Earthing Basics

Q: Tell me about Earthing.

A: So what is Earthing? Earthing also known as Grounding, is simply connecting your body directly to the subtle, natural electrical energy that exists on the surface of the earth. You can do this by walking barefoot outside or by using "barefoot substitutes" like the ones we teach you about on our site. These original Earthing® products work by utilizing the ground port of home outlets or a simple ground rod kit to connect you to the Earth's energy.  Some Earthing® products have the conductive materials silver and others are made of carbonized materials which enables them to transfer the Earth's energy into your body when you have skin contact with them.

Q: What is the difference between Grounding and Earthing?

A: Earthing and Grounding both refer to the act of reconnecting to the Earth's subtle, natural energy. Reconnecting to the Earth's energy is as easy as walking barefoot outside in the grass or sand or on concrete. Alternatively you can ground by using the original time tested, durable, and safe original Earthing® brand products also known as "barefoot substitutes" which you can learn about on our site.

Q: What is the science behind Earthing?

A: The science behind Earthing connects physics, biology, and physiology. We are electrical beings! Our bodies function as a collection of dynamic electrical circuits. One of the primary electrical entities in the body is the heart. Each beat is triggered by an electrical signal from within the heart muscle. Energy is within us and all around us. But not all energies are created equal. Man made electricity creates an electro-magnetic field (EMF) that is foreign to our bodies. The Earth on the other hand pulsates with energy that is natural to us as we evolved in contact with this subtle energy. Basically, the Earth is six sextillion (that's a six followed by twenty-one zeroes) metric ton battery that is continually being replenished by solar radiation, lightning, and heat from its deep-down molten core. The natural rhythmic pulsations of natural energy flowing through and emanating from the surface of the Earth keep the biological machinery and global life running in rhythm and balance-and that includes you. Grounding to the Earth brings your body back into contact with this natural rhythm and back to electrical balance.

Q: What is the technology behind Earthing?

A: The technology behind Earthing® products is very simple. First all products are made with a conductive material. The Earthing® sleep systems have silver threading throughout and the Earthing® Universal Mat is made of a carbonized top layer. These conductive materials transfer the energy of the Earth to you via a ground cord that plugs into the ground port of an electrical outlet or into the optional Earthing® Ground Rod. All Earthing® cords are fitted with a 100K resistor which is very important. This resistor protects Earthing® product users from any unnatural flow of energy coming into the products. The products are durable, safe, and come in a wide range of affordable prices!  Grounded.com is here to help you find the Earthing® system that best fits your lifestyle!

Q: Who is Dr. Stephen Sinatra?

A: Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS, CBT, is a board-certified cardiologist and Assistant clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.  Certified as a bioenergetic psychotherapist, and nutrition and anti-aging specialist, Dr. Sinatra integrates psychological, nutraceutical and electroceutical therapies in the matrix of healing.  He is the founder of www.heartmdinstitute.com, an informational website dedicated to promoting public awareness of integrative medicine.  Dr. Sinatra is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Nutrition.  Dr. Sinatra's latest book, The Great Cholesterol Myth will be released in November 2012.  Dr. Sinatra has also written The Sinatra Solution/Metabolic Cardiology and Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?  Dr. Sinatra is also the editor of a national newsletter entitled Heart, Health and Nutrition for Healthy Directions.  More information can be found at www.drsinatra.com.    

Q: Who is Clint Ober?

A: Clint Ober started as a cable TV salesman in Billings, Montana, and rose to become a leader in the industry. In the early 1970s, he formed Telecrafter Corporation and built it into the largest provider of cable marketing and installation services in the United States. In the 1980s, he turned his attention to the fledging computer industry. He partnered with McGraw-Hill to acquire live-feed distribution rights for computer use from news services around the world. Following a near fatal disease in 1993, he embarked on a personal journey looking for a higher purpose in life. During his journey, he began to consider how his experience with cable TV might apply to the human body. He realized that most people wear synthetic-soled shoes that insulate their bodies from the Earth's energy field that stabilizes not only cable TV but all electrical equipment– industrial or residential– throughout the world. This seemingly simple realization inspired a scientific adventure that has resulted in what is perhaps the greatest health discovery of our time. Clint Ober has been resolutely focused on promoting the scientific exploration and practical applications for Earthing ever since.

Q: Can you explain how to use and connect the Earthing™ pad?

A: It is very easy to connect the Earthing® pad and start grounding. The first step is to check your outlet with the included Earthing® Outlet Checker. The checker will indicate if your outlets are grounded. If the lights do not indicate correct, the outlet is not grounded. Try another outlet or consult an electrician. Now you are ready to connect either the Earthing® 15-foot Straight Cord or the Earthing® 20-foot Coil Cord to your grounding product. Each product has a snap on it which fits into the provided cord. The other end of the cord will have a grounding prong. This end gets plugged into the ground port of the electrical outlet. Once connected, you are ready to touch your product and get grounded!

Q: Does Earthing work through clothing?

A: Earthing works best if your bare skin is touching the Earth or the grounded Earthing® products. Some of the Earth's energy can work through clothing if there is some moisture in the material which will help to direct the current of the Earth through the clothing. For some people moisture from the body creates the necessary conductivity. However, skin contact is best.

