Earthing Institute Board of Advisors

Scientific Advisors

Gaétan Chevalier Ph.D.
Director, Earthing Institute

Gaétan Chevalier, PhD, is visiting scholar in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health, School of Medicine, UC San Diego. His experiments and findings on bioelectrical changes generated by Earthing have opened a new frontier of electrophysiological research into the striking differences between grounded and non-grounded human beings. Dr. Chevalier holds a Ph.D. in engineering physics from the University of Montreal. He is a core faculty member and former director of research at the California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas, California, a leading center for the investigation of healing applications of subtle energies.

James Oshman PhD
James Oshman Ph.D.

James Oschman, Ph.D., has exhaustively researched the science related to the healing benefits of Earthing. He was the first to scientifically explain the transfer of free electrons from the Earth’s pulsating surface into the electric matrix of the human body. His investigations, hypotheses, and published papers on the subject have given solid scientific basis to a paradigm-shifting health concept. Dr. Oschman is the director of Nature’s Own Research Association in Dover, New Hampshire, and the author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis (Churchill Livingstone, 2000) and Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003). His work explores the existence of a high-speed communication system extending throughout the human body that responds to the energetic environment. Dr. Oschman holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Tracy Latz, M.D., M.S.
Tracy Latz, M.D., M.S.

Tracy Latz, M.D., M.S., is an integrative psychiatrist, medical intuitive, and has served as an associate clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She holds a masters degree in immunobiology, doctorates in metaphysics and holistic healing, certifications in mind-body medicine, and is currently in private practice in a suburb of Charlotte, NC. She has more than 18 years of clinical experience helping patients shift their lives. Dr. Latz has worked in state hospitals, mental health centers, and community hospitals treating stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and even people “freaking out from the economy.” Her website is Lake Norman Integrative Psychiatry

Paweł Sokal, M.D., Ph.D.

Paweł Sokal, M.D., Ph.D., is an expert in the neurosurgical treatment of pain.  He is head of the department of neurosurgery and neurology at the Jan Biziel University Hospital # 2 and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He serves also as an executive committee member of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.  Dr. Sokal, and his cardiologist father Karol, are pioneers of Earthing research, and have published a number of scientific papers on Earthing.

Tina Michaud, RN, LMT
Tina Michaud, RN, LMT

Tina Michaud-Gray, RN, LMT has worked for more than 20 years with soft tissue injury and acute/chronic pain. She created the New England Rapid Recovery Center in Dover, New Hampshire to provide cutting-edge methods for pain relief and accelerated recovery from surgery and injuries. She uses Earthing as an integral part of her practice to generate tissue repair, pain-free range of motion, muscular flexibility, and strength.

Dr. Richard Kotz

Richard Kotz  retired from the FDA in 2015 after 25 years as a statistical reviewer and manager in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.  During his last 10 years at the FDA he managed a team of statisticians that reviewed hundreds of clinical trials for ob/gyn, urology, gastroenterology, renal, respiratory, diabetes, oncology, anesthesiology, infection control and general surgery devices.  In this capacity, he and his team worked closely with clinicians, engineers, scientists, and statisticians in the medical device industry to develop efficient pilot and pivotal clinical trials. He also served in leadership roles in several statistical organizations, including president of the FDA Statistical Association and chair of the Medical Device and Diagnostic Section of the American Statistical Association. In 2016, he was awarded the FDA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.  He currently works as a Senior Medical Research Scientist at NAMSA, an international medical device research organization.

Charles (Chuck) Munier, D.M.D.

Charles (Chuck) Munier, D.M.D., retired from general dentistry after 40 years treating patients.  He is a life member of both the American and Maine Dental Associations and has been an evaluator of private practice dental products for over 25 years with Clinical Research Foundation. Dr. Munier has an interest in alternative, preventative, and non-invasive methods of treatment.  He has successfully applied Earthing in his private practice to relieve symptoms of acute TMJ pain and dysfunction.

Cimone Kamei, D. Ac.

Doctor of Acupuncture Cimone Kamei has headed the Juju’be Hawaii Clinic in Honolulu for 20 years, where he integrates oriental medicine along with Ayurveda, Hawaiian, and indigenous healing methods used throughout Pacific Ocean cultures.  He has worked closely with health experts to develop a Hawaii-unique “Aloha Medicine” that includes using the concept of Earthing to accelerate healing.  Born in Japan, Dr. Kamei has contributed many articles on healing to Japanese health publications.  He is an ardent black belt practitioner in mixed martial arts and director of the Land of Aloha World Peace Project, a Hawaii-based group that works with indigenous peoples around the world to protect the environment.

Sports & Performance Advisor

Jeffrey Spencer, M.A., D.C.

