For years we ‘grounding’ freaks have been banging on about the health benefits of grounding therapy, particularly when it comes to fighting that arch-enemy of good health, chronic inflammation.
I’ve even written a book about it.
But now I’m going to get really smug.
Because now it’s official.
If you want to live to be a healthy centenarian, the most important thing you can do is reduce the levels of inflammation in your body.
This is the main finding from a 2015 study by experts from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing, and Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, who set out to discover what were the common factors which allowed some people to live a healthy and physically independent life over the age of 100.
Professor Thomas von Zglinicki, from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing, led the UK part of the study. He said “It has long been known that chronic inflammation is associated with the ageing process in younger, more ‘normal’ populations, but it’s only very recently we could mechanistically prove that inflammation actually causes accelerated ageing in mice. This study . . . makes a strong case to assume that chronic inflammation drives human ageing too.”
Fellow researcher Dr Yasumichi Arai, Head of the Tokyo Oldest Old Survey on Total Health (TOOTH) and first author of the study, said: “Our results suggest that suppression of chronic inflammation might help people to age more slowly.
They could have read my book first, and saved themselves some time, but I don’t want to be curmudgeonly about this; it’s a fine piece of research, a major health advancement, and a vindication of those of us who believe Grounding Therapy to be the most important health discovery ever.
Dr Zglinski goes on to observe that “. . . designing novel, safe anti-inflammatory or immune-modulating medication has major potential to improve healthy lifespan.”
Dr Yasumichi Arai agrees, saying “. . .presently available potent anti-inflammatories are not suited for long-term treatment of chronic inflammation because of their strong side-effects. Safer alternatives could make a large difference for the quality of life of older people.”
Will someone please tell them that a safer alternative is already available. It’s called Grounding Therapy. Did I mention that I’ve written a book about it?
More information: “Inflammation, but not telomere length, predicts successful ageing at extreme old age: a longitudinal study of semi-supercentenarians.“ EBioMedicine.
Press release from Newcastle University