The pros and cons of earthing or 'grounding'
André Fauteux of the MaisonSaine has been gathering opinions on earthing. As he says:
2. Gaetan Chevalier PhD and Director of the Earthing Institute wrote:
4. Award-winning science (and EMF) journalist Blake Levitt
I know many people who have reacted badly to Earthing mats. I do not recommend them.
5. British Columbia electrician Walter McGinnis, EMF Measurement and Mitigation and Producer of Citizen’s Forum Online and on Shaw TV, wrote :
The only safe solution to reduce body voltage is to eliminate the man made electrical source. If we ignore the cause of the excessive body voltage and instead we ground our bodies using grounding pads and grounding sheets our bodies become electrical conductors. This is exactly the opposite to what we are trying to achieve and for those who are EHS this could make them very ill, in my opinion.
Our bodies operate with their own electrical system which is in an exquisite balance with nature, the planet and indeed the universe. Manmade electrical charges disrupt this normal function. I recommend not to listen to tendentious drivel, masquerading as common sense spouted by the purveyors of grounding pads who have a very limited knowledge of electricity.
Ensuring you that your ground is good is irrelevant to this discussion. Your body voltage will go down if you are properly grounded using a grounding pad, and if you are taking the measurements correctly. That is exactly the problem. Your body is now an electrical conductor when you use a grounding pad. No EMF expert would ever would ever assist you in energizing your body with manmade electricity.
It seems to me that we need a national association for EMF testers that will strictly engage guidelines that will end unsafe practices. This is for the thousands of people who are suffering from over exposure to electricity. Grounding pads can harm you. If you use the grounding pad as the sellers tell you to, that is. If it is installed correctly according to their specifications, your body will be a conductor. It matters not what condition your building grounding is in, except that if there is stray current on the bonding wire the situation is only more dire.
It appears to me what Dr. Jerry Tennent is discussing in Healing is Voltage is the natural voltages within the body. This is very interesting and we should pay attention to this work.
6. Epidemiologist and author of Dirty Electricity Dr Sam Milham
Here is what Dave Stetzer and I found at my Olympia Washington house when we set up an earthing blanket connected either to the earth or to an outlet ground. We found in excess of 4 volts of dirty electricity in the ground being delivered to the blanket. Many people have complained to me about being made ill by earthing, and dirty electricity in the ground has been making cows sick for decades.
7. James L. Oschman, Ph.D. Nature's Own Research Association
Dear Dr. Milham,
8. Dr Magda Havas wrote to Jim Oschman:
I have two points to make.
1. Your statement that, "The idea that the power returns to the electric utility sub station via the earth is a fiction that was created by Dr. Magda Havas.” is false.
You have obviously not read the NESC Handbook that I am attaching to this email. It states the following and these are direct quotes:
2. Please have the courtesy and decency to quote me properly. Your statement that, "She has subsequently retracted that erroneous statement. “ is a false statement. Some would call it a “lie”. I have never “retracted” my statements about an earth return.
Jim, we disagree about the value of grounding.
Grounding in a clean environment is a good thing and the best way to do it is to walk barefoot on wet grass or along the beach.
Grounding in a polluted environment can make people ill. I have had several people contact me telling me they felt ill after using your grounding sheets. They did not believe this was a “detoxing” as they become more ill the longer they used them. As soon as they stopped they felt fine. All of these people were attaching the grounding plug to the house grounding and, I expect, this is the problem.
We can choose to disagree but please have the courtesy not to make false statements about what I have or have not said. Also, please familiarize yourself with the facts before you make yourself look like someone who does not know what he is talking about. You are the one who is going to lose credibility among those who are in the know.
9. LA Building Biologist Oram Miller’s Position Paper on Earthing and Grounding Pads
10. Wolfgang Maes is the author of the Baubiologie EMF evaluation guidelines
Is the grounding of the people important? What must be considered when grounding measures?
Man is a supernatural being and any contact with his livelihood called Earth is reasonable and healthy. We block in our civilized life far too often contact with the Earth, for example by insulating building mass, synthetic carpets, plastic soles, especially in the car and in bed. All this cause the connection to the earth, the people for a long time holding isolated from ground.
It would be natural and sensible, relaxing in the truest sense of the word as often as possible grounded, to be in contact with "Mother Earth". On the one hand provides us with natural earth energies and on the other hand it takes us technically caused energies such as the recorded and accumulated in our bodies electromagnetic or induced by synthetic electrostatic charges. Earth discharges us, actually a good thing.
If it were not for these wretched and sometimes critical side effects were ...
Countless technical electromagnetic factors affect us: electric fields, waves, radio ... And a grounded man pulls them even better, is like an antenna for the plentiful around us electrosmog example of installations, cables, devices, neighbors, power lines, stations ... It is as a result of field effects under tension, even more than without grounding, and thanks grounding now critical currents flowing through his body.
Conclusion: Grounding? Yes! But please only if the environment of the grounded people - we take as a particularly important example of the bed space - guaranteed to be free (or at least very poor) is of technical electromagnetic fields. Otherwise: Verschlimmbesserung. Therefore: No grounding actions without expert measurements of electromagnetic pollution present in the environment and - if necessary - appropriate remediation.
