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Grounding or Earthing and Holistic Health

GroundingHow I learned of grounding:

I always had a connection (felt connected) to nature and our planet, once this connection was compromised I experienced dis-ease. I know this from personal experience.

In my quest to reverse my male pattern baldness, improve my vision and heal decaying teeth I researched many diets and theories, trying to figure out what the right thing to eat was, more accurately what my body evolved to eat.

I learned of great concepts such as paleolithic dieting and metabolic typing. Dr. Weston Price, like many others, also figured it was all in the diet, that natives and uncivilized people had great teeth (and hair) due to their diet.

One morning as I continued to research the correct genetic type of foods for me, I had a very simple idea sprout from my mind and catch my attention, “it’s not all in the diet”. While diet is a major factor of the body’s health, I believe looking at diets, supplements and chemicals only for an answer misses 1/2 the reality.

Yes the paleolithic humans ate differently, yes the uncivilized white-teethed tribes ate differently. Some ate raw foods, some ate a vegetarian diet of roots and fruits, some drank raw milk, others ate mostly sea food or meat. Finding commonalities in these diets has been the obsession of many researchers and remains an interest of mine; the same with metabolic typing. One convincing answer that explains why different diets had similar results in natives is that these people ate what was right for their metabolic type.

Keeping that in mind, I sifted through facts and theories on ancient and uncivilized diets, then I noticed something that was even more in common between these ancient people, besides how different their diets were than the typical SAD (Standard American Diet). they all were barefoot (or used thin leather sandals), sat on rocks or the ground, climbed trees, swam, and got a lot of sunshine. These people were more “grounded” than us today. I cannot comment on their spirituality, life habits, culture, mind-set, or rituals but I know they were grounded, got a lot of sun and plenty of functional physical activity.

I theorize that it was not just the diet that made our ancestors healthy, it also must have been their lifestyle: especially grounding activities, functional paleo-type physical activity, and plenty of sunshine. This is not to discount diet, diet is a huge part of health, but not the answer-to-all solution to a holistic whole health.

Recently I came across a book that got many 5 star reviews on Amazon. Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? today has 30 5-star reviews, 2 4-star reviews and 1 1-star review. The 1-star review does not dispute the concept of earthing rather was given because the book felt like an infomercial.

I am not concerned with the book or the products that the book mentions. Earthing is as basic as breathing, no one should have to pay for it. When we sit on the grass, walk barefoot on the beach, or swim in the ocean, we all feel great. According to the “grounding” theory we feel great because we become grounded to the earth, the planet, as our ancestors always were.

Watch this 9 min clip, where David wolfe talks about “grounding” and how it fights inflammation, skin conditions, free radicals, and much more.. In this clip they talk about deficiency in charges, tumors, inflammation, ovarian cysts, show skin conductivity changes, images of blood sample changes are also shown and something called the “sarcadian rythm” is mentioned:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_R7T7_gACU.

It is worth watching all five clips.

These are some studies relating to grounding:

1. Pilot Study on the Effect of Grounding on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_delayed_muscle_2010.pdf

2. Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, Blood Oxygenation, Perfusion Index, Skin Conductance, and Their Variability Induced During and After Grounding Human Subjects for 40 Minutes http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_pulse_rate.pdf

3. The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology, Part 2 http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_human_physiology_2007_pt2.pdf

4. The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology, Part 1 http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_human_physiology_2006_pt1.pdf

5. The Effectiveness of a Conductive Patch and a Conductive Bed Pad in Reducing Induced Human Body Voltage Via the Application of Earth Ground http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_body_voltage_2005.pdf

6. The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/cortisol_study_2004.pdf

7. Medical Thermography Case Studies http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/thermographic_histories_2004.pdf

8. Grounding the Human Body to Earth Reduces Chronic Inflammation and Related Chronic Pain http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/earthing_chronic_inflammation_2003.pdf

9. Grounding The Human Body to Neutralize Bioelectrical Stress From Static Electricity and EMFs http://earthinginstitute.net/studies/grounding_body_2000.pdf
It just makes so much sense that we, people and animals, benefit from walking barefoot, swimming, being on trees, sleeping on the ground.. These activities offer grounding, these human bodies evolved being mostly grounded.

To recap,

The secret to health lies in all of these: Diet, mind-set, a healthy spirituality, love, socializing/healthy relationships, sun light exposure (but not sunburning), sun gazing, grounding, paleo/organic physical activity/exercise. Honoring the spiritual being that you are and the electrical/energetic aspects of your body, in addition to the physical body.

Pursuing these will improve physical health (such as hair, skin, your eye sight, weight, digestion) and your sleep, emotional state, mind-set, mental-sharpness and stability, ability to love, have fun, re-connect with forces of nature that are very fulfilling, find wisdom, enjoying being and enjoy an overall well-being, getting you closer to experiencing your full potential on earth at this time.

