NOBODY can tell me that Grounding does NOT work. PERIOD.
Peggy Hernandez Brewer, Joliet, Illinois. There is NOBODY that can tell me that Grounding does NOT work. PERIOD.
Yes, it may take time for you to see the changes but I have PROOF it works. Pure PROOF.
For over 15 years I have been taking Fenofibric acid. This is for high triglycerides. When we first learned it was elevated, 15 years ago, we tried everything to get it lower. Diet, Exercise, no meat, name it, I tried it. No matter what I tried those numbers NEVER EVER came below 165mg. Normal is below 140 mg.
My cholesterol has always been normal UNTIL 3 years ago. Again, we tried everything. Including I was told I could only eat red meat once a month. Those that know me, know I LOVE my red meat. And bacon, do NOT tell me not to eat bacon. It wont happen. I LOVE my bacon. But in all seriousness, yes, I did cut back on both, red meat and bacon. For 3 years no matter what, those numbers continued to creep up. They put me on a statin, and 30 days later they did some blood work and my liver enzymes were THROUGH THE ROOF! So I stopped those and they put me on Repatha.
I have been on that now over a year, blood work done twice to make sure I had not other bad side effects. First one, the numbers came down by 5 points. Second one, they were still rising slowly.
Due to go back into the cardiologist in June for my yearly checkup.
My HDL (good cholesterol) has always been around 30 which is worrisome low, hence why I have always go into my cardiologist mainly because heart disease runs in the family.
My thyroid started acting up on me a few years back. I have been on Armour for my my Hypothyroidism. And I was told, yep, you will be on meds for the rest of life for this.
I have had to take Vitamin D supplement because it has been so low forever. Dr.s have had always made me take 5000IU daily for at least the past 10 years.
The ONLY thing that has changed for me at all is I have been GROUNDING for the past month. ONE MONTH thats ALL.
Nurse just called me with my blood work I did the other day.
Cholesterol now 85 (over 240 last blood work)
Triglycerides now 104 (165 last blood work)
HDL now 38 (last one was 30)
Thyroid needs to be tested again in 3-6 months. Right now it is reading NORMAL, they want to make sure it does not go to Hyperthyroidism issues!! And yes, he IS talking about me NOT needing these meds any longer.
And my Vitamin D. I have to STOP taking it now because it is elevated and that is not a good thing.
For those of you who will try to say well you stay outside a lot more now, I dont spend anymore time outside now then I did last go around.
And lets not forget I have had NO migraines, NO sinus issues and NO allergy issues.
I am BEYOND EXCITED by this news and SO VERY THANKFUL!!
People, take your SHOES OFF and spend time outside barefoot, OR buy some products to use indoors.
Yes, we have several products we use indoors, and yes, I have become OBSSESSED with it, but do you SEE WHY??? It is
HELPING MY HEALTH!!
Did I expect ANY of this to happen? No, I thought something MIGHT happen but I did NOT expect all of this.
God is good!
Shoulder blade pain, depression gone; arthritis much improved
Alison Shaw Grindstaff, July 2022: “I’ve only been at it for 3 weeks. I have suffered with inflammation in my upper back behind my shoulder blade for over a decade. It’s basically GONE!! I have struggled with depression and I feel it lifting! I have arthritis in my left hand and can tell a noticeable difference! Overall, I just *feel* better!!! I go barefoot in the grass several times a day while taking my dog out. I purchased a 2 pack of mats that the hubby and I placed at the foot of the bed. He is sleeping more sound and so am I. I am SO thankful I learned about earthing!! It is changing my life for the better in so many ways. Get those shoes off, get your bare feet in the grass and enjoy! “
Pelvic dysfunction, eczema, allergies gone
Erika Catherine, May 15 2022: “I am now exactly one month into my grounding journey and want to share my story and amazing results. Way back when I was pregnant with my first son who just turned 14 in April I developed a condition called Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). It causes pain in the pelvis, hip, and back because the joints in the pelvis basically become disconnected and malfunction. It’s actually fairly common during pregnancy but can persist after in a very small number of cases. I am unfortunately one of those cases. After my son was born I had chronic pain but I didn’t even realize I had that condition or what it was. Fast forward 2 years when I was pregnant again with my second son and the pain was so severe I was practically bedridden and it was worse after having him.
