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It's Called Earthing, Part I
April 22, 2013

They are calling it the 100 Year Flood.

A couple pictures of plaster creek that runs through the woods I frequent.

Typically the creek runs about 10 feet wide and a foot deep.

This weekend, it is anywhere from 100 to 200 feet wide and who knows how deep.

Yep, parts of Southwest Michigan, including the Grand Rapids area, is deep in water.

Creeks and rivers are cresting at record high levels, never recorded before.

Thankfully, a bulk of the rain forecast went just south, or north of here.

Still, people have been evacuated and evacuating continues as you read this.

On Saturday, Grand Rapids, MI. and surrounding areas declared a "State of Emergency".

Thank our good Lord for sparing us from further tragedy.

(I'm not on a flood plain.)

The rivers in Michigan are but little streams compared to the mighty Mississippi.

Still, floods and damage are still the same.

Follow that up with a brief batch of snow.

Still, hope springs eternal.

Bird migrations are in full swing.

Dark-Eyed juncos remain a popular bird in my yard, and more than ever.

By the number of females juncos I see, I realize the population i see are more from the south and heading north.

I still have plenty of males, I just don't get this many females and I know that female juncos, typically winter
over farther south, while males hang out closer to breeding grounds.

Rufous-sided towhees (pictured) are now bouncing around in my yard.

By keeping leaf litter down over winter, I get a few of the busy birds hopping and scratching as they look for a meal.

I reminded you last fall, that this is one of the benefits and reasons why I mulch and keep leaf litter in my flower beds and gardens.

Leaf litter is beneficial in many ways.

Not only is it a good mulch, it also provides nesting materials for birds and offers a good place to scratch around for a meal.

What are you doing for Earth Day (April 22)?

Picking up some curb-side trash?

Maybe starting up a recycling program?

Planting a few native, earth and wildlife friendly plants or trees?

Starting healthier practices of going more organic.

More natural plant foods and harsh chemicals and pesticides.

At the bottom of every newsletter is an old Indian saying "Treat the Earth Well"

Take some time for it to sink in.

Try to understand what is being said here and why.

This is a good time to segue into today's topic.

Earthing or Grounding (A mini series).


It seems as if I always knew there was something special about gardening, or even playing in the dirt.

Not simply the joys or pleasures.

It is relaxing and therapeutic to me.

I never considered it working, unless it was a for pay job.

Now I know why.

I read an article last year on Grounding/Earthing, by Dr. Laura Koniver, M.D.

It captured me with a 'Eureka', type moment.

I had to do more research.

The more research I did, the more I was captivated, and the more it made sense to me.

Over the next few weeks, I hope to share with you what I have learned, and possibly what you may already know.

What exactly is Earthing, or Grounding?

Earthing (first described by Clint Ober in his book “Earthing"

("The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?")

It is the practice of obtaining the healing properties of the Earth through the simple act of touching it.

It might sound a bit far-fetched at first, but some doctors — like Laura Koniver, M.D., a general practitioner in Summerville, S.C. — say there’s sound reasoning behind it.

It isn't simply a case of holistic medicine, there is some science and research behind this relatively new, yet as old as history health line.

The study on earthing or grounding is in its infancy (6-8 years), yet people who live off, and work the land have always known there is something special about getting dirty.

We (you and me) are over all a healthier lot.

Any farmer or gardener knows a hand in the soil soothes the soul.

I'm talking skin on earth, not rubber gloves.

We know that satisfied feeling of working our farms or gardens.

The calming and healing effect that seems to wash over us after touching the earth.

It's more than burning off energy or stress we build up everyday.

The earth has healing powers.

(Great Blue Heron.)

(Isn't it wonderful how our Creator thinks of everything?)

The rest of the world is finally catching on to what you and I have known.

The Earth Heals.

Earthing (Grounding) is how you and I survive.

It makes us feel good.

It keeps us healthy.

(Ever wonder why we are so miserable when we can't get out and play in the dirt?)

Ever wonder why so many people are sickly today?

We have a stronger immune system, resist disease more, have less difficulty falling to sleep.

You may notice less stress, and less arthritis pain.

We even have stronger bones than our non-grounded acquaintances.

Earthing is "Good Stuff Maynard".

Now read carefully.

We are constantly building up inflammation and stress, just by being alive.

Not to mention jobs that many of us don't like, and a busy schedule to boot.

Free radicals are an important component to aging, pain, inflammation, and diseases.

How many times do you hear about consuming antioxidants to help remove these free radicals.

The most natural way to reduce the amount of these free radicals in our bodies is to "ground ourselves to the earth".

Earth is an enormous, strong, gentle, self charging battery that discharges and neutralizes all of the free radicals we build up over the course of a day.

Earthing reduces the inflammatory process and inflammation from our bodies.

It builds up our immune systems and takes a huge bite from all major disease.

Here in a nut shell is how it works.

Negatively charged electrons from the surface of the earth wash up and over our positively charged, stressed, and inflamed body.

This process neutralizes us from the inside out.

The feeling is the same feeling you and I get when we are in nature.

Hands in the soil.

Bare feet on the grass.

Bare feet on the beach.

Leaning against a tree.

Stress relief.

You can get this feeling from working a big spread, or a simple patch in your yards and gardens.

The earth is a comforting force, no wonder we need to get out and play.

Amazing how we almost instinctively want to vacation in nature.

Nature walks, hikes, camping, bird watching or waterfall hunting.

"Earth Calls To Us."

You always knew it was therapeutic.

Now you may know a bit more on why.

According to Dr. Koniver, Earthing is safe, simple and free. “You don’t need to be a millionaire to get this treatment,” she says. “It’s coming from the Earth, and the Earth’s only known function is to support life, which it has done since the beginning of time.

So, hopefully, people won’t be averse to something new, especially when it leads to better health.”

So if you think Earthing is for you, give it a shot the next time you’re walking across your lawn to pick up the mail.

After all, you've got nothing to lose but your shoes.

There will be more on earthing/grounding the next week or two.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think is what makes men martyrs or reformers -- or both.

Elizabeth Charles (1828-96) British Writer

We all have thoughts and ideas, few dare to say or act on their thoughts or dreams.

The world is full of thinkers and dreamers.

Dare to take action.

Be a doer.

But don't just listen to God's word.
You must do what it says.
Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

James 1:22

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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