“Vitamin G” – A Missing Link to Optimum Health and Wellbeing

by Alan Hewitt on November 21, 2012

Like all living beings, humans are bioelectrical creatures. The brain, muscles, and heart are electrical organs, and the trillions of cells that make up our bodies are constantly transmitting and receiving energy as they carry out the biochemical processes that give us life.

As you might guess, health problems can occur when these electrical circuits begin to misfire. Malfunctions in heart’s circuitry, for example, may lead to an irregular heart rhythm, some of which can be deadly.

The Story of Earthing’s Discovery

Throughout history, humans have walked barefoot and slept on the ground–oblivious to the fact that the Earth’s surface continually sends a subtle electrical signal to the body that helps govern its systems.
Modern living has taken us away from many aspects of Nature, and this connection to the Earth is another example. We no longer sleep on the ground, and the widespread wearing of insulating rubber-soled shoes has disconnected us from this energy and its health benefits.

Earthing–or grounding as it’s also called–is about reconnecting to this basic energy. Grounding is a familiar term in the electrical world. It is the common practice of connecting equipment and appliances to the Earth in order to protect against shocks, shorts, and interference.

As it applies to people, grounding provides a way for the energy of the Earth to flow into the body. The positive, rejuvenating impact it has on the immune and nervous systems, the heart, and the rest of the body–and even the aging process itself–is significant (and sorely needed).

Just like sunlight provides us with vitamin D, the Earth provides us with another essential ingredient. Call it vitamin G, if you will–G for “Grounding.”

It Started With Shoes

The discovery of Earthing’s healing power belongs to Clint Ober, a pioneer in the cable television industry. Following a near fatal disease in 1993, he gave up his business interests–at the time he headed the country’s largest cable installation company–and embarked on a personal journey to find a higher purpose in life.

But an odd thing happened. In his travels, he began taking note that almost everyone wore synthetic-soled shoes.

Because of his background in the television and cable business, it occurred to him rather innocently that, because of these shoes, people were insulated from the naturally occurring electrical charge in the Earth’s surface.

Then he started to wonder if rubber-soled shoes, which had grown more common since the 1960s, could have an effect on the body.

It seemed like a reasonable conclusion. After all, before cable, television screens tended to have a lot of or “snow” on them as a result of electromagnetic interference with the broadcast signal.

Televisions hooked up to cable don’t have this problem because cable systems are grounded and shielded to prevent interference.

The cable is made of an inner copper conductor, an insulating layer, and an outer shield that’s electrically connected to the Earth so the ground can either deliver or absorb electrons, and prevent damage from electrical charges.

Clint’s interest in health was the result of a longtime problem with back pain and disturbed sleep. It was so severe that he needed painkillers to manage it.

Small Experiments, Big Results

To satisfy his curiosity about what effect being insulated from the ground might have on a person, Clint decided to perform a simple experiment on himself.

Using conductive duct tape purchased at a hardware store, he created a kind of grid to lay on his bed. He attached an alligator clip to one end of the grid, connected a wire to it, ran the wire out the window, and fastened it to a ground rod outside.

If it worked, the gizmo would provide a conduit for electrical charges in the ground to flow into his body.

He then lay down on the grid and fell asleep. The next thing he knew it was morning. He slept soundly for the first time in years–and he hadn’t needed a pill to feel that way.

He repeated the experiment for a week or so and got the same results. He was sleeping great. He also noticed a significant decrease in his pain. After telling some friends about his experiment, he rigged up a similar grid for each of them. They had the same experience: better sleep and less pain.

With this positive feedback, Clint began contacting sleep researchers and tried to persuade them to investigate his discovery. When no one was interested, he decided to do the research himself.

Some research students at a nearby university told him how to set up a study. Initial experiments validated Clint’s personal observations.

For his first study, most of the partcipants–who Clint solicited by putting up posters in beauty salons–reported falling asleep faster, sleeping more deeply, and sleeping undisturbed through the night.

They also experienced a reduction or elimination of muscle stiffness and chronic back and joint pain.

A second study was conducted by a skeptical Southern California doctor who set out to disprove Clint’s findings.

Instead, the doctor found that not only did Earthing improve sleep and reduce pain, but it often did so within days of beginning to do it.

In addition objective measurements showed that sleeping grounded normalized levels of cortisol, a powerful stress hormone. In other words, participants were feeling less stress.

The findings were later published in a 2004 issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. A half-dozen additional studies have also been published since then.

Here’s a brief summary of results reported:

* Defuses the cause of inflammation and improves or eliminates the symptoms of many inflammation-related disorders.

* Reduces or eliminates chronic pain.

* Improves sleep.

* Increases energy.

* Lowers stress and promotes calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones.

* Thins blood and improves blood pressure and circulation.

* Relieves muscle tension.

* Lessens hormonal and menstrual symptoms.

* Improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems.

* Speeds healing by lessening inflammation.

* Reduces or eliminates jet lag.

* Protects the body against potentially health-disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

* Accelerates recovery from intense athletic activity.

How long does it take to get results?

Results will vary from one person to another, but many people say their symptoms feel better in just an hour–sometimes less The amount of long-term relief, and the speed in which it’s realised, vary depending on what condition is involved.

It is also important to note that Earthing’s best results are the result of ongoing use. It is important not to give up too soon.

How should I start using this therapy?

Literally, go barefoot outside if conditions allow. Just 40 minutes a day can make a difference in the amount of pain you feel. Grass, sand, dirt, and concrete are conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s electrons. Wood and vinyl are not conductive.

There are also products you can get that allow you to ground while working, sleeping and even driving.

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