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Does Grounding or Earthing Protect from EMF Radiation?

Last Updated on October 4, 2023

Does Grounding & Earthing protect from EMF radiation?

From unending work emails and hours spent scrolling through social media, to the constant barrage of non-stop media coverage, now more than ever before, we are overwhelmed by the constant distractions of technology.

Our electronic mobile devices have become more of a necessity than a luxury.

Although they have many benefits, this technology emits EMF radiation and can interfere with our bodies’ natural frequencies and have been linked to an increasing amount of negative health effects.

We are Bio-Electrical Beings on an Electrical Planet

Our bodies function electrically. For example, our heart, lungs and brains send electrical signals through our nervous systems  to help us pump blood, breathe and move.

Interestingly, our bodies are more like the Earth we live on than you might imagine.

The Earth has its own unique heartbeat, also known as the Schumann Resonance, which refers to the natural frequency of the electromagnetic field of the planet and pulsates steadily at 7.83 Hz. This frequency can reach up to 16.5 Hz varying with changes of seasons, solar flares and other earthly phenomenon.

Since life began on our planet, every living being’s biology has been attuned to this subtle field. The Schumann Resonance was first theorized in the 1950s by German physicist W.O. Schumann. He predicted a series of low-frequency vibrations caused by lightning discharges between the ground and the ionosphere of the Earth.

Upon discovering that the Earth’s fundamental frequency of 7.83 Hz is very close to that of human alpha wave rhythms, Schumann’s doctoral student, Herbert König associated the Schumann Resonance with human bioactivity.

In our brains, alpha waves span the frequency range of 7.5–12.5 Hz, which is almost the same frequency of Earth’s natural heartbeat. These alpha waves are present in our brains during early sleep, deep relaxation, dreaming and meditation. These waves help to regenerate cells and promote healing in our bodies and are proven to promote mental coordination, calmness, alertness, inner awareness, mind/body integration and learning.

Since alpha waves in our brain closely resemble the Schumann Resonance, these frequencies combined act as a form of environmental synchronization. However, when the synchronicity is disrupted, our health can suffer.

Natural Frequencies vs. Man-Made Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

Our planet’s natural frequency emits negatively-charged ions. We tend to think that positive means “good,” but in terms of ions, negative ions are actually better for us. These ions are created in nature by the effects of water, air, and sunlight on the Earth’s inherent electromagnetic field.

Due to the water and minerals within us, our bodies subsequently exist in a negative ionized state, making us very conductive. For that reason, we function the best when continually exposed to and in-tune with the natural frequencies of Earth.

Unfortunately, in our modern society, we might find ourselves indoors most of the time, which insulates us from Earth and its frequency. When we do venture outside, our connection to Earth is blocked by the presence of rubber-soled shoes. Our beds are raised off the ground, and rubber wheels on bikes and cars keep Earth’s natural frequencies from reaching our bodies.

In addition, the technology we use is foreign to our biology and disrupts these natural frequencies. Wireless mobile devices and WiFi sources in our environment emit man-made electromagnetic fields, or EMF radiation for short. This unnatural form of EMF can cause a variety of stress-related responses in the body, like hypersensitivity.

When we constantly use mobile devices close to our bodies over long periods of time, exposure to EMF radiation can become harmful.

Studies have found links between EMF exposure and minor health concerns such as headaches and skin rashes, to very serious concerns, such as fertility problems, DNA fragmentation, cell damage, and cancerous tumors.

Not only does EMF exposure have thermal and biological impacts on our bodies, but electronic devices emit positively charged ions. High concentrations of positive ions—also known as oxidants or free radicals—from EMFs disrupt our bodies’ natural frequency, which can be detrimental to our health.

On a positive note, when we are in direct contact with the surface of the Earth, negatively-charged ions transfer into our bodies, which can help neutralize the positively-charged oxidants. This can help reduce inflammation and improve our overall feeling of wellness. This energy transfer by direct contact with the Earth’s surface is appropriately called “Earthing,” or more commonly known as “Grounding“.

What is Grounding & Earthing?

In the field of electrical engineering, grounding and Earthing have some small differences in meaning. But in terms of humans connecting to Earth’s subtle frequency, the two words are used interchangeably. Humans have been grounding for millions of years, evolving as a species in connection with the Earth’s natural frequency and energy.

Grounding, or earthing, was discovered in the late 1990’s by a retired cable industry executive, Clint Ober. After retiring from the cable business, he noticed people wearing plastic and rubber shoes that insulate our bodies from Earth and wondered if this disconnection between body and Earth could affect us. 

Ober had vast knowledge of the technicalities of ground cable systems and knew these systems needed protection from other electromagnetic signals in the natural environment, otherwise there would be interference in the cable transmission. He experimented first on himself and then on others, predicting that the same stabilizing influence of grounding used in telecommunications on wires could also improve wellness by reducing pain, improving sleep and normalizing functioning of all body systems.

This concept has inspired new approaches to health research, and science continues to prove that grounding does reduce inflammation and promote normal functioning of body systems.

