I can understand the importance of earthing my domestic electrical supply for safety reasons, but why should I be interested in earthing my own body?
Many people overlook the fact that the human body is not just chemical in nature, it is also profoundly electrical. Both sensory nerve impulses delivered to the brain from the various organs and tissues and response impulses transmitted in the opposite direction are electrical signals passed through the natural communication system that permeates our body and co-ordinates its activity.
If this system becomes overloaded with charge,either natural in origin,as with that generated by stress or certain atmospheric weather conditions, or industrial in origin, as is the case when voltage is induced in the body through close proximity to overhead power lines, industrial/domestic wiring and electrical appliances, then the system can potentially malfunction.
Such an effect as this can adversely affect numerous aspects of health, such is the widespread influence of the nervous system. Pivotal to this effect is considered to be the balance between destructive free radicals and the anti-oxidants that counteract them, which also exerts influence on the electrical nature of energy generation systems within us.
Personal earthing under research conditions – whereby body voltage is significantly reduced – has resulted in marked reductions in free radical concentrations within trial patients. This can quite plausibly explain the numerous health benefits reported during such trials. For in-depth analysis, see scientific research section.
What do I have to do in order to benefit from personal earthing?
The simplest and cheapest way to earth yourself is to increase the extent to which your body, particularly through foot contact , makes connection with the ground beneath you. This enables the voltage within your body to drop down to that of the ground, the extent being greater with thinner soled and more conductive footwear and greatest of all when walking barefoot.
The adoption of more footwear with insulated plastic and rubber soles in recent times has inevitably resulted in a marked reduction in this form of earthing, a problem which Earthing Therapy address by providing a selection of conductive earthing footwear including copper heelers.
With an increasing number of people living and working in large towns and cities frequently above ground level, the extent to which they earth through foot contact is ever decreasing. Consequently, people spend far more of their time detached from the earth, which inevitably means that the tendency for electrical charge to accumulate in their bodies – particularly that induced from electrical wiring – is increased.
Where once humans spent only their sleeping hours, lying on their backs in bed, detached from personal earth contact, now they tend to spend far more of their waking hours similarly detached, whether working on computers in the office, using them for recreational use at home or sitting down watching television.
Acknowledging this change in lifestyle, Earthing Therapy produce a range of personal earthing aids which can be connected to the freely accessible earth system of both standard domestic and industrial 3-point electrical sockets .These products range from earthing computer mats to earthing bedsheets, all of which enable long duration personal earthing contact via the earthing system to the earthing rod at the side of the building concerned.
Is it safe for me to make contact with a product that is designed to be plugged into a 3-point electrical socket, whether in the home or the workplace?
Plugs on all earthing products supplied by Earthing Therapy are fitted with three pins, one metal one for connection to the uppermost earthing point of a socket and two non-conductive plastic ones in the conventional ‘live’ and ‘neutral’ positions. The only function served by the two lower pins is to locate the plug firmly in the socket so that a secure connection is made by the earth pin.
The sole purpose of this plug is to provide a link between the product and the benign earth circuit of the electrical supply which terminates in the earthing rod of the property. This permits dissipation of charge, from the body of anyone coming into contact with the product, safely down to earth.
Both the product and plug operate totally independently from the ‘live’ fraction of the electrical system so the product is totally safe.
I’ve heard that it’s possible to operate personal earthing products fitted with plugs independently of the mains electrical circuit of a property. If this is the case, would you care to explain?
Yes, it is possible to do so. This set up involves the use of an earthing rod, preferably copper, which is driven into the ground outside a property as with a rod integrated into the mains electrical system.
With this arrangement, however, the independent earthing rod is connected to conductor wires which link directly with the earthing products totally by-passing all electrical circuits. This arrangement is more complex than one linked to a mains based system and is only recommended where there is no adjacent mains supply.
Is the effectiveness of earthing products compromised if the quality of the earthing rod ground contact is poor?
Yes, most definitely. Earthing Therapy strongly recommend that in all domestic/ industrial situations where personal earthing products are used, it is imperative that the earthing system, including the rod, is in the best possible condition. This not only optimizes the performance of our products and thus the health benefits enjoyed by our customers, it also safeguards occupants from the more obvious health threats associated with electricity.
