Earthing Experiment Day 26

So, this is just a check-in. Nothing new has happened. My period hasn’t been uncomfortable. The bleeding seems like it is stopping, so that was really short. I didn’t have a bad reaction to eating carbohydrates over the weekend. I also didn’t have any more seizures despite eating carbohydrates. 

I don’t know if the Earthing is helping or not doing a dang thing. I’m just kind of monitoring my symptoms, which don’t seem to have changed much at all. Luckily, I don’t feel terrible. The skin rash that was on my foot seems to be going away as I have been wearing shoes. 

I have been using the universal mat under my desk and at night. I haven’t really bothered with the large body band since my seizure. Since it didn’t prevent it, I’m super skeptical about whether this experiment is doing anything for my health. 

My plan had been to do more research and share that on my blog, but now I don’t want it to bias my thinking. One thing that has noticeably improved is the varicose veins. They have gotten considerably lighter in the last month, but I don’t know if there is any correlation. 

Before


After

It is difficult to photograph this area of my leg, so the lighting could be different. The area that is showing purple veins looks smaller to me. It also seems a bit lighter and less noticeable. I’m not entirely sure when the veins showed up or why they appeared on the back of my thighs. It seems like it is mostly the left leg and not the right one too. 

I will keep monitoring it and using my Earthing products in case they are making a difference. It will be telling if I stop using the products and the veins come back. It will take a while before I stop my Earthing experiment, so we’ll just wait and see!

 

Earthing Experiment Day 25

I had spotting and a seizure prior to the weekend. This morning, I had some period blood. So, my cycle has shortened considerably. The seizure is still occurring at a point where there is more estrogen than progesterone. I tend to be susceptible to seizures in the very middle of the cycle or right before menstruation. So, it fits the pattern.

Since I was traveling with my family over the weekend, I didn’t worry about the Earthing. I abandoned my gluten-free and nightshade-free diet after realizing that I was eating meat that was seasoned with paprika and chili pepper. I’m going to get back on track and simply not worry about my day of eating junk. I think I would have tried harder to be strict if I hadn’t had a seizure prior to the trip. Getting a seizure out of the way meant that the foods probably weren’t the trigger and I wouldn’t have one from them.

Today has been a day to get back into a routine. I got up and did some Pilates and archery. I was able to do some reading and writing for work. I also took a long nap. Traveling is exhausting and quite hard on the body. I was happy to see my family members over the weekend, but I’m glad to be home!

I’m going to keep on going with my Earthing experiment and report here what my results are. Hopefully, that seizure was the last one and the Earthing mat helps to balance out my hormone levels, but we shall see. 

Earthing Day 23 -24 -Does it do anything?

On day 22, I reported that I hadn’t had any seizures. That evening, I had a seizure. My hormones are fluctuating. It has been exactly two months since the previous one. It has been 14 days since my last period, so my estrogen levels are at their highest. 

My ninety-day Earthing experiment still isn’t up. I have 66 days left. Hopefully, I will see some improvement in my alopecia during this time to make the experiment worthwhile. I was so hopeful that the explanation of draining positive excess electrons would help with seizures, but I was on my universal mat in bed when the seizure occurred. 

I haven’t been Earthing while I am on my trip as much as I had planned. I kind of lost my motivation after the seizure that preceded the road trip. When I return home tomorrow, I can go back to using the universal mat and occasionally the large body band. 

I think the big lesson is that marketing is great to convince you to do something, but that doesn’t always mean that the product will work for you. I really wish that I had seen some of the improvements that other people had reported in the book. 

Earthing Day 22 – Traveling with Earthing

I will be road-tripping with my family tomorrow. This puts my Earthing on hold just a little bit. I will be taking the large body band with me, but leaving my universal earthing mat at home. I will be in the car for eight hours, so my Earthing time will be reduced. I’ll be able to use the body band for maybe 10 hours each day during the weekend. This should be fine and not really change my results that much.

There are Earthing products for traveling in a car. I don’t know quite how they connect with the earth when a car has rubber tires and moves, but there are some products. I don’t know how they work and won’t be using them this trip as it is pretty spontaneous. 

