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Keep Calm and Carry On Grounding!

Can Grounding be bad for your health? Some people think so.

Whilst grounding naturally outdoors bare skin to the ground is completely safe as long as you watch where you put your feet and the ground itself is clean and uninfected and not electrically charged, grounding indoors whether by wire and rod-in-the-ground or via your home’s electrical system is thought by some people to be unsafe in some circumstances.
In their view, the problem lies with those bothersome emfs again.

Here, in very simple terms, is the argument.

We live in an increasingly wired world, and EMF emissions, also known as electromagnetic radiation, are all around us. Wi-Fi routers, cordless phones, wireless smart meters and even those possibly life-saving wireless baby monitors fill the air with microwave radiation. (According to PowerWatch, http://wiredchild.org/sciencealias/43-what-the-science-tells-us/67-what-the-science-tells-us-wireless-products.html a wireless baby monitor positioned less than 1 metre from a baby’s crib was roughly equivalent to the microwave radiation experienced from a cell phone tower only 150 meters away. Just think about that next time you stick that whiz-bang piece of hi-tech gadgetry next to the little loved one’s head.)

Just as—possibly more—troublesome are the frequencies from your home’s electrical wiring and appliances, especially the modern energy saving types. These generate ‘stray electricity’ which spreads throughout a building and even to other buildings via electrical wiring, ground and plumbing currents, and power lines. It radiates into living and work environments, exposing those inside to potentially harmful electromagnetic fields. Mounting evidence suggests that this ‘dirty electricity’, as it’s also called, has an adverse affect on health.

The problem with indoor grounding therapy according to some, is that by artificially grounding yourself by plugging your pad or blanket into an electrical socket you turn yourself into an antenna and actually attract these harmful stray frequencies to you. Worse still, in certain areas the electrical distribution produces ground current and here you may even pick up stray current back up from the ground outside.

In other words, according to this theory, grounding may do you more harm than good.

But do these arguments stack up?

Although I’m a long time grounding fan I barely know my ohm from my ampere, so I decided to put these concerns to the people at Groundology. Here’s what Seb, who has a background in electrical engineering, has to say. I’ll quote his answer in full, and then we’ll see what we make of it.

“First the question of whether it is beneficial to ground the body in an environment where Emfs are present:
The key principle to understand is that grounding has a shielding effect on the body. An analogy would be a coaxial electrical cable which has a central part carrying a sensitive electrical signal, surrounded by an outer sheath that is connected to Earth.
To get a bit more technical about it…
There are two principle mechanisms by which shielding works: reflection and absorption. When an electromagnetic wave travelling through space encounters a shield, firstly much of the energy is reflected and then secondly some of the energy that is not reflected is then absorbed by the shield. In this context ‘absorbed’ means drained away to Earth.
So yes, part of the mechanism of shielding is that very tiny electric currents flow to Earth. However, even in a relatively high EMR domestic environment, these currents are extremely small.
The exception to this is when someone is physically touching a device that has a high voltage present on the outer case. These tend to be things like laptops, tablets and mobile phones, using badly designed ungrounded power supplies. Apple devices (MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, etc.) are notable culprits, but some other manufacturers’ devices also have the same problem.
When using such devices, I recommend either:
(a) Unplug the device from its charger during use, definitely while you are grounded, but preferably at other times too if practical. (The high voltage is only present when such a device is connected to its charger.)
or
(b) Ground the case of the device itself, rather than your body (e.g. by placing on a grounding mat) – this will drop the voltage right down and prevent it going into your body.
I must stress that this is about direct physical contact with such devices. There is a huge difference in the amount of current that flows to Earth with physical contact to a voltage source, compared to the mechanism of shielding an electromagnetic wave.

As to the question of whether grounding the body via the mains Earth could actually introduce electrical noise into the body:
This depends a great deal on the quality of the mains Earth and the type of mains system in use. In the US, for example, the mains Earth is a relatively recent introduction and because of the way it has been implemented retrospectively in many buildings, it can carry significant electrical noise. That’s not to say that every house in the US has this issue, but there is a good reason why the US websites selling Earthing products always bundle a grounding rod kit with every Earthing product, as well as the means to connect via the mains Earth.
In the UK however, and other European countries that I am familiar with, the mains Earth is generally of a high quality. By this I mean two things:
(a) it has a low impedance to The Earth, and
(b) it does not carry any return current in the domestic electrical circuit. (Sometimes the electricity supply companies may ground the supply Neutral, but this is always outside of the domestic circuit.)
The only time that the mains Earth may carry a significant voltage is during a fault condition of a connected appliance. This can happen very briefly during the time it takes for the circuit to trip or fuse blow. This is one of the reasons why Earthing products contain a 100KOhm safety resistor – to limit any possible current to a safe level.
One further point which I think is important: while grounding is very effective at mitigating the effects of low frequency EMFs in the environment, it is only partially effective with higher frequency EMFs (such as WiFi, mobile phones, cordless phones, etc.)
While these higher frequency EMFs generally have a lower strength, some people can find them particularly problematic. So it can be beneficial to take practical measures, such as:
– use a wired landline phone, rather than a cordless or mobile, particularly for long calls;
– use a computer connected via a network cable, with WiFi disabled (e.g. ‘Airplane’ mode);
– for devices that can only connect wirelessly, switch to ‘Airplane’ mode when not in use, to avoid the constant WiFi/2G/3G/4G chatter.
Proximity is a significant factor as the EMF strength decays quickly with distance (it’s proportional to the inverse square of the distance). In simple terms, the further you are from the emitting device, the better.  Dense physical obstructions such as walls also attenuate these higher frequency EMFs.