Earthing Therapy strongly advise, not just our prospective customers to regularly have their earthing system checked by a qualified electrician, but also anyone else, as standard safety practise.
Our property is of traditional stone wall construction and has an electrical system with an earth connection linked to a metal water pipe. With this arrangement, will personal earthing products work as effectively as when a copper earthing rod is used?
Such arrangements,where the electrical system is earthed on a metal water pipe are commonplace with older properties. Where this is the case,a copper pipe makes for a better earth than does one made of lead or iron, particularly so with the latter, as in time it can seriously corrode if buried, resulting in poor earth contact. Such a copper pipe can provide a proficient connection to earth due to its inherent resistance to corrosion, however an earthing system based around a copper rod is always likely to be more effective for use with personal earthing products since a rod, being solid, in contrast to a pipe, which is hollow, possesses a greater metal mass for conduction of earth current into the ground.
For how long is it necessary to earth myself, in order to reap the benefits of personal earthing products?
If not previously earthed through foot contact, then use of a personal earthing product linked to the electrical system will reduce body voltage levels down to nearly nil almost instantaneously. This can be confirmed using a personal voltmeter. How soon an individual starts to feel health benefits from such an effect is variable, dependent on numerous external factors, not least of which is personal genetics. There is no maximum length of time, beyond which personal earthing should not be extended because the technique is essentially no different to walking barefoot on the land, which mankind has been doing for countless generations.
As a rule of thumb, the longer the period of earthing, the more beneficial are the results. Earthing Therapy particularly recommend the use of earthing bedsheets on a regular nightly basis, research trials having shown that an 8 hour earthing period overnight routinely improves sleep quality and regenerates personal energy levels.
Is it necessary to have the electrical socket switch in the ‘on’ position,when a personal earthing product is plugged into it?
No. The earth circuit within the electrical system operates independently of the electrical supply and makes automatic contact with the metal earth pin of the plug irrespective of the position of the switch.
Are there any safety issues to consider if a personal earthing product is used with a mains extension lead?
No. Again with this situation the earthing product maintains sole contact with the earth circuit of the electrical system, which operates separate from the ‘live’ and ‘neutral’ conductor lines irrespective of whether or not an extension cable is used.
Can personal earthing result in any adverse reactions when used in individuals on medicinal preparations, particularly arthritic pain killers?
Since personal earthing is essentially no different from walking barefoot on the ground and thus the equivalent of a natural non-narcotic therapy, there is no reason why it should produce any harmful cocktail effects when used with medication. Thus far, during research trials, this has never been found to be the case.
Because personal earthing has been shown to have a positive effect in reducing levels of harmful free radicals in the body, it is entirely possible that it could actually exert a positive effect in counteracting the numerous side effects of certain pain killers, which often produce free radicals as they are metabolised by the body.
Is it safe for a woman to use personal earthing aids during pregnancy?
Yes. Since all that personal earthing aids are doing is enhancing the effects of natural earthing, which countless generations have done through their bare feet, the practice is perfectly safe whatever the condition of the individual.
Indeed, since pregnancy results in major upheavals in both the chemical and electrical balance of the body, due to the demands made by the foetus on its mother, earthing products are particularly recommended in this situation.
Not only will they stabilize body physiology by dissipating surplus electricity to earth, they will also exert a positive benefit on the psychological complications that inevitably arise with pregnancy.
Do any complications arise with the use of earthing aids in young children?
No. As earthing products replicate an entirely natural effect, they are entirely safe to use whatever the age of the individual. Since the practice has been shown to reduce levels of harmful free radicals in the body and thus permit more effective deployment of body resources, it can potentially produce holistic health benefits in children down to the youngest age.
This is particularly important in the case of preserving the important copper containing anti-oxidants in young babies, since a typical milk based diet in early life is inherently low in copper.
None of the information on personal earthing disclosed here constitutes medical advice in any way or claims , by itself, to represent a cure or treatment for any medical condition. Earthing Therapy is a business founded on holistic scientific principles, one which advises that the earthing products that we supply are used as a complementary treatment to resolute medical practice.
Based on this doctrine, we recommend that our customers should, in addition to taking regular professional medical advice on their health, always embrace sound holistic principles such as physical exercise, healthy lifestyle, balanced diet and positive attitude, in order to gain optimum benefit from their earthing aids.