Earthing or Grounding for Health
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What is Earthing?
Earthing involves connecting your body to the Earth’s eternal and gentle surface energy. Quite simply Earthing is walking barefoot outside and/or sitting, working or sleeping inside while connected to a conductive device that delivers the natural healing electrons of the Earth into your body.
Until recently, humans spent a great deal of time in contact with the ground. This contact may have served an important purpose. Although it sounds like something from a sci-fi novel, Earthing—the act of physically connecting our bodies to the Earth—allows us to reset body’s natural electric charge. Research is finally beginning to back up the benefits of Earthing on our bodies health and emotional well-being.
We all instinctively feel how wonderful it is to wiggle our toes in grass, sink our fingers into the rich, crumbly soil of our garden, or walk barefoot on the sand. Research has shown that it takes 45 minutes to have a complete electron flush through the body. With our busy lives these simple pleasures are not always available to us each day (or even at all for some) and we are missing out on vital, natural, health enhancing Earthing.
Our modern urban lifestyles have taken us away from the natural force of the Earth’s healing Energy. Thanks to modern science and technology there is now a simple way to Earth ourselves each time we sleep.
Earthing Sheets and Pillowcases
The Global Gypsy is importing high quality and cost effective Earthing Sheets and Pillowcases from China. They are an affordable home accessory that you plug into the grounded port in your bedroom’s electrical outlet. These sheets allow you to gain the benefits of Earthing while you sleep.
They are designed so that your skin has direct contact to the conductive silver fibres in the sheets and pillowcases. Just make your bed as normal and enjoy the benefits of getting yourself Earthed as you sleep.
If you want to buy one please go to the shop or Heal Yourself page
HOW DOES EARTHING OR GROUNDING HELP US?
Research shows that Earthing:
- Dramatically reduces inflammation in 30 minutes
- Reduces or eliminates chronic pain over months
- Improves sleep
- Increases energy
- Improves blood flow
- Relieves muscle tension and headaches
- Dramatically speeds healing and prevents sores
- Reduces or eliminates jet lag
- Speeds recovery from athletic activity or surgery
- Protects the body from harmful electromagnetic fields (EMF)
- Lowers stress and promotes calmness
- You will probably Snore Less
(All Prices here are in Australian Dollars).
- Half Sheets 90cm by 200cm + 100cm Aus $125
Tucks across any size bed for leg earthing. They are 90cm by 200cm with extra flaps for tucking under a double, queen or king size mattress.One advantage of a half sheet is that you will probably wash it less often which may extend the lifetime of the sheet, but in saying that i have had my sheets for nearly 2 years already
- Flat Sheet 90cm x 100cm Aus $60 if you wanted to sew some extra fabric to this you could use it as a half sheet across a single bed
- Single Flat Sheet 180cm x 210cm Aus $125
- Single fitted 90cm x 180cm Aus $140
- Double fitted 140cm x 180cm Aus $150
- Queen fitted 160cm x 205cm Aus $160
- King fitted 180cm x 205cm Aus $170
- King Flat sheet 180cm x 205cm Aus $150
- Recovery Bag for Travellers & Athletes Aus $179
- Pillowcase 30 x 70cm Aus $69
- Plush Pad/ Pet Bed Aus $85
- Universal Mat / Mouse Pad Aus $75
- Earthing plug and 4.5 meter cable Australian / New Zealand Included Free
- Earthing Stakes $20 – Earthing rod for gypsies and those off grid, hobbit houses or upstairs. Plugs into GlobalGypsy Earthing Sheets. Comes with free postage for anyone at the time of buying a sheet
- English and EU plugs available $10
Postage in Australia over $60 is free
I usually include a FREE Smile Book, a Reflections Journal or an India Journal if there is room in the postbag. You can request which you prefer. Australian orders only
Do you notice you feel better when you walk barefoot on the Earth?
Twenty years of research has explained why this happens.
Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth.
Electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect your body from inflammation and its many well-documented health consequences. For most of our evolutionary history, humans have had continuous contact with the Earth.
Electrons meet your red blood cells and makes them negatively charged and so they repel each other circulating your blood properly the way humans have evolved on this planet. Fifty years ago we switched from leather soled shoes through which electrons can move to insulated shoes which they cannot.
It takes 45 minutes to have a complete electron flush through the body, which is why you should take your shoes off and get grounded when you fly to a different time zone and then you reset and avoid jet lag.
When you lie on the grass or beach you feel really earthed after only about 15 minutes because the electrons are entering your body at each point of contact. Which is what the sheets do through every point of contact with the skin .
When you have inflammation or arthritis you have white blood cell release to location and you are left with Free Radicals which are positively charged, electrons are negative and so they are neutralised and relief is felt in 30 minutes
It is only recently that substances such as asphalt, wood, rugs, houses, cars and plastics have separated us from this contact.
It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking barefoot, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.
There is an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth, which has is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to your health and completely safe. Earthing appears to minimize the consequences of exposure to potentially disruptive fields like “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.” As so many of us live and work in urban areas with technology all around us Earthing is more important than ever to counteract the negative energy fields that modern technology transmits and gets absorbed in our bodies.
This information can be found on Mercola.com.
More detailed information about the benefits of Earthing can be found on The Earthing Institute website (http://www.earthinginstitute.net/).
Both David Suzuki and Dr Deepak Chopra have endorsed earthing.
Plush Pad or Pet Bed
This pad is very soft with a thicker silver fibre woven into it.
This makes it ideal as an armchair friend knee rug which could also be used in the bed or for someone in a wheelchair. It is 73cm x 48cm. $85 Australian
It works well also as a Pet Bed.
Many dogs are getting arthritis and not living as long but many also are stuck inside houses and only getting a few minutes of earth time each day.
An experiment was done on some dogs given two of these plush pads and they were periodically changed and no one told the dogs which one was plugged in, Yet they always went to sit on the mat that was connected to earth.
This washes in the washing machine.
Universal Mat – Mouse pad or Foot Pad
This is great for anyone in an office situation to use as a mouse pad to earth your hand and body or as a foot pad for under your desk. This then eliminates the voltage from electro magnetic fields produced from computers, screens and power sources. Long term exposure to high EMF fields is not good for human DNA. When you earth yourself this EMF is drained through you to earth and then the electrons do their magic and come back through the plug negatively charging your blood cells and helping your auto immune system. If you practice some form of healing where you can earth yourself on a foot pad you can then earth your clients when you touch them.
They measure 65cm x 25cm and come with cable and plug for $75
More Research Below this Disclaimer:
Global Gypsy does not make any health claims directly however research shows incredible benefits of Earthing, and there are countless positive responses from all who Earth themselves on a regular basis.
NEVER DISREGARD THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.
Those on Warfarin and other blood thinning medications and thyroid meds would need to consult a doctor within a week of using earthing sheets as your body’s blood naturally starts to flow better and many will find that they need to reduce their medication and sometimes go off them permanently.
Gerar Toye, The Global Gypsy makes no representation about the efficacy, appropriateness, or suitability of any specific tests, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers, or other information that may be contained on or available through this web site, nor that the information on this site will produce specific results for any individual.
Many people feel an immediate benefit when Earthed or Grounded, and physical symptoms such as inflammation and pain can show improvement within minutes. People also often describe a feeling of greater peace within themselves, feeling calmer with reduced stress levels. However, in general we would say that the more time you can spend Earthed the better. Ideally, use Earthing equipment (such as an Earthing band or mat) whenever is practical, and particularly when near powerful electrical equipment such as a computer. Grounding while sleeping is important - not only do you spend a large proportion of your time sleeping, this is also the time when regeneration takes place and the body is most receptive to healing.
