Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
by: Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C.
A Most Unconventional Discovery
Throughout history, civilizations have honored connectedness with the Earth and there is some evidence that healers even recommended walking barefoot for certain distances to help assuage different maladies. However, the precise nature and extraordinary healing power of the planet's surface charge was discovered only very recently - and from the most unexpected quarter.
The credit for the discovery goes to Clint Ober, a pioneer in the U.S. cable television industry. Following a near fatal disease in 1993, he gave up his business interests - at the time he headed the country's largest cable installation and marketing company - and embarked on a personal journey looking for a higher purpose in life.
During his travels, he became aware that almost everybody, him included, wore synthetic soled shoes and was thus insulated from the electrical surface charge of the Earth. He wondered if such footwear, which had increasingly replaced leather after the 1960s, could have an effect on health.
Clint's thoughts went back to his years in television and cable. Before cable, you'll no doubt remember, the TV screen commonly had lots of "snow" and disturbing lines from electromagnetic interference. Cable systems, however, were based on grounding and shielding practices that prevented extraneous signals and fields from interfering with the transmission carried through the cable. The shield is electrically connected to the Earth, that is, grounded, so that the Earth can either deliver or absorb electrons and prevent damage from electrical charges.
Clint had a personal interest in health because of constant back pain. He took painkillers in order to fall sleep and to function throughout the day. Clint knew that the body was conductive, that is, it conducts electricity. So he performed a simple experiment on himself. He rigged up a crude conductive grid with metallic duct tape to fit on his bed.
He clipped a wire to the grid, ran the wire out his bedroom window, and fastened it to a ground rod he planted in the Earth outside. He then lay down on the grid and, lo and behold, he fell asleep. The next thing he knew it was morning. He slept soundly for the first time in years, and without taking a pill.
He repeated the experiment for a week with the same results every night. Moreover, he also noticed his pain had decreased significantly. He was impressed to the point that he told friends about his experiment. Some of them, with pain and sleep problems, asked if he would rig up their bed the same way. Clint did, and with similar results: better sleep and less pain.
A Most Unconventional Scientific Adventure
The positive feedback convinced Clint that he had found something with potential significance. He checked medical research databases but came up empty. He contacted sleep researchers but nobody knew anything and nobody was interested in his findings. Undeterred, he decided to try his hand at research himself. He had no scientific training whatsoever, but he had an inquiring mind. Armed with a few tips from students on how to conduct a scientific study, he set off, a non-scientist, on a scientific adventure.
Clint's initial studies clearly validated his personal observations of the Earth's ability to improve sleep and reduce pain. For his first study he enrolled sixty volunteers by personally putting up posters in beauty salons. The results were the same as before: falling asleep faster and sleeping deeper and better through the night. The volunteers reported experiencing a reduction or even elimination of muscle stiffness or chronic back and joint pain.
A second study was conducted by a skeptical Southern California doctor who actually set out to disprove Clint's findings. What the doctor found instead, to his amazement, was that not only did sleeping grounded improve sleep and pain, but it did so often within the first few days. In addition to the subjective feedback from participants, objective measurements showed that sleeping grounded normalized cortisol, the stress hormone. This meant there was less anxiety and depression - less stress, in other words. The findings were published later in a 2004 issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. A half-dozen or so additional studies have been published since and more will be published later in 2010.
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Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS, is a board-certified cardiologist and certified bioenergetic analyst with more than 35 years of experience in helping patients prevent and reverse heart disease. His specialty is integrative cardiology that combines conventional medical treatments with complementary nutritional and psychological therapies.
Now retired, Dr. Sinatra lectures widely on the metabolic approach to cardiovascular disease and electromedicine. His latest book is Earthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? In it, he introduces the fascinating discovery of major health benefits resulting from direct physical contact with the Earth's natural, subtle electric energies.
Complimentary Earthing books and products were provided for evaluation purposes for a Q and A with Dr Sinatra on Earthing.