Still with me?  A very comprehensive answer, and one which concurs with the majority of research I’ve done on this subject. Let’s summarise.

Stray (dirty electricity) does not adversely affect the benefits of grounding in a normal domestic environment, and will help protect against it, unless you are actually touching a device that has a high voltage present in the case, in which case you should take the precautions outlined above.

You are unlikely to pick up stray current from the ground outside the house within Europe. There is some risk of this in the US, where the electrical distribution system has developed slightly differently. Therefore the use of grounding rods rather than the domestic wiring system may be preferable, and as I mention elsewhere grounding rods are the favoured option of the purists.

The situation is not quite so clear on the subject of grounding and the higher frequency emfs created by wi-fis, cell phones and cordless phones etc. Indeed, as far as I am aware there has been very little research done on the subject. However the debate over the dangers or otherwise of wireless electromagnetic radiation generally is a long running and wide ranging one which extends far beyond the “grounding” fraternity. The jury is very much out on this issue, and until definitive evidence is produced either way you would be very wise to limit your exposure to this type of radiation as much as possible. My next book “Killing Fields” explores this issue in greater depth.

Until then, take the precautions listed above, and Keep Calm and Carry On Grounding.

Grounding Therapy Fabrics: Wear, Tear and Care

Groundology - Earthing for Health and EMF ProtectionGrounding Therapy is vital for your good health, and, as you may know, using commercial grounding equipment from reputable specialist suppliers like Goundology is a safe and convenient way for busy modern people to enjoy its many benefits.
The trouble is, with fabrics in particular, although they are undoubtedly great value, they are not exactly cheap because of the large amount of silver woven through them.
It makes sense, then, to carry out your due diligence and find out as much as possible about these contraptions before you invest your hard-earned cash in one. One of the questions most asked by my readers concerns grounding fabrics such as sheets and covers, and, specifically, the laundering and care of them.
I put these questions to the specialists at Groundology, who have provided me with the following very helpful information.

“The conductive life of the sheets will vary depending on factors such as skin type, skin products used, washing detergent, washing method, even certain food supplements and diet can effect how oxidising the sweat is.
On average the sheets will have a conductive life of 2 to 3 years, although we have seen sheets that have been in use for 5 or more years that are still perfectly conductive.
This is due to a natural oxidation process that occurs on the silver thread, in response to the factors listed above.
In order to obtain the longest life from a sheet, be sure to follow the washing and usage instructions.  This includes to wash the sheet regularly (every week or two if in nightly use).  Some people think that they will extend the life of their sheet by not washing so often, but in fact this can be harmful as it allows the body oils and other organic deposits to build up on the silver thread.
Here is a list of what to avoid in your washing detergent for maximum life of the sheets:
Fabric conditioner (built-in or separate)
Bleaching/whitening agents:
Chlorine based (Sodium hypochlorite, Calcium hypochlorite, etc)
or
Peroxide/Oxygen based (Hydrogen peroxide, Sodium percarbonate, Sodium perborate, etc)
The manufacturer recommend to wash regularly (at least every week or two), preferably at 40C.
Here are some examples of washing detergents which are simple liquid soaps with no additives that could potentially be harmful to the silver:
Bio-D Concentrated Laundry Liquid (available in many places online, although not always in supermarkets)
Morrisons Kind and Gentle (available in Morrisons supermarkets)
With gentle detergents such as these, it’s best to wash at 40C (not lower).”

So now you know. Happy Grounding!

Can grounding therapy help you live to be one hundred years old?

Does grounding helps you live to be 100For 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.
Also
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-08-inflammation-telomere-length-healthy-longevity.html
Press release from Newcastle University
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/scientists-crack-the-secret-of-the-centenarians

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‘Grounding Therapy’ Accepted into Smashwords Premium Catalogue

My new book ‘Grounding Therapy’ has now been accepted into the Premium Catalogue of ebook distribution giant Smashwords, which means that it is now available for purchase not only from the Smashwords store but from such well known names as Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple iPad iBookstore, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store, as well as all major smart phone platforms via app providers such as Aldiko, Page Foundry, Kobo and Word-Player.
So those of you who can’t or won’t shop with Amazon now have plenty of alternatives!

See the Grounding Therapy’s Smashwords page here. . .
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/517856

Grounding Therapy published on Kindle

My first Kindle book, “Grounding Therapy: Nature’s Most Powerful Natural Health Secret” has just been published. Describing a powerful, previously unknown but completely natural healing power, it’s a concise, simple to understand primer on the phenomenon of Grounding Therapy and it’s out now on Amazon.

Use the link below to check it out.