Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?by Published 01 Apr 2010
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The solution for chronic inflammation, regarded as the cause of most common modern diseases, has been identified! And it is not blueberries. It is something right beneath our feet-the Earth itself!
Throughout most of evolution humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground, largely oblivious that the surface of the Earth contains limitless healing energy. Science has discovered this energy as free-flowing electrons constantly replenished by solar radiation and lightning. Few people know it, but the ground provides a subtle electric signal that maintains health and governs the intricate mechanisms that make our bodies work-just like plugging a lamp into a power socket makes it light up. Modern lifestyle, including the widespread use of insulative rubber or plastic-soled shoes, has disconnected us from this energy and, of course, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past.
Earthing introduces the planet's powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it. This eye-opening book describes how the physical disconnect with the Earth creates abnormal physiology and contributes to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep. By reconnecting to the Earth, symptoms are rapidly relieved and even eliminated and recovery from surgery, injury, and athletic overexertion is accelerated.
This never-before-told story-filled with fascinating research and real-life testimonials- chronicles a discovery with the potential to create a global health revolution.
About the Author
Clinton Ober started as a cable TV salesman in Billings, Montana, and rose to become a leader in the industry. Following a near fatal disease in 1993, he embarked on a personal journey looking for a higher purpose in life. Since discovering Earthing he has been devoted to promoting the scientific exploration and practical applications for the concept.
Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist, a certified bioenergetic psychotherapist, and a certified nutrition and anti-aging specialist. He is the author of the best-selling book The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology.
Martin Zucker has written extensively on natural healing, fitness, and alternative medicine for thirty years.
Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? Reviews
My landlady pet-sits her son's dog on occasion, for weeks at a time. This part-wolf, part-German Shepherd snarled, barked, and growled at me, teeth bared and hackles raised, whenever I stepped outside. Frightening.
And then the dog started hanging out on the lawn. Earthing. And it became so mellow, it refused to come inside at night.
I'm no scientist, but this activity works. It calms the nerves. When I've been in front of the computer too long, absorbing those electromagnetic rays that muck around with my nervous system, I head for the park. I lie down on the grass under a redwood tree and read a good book. Some folks call it laziness. I say I'm Earthing.
This book was lent to me by a friend---it opened up a whole new field of thought and presented many exciting ideas. One of the writers is a cardiologist and psychotherapist at Manchester Hospital who practices integrative medicine and has used earthing devices with great results. Definitely something to read if you're interested in non-invasive, "down-to-earth" solutions to insomnia, inflammation, and pain from illness or exercise!
Fantastic book! So simple and yet so deeply profound. What a difference this will make in the world. I highly recommend it.
I've been walking barefoot and sitting in the grass my entire life. I even hike barefoot half the time I hike. My favorite pair of shoes, when I have to wear shoes, is a pair of handmade sandals made of leather and brass - 100% conductive materials.
That said, I'd heard several years back of this baffling thing where they gave barefootedness a name - "Earthing". In my opinion, from someone who's been doing it for the 42 years I've lived on this planet in this lifetime, I find it to be a not-new thing. Consider that indigenous peoples all over the world often are barefoot. Shamans all over the world can tell you about the connectedness we have with the Earth and why walking without shoes is better to maintain that connection. Hardcore hippies were going barefoot everywhere in the 60s too because they understood!
And I understand too, that this book is not only about walking barefoot. It's also about buying electronic tools to help you connect with the energy. Let me say though, that considering that prana is flowing around us and inside us 100% of the time, I don't feel I need to plug in to an outlet if I want to connect on a deeper level with the life force that is everywhere.
The book was easy to finish in less than two hours, although I did skim through the last half that comprised of solely medical conditions as subtitles containing only testimonials from people with those medical conditions. No actual scientific studies were presented here. This, to me, would have been prime real estate to mention a published and VALID study on how Earthing helps that particular medical condition. But no. Most of the source information is based on the plug-in apparatuses they want to sell you. He's even got all the stuff in the book to sell, and the included bookmark has a link to buy his products. He's got colorful photos of what appears to be homemade studies of how things did improve. And perhaps they did, but it's not quite as objective as I'd hoped.
The book might be good for people who already aren't walking around barefoot and sitting in the grass on a regular basis. If you're trapped in an office and then again trapped in your house with shoes on, you might be in need of this book to open your mind to new possibilities.
Oh, that's the other thing. By his wording, the author seems to assume the reader wears shoes at all times including while at home. Also assumes that the reader knows next to nothing about the connectivity we have to Earth, and the energies on and around it. Personally, while I know people who are totally oblivious to this fact, many people I know are totally aware and knowledgeable in this matter. So to assume that I or anyone else is completely ignorant of the ideas presented is, quite frankly, ignorant.
And I'm not going to plug my bed into an outlet. We're bombarded with really unhealthy EMF waves all day, especially now with tech everywhere in our homes and outside. So there's something about this plugging in things to "connect with the earth" that just seems a bit far fetched.
Maybe the author just rubbed me the wrong way. But after buying a book to learn the science behind something and then learning that the science behind it is all within his own experience and testimonials, I feel duped. I kept waiting to see a citation of an objective source and science-based study about how this affects inflammation. I have yet to find that.
I don't doubt there is at least some validity to the information in this book, but I am really annoyed that this book is like a midnight infomercial on paper.
The first half of this book is really interesting. It is based on the idea that our health is markedly influenced by free-radicals which, if unchecked, can cause many of the most pervasive health problems that Western medicine is trying to overcome (e.g. arthritis, heart problems, stress, lack of sleep, etc.). The authors propose that a simple, inexpensive way to guard against these health risks is to spend 20 minutes a day in a 'grounded' state, either by walking around barefoot outside or by connecting ourselves to a grounded device so that the Earth's natural energies (I mean 'energies' in a scientific, as opposed to holistic medicine sense) can cleanse us of any excess free-radicals.
As someone who, for several years, has been interested in alternative healing techniques, this book fits really well with my paradigms. It offers a scientific explanation for the success of 'natural' or 'energetic' healing that science has thus far been unable to explain. As a result, anyone with a similar interest in energy medicine should find this book really useful. Also, the book was simply thought-provoking read on the basis that the underlying concept is so simple and, in a way, obvious, but we have only recently re-discovered it (the book suggests that many indigenous peoples are aware of the concept of Earthing, even if they do not call it as such, or know exactly why it works).
Now for the bad bits... First of all, the book is too long in light of the actual information that it presents. Much of the book is filled up by rehashing observations and findings that were introduced in previous chapters. Also, there are too many case studies stuffed into the book which could have been better placed on the book's website. As someone who does not suffer from any of the ailments that Earthing is said to be useful for (I read this book purely for personal interest), I skipped most of the testimonies. Second of all, people coming from a scientific background may protest about the way in which 'evidence' for Earthing is presented. For instance, none of their findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals and some of the associated benefits of Earthing are based on deduction on the basis that this area of research is still quite new and therefore more testing is required. Finally, people outside of America and the UK will have trouble finding Earthing devices to purchase for the reason that each device has been manufactured to fit the electrical systems of that country (i.e. you cannot plug a US device into a European converter socket and expect it to work).
Despite these criticisms, this was a very interesting book and I look forward to more discoveries in this field, as well as recognition from the wider scientific community about the health benefits of Earthing (there was actually an interesting article in the 10 March 2012 issue of the NewScientist magazine entitled 'Revelations of the body electric' that discusses the possible effects of ferroelectricty on our health).