The Basics of Grounding
Q. What is grounding?
A: Grounding is the process by which an electrical connection is made to enable one to be in electrical harmony with the earth.
Q. Why is the concept of grounding so important in today's high-tech age?
A. High-tech materials tend to cause us to accumulate an excess positive charge, or stated another way, a deficiency of electrons. Grounding eliminates this excess positive charge and brings us back to our natural state of being in harmony with the earth. Excess positive charge adversely affects various physiological processes. Most people can feel the difference that grounding makes. One can get grounded through an electrical connection using a conductive material. One can also get grounded by going barefoot on the earth or a conductive surface that is electrically connected to the earth. Of the various common building materials, only concrete is conductive.
Q. What is the difference between the electricity in my home and the earth's electric field?
A. While negatively charged "electrons" are moving in the earth and in your home, the earth's electric field is gentle and cannot be used to power electrical devices. The electric power in your home is designed to travel long distances and to power electrical devices. The earth's charge fluctuates slightly at a very low frequency and a low intensity. Electric power has a high frequency and generates a much higher intensity electromagnetic field (EMF). Some people notice feeling varying effects in the presence of measureable EMF. EMF is the strongest near the wires that transmit large amounts of electric power.
Q. Does grounding have anything to do with magnets?
A. While some people experience benefits from magnets, the effect is different. Moving magnets cause electrons to move, but wearing magnets does not affect excessive positive charge.
Q. What kind of shoes provide grounding?
A. Only footwear with electrically conductive soles provide grounding. While leather is conductive, it has become very difficult to find shoes with leather soles. Plastic and rubber can be made conductive through special formulations, but ordinarily, they are not conductive.
Q. I have heard of electrostatic discharge (ESD) shoes. Can I ground myself outside by wearing them?
A. ESD shoes are primarily designed for discharging static electricity but to a degree they ground the body beneficially. They are better than regular shoes but not as good as going barefoot or wearing footwear that has grounding construction. The difference between grounding and static discharge is that grounding instantly equalizes your body at earth's potential. Static discharge, generally called a soft ground or a dissipative ground, is designed to slowly bleed off static electrical charges (contact and separation charges).
Q. Does grounding occur if I work, stand, or walk barefooted on a ceramic tile floor?
A. It depends on whether the tile floor sits on a concrete slab or on the ground. If it sits directly on a slab or ground, the energy could come through. If the tile sits on plywood or some other kind of wood, plastic, or vinyl understructure, you are not likely to get any conductivity. It also depends on what kind of tile. Ceramic tile with a glazed or sealed finish on the surface will, like glass, probably prevent conductivity. Grounding also does not work if standing on carpet or wood floors because these surfaces fully insulate contact directly to the earth.
Q. Can grounding protect me from cell phones, microwave ovens, or smart meters?
A. Grounding does not block microwave radiation. We are not aware of any data regarding effects on one's sensitivity to microwave radiation. Grounding does not block any form of radiations or any field.
Q: Do pluggz work when wearing socks?
A: Yes, pluggz work when one wears socks; the best kinds are cotton or wool. Moisture from sweat glands in our feet produces perspiration (moisture and ions). Ions allow conduction through the fabric of the socks in to the body
Q. Will I feel anything while I am being grounded?
A. Some people experience slight tingling in the beginning.
Q. Can I over ground myself?
A. Absolutely not. The flow of electrons gradually diminishes to nothing as you become electrically harmonized with the earth.
Q. Are there people who wear grounded shoes and don't feel anything, or for whom grounding doesn't work?
A. Everyone who carries an excess positive charge will benefit to some extent and most benefit in some way. We are all different, however. The benefits can come quickly and dramatically or subtly and gradually over time. Connecting to the earth helps preserve and perpetuate good health.
Q. Why should I buy any grounding shoes when I can simply go barefoot?
A. You are absolutely correct. Barefoot is the natural way to go. This is the way humans evolved. In so-called "developed societies," we wear insulating shoes. However, most people won't regularly go barefoot, if at all. So shoes that help ground people were created to address the issues of comfort, convenience, reality, and practicality.
GROUNDING & WELLNESS
Q. Will being grounded help support overall wellness and make me feel better if I have aches and pains?
A. Many research studies report that pain, chronic conditions and even some diseases and other disturbances in our bodies are often caused by chronic inflammation. Such inflammation may be caused by positively charged molecules OR free radicals. When you make direct contact with the earth, such as by being barefoot outdoors or by wearing grounded shoes, the negatively-charged electrons from the earth enter your body. Several studies suggest that grounding reduces inflammation, a condition that is not a disease but often accompanies disease and usually causes discomfort or pain. Inflammation also tends to beget inflammation because inflamed tissue is more easily irritated than tissue that is not inflamed. The body, therefore, continues to have inflammation when its original cause is removed. While the reason is not fully known, it appears that grounding may reduce chronic inflammation and it may be that excess positive charge is the cause of chronic inflammation.
The human immune system evolved over a long span of time during which we were in virtually constant barefoot contact with the earth. In our modern society, humans no longer walk barefoot. We wear shoes that insulate us from the earth's energy. In recent decades the incidence of chronic diseases, allergies, auto-immune conditions, and insomnia has skyrocketed in modern societies. One overlooked reason for this situation is that the immune system began functioning less efficiently as humans increasingly separated themselves from the earth's energy.
Q. How much time do I need to be grounded in order to feel results?
A. At least 20 minutes per day, split between 2 different times if possible. It depends on how many sources of excess positive charge you have in your life.
Q. How long will it take to feel any benefit?
A. Everybody is different and symptoms are different and with different causes. Grounding does not cure anything. Contact with the earth helps restores the body's natural electrical balance and is reported to reduce stress and inflammation. By doing these things, grounding can have both short-term and long-term effects, and sometimes be quite dramatic and quick.
Q. Can you wear grounding shoes if you have knee and hip replacements?
Q. Is it okay to be grounded in the rain?
A. Rain will not interfere with grounding; it will, in fact, enhance it because water, when mixed with the ions that occur naturally in the earth is very conductive.
Q: What about being grounded in an electrical storm?
A. Grounding presents no greater danger than walking barefoot in the rain during an electrical storm. But use common sense and don't stay outside anywhere, during an electrical storm.
Q. I am not feeling any difference from grounding. Could it be because I am very healthy already?
A. Having an excess positive charge alone does not mean you are unhealthy any more than being grounded alone means you are healthy. If your health is currently excellent, you may not notice any difference. However, if your health is very poor, you might also fail to notice small improvements in wellness.