Beware: Shoes Can be Hazardous to Your Health

By  Carolanne Wright

Guest Writer for  Wake Up World

Heard of  earthing  yet?

It’s all the rage among those who want to be more energetic, grounded, clear, healthy and youthful. Simply place bare feet on sand or a moist patch of grass for at least 10 minutes. Really, that’s it. The benefits are truly exceptional — a strong immune system along with reduced inflammation and cardiovascular disease are just a few of earthing’s rewards.

Antioxidants, free radicals and the root of disease

Incredible to think that merely walking barefoot on the earth can heal disease. But Dr. James Oschman, recognized as a top expert of biophysics energy medicine, has shown that the earth is a powerful healing tool. When bare feet connect with the ground, there is a transfer of free electrons from the earth through the skin. These electrons are the most powerful antioxidants known. By scavenging and neutralizing free radicals in the body, antioxidants help to ease inflammation as well as cell and tissue damage. Remember, inflammation is the bane of health — contributing to everything from heart disease to cancer to diabetes. Free electrons have a negative charge while free radicals are positive — they cancel each other out. With the advent of rubber soled shoes, we have essentially cut ourselves off from the earth’s supply of healing free electrons — all the while promoting the rise of modern illness.

Earthing 101

We all know how enjoyable it is to walk barefoot along a sandy beach or grassy patch. There is a reason for this delight — the foot contains an intricate (and sensitive) network of nerves and acupuncture points. Because of this, the feet are especially adept at picking up free electrons. Have a look at the perks of tossing those  shoes  and connecting with the earth:

– Anti-aging

– Sound sleep

– Heightened clarity

– A calm nervous system

– Accelerated healing from injuries

– Cardiovascular health

– Enhanced immune system

– Reduced PMS symptoms

– Increased energy

– Reduction in inflammation

– Elimination of jet lag

– Protection against electromagnetic fields (EMFs)

Salt water is an incredible source of free electrons. For a full earthing experience, walk barefoot along the seashore in the water. A close second would be dewy grass in the morning. Keep in mind that earthing helps to speed tissue repair — encouraging a pain-free workout. With so many benefits and very little cost, you just may never wear shoes again.

Article Sources

“Can Electrons Act as Antioxidants? A Review and Commentary” James L. Oschman, Ph.D., The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol.13, Number 9, 2007, pp.955-967.  energyresearch.homestead.com/about

“Acupressure Treasures: Yong Quan — Gushing/Bubbling Spring” Elizabeth Reninger. taoism.about.com/od/Acupressure_Treasures/a/Yong-Quan-KD1

“Earthing: Restoring Health From the Ground Up” Camilla Rees, MBA, Holistic Primary Care, Vol. 12, No.3. Fall, 2011. holisticprimarycare.net

“Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?” Martin Zucker, Townsend Newsletter — The examiner of Alternative Medicine, May 2010. townsendletter.com/May2010/earthing0510

“Grounding the human body to neutralize bio-electrical stress from static electricity and EMF’s” A. Clinton Ober, ESD Journal. esdjournal.com/articles/cober/ground

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About the author:

Carolanne WrightCarolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years

Through her website Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  • http://livingwithmedicinalherbs.blogspot.com Antje Cobbett

    Yes, this article is very good and that is the way we have to go if we want to add another piece of health into our lifestyle.

    BUT. For years and years it has been known that the soles of our shoes MUST be made of leather! In Japan, they even have or had a law that made it illegal to put shoes with plastic soles on kids.

    Here in Europe one can’t even buy a pair of shoes with leather soles anymore! You’d have to find a cobbler or shoemaker to custom make them for you. Yes, I know, in Germany they are more health conscious, they sell some health sandals with leather soles.

    So I really had to resort to make my own leather sandals, at least for the summer and also walk barefoot in a patch of grass in front of my house.

  • http://Website Goldbug36

    I wear Birkenstocks all summer long and then with socks ..until the snow flies. But they don’t have leather soles either. I love going barefoot .. I lived many years at the beach and ran in the wet sand every morning before going to work .. very energizing. I’m now 76, don’t have a doctor, take no drugs, have never been vaccinated, and I luv, luv, luv wiggling my bare feet in the freshly dug soil as I’m planting my back yard garden.

  • http://Website CGS

    I have lived my life practically shoeless, needing the freedom feel but what if the grass in public parks and spaces has been sprayed with Roundup weedkiller? How would we know?

    • http://Website Jack Weber

      Good point, CGS. Be careful. Though, to your advantage, I imagine you have some pretty serious callouses by now, which tough dead skin might not be so absorbent, but not sure.

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