Earthing, Again

When I started Earthing – by using an Earthing pad for my feet under my computer and by sleeping on the Earthing sheet – I was feeling good. This was last October. I was also walking/running barefoot on the beach almost every day. As I continued sleeping on the sheet, however, I found that my body stiffness was not getting better. Finally, in February, I took it off the bed.

If you go to Amazon, you’ll see 70 5-Star Reviews, 7 4-Star, and 9 1-Star. If you read the 5-Stars, these people sound like they’ve really benefitted from sleeping Earthed. The 1-Stars sound like they’re angry that the 5-Stars are being duped. I personally have received comments on this site from people who are trying the technology. Coralie wrote:

I purchased a Universal Earthing mat about 3 weeks ago and have had quite an unusual experience. Only just now is my body acclimating to its usage without side effects, which I’m told were detox reactions. When I first started using the mat, I noticed a real downshift in my nervous system which was a very good thing. A calm, settled feeling radiated along my midline and whole body. The unusual part was that after sleeping with it under my feet for a night or two I experienced general malaise, extreme fatigue, brain fog, dehydration, weird dreams, cold areas in my body and other strange phenomena. Everyone I consulted said it was a detox reaction, so I slowly titrated my usage according to symptoms and took measures to support detoxification. I have a very clean diet and am very health conscious, so it was a surprise to me that this level of toxicity existed in my body. However, I deal with tissue inflammation which probably threw off toxins, not to mention my newfound awareness of electrosensitivity, which is a whole other topic that I’m exploring.
Only now am I able to sleep with the mat under my feet through the night and am finally beginning to receive the benefit of sounder sleep, a calm nervous system (thus lower cortisol), 90% reduction of body discomfort and inflammation – all leading to greater health and vitality. I began my earthing experiment with the mat because of it’s versatility as I could use it under my feet while on the computer as well as in bed. Since my body has adjusted, I am going to move on to purchasing the earthing sheet, which I understand from research has a gentler impact on the body than the mat. A voltmeter can validate the effectiveness of the grounding technology. A well-done video on the subject, Amanda.

One great thing about having a health blog is that you get to hear from real people who share real findings. Coralie experienced 90% reduction of inflammation. And that’s what the Earthing studies show.

Thermography and Inflammation

Thermography and Inflammation

So was I going through a detox reaction? If I start sleeping Earthed again, will I notice benefits again after a few months? I do think my issues are chronic, judging from my two thermographs, and they are possibly related to my spinal rod (metal should not be in the body if possible). Don’t be freaked out by the picture. I do not feel like this picture looks!

Yesterday the Earthing Institute put out some more reports. One of them is particularly interesting because it’s written by a holistic dentist whose chronic foot infection finally healed after a week of Earthing. Can this really happen? Time will tell. Here is his report:

One Dentist’s Earthing Experience

Chuck Munier, DMD, Augusta ME

“I was trained as a mechanical engineer before I went into dentistry and normally take an engineer’s show- me attitude to new things.  So when Earthing first came to my attention as a suggestion from an enthusiastic patient, I was naturally skeptical that the concept actually worked beyond a placebo effect. However, I suspended my skepticism the first day after my first night sleeping on an Earthing sheet.

“I had been suffering for a few years with a chronic foot infection that had not responded to repeated medication. After the first night I already noticed a healing process underway. By the end of the week the infection was gone, and to this day, one year later, it has never returned. This was truly a remarkable effect.

“I decided I better read the book to find out what happened and how this thing actually worked as well as it did.  After reading the book and with my background in health and science it made perfect sense.  It resonated a lot with what I had been studying about inflammation and cellular biology as the basis of most disease. The Earthing book made the connection for me of the actual electrical effect on the inflammatory process and the ability to approach healing on an electrical as well as a biochemical basis.

“I have been treating dental patients for 39 years now and during that time have always looked at the condition of the teeth and mouth as reflective of the health of the rest of the body. Often the mouth is the first place that changes are noticed. I have learned the value of treating the total patient not just his or her teeth. During this time I have learned by observation from countless patients that the key to avoiding and treating disease is to manage inflammation. I have seen through the years an alarming increase in the use of drugs to manage disease and although there are some good drugs that address inflammation most of my patients with ongoing problems are overmedicated and then that becomes the main problem.  Earthing added an electrical approach to the dietary, lifestyle, and exercise model that I had been using to address inflammation.