I have seen several doctors and physical therapists over the years and during the worst bouts of pain was prescribed prescription strength ibuprofen which I would have to take for long periods of time. The pain seemed to flare up after bouts of physical activity especially types that involved sideways rotation of your leg like the motion you would use to exit a car. I’ve always struggled with this but largely just learned to live with it and manage the symptoms. It’s been particularly difficult while sleeping or laying down and causes me to have to switch sleeping positions really often.
Well fast forward to 2019 and a much older me ends up pregnant with my third son (who just turned 3.) Of course the SPD came roaring back with a vengeance and this time seemed to wipe out my capacity to sleep at all. I purchased a new mattress and have several little foam wedges that I would interchange through the evening either between my knees or in the small of my back depending on where the pain was coming from that night often having to rearrange them several times a night.
I honestly had just resigned to this being the rest of my life until I happened upon this group. I lurked for a while then decided to take the plunge and purchased 2 mats. One I keep under my computer desk where I work from home and the other at the foot of my bed. I’m so unbelievably glad I did. I have had ZERO pain for the first time in nearly 15 years and pretty much happened from the start of the very first day using the pads.
I’ve also struggled with really bad eczema mostly on my arms and legs that coincidentally also started when I was pregnant with my first son. It’s basically continuously gotten worse over the last 15 years and the only thing that has helped at all was topical steroids. I can’t use them all the time though because they thin your skin. Well I had been off steroids at the time I started earthing so I was in a flair up and it usually tended to get worse when the seasons transitioned which is now in Ohio. Well my skin is actually completely free and clear as well also for the first time in 15 years without any steroid use.
I have also been a seasonal allergy sufferer especially during spring and fall and usually use 3 types of different allergy medicine. I have hardly touched them in the last few weeks and normally that would be impossible right in the middle of spring.
I’m a complete convert at this point! I have both my parents grounded now and am basically a walking billboard at this point. My boyfriend still thinks I’m a nutcase and that this all has to be some sort of coincidence but to me that seems more far-fetched. I’ve also purchased the patches and sandals and really look forward to my new lease on life!
Anemia and pneumonia overcome, energy boosted, skin radiant
Sarah Laucks, York, PA, wellness educator, (2017): Sarah Laucks is a former education director of an organization that stages events in the U.S. and Canada for people with disabilities, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals. She shared her grounding experience with us in December 2017: “The first week of March 2017 I ended up in the hospital for four days with pneumonia and iron-deficient anemia. Looking back over the preceding few months, my physician felt I acquired walking pneumonia several weeks prior to the hospital stay after fighting off a cold since the end of January. The walking pneumonia left my immune system very weak and I picked up a more dangerous type of pneumonia as a result (there are more than 30 known causes of pneumonia and most are contagious).
“The iron-deficient anemia was likely due to six months of intense work and stress, coupled with increased weight lifting workouts, and diet that was not supporting me properly.
“My ‘adventure’ with pneumonia meant four trips to the ER (three in an ambulance), 4 full days in the hospital, three doses of the powerful antibiotic Levaquin followed by an allergic reaction to that antibiotic, and lastly intense digestive trouble as a result of nearly 20 days on antibiotics.
“To resolve the iron-deficient anemia I was taking iron supplements which are known to cause digestive troubles. I needed to rebuild my reserves after the pneumonia, had constant shortness of breath due to the anemia, and a stomach that couldn’t handle much in the way of food.