With regular Earthing / Grounding, numerous health benefits have been observed, such as:
- Reduction or elimination of pain
- Improved sleep - deeper and more refreshing
- Reduced stress / anxiety / irritability
- More calmness
- Improved energy levels
- Improved immune function
- Improved digestion
- Rapid healing of injuries
- Improved blood circulation, blood pressure and thinner blood
- Harmonisation and stabilisation of the body's basic biological rhythms
While i do have another website www.earthingnz.com you cannot purchase from that site and it must come through this globalgypsy site under Heal Yourself or Shop
Care of your Earthing Sheets and Pillowcases
They are easy to wash, just unplug and put in washing machine with a basicneeds a detergent to keep the silver fibres clean and conductive. Do not use chlorines or bleaches, nappy san, or oxy whitening conditioners (Nappy San), softening agents or dry cleaning . Air dry, i.e. Do not use a clothes dryer or if you do use a low heat setting. All of these will ruin the conductivity of silver fibres. Do not use essential oils. I have just tested my daughters pillowcase and found it is not working after a year but she has been using a lot of products in her hair like spraying dry shampoo which has damaged the conductivity whereas the sides of the pillowcase still show they work.
Multi-disciplinary research has revealed that electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth (grounding or earthing) produces intriguing effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to inflammation, immune responses, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The purpose of this report is two-fold: to 1) inform researchers about what appears to be a new perspective to the study of inflammation, and 2) alert researchers that the length of time and degree (resistance to ground) of grounding of experimental animals is an important but usually overlooked factor that can influence outcomes of studies of inflammation, wound healing, and tumorigenesis. Specifically, grounding an organism produces measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response. We present several hypotheses to explain observed effects, based on current research results and our understanding of the electronic aspects of cell and tissue physiology, cell biology, biophysics, and biochemistry. An experimental injury to muscles, known as delayed onset muscle soreness, has been used to monitor the immune response under grounded versus ungrounded conditions. Grounding reduces pain and alters the numbers of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, and also affects various circulating chemical factors related to inflammation.Keywords: chronic inflammation, immune system, wound repair, white blood cells, macrophages, autoimmune disorders
Grounding or earthing refers to direct skin contact with the surface of the Earth, such as with bare feet or hands, or with various grounding systems. Subjective reports that walking barefoot on the Earth enhances health and provides feelings of well-being can be found in the literature and practices of diverse cultures from around the world.1 For a variety of reasons, many individuals are reluctant to walk outside barefoot, unless they are on holiday at the beach. Experience and measurements show that sustained contact with the Earth yields sustained benefits. Various grounding systems are available that enable frequent contact with the Earth, such as while sleeping, sitting at a computer, or walking outdoors. These are simple conductive systems in the form of sheets, mats, wrist or ankle bands, adhesive patches that can be used inside the home or office, and footwear. These applications are connected to the Earth via a cord inserted into a grounded wall outlet or attached to a ground rod placed in the soil outside below a window. For the footwear applications, a conductive plug is positioned in the shoe sole at the ball of the foot, under the metatarsals, at the acupuncture point known as Kidney 1. From a practical standpoint, these methods offer a convenient and routine, user-friendly approach to grounding or earthing. They can also be used in clinical situations, as will be described in the section entitled Summary of findings to date.1
Recently, a group of about a dozen researchers (including the authors of this paper) has been studying the physiological effects of grounding from a variety of perspectives. This research has led to more than a dozen studies published in peer-reviewed journals. While most of these pilot studies involved relatively few subjects, taken together, the research has opened a new and promising frontier in inflammation research, with broad implications for prevention and public health. The findings merit consideration by the inflammation research community, which has the means to verify, refute, or clarify the interpretations we have made thus far.
Grounding reduces or even prevents the cardinal signs of inflammation following injury: redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function Rapid resolution of painful chronic inflammation was confirmed in 20 case studies using medical infrared imagingPhotographic images documenting accelerated improvement of an 8-month-old, non-healing open wound suffered by an 84-year-old diabetic woman.Rapid recovery from a serious wound with minimal swelling and redness expected for such a serious injury.Reduction in inflammation with grounding or earthing documented with medical infrared imaging.
