Have you come across the idea of Earthing (or Grounding)? (The two terms seem to be used interchangeably.) I find it fascinating that we may be cutting off our source of healing energy by the shoes that we wear and the houses that we live in. Going barefoot on the grass or sand (or even unsealed concrete) allows a flow of electrons between the earth and our body – allowing the negatively charged ions in the earth to remove many of the positively charged free radicals in our bodies. The science makes a lot of sense.

This article, on Dr. Mercola’s site, is taken from a book by Clint Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, and Martin Zucker.

The Emergence of “Earthing”

The concept of earthing, also known as grounding, was initially developed by Clint Ober. Stated in the simplest terms possible, earthing is simply walking barefoot; grounding your body to the Earth. Oschman was introduced to Ober via Jeff Spencer, the chiropractor for Lance Armstrong’s cycling team and an expert in treating professional athletes.

“When Clint described the earthing phenomenon to Jeff, Jeff immediately called me and had me fly out to California to meet Clint and talk about what kind of research could be done to find out what is going on,” Oschman explains.

“People have known for a long time that walking barefoot feels good. There are places in the world like Germany and Austria and Switzerland with communities where there is a tradition of getting up in the morning and going barefoot.”

My own introduction to the concept of earthing was also through Jeff Spencer, some five or six years ago. I found it very intriguing, although I initially approached it with some skepticism. As you will soon see, it’s a simple concept—to some it may appear too simple.

Fortunately, Dr. Oschman is now able to provide the scientific groundwork for understanding what actually occurs. In fact, his team has now published about a dozen papers on this topic.

Read on for how grounding works…


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