I have numerous alerts set up to see what is new each day in the world of complementary and alternative pseudo-medicines. There some patterns I think I see, but have not investigated in a rigorous manner, so could all be bias. Chiropractic practice building seems more common than Chiropractic research, at least considering what Google alerts serves up.

Lists are popular as well, although I tend to run across those on my Zite feed. As an example, 5 Unique Wellness Tips From Other Cultures. It was number 5 that peaked by curiosity: Earthing/Grounding.

What is earthing/grounding?

The principle behind this practice, according to one study, is that “electrons from the Earth have anti-oxidant effects that can protect the body from inflammation… . Of major importance is the fact that modern biomedical research has documented correlations between chronic inflammation and all of the chronic diseases.”

What is really weird about ground is that there seems to be the concept of that there are good and bad electrons.  Not true. All electrons are the same. Their sameness is one of their important features.

The idea that electrons from the earth are somehow better than those from, say,  a battery is odd.

We know that Earthing allows a transfer of electrons (the Earth’s natural, subtle energy) into the body. We know that inflammation is caused by free radicals and that free radicals are neutralized with electrons from any source. Electrons are the source of the neutralizing power of antioxidants.

Of course it is not just a matter of going barefoot in the grass, there are expensive tools to help as well.  There is no simple pleasure cannot be medicalized by the pseudo-medical industrial complex requiring expensive equipment

One of the sad aspects of pseudo-medicines is making all aspects of life a therapy to prevent or treat disease. Diet, exercise, even walking barefoot is not done for the simple joy and pleasure these actions can bring. It becomes a therapy. Seems a sorry way to live a life.

Points of Interest: 2/14/2014
Points of Interest: 2/13/2014