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What is Earthing?
Earthing, or grounding as it is often called, simply means connecting to the Earth’s natural, negative surface charge by being barefoot outside or in bare skin contact with conductive systems indoors while you sleep, relax, or work.
A simple concept, yes. But one with profound impact on the physiology.
Connection with the Earth restores a lost electrical signal to the body that seems to stabilize the complicated circuitry of our essentially-electrical body. Our built-in self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms become more effective. There are head-to-toe improvements. Better blood flow. Less pain and inflammation. More energy. Deeper sleep.
For many people the effect is dramatic, like charging a failing battery. For others, the effect is gradual and subtle.
The research indicates that Earthing transfers negatively charged free electrons into the body that are present in a virtually limitless and continuously renewed supply on the surface of the Earth. The existence of this unseen electron “reservoir” has been established by science. Maintaining contact with the ground allows your body to naturally receive and become charged with these electrons. When thus “grounded,” any electron deficiencies and free radical excesses in the body are corrected. A natural electrical state is restored.
Why is this so important?
Electrons are the “object of affection,” so to speak, of positively charged free radicals, the biochemical agents that cause oxidation in the body. Electrons are the source of antioxidant power. We believe this influx of electrons from the ground serves to potently neutralize or quench free radicals that would otherwise steal electrons from healthy tissue, activity resulting in tissue damage and chronic inflammation at the basis of many common and serious diseases.
Here, seemingly, is a simple, natural, and yet astonishingly profound remedy for chronic inflammation.
Earthing is nothing really new
It’s purely old age, a revival of a timeless and forgotten law of Nature: that we belong to Nature, and part of the very connection with Nature is the connection with Mother Earth under our feet.
Earthing is among the most natural and safest things you can do.
The eternal ground energy feeds and nurtures living things – plant and animal life – that have their roots and body parts in direct contact with the land and the sea.
But we are disconnected from this energy. We live on the planet but are not in direct physical contact with it.
What’s clear is this:
Modern living has increasingly separated us from Mother Earth’s great natural endowment of health-nurturing energy. Instead of conductive leather or footwear made of hides, we wear insulating shoes with soles of plastic and rubber. We rarely walk on the Earth barefoot anymore. We don’t sleep on the ground as in times past.
This disconnect from the Earth and Nature has, until now, been virtually overlooked in our modern age of great medical advancements. Parallel to such advancements, however, is an alarming increase in chronic diseases.
Is there a connection between the disconnect with the Earth and the increasing unwellness of the Earth’s population?
The Earthing experience, now on a worldwide scale, strongly indicates that indeed there is, and that reconnection with the Earth holds great promise for our increasingly sick world. For years now, many people around the world – men, women, and children alike – have reconnected with the Earth on a routine basis and report that they sleep better, have less pain and stress, and experience faster recovery from trauma.
Ongoing scientific research is now discovering the details as to why many people feel significantly better when they make physical contact with the planet’s omnipresent energy field right under our nose.
By scientific standards, Earthing research is in an early stage, but clearly represents a new and exciting frontier of exploration. The research, in fact, indicates that reconnecting to the Earth may be a missing link in the health equation along with good food and water, sunshine, physical activity, and minimizing stress.
These revelations are coming to light thanks to a few curious individuals.
full article at source: http://earthinginstitute.net/about-us/
A traditional Chinese herbal remedy is as effective at treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a drug that is frequently prescribed for the joint condition, a new study has found.
RA is a chronic and often painful disease affecting the joints, causing them to become inflamed. An inflamed joint looks swollen and red and appears warm to touch. This inflammation can lead to permanent damage in the joints if the disease is not treated. Around 40,000 people in Ireland are affected.
One of the most commonly prescribed drugs used to treat active RA is methotrexate. Chinese scientists decided to compare it to Triptergium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), which is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat swelling, inflammation and joint pain.
TwHF is already approved in China for the treatment of RA.
Over 200 patients with active RA were randomly split into three groups. The first group received 12.5mg of methotrexate once a week, the second group received 20mg of TwHF three times a day and the third group received a combination of the two.
They were monitored over a 24-week period.
The scientists wanted to see if any of these treatments would lead to patients achieving an ACR 50 response. This is a measurement defined by the American College of Rheumatology and refers to a 50% improvement in the number of swollen or tender joints and other criteria, such as disability and pain.
The study found that 46% of the patients receiving just methotrexate achieved an ACR 50 response. Among those receiving just TwHF, this figure rose to 55%.
However, where patients were given both methotrexate and TwHF, 77% achieved an ACR 50 response.
The scientists found little difference between the type or frequency of side-effects within the three groups.
They warned that a longer study is required as 24 weeks is not long enough to analyse long-term disease progression. However, they insisted that TwHF could signal an exciting new approach to the treatment of RA, particularly as some of the drugs used to treat the condition are expensive and not all patients respond to them.
A day after Putin called Obama to warn him that only the US president can prevent bloodshed in Ukraine – something which Obama failed at based on this morning’s reports out of east Ukraine – German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a follow up phone call with the Kremlin a few hours ago, in which Putin told her that “The sharp escalation of the conflict puts the country, in essence, on the verge of a civil war”.
President Vladimir Putin has had a telephone conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany and discussed with her the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service reports.
Russia’s Head of State pointed out , “The sharp escalation of the conflict puts the country, in essence, on the verge of a civil war“.
The leaders of the two countries accentuated the importance of talks in a quadripartite format (Russia, the European Union, the United States, and Ukraine), planned for April 17. “Hope has been expressed that the sides at the meeting in Geneva will manage to convey a clear message contributing to directing the situation into a peaceful channel,” a Kremlin press service official added.
The RF President also recalled the importance of stabilizing the economy of Ukraine and of ensuring deliveries and transit of Russian natural gas to Europe. This had been reiterated in his message, dated April 10, 2014, to the leaders of a number of European countries.
The telephone conversation was held on the initiative of the German side.
Considering the events from this morning which nearly resulted in the S&P plunging below 1800 only to be “redeemed” by the “bad news” that the Japanese economy is about to stumble yet again, leading algos to believe that more BOJ QE is imminent and sending the S&P surging by over 30 points in the span of a few hours, this is hardly surprising.
What is more surprising, is that as we reported earlier, the very same Germany, through its RWE AG utility, announced it would supply Ukraine with nat gas in 2014 since Gazprom is adamant on no longer providing the troubled country with the precious commodity in the absence of payment (which Ukraine can’t afford). WSJ reports:
German utility RWE AG said it agreed to supply Ukraine with natural gas this year, as the troubled country seeks to reduce its reliance on gas imported from Russia.
RWE is the first European energy company to agree to supply gas to Ukraine since the political crisis there threatened the former Soviet republic’s supplies from Russia. But the deal underscores the extent to which Europe, now scrambling to shore up Ukraine, also depends on Russian gas…………………
full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-15/putin-tells-merkel-ukraine-verge-civil-war