Q: In an age when there are so many discoveries and health-related technologies emerging every day, why do you think the concept of Earthing is so profound?

A: What is most profound about Earthing is that it is so natural and simple, and that it affects every aspect of human physiology. When you ground yourself, the entire body readjusts to a new level of functioning, the level, in fact, it seems to have been designed for throughout evolution. Many people who have lived Earthed for some years say that they do not want to go back to living ungrounded. They feel the difference. Living Earthed broadly elevates your quality of life to a level that seems not otherwise possible.

James Oschman, Ph.D., an internationally-renowned expert on energy medicine and a member of our board of advisors, describes the phenomenon thusly: “Recently I attended a meeting on the East coast. One of my colleagues came in from the West coast. She had a bad case of jet lag. I told her to take her shoes and socks off and step outside on the grass for 15 minutes. When she came back in, she was completely transformed. Her jet lag was gone. That is how fast Earthing works. Anyone can try this. If you don’t feel well, for whatever reason, just make barefoot contact with the Earth for a few minutes and see what happens. Of course, if you have a medical problem, you should see a doctor. There is nothing that comes close to Earthing for quick relief. You can literally feel pain draining from your body the instant you touch the Earth.”

Q: Can you wear any type of footwear and still be Earthed?

A: No. Standard plastic/rubber or composite soles do not conduct the Earth’s electric energy. Most shoes today are made from those materials. You need leather or hide soles, which used to be the primary footwear materials in the past. The foot perspires and the moisture conducts the energy from the Earth through the leather and up into the body. Leather isn’t quite as good as bare feet on the ground but certainly much, much better than standard soles that are insulating. Hopefully soon shoe companies will begin making grounded shoes.

Q: Would it be considered Earthing to plug something into the ground port of a wall electrical outlet, for instance, a wire and wrap it around your ankle or wrist?

A: Don’t do it! Unless you are an electrician or an electrical engineer, it is highly recommended not to “experiment” with plugging “something” into a wall electrical outlet. First and foremost, it is unsafe to plug a bare wire into an electrical ground in any case. An outlet should always be checked to see if it is properly grounded. All the authorized Earthing® products are specifically designed for safe, biological grounding of people. They have built-in resistors that limit the flow of current in order to prevent the unlikely possibility that electricity would flow through the connecting wire and possibly hurt someone. They allow the Earth’s natural energy to come through but not any potentially harmful electricity. In this respect, the resistor acts like a “kink” in a hose. Earthing® products for personal grounding have built-in protection similar to the systems utilized in industry throughout the world to prevent electricity and static from damaging sensitive electronic parts.

Q: Does Earthing occur if you work, stand, or walk on a ceramic tile floor?

A: It depends on whether the tile floor sits on a concrete slab or on the ground. If so, the energy could come through. If the tile sits on plywood or some other kind of wood, plastic, or vinyl understructure, you are not likely to get any conductivity. Also depends on what kind of tile. Ceramic tile with a glazed finish on the surface will, like glass, probably prevent the Earth’s energy from coming through.

Q: Why does the Earth’s electric field transfer so easily to the body?

A:  The body is mostly water and minerals. It is an excellent conductor of electricity (electrons). The free electrons on the surface of the Earth are easily transferred to the human body as long as there is direct contact. Unfortunately, synthetically-soled shoes act as insulators so that even when we are outside we do not connect with the Earth’s electric field. When we are in homes and office buildings, we are also insulated and unable to receive the Earth’s balancing energies.

Q: What is the difference between the Earth’s electric field and the electric field used to conduct electricity in our homes?

A: The Earth’s electric field is mainly a continuous direct current (DC) producing field. Throughout history, life on the planet has attuned our biology to this subtle field. By comparison, home wiring systems in the U.S. use 60-cycle per second alternating current (AC). Unless at very low frequency (less that 10 cycles per second) and/or low power, alternating current is foreign to our biology. This, and other forms of man-made environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are being researched as factors in a variety of stress-related responses. Many people are sensitive to EMFs. Studies show an “association,” but not cause and effect, between living near power lines (or exposure to EMFs on the job) and higher rates of health problems, such as childhood leukemia, brain tumors, certain cancers, birth defects and miscarriages.

Q: What is the difference between the Earthing technology and the use of magnets?

A: Although the use of magnets produce some therapeutic effects when properly applied, magnets cannot provide free electrons, nor can they connect the body with the naturally balancing electric frequencies of the Earth. The patented Earthing® technology is the only way, without standing directly on the Earth, to connect with the Earth’s electrons.

Q: Can Earthing protect me from cell phone frequencies?

A: The protective potential of Earthing has not been tested yet on cell phone exposure. There is no research indicating that Earthing will or will not protect a person from exposure to cell phones signals, microwave radiation, or radio frequencies. What we know is that Earthing reduces significantly the induced body voltages generated by simple exposure to common household 60 Hz EMFs continuously emitted by all plugged-in electrical cords (even if the appliance is off), internal wiring, and all ungrounded electrical devices in the home or office. Based in the cases we have seen of people extremely sensitive to such EMFs it is prudent to be grounded as much as possible in the home or office.