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It seems there are strong health benefits from just being barefoot on the ground:

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/?tool=pubmed

 

J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 291541. 

Published online 2012 Jan 12. doi:  10.1155/2012/291541
Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons
This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.
Abstract

 

Environmental medicine generally addresses environmental factors with a negative impact on human health. However, emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Reconnection with the Earth's electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being. Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth's electrons from the ground into the body. This paper reviews the earthing research and the potential of earthing as a simple and easily accessed global modality of significant clinical importance.

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Earthing research offers insights into the clinical potential of barefoot contact with the Earth, or simulated barefoot contact indoors via simple conductive systems, on the stability of internal bioelectrical function and human physiology. Initial experiments resulted in subjective reports of improved sleep and reduced pain [10]. Subsequent research showed that improved sleep was correlated with a normalization of the cortisol day-night profile [13]. The results are significant in light of the extensive research showing that lack of sleep stresses the body and contributes to many detrimental health consequences. Lack of sleep is often the result of pain. Hence, reduction of pain might be one reason for the benefits just described.

 

Pain reduction from sleeping grounded has been confirmed in a controlled study on DOMS. Earthing is the first intervention known to speed recovery from DOMS [21]. Painful conditions are often the result of various kinds of acute or chronic inflammation conditions caused in part by ROS generated by normal metabolism and also by the immune system as part of the response to injury or trauma. Inflammation can cause pain and loss of range of motion in joints. Inflammatory swelling can put pressure on pain receptors (nocireceptors) and can compromise the microcirculation, leading to ischemic pain. Inflammation can cause the release of toxic molecules that also activate pain receptors. Modern biomedical research has also documented a close relationship between chronic inflammation and virtually all chronic diseases, including the diseases of aging, and the aging process itself. The steep rise in inflammatory diseases, in fact, has been recently called “inflamm-aging” to describe a progressive inflammatory status and a loss of stress-coping ability as major components of the aging process [32].

 

Reduction in inflammation as a result of earthing has been documented with infrared medical imaging [28] and with measurements of blood chemistry and white blood cell counts [21]. The logical explanation for the anti-inflammatory effects is that grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the Earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals at sites of inflammation [28]. Flow of electrons from the Earth to the body has been documented [15].

 

A pilot study on the electrodynamics of red blood cells (zeta potential) has revealed that earthing significantly reduces blood viscosity, an important but neglected parameter in cardiovascular diseases and diabetes [29], and circulation in general. Thus, thinning the blood may allow for more oxygen delivery to tissues and further support the reduction of inflammation.

 

Stress reduction has been confirmed with various measures showing rapid shifts in the ANS from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance, improvement in heart rate variability, and normalization of muscle tension [192027].

 

Not reported here are many observations over more than two decades by Ober et al. [12] and K. Sokal and P. Sokal [11] indicating that regular earthing may improve blood pressure, cardiovascular arrhythmias, and autoimmune conditions such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Some effects of earthing on medication are described by Ober et al. [12] and at the website: http://www.earthinginstitute.net/. As an example, the combination of earthing and coumadin has the potential to exert a compounded blood thinning effect and must be supervised by a physician. Multiple anecdotes of elevated INR have been reported. INR (international normalized ratio) is a widely used measurement of coagulation. The influence of earthing on thyroid function and medication has been described earlier.

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How many people live in tesla cages? Wouldn't be many I expect...

Faraday's cage?

Rubber and plastic soles insulate fairly well.

I was intrigued by the article and went outside with a multimeter, holding one probe and shoving the other into wet soil. It produced a 0.5 - 1.0 mV reading.

I don't know how much an indoor environment would affect voltage differences, given the electric and inductive fields that are present.

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Here is a more recent paper published in the Journal of Inflammation Research:

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

 

J Inflamm Res. 2015; 8: 83–96. 

Published online 2015 Mar 24. doi:  10.2147/JIR.S69656
PMCID: PMC4378297
The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases
1Nature’s Own Research Association, Dover, NH, USA
2Developmental and Cell Biology Department, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
3Human Physiology Department, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Correspondence: Gaétan Chevalier, Developmental and Cell Biology Department, University of California at Irvine, 2103 McGaugh Hall, Irvine, CA, 92697-2300, USA, Tel +1 760 815 9271, Fax +1 858 225 3514, Email ten.labolgcbs@cgobld
 
Abstract

Multi-disciplinary research has revealed that electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth (grounding or earthing) produces intriguing effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to inflammation, immune responses, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The purpose of this report is two-fold: to 1) inform researchers about what appears to be a new perspective to the study of inflammation, and 2) alert researchers that the length of time and degree (resistance to ground) of grounding of experimental animals is an important but usually overlooked factor that can influence outcomes of studies of inflammation, wound healing, and tumorigenesis. Specifically, grounding an organism produces measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response. We present several hypotheses to explain observed effects, based on current research results and our understanding of the electronic aspects of cell and tissue physiology, cell biology, biophysics, and biochemistry. An experimental injury to muscles, known as delayed onset muscle soreness, has been used to monitor the immune response under grounded versus ungrounded conditions. Grounding reduces pain and alters the numbers of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, and also affects various circulating chemical factors related to inflammation.

