There's an alarming trend toward more dis-ease and lowered longevity, says cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra. He's an advocate of a free, simple way for anyone to feel better -- grounding to absorb Earth energies. I've been going barefoot and gardening barefoot for about two months now. I used to do it all the time as a kid, but as an adult, it feels like my feet are naked. I had to get over the fear I was going to step on something sharp. It takes awhile before this very natural act starts to feel natural again. I wrote about the idea that the Earth Talks to Us Through Our Feet and that's led to finding out about the health benefits.
Dr. Sinatra heads up the Heart MD Institute, and is co-author of the book, Earthing. He says Earth electrons -- which we have become disconnected from -- have a physically positive effect on heart and blood health, and the nervous system. He says, "I'm bullish on grounding as the most primitive, easiest, cheapest way of creating optimum health."
In his short intro to grounding, he mentions how the most radical ideas, are often the simplest. It's significant that the word radical means "of the roots, origins." How much of our dis-ease comes from being cut off from our roots? And how easy it could be to find our footing again.
Some keys to grounding are: wearing leather, hide or natural fiber shoes, rather than plastic/rubber; sleeping or lying on the ground; and of course, finding time to go barefoot. If you're exhausted, drained, like after air travel, Dr. Sinatra recommends slipping off your shoes and finding a patch of grass. The Earth electrons counter what he calls the "firestorm of free radicals" around us -- they put the fire out, and soothe the electromagnetic body.
Other soothers via negative ions (added electrons) are mountains and waterfalls, gem stones like rose quartz, the ocean waves, forests, thunderstorms and taking showers. The soothing Taurus Moon in opposition to Venus-Mars Scorpio can bring us back to Earth. It's timely for looking at the connection between emotional-psychic disturbances, too many positive ions (electronics, air conditioning, bad lighting, dry climates) and our separation from the ground beneath us.