“While I was in the hospital a long-time friend and colleague was also hospitalized for a pressure sore (she has spina bifida and is a wheelchair user). We texted each other while in the hospital and she told me she was using grounding mats. I had heard of grounding a full four years prior but had never looked deeper or tried it for myself. When she got out of the hospital in half the time compared to her last pressure sore (which was approximately 15 years prior) I decided to pay attention. I got out of the hospital on March 9. I continued to hear from my friend about how well she was doing. “Meanwhile I was trying to get better with nutrition, probiotics, and other supplements. I’d feel better for a few days, then have a few bad days. I was very frustrated. Finally, on May 17 I bought two grounding mats. I was somewhat skeptical. I thought, ‘this is ridiculous.’ But I went ahead, read the directions, tested an outlet, and put my bare feet on the mat.
“Within 60 seconds I could feel it. Twenty minutes later I felt significantly better. I started using those two mats obsessively. I slept with them at night. I had them under my desk during the day – with my bare feet on them at all times. Used them on the couch at night – resting my feet and ankles on them. My husband thought I was crazy but there was no doubt to me that the grounding was helping, and it was helping more than anything else. “When the weather warmed up, I was also outside in my bare feet constantly. I spent at least a full hour, often more, outside from the end of May until the weather got cold in late October 2017.
“The improvements I’ve experienced are like nothing I’ve ever had before. I’ve been on a wellness adventure since I was 19 and I have tried everything including chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and acupressure, nutrition, supplements, juicing, smoothies. I’ve tried a lot of things. I have a litany of long-term health challenges including three herniated discs in my lumbar spine since I was 23, Celiac disease and more. Nothing has helped me as much as grounding.
“Here’s a list of improvements:
- “I have not been sick with a cold or any other contagious disease since I started grounding. In spite of organizing large events, with thousands of people at each event, shaking many hands, hugging many people. I’ve also had four trips during this time period where I flew – time in airports surrounded by hacking, coughing, sneezing passengers.
- “Within six weeks of grounding I started to notice a change in the skin on my hands. The skin was becoming smoother, less red, and more full. My nails, which were heavily ridged from the anemia, were also smoothing out – not as they grew out but the entire nail bed was smoothing out. At first my husband said ‘no way.’ But within the next month he had to admit my skin all over my body was changing – for the better. It was like I was getting younger. People constantly comment on how much my skin is improving.
- “I sleep very soundly. I’m rested and ready to go when I wake up. I no longer need a few hours to ‘get going.’ My husband says he’s never seen me have so much energy. We’ve been together for 12 years. And he’s right I have so much more energy than I did before.
- “I am doing things again that I haven’t done in years. I used to be a figure skater and I’m going back to the rink after 10 years away from it. I run with my son to school each morning, turn around and run back home. Six months ago I was out of breath walking him the two blocks to school!
- “I resolved my iron deficient anemia by September 2017, just six months after it was diagnosed. My hematologist was so surprised he wanted to know exactly what I’d done.
- “I am more motivated. I am more focused, significantly so. I am not struggling to stay focused by giving myself little rewards – breaks in the day to look at social media or watch a movie trailer.
- “My husband has not snored one night since we got the grounding sheet. He used to snore all the time.
“I can breathe better than I can remember. It’s a physical sensation throughout my sinus cavities that I don’t remember feeling before.
“Within a few minutes of beginning grounding I can tell that I am grounding. My lips begin to feel fuller – in fact they are much more red these days, an indicator of improved circulation and better oxygenation in the blood. I also feel tingling in my tongue.
“I’m so excited for the future! I feel that I am aging in reverse. I absolutely feel that my body is younger and more vibrant than it was six months ago. When I got sick I was feeling frustrated on so many levels – my skin was looking old with lots of wrinkles, my lips had no color (an anemia indicator), I had no energy – no motivation, I was burned out, all I wanted to do was rest, I was pushing myself to get through every day. Now I am vibrant and excited for each new day.
“Every day I have this thought: I have my life and health and vigor back.”
“Like a miracle for me and my family and friends”
Karen Blaine, 66, Yakima, WA (2020): “I first heard of Earthing from my younger sister who said she and her husband tried all the Earthing products. They have both been fighting autoimmune issues, inflammation, and lack of sleep. They have 5 adult children who are also Earthing. My sister told me this is something absolutely incredible, and knowing all the health issues I have had for years, she wanted to share it with me immediately! I was diagnosed with an incurable disease known as CRPS, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome when I was only 52. My orthopedic doctor said that it can be an autoimmune problem, or from injuries that did not heal correctly, which was my case. I have always played sports, and I also trained and showed horses for years. I also broke both ankles several times, but refused surgery, so he was convinced that was how I got this horrible painful disease.
