Did you know that “Earthing” can help your body feel less of the negative effects of the increased exposure to electronics in our world? And that it can also give you the same benefits in your body that taking a barefoot walk on the beach would, such as improving your sleep and decreasing chronic pain?! This whole concept was completely new to me until the Wise Traditions conference last November in Dallas. It was there that I was given an Earthing book and have been fascinated ever since.
So what is Earthing? (Or it's also sometimes called, Grounding.)
Basically, it's a way to get the benefits of walking barefoot on the grass, or on the beach, without going outside. We all feel better after doing that, right? By sitting or sleeping with your bare skin touching special conductive mats (connected via a grounded outlet), many feel better, sleep better, experience healing from inflammatory issues, and have more energy.
From the kinds of shoes we all wear now to the fact that most of us rarely touch our bare feet to the ground, we've lost our connection to the powerful healing energy in the earth itself. (And I'm not talking about a ‘new age' type of ‘spiritual energy', true spiritual energy comes straight from God, I'm just talking about actual energy from the earth, which is how God designed it, and it's powerful.)
Recently I spoke with Norm from Radiant Life and asked him a few questions to help me understand all of this better…
- Is the danger from cell phone/cell phone tower radiation the same as the danger of exposure to electro-magnetic fields (EMFs)?
Norm: No, these are two different things. Both are dangerous, and both affect the body differently. We should be protecting ourselves the best we can from both.
EMFs are sometimes referred to as “dirty electricity”. Even your lamp or clock radio by your bed that is turned off can be problematic for those who are extra sensitive. It's the electricity right in the wires that can find its way outside of the wires. If you want to see how strong the EMFs may be in your own home, you could use a Gauss meter. It will beep a lot behind the frig, or near the microwave, especially when it's on, and even near a wall with live wires. We are bombarded, night and day, in some places of our homes worse than others.
- Does Earthing protect against harmful EMFs?
Norm: Earthing products like Earthing sheets or Earthing mats are not an EMF shield and do not block EMFs, but because they are plugged into the earth's energy, they allow the body to absorb current from the earth, and can mitigate the effects of EMFs by acting as an antioxidant in the body to attack free radicals.
Those who are young may not feel like they are affected by EMFs, but they will have an effect over time. Free radicals will build up. Grounding is a way to counteract or minimize these effects.
(Note: Make sure that when you or your kids are working on any handheld or portable devices while they're charging, that it is plugged into a grounded outlet. It will have 3 prongs instead of 2 where it's plugged in, and use an outlet checker to make sure it does have the ground wire in the wall. OR just have them use the devices with battery power. More on this in a future post.)
Norm: The jury is still out on how dangerous those are because they haven't been around all that long yet. To be safe, these should not be held close to your head and for SURE not close to your kids' heads. (Note: We use DefenderShield products to block the dangerous radiation. Read more here about DefenderShield.) Sleeping with it completely off or far away from you is also a very good precaution.
- Does Earthing mitigate the effects of cell phone radiation as well?
Norm: Yes, earthing actually mitigates the effects for both of these dangers. Studies have shown that if you're talking on your cell phone, it at least helps to be earthed to guard against the negative effects of the radiation. Now, it's just like your food sources. There's good, better, and best. Best would be not using a cell phone at all, but since most of us aren't going to do that, better is to take precautions.
- What about cordless phones connected to a land line in our homes?
Norm: With these you also have the added concern of a different type of EMF because of the phone's battery – electromagnetic radiation. Again, there aren't enough studies yet to show that these are better or worse than cell phones and what effect they'll have on the human body.
No, Earthing shouldn't give you a false sense of security. It doesn't take away these health risks. It's just BETTER to be earthed than not to be, especially for someone on the computer a lot or plugged in in other ways. It's better to talk on the phone while your feet are barefoot on the ground or while they're on an earthing mat. We live in the 21st century, so the best most of us can do is to minimize the impact with earthing. (I took his advice and ordered a mat for when I'm working on the computer, those are my toes on the earthing mat to the right.)
- Here's a good clarification from Claus in the comments:
I am distributing the products in Denmark and have a comment in regards to EMF’s. It is said above that Earthing does not protect against EMF’s. Well, it does protect against ELF’s (low frequency radiation – 50/60Hz) coming from ordinary electrical wires, lamps and appliances. In other words, when connected to the earth, you are part of the earth and are ‘bypassed’ by this radiation.”
Still not sure what to think?
Check out these articles with more information and studies done on Earthing:
- ESD Journal – “Conclusions: The important finding of this study is that the human body when grounded is naturally protected from static electricity and the weak electric currents created in the body by radiated electric fields. The benefits of grounding the body are: sleep significantly improves, muscles relax, chronic back and joint pain subsides and general health improves.”
- Can electrons act as antioxidants?
Also, have you seen my other posts on Earthing?