• Kristi, 54, a Michigan education researcher and yoga teacher, started Earthing in November 2019 to help with her chronic back pain. She used an Earthing.com bed sheet at night and a grounding mat during the day. At the end of January 2020, she gave us the following feedback:
“After about a week I happily noticed that my pain and stiffness were reduced, my feet were no longer cold and, to my great surprise, my tinnitus was also significantly reduced!
“Prior to Earthing, I observed that whenever I traveled up north to our country home near Lake Michigan, my tinnitus would disappear and when I returned to the city the tinnitus would return. I always figured it was because I was more relaxed, less stressed outdoors in Nature and that our city home was a place of more surrounding stress, and perhaps more EMFs. However, on our last trip up north in October, my tinnitus was persistent just like in the city. This depressed me. But, I now understand what was happening! In October the weather was cold and we didn’t walk on the beach barefoot and we weren’t digging in the soil like we’d been doing all summer when my tinnitus would disappear. Contact with the Earth made a difference! The more often I connect, the better my body and mind feel and function. I am so grateful for this discovery!
“I have also found that in my particular case, 8 hrs of grounding at night doesn’t seem to be enough to keep the tinnitus away for the entire next day. It usually starts up again by mid-day. So, I try to sit with my feet on my grounding mat for at least 30 more minutes each day, and longer when I can. I regard the tinnitus as a signal that my body needs to rest and reconnect to the Earth.
“When I am grounded the tinnitus subsides, though not immediately. I’d say it takes about 30 minutes to subside. It gradually returns a few hours later.
“The more time I spend grounded the longer the silence lasts. For example, yesterday I was grounded for 8 hrs of sleep and then 5 hrs more with my feet on the mat and today I’ve had no tinnitus! The trouble is I don’t want to spend that much time seated.
“One other observation. The tinnitus I experience now has a different quality than before grounding. The sound used to be a ticking noise and now it is more like a subtle pulse. It’s not so bad. So, my sense is that grounding is improving the conditions in my body and I believe that the more I ground, overtime I will experience more and more improvements in my wellness.”
• From a radio talk show host in 2015: “In all my years of looking at answers and finding alternative ways toward good health, I must say that this new discovery has to be at the top of the list. I had back pain and developed knee pain from skiing back in February 2015. In 24 hours after using the grounding mat alone the pain was 90% gone. After a week I don’t feel it at all. If only one had subsided, perhaps it could have been attributed to the placebo effect, but back and knee pain are both gone.
“Now, here’s what happened today. For over 20 years I’ve suffered from tinnitus (ringing in the ears non-stop). I’ve learned how to live with it. However, when I go to sleep, I must have white noise or a loud fan or I can’t fall asleep. Well, last night I forgot to turn the noise on. My wife noticed that I slept normally and she told me this morning. Then, it hit me. The tinnitus is 90% gone. I have refused treatment a few times so I learned to live with it. I took cortisone one time and gained 30 lbs in one month. So I realized the noise was here to stay. Never in a million years would I have thought that grounding could address this.”
• From a woman in Arizona: “Before beginning earthing, I could never sleep on my right side because of the horrendous noise in that ear. Now, I sleep on whatever side my body chooses. Tinnitus flare-ups have gone from being a nightly curse to the occasional annoyance, meaning flare-ups are few and far between and usually last for only a few seconds. Yippee!!!”