spent so much time
connected to the earth. But wait until you hear what they’ve learned
about Earthing (a great term that so well captures that carefree and
joyful way of life).

What the Science is Saying: Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Throughout practically all of history, we humans have walked

barefoot and slept on the ground, largely oblivious to the fact that the
gentle surface energies of the Earth harmonize and stabilize the
body's fundamental biological rhythms and keep inflammation at bay.

In our contemporary Western world, the widespread use of

insulative rubber or plastic soled shoes has disconnected us from
these nurturing energies and, of course, we no longer sleep on the
ground as we did in times past.

New research, which I am proud to be involved in, indicates that

this physical disconnect from the Earth creates abnormalities in the
physiology and contributes to the chronic inflammation, pain, fatigue,
stress, and poor sleep that are so rampant in our modern society.

Along with the research has emerged an amazingly simple

remedy for many health problems, including the chronic inflammation
regarded as the cause of most common modern diseases, including
cardiovascular disease. The remedy is something right beneath our
feet - the Earth itself!

“The Greatest Health Discovery in My Career” says Dr. Sinatra:

During my nearly forty years as a practicing cardiologist, I have

encountered and used many wonderful natural treatments and seen
first-hand astounding lifesaving technological advances. The greatest
health discovery of my career, however, is something totally different
and more natural than anything I could ever have imagined.

This discovery is called Earthing and it means reconnecting the

human body to the Earth's natural and subtle electric frequencies that
few people even know exist. The surface of the planet, science tells
us, brims with health-sustaining energy, but until recently the
extraordinary benefits that it offers were basically unknown.

Connecting the human body to this natural resource is utterly

simple - just go barefoot outdoors. If you have ever walked along the
beach near the surf, or on a grassy field wet with morning dew, you
may have felt the energy in the form of gentle tingling or warmth in
your feet and legs. You can also connect to this energy by sleeping,
working, sitting, or resting on specially designed and inexpensive
conductive sheets, bands, or mats that transfer the energy via a wire
into your home and office.

These unique devices often relieve common health and pain

problems. Recovery from surgery, injury, and extreme athletic
performance is accelerated. People report sleeping better with more
energy during the day. They feel better. For more than ten years,
thousands of people around the world - men, women, children, and
athletes - have incorporated Earthing into their daily routines. The
results have been documented and they are extraordinary.

This surprising yet totally intuitive subject is the focus of a new

book that I have had the privilege to co-author. It is called Earthing:
The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (Basic Health
Publications, 2010). In the book, my co-authors and I present
research and observations collected during more than 12 years that
strongly suggest that the biggest anti-inflammatory on the planet is -
get this! - the very planet itself. Basically, we live on top of a global
treatment table!

A Missing Link to Health?

The research also suggests that direct physical contact with the
Earth reconnects you to the natural electric signal from the Earth
governing all living organisms dwelling upon it. The signal restores
your body's natural internal bioelectrical stability and rhythms, which
in turn promote normal functioning of body systems, including the
cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems.

It shifts the nervous system from stress-dominated functioning to

one of calmness. By reconnecting, you enable your body to return to
its normal evolutionary electrical state, better able to self-regulate and

The Earth's surface energy takes the form of a virtually unlimited

reservoir of free electrons, subatomic particles. When "uploaded" into
your body as a result of direct physical contact with the ground, these
electrons appear to quell the rampage of destructive free radicals at
the basis of chronic pain and inflammation.

Our hypothesis is that this effect takes place as negatively-

charged electrons - like reinforcements swarming into battle - suffuse
the body, basically overwhelming and neutralizing positively-charged
free radicals. Earthing, we say, remedies a commonplace electron
deficiency and thus reduces or eliminates inflammation.
I see Earthing as a profoundly simple, practical, effective, and
cost-cutting way to combat common illnesses and pain problems,
and, from a preventive standpoint, keep people healthy. To me it
represents a missing link in the health equation.

In my own field of cardiology, Earthing has great promise for

improving arrhythmias, blood pressure, circulation, and the vital
pumping activity of the heart. I recently participated in a pilot study on
the electrodynamics of blood cells that indicates Earthing significantly
improves viscosity (blood thickness) and flow. Another study I was
involved in showed how Earthing contributes to a de-stressing and
balancing effect on the nervous system.

It's fascinating to think of the Earth as a medically-significant and

natural blood thinner, tranquilizer, and anti-inflammatory. I fully expect
many more benefits to emerge with ongoing research.

Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? Part 1,

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS, is a board-certified

cardiologist and certified bioenergetic analyst with more than 35
years of experience in helping patients prevent and reverse heart
disease. His specialty is integrative cardiology that combines
conventional medical treatments with complementary nutritional and
psychological therapies.

Note from Jed:

Today I start my own Earthing experiment. My sheet just arrived

along with everything I need to ground it. I also got a pad I can use
while I working with my computer that will keep me grounded. I’ll
report my results in future articles. Stay tuned. Or better yet, get