Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker, with a foreword by James L. Oschman

Basic Health Publications, 2010, 260 pages

Gail E. Dennison

Sometimes the most obvious things go unnoticed. This book offers a case in point. Clinton Ober and his co-writers remind us that the Earth itself is in effect an enormous battery continually being replenished by solar radiation, and that humans and all other living beings are electromagnetic creatures.

According to the authors, the immune system functions optimally when the body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth. As Earthing points out, “Exposure to the ground produces an electrical ‘nutrient’ in the form of electrons.” The book provides research showing that electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect the body from inflammation and its many well-documented health consequences. It includes photos and studies describing how earthing (also called grounding) reduces stress and improves sleep, inflammation, blood viscosity, heart rate variability, and balance of the autonomic nervous system.

The book also includes stories of children diagnosed as autistic who took off their shoes and grounded themselves, with many positive results such as increased calm, improved sleep, and better speech and socialization.

The authors note that humans have, for most of their evolutionary history, had continuous direct contact with the Earth, and that only recently have substances such as plastics, rubber, asphalt, and petrochemical compounds denied us this contact. Ober, who has background knowledge of electrical insulators, tells how he realized that modern rubber- and plastic-soled shoes are inhibiting the beneficial flow of electrons. He found that electromagnetic fields also disrupt the electron flow. Walking barefoot on the Earth and sitting on the ground, he discovered, restores the electron flow and naturally heals many illnesses. He describes how to use a simple voltage meter for the body to determine how much electricity one is subject to when lying in bed or sitting in a chair, and then how to determine how much that electrical charge is reduced by grounding oneself.

For more information, visit grounded.com, which offers Earthing™ products that are said to decrease the potentially disruptive effect of electromagnetic fields.

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