Betty W. Phillips, Ph.D., Psychology
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BREAKING NEWS: Mother Earth Defeats the Stress Monster

BREAKING NEWS: Mother Earth Defeats the Stress Monster!


The battle has begun and so far Mother Earth appears to be winning. How so, you ask? "Dr. Phillips, don't you know about the oil spill in the Gulf? Don't you know about all the disasters affecting our life on the earth?"  OK, I'm just talking about a skirmish and the war is not over yet, but this is a hopeful finding.


 Last month I wrote about the problems of electromagnetic pollution. Please read the update on my website: 10 pages of careful research about this issue. Electromagnetic pollution is one of the toxic factors in our environment contributing to our high stress levels. When the Stress Monster is tired of throwing around biochemical toxins, electromagnetic pollution fuels his spirit. The Stress Monster knows full well about the devastation caused by all kinds of pollutants on the human body and mind.


Good news. Purchase the book: "Earthing. The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?" by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and Martin Zucker, Basic Health, 2010. Alternatively, you could go to their website,, which contains the basic information about this important concept. The word "earthing" is a take off on the practice of electrical grounding usually used to connect appliances and electrical systems to the earth for stabilization purposes. Clint Ober put together information about grounding and illness to come up with important research for all of us. It appears that earthing offers significant protection against all kinds of stress and EMF pollution, although the research has not yet been extended to protection from radiowave or microwaves frequencies.


Let me explain.  The human body evolved eons ago to cope with the natural conditions of life on earth. The body evolved without shoes, wood floored houses, beds or high-rise living. The cover of the earthing book shows bare footprints in the earth, signifying the natural condition of our body over time. The earth has electrical frequencies which enter the body as we walk barefoot or sleep on the ground. We know that the earth's energies include subatomic particles called free electrons with a negative charge. Above the ground level the atmospheric charge becomes increasingly positive.  Skin to skin contact with the earth delivers these negative particles to balance the positive charges in the body. The electrical potential of the earth rises and falls according to the sun, with the intensity being more energetic during the day and less energetic during nighttime to promote sleep. In other words, our circadian cycles are influenced by earth energies as well as sunlight. So what happens when we insulate ourselves from these natural forces by wearing insulated shoes, living in insulated houses, sleeping on insulated beds? We are attacked by free radicals. Don't ask if those are the radicals that attacked us on 9/11. I mean biochemical free radicals which cause oxidative stress, inflammation and disease, but are neutralized by negative electrons freely available in the earth. Ober's group feels that the free electrons are the source of antioxidants which combat the free radicals.


Please read the research findings which are coming out to validate the healing powers of earthing.  "Defuses the cause of inflammation, and improves or eliminates the symptoms of many inflammation-related disorders; Reduces or eliminates chronic pain; Improves sleep in most cases; Increases energy; Lowers stress and promotes calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones; Normalizes the bodies biological rhythms; Thins blood and improves blood pressure and flow; Relieves muscle tension and headaches; Lessens hormonal and menstrual symptoms; Dramatically speeds healing and helps prevent bed sores; Reduces or eliminates jet lag; Protects the body against potentially health-disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs); Accelerates recovery from intense athletic activity." Many of the research projects were double-blind controlled studies. All I can say is: Wow!


A note about electromagnetic pollution which was studied in a few of the research projects. A voltmeter registered an average of 3.3 volts on the subjects bodies before earthing. During earthing, the level was significantly reduced to 0.007 volts when subjects slept on earthed bed pads!


Read the website and the book and then consider either spending barefoot time on the earth or investing in products such as mats or sheets which will let you earth yourself using a grounding rod or the grounding system of your home or workplace.  As you read the history of this concept and realize the personal time and funds invested by Ober and others, you will see the motivation was not to earn money selling products but rather to invest in research to benefit us all. So, onward, forward, to defeat the Stress Monster!