The moment I discovered Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! on Amazon, I wanted to read it.
I felt that it contained information that could hugely benefit humanity. This proved to be true.
In this post I summarized most important research findings about the Earth that authors shared in the book. But let’s firstly start with getting to know one of the authors of Earthing.
Clint Ober, the co-author of the book, was a self-made man who still felt empty inside. He embarked on a journey to discover fulfillment, and the knowledge of earthing started to gradually come into his life, until he realized that that was his purpose in life – to research earthing and make it known to humanity.
Study by study, trial by trial, he came to the conclusion that earthing was the most powerful anti-inflammatory medicine in the world. And because there are many illnesses caused by inflammation, neutralizing inflammation saves a person from getting ill.
Here are some of the conditions the author mentions that are caused by inflammation:
- Diabetes types 1 & 2
- Common intestinal disorders
The moment you connect with the Earth, your entire psychology starts changing. You start getting the inflow of healing negative ions, and your inflammations start subsiding. Free radicals in your body are neutralized, preventing their attempts to destroy your cells.
Grounding yourself to the Earth by walking barefoot or having a metal rod connected to you in some way, also neutralizes damaging electromagnetic fields. EMFs are all around us if we live in big cities. They prevent the communication of cells in our bodies, and thus we can’t properly heal and feel scattered. Here’s what the author has to say about EMFs:
Throughout history, life on the planet has attuned our biology to this subtle field [Earth's electromagnetic field]. By comparison, home-wiring systems in the United States use a 60 cycle per second alternating current (AC), and, in other parts of the world, a 50 cycle per second current is common. Unless at very low frequency (less than 40 cycles per second) and/or low power, alternating current is foreign to our biology.
Earthing totally neutralizes the damaging influence of EMFs.
In general, when you connect to the Earth, it balances your body and mind. If your muscles are tense, for example, the Earth will release the tension. If you’re lazy, the Earth will energize you. If you’re stressed, the Earth will make you feel at peace. Our bodies instantly get into the rhythm of the healing earth vibration as soon as we connect to it.
In the book there’s a shocking graph included which shows a correlation between booming diabetes cases that go hand in hand with the production of increasingly synthetic shoes. The author claims that other inflammation-based diseases show a similar correlation. Synthetic shoes prevent us from being grounded, and thus we get no benefits from walking on the Earth wearing them.
In the past we used to walk in leather shoes, which allowed us to feel Earth’s energies. But now shoes are made from cheap, non-conductive materials. Thankfully, due to the release of Earthing, some companies started manufacturing conductive sandals and flip-flops, such as Juil, whose shoes I just got and they’re absolutely beautiful.
Another important discovery was made about oxygen levels during grounding. People naturally breathed in more air, thus oxygenating their bodies more than usual, which is a very good thing as it heals the body and prevents diseases which thrive in oxygen-lacking environments such as cancer.
Researchers interestingly noticed that whenever the person stopped being grounded, the respiration rate became slightly higher and the blood oxygenation became erratic, which showed researchers that the human body didn’t like to be unplugged from the Earth.
What’s even more interesting is the discovery that if a person is “plugged in” during the entire night, the body retains much more minerals and electrolytes in blood than sleeping ungrounded.
The authors of Earthing are sometimes asked if hugging trees grounds you. That happens only if the tree is wet, or if you touch the sap inside the tree. Otherwise, it’s better to touch a leaf of a plant that’s living, instead of dry, to get yourself grounded. The leaf, according to authors, is more alive than an external dry surface of the tree.
It was also discovered that it’s necessary to ground yourself regularly. Inflammation almost always comes back when people stop being grounded. The longer you continue being grounded, however, the more healing can take place.
Authors discovered that earthing influences the consistency of the blood – it makes it thinner. They claim that thick blood is inflamed blood, which predisposes you to red blood cell aggregation and abnormal clotting. This burdens the heart. Authors even provided picture evidence of “before grounding” and “after grounding” images of blood, showing how it unclots when the person gets grounded.
Earthing reduces inflammation, stabilizes electrical system of the body, calms the nervous system and even helps to control glucose. In the book authors also share one study results of how children’s behavior got altered when they started being grounded at night. They became calmer, the instances of crying became fewer, and they fell asleep more quickly, among other benefits.
Further research is needed, but it seems that earthing helps with fertility, as some women who couldn’t get pregnant did so after being grounded regularly. Sometimes earthing also causes dreams to become more intense, almost psychedelic-like.
Authors tried hard to discover if ancient cultures were aware of the benefits of the Earth. He found that some tribes (in Afghanistan and Africa, for example) understood the healing power of the Mother Earth. Although tribes like Hadzabe in Tansania have access to shoes (they were donated by Christian missionaries), they prefer to walk barefoot, as they always did. They stay on the Earth continuously, and their dwellings are perfectly conductible as they’re made from natural materials.
They sleep on thin natural sheets which again doesn’t prevent Earth’s energy from nurturing them. The Hadzabe tribe asks their children not to go to metal buildings, because they believe such structures to be unhealthy partly because they’re not connected to the Earth.
The authors of Earthing stress that in order for you to feel the benefits of earthing, you must stay grounded at least for 30 minutes. Although the connection between you and the Earth is instant, the transfer of the Earth’s healing energy is very slow. 30 minutes only allow the energy to reach your abdomen. Also, it’s effective to ground a particular body part which is aching/is inflamed.
I love the fact that Clint Ober, the co-author, wasn’t afraid to speak up about the flawed modern understanding of electrical framework of a human being (electrophysiology and biofeedback). He stresses that body is a very intelligent electrobiochemical system that’s very complex. The Earth serves to stabilize the body mechanism through maintaining the body’s normal functioning of its self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms.
I enjoyed reading this thick book (my edition is 320 pages long), though I skipped some parts with people’s testimonials to focus more on the theory. Surely some people would find it interesting to read all the testimonials of earthing too, which are many in the book.
Overall, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! is a book worth reading for people who want to understand countless benefits of being directly connected to the Mother Earth.