How to Ground or Earth

The Earth is full of antioxidants that allow our bodies to achieve equilibrium at the cellular level. The practice of grounding is very simple, and better yet, it’s free! All you need to do is walk barefoot or sit in the grass, dirt, sand, or even on concrete. These surfaces are conductive and the Earth’s energy flows through them and into our bodies.

Water is also conductive, so swimming or standing in water is an ideal grounding activity. If getting wet or dirty isn’t your style, you can still ground outdoors wearing shoes with thin leather soles, which is the best type of natural conductive footwear. There are also grounding socks that contain conductive materials so you can ground without physically touching the dirt.

However, not all outdoor ground is created equal. In places with a lot of EMF electrosmog (crowded cities or manufacturing facilities), a lot of high-tech equipment sends electricity into the soil to ground. This makes the ground current (normally safe and healthy) to vary, and excess ground current has in many cases caused harm to sensitive cattle. Finding a place to ground outdoors that is away from technology and EMF radiation is the most desirable and healthiest way to ground.

If you are confined to the indoors, there are many tools that have been developed to connect you to the Earth’s frequencies without going outside. Grounding and earthing technology used inside your home or office connects you with the Earth’s electrons via an earthing ground rod that is placed in the soil outside next to a window or door, or via a grounded wall outlet inside the home or office. However, there is some controversy about if these actually benefit people. Some people do feel better using grounding equipment while inside, but other feel worse.

If you are in a high EMF environment, like in an office or apartment building with a lot of technology, the ambient EMF might use your body as a path to ground. You would therefore be attracting the EMF in the room, before it is grounded by flowing through you to the mat. Using a grounded wall outlet doesn’t use electricity, but it may pick up on stray currents in the circuit in your house.

Can Grounding or Earthing Reduce EMF Exposure?

Mobile electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones emit low energy forms of EMF radiation called Radio Frequency (RF) and Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) emissions. 

While grounding has been shown as a good way of counteracting many of the effects of EMF radiation, it cannot block EMF radiation from entering your body. In some respects, grounding might also increase your EMF exposure as it attracts ambient EMF radiation.

Grounding has been shown to reduce the induced body voltages generated by exposure to ELF, which is continuously emitted by un-grounded electronic devices as well as those with plugged-in electrical cords or internal.

Unfortunately, grounding and earthing cannot fully protect us from EMF radiation when using laptops, tablets, cell phones and other electronic devices directly against our bodies.

Ways to Minimize EMF Radiation Exposure

  1. Reduce the number of EMF sources around you. Keep electronics out of your room, and eliminate sources that are unnecessary such as smart appliances and Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Enable airplane mode whenever possible to eliminate wireless radiation emitting from your devices.
  2. Keep sources of EMF away from your body. EMF radiation becomes less of a health risk the further away a source is from your body and is most dangerous when a mobile device is touching your head or torso (including reproductive organs and the heart). Using your phone to text poses minimal risk, so remember to keep the screen at least one foot away from your face and chest while texting. Keep your WiFi router 10 feet away from you. While sleeping, keep your cell phone and other mobile devices at least 4 feet away. Avoid falling asleep with your cell phone on your bedside table, underneath your pillow, or on your chest.
  3. Limit the time spent on your devices. Limiting your screen time is an overall, effective rule-of-thumb to protect yourself against harmful radiation, along with other benefits. When you are not using your electronic devices, simply place them away from your body until you actively use them again.
  4. Use wired accessories when possible. Wired devices emit less EMF radiation, since they are not using wireless signals to connect. Plugging in your mouse, keyboard, and speakers can reduce EMF exposure and using radiation-free air tube headphones that plug into your phone effectively eliminate EMF radiation going to your head.
  5. If you have difficulty with any of these steps, consider using an EMF radiation protection shield, that can help reduce EMF frequencies from reaching your body.

Grounding can be a great complement to all these EMF reduction practices.

For those who are hypersensitive to EMFs, Grounding or Earthing in combination with EMF reduction techniques and EMF shields can give you the most relief from painful and disruptive symptoms. However, everyone can benefit from Grounding daily and reducing their exposure to EMF radiation.

Despite the short existence of modern technology, the vast majority of Americans own a cell phone and other mobile devices. The long-term health effects of this technology are not yet fully known, but plenty of research shows links to negative health consequences. As experts in this field, we want to do our part to make sure people understand that there are many ways they can reduce their exposure to harmful EMF emissions.

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Daniel T. DeBaun

Daniel T. DeBaun is an internationally recognized and influential expert in Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) and shielding electronic emissions, with a particular focus on the effect of exposure from mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones. Daniel’s concern regarding the health impact of electronic radiation emissions grew from over 30 years of engineering experience in the telecommunications industry, where he held a variety of leadership and executive positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, SAIC and Telcordia. Daniel is co-author of recent bestseller, Radiation Nation: The Fallout of Modern Technology, a complete guide to EMF radiation safety and protection. Daniel is also a highly regarded industry consultant, speaker as well as frequent guest national radio and television programs discussing EMF health issues.