Earthing – its relationship with Copper
“The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa – slightly off balance.”
– Prince Charles
Free Radicals and Natural Balance
Although there is a conflict of opinion as to exactly how personal earthing produces the wide range of benefits that it claims, (as is healthy with any ground breaking area of science) – one aspect that is almost universally accepted is that it is associated with the balance between free radicals and anti-oxidants within the body.
Free radicals are inherently electron-deficient molecules, potentially destructive in nature, which arise within us as a consequence of the dynamic changes in our body chemistry – changes that inevitably occur in response to the challenges of everyday life.
Through the forces of evolutionary biology, the human body has developed a natural defence system against these agents. Operating at the heart of this system are particles called anti- oxidants which are dependent for their manufacture on minerals such as zinc, selenium, and particularly Copper.
The Natural and the Industrial
Free radicals can arise through environmental effects,as well as those physiological and psychological in nature.
Consequently, free radical concentrations are not just affected by variations in natural forces – such as the weather – but also by changes in our living environment associated with the effects, both chemical and electrical, of industrial activity.
The potential threat that these free radicals present to our well-being is linked to their unstable electron-deficient nature, which causes them to strip electrons from adjacent molecules in healthy cells within the body. In so doing, the free radicals can set off harmful chain reactions in previously healthy tissue as self sustaining electron stripping processes denature a succession of adjacent cells within that tissue.
Such an effect as this can result in serious oxidation of tissues, causing them to become denatured.
Possibility of Disorders and Infections
The consequence is that this denatured tissue can then either malfunction presenting the possibility of a metabolic disorder developing, or be so weakened as to create a site of chronic inflammation, within which an infection can establish itself.
This ever present threat is of no particular consequence as long as the proliferation of free radicals within the metabolism is maintained within tolerable limits by the action of the anti-oxidants that defend the body against their potentially destructive effect.
Through providing a source of electrons to be donated to the free radicals, these anti-oxidants essentially protect the body against both metabolic disorders and infectious diseases, however their production is dependent on a readily available supply of specific minerals.
Earthing – Copper challenges the popular belief
The particular importance of copper in human physiology lies in its role as a component of one of the most vital, if not the most vital, anti-oxidants that counteracts the disruptive action of these free radicals, a powerful enzyme called superoxide dismutase.
It is in this role that copper has been implicated in the science of personal earthing according to an alternative school of thought to that presently proposed as the most likely explanation for the phenomenon. The popular belief is that health benefit claims attributable to personal earthing products are associated with electrons from the surface of the earth rising up through a conductive cable and entering the body where they somehow, through a process as yet undefined, exert a positive influence on the anti-oxidants therein. Popular, it may be, but for numerous biophysical reasons it is far from plausible.
Earthing – An Alternative Explanation
In contrast, the alternative theory, as supported by Earthing Therapy, proposes that the effectiveness of personal earthing products is related to their ability to discharge excess electrical charge, generated within the body, down to earth, simultaneously eliminating the potentially harmful magnetic fields associated with them in the process.
It is further proposed that by eliminating surplus magnetism connected with excess electrical charge within the body, a positive influence results in conserving anti-oxidant levels present. Consequently, by this means, earthing exerts a potent effect in reducing free radical concentrations, which subsequently produces multi-various health benefits.
Magnetic Influence on Iron
The theory claims that the most plausible process by which elimination of magnetism, associated with earthing of the body, can generate this effect, is through a change in the nature of iron -the most magnetic of all the elements – within the blood.
By altering iron in this way, it is proposed that earthing results in a greater proportion of the element being converted into beneficial protein-bound form, such as haemoglobin, and less existing in the form of ‘free iron’, which is known to generate free radicals.
Re-deployment of Resources
Restricting free radical concentrations as a result of personal earthing through the mechanism proposed by this theory inevitably means that the body now has to utilize far less of its precious mineral resources in the manufacture of anti-oxidants.
Consequently, instead of being employed in the constant battle against free radicals, minerals such as selenium, zinc and copper can now be deployed by the body in alternative areas of operation at far higher levels. Whilst in the case of selenium, this potential for re-deployment is beneficial with regard to human health – in the case of copper – it is absolutely crucial.
A Complex Character
This is not just because copper is such a critical component in so many systems throughout the body, but because the extreme complexity of its inter-relationship with so many other elements/chemicals renders it prone to deficiency to a far greater degree than is presently appreciated.
This deceptive deficient tendency that can arise throughout the body, due to the complex nature of copper physiology, is the reason why Earthing Therapy supply Copper Heelers. This is not just as part of our earthing product range, but also because of their potential to act in a secondary capacity as a slow release skin-absorbed mineral supplement.
It is our belief that copper, as a mineral supplement presented in this way, enhances the neutralizing effect that earthing exerts on free radicals by providing a raw material for anti-oxidant manufacture.
Copper – A grey area
A basic assessment of the information available may give the impression that with apparent human daily demands for copper so small, the body rarely, if ever, suffers from any form of deficiency.
In reality, however, the complexities of copper physiology are such that this belief, particularly prevalent within medical circles, falls far short of what is actually the truth. This is something which, at present, is only fully appreciated by the dedicated few who study this most challenging of subjects.
“He who knows best knows how little he knows.”
– Thomas Jefferson (US President)
Conflict and Consensus
Where there is no conflict of opinion on the subject of copper, is in its widely acknowledged importance within the human body.
In addition to its vital function in anti-oxidant manufacture, it also fulfils an essential role in bodily processes as diverse as the cardiovascular system,the central and peripheral nervous systems, the detox.systems centred in the liver, the immune system and the maintenance of cartilage and bone structure.
Copper is also found in numerous critical enzyme systems throughout the body, amongst them the respiration system, through which we derive energy, and operating in close harmony with iron, copper containing enzymes are essential for the generation of the red blood cells that drive the processes of the circulatory system.
Whilst there is no conflict here, where you do not find a general consensus is on the issue of whether or not the human diet provides enough copper to satisfy the requirements of the human body.
Within medical circles, there exists a widespread common misconception that the daily diet provides ample copper and that, because of this, copper supplementation is, at best, irrelevant and at worst, potentially toxic.
Use of Copper within Agriculture
Such beliefs may rest comfortably within the confines of the medical establishment, however if they are compared with mineral supplementation practices prevalent throughout the agricultural industry, they appear gauche, to say the least.
Within agriculture, where earthingtherapy.co.uk has its roots, copper deficient pastures are widespread throughout the United Kingdom and in order to address the issue, copper is, by far, the most common mineral supplemented to the diet.
The most extreme form of dietary copper supplementation that exists in this country is in the pig industry, where for over 50 years, copper has been provided at inflated levels as a growth stimulant.
Given that this is the situation and that the physiology of a pig, as a single stomached animal, is remarkably similar to that of a human, it seems somewhat strange that those within the medical profession should hang on to their seemingly outdated beliefs regarding the need for copper supplementation – when on the farms all around them the mineral is used so extensively to such good effect.
“There’s none so blind as those who won’t see.”– Jonathan Swift
Edward Jenners Research
Why such a bizarre situation as this presently exists can best be explained by referring to the pioneering research of the famous 18th century physician Edward Jenner.
Jenner was a country doctor, whose research on identifying smallpox immunity in milkmaids, who had overcome the less virulent cowpox, led to his discovery of the principles of vaccination.
This was made possible because Jenner, as a country doctor, maintained contact with those in rural industry and had an insight into the practices of the commercial agricultural industry of his day.
Nowadays, with fewer farms and doctors increasingly detached from commercial agricultural practice, that insight no longer exists.