Our main hypothesis is that connecting the body to the Earth enables free electrons from the Earth’s surface to spread over and into the body, where they can have antioxidant effects. Specifically, we suggest that mobile electrons create an antioxidant microenvironment around the injury repair field, slowing or preventing reactive oxygen species (ROS) delivered by the oxidative burst from causing “collateral damage” to healthy tissue, and preventing or reducing the formation of the so-called “inflammatory barricade”. We also hypothesize that electrons from the Earth can prevent or resolve so-called “silent” or “smoldering” inflammation. If verified, these concepts may help us better understand and research the inflammatory response and wound healing, and develop new information on how the immune system functions in health and disease.
Summary of findings to date
Grounding appears to improve sleep, normalize the day–night cortisol rhythm, reduce pain, reduce stress, shift the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic toward parasympathetic activation, increase heart rate variability, speed wound healing, and reduce blood viscosity. A summary has been published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health.4
Effects on sleep
One of the first published grounding studies examined the effects of grounding on sleep and circadian cortisol profiles.5 The study involved 12 subjects who were in pain and had problems sleeping. They slept grounded for 8 weeks using the system shown in Figure 4. During this period, their diurnal cortisol profiles normalized, and most of the subjects reported that their sleep improved and their pain and stress levels declined.Grounded sleep system.
The results of the experiment led to these conclusions: 1) grounding the body during sleep yields quantifiable changes in diurnal or circadian cortisol secretion levels that, in turn, 2) produce changes in sleep, pain, and stress (anxiety, depression, and irritability), as measured by subjective reporting. The cortisol effects described by Ghaly and Teplitz5 are particularly significant in the light of recent research showing that prolonged chronic stress results in glucocorticoid receptor resistance.6 Such resistance results in failure to downregulate inflammatory responses, which can thereby increase risks of a variety of chronic diseases. This effect complements the findings described in the “Effects on pain and the immune response” section.
Effects on pain and the immune response
A pilot study on the effects of grounding on pain and the immune response to injury employed delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).7 DOMS is the muscular pain and stiffness that takes place hours to days after strenuous and unfamiliar exercise. DOMS is widely used as a research model by exercise and sports physiologists. The soreness of DOMS is caused by temporary muscle damage produced by eccentric exercise. The phase of contraction that occurs when a muscle shortens, as in lifting a dumbbell, is referred to as concentric, whereas the phase of contraction as a muscle lengthens, as in lowering a dumbbell, is referred to as eccentric.
Eight healthy subjects performed an unfamiliar, eccentric exercise that led to pain in their gastrocnemius muscles. This was done by having them perform two sets of 20 toe raises with a barbell on their shoulders and the balls of their feet on a 2-inch × 4-inch wooden board.7
All subjects ate standardized meals at the same time of day, and adhered to the same sleep cycle for 3 days. At 5.40 pm on each day, four of the subjects had conductive grounding patches adhered to their gastrocnemius muscles and the bottoms of their feet. They rested and slept on grounding systems such as that shown in Figure 4. They remained on the grounded sheets except for visits to the bathroom and meals. As controls, four subjects followed the same protocol except that their patches and sheets were not grounded. The following measurements were taken before the exercise and 1, 2, and 3 days thereafter: pain levels, magnetic resonance imaging, spectroscopy, cortisol in serum and saliva, blood and enzyme chemistry, and blood cell counts.7
Pain was monitored with two techniques. The subjective method involved morning and afternoon use of a Visual Analog Scale. In the afternoon, a blood pressure cuff was positioned on the right gastrocnemius and inflated to the point of acute discomfort. The pain was documented in terms of the highest pressures that could be tolerated. The grounded subjects experienced less pain, as revealed with both the analog soreness scale (Figure 5) and by their ability to tolerate a higher pressure from the blood pressure cuff (Figure 6).7Changes in afternoon (PM) visual analog pain scale reports.Changes in afternoon (PM) pain levels using a blood pressure cuff.
