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Clinical Trial
. 2013 Feb;19(2):102-10.
doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0820. Epub 2012 Jul 3.

Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity-A Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease

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Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity-A Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease

Gaétan Chevalier et al. J Altern Complement Med. .
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Abstract

Objectives: Emerging research is revealing that direct physical contact of the human body with the surface of the earth (grounding or earthing) has intriguing effects on human physiology and health, including beneficial effects on various cardiovascular risk factors. This study examined effects of 2 hours of grounding on the electrical charge (zeta potential) on red blood cells (RBCs) and the effects on the extent of RBC clumping.

Design/interventions: SUBJECTS were grounded with conductive patches on the soles of their feet and palms of their hands. Wires connected the patches to a stainless-steel rod inserted in the earth outdoors. Small fingertip pinprick blood samples were placed on microscope slides and an electric field was applied to them. Electrophoretic mobility of the RBCs was determined by measuring terminal velocities of the cells in video recordings taken through a microscope. RBC aggregation was measured by counting the numbers of clustered cells in each sample.

Settings/location: Each subject sat in a comfortable reclining chair in a soundproof experiment room with the lights dimmed or off.

Subjects: Ten (10) healthy adult subjects were recruited by word-of-mouth.

Results: Earthing or grounding increased zeta potentials in all samples by an average of 2.70 and significantly reduced RBC aggregation.

Conclusions: Grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs and thereby reduces blood viscosity and clumping. Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events.

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FIG. 1.
FIG. 1.
Grounding system showing patches, wires, and box connecting to a ground rod planted outside through a switch (not shown) and a fuse (not shown). Similar patches and wires from the hands were also connected to the box to ground the hands.
FIG. 2.
FIG. 2.
Side and top views of the experimental setup for zeta potential measurement.

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