August 30, 2010

Earthing is a simple technique that I’ve recently learned of, thanks to a patient with a severe medical illness who has noticed some dramatic changes. In its most basic form, it involves having your bare feet on the ground for at least 30 – 40 minutes. Briefly, it is said that such a practice will “activate” the parasympathetic nervous system, restore a more normal circadian rhythm of cortisol secretion from the adrenal gland, and most importantly, connect you to an inexhaustible supply of free electrons which then act as antioxidants in the body, to counter inflammation.

If you click on the link above, and then click on the research tab, you’ll find several articles that describe the effects of this technique on human physiology. The book, of the same name, has been written by Clint Ober, with a section on cardiology written by Stephen Sinatra, MD, from Manchester, CT. I’ve asked Wonderland Books in Putnam to carry this locally, but it can be ordered by any bookstore or obtained online.

I think that this technique is intuitively obvious and pertains to everyone, but especially to anyone with illnesses in which inflammation plays a large part. Of course, the list of such illnesses is quite long and include the common scourges of chronic disease in our society. Again, I hope to make time to write a bit more as I gain experience using this tool. In the 4 weeks or so that I’ve seen people using it, I’ve seen some very encouraging results.