“With this in mind I decided to try Earthing in my busy practice to help patients looking for relief from acute temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw pain and others experiencing problems with snoring, sleeping, bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding),sinus, and headaches. To date we have had a very positive response back with reduction of acute symptoms of TMJ responding to an Earthing patch placed directly over the offending joint. Chronic problems have not responded as quickly as acute. This would be expected since they are of a long-standing inflammatory nature with adaptive changes. We are also using Earthing bands on the head at night and they have been working remarkably well with better sleep, less bruxism, more dream sleep time, less snoring and headaches, and an opening of the passages during sleep so that nasal breathing is enhanced.

“From my own results and that of friends, family, and patients, Earthing works extremely well in an overall program that addresses total health and well being, and why it does so makes perfect sense to me. Earthing reconnected me personally to the Earth and to an exciting healing factor.”

For now, my sheet is staying off the bed. I don’t want to muddy the results of the things I’m doing now (kidney cleanse, for one). But soon I will give the sheet another go. And I’ll be sure to let you know what happens.


24 Responses to Earthing, Again

  1. Luke says:

    Hi Amanda.
    Your earthing video was of great help to me, so I will offer you what I can in return.
    Reading this site, in FULL, with an open and attentive mind, will give you all of the answers and help you need. This is the second time I’ve written this reply, the first time I was trying to give you all the info you would need from that site for your particular case, but it got to be way too long and I couldn’t keep typing. At first you will not see how the information on the site might relate to your spinal cord, detoxing, and earthing, but it’s all there.

    Earthing is a good idea, you just need to keep your CP (control pause – a breathing term) below a certain limit, to prevent your body from becoming ‘too healthy’. When it becomes ‘too healthy’, it will awaken your immune system to a higher level, and attack impurities or unnoticed infections in your body. Two solutions: find a way to remove the metal from your body/find an alternative, or stay below the CP threshold that triggers your particular detox response.

    After reading that site all of this will make sense. My suggestion is that if your CP below the detox level is about 40, then you should be able to live out the rest of your life happily without getting the rod removed. Most people are completely happy and content in their life with about 35-40 seconds CP. If your CP is something like 20 when you hit the detox reaction, you really need to find a way to remove the rod or find some alternative – 20 seconds CP is a miserable existence.

    CP is the ‘test’ for how healthy you are, based on how well your body is oxygenated (not just how much oxygen is in lungs, but how much is in organs. simply inhaling oxygen doesn’t put all of that oxygen in organs, that’s why hyperventilating is not a good idea. getting oxygen into organs requires co2, hyperventilating exhales so much co2 that you are starved of oxygen, even if you have tons of it in your blood it can’t get to where it needs to be).

    • Luke says:

      haha, forgot to mention the site *facepalm*

    • Amanda says:

      Very interesting site, I see it sells an e-book that describes how to make a device that helps you boost your body oxygenation. Do you recommend these? Thank you for writing. I do know that how you breathe is huge when it comes to your health.

  2. Isabela says:

    Dear Amanda,

    I expected to write you sooner, but life has got pretty complicated lately, so I haven’t be able to write about Earthing products.

    I’ve had some ups and downs regarding health (lumbago, a couple of headaches, for instance), and I don’t think Earthing has been of much help, but can I know it?

    One thing I have noticed: I suffer from bruxismo and, the more stressed I’m, the more ringing in my right ear I get… I notice it particularly at night, when I go to sleep; just in the silence of the night. However, since sleeping in the Earthing sheet somehow the ringing is hardly noticeable. Same with the headaches in the morning… After a very stressful busy day, I usually get up in the morning with a headache that lingers most of the day, but this has also improved.

    As a whole I can also say that I continue sleeping better, although sleep patterns differ… Since Earthing some mornings I wake extremely early (for my standards) feeling reasonably refreshed, so I get up early and then, later on, I might sleep a short siesta but not necessarily.

    Before, if I woke up very early I would not feel refreshed enough to get up and start my day doing lots of things.

    As I say, I continue sleeping in the Earthing sheet daily, and I also use the computer pad all the time. The tingling sensation in the feet and legs has not gone, so I don’t know if this is good or not.

    Are all these subtle sensations a proof of Earthing’s efficiency? I would say “yes”. However, I wouldn’t say the effects are so great… or perhaps they are? I don’t know, it’s very difficult to say.

    I would like a feedback from independent people using these products to see how they are feeling with them. I want to get a computer pad for my boyfriend, and somehow I still doubt about it having in mind it’s pretty expensive for what it is.

    If anybody can illuminate more on this, I would appreciate it very much.

    What about you, Amanda?

    Warmest regards.

  3. Deane says:

    I’m trying out an earthing mat and so far, not so good! My husband tried using it and thought it made him feel worse so gave it to me. :) So far I’ve had one weird symptom after another – sore throat, ringing in the ears, queasiness, and generally flu-like symptoms. On the plus side I’m sleeping better. The symptoms clear up when I stop using the mat. Now I’m in a quandry. Is this normal detox effect and should I persist? It doesn’t seem like anything could be wrong with the grounding mat that could cause negative effects – it’s too simple a device!