“I spent 15 years in a literal nightmare locked up in my body, from chronic pain, chronic insomnia, terrible inflammation, PTSD, anxiety disorder. The list is long. I have had nine concussions over the course of my lifetime, just one too many injuries to my body, starting at a very early age. I was 3 when I started riding horses, by the age of 15 I was training race and rodeo horses. I even barrel raced, did the equestrian circuit for several years. My passion was definitely ‘horses.’ My mom could not keep me off of them, no matter how many times I was injured. It did not matter to me. I knew I had a special gift, at one time people called me ‘a horse whisperer.’
“After years of spinal cord injections, numerous pain meds, spinal cord stimulator, I finally threw in the towel, as none of these treatments were helping me, and if anything, were making me worse.
“I started using the smaller Earthing mat sitting at the kitchen table with both bare feet on the mat twice a day an hour each time. In 5 days, I was out of pain, and the feeling in my head was that of total clarity. I was sleeping at least 4 hours a night, which is better than no sleep. I thought I had died and gone to heaven!
“I then decided to try the bed mat. That was the ticket to freedom! In maybe 3 weeks if that, I was sleeping each night 7-8 hours straight, waking up with ZERO pain, I could not believe what was happening! I started going barefooted outside, either in the grass, or on dirt.
“I have now been using both these products for about 5 weeks, and I will use them until it’s time for me to leave this Earth! The Earthing book has literally saved my life, and given me freedom from all of my ailments. I have shared the book, and all the links to the earthing products with about 30 of my friends. They have all ended up Earthing now, and thanking me, but in my heart, the thanks do not belong to me, it was the Lord and the men that wrote this incredible book.
“My primary care doctor is still in shock at how my blood pressure is normal now, and my inflammation reading in my lab work is normal.
“As far as my younger sister’s family goes, they are doing much better. Four of her five children, aged 21-38, have been dealing with a variety of major health issues, including childhood diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders like MS and lupus, as well as anxiety and PTSD.
“All of the children have been Earthing almost 2 months now, and my sister says the results are nothing short of a miracle! The pain and inflammation are totally gone from their bodies, they are all getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. The autoimmune diseases are slowly but surely disappearing.
“All this has been truly an answer to prayer, so thank you to all of you for getting the word out about Earthing, It completely changed our lives. God Bless you all for this genuine true miracle!!”
Knee pain, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain and spondylitis gone
Janhavi Patankar, 52: A milestone for me after 8 long years of severe knee pain, Plantars feitius, lower back pain and spondylitis! After a brisk 30 minute walk on concrete walking path to toughen my feet , a 20 minute routine of jogging and 4 sprints of 15 mts each on COLD WET DEW filled grass followed by a 20 minute meditation sitting Grounded, I healed all the muscles and joints by simply touching them on that grass.It gave an instant healing and a feeling of relaxation and a complete rejuvenating feeling ..I’m 52 years ‘Young’…again!! I was a track and field State level athlete in my school n college days where we trained on NATURAL GRASS in those days which actually gave no injuries as such.At that time we had training sessions of Barefoot running too.. but with time I wore shoes and ran on hard surfaces which unknowingly made me practically crippled .I had never felt so helpless until I accidentally started walking in the rain on mud and grass BAREFOOT simply to feel more connected with the Earth.Within 20 days all my 8 year long aches and pains simply disappeared!! Then I stumbled upon CLINT OBER’S full Earthing movie ..and since then there has been no stopping…
“Overall feeling of wellness”
From Nancy in Lakeville, MN (2019): “I immediately noticed sleeping & waking completely refreshed. Extra energy. In a month, spring allergies = gone. Overall feeling of wellness. Shoulder injury pain gone. Haven’t had it tested yet but feel improved eyesight. Feeling grateful for everything experienced so far & sharing with everyone that will listen. Grounding is truly the missing link for overall wellness.”
