Can Being in Touch with the Earth Contribute to Better Health?
I admit that earthing is something I know nothing about. At least nothing before I did this interview. As you know I have interviewed Dr. Sinatra several times on the topic of cardiovascular health and he is considered one of the foremost experts on metabolic cardiology. It is because of his expertise and that he is co-author of the book, Earthing that I wanted to learn about this topic from Dr. Sinatra.
The concept that we can improve health by being more in touch with the earth is an intriguing concept. It is not without it’s detractors as well. So is earthing a practice that can benefit health? That’s what we’re here to explore with Dr. Sinatra.
What is Earthing? (excerpted from The Earthing Institute. Dr. Sinatra is on the Board of Advisors of The Earthing Institute.)
Earthing, or grounding as it is often called, simply means connecting to the Earth’s natural, negative surface charge by being barefoot outside or in bare skin contact with conductive systems indoors while you sleep, relax, or work. A simple concept, yes. But one with profound impact on the physiology.
Connection with the Earth restores a lost electrical signal to the body that seems to stabilize the complicated circuitry of our essentially-electrical body. Our built-in self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms become more effective. There are head-to-toe improvements. Better blood flow. Less pain and inflammation. More energy. Deeper sleep. For many people the effect is dramatic, like charging a failing battery. For others, the effect is gradual and subtle.
The research indicates that Earthing transfers negatively charged free electrons into the body that are present in a virtually limitless and continuously renewed supply on the surface of the Earth. The existence of this unseen electron “reservoir” has been established by science. Maintaining contact with the ground allows your body to naturally receive and become charged with these electrons. When thus “grounded,” any electron deficiencies and free radical excesses in the body are corrected. A natural electrical state is restored.
Why is this so important?
Electrons are the “object of affection,” so to speak, of positively charged free radicals, the biochemical agents that cause oxidation in the body. Electrons are the source of antioxidant power. We believe this influx of electrons from the ground serves to potently neutralize or quench free radicals that would otherwise steal electrons from healthy tissue, activity resulting in tissue damage and chronic inflammation at the basis of many common and serious diseases. Here, seemingly, is a simple, natural, and yet astonishingly profound remedy for chronic inflammation.
About Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Dr. Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., is a board-certified cardiologist and certified psychotherapist with more than thirty years of experience in helping patients prevent and reverse heart disease. He also is certified in anti-aging medicine and nutrition, and is an expert in energy medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and a former chief of cardiology and medical education at Manchester (CT) Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sinatra is a co-author of Earthing. He has written many other books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth (Fair Winds Press, 2012), Reverse Heart Disease Now (Wiley, 2008), Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks (Ballantine Books, 2003), and The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology (Basic Health Publications, 2008). He is the host of the popular integrative cardiology website www.heartmdinstitute.net
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