Earthing or grounding significantly reduced RBC aggregation and increased zeta potentials in all samples by an average factor of 2.70. It was concluded that grounding the body increases the surface charge on RBCs, thereby reducing blood viscosity and clumping. Earthing appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events. Elevated blood viscosity has been implicated in virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, peripheral artery disease, etc. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide.
FIGURE 38.14 (a) Ungrounded person: charge reservoirs in the connective tissue ground substance are depleted of electrons. The whole body is “electron depleted.” (b) Grounded person: charge reservoirs in the connective tissue ground substance are saturated with electrons. This is referred to as a state of inflammatory preparedness. (Redrawn from Lee RP. Interface. In: Mechanisms of Spirit in Osteopathy. Portland, OR: Stillness Press; 2005. With permission.)
MECHANISM OF IMMUNE RESPONSE We suggest that the mechanism by which earthing influences the immune response to injury is as follows: • The polyelectrolyte ground substance (Figure 38.14) extends throughout the body. The charged groups on the glycosaminoglycans have enormous capacity to store electrons. In the ungrounded person, these charge 28