I haven’t noticed any changes positive or negative today. No new hair growth to report, but also no seizures today which is fantastic. The varicose veins on the back of my legs seem to be much smaller since the start of this experiment, but I don’t know if that is a coincidence or not. 

I have not been walking barefoot due to the chigger bites and slight rash that I have been getting on my feet. It does seem to be clearing up, so I may attempt the barefoot walking again in a few days or weeks. I’m hoping that I will be able to incorporate it into my life again, but there are many places that you can’t walk barefoot. 

My Erthe strips are falling off my shoes again. I tried testing out the continuity again and they didn’t register continuity. It did one time, so I don’t recommend the strips anymore. I think if you want to buy Earthing shoes, that is great, but the reality is that most of the places that you wear shoes won’t be connected to the Earth and have connectivity anyway. There is carpet, wood floors, and asphalt in most of the areas that you walk anyway. 

I’m still recommending trying out Earthing since it is absolutely free, easy to do, and very natural. I like the idea of connecting to the Earth and feeling its energy. Many of my friends who hike and camp report feeling much better after sleeping on the ground and walking around barefoot. And yes, I’m still optimistic that I’ll see some dramatic benefits from Earthing. 

Stay tuned for more details on my Earthing journey. 

Earthing Day 21 – Is this working?!

This morning I woke up and went to the bathroom. I felt great. No complaints. I did notice some spotting and I freaked out. Are you kidding me? It has only been two weeks since my period ended. I thought Earthing was supposed to balance everything out and make it normal. It isn’t normal to have a period every two weeks. 

As the day progressed, I didn’t notice any other period symptoms and the spotting went away. So, I don’t know if there was anything to that. I’m hoping that it was nothing. I know some people have spotting in between their periods. 

When I went on my walk this morning, I took my shoes off and walked barefoot for awhile. One tip that I have for you is to wear flip-flops or sandals that you can easily slip on and off when you are getting started with barefoot walking and grounding. I walked about 2-3 blocks and then the sidewalk got kind of rough. The grass was wet and cold and I just wanted my feet to be comfortable, so it was nice to have the option to put my sandals on quickly. 

I have not noticed symptoms that would make me think that I am going to have a seizure. I’m hitting the two-month seizure-free mark, so that is really good. I’m keeping up with the paleo ketogenic diet in addition to the Earthing. I think it is working. 

I’m feeling empowered and healthy. My energy was great today. I got most stuff that I wanted to do today. I will admit to some procrastination and a little discouragement from some disappointing news.

Earthing is easy and simple. Try it today!

My Earthing Journey Day 20

Whew! It has almost been 3 full weeks of Earthing for at least 13 hours per day. I have also made a point to get outside for about an hour per day to walk barefoot. There were a few days that I didn’t make it a full hour, but some days I was walking barefoot for over an hour throughout the day.

The only health benefit that may be related to Earthing is an absence of seizures. I’m going on two months seizure-free, but I have been seizure-free for much longer in my lifetime. Peri-menopause hit and my seizures seemed to increase in frequency, so I’m hoping that the Earthing has helped to balance out my estrogen/progesterone levels and keep them under control.

My energy is pretty good. I have enough energy to do the things that I want. I still procrastinate a bit, but that is more of a mental than a physical thing.

Now, I can’t say for sure that the rash on my feet is due to Earthing, but it arose during the last three weeks when I was making an effort to walk barefoot for an hour in the morning. The slight rash on my feet seems to be reduced in size. It doesn’t itch. It seems to be getting better. I’m not sure if it is from barefoot walking or insect bites, but my skin did get a bit irritated for a while.

Today, I decided to listen to Earthing Live with Clint Ober as he answered questions on Earthing. I like to hear his positivity and optimism about this therapeutic intervention. It definitely makes me hopeful to hear the stories of people who have had success on it.

I’ll share the link to the video that I watched today.

Earthing Live with Clint Ober

Main things I learned: 

  • Earthing is very beneficial for Lyme disease.
  • Earthing can improve fertility.
  • Grounding quiets the nervous system.
  • Grounding improves meditation by quieting the mind.

Earthing is definitely not an overnight solution for your health. It apparently has helped many people with a variety of ailments. It may take months to see results. My experience so far is that it takes a while to start seeing results. I’m still waiting for results with a positive attitude.

