Category Archives: Natural Health

Your Health in Your Hands

Don’t forget to wash your hands.”

It’s one of those things that all mums say from time to time, like “eat your veg”, or “do you think this is a hotel?”

It’s also one of the best pieces of advice she could ever give you.

Because the simple act of washing and drying your hands properly is one of the most important and effective things you can do to help maintain good health, not only for yourself but for those around you. Continue reading

The Hidden Killer of the High Places

Spending some time in the mountains this year? Then beware the hidden killer of the high places!

UV radiation at altitude image

Planning a climbing, hill-walking or skiing vacation this year? Maybe your home is up there where the air is rarefied? Whether you’re a visitor or a long term resident, you need to take precautions. That clear fresh air conceals a hidden, silent, deadly killer. Continue reading

Grounding and The Schumann Resonance

The Schumann Resonance is a natural phenomenon that is vital to the well being of all life on this planet. Since time began it has maintained a steady frequency. Recently the eons old modulation has started changing. We have no idea what this will mean for life on earth.

Schumann Resonance diagramSince my book Grounding Therapy: Nature’s Most Powerful Natural Health Secretwas first published I’ve received a lot of feedback, thankfully most of it positive. However, one subject that comes up time and time again is the changing Schumann resonance and whether or not grounding therapy can counter its effect.

Coincidentally the Schumann resonance and geopathic stress is a topic that I’ve been exploring for a future book. However, because it’s clearly something that interests readers right now, and for the benefit of those who have not yet come across this particular phenomenon, I’ve written this blog post. It’s not fully researched; it’s a work in progress to be fully developed in a future book, but it reflects my opinions and findings at the moment. And it is timely and relevant, because if grounding is real earth magic, then the Schumann resonance is the very pulse of the Earth—and it too, may be falling victim to those same bothersome electromagnetic fields that so concerned us in my Grounding Therapy book.

The Schumann Resonance: the science

Like the theory of grounding itself, the Schumann resonance is another very complex area that is not easy for a techno-dunce like me to get to grips with. However, the following is my best interpretation based upon my research so far. I’m sure that any errors or gaps in my knowledge will soon be pointed out to me.

The Schumann resonance was first postulated in 1953 when the German physicist Professor W O Schumann, building on the pioneering discoveries of Nikola Tesla and others, theorised the existence of naturally occurring electromagnetic pulsations or resonances around the earth which were induced by lightning strikes.

According to his theory, lightning hitting the earth discharges electromagnetic energy into the space between the surface of the earth and the ionosphere (a layer of charged particles that surrounds the Earth from a height of about 50km), which acts as a closed waveguide and causes it to vibrate or resonate at extremely low frequencies. These electromagnetic waves created by the lightning travel around the Earth at the speed of light, reflecting and bouncing from the ionosphere to earth and back again in cyclical fashion.

The hypothesis was confirmed in 1954 when measurements by Schumann and his students detected resonances at an average frequency of 7.83 Hz.

When Schumann’s test results were published, a physician named Dr Ankermueller immediately pointed out the connection between Schumann resonance of 7.83 Hz and the frequency of brain waves. Amazingly, a frequency of 7.83Hz is precisely the resonance of human brainwaves in the Alpha state.

Schumann was intrigued and asked a doctorate candidate, Herbert König, to investigate further. König’s work demonstrated that there was indeed a correlation between the so-called Schumann resonance and brain rhythms. He compared human EEG recordings with natural environmental electromagnetic fields and found that the mean frequency produced by Schumann oscillations is indeed almost identical to the frequency of the human brain the alpha state.

Such a happy symmetry captured the imagination of everyone from NASA scientists and CIA spooks to new-age seekers, feng shui practitioners, conspiracy theorists and heaven knows who else, and each has a different take on just what, if anything, this means for humanity. Depending on the point of view, living beings either evolved in this natural electromagnetic environment or were created by some divine intelligence to live in harmony with it.

The new-agers see the frequency as a sort of Mother Earth pulse, a unifying worldwide energy that demonstrates the principle of yin and yang and explains, amongst many other things, how dowsing works. Others incorporate it into earth energy and feng shui work. NASA scientists use it to better understand lightning. The US Department of the Navy has investigated it in relation to communication with submarines. It has been explored as a tool for measuring climate change and weather patterns. More alarmingly, according to conspiracy theorists the US government’s HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program ) is alleged to have used it in an attempt to create a weather weapon!