    Best wishes, Deane

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Deanne,

      It’s great that you made the connection between the mat and your flu-like symptoms. I think the people would say it’s a detox reaction. How long have you been at it? You could try using it for only a couple of hours a day, gradually building up. But do be aware that there are some health practitioners – like Dr. Klinghardt – who believe that earthing sheets are great but only if the electrical fuses are all off at night and you’ve ascertained that there is no incoming radio frequency radiation coming in through windows or walls. Not the easiest tasks to accomplish but doable for some.

      Please keep us posted on earthing’s benefits!

  4. Jane says:

    I am interested in earthing and have used an earthing sheet, but it didn’t help my sleep or aches at all. I investigated a bit further using a body voltmete to see if it was doing its job but it didn’t seem to reduce the body voltage much on the voltmeter. I found a good website electric sense, where the author having suffered electrical sensitivity for ten years has tried lots of things. He does use earthing but says it’s not for everyone. And it depends on the electrics in your house, rf, dirty electricity etc. if you use the neutral plug they usually have a 1 manga ohmm resistor to prevent rf and dirty electric interference and protect in thunderstorms, but this lowers the earthing goodness. And you have to be careful where you place an earthing rid in the ground if you are doing it that way. All in all it’s not a very clear subject. Many people trying to sell earthing products but not a lot of information on when and how to use it properly.

    • Amanda says:

      Excellent points Jane. I fully agree with what you wrote and you said it quite nicely. For me it always goes back to simplicity, and the naturalness of days gone-by. I.E., sleep outside nearer the Earth, not in an electrified, wifi-ed, closed room with no fresh air and formaldehyde-leaking furniture! In the winter this is less practical. And perhaps the husband and the children won’t want to do it in the summer, even occasionally. We can dream though, and take baby steps towards a more Nature-focused lifestyle. Our bodies are self-healing. We just need to give them as much opportunity to do it.

    • lemon says:

      i diy my earthing mat on the bed ,but i grounded by the water pipe, is it ok ? i think is better then using a electricity plug, cause i know is a little bit risky ….

  5. Amy Davis says:

    I had the same reaction. I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, etc, etc. I actually felt nauseated the 1st day, had charlie horses in my calves, had weird dreams, and woke up with the worst migraine this morning. I’m only on day 5 so I’m hoping this is also just a detox esp with as much inflammation runs through my body.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks for sharing with us Amy. If it’s a detox I’m sure you will find out soon. I have recently been cutting up tumeric slices and simmering as a tea. This really helps me with stiffness/inflammation – maybe you might find it helps you too. Keep us posted!

  6. Liz says:

    Hello readers :)
    I bought an earthing kit last week and have been using it ever since. I opted for the ground rod instead of the mains plug as I felt it is more “natural”. At the moment I don’t have any gadgets to measure how well it is working, as I can not afford the extra- extra expense.
    In all honesty, I thought I would feel just as good using this as when I’m in direct contact with the earth, but no… the earth is the earth and an earthing mat is an earthing mat…
    The earth is alive and has an energy field around it, just like we all do. Earthing/grounding with a kit, is like talking on the phone with your lover as opposed to being held in their arms.
    I am not entirely sure as to what effects my earthing kit has had on me, as I have made multiple significant changes in the last few weeks and so I can not tell which effect is specifically due to earthing or meds or reduced working hours or switching to additive free backy, etc…
    I am continuing to use my soft quilted mat and have found that it stays in place the best if it is right under my back, at the base of my pillow when laying down, or under my calves when sitting up in bed.
    For now, I do believe I am detoxing, physically and emotionally in general, but feel it may be due to the combination of changes.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Liz. I like your analogy. Yes it is sometimes hard to tell which effect is coming from which change. It is lovely to trust your body’s wisdom – as it knows – and be led by what you ‘want’ to do, what feels like the path of least resistance. I found this out after years of wall head banging, not knowing what to do or where to go or who to believe. As some people have been known to say: the greatest advantage you can offer your body is the gentle releasing of resistance. If your earthing mat helps get you there, then right on! Let us know how you’re doing – take care!

