Is Earthing a Hoax?
One question that often comes up when earthing is discussed is, Does Earthing Work?
It almost seems like a concept that is too simple to really be effective. In a world where we rely on medicines and pharmaceuticals for dealing with most of our health problems, a free, simple solution could not possibly work, right?
Does Earthing Really Work?
Well, there are several prominent health experts who tend to think there is definitely something to earthing.
One of those people, is Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well-respected alternative medicine physician, and below is an excerpt from a fantastic article on his site at mercola.com that talks about how grounding your body can affect one’s health in a positive way.
Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.
The Earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of immune systems, circulation, synchronization of biorhythms and other physiological processes and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidant.
Modern science has thoroughly documented the connection between inflammation and all of the chronic diseases, including the diseases of aging and the aging process itself. It is important to understand that inflammation is a condition that can be reduced or prevented by grounding your body to the Earth, the way virtually all of your ancestors have done for hundreds if not thousands of generations.
More at How Does Grounding or Earthing Impact Your Health?
This article is definitely full of good information and worth a read.
One of the repeated motifs that arise with discussion of grounding is how the act of earthing helps so much with inflammation. And as many know and Dr. Mercola emphasizes in this excerpt is that inflammation is related to many diseases and can be prevented and/or reduced.
So I believe there really is a cascading type argument to the effectiveness of earthing. For example, we know that certain things cause chronic disease and illness (such as inflammation) and likewise we know that grounding can be used to help alleviate inflammation so therefore practicing earthing can help treat the disease and illnesses.
Do Earthing Products Work?
So if we can figure out if earthing really works against diseases,then the next question is, do earthing products work?
In other words, how can we be sure that an earthing mat used inside the home, for example, really give us the same result as walking outdoors barefoot.
As it turns out, you can actually measure the reduction in voltage on your body while you are grounding. I will use another excerpt from that great article on mercola.com below.
A Body Voltage Meter can determine how much electricity is being induced on you when you are lying in bed or sitting in a chair, and how much the electric charge is reduced by grounding.
A number of inexpensive meters like this are available from Radio Shack and other sources. One of the terminals of the meter is touched with your finger, while the other terminal connects to a wire (Earthing wire) that connects to a rod in the Earth or to a good ground in the electrical system. It is important that the body voltage meter have the capability to measure the AC electrical potential between your skin and the surface of the Earth.
Just because an electrical outlet has a third plug does not necessarily mean that it was properly installed. The only way to know for certain would be to check it. The device shown here, called a circuit checker, can determine if the grounding terminal of an electrical outlet is properly grounded and can therefore be used with personal grounding systems or with the Body Voltage Meter described above.
The cord going to the lamp next to your bed is radiating an alternating electric field even when the lamp is turned off. Research has shown that walking barefoot on the Earth or connecting to the Earth with an Earthing system actually stabilizes the internal electrical milieu of your body and is therefore beneficial.
Again you can read more from this article right here.
So it is just that simple to determine if your earthing device is giving you the benefit you would see if you were grounded outside. All you need is a simple meter that is fairly inexpensive and easy to find.
I have not yet tested my earthing mat with a meter like the one shown above but I do intend to do so. When I use my earthing pad, I am surrounded by two computers, three monitors, an electric chair massage cushion, and probably a few other devices that I don’t even realize.
There is no doubt that there are lot of EMFs surrounding me and I am very curious to find out how much voltage reduction I am getting by being grounding via the wall outlet.
So that’s it for this post, I think the argument made by Dr. Mercola and other natural health practitioners is rather strong but as will all things it is wise to try it for yourself and see if it works for you. That is exactly what I am doing and I will report back any data that I find.
Do you believe that earthing can really help or do you believe it is a hoax and a scam? Let us know your thoughts and leave a comment below!