It may not have escaped your notice that most of the serious research carried out into the Schumann resonance has been for military or government purposes, whilst investigations into its impact upon the well-being of humanity and the planet has been left to more fringe elements, who although well meaning and capable are lacking the serious financial clout of dear old Uncle Sam. Somethings never change.

We’re all Schumann Beings

What we do know is that the Schumann resonance seems to have been surrounding all living things with this natural frequency pulsation since time began. There is also growing evidence that exposure to it is necessary to our well-being. For instance, the late Dr Bob Beck (http://www.bobbeck.com/) asserts that recorded dips in the earth’s Schumann resonances have had strong correlation to the incidences of heart attacks, car accidents, and a general increase in the death rate.

Professor R.Wever from the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology in Erling-Andechs, built a hermetically sealed underground bunker which completely screened out magnetic fields. Student volunteers lived there for four weeks, during which time Professor Wever noted that the student’s circadian rhythms became disordered and that they suffered emotional distress and migraine headaches. After only a brief exposure to 7.8 Hz (the Schumann resonance, which had been screened out,) the volunteer’s health rapidly stabilized again.

Similar health problems were apparently reported by the first astronauts and cosmonauts, who were no longer exposed to the Schumann waves whilst in space. To counter this, modern spacecraft are said to contain a device which simulates the Schumann waves of 7.8hz, although as far as I know this has never been confirmed by NASA.

Not for the first time it seems that the alternative fringe could be right, and that humankind, indeed every living thing on the planet, depends upon the unfailing, steady, reassuring electromagnetic heartbeat known as the Schumann resonance.

Which makes it slightly worrying to learn that, after eons of time, the frequency of the Schumann resonance is increasing rapidly.

Increasing Frequency

For many years – probably since the beginning of time – this frequency has remained steady at about 7.83 Hz, with only slight fluctuations. But then, in June 2014 scientists at the Russian Space Observing System recorded a sudden spike in frequency to around 8.5 Hz. This led to much scratching of heads. Since then, they have recorded days where the Schumann accelerated as fast as 16.5 Hz. This has got the boffins completely baffled and at first they thought their equipment was malfunctioning, but stringent checks proved that the data was accurate. At the time of writing the frequency is holding at around 13Hz. No one knows what’s causing this intermittent spiking activity, or what the implications are.

The Theories

The causes of this dramatic increase are not understood but there are several theories.

Some scientist believe that climate change is the culprit. They suspect that global warming induces increased lightning activity worldwide, and more lightning generates a stronger Schumann resonance.

Others blame the USA’s HAARP programme, (officially now shut down, but unofficially- who knows?) which was alleged to have been punching holes in the ionosphere.

However many experts now believe that the most likely cause is the increasing level of artificial man-made electromagnetic radiation, which helps to interfere with and mask the natural beneficial 7.8 frequency of the Earth, as part of a wider field interference known as geopathic stress. Geopathic stress is the name given to the disruption of the Earth’s energy fields caused by underground streams, mineral formations, and tectonic faults. It has always been present, but until recently the background distortion caused by such naturally occurring features didn’t pose too much of a threat to the natural frequency.

More recently however geopathic stress has been increasing as our modern civilisation continues to ‘develop’. Sewer pipes, underground services, water and electrical lines, tunnelling and, most insidious of all, our old friends electromagnetic fields (emfs), are all factors which contribute to geopathic stress, and as they continue to proliferate across the globe geopathic stress levels are reaching a point where they seem to be having a significant impact upon the Schumann resonance.

In reality though, no-one has come up with a conclusive reason why the Schumann Frequency has reached such elevated levels in such a short time.

Even more worryingly, no one has any idea what, if anything, the sudden rise means for mankind.

The End of the World – or just a blip?

The fact that we are clueless as to the real cause of the Schumann jump hasn’t stopped every man and his dog from pitching in with theories about what the consequences will be.

They range from the purely down-to-earth (that the SR is just so much static which has no effect on us), to the apocalyptic (that we’re reaching something called ‘zero point’ and the earth’s magnetic poles are about to flip, bringing death and destruction on a massive scale [not so fantastical. Check out this article]), to the metaphysical (that time itself is speeding up, heralding our transition to higher states of being), to the just plain bonkers (that the frequency has been manipulated by aliens to make our brains explode.)

