There is a new phenomenon traveling in some circles known as earthing or grounding. The concept is based on the idea that the earth gives you a natural, eternal and gentle energy. In the recent Mary Janes Farm magazine, author Dr. Laura Koniver, M.D. explains, “We are constantly building up positively charged free radicals all over our bodies, constantly working up inflammation and stress. These free radicals are an important component to aging, inflammation, pain and disease. And the most natural way to reduce the amount of free radicals and inflammation in our bodies is to ground ourselves to the earth. Negatively charged electrons from the surface of a negatively charged earth wash up and over our inflamed, positively charged bodies and neutralize us from the inside out.” That means direct contact with the Earth, bare feet in the dirt, sand or grass. This contact is supposed to aid in the reduction of insomnia, stress, menopausal symptoms and help with stronger bones, stronger immune systems and greater disease resistance. Two areas that are considered are shoes and beds. The idea is that they keep us from direct contact and there are aids available to help overcome the barriers. I have to say this is something we take for granted on the farm. Don’t get me wrong, we wear shoes and sleep on beds, not the ground. But when the weather permits, we are constantly in direct contact with the soil and the plants growing there. I have always appreciated that connection but have never thought of it from a beneficial electrical charge point of view. We do pay close attention to the charge on our electric fences (laughing at the poor unsuspecting soul who happens to come in contact with that). Something interesting to ponder. I would like to hear others’ thoughts on the matter.
“The earth heals,” Dr. Laura Koniver, MD