Comment by Mike, 07 Aug, 2016
Hi John. So I would hazard a guess then that the vast majority of every population in the world who don't wear shoes would be utterly free of these problems then?
- Pain, disease, and other disturbances
- more than 80 chronic illnesses
- Heart Disease, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes & Other Diseases
- Insomnia, the chronic pain of multiple diseases and injuries
- exhaustion, stress, anxiety, and premature aging
- chronic diseases, allergies, auto-immune conditions
- chronic pain
- multiple sclerosis
- efficient removal of toxins
- circadian rhythm disruptions, hormonal disorders, cortisol disorders
- heart rate variability problems, herpes, hepatitis
- synchronise internal biological clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms
- low energy
- better sleep and reduced pain
- asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, and hypertension
- blood circulation and thinning
- thyroid function, blood sugar, and blood pressure
- muscle tension
- normalizing, detoxifying, and energizing
- jet lag
- health-disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
- improves blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduces effects of stress
Empirical evidence should see a billion Indians, a similar number of Africans, South Sea islanders, South Americans, Australian Aborigines and your own Maori's never having had these issues because Earthing works right? Except they aren't disease or cancer free are they? No.
Having spent the best part of 25 years in the military and sleeping in and on the dirt I have a range of health issues that puts complete aid to any of these claims.
Comment by the 'Silly Beliefs' Team, 08 Aug, 2016
Exactly Mike. It's not rocket science, and anyone with a couple of brain cells to rub together should quickly realise that poor Indians and Africans with amazing health aren't laughing at us sick Westerners with our silly shoes.
Comment by Joshua, 18 Feb, 2017
John, I enjoyed your article. I have heard a lot about 'grounding' from friends and haven't had time to look into it much yet. You look at things the same way I do. I somehow seem to become more involved in the community of alternative health yet I'm objective. I'm open to new ideas and possibilities, but I always and always look for the selling point, contradictions, generalities, and other nuances that scream "bullshit!".
I separate beliefs, thoughts, and truth. Almost everything I've come across in the alternative health industry is all about presentation to take advantage of desperate sick people. The only healing affect they have is placebo which is powerful for maybe the first week or so. Then the internal drugs stop pumping and they have to find another miracle therapy to get high on. My wife operates this way and we've had a lot discussing. I'm slowly bringing her back down to earth, but it takes some doing to get through. In any case, thanks for picking out the contradictions in the ground 'theory' so I didn't have to waste a bunch of time researching it.
Comment by the 'Silly Beliefs' Team, 19 Feb, 2017
We're glad we could help Joshua. What astounds us with all these fringe bullshit therapies is that if they actually worked, like iPhones, aeroplanes, antibiotics and x-ray machines, then it would be blatantly evident that they worked, and they'd be found everywhere since people very quickly adopt things that have clear and obvious benefits. People don't need to have expertise in medicine or science, they simply need to ask why these alternative therapies aren't being used or recommended by doctors or hospitals, and clearly the obvious reason is that, just like the flying cars we were promised, they don't work.
Comment by Anonymous-1, 14 Jun, 2018
You are full of shit
Comment by the 'Silly Beliefs' Team, 15 Jun, 2018
It never fails to amaze me as to how erudite you true believers are, and how well-reasoned are your arguments. By exposing potential flaws in my arguments you truly do shake my convictions and make me reconsider my stance. Thank you. You're not content to arrogantly scream that I'm wrong and angrily storm off, you want to explain why I'm wrong and help me see the light ... oh no, wait ... you are that sort after all ... lazy, arrogant, belligerent, self absorbed, ignorant and naively credulous. Someone who confuses ill-informed opinions, wishes and desires with facts and reality. So blindly convinced that your silly belief is actually true, but too lazy and ignorant to explain why.
Comment by Raphael, 21 Aug, 2018
Hello John, thank you for your instructive article about earthing.
I was sent the following youtube video by a "friend" very much into that stuff.
It doesn't take long to recognize the same rhetoric as with other "natural medicine" promoters (argument from authority etc), but I still had a good (bitter and sad) laugh with it.
There are some claims about clinical studies in that video: at 5:09 a thermography study, then a "20 pages" document (the number of pages is important obviously) at 11:44 which show that the effects of Earthing™ (no, this has nothing to do with business) have been proved by specialists.
Did you happen during your research to find these documents? It could be interesting to have a look at them as a source, see exactly what has been done, in what conditions etc. I couldn't find them in your article, sorry if I missed it.
Comment by the 'Silly Beliefs' Team, 22 Aug, 2018
Hi Raphael. No, I did not come across those "documents" by "specialists" that purport to prove the benefits of earthing. And actually they don't mention a 20 page document, they claim that there are 20 studies (or 21 according to a second person) in the medical literature on grounding. But what they fail to reveal is that merely getting a study published does not mean that the claims it makes are true, or if the claims are true, that they support the wild claims made by those promoting earthing, and often these studies are "published" in alternative medicine journals that conventional science view as bogus and that exist merely to promote scams. They make no attempt to reveal where viewers might find those studies, we are merely expected to believe they are out there somewhere, and that they rave enthusiastically about earthing. The reality is that if earthing was the miracle cure that they claim it to be, I'd expect the evidence supporting it to appear on more than just some obscure YouTube video made by the very people selling earthing products, such as Clint Ober. Why is this medical breakthrough not on the TV news and featured in the important medical journals like the BMJ? And Clint Ober claims in the video that all our health problems began in 1960 when they started making synthetic soles for shoes. Does he really expect his gullible clients to believe that people never got sick before 1960? Apparently he does, and apparently they do. The claims made in the video are nothing but bullshit. And a better version of the video, with the text in English, can be found here.
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