Grounding or Earthing and Holistic Health

GroundingHow I learned of grounding:

I always had a connection (felt connected) to nature and our planet, once this connection was compromised I experienced dis-ease. I know this from personal experience.

In my quest to reverse my male pattern baldness, improve my vision and heal decaying teeth I researched many diets and theories, trying to figure out what the right thing to eat was, more accurately what my body evolved to eat.

I learned of great concepts such as paleolithic dieting and metabolic typing. Dr. Weston Price, like many others, also figured it was all in the diet, that natives and uncivilized people had great teeth (and hair) due to their diet.

One morning as I continued to research the correct genetic type of foods for me, I had a very simple idea sprout from my mind and catch my attention, “it’s not all in the diet”. While diet is a major factor of the body’s health, I believe looking at diets, supplements and chemicals only for an answer misses 1/2 the reality.

Yes the paleolithic humans ate differently, yes the uncivilized white-teethed tribes ate differently. Some ate raw foods, some ate a vegetarian diet of roots and fruits, some drank raw milk, others ate mostly sea food or meat. Finding commonalities in these diets has been the obsession of many researchers and remains an interest of mine; the same with metabolic typing. One convincing answer that explains why different diets had similar results in natives is that these people ate what was right for their metabolic type.

Keeping that in mind, I sifted through facts and theories on ancient and uncivilized diets, then I noticed something that was even more in common between these ancient people, besides how different their diets were than the typical SAD (Standard American Diet). they all were barefoot (or used thin leather sandals), sat on rocks or the ground, climbed trees, swam, and got a lot of sunshine. These people were more “grounded” than us today. I cannot comment on their spirituality, life habits, culture, mind-set, or rituals but I know they were grounded, got a lot of sun and plenty of functional physical activity.

I theorize that it was not just the diet that made our ancestors healthy, it also must have been their lifestyle: especially grounding activities, functional paleo-type physical activity, and plenty of sunshine. This is not to discount diet, diet is a huge part of health, but not the answer-to-all solution to a holistic whole health.

Recently I came across a book that got many 5 star reviews on Amazon. Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? today has 30 5-star reviews, 2 4-star reviews and 1 1-star review. The 1-star review does not dispute the concept of earthing rather was given because the book felt like an infomercial.

I am not concerned with the book or the products that the book mentions. Earthing is as basic as breathing, no one should have to pay for it. When we sit on the grass, walk barefoot on the beach, or swim in the ocean, we all feel great. According to the “grounding” theory we feel great because we become grounded to the earth, the planet, as our ancestors always were.

Watch this 9 min clip, where David wolfe talks about “grounding” and how it fights inflammation, skin conditions, free radicals, and much more.. In this clip they talk about deficiency in charges, tumors, inflammation, ovarian cysts, show skin conductivity changes, images of blood sample changes are also shown and something called the “sarcadian rythm” is mentioned:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_R7T7_gACU.

It is worth watching all five clips.

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These are some studies relating to grounding:

1. Pilot Study on the Effect of Grounding on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_delayed_muscle_2010.pdf

2. Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, Blood Oxygenation, Perfusion Index, Skin Conductance, and Their Variability Induced During and After Grounding Human Subjects for 40 Minutes http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_pulse_rate.pdf

3. The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology, Part 2 http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_human_physiology_2007_pt2.pdf

4. The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology, Part 1 http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_human_physiology_2006_pt1.pdf

5. The Effectiveness of a Conductive Patch and a Conductive Bed Pad in Reducing Induced Human Body Voltage Via the Application of Earth Ground http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_body_voltage_2005.pdf

6. The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/cortisol_study_2004.pdf

7. Medical Thermography Case Studies http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/thermographic_histories_2004.pdf

8. Grounding the Human Body to Earth Reduces Chronic Inflammation and Related Chronic Pain http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_chronic_inflammation_2003.pdf

9. Grounding The Human Body to Neutralize Bioelectrical Stress From Static Electricity and EMFs http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/grounding_body_2000.pdf
It just makes so much sense that we, people and animals, benefit from walking barefoot, swimming, being on trees, sleeping on the ground.. These activities offer grounding, these human bodies evolved being mostly grounded.

To recap,

The secret to health lies in all of these: Diet, mind-set, a healthy spirituality, love, socializing/healthy relationships, sun light exposure (but not sunburning), sun gazing, grounding, paleo/organic physical activity/exercise. Honoring the spiritual being that you are and the electrical/energetic aspects of your body, in addition to the physical body.

Pursuing these will improve physical health (such as hair, skin, your eye sight, weight, digestion) and your sleep, emotional state, mind-set, mental-sharpness and stability, ability to love, have fun, re-connect with forces of nature that are very fulfilling, find wisdom, enjoying being and enjoy an overall well-being, getting you closer to experiencing your full potential on earth at this time.

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