“I’m embarrassed to admit how well this works!”
From a reader of the Earthing book on Amazon (March 2018): “I feel weird writing this. Grounding works. It really does but I feel awkward telling people about it. They look at you like you’ve lost your mind. How can connecting with the earth heal your body. It sounds too simple, too easy, too good to be true. But I have to tell you it works to reduce your inflammation which is what causes so much of my pain. My osteoarthritis pain has diminished substantially, my gums are less swollen (as noticed by my dentist), and I heal very quickly from minor injuries. I know this sounds stupid and I can’t help how it sounds. But if you are in pain, you have nothing to lose. It doesn’t require health insurance, a prescription from a doctor, or any difficult treatments. Just connect with the earth and it will provide energy to heal you. Get over your embarrassment and give it a try. You won’t regret it.”
“I am a new person!”
From a woman on Facebook: “If you only knew how much this has changed my life! I have osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, sinus, and digestive issues. I would wake up feeling worse than when I went to bed! Working retail on a concrete floor everyday, and taking 800 mg ibuprofen every 4 hours. Even with all of that, my pain level, on a scale from 1 to 10, was probably a 12. I could not ever get comfortable enough to even fall asleep. Now, my pain level is maybe a 1 or 2. All of this is under control thanks to seeing a short video on grounding one day. I decided skeptically to try the bands, sleeping with them every night. My left knee hurt for years and now it doesn’t hurt at all! I have been grounding for about four months. Something so simple has made a world of difference to my life. There are times when I have pain, and I have to remind myself that I am still going to have pain, LOL! I have noticed that when I have issues, like colds or sprains, that my body recovers from this in way less time than before. I live in a climate where I can’t be outside barefoot 6 months out of the year, so I am so grateful for my earthing mat that I have in my bed now. I am a new person!”
No more allergies, mother and sister have less pain and sleep better
Donna Tisdale, real estate broker, Nashville, TN (2020): “Way back in 2007, I first heard about sleeping grounded was from Dr. Jim Oschman, who was friends with my rolfer. I remember purchasing Earthing sheets in November.
“The first thing husband Bill and I noticed is that we were sleeping like the dead! Bill would normally wake up if a gnat farted! The second thing we noticed was not having to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. We just slept through the night.
“After our good results I bought sheets for my mom for Christmas and I took them with us to our Sarasota house where mom had moved to after Dad passed.
My 89 year old mother was also sleeping much better and noticed she didn’t has as many aches and pains.
“Then April/May 2008, was the kicker and the beginning of our ‘boating season’ at the yacht club. I went through both months without the first sneeze and no giant economy size box of Claritin. I was amazed no seasonal allergies. I asked Bill while the Bradford Pears were in FULL BLOOM, if maybe no runny nose, no sneezing had anything to do with sleeping grounded. I always looked forward to our weekends at the lake because out on the hook, I didn’t suffer the whole weekend sneezing. Well, that spring was a very wonderful awakening for me and sleeping grounded! I just knew I’d hit on something BIG!
“Well, I decided to give my sister a set of the sheets for her birthday, and her rheumatoid arthritis was giving her fits. The sheets immediately helped her and that’s when I became a fanatic! She sleeps through the night. Rarely has flare ups.
“I called Earthing.com back then and asked a question about the sheets. She said, “We’re getting dozens of orders from Tennessee all of a sudden, places in and around Nashville.”
“I immediately replied, “Oh that would be my yacht club!!!” Half of my yacht club is sleeping grounded!!!
“My mother is no longer incontinent, no longer has shoulder pain for over years and couldn’t raise her right hand over her shoulder to comb her hair. I no longer have allergies, do not get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and this body has a Medicare card! I have an
auto-immune disorder that is going away. My husband has faced knee surgery for 3 years and now he has no knee pain, whatsoever. He has also suffered
from plantar fasciitis and that is totally gone. My dear friend who has Lyme’s Disease used to have 14-15 migraine headaches a month and now has one or two a month!”