  7. Zsuzsanna Geszti says:

    Hello there, greetings from Hungary, Europe! I purchased an earthing sheet last week and after the first night I spent on it (full 8 hours), my carbs cravings that used to torture me for basically years were gone and haven’t come back since. I’ve been “clean” for five days in a row which had never happened to me in the last 5 years. Also, I have deeper sleep, more vivid dreams, less teeth-clenching, and mild/almost non-existing PMS symptoms. Now I have flu-like symptoms but I don’t care as long as I feel that I’m not a slave to the terrible cravings. It is also easier to make healthy choices in terms of food. I’m 46 years old btw. I guess, everyone’s body reacts in different ways but after a while you should experience good results. I am confident that a lot of good things are still ahead of me. Take care!

    • Amanda says:

      Fantastic to hear that! I wonder if you live in a wifi free area, or a low emf area. The changes you are experiencing sound amazing. Good fats (coconut oil, grass fed butter, avocado etc) are also really good for carb cravings. Keep us posted on how you do with your earthing sheet!

  8. Zsuzsanna says:

    Hello again! No, unfortunately I live in a highly electromagnetic environment. In the last few years I have developed a few symptoms that can be attributed to the advanced technology we use. For women The symptoms can be worse. So i’ve been slowly switching to a lifestyle Dr Jack Kruse, Dave Asprey and Dr Ann-Louise Gittleman propose. They are all ardent enthusiasts of earthing. I want to lose some weight and I trust that I have found the best tool for that. The healthy fats you recommend are very good but they have never helped me in overcoming the cravings. I love them nevertheless. Hugs!

    • Amanda says:

      Gotcha. I love the bulletproof coffee that Dave Asprey recommends. Organic coffee, 2 tbsp grassfed butter, 1 tbsp coconut oil, blended. Keeps me sated for hours. Thanks Zsuzsanna! Be well!

  9. Dennis says:

    Amanda, did you ever retry your earthing sheets while connected to the ground rod or did you give up on it? Also, I bought a cheap multi meter but later found out it was not sophisticated enough to measure the body volts (it needed to go t the thousandths place value). The electricians I spoke with both said I would need to purchase a meter that would cost at least $500-1000. However I keep seeing the ones others are using and they look very similar to the one I bought. What did you use? By the way I am getting much of the same reaction others here are. Works great for about a week then start having night sweats and disrupted sleeping. First time was through the house ground, then through a ground rod, (had much better results with the ground rod as I did not get the strong tingling and shortness of breath that I got with the house electrical ground). Passion flower and Valerian work great to minimize toxic stress symptoms.

    • Amanda says:

      Dennis, so great to have your input on experience with the earthing sheet. I never tried it again. I just checked my multi meter and it’s a Commercial Electric Digital Multimeter. I think it cost $50.00. Glad you are grounding to the outdoors. Seems like the wise choice to me. I wonder how much longer your night sweats/disrupted sleeping will carry on? Do keep us posted.

  10. Sarah says:

    I bought an earthing sheet kit and started using it a couple weeks ago. I have not been feeling good! Nausea during the day at times, and I’ve definitely got insomnia now. It’s so annoying and unpleasant. I’m going to try sleeping without the sheet for a couple weeks and see how I do. It was expensive, the kit, so I may just see about sending it back ASAP.

    • Amanda says:

      Interesting, your response to the earthing sheet! I never felt nauseous but I didn’t feel good, like you. Some say it could be a healing crisis. Did you plug it into the wall or the earth? I tried it both ways. I’m sure you’ll get a good night’s sleep soon!

  11. Jim says:

    Hi Amanda, these comments on negative experiences with earthing are very useful. I started off with a computer earthing pad – which worked great. I could feel a mild “calmness” and other positive sensations within just a few minutes of making contact with it. This fitted with what I read in the research finding virtually immediate changes in skin conductivity, EEG readings etc. However, when I tried sleeping with my feet on the same pad overnight I woke up feeling quite odd – like I’d been sedated with a drug and with strong fatigue developing later in the morning along with other disturbing symptoms. I not sure about the off-the-cuff explanation of these being “detox” symptoms. I’ve been a naturopath for many years and seen many detox symptoms and mine didn’t seem like these at all. Another possible condition that could match this symptom picture would be long-term parasympathetic dominance. Not everyone who tries earthing is stressed out or toxic and, as the research shows, not everyone has the same physiological response to earthing. I think there are still a lot of answered questions… Nevertheless, I’m going to keep using the earthing mat. I’m starting to feel there are optimum times of the day when it works well for me and other times when it does not.

    • Amanda says:

      That’s great input for the site Jim, thank you. There is no doubt that a person feels better with his feet on the sand/grass/dirt/earth after a while. That I can feel. As for the earthing pad during sleep, weird things arose, as you said. We will be very interested in your continued experimentation. I wonder if you’re plugged into an outlet or the ground outside.

      And if anyone knows a barefoot community to move to or at least visit, I am all ears!

  12. Jim says:

    “answered” should be “unanswered”!

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