Jeffrey Spencer, M.A., D.C., was awarded the 2004 International Chiropractic Association’s “Sports Chiropractor of the Year” award in recognition of his uniquely effective treatment and care of world-class athletes to prevent and heal injuries, and maximize performance. Dr. Spencer, a former Olympic cyclist, has worked with professional golf, baseball, football, tennis, motorcross, and Formula 1 racing champions, a World Series MVP, rock stars, and top business executives. He was chiropractor for the United States Postal Service and Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Teams that won an unprecedented eight Tours de France. Dr. Spencer received his undergraduate and master’s degree in physical education from the University of Southern California and his doctor of chiropractic degree summa cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. He has taught post-graduate sports rehabilitation courses and frequently lectures on techniques including Earthing and cold laser technology. Dr. Spencer is author of the acclaimed 2008 book, Turn It Up! How To Perform At Your Highest Level For A Lifetime.  His website is

In Memoriam

Martin Zucker, author (1937-2020)

The late Martin Zucker wrote extensively on natural healing, fitness, and alternative medicine for 40 years, including more than a dozen books. His impact on the world helping spread the message about Earthing and the health benefits of grounding cannot be overstated. Among his final books were Earthing (Basic Health Publications), Move Yourself and Reverse Heart Disease Now (John Wiley & Sons), Natural Hormone Balance for Women (Pocket Books), The Miracle of MSM and Preventing Arthritis (Putnam/Berkley), and The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs/Cats (Three Rivers Press). Zucker wrote hundreds of magazine articles on a wide variety of health topics and contributed to Smithsonian, Readers Digest, Los Angeles Times, Cook’s Magazine, Vegetarian Times, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, and The National Enquirer. He is a former Associated Press newsman in Europe and the Middle East.

Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N.
Stephen T Sinatra, Integrative Cardiologist
(1946 – 2022)

Dr. Sinatra was a true pioneer in integrative medicine. After graduating from Albany Medical School, he started his cardiology career at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Connecticut, where he went on to serve as Chief of Cardiology, Director of Medical Education, Director of Echocardiography, and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. He always researched the best ways to help people, especially regarding cardiovascular problems, but also all kinds of health conditions. He quickly realized that conventional treatments weren’t enough to keep cardiac patients from returning to the ER, and dove into research and educational programs on nutrition, mind-body medicine, and numerous other alternative therapies. A true integrative cardiology pioneer, his medicinal protocol soon combined the very best conventional and alternative practices – including clean, phytonutrient-packed foods and psychotherapy. Dr. Sinatra made two of the most important discoveries regarding the benefits of earthing: 1. He is the first person to postulate that earthing is an anti-inflammatory; 2. He also discovered that earthing is a blood thinner-transforming thick blood from the texture of ketchup to wine – according to his own expression. He was very active until the end. He published his last book “Get Grounded Get Well” on April 3, 2022, only a few months before his death (June 19, 2022).

Karol Sokal, M.D., Ph.D.
(1944 – 2023)

Karol Sokal, M.D., Ph.D., was born on 10th November of 1944 in Koszarsko (Lublin voievodship) after the German occupation, while Poland was occupied by the soviets. He was the sixth of seven children of Antoni and Stefania Sokal. He attended elementary school in Zolkievika and high school in Wysokie. In 1962-1968 he studied medicine at the Military Medical Academy in Lodz. In 1977 he became an internal disease specialist and 3 years later he completed a specialty training in cardiology. His doctorate thesis was about effect of calcium ions on myocardial contraction. He worked at the Military Hospital in Grudziadz from 1970 till 1980, at the Military Clinical Hospital in Lodz from 1981 till 1986 and at the 10th Military Clinical Hospital in Bydgoszcz from 1986 where he was the head of Department of Internal Diseases. His first studies on earthing started in 1989. At first he was studying the side effects of digoxin in patients with circulatory insufficiency and noticed that people who were in motion had a lower rate of side effects of digoxin during its administration. He asked patients to do knee bends and during these exercises he measured calcium ions levels. He also read reports that astronauts in a state of weightlessness had changes in calcium resulting calcium deficits in bones. He came up with the idea of connecting individuals with the earth. Knowing that the earth has an electric potential, he decided to connect individuals to it with cords. He was studying alterations in blood calcium ions levels during rest and during movements in different individuals. Participants who were earthed had the same levels of calcium during earthing in rest as people who were in motion during knee-bends.  In 1993 he was earthing individuals in lying position using a grounding cord and he measured the levels of different ions including calcium. The results were astonishing. He realized that it was something revolutionary in medicine. The question was why a change in the electric potential of the body produces alterations in biochemical parameters. The experiments in a Faraday’s cage were  first conducted in 1995.The first article entitled “Earthing the Human Body Influences Physiologic Processes” describing these studies was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2011.The second one entitled” Earthing the Human Organism Influences Bioelectrical Processes” appeared in the same journal in 2012.

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