The great thing about Earthing is that it is simple, easy, and free. It feels great and doesn’t really harm you, so there isn’t any reason not to try Earthing. Try it today!

Earthing Day 19 – Headache

Today, I suffered from a mild headache. For me, headaches are extremely rare. This may be odd to some people since I do have grand mal seizures, but I almost never get a headache. There are a few reasons that this could be happening. I added some frozen peaches to my diet yesterday which is a lot more fructose than I usually allow in my diet. 

The other thing is that I was not as active on Sunday. I lay around a lot more than usual because it was “a day of rest.” Well, sometimes laying down too much can give me a headache. I don’t know why. It could be my blood just doesn’t flow as normal. 

As the mild new symptoms show up, it is causing me to question whether this Earthing is actually doing something. I could delve into the research articles to justify this Earthing experiment, but the articles are often biased. The funding behind them usually has paid to get a certain result. 

I have felt an increase in energy today. Not only did I do my Pilates this morning, but I also completed an hour of archery, and took a walk. I’m going to go out and take another walk this afternoon as the temperatures have cooled off. Walking and Earthing are great because they expose you to a greater microbiome which could improve your gut function. Hopefully. 

My digestion hasn’t been good for the last two days. I didn’t have a bowel movement today or yesterday, but I hope to have one tomorrow. It is so important to have a bowel movement rather than letting the waste build-up within your biological system. 

So, there isn’t much to report today. I wish I was feeling better than I am. I watched some YouTube videos on the ketogenic diet. I am eating a ketogenic diet with my Earthing experiment. I hope that it is curing some of the autoimmune condition. 

Earthing Day 18 – Does it Make You Happier?

I don’t have much to report today. Any improvements that my body is making are difficult to detect in part because I don’t feel like I suffer from many health issues. The ones that I’m trying to cure are either not evident on a daily basis (seizures) or it is well-known that hair follicles take some time to even produce a hair much less recover from inflammation and restart the growing process. 

So, while I still haven’t had a seizure on this protocol, I don’t know if it is entirely due to Earthing, but I’m pretty sure that it helped. I have not had any hair regrowth. I’m someone who has absolutely no body hair or head hair. I would notice if there was regrowth. That is super disappointing, but it could take the full 90 days to start regrowing. 

Earthing’s Effect on Mental Health

While perusing YouTube this morning, I came across this clip from the Earthing movie. It talks about how Earthing makes you happier. I will say that the Earthing experiment has improved my mood a bit. I have found the motivation to practice the piano and do archery. Those activities definitely make me happier. I’m not sure that connecting with the Earth was the cause of it, but I have found myself enjoying archery, gardening, and piano much more lately. 

Part of the Earthing process has you getting outside in the sunshine. It could be an added dose of vitamin D that also enhances your state of happiness. Connecting with the Earth feels good. I don’t know if it could be a cure for depression as claimed in the video, but I do think it helps. 

If you haven’t started Earthing, what are you waiting for? Take those shoes off and get outside today. 

Precautions

I will warn against too much barefoot walking too quickly. I think that I may have gone headfirst into the barefoot walking and discovered that chiggers in the grass liked to bite my feet. They are a little pink with some itchy patches and I’m now walking in the mornings with my Earthing shoes just until the skin goes back to normal. It isn’t really uncomfortable like a rash, but it looks like one.

I’m not sure what happened with the rash. I do hope to go back to the barefoot walking again. I think it stimulated certain reflexology points on my feet and kind of felt good after I adjusted to it. 

If you have extreme or severe conditions, it may be wise to build up the time that you spend Earthing or you could experience a Herxheimer type of reaction where you start to feel worse because you are healing too quickly. Earthing is very natural and people used to stay connected to the Earth 24/7. Let’s get back to nature and reconnect with the Earth! 

Try Earthing today! It just may change your life for the better.

Earthing Day 17 – More Symptoms Arise

Just when I thought I was making progress with this Earthing therapy, I started suffering from itchy skin on my feet. (Possibly from chigger bites that arose while walking barefoot.) Today, I noticed that the lump on the bottom of my feet was painful again. When I started barefoot walking, the lump had decreased in size and almost went completely away. 