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Remarkable as it may seem, our findings suggest that this classical picture of the inflammatory barricade may be a consequence of lack of grounding, and of a resultant “electron deficiency”. Wounds heal very differently when the body is grounded (Figures 1 and 2). Healing is much faster, and the cardinal signs of inflammation are reduced or eliminated. The profiles of various inflammatory markers over time are very different in grounded individuals.

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The disconnection from the Earth may be an important, insidious, and overlooked contribution to physiological dysfunction and to the alarming global rise in non-communicable, inflammatory-related chronic diseases. A lack of electrons can also de-saturate the electron transport chains in mitochondria, leading to chronic fatigue and slowing the cellular migrations and other essential activities of the cells of the immune system.64 At this point, even a minor injury can lead to a long-term health issue. When mobile electrons are not available, the inflammatory process takes an abnormal course. Areas that are electron deficient are vulnerable to further injury – they become positively charged and will have difficulty warding off infections. The result is an immune system constantly activated and eventually exhausted. Cells of the immune system may fail to distinguish between the body’s diverse chemical structures (called “self”) and the molecules of parasites, bacteria, fungi, and cancer cells (called “non-self”). This loss of immunologic memory can lead to attacks by some immune cells on the body’s own tissues and organs. An example is the destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the islets of Langerhans in the diabetic patient. Another example is the immune system attacking cartilage in joints, producing rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus erythematosus is an extreme example of an auto-immune condition caused by the body’s immune system attacking host tissues and organs. Lupus, for example, can affect many different body systems, including skin, kidneys, blood cells, joints, heart, and lungs. With time, the immune system becomes weaker and the individual more vulnerable to inflammation or infections that may not heal, as often seen with the wounds of diabetic patients. Specifically, which part or parts of the body the weakened immune system will attack first depends on many factors such as genetics, habits (sleep, food, drinks, exercise, etc), and toxins in the body and in the environment.65,66 A repeated observation is that grounding, or earthing, reduces the pain in patients with lupus and other autoimmune disorders.1

Conclusion

Accumulating experiences and research on earthing, or grounding, point to the emergence of a simple, natural, and accessible health strategy against chronic inflammation, warranting the serious attention of clinicians and researchers. The living matrix (or ground regulation or tissue tensegrity-matrix system), the very fabric of the body, appears to serve as one of our primary antioxidant defense systems. As this report explains, it is a system requiring occasional recharging by conductive contact with the Earth’s surface – the “battery” for all planetary life – to be optimally effective.

 

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It seems there is some serious research done by serious researchers, published in serious academic journals.

 

Here is another by researchers from Imperial College, London (no open access, so here is just the abstract):

 

http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/301/1/012024

 

Grounding & human health – a review

I A Jamieson, S S Jamieson, H M ApSimon and J N B Bell

 

Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Volume 301, Number 1

 

Abstract

 

Whilst grounding is often undertaken in industry as a matter of good practice in situations where the risk of excess charge exists, little thought is usually given to the biological effects that such measures may have, or possible benefits that may arise from the more widespread application of electrostatic and other 'electromagnetic hygiene' measures in hospitals and the general built environment. Research, which is still in its infancy, indicates that grounding the human body using suitable methodologies, particularly in low electromagnetic field environments, can significantly enhance biological functioning. It is proposed that there are often a number of electrostatic and 'electromagnetic hygiene' factors that need to be addressed before the beneficial effects of grounding the human body can be fully realised in many everyday environments.

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You have shoes containing no ions or perfect insulation?

Of course. :)

 

I usually get around in runners and swap shoes at the office.

 

Maybe clogs will come back in vogue?

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Even then you would have sitting and touching things. Given that electrons are not going be different depending on the source, skin is not exactly a great conductor and humans tend to only absorb a small number of electrons before ceasing to be human I would say a static charge from carpet or just touching metal is going to far outweigh the effects of earthing your bed more efficiently.

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Eeek. Having worked with many serious clinicians in research it no longer amazes me when dodgy science and placebos are given more significance than it ought. Especially true when it involves physics. I can give similar examples from leading academic clinicians in Australia.

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Hard to tell what to think about the idea of grounding.

 

On the one hand, it is probably not healthy at all to live right next to high-tension power lines.

