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Off topic: Earthing to improve health (bare skin grounded to the earth)

I have heard about Earthing for years, but had not followed up on it.
Mercola reminded me of it Feb 2016


Amazon sells grounding mats for $20- $30

In Earthing #1 study people slept on conductive mats
The people did not know if the conductive mats were grounded or not
Impressive results

Earthing #1 was referenced by only 18 other papers in Google Scholar

5 Earthing studies are attached at the bottom of this page

Comment by Rich B
"I feel there is a strong connection between vitamin D and earthing, in that both provided important health benefits to our distant ancestors for millions of years. And both are now lacking in modern society, setting the stage for a long list of chronic disease, in my humble opinion."
see also VitaminDWiki Vitamin D – millions of years more ancient than Calcium – Jan 2016

Update June 2019: Earthing studies - many of which are placebo controlled

  • EARTHING at Grounded.com
  • The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases - 2015

Earthing experience by a person who has MS AND treats people with MS - June 2019

Personalized Vitamin D3 For MS With Michael Cawley, Facebook:
"Greetings from Sunny Mallorca! Three weeks ago I read Clint Obers book on the medical benefits of free electrons from the Earth via grounding. What grabbed my interest was the amount of people with auto immune diseases reporting a sustained reduction of symptoms from daily grounding. I bought a Clint Ober bed mat and brought it with me to Spain. After about 10 days I noticed my energy and sense of vitality had improved. I love to walk in the hills here but since a relapse 3 years ago my legs prefer not to walk for more than 2 hours. This year on the 2 hour walks my legs felt like normal and I decided to do a walk I thought I would never do again. It is a 5 hour walk with a 400 meter elevation which is intense. I set off at 9 am and enjoyed a peaceful wander in the hills. My legs and energy were perfect and I felt like I had a new body.
I was grounded (verified) by socket tester for 9 hours a night and two hours a day with bare feet on soil for 12 days before this walk.
When I reduce my grounding to 9 hours a day I notice my vitality and robustness decline. The benefits from Earthing are dose dependent, after 15 years of clinical observation Clint Ober says the more the better ( with the exception of Lyme disease). I recommend everyone to read Clint Ober’s Earthing book and study carefully the wide range of scientific studies that have been performed regarding earthings benefits.

  • 1) Reduces stress hormones. Calming effect.
  • 2) Positively effects Autonomic nervous system.
  • 3) Improves the viscosity of blood. Reduces risk of blood clots.
  • 4) Reduces elevated blood pressure.
  • 5 ) Reduces inflammation and chronic pain.
  • 6) Increases the bodies ability to cope with severe physical exertion and overwork.
  • 7) Promotes better sleep and eases chronic digestive issues.

I am still on vacation but will post more upon my return. Wishing everyone a peaceful day ! Michael".

Grounding: The Missing Element to Healing Autoimmunity? GreenMedInfo Dec 2017

Extensive set of scientific references

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  • 3. Wood, Z.A., Poole, L.B., & Karplus, P.A. (2003). Peroxiredoxin evolution and the regulation of hydrogen peroxide signaling. Science, 300, 650–653.
  • 4. Kiley, P.J., & Storz, G. (2004). Exploiting thiol modifications. PLoS Biology, 2, e400.
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  • 7. Oschman, J.L. (2009). Charge transfer in the living matrix. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy, 13(3), 215-218.
  • 8. Chevalier, G. et al. (2012). Review article: Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 1-8.
  • 9. Oschman, J.L., Chevalier, G., & Brown, R. (2015). The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Journal of Inflammation Research, 8, 83-96.
  • 10. Ghaly, M., & Teplitz, D. (2004). The biologic effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(5), 767-776.
  • 11. Cohen, S. et al. (2012). Chronic stress, glucocorticoid receptor resistance, inflammation, and disease risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(16), 5995-5999.
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  • 19. Chevalier, G. et al. (2013). Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity—a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19(2), 102-110.
  • 20. Chevalier, G. (2010). Changes in pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygenation, perfusion index, kin conductance, and their variability induced during and after grounding human subjects for 40 minutes. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(1), 1-7.
  • 21. Fleisher, L.A. (1996). Heart rate variability as an assessment of cardiovascular status. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, 10(5), 659-671.
  • 22. Stojanovich, L. (2009). Autonomic dysfunction in autoimmune rheumatic disease. Autoimmune Reviews, 8(7), 569-572.
  • 23. Fasano, A. (2012). Leaky gut and autoimmune disease. Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, 42(1), 71-78.
  • 24. Passi, R. et al. (2017). Electrical Grounding Improves Vagal Tone in Preterm Infants. Neonatology, 112(2), 187-192.
  • 25. Levy, G. et al. (2012). Vagal nerve stimulation modulates gut injury and lung permeability in trauma-hemorrhagic shock. Journal of Trauma, Acute Care, and Surgery, 73(2), 338-342.
  • 26. Ulloa, L. (2005). The vagus nerve and the nicotinic anti-inflammatory pathway. Nature Reviews in Drug Discovery, 4, 673–684.
  • 27. Wang, H. et al. (2003). Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor alpha7 subunit is an essential regulator of inflammation. Nature, 421, 384–388.
  • 28. Tracey, K.J. (2017). Physiology and immunology of the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 117, 289-296.
  • 29. Chahine, M. et al. (2008). Voltage-gated sodium channels in neurological disorders. CNS and Neurological Disorders—Drug Targes, 7(2), 144-158.
  • 30. Applewhite, R. (2005). The effectiveness of a conductive patch and a conductive bed pad in reducing induced human body voltage via the application of earth ground. European Biology and Bioelectromagnetics, 1, 23-40.
  • 31. Franceschi, C. et al. (2000). Inflamm-aging: an evolutionary perspective on immunosenescence. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 908, 244-254.

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