Osteoporosis gone, migraines way down, more energy!
MP, 65, retired nurse, Indio, California (2020): “When I first began grounding I did not have the immediate results that I have read about others having. In fact I felt worse. I had more fatigue & pain. I have an autoimmune condition (Ankylosing Spondylitis), chronic pain, as well as migraines. You encouraged me to hang in there, that it would get better. I continued grounding night & during the day when I laid down. I have been grounding almost 3 months. The changes have been very gradual.
“When I started I was walking 20 minutes a day & struggling to do that due to overwhelming fatigue and pain. I have osteoporosis & my doctor has been pushing me to go on medication for it. I have resisted because of all the side effects associated with these drugs. I have been taking supplements to strengthen my bones, though my doctor said that it won’t make much difference. I was on supplements before my bone scan 2 years ago & my results showed my bones density was less.
“I had read that grounding may help with osteoporosis so that was my motivation. I kept putting off my bone scan to allow more time to ground. Then my doctor refused to treat me any longer if I didn’t get my repeat scan & go on meds. So I had my scan. I was shocked to learn that I no longer have osteoporosis!
“I then looked at other things that have changed since I started grounding. Instead of struggling to walk 20 minutes a day I have been able to work up to over 3 miles a day! My fatigue has improved & I’m able to be more active.
“I was averaging 5-10 migraines a month and I now average 2 migraines a month. My chronic pain has improved, instead of having to take something for pain & laying down, I lay down & ground with relief. My pain is relieved without drugs.
“I have sciatica pain in my right leg which I’ve had for many years. I use the grounding band on my right foot & it is very effective in relieving that nerve pain that little else has ever helped.
“I purchased the band set from Earthing and I like them very much. I have even used the large band for my head when I have a migraine. I don’t know if it’s the pressure from the band or grounding my head but it does give me relief.
“My husband has no health issues. He grounds at night on a mat with me. We both slept deeper when we first started grounding but he continued to snore like a freight train! I then got the grounding pillow covers which were a game changer for him. I no longer have sleepless nights from his snoring. Sometimes he’ll take a nap on his couch in the den (not grounded) & he can be heard snoring all over the house. If he is on his grounding pillow, no snoring!
“Needless to say I am a firm believer in the benefits of grounding after only 3 months. Can’t wait to see how much better I get as time goes on!”
Relief from plantar fasciitis, psoriasis, cramps, migraines
Lorraine Lopez, 47, Lancaster CA, wrote us in January 2020 with the following report: “I’m a busy mother of five, with five pets as well. I have all the Earthing products, including bands, patches, and the bed mat.
“I first started Earthing in mid-September by going barefoot outside on the grass during the week and on weekends at the beach while we stayed on our boat. In December, I started sleeping grounded.
“Almost immediately I felt relief from the stabbing fiery pain of plantar fasciitis. Previously, I could barely walk because of the pain and sometimes I couldn’t walk at all. That by itself was such a miracle to me, but there was more. Much, much more.
“I had a great deal of pain from two ingrown toenails and could only wear flip flops since the slightest touch would make me yell. Since Earthing, the pain is completely gone.
“I also noticed right away that the psoriasis on my legs was getting lighter and the itch and burn had gone away. Now it’s completely gone!
“At my age, I was starting to experience hormonal changes. I was having double periods, killer cramps, and heavy flow. Now I get no cramps at all! No PMS either and my flow is light! No more double periods or menopause symptoms! If you’re a woman you’re probably saying yay with me. I also noticed I got my libido back, as well as clarity. No more brain fog, not one anxiety attack, and no migraines. I had migraines several times a week and when I got one I would lay my head on my grounding sheet, and it would go away. Now I don’t get them anymore just from sleeping grounded during the week and going barefoot at the beach during the weekends. I was also experiencing back of the head tremors which used to frighten me. Haven’t had one again, also since Earthing!