The DOMS grounding study report7 contains a summary of the literature on the changes in blood chemistry and content of formed elements (erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets) expected after an injury. The immune system detects pathogens and tissue damage and responds by initiating the inflammation cascade, sending neutrophils and lymphocytes into the region.8–12 As expected, the white cell counts increased in the ungrounded or control subjects. White cell counts in the grounded subjects steadily decreased following the injury (Figure 7).7Comparisons of white blood cell counts, comparing pretest versus post-test for each group.
Previous research has shown increases in neutrophils following injury.13–16This happened in both grounded and ungrounded subjects (Figure 8), although neutrophil counts were always lower in the grounded subjects.7Comparisons of neutrophil counts, pretest versus post-test for each group.
As the number of neutrophils increases, lymphocytes are expected to decrease.17–19 In the DOMS study, the lymphocyte count in the grounded subjects was always below the ungrounded subjects (Figure 9).7Comparisons of lymphocyte counts, pretest versus post-test for each group.
Normally, neutrophils rapidly invade an injured region8,20–22 in order to break down damaged cells and send signals through the cytokine network to regulate the repair process. Neutrophils’ production of ROS and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) is termed the “oxidative burst”.21 While ROS clear pathogens and cellular debris so that the tissue can regenerate, ROS can also damage healthy cells adjacent to the repair field, causing so-called collateral damage. The fact that the grounded subjects had fewer circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes could indicate that the original damage resolved more quickly, collateral damage reduced, and the recovery process accelerated. This would explain the reduction in the cardinal signs of inflammation (redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function) following acute injury, as documented, for example, in Figures 1 and and2,2, and the rapid reduction of chronic inflammation documented in Figure 3.
Our working hypothesis features this scenario: mobile electrons from the Earth enter the body and act as natural antioxidants;3 they are semi-conducted through the connective tissue matrix, including through the inflammatory barricade if one is present;23 they neutralize ROS and other oxidants in the repair field; and they protect healthy tissue from damage. The fact that there are fewer circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes in the grounded subjects may be advantageous because of the harmful role these cells are thought to play in prolonging inflammation.24 We also raise the possibility that the inflammatory barricade is actually formed in ungrounded subjects by collateral damage to healthy tissue, as was suggested by Selye in the first and subsequent editions of his book The Stress of Life (Figure 10).25Formation of the inflammatory barricade.
While there may be other explanations, we suggest that rapid resolution of inflammation takes place because the Earth’s surface is an abundant source of excited and mobile electrons, as described in our other work.1 We further propose that skin contact with the surface of the Earth allows Earth’s electrons to spread over the skin surface and into the body. One route to the body interior could be via acupuncture points and meridians. The meridians are known to be low resistance pathways for the flow of electrical currents.26–28 Another pathway is via mucous membranes of the respiratory and digestive tracts, which are continuous with the skin surface. Sokal and Sokal29 found that the electrical potential on the body, on the mucosal membrane of the tongue, and in the venous blood rapidly drop to approximately −200 mV. When the body is disconnected from the Earth, the potential is quickly restored. These effects reveal changes in the internal electrical environment within the body.29
Selye30 studied the histology of the wall of the inflammatory pouch or barricade (Figure 10). It is composed of fibrin and connective tissue. Our hypothesis is that electrons can be semi-conducted across the barrier, and can then neutralize reactive oxygen species (free radicals).30 A semiconducting collagen pathway or corridor may explain how electrons from the Earth quickly attenuate chronic inflammation not resolved by dietary antioxidants or by standard medical care, including physical therapy (Figure 3). The barricade probably restricts diffusion of circulating antioxidants into the repair.
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