 

The question is, what is the long term biological impact on humans in normal household electromagnetic fields. There seems to be some research about the effects of RF frequencies, but I haven't found much about the 50 Hz power grid. Here is one:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/016747818990105X

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OK, my last post on this controversial issue.

 

In 2008 the European Commission requested a report from the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) on “Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), Radio Frequency Fields (RF) and Microwave Radiation on human health"

 

Included in that report is the evaluation of effects of Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) fields (0 - 300 Hz).

 

The finding is stated as:

 

The previous conclusion in the 2001 opinion, that ELF magnetic fields are a possible carcinogen, chiefly based on childhood leukaemia results, is still valid. There is no generally accepted mechanism to explain how ELF magnetic field exposure may cause leukaemia. Animal studies have not provided adequate evidence for a causal relationship.

 

No consistent relationship between ELF fields and self-reported symptoms (sometimes referred to as electrical hypersensitivity) has been demonstrated

 

In addition, for breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, recent research has indicated that an association is unlikely. For neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumours, the link to ELF fields remains uncertain.

 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Myrtill_Simko/publication/5399817_Possible_effects_of_electromagnetic_fields_%28EMF%29_on_human_health--opinion_of_the_scientific_committee_on_emerging_and_newly_identified_health_risks_%28SCENIHR%29/links/0fcfd5051a4cc0eed4000000.pdf

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I think the real problem with a lot of these possible areas of concern is that absolute flakes get involved and screw up the process. Like vaccines with the lead (or whatever it was) in them were bloody stupid. They got fixed as soon as their was a better alternative. Nowadays if there was an actual problem with a vaccine it would be hard to tell because of all the garbage data and flakes pushing nonsensical ideas.

 

Realistically the people who hate vaccines done badly are playing into the hands of the people that would be happy selling sh*tty vaccines.

 

Like so many fights they chose the wrong target and lost the battle.

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Fasting

 

With the Christmas eating excesses behind us, it is probably timely to point out the health benefits of fasting.

 

It seems there are several amazing metabolic changes that happen as a fasting period progresses: reduced inflammation, autophagy (cleaning up of rubbish proteins inside cells), and even regeneration of stem cells!

 

There are loads of good research on the topic:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413113005032

Fasting: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Applications

Valter D. Longo, Mark P. Mattson (2014)

Fasting has been practiced for millennia, but, only recently, studies have shed light on its role in adaptive cellular responses that reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, optimize energy metabolism, and bolster cellular protection. In lower eukaryotes, chronic fasting extends longevity, in part, by reprogramming metabolic and stress resistance pathways. In rodents intermittent or periodic fasting protects against diabetes, cancers, heart disease, and neurodegeneration, while in humans it helps reduce obesity, hypertension, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Thus, fasting has the potential to delay aging and help prevent and treat diseases while minimizing the side effects caused by chronic dietary interventions.

The first graph shows the prolonged lifespan due to fasting for bacteria, yeast, worm, and mice.

1-s2.0-S1550413113005032-gr1.jpg

 

Another good paper here:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413112004020

Energy Intake and Exercise as Determinants of Brain Health and Vulnerability to Injury and Disease

Mark P. Mattson (2012)

Evolution favored individuals with superior cognitive and physical abilities under conditions of limited food sources, and brain function can therefore be optimized by intermittent dietary energy restriction (ER) and exercise. Such energetic challenges engage adaptive cellular stress-response signaling pathways in neurons involving neurotrophic factors, protein chaperones, DNA-repair proteins, autophagy, and mitochondrial biogenesis. By suppressing adaptive cellular stress responses, overeating and a sedentary lifestyle may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, stroke, and depression. Intense concerted efforts of governments, families, schools, and physicians will be required to successfully implement brain-healthy lifestyles that incorporate ER and exercise.

 

And stem cell research goodies here:

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=calorie+%22stem+cell%22&btnG=&hl=sv&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=2011

 

Here is a nice BBC show by Mchael Mosley about the effects of fasting:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18a1b6_michael-mosley-eat-fast-live-longer_lifestyle

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Fasting

 

With the Christmas eating excesses behind us, it is probably timely to point out the health benefits of fasting.

 

It seems there are several amazing metabolic changes that happen as a fasting period progresses: reduced inflammation, autophagy (cleaning up of rubbish proteins inside cells), and even regeneration of stem cells!

 

There are loads of good research on the topic:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413113005032

Fasting: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Applications

Valter D. Longo, Mark P. Mattson (2014)

The first graph shows the prolonged lifespan due to fasting for bacteria, yeast, worm, and mice.