“When I was 25, I was involved in an accident and broke all my ribs on one side, as well as an arm, hand, leg, foot, and collar bone. Since hitting 40 or so, every winter I‘ve developed excruciating arthritic pain. I just noticed a week ago that now I wake up without any aches and pains. I’m actually walking all over town now even in the cold!
“My husband also sleeps grounded with me and he hasn’t complained of his usual hip, back, leg, or foot pain anymore. We sleep so good every night and feel super rested every time we get up. Sometimes we don’t get that much sleep but it feels like we slept for hours. We wake up energized.
“I’m grounding my kids and they tell me their sleep is great and they feel more energized.
“All I can say is that I’m feeling fantastic. Thank you, Earthing!”
Hot flashes, night sweats, joint pain and swelling gone
Karen Ball, 63, massage therapist, Beaverton, OR: “In 2011, I was in terrible shape. I had been suffering with serious insomnia for 22 years, sleeping maybe 2 -3 hours on average per night. I had developed an inability to break down carbohydrates and had other digestive difficulties, mild depression, bloating, 15 years of hot flashes, bone density issues, and severe arthritis and muscle contraction in my right hip that caused pain and restricted movement. To top it off, at 244 pounds, I was 80 pounds overweight.
“Sleeping pills, mega-doses of melatonin, antihistamines, supplements, hot baths, herbs, teas, meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation CDs, and so many more things were making little impact on my problems. I read everything and tried everything I found, many times over. I checked out every book the library had on insomnia, and read anything I could find on the web.
“In July 2011, I started sleeping on an Earthing sheet. The first three nights I didn’t get any sleep, but I had massive amounts of energy from laying on it 7-9 hours per night. Within the first 2 hours I lost considerable inflammation so that my ankles which had been severely swollen now appeared normal. I weighed myself and found I had lost 4.5 pounds of swelling those first 3 nights. Not real weight loss; just a very noticeable decrease of swelling.
“It took 6 nights before I got a good night’s sleep. But from August of 2011 to the present, August of 2013, I have had 4-8 hours of sleep every night except for 2 nights. In that time, I’ve had more than 40 nights where I slept through the night through without getting up to urinate. The better sleep is a big deal. I can only lose weight when I sleep five hours or more. I have now lost 40 pounds, and basically by not doing anything, just sleeping more. I need to lose another 40, and to do that, I’ll need to stop eating bread when I shouldn’t.
“First my ankles and then the knees became normal size without the swelling. I could actually see my kneecap for the first time in five years. My pain was reduced. The contraction in my right thigh (my body trying to protect the hip) went away. The position of the femur corrected itself, and was no longer pressing against the side of the hip socket. This meant a greater range of movement, less pain, and for the first time in years, allowed me to start exercises to reverse the muscle atrophy that had developed over the previous decade. Walking and other forms of exercise had been very painful. I could now do those things.
“In recent years, my hip pain and restrictions had increased to the point where at times I couldn’t manage anything greater than a 4-inch stride. I am a tall woman with a 36-inch inseam. I was barely able to get my leg over the side of a tub, and had to lift my leg with my hands to get into bed or to get into a car. Gradually, I’ve been able to extend my stride to 18 inches on a good day. That’s not much for a woman of my age with very long legs, but it is so much better, and it has been getting better all the time.
“I still walk with a cane most of the time, but when I don’t my side-to-side hip sway is less than half of what it was before. The sway increases pain so I use the cane to minimize the sway. It provides support as I get better. My ability to bend my knees has increased. I can cross either leg over center now and I could not before. I can lift things now that before would cause severe pain in the hip. I have been able to do yard work on my half acre, walk readily back and forth to the chicken coop, and sometimes get in a total of a mile-and-a-half of daily walking. I am working continually to strengthen the weak leg muscles so that maybe one day I will be able to walk without a cane. Meanwhile, it looks as if I am pushing off further into the future a hip replacement that I was supposed to have at one time.
“Previous to all this, I had developed arthritis in my right pinky. It was swollen and bent, and painful when I put pressure on it during my work as a massage therapist. The joint has straightened dramatically (though not completely yet) and is much more normal now. I can now put maximum pressure on it without any problem. I had pain in one wrist and that went away as well.
