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Earthing, anyone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Through Frank Forencic blog (website Exuberant Animal) (if you don't know it, surely check it out), a commenter brought up this:

Earthing Institute and the research section here

from the site

Throughout time, we humans have strolled, sat, stood, and slept on the ground???the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the Earth???oblivious to the fact that such physical contact transfers natural electrical energy to the body. Modern lifestyle has disconnected us from the Earth???s energy, making us more vulnerable to stress and illness. Earthing is the landmark discovery that this energy upholds the electrical stability of our bodies and serves as a foundation for vitality and health.

Is there somebody on paleohacks familiar with this? Or has the scientific knowledge to comment on this? It seems to be a bit too esoteric/new agy to my taste at first.

From an evolutionary point of view, it could make sense. And if it would appear to be nonsense, I will stil continue to go barefoot a lot!

thanks,

Pieter

(edit: just to avoid misunderstandings: I know sh*t about electricity, so that's why I asked this question.)

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on May 28, 2010
at 08:44 PM

Fair enough. For a basic overview of grounding, there's always the wiki!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_(electricity)

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on May 28, 2010
at 07:23 PM

@ pfw: my initial reaction was very much like yours, but I know nothing about electricity, hence the question

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on May 28, 2010
at 06:39 PM

The real question is: will this earth electricity disrupt my magnet bracelets? Or ruin my stored chi? What about my chakras?!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 28, 2010
at 06:39 PM

This is what is commonly referred to as "woo". Magic and hand waving and chakras. Its complete and utter crap. The paleo diet is about science and evidence. Not dark age style mysticism.

That said, there are numerous benefits, structurally, to being barefoot, and I encourage it.

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on May 28, 2010
at 06:04 PM

I agree that the thing about electricity and magical energy transfer is probably nonsense, but there are definitely some benefits to getting dirt and bacteria and other flora and fauna on your skin by walking barefoot (or rolling around on the ground naked, whatever floats your boat). This is pretty much what Frank Forencich says in his post. I haven't read all the literature they cite, but I would hypothesize that their positive results on people's health from getting them in skin-to-dirt contact is probably due to being more relaxed and happy from being outside and getting fresh air than any crazy electrical effects.

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on May 30, 2010
at 03:48 PM

The negative comments I see posted here seem to be based on opinions without any familiarity with the science involved. Please check out the research at www.earthinginstitute.net
Careful double-blinded studies and the careful statistical procedures used leave little doubt that important and beneficial changes happen to the body when it is grounded, that is, connected directly to the subtle, natural electric energy of the Earth. In researching this book, I have spoken to dozens of people who have experienced remarkable recoveries from chronic illnesses. This effect has been validated by medical doctors, biophysicists, and electrophysiologists. It is something real and very special. Martin Zucker, Co-author, Earthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

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on May 28, 2010
at 06:02 PM

I like it. Does barefoot count?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 28, 2010
at 05:59 PM

I'd be more concerned about the electrical stability of the brains of the people who came up with this...

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4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on May 28, 2010
at 05:42 PM

Electricity is not magic. Standing on the ground barefoot does not transfer magic (or "electrical energy") to your body. The concept appears to be based on the idea that being grounded is better than being insulated and developing static charge. Even putting aside the total lack of biological plausibility and complete dearth of medical evidence, their electrical mumbo jumbo doesn't make much sense. You know when you build up a static charge and then touch a doorknob? You just grounded yourself. If you couldn't ground yourself like that you'd eventually build up enough charge to generate a lightning bolt to the ground, which would discharge your static buildup.

So, yeah, this is total nonsense. I would go so far as to call it bullshit. Walking around barefoot is great if that's your thing, and there are plenty of reasons to give it a shot, but "natural electrical energy transfer" is most definitely not one of them. I don't quite understand why people pick electricity to imbue with magical powers, but I guess it is sufficiently beyond the understanding of most that the quacks can get away with it.

edit: This bears a lot of resemblance to some other electricity quackery debunked here: http://www.skepdic.com/emf.html

edit2: For those interested in how grounding works, the wiki provides a basic overview http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_(electricity)

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on May 28, 2010
at 07:23 PM

@ pfw: my initial reaction was very much like yours, but I know nothing about electricity, hence the question

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 28, 2010
at 06:39 PM

The real question is: will this earth electricity disrupt my magnet bracelets? Or ruin my stored chi? What about my chakras?!

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

(7821)

on May 28, 2010
at 08:44 PM

Fair enough. For a basic overview of grounding, there's always the wiki!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_(electricity)

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