Dr. Nick wrote this “Natural Health” article for the Arizona Republic, published May 2015
One of the most common underlying causes of disease is inflammation, which contributes to conditions that cause pain and organ system dysfunction. Some of the most common conditions are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and arthritis.
A commonality to these clinical conditions is the presence of positively charged elements called free radicals.
There’s a simple treatment to help reverse these conditions of free radicals and inflammation — Earthing.
The earth’s natural surface has an infinite supply of negatively charged free electrons. When we are in contact with the earth’s natural surface we are able to absorb these free electrons through our bare feet.
Research is now showing that this energy creates a distinct and uplifting shift in our physiology. It promotes health, vitality and better sleep; stabilizes the body’s basic biological rhythms; normalizes cortisol; reduces inflammation and reduces pain.
Contact to the earth’s conductive surface is as simple as walking barefoot outside, especially on the wet surf of the beach.
To quickly experience Earthing for yourself, just walk or sit barefoot on grass, dirt, sand, gravel or unpainted concrete. These are naturally grounded surfaces that conduct the energy of the free negative electrons.
Wood, asphalt and plastic do not conduct the electrons and therefore do not work for grounding. Stay for 15-30 minutes or so and at the end of that time you may notice you are calmer or more energized. You can also include breathing exercises to facilitate circulation, or read a book or listen to music.