So it seems you pays your money and you takes your choice. We don’t know what’s happening or why, or if it’s going to be good, bad or hardly noticeable.

It may be useful at this stage to pause a while and summarise what we’ve discovered so far.

  • Schumann resonances are natural waves propagated by lightning strikes in the cavity between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere. They are named after German physicist Professor W O Schumann.
  • These pulses circle the earth at an average frequency of 7.83hz, and as far as we know have done so since the dawn of time.
  • 7.83hz is also the frequency of the human brain in the Alpha state.
  • This remarkable correspondence has spawned much speculation about the relationship between the SR and humanity. Some see the hand of the divine, others see evolution at work, others view it as just coincidence.
  • It has been studied and exploited by various government and scientific agencies, not always for purely benign purposes. It has also been incorporated into the work and beliefs of more alternative groups.
  • Whether or not divinely inspired, evidence indicates that exposure to the SR of 7.83 is necessary for optimal human health. When humans are shielded from this resonance their health suffers.
  • Increasing levels of electromagnetic pollution from radio communicationscordless phones, wireless devices, cell phones and cell phone towersas well as electrical wiring, electrical outlets, extension cords, lamps, and other electricity sources mask out the natural SR frequency with probable negative implications for our health.
  • Rising electromagnetic pollution also adds to geopathic stress, which is a combination of man-made and natural frequency interruptions which increasingly disrupt the earth’s natural frequencies.
  • The Schumann resonance, which has for aeons resonated in harmony with human alpha brainwaves at a frequency of about 7.83 has in recent years accelerated way beyond this and at the time of writing stands at about 13hz. Despite many colourful theories, no one has any idea why this happened or, more importantly what it means for life on this planet.

What should you do?

But something is happening. So what, if anything, should we do about it? Unfortunately, bearing in mind the amount of unknowns that surround the Schumann Resonance, good, informed advice is as rare as a good hair day for Donald Trump. But let’s throw around a few thoughts and examine some of the ideas already out there.

You might well decide that as no-one really understands the effects of the Schumann resonance anyway you might as well just ignore the whole thing and get on with something useful. And who could blame you?

You might take the wilder theories seriously and put yourself in a state of grace in readiness for your elevation to a higher state of being, or make yourself a stylish tinfoil hat to prevent the aliens boiling your head. You might even write a strongly worded letter to The President of The United States demanding that he stops tinkering about with our weather. I wouldn’t bet on any of these outcomes being too successful though.

A little less fantastically you might invest in a ‘harmonizer’ such as the qwave, which is said to restore the Schumann resonance in your home by ‘flooding your environment with two healing frequency energies: the Scalar Field and the Schumann resonance.’ Alternatively you could listen to some of the many Cd’s and MP3 tracks which allow you to tune in to the Schumann resonance using obscure musical concepts like ‘binaural beats’ and ‘isochronic tones’.

These devices seem to be popular, but I haven’t tried or investigated them and so can’t endorse them or otherwise. However, they are expensive, and it’s difficult to see how you can protect yourself against a specific threat that might not yet be a threat, and might even turn out to be a blessing. Until we have more information my advice would be to save your money and, if you haven’t already, invest in a good grounding system.

Keep Calm and Stay Grounded

If you’ve already done as much as you possibly can to protect yourself against electromagnetic pollution, then grounding is the only other response that makes sense, given our present knowledge of the Schumann resonance and its effects. If the changing frequency of the Schumann response is harmful, and if electromagnetic pollution is partially or wholly responsible, and because we know that grounding helps protect you against electromagnetic pollution, then grounding yourself is just common sense, especially as we already know that it will also help protect you against the effects of free radical damage, oxidative stress and inflammation.

Anything else at this stage is just pure speculation and guesswork.

Sunglasses may promote sun-damage

having_fun_with_beach_ball_198036We all know that sunglasses are necessary to help prevent sun-damage. But did you know that there is a theory that  sunglasses can actually increase your chance of sundamage?

The roll of sunglasses in the prevention of sundamage is now widely known, and every sensible person includes a pair of sunglasses in his or her anti- sundamage arsenal.

But take care. Sunglasses may seem to be that happiest blend of style and substance—a cool fashion accessory which also protects your health—but the truth may be a little more complex.