Grounding / Earthing Commentaries
Below you will find commentaries relating to human earthing and grounding

  1. Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D., The Earth’s Electrical Surface Potential A summary of present understanding | View
  2. James Oschman, Ph.D., Can Electrons Act as Antioxidants? A Review and Commentary | View
  3. James Oschman, Ph.D., Charge transfer in the living matrix | View
  4. James Oschman, Ph.D., Perspective: Assume a spherical cow: The role of free or mobile electrons in bodywork, energetic and movement therapies | View
  5. Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS | View

If any of these documents or links are missing/broken please contact me I have copies.

Probiotics for Better Health

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human intestinal tract. Foods “cultured” with beneficial strains of probiotics such as yogurt and kefir have been used throughout history to improve overall health and vitality, and today, there are many studies reinforcing probiotics’ ability to balance and promote digestive health.

Probiotics also play an important role in modulating the immune system, 70% of which is located in the gut. The word “probiotic” means “for life”, “antibiotics” means “anti life”. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of healthy gut flora. The benefits of probiotics don’t end there, in fact many have reported the disappearance of acne, better skin texture, better hair, the halting of male pattern baldness, ending Candida, even Fibromyalgia, migraines were stopped, and allergies and inflammation reduced by having good gut flora.

“Why take probiotics daily?” you may be wondering. Well, our modern/civilized life has been detrimental to healthy gut flora. Refined sugars, adulterated grains and foods, chemicals, medication, fluoride and chlorine in drinking and cooking water, pasteurization of milk, amongst many other factors can kill off good gut flora and/or allow less-beneficial and sometimes harmful bacteria to take over. Further, many of us also do not eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, sourdough, kimchi, kefir, old fashion pickles, old fashion apple cider vinegar, etc.. I will address this question in future posts more thoroughly.

Many probiotic products exist, unfortunately, not all probiotics are equal, here I will list the best probiotic products, based on my research/opinion.

You may think that in order to get the greatest percentage of active (live) cultures one should buy probiotics that require refrigeration. However, this is not always the case. These probiotics need to travel and survive the journey through your stomach acids. Also, remember, more strains doesn’t mean “better”. Some of the best probiotics have 8, 9 or even 4 strains. Sometimes a single-strain solution is best.

I’ve looked around for the best multi-strain probiotic products that have the best strains, this is what I came up with:

Note: My top 4 are interchangeable. Try one for a month, if you do not see results try another from the top 4. One of these will likely work for you. If not, you have two choices you can try the other good ones listed below or (and I encourage you to do this) scroll all the way down to read about using a single-strain probiotic. Probiotics, like anything ingested produces different results in different people. .

Here are the best:

The Top 4:

1- Dr.Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 Plus
Dr. Ohhira invested years of testing on subjects and came up with a non-refrigerated probiotic supplement line.

Renowned microbiologists, lichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D., and scientists from Okayama University combined ancient Japanese fermentation skills with modern technology to create this unique beneficial product.

This one has twelve (12) strains of lactic acid bacteria, including powerful proprietary TH10, are used in a complex 3-year fermentation process. The nutrient rich cultures medium (an optimum natural pre-biotic) composed of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and seaweeds is encapsulated along with the live lactic acid bacteria. The probiotic system also includes organic acids naturally produced by fermentation. These important substances create the proper GI environment in which all the body’s unique blend of hundreds of strains of friendly bacteria can flourish.

If benefits are desired in the stomach (e.g. heartburn or an unsettling meal) the capsules may be chewed. Temporary reactions such as minor bloating or a mild laxative or constipating effect are signs that the bacteria are remodeling, detoxifying and improving the gut environment

Proprietary Fermented Culture-fermented culture medium of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweeds containing prebiotics, enzymes, bacteriocins and trace amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids 0.42 g
Proprietary Organic Acid Blend-citric acid, lactic acid, formic acid, acetic acid 1.27 mg
Proprietary Lactic Acid Bacteria Blend† 900 million CFU

Lactic Acid Bacteria used in fermentation: Bifidobacterium breve ssp. breve, Bifidobacterium infantis ssp. infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Enterococcus faecalis TH10, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lacrobacillus casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus helveticus ssp. jugurti, Lactobacillus plantarum, Streptococcus thermophilus.

Refrigeration not required

It is pricey. You can get it from here http://www.iherb.com/Dr-Ohhira-s-Essential-Formulas-Inc-Probiotics-12-PLUS-Original-Formula-60-Capsules/3620?at=0

2- The Jarrow Formulas, Jarro-Dophilus EPS, 5 Billion Organisms per Capsule, 120 Veggie Caps is very good and more affordable. This one is “Room Temperature Stable”, requires no refrigeration.

It has eight (8) Species with Clinically Documented Strains. The 8 different strains of probiotic bacteria are delivered directly into the small intestines where probiotic bacteria fully exert their beneficial effects. Probiotic bacteria in Jarrow-Dophilus EPS are selected from the following 4 genera: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Lactococcus and Pedicoccus.

Jarro-Dophilus EPS is a Stable-Dophilus due to its stability at room temperature and enteric coating which protects the probiotic bacteria from stomach acid.