1-s2.0-S1550413113005032-gr1.jpg

 

Another good paper here:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413112004020

Energy Intake and Exercise as Determinants of Brain Health and Vulnerability to Injury and Disease

Mark P. Mattson (2012)

 

And stem cell research goodies here:

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=calorie+%22stem+cell%22&btnG=&hl=sv&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=2011

 

Here is a nice BBC show by Mchael Mosley about the effects of fasting:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18a1b6_michael-mosley-eat-fast-live-longer_lifestyle

 

So what is optimal - eat only 6 days each week?

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So what is optimal - eat only 6 days each week?

 

There seems to be different benefits depending on the fasting regimen.

 

First off, it takes at least 6 hours after a meal for the body to digest the food completely.

 

Then it will start the fasting process where glucose stores in blood, muscle and liver gets used up.

 

After about 8-12 hours the body has used up the glucose stores and have to get into fat and other things that can easily turn into energy - like rubbish proteins and organelles inside each cell. This has a cleansing effect - especially for neurons and brain cells that don't cell divide much. Hence, these types of cells tend to accumulate rubbish over time.

 

The burning of fat gets you into ketosis which produces ketones. The body is smart and the brain can use ketones directly as fuel!!!

 

So some people do 16-hour fasts (i.e. intermittent fasts) as regularly as they can - potentially every day. This way they only eat within an 8 hour window every day - e.g. lunch and dinner, but skip all breakfasts.

 

Prolonged fasts last longer than 24 hours - with increasing benefits up to around 72 hours where the full benefits are maintained until about 7-10 days of fasting. That is when the body will start cannibalising on muscle tissue.

 

Interestingly, during all fasting most organs shrink so that when food is plentiful they can regrow again in a rejuvenated way. The only organs that don't shrink are the brain and testicles. Well, that's for blokes - I don't know what happens to women.

 

You can maintain ketosis while still taking in a lot of calories. The 5:2 diet tries to keep the calorie intake down to 500-600 calories during the fasting days. If you are very careful and avoid all low GI foods (sugar and carbohydrates) - then it is possible to maintain a calorie deficit (and stay in fat-burning ketosis) throughout the day on more than that - like 1000-1500 calories if you constantly keep the intake spread out and lower than the base metabolic rate.

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I assume this definition of fasting includes abstaining from water?

 

That's the thing I'd struggle most with. I could probably cut back to two meals a day without too much of a problem but I drink a lot.

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I assume this definition of fasting includes abstaining from

That's the thing I'd struggle most with. I could probably cut back to two meals a day without too much of a problem but I drink a lot.

You can drink as much water as you like.

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...So some people do 16-hour fasts (i.e. intermittent fasts) as regularly as they can - potentially every day. This way they only eat within an 8 hour window every day - e.g. lunch and dinner, but skip all breakfasts....

 

You would be better off skipping dinner rather than breakfast as you would not burn the calories as easily since you're going to bed soon after.

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Timing of feeding almost always shows up as meaningless in studies. In fact there are some that show that eating breakfast causes weight gain. You are better off with a basic macro IF style diet than caring about timing it appears.

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IF = Intermittent fasting

 

Basically if you are male and weigh more than 90 odd kilos without significant musculature you want to go do a sleep test for apnea (if you have that you are missing half your testosterone and HGH) and then engage in high intensity exercise (lots of people choose weight lifting for that but sprints, martial arts etc can also work) and move to an intermittent fasting diet with calory control.

 

If you get all mental about it you get truly bizarre results. Personally I like beer way too much to get mental about it but I like protein and only eat once a day anyway so it si a reasonably easy adaption when I feel tubby.

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Thanks - I think the sleep apnea test is a good idea for me.

 

Do you have any sites or programs you recommend? I think the intermittent fasting should be relatively easy for me given I sit at a desk most days and already eat lightly (asides from my evening meals).

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This https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/faq#wiki_diet_details would be a good read for the diet aspect. Lots of links and a reasonably unbiased approach. Keep in mind that when they say something is a "trick" that is not necessarily a bad thing. If a trick works for you then it is a damn good trick to know. If some science you like happens to dovetail with that trick then all the better.

 

But, and this sh*ts me to tears, they are going to all talk about sleep and the importance of it without mentioning apnea in any serious way. I consider it the most critical step. After I got my CPAP machine I lost about 10kg in fat (with small muscle gain) in the first year. Since then I have gained about 10kg muscle (after I started training a lot more). Without good sleep everything you do is basically a waste of time. In my case I was having an apnea episode every minute (i.e. suffocating and waking) and my oxygen levels were below the cutoff point where brain damage can occur. In House whenever anyone had oxygen levels my test showed they were calling for a crash cart. So if you are not as bad as I was you probably won't get the same results. If you do need a CPAP machine don't buy (the australian invented machine) in Australia, it will cost close to 3K. You can get it from http://1800cpap.com/ for probably half price (depending on how bad the dollar has been recently).

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