“My night sweats stopped, and then my hot flashes diminished, and stopped completely in December 2011. After 15 years, it was a great relief.
“I hadn’t realized how depressed I was until after I started Earthing and having a growing sense of well- being and return to health. It is a wonderful feeling. I can do so much more now, although I am aware of my limitations. If I do too much or eat too much bread, then I can only get about 4 hours of sleep. That used to be my maximum but not enough to lose weight. I love the fact that my maximum is my minimum now. My capacity keeps growing and the improvements continue. Clearly the more time I spend Earthed, the better I feel.”
Beating Insomnia, Fatigue, and Adrenal Exhaustion – One Woman’s Story
In early 2015, Barbara, a disappointed West Coast businesswoman contacted us to say that she had been grounding for three nights and hadn’t experienced any improvements.
“I want so to be among the people who have great results,” she said. “But right now I am a little discouraged. Maybe my sleep is a little better, but nothing obvious and miraculous. I am so hopeful, even desperate, to be well.”
Barbara, 57, is the proprietor of a landscape business. She said she has had chronic insomnia ever since her college days. Over time she developed adrenal exhaustion, anxiety, depression, chronic coughing, and joint and muscle pain flares. She’d lived in a compromised state for the previous eight years, and been fatigued continually for almost a year-and-a-half. At the end of 2013, she became severely ill and weak, and had to be treated repeated times at the emergency room or in urgent care.
Stress played a big part in her health problems, she admitted.
Doctors had provided little help or guidance.
“They cared, but they didn’t know what to do with me, other than to prescribe medication,” she said. When one physician put her on an anti-depressant, her exhaustion and despair only deepened. “If only I could have slept, I could have climbed out of this awful pit. But sleep to me was unattainable.”
Two naturopaths told her the problem was adrenal exhaustion, something that conventional doctors often do not recognize. They said her recovery would be complex and slow. They suggested natural remedies. Very slowly she began feeling better but for more than a year she still felt compromised, “a shadow of who I used to be.”
“I needed something to work,” she said. “I was desperate. I was still not sleeping well.”
By chance, Barbara came across an online health forum where Earthing was mentioned. The idea resonated with her. She read the Earthing book and obtained an Earthing sheet.
“I had more hope for complete recovery than I had had in a very long time,” she said.
And that’s why she contacted us after three nights of sleeping grounded and feeling disappointed that her expected dramatic relief hadn’t come.
Many people like Barbara are hopeful that Earthing will generate a quick and significant turnaround in health. When it doesn’t happen as soon as expected, they contact us.
From our side, we can’t predict how fast any particular individual will respond to grounding. We know that grounding works, whether dramatically or subtly, and at many levels.
In Barbara’s case, we told her that we have heard from people over the years with adrenal exhaustion, typically a result of chronic stress, who have reported major improvement. We asked her to be patient and be grounded as much as possible. We directed her to read our article that we wrote specifically for people who are new to Earthing.
About a month later, Barbara contacted us again – with good news.
“I am sleeping longer and more soundly than I have slept in years,” she said. “My energy and vitality are vastly improving. My blood pressure is improving, my aches and pains are far less pronounced. I believe all the other therapies I’ve been doing needed the Earthing as a sort of catalyst to experience true recovery. Earthing has been the missing ingredient. I told two family members about my experience and they, too, started grounding. One with asthma and one started to speed athletic recovery. Both are seeing results and are very enthusiastic.”
Barbara said her life had changed in a single month of grounding: “hugely improved sleep, less joint and muscle pain, feeling less foggy, and, gratefully, having my joy of life return.”
With renewed energy, Barbara was also able to re-energize her business that had suffered due to her personal health and the overall economic malaise.
In October 2015, Barbara contacted us again to report she was “doing amazingly well.”
She hardly recognizes herself, neither can others, she said. “I’ve healed. I’m sleeping well. Handling the added stress of new business excellently. I’m in an uphill spiral so to speak. I feel whole and strong, and so grateful.”