Bifidobacteria longum BB536 (Morinaga strain) has been clinically shown to stimulate immune response and suppress intestinal putrefactive bacteria. L. rhamnosus R0011 is a unique, high producer of polysaccharides that facilitate colonization and stimulate intestinal immune response. L. acidophilus R0052 assists in breaking down lactose (milk sugar) which may improve digestion of dairy products by those individuals who are lactose intolerant. Lactococcus and Pediococcus help reduce spoilage caused by unfriendly bacteria in fermented foods.

Probiotic Bacteria Blend (8 Strains) 5 Billion Organisms ??? g

  • L. rhamnosus R0011
  • L. acidophilus R0052
  • Pediococcus acidilactici R1001
  • L. casei R0215
  • B. longum BB536 (Morinaga strain)
  • L. plantarum R1012
  • B. breve R0070
  • Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis R1058

You can get it from here: http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Jarro-Dophilus-EPS-5-Billion-Organisms-per-Capsule-120-Veggie-Caps/7006?at=0

3- New Chapter, Organics, Probiotic All-Flora, 60 Capsules (Ice)

This one was reported by a few to improve complexion and acne. This one contains ingredients such as the fermented soy, inulin, and apple that probably make it more effective.

This one has nine (9) live probiotic strains delivered in organic whole-food media. Organic Apples and Organic Jerusalem Artichoke Inulin provide prebiotic nourishment to enhance probiotic benefits. A non-Dairy Base.

It requires refrigeration. Contains nine strains of live probiotics cultured together on a non-dairy whole-food medium and then combined with growth-stimulating prebiotic organic apples and organic inulin sourced from organic Jerusalem artichokes. This one includes revered probiotic strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus helveticus, these help support optimal digestive and immune system function. When the culturing of Probiotic All-Flora is complete, the synbiotic-rich whole-food medium and live probiotics are freeze-dried together, a process that preserves their potency until consumed. Once consumed, the cultured whole-food medium and prebiotic whole foods activate the probiotics and enhance their effects. Both are part of the synergistic whole that benefits the entire digestive tract and immune system.

The Proprietary Probiotic Blend contains 35 mg of this: S. thermophilus, L. rhamnosus, B. breve, L. acidophilus, B. infantis, B. longum, L. plantarum, L. salivarius, L. helveticus

You can get it from here: http://www.iherb.com/New-Chapter-Organics-Probiotic-All-Flora-60-Capsules-Ice/18068?at=0

4 – Nature’s Way Primadophilus Bifidus, 90 VCaps

This one contains a 5 billion CFU dose of ” True identity bifidobacteria & lactobacilli”. True Potency ensures 5 billion CFUs per capsule for the entire shelf life. Does require refrigeration.

This one has four (4) strain formula specifically designed for adults

The 71 mg of proprietary Probiotic Blend – 5 Billion CFU, contains: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium breve

In a response to iherb.com the manufacturer said: “Primadophilus can be out of refrigeration for a few days without losing the potency. We add extra cultures to allow for the product to be out of refrigeration for shipping and manufacturing. But for long term storage in order to hold the potency the product should be stored in the refrigerator.”

You can get it from here: http://www.iherb.com/Nature-s-Way-Primadophilus-Bifidus-90-VCaps/4892?at=0

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Other Good Choices:

1- Sedona Labs, iFlora, Multi-Probiotic, New Formula, 60 Veggie Caps
This one contains 16 Strains & 16 Billion Cells (Per capsule at time of manufacture)
It contains 56o mg of the Proprietary Synbiotic Blend containing: Short Chain Fructooligosaccharide (NutraFlora scFOS), Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium lactis (infantis), Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactococcus lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus

You can find it here: http://www.iherb.com/Sedona-Labs-iFlora-Multi-Probiotic-New-Formula-60-Veggie-Caps/7406?at=0

2- AlignGI

Doesn’t produce d-lactate or other harmful substances and has clinical research. It’s of human origin, implants well, survives acid, it’s resistant and more.

This one is pricy

Align contains Bifantis—Bifidobacterium infantis 35624—a patented probiotic strain.

Probiotic Strain: Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Bifantis) is the patented probiotic ingredient in Align that can help build and maintain the body’s natural defenses. Proof: Bifantis has been the subject of several clinical studies and has been featured in peer-reviewed journals. Please see Bifantis.com for full details. Packaging: Align contains 1 x 109 (1 billion) CFUs of live bacteria when manufactured, and provides an effective level until the “best by” date on the package. Align capsules come in specially designed blister packs that ensure bacteria remain alive and effective until the date on the box. Quality and Quantity: DNA testing guarantees the purity of Align. The packaging and labeling meet all World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations by clearly stating:

Strain: Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Bifantis) Colony-forming units (CFU): 1 x 109 (1 billion) live bacteria

No refrigeration required.

http://www.aligngi.com

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Single-Strain Probiotics:

I will discuss these in a future article.

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