Monday, June 13, 2011
From the Wellness Desk of Suzen Sharda Segall
Earthing: the Original Energy Medicine
by Gregory Nicosia, Ph.D.
Our recent International conference, Portals to a Transformed World: Integrating Ancient Wisdom with Modern Practice was truly inspiring. For many years, I began the courses I taught by stating that Energy Psychology is a doorway into other dimensions of reality in which thought and intention are the key players. We pass through these portals to a transformed world every time we walk the walk of our field, making the path by increasing the unity in our life experience and in the experience of others. The ancient wisdom tells us that we need to restore our connection to the natural world that sustains our life energy, our health and wellbeing.
As we experience the increasing shift in the energies of the earth it has become clear that there is a new solution to the health crisis in the U.S. and the “civilized” world. In the U.S. the number one cause of death and disability is chronic disease that accounts for 75% of the nation’s the $2.5 trillion annual health care costs. The most common chronic diseases are: heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Then comes: Alzheimer disease, asthma, bowel disorders, cystic fibrosis, lupus, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and arthritis. Diabetes alone accounts for 10% of all health care dollars spent, with age-related osteoporosis affecting about 28 million Americans. There has been an exponentials increase in these diseases in the last 50 years in the U.S. while no such change has occurred in third world countries. This paradox can be explained by our relationship with the natural world. For millions of years mankind developed as a grounded electromagnetic operating system. We walked in contact with the earth barefoot or in animal skin. We slept on the ground. We were synched to the earth’s energies.
Today our civilized lifestyle has disconnected us from our grounding life energy.
Our shoes, with soles made of plastic or rubber, our contemporary homes and buildings electrically insulate us cutting us off from a vital ‘‘nutrient’’ in the form of high energy state electrons from the earth.
THE SOLUTION is to reconnect with the earth and its life giving, healing energies. Go barefoot in the grass. The restorative effects of being grounded are dose dependent, which means that the longer you’re grounded the bigger the benefit. And therein lies the rub, the objection: “Oh no! Going barefoot, sleeping on the ground, that is totally out of the question, totally impractical for a modern, civilized man!
The Ancient Solution was known to kings who unlike the yogis did not want to sleep on the dirty ground and so instead slept upon sheets within which were woven copper wires that were bundled together and set into the earth. These sheets were said to be their secret to health and longevity. You can do what the Ancients did and sleep on a grounded bed sheet.
At last year’s ISSSEEM conference James Oschman, a friend and biophysicist, excitedly informed us that his research showed that that grounding the body produces a relaxation of the internal organs and a reduction in both inflammation and stress as well as a normalization of the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. Connecting the human body to the earth during sleep normalizes circadian cortisol profiles and reduces or eliminates various subjectively reported symptoms, including sleep dysfunction, pain and stress. Earthing neutralized the free radicals in our bodies.
I began to recommend earthing at night to my patients suffering chronic debilitating diseases that were not responding to traditional medical treatment. Earthing resulted in some rapid and astounding changes in reported level of pain and energy as well as dramatic changes in blood serum values measuring inflammation and accompanying measurable physical improvement.
My experiences with Earthing are supported by a new series of well designed double-blind physiologic studies showing measurable changes in a variety of stress-related parameters when people are conductively connected to the earth. This means that the electrical rhythms and high energy state electrons conducted over the surface of the earth can have beneficial effects on human physiology and health when the body is in contact with the earth. More specifically, Pawel and Karol Sokal have recently shown that Earthing for a single night reduced the primary indicators of osteoporosis as shown by a statistically significant reduction in blood levels and renal excretion of both calcium and phosphorus during a single 7- or 8-hour night of sleeping grounded. Earthing during rest and physical activity has a direct, beneficial effect on the regulation of blood glucose and thyroid function as documented by a significant decrease of free tri-iodothyronine and an increase of free thyroxin and thyroid stimulating hormone. which affect almost every physiologic process in the body, including growth and development, metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate.
These studies further demonstrated that Earthing the human body during rest has a significant beneficial effect on lowering the serum concentrations of minerals: (iron, ionized calcium, inorganic phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and magnesium) and electrolytes in the blood serum. And finally, a significant beneficial effect on the immune system’s response, by earthing the human body during rest, is demonstrated by increases in gamma globulin concentration following vaccination.
Could earthing be the most important health discovery ever? Clinton Ober seems to think so and his book Earthing has rapidly become a best seller. My personal and professional experience with earthing have been so positive that I gave my children, siblings, in-laws and dear friends earthing products to use. And I recommend that you get grounded too and enjoy the benefits of the earth’s energy.
For more information and to order Earthing products see Are You Grounded ? at http://www.earthenergies.net/ or phone Suzen at: 412 656 4645