Because strangely it seems that sunglasses may actually promote sun-damage!

According to Dr. Sharon Moalem and Jonathan Prince in their book “Survival of the Sickest, shading your eyes from the sun for a long period of time can actually increase your chance of sun-damage.

Bizarre I know, but their reasoning goes like this.

The process of tanning is controlled by the pituitary gland, which is responsible for the production of a substance called melanin. When the sun shines the pituitary gland kicks into action and orders up more supplies of melanin. Melanin, which is the body’s natural tanning agent, then pigments the skin to protect it against the harmful UV rays which cause sundamage.

The trouble is that the pituitary gland takes it’s information regarding sunlight from the eyes. Moalem and Prince contend that by artificially shading the eyes with sunglasses for lengthy periods you fool it into thinking that the sun is less strong than it actually is. This in turn inhibits the production of melanin, making sundamage much more likely.

So by trying to prevent sundamage by wearing sunglasses, we are actually encouraging it!

It’s a bit of a Catch-22 position, but the solution seems to be quite simple. Rather than avoiding the sun altogether, or, even worse, discarding the sunglasses, just remove them for two or three minutes every fifteen or twenty minutes or so.

It’s an interesting theory, but it’s not universally accepted. There are many medical professionals who dispute the findings. But in my humble opinion it’s a no-brainer. If the theory is correct, then we are risking major skin sundamage just for the sake of looking like a rock star for an extra two or three minutes every quarter of an hour.

It just doesn’t seem worth taking the chance.

The Long and the Short of a Long Life.

cartoon indicating tall people According to the latest scientific research into longevity, shorter people live longer than tall folk. This is the finding of scientists from Scotland’s University of Glasgow and Norway’s University of Science and Technology.
Whilst this is quite good news for me (struggling to make 5’9” flat on my back with my hair spiked up), it isn’t so good for those who can reach the biscuits off the top shelf without going on tip-toes.
Although it’s always been known that larger animal species tend to live longer than smaller ones ( an elephant for instance will live a lot longer than a rat), it is only over the last hundred years or so that it has become clear that larger individuals within a particular species tend to die earlier than shorter individuals ( a St. Bernard is likely to have a significantly shorter lifespan than a small dog such as a Jack Russell).
While the researchers were unable to fully explain why this is the case, they believe that it may have something to do with telomeres – a region of protective DNA at the ends of a chromosome.

Telomeres

Telomeres have been compared with the plastic tips on shoelaces, because they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would destroy or scramble an organism’s genetic information.
Basically, the longer the telomeres the better. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide; it becomes inactive or “senescent” or it dies. This shortening process is associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death. So telomeres have also been compared with a bomb fuse.
“Growing a bigger body means that cells have to divide more. As a result, telomeres become eroded faster and cells and tissues function less well as a result,” said Professor Pat Monaghan of The University of Glasgow
Larger individuals tend to have smaller telomeres than shorter individuals and this could more easily lead to the onset of age-related diseases and an earlier death.
Other unrelated research bears out the fact that tall people rarely live exceptionally long lives.

A Short Survey

A study of more than 2,600 elite Finnish athletes showed that cross-country skiers were 6 inches shorter and lived nearly seven years longer than basketball players.
Even with the variations in diets and environment and culture factored in, average height in European countries closely correlates to the rate of death from heart disease. Swedes and Norwegians, who average about 5-foot-10, have more than twice as many cardiac deaths per 100,000 as the Spaniards and Portuguese, who have an average height just north of 5-foot-5.
Japanese people who reach 100 are 4 inches shorter, on average, than those who are 75. The countries in the taller half of Europe have 48 centenarians per million, compared to 77 per million in the shorter half of the continent.
It seems that you can measure your life span in inches!

Shortening The Odds

So, what can you do if you are a little on the lengthy side and you want to increase your chances of reaching one hundred? Stunt your growth with cigarettes or coffee? Drop a heavy weight on your head? I think not. You’re trying to lengthen your life, not shorten it.
There is a much easier way
According to research quoted on this blog, controlling inflammation is just as, if not more, important as telomere length, when it comes to successful ageing.
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.
And what is the easiest and most effective way of controlling inflammation?
Grounding Therapy, of course!
So all you stretchies out there, don’t despair.
Read my book Grounding Therapy, then order yourself some good grounding sheets.
King size of course!

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 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.

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