I’m officially on day 17 of the Earthing journey, and the lump on my foot is tender when I step again. This stinks. I was hoping to report that my symptoms were just going away rather slowly, but that is not the case. This one seems to have come back. 

The one symptom that hasn’t come back just yet is seizures. This is a pretty big deal. I can handle some skin irritation and an uncomfortable wart on the bottom of my foot, but a seizure will prevent me from getting my driver’s license back. It disrupts my life and shakes my confidence. I’m hoping that Earthing combined with the ketogenic diet keeps the seizures at bay for good. 

Trying to Stay Positive

I’m still a long way away from my 90-day goal. It is tough to stay positive when you don’t seem to see a lot of progress. Right now, I will admit that I’m sinking into a bit of despair. But I really want to complete the full 3 months of Earthing every single day to see what I can accomplish with my health. 

I have decided that writing some positive affirmations and listening to my ThinkRightNow success download will be helpful. It may cheer me up a bit to start thinking more positive thoughts. 

I have used the ThinkRightNow CDs in the past and when I consistently listen to them, I often tend to start incorporating the thoughts that are said in the CD into my life. Unfortunately, I tend to get lazy and forget to play them. 

Staying positive will be a most important tool in completing my Earthing journey because it will help me stick with it when I have “down days” and discouraging thoughts like today. I need to push past the negativity and start to focus on the positive. 

The political environment and focus on a virus going around is pretty exhausting. I can see how the pandemic is being used as a tool of manipulation and as a transfer of financial wealth. Sometimes it is challenging when other people are focusing on fear and panic from a virus. 

Consistency is Key

Sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest difference. Staying consistent with the therapy that you select will often determine whether or not you see results. In my life, I have been quick to adopt diets or lifestyle changes with big hopes and then abandoning them when I didn’t have success immediately. 

Not regrowing hair or having a seizure can play into discouragement. The mindset that arises after a seizure is pretty bad. So, even though I may have been making progress in the past on the GAPS diet, a seizure early on killed my motivation to follow through. 

My last Earthing journey may have been jeopardized by not using the products enough and testing to make sure that they actually worked and my body was grounded. This time around, I have been much better about testing to ensure grounding and staying consistent with using the products or going barefoot outside. 

Earthing Day 16 – Itchy Feet

I have been walking barefoot in the morning for about an hour every day for almost a month now. I like to think that it is helping me connect to the earth and heal. That’s the theory behind Earthing. But I may need to start wearing the Earthing shoes. My feet have become itchy and slightly pink. Not terribly itchy. We’re talking about a 2 on a scale of 1-10. I almost don’t even notice.

At first, I thought it was chiggers or some insect. But I’m not so sure now. Some of the areas of break-out look like they could be an eczema-type skin condition. I had eczema when I was a child pretty badly, but it has gone away and hasn’t come back since.

I’m actually very disappointed to report this. I was so hopeful that Earthing would be the answer to all my health problems. But it isn’t. I’m seeing some slight improvement in the varicose veins that I had, but that is about it.

I get my hopes up high when I read the testimonials of others. This happened with the ketogenic diet and how it was so helpful in curing all kinds of things. It may be that I’m not patient and give up too quickly on dietary and lifestyle interventions, but since I try a lot of them I have pretty good overall health.

It’s just those dang autoimmune conditions that are bugging me. They aren’t even painful.

I have been keeping up with the 16 hours per day of staying grounded, or “earthing.” I’ll continue on with the experiment for a full 90 days. Remember, there is a 90-day guarantee on the product that I purchased, so if I’m not seeing progress, I can return it.

One thing that I did notice was great today was my digestion! It was smooth and easy. I had a bowel movement yesterday and another one today. This is great news. It means that I am effectively eliminating waste and by not holding it, I’m not recirculating excess estrogen that could throw my hormones off balance.

I did not have any seizures today, so that was wonderful! I hope to keep the seizure-free period up for a very long time.

What is Earthing and How to Do It

This is a great video that describes how the negative electrons flow into the body and help decrease free radicals and reduce pain. She demonstrates how to use the Universal Mat. It is very easy to use for sleeping and yoga. Check it out if you want to learn more about Earthing.