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What happens when you take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot on the surface of the Earth? As antioxidant electrons from the Earth enter the body through the bottoms of the feet and flow throughout its framework -- the living matrix — they neutralize the free radicals widely thought to be responsible for the cumulative damage that leads to chronic diseases and aging.
Grounding the Matrix of Life
A remarkable piece in the puzzle being presented here was contributed by Clinton Ober, a retired cable television executive. Ober knew a lot about grounding because television cables are shielded to prevent the TV signal from leaking out and to prevent external signals from leaking in. When the cable leaks, the TV picture turns to “snow.”This rarely happens these days because modern shielding and grounding are virtually perfect, thanks in part to the essential work of Ober and his engineers.
Some years after retiring from the cable TV industry, Ober began to wonder what would happen if the human body was grounded. These thoughts were inspired in part by a simple observation: the people he saw walking around were insulated from the Earth because they were wearing shoes with soles made of plastic or rubber, both of which are insulators. Shoes with traditional leather soles — electrically conductive — were rapidly disappearing.
Ober wondered what would happen to the human body if it was grounded by connecting it to the Earth. He already knew that many people like going barefoot and that it somehow made them feel good. He devised a crude grounding system by placing some conducting materials on his bed and connecting them to a wire that went out his bedroom window to a steel rod inserted into the Earth. As soon as he lay down on this simple grounding system he quickly fell asleep, and suddenly it was the next morning! He hadn’t slept that well in a long, long time.
Ober decided to share his experience with some friends who also had trouble sleeping, all of whom experienced improved sleep. Moreover, several of his friends told him they no longer needed to take pain medications before going to bed. Ober realized he might have stumbled on a discovery of some importance, and the rest of the story is history. It has been fully explained in the book Earthing.
Subjective reports of subjects in a study, who slept grounded, include the following reactions.
- Fell asleep faster and easier
- Able to fall back asleep after waking up
- Wake up refreshed instead of exhausted
- No more daily headaches
- Decreased food cravings
- Decreased bloating
- Decreased depression, hot flashes, and PMS
- No more nightmares
- Digestion improved
- Less constipation and nausea
- Less neck pain
- Fewer leg and foot cramps
- Arm and lower back pain gone
- Improvement of temporomandibular joint problems
- Greater sense of well-being
- Diminished stress
- Less fatigue
- Fibromyalgia improved
- Feel like I need an hour less sleep
- Deeper relaxation
- Allergies lessened
- Stopped clenching jaw at night
- More energy
- Stopped snoring
- Less numbness in hand and fingers, especially at night
- No longer wear brace at night
- Feeling better physically and emotionally
- More relaxed and patient
- Stomach reflux has disappeared
- Less heartburn.
These results were so encouraging that Ober decided to recruit some scientists to verify his results and help him figure out what grounding was actually doing to the human body. This did not prove to be easy. Most people in the science world thought Ober’s ideas were very strange.
Eventually he found a physician, Maurice Ghaly, who decided to set up an experiment that would prove Ober was wrong. Contrary to his expectations, Ghaly found that sleeping grounded did, indeed, improve sleep. Moreover, the subjects in his study reported a wide variety of other benefits (see partial list above). A key discovery was that sleeping grounded normalizes the day-night rhythm of the stress hormone cortisol. Ghaly and his colleague, Dale Teplitz, reported these results in 2004.
Earthing, Electrons, and Inflammation: Putting the Science Together
One important step is identifying the place on the bottom of the foot that provides the best connection with the Earth. This is the point on the ball of the foot known to acupuncturists as Kidney 1. This point connects to the Kidney meridian that, in turn, connects to all of the other meridians extending throughout the body and to every tissue and every organ.
From the biological perspective it appears that the living matrix system and the acupuncture meridian system form a continuous network that connects to every part of the body and is therefore capable of delivering mobile antioxidant electrons to any part, even to the interiors of cells and nuclei.
Our story concludes with some suggestions that can support recovery from an injury, prevent chronic disease, and slow the aging process.
• Spend as much time as you can in barefoot contact with the Earth.
• If you are injured, connect your body with the Earth as soon as possible.
• If you are engaged in a sport or other activity in which you risk injury, spend fifteen minutes with your bare feet on the Earth before you begin, to saturate the electron reservoirs in your connective tissue.
• When it is not possible to be outside with your bare feet on the ground, use devices that conductively connect you to the Earth (see Earthing).
• Connect to the Earth for at least fifteen minutes or so before and after therapeutic treatments of any kind.
• Likewise it is wise for both therapists and their patients to be connected to the Earth during therapy sessions. This will prevent patients with extensive inflammation from drawing electrons from the therapist. If the patient has pain in a particular part of his or her body, a grounded conductive patch can be placed on or near the area.
• Connect to the Earth before, during, and after any surgery. This will probably reduce pain and inflammation and facilitate the healing and recovery process.
• Pets that stay mainly indoors should have a grounded pad to sleep on.
©2013 by Finley Eversole. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher,
Inner Traditions, Inc. www.innertraditions.com
This article was adapted from Chapter 1 of the book:
Energy Medicine Technologies: Ozone Healing, Microcrystals, Frequency Therapy, and the Future of Health
edited by Finley Eversole Ph.D.
About the Author of this excerpt
James L. Oschman, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the exploration of the scientific basis for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). He has published approximately one hundred articles, both in leading scientific journals and in journals of complementary medicine. He has also written two books on energy medicine. He lectures and gives workshops internationally on the theoretical and practical significance of energy medicine and the living matrix. In 2009 he was president of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine. He is also the president of Nature’s Own Research Association.
About the Editor
Finley Eversole, Ph.D., is a philosopher, educator, activist, and advocate for the role of the arts in the evolution of consciousness. In the 1960s he was active in the civil rights and women's movements and participated in organizing the first Earth Day in New York City in 1970. He has planned and edited five forthcoming volumes addressing solutions to a range of global problems; Infinite Medicine Technologies is one book in the series.