And, also important: What we consider to earth, is often no real earth in the natural sense more, eg the protective conductor of the socket or the bare radiator pipe. They are so often full of "dirt" from "Dirty Power" of the whole electronic energy saving lamps, computers, the entire electrified house and the public electric grid, and these electromagnetic dirt we pull us through the protective conductor, the "earth" and in our body.
Next Conclusion: Grounding? Yes! But please only if ... it comes to a clean, natural earth without technical deposits, without artificial electromagnetic signals, without civilized dirt. Even that should be considered before grounding plans.
Sometimes the protective conductor of an electrical outlet or radiator or water pipe are not grounded - technical Hudel - and it closes here trusting his grounding mat on, please do not.
Sometimes even supplies the spike in moist garden soil no solid earth more because the ground - especially in large cities, especially in nearby technical facilities such as power lines, railway lines, transformer and substations, cellular towers ... - no longer is clean, full of technical voltages and signals. Usually, however, the garden soil is better than the house, especially in rural areas and further away from major electrical and industrial equipment.
You see, quite as easy as it is described by the grounding apostles in their books and publications, it is not time again.
From the USA currently spills over a Earthing- or grounding-wave to us. Grounding is praised here as a wonderful panacea for and against almost everything. The lost and by Earthing (grounding sleeping mats, floor mats, films, conductive shoes, ...) now restored ground contact to heal, promote sleep, relieve fatigue and stress, inflammation, attenuate, support the immune system, eliminate indigestion, calm the nervous system, promote detoxification, thin the blood, eliminate menstrual cramps, improve erections, dampen hypersensitivity, compensate for jetlag, accelerate weight loss. Grounding is "the simplest and most natural measure against the increasing painful and often fatal diseases," the "power source ground" offer an almost "endless supply of negatively charged free electrons that neutralize positively charged free radicals".
In addition, it must be read in the US literature, "earth reduces the electromagnetic fields acting on the body" and "the electrons of the earth shield the body against these disorders from". Certainly not earth reduces the forces acting on us electromagnetic fields, on the contrary, it attracts - as mentioned - rather still, and the earth does not shield the body from too, but it conducts electrical fields from the prize: current flow in the body.
On the edge: Be careful with the body voltage measurement by grounding measures or grounding bed pads. This measurement method is unfortunately often abused for the alleged evidence of a reduction of the voltage applied to the people. This does not work because the body voltage measurement (so-called capacitive coupling body) can only work if the - lying in bed, for example - does not guarantee any human contact with the ground or near the Earth has. Otherwise: unforgivable measurement error.
Some people feel better spontaneously and permanently grounded on such mats in bed, in my experience. Why? If, despite all the possible side effects of the "power of the earth", at the Erdnähekontakt, on contact with one of the most important means of livelihood? Or is it because of the sudden collapse of the technical Span¬nungspotenzials after partial years of exposure time? Or the fact that it is now no more potential differences are in the body, which are a special risk? Or?
Everything in life is grounded, everything is in flux: animals, plants, everything. On the ground, in caves, even in the nests of rooted trees with the earth. We humans should lichst often be possible with Mother Earth in harmony. We Civilized there are fewer and fewer. The perfect insulation is the bed, no more ground contact, made of wood, latex and / or foam. That is why? Why do we feel in a conductive environment well? In the Spanish finca with stone floor? In the shower? In the sea? Barefoot in the wet grass? Relaxed in contact with the earth energy.
Grounding yes! We are far too little grounded, especially at home. But please, just as described, if not critical technical fields affect us, and only when the soil is really anansonstenen earth: aerial man.
My bed is grounded, the most conductive surfaces, floors and walls of my living and working spaces also. But beware: My bed environment and the other rooms are free of technical electrosmog. And these are the most bed-, living and working areas of my fellow human beings not.
11. Arthur Firstenberg of the Cellular Task Force wrote:
This guy (Maes) knows what he is talking about. Here is a bit of wisdom, accumulated from my 34 years of research and experience:
12. Building-Biology trained Quebec EMF inspector Stephane Bélainsky wrote:
The best way to ground your body is to go outside in a park and away from electrical distribution facilities. You can simply kiss and hug a tree for a few minutes. The roots are excellent grounds.
Indeed a socket ground is very effective in draining 60 Hz AC electric fields. Earthing mats capture these fields but they are connected to the neutral of the electricity supplier. And this neutral can carry, in certain to places, low-frequency electric fields (a few Hz or electric fields in the kHz commonly called dirty electricity) and sometimes even small measurable currents (milliamperes), so beware, listen to your feeling. For this reason we measure the state of the earth connections during experiments and with increasingly sophisticated devices. It is preferable to use a rod planted in the ground which is uncontaminated outdoor floor, but not always easy to find! Quality grounding mats are preferable to metal, as they prevent conduction of current (milliamps).
Water is an excellent insulator against microwaves (WiFi, etc.) and for 60 Hz electric fields. Salt baths are sometimes a real salvation for people in electromagnetic stress provided the plumbing does not carry too much net current.