Dear Ask Alison, Is Earthing a scam? ~ Joann O., St. Charles
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It’s fun, but sitting on the ground: why is this a thing? Think about the last time you walked around outside barefoot or rolled around in the grass and played with flowers... I bet it's been a while.
There is a small body of research supporting these claims, but just as many skeptics. Some say that the electrical connection between the human body and the earth is too small to measure, let alone heal chronic conditions. Others remind us that simply being outside and relaxing in nature reduces stress and improves overall wellness. Below are some resources to help you decide for yourself.
Learn more about evaluating health claims with a discerning eye in this article from the National Library of Medicine: Behind the Headlines.
Chevalier, Gaétan et al. “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons.” Journal of Environmental and Public Health 2012 (2012): 291541.PMC. Web. 5 Apr. 2017.
Oschman, James L, Gaétan Chevalier, and Richard Brown. “The Effects of Grounding (earthing) on Inflammation, the Immune Response, Wound Healing, and Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases.” Journal of Inflammation Research 8 (2015): 83–96