Proof that grounding can reduce your blood pressure

Feet on grassAs a consequence of the low carbohydrate / high fat diet I have been eating since July this year my blood pressure has been slowly declining, and I have been monitoring it closely so that I can get my doctor to adjust my hypertension medications as necessary. As you can see from the chart on the left for October, slow but sure progress is being made.

More interestingly, though, have a look at the dotted vertical line two thirds along. This represents the day I first started grounding myself using an earthing pad under my office keyboard and mouse. After a few days an earthing sheet I ordered arrived, and you can see even an further reduction in blood pressure once I fitted it to the bed.

If you are skeptical about the concept of grounding this should make you at least think again. Yes, it may sound like nonsense, especially if you are scientifically trained. But it shouldn’t because grounding is a well-understood phenomenon, used the world over to shield electronics from unwanted interference. So why can’t grounding also help to shield people too?

The theory behind this type of improvement in blood pressure comes from observations that comparisons of blood from ungrounded and grounded people are quite different. Ungrounded blood is often clumped and coagulated together, and the blood cells are slow moving. Whereas in grounded blood the cells are separated from each other and faster moving, as shown in the following image:

Left: Ungrounded blood; Right: Blood after grounding for an hour.

Therefore, it is believed, that this more disperse and faster blood requires less pressure to move it around the circulatory system, and so blood pressure drops.

Lowered blood pressure is just one of the many benefits that grounding can provide. For example, my wife had been waking up with a headache for many months, but just two days after fitting the earthing sheet she woke up without one. What’s more she has had an annoying cough every morning for years, but (so far) not any more since sleeping grounded.

Why I created this website

Feet on grassI’ve been looking into a strange phenomenon recently that promises to become a health revolution. Actually, it’s not so much of a cure, as a correction for a problem caused by modern living, in that over the last hundred or so years we have insulated ourselves from the planet we live on with tarmac roads, rubber-soled shoes, carpeted houses and so on.

But is that a problem? Well, the answer is that it seems to be, because there is very strong evidence that biological beings benefit from being grounded to the planet, and suffer when disconnected. I have performed experiments myself to test this, as witnessed in the photograph below, which was taken seven days after planting two identical pansies, giving each 60ml of water each day. The only difference was that using a copper wire I connected the soil in the flowerpot on the left to the earth pin on a mains plug (via a 1 mega-ohm resistor for additional safety BTW).

Note: In the UK the electricity companies provide a good earth to every house, so this is a safe and reliable thing to do. However, this is not the case in all countries, so the best alternative when unsure is to simply run a wire out of the window, attach it to an iron, steel or copper rod and bury it in the earth. The end result is the same.

Left: A grounded plant; Right: This plant is ungrounded

In modern life there are all sorts of electromagnetic radiation vibrating through our bodies, from mains hum, to computer chip interference, light bulbs, television, to cordless and mobile phones. And it seems that these can interfere with biological life just enough to slow it down.

Serious athletes are getting grounded

In people, this can result in mysterious aches and pains, slow healing of wounds, difficulty sleeping and more. Don’t believe me? Even Tour de France cycling teams earth themselves to gain extra energy and heal their muscles (and minor injuries) over night. If international athletes take grounding seriously, maybe we all should.

Anyway, I have discovered that the health benefits are so far-reaching that I want to do my part in spreading the message. For example, long-time readers of my blog will know that I have had weight-issues for some years, which I am finally overcoming. As part of this I have also had hypertension. Fortunately my low carb diet has brought this down, but not enough for my liking. So imagine my amazement when I started to ground myself using an electronic technician’s grounding mat under my keyboard and mouse at work, and found that my daily blood pressure readings had dropped from an average 135/85 down to 115/75. That’s a huge drop for both systolic and diastolic pressures.

Why does this happen? Well, nobody is sure yet, because not much research has been made. However, when the blood of someone who has been ungrounded for a while is taken, and then compared under a microscope with another sample from after about an hour of being grounded, you can see a serious difference. The grounded blood cells are unclumped and disperse, making them freer flowing. Speculation is that the negatively charged earth supplies free electrons to our bodies which we can then make use of.

Left: Blood from ungrounded volunteers; Right: After grounding for an hour.

Reconnecting with the planet

But there may be more to it than that, because the earth has a magnetic field that changes minute to minute, hour to hour, season to season, year to year, and even over the time-span of centuries and more. When things are grounded to the planet they become in sync (or perhaps in tune) with it, which may lead to a greater harmony with all other living things. Yes, it sounds a bit ‘hippy’ but the concept of grounding is so new a lot is still speculation right now. The scientific studies are beginning to get underway, and more theories will emerge as we grow our understanding.

I am so intrigued by this phenomena, that I have also invested in a cotton sheet embedded with fine silver strands so that I can stay grounded overnight. Guess what, by the way? Instead of waking up at around 7am, I’m now finding myself fully awake and refreshed anytime after 4am. I can’t even make myself go back to sleep as I’m not tired anymore, so I get up and have a few extra productive hours in my day. What’s more I’m no-longer confused and grumpy until I’ve had my first coffee ; )

If you find this concept intriguing I hope you’ll join me, and even try some experiments for yourself, which I’d love to hear about, or maybe you can even guest blog with me. You can contact me using the panel over on the right-hand side.

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Welcome to Fully Grounded!

Welcome to this brand new website about grounding (also known as earthing)!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a technical and motivational author or over 20 books on subjects ranging from programming and web development, to motivation and visualisation. I also blog about these subjects and cover the wider topics of nutrition and health as well on my website at robinnixon.com.

Recently, however, there’s been one phenomenon I have come across that seems poorly covered on the Internet and which I believe deserves far more coverage, and that’s a technique called grounding.

For millions of years humans have walked the surface of the earth either barefooted, or with the protection of simple leather shoes. We are creatures of the planet and our biology wants us to stay that way – in harmony.

It’s no coincidence that we talk about people who understand something well having a solid grounding, or being fully grounded, because we naturally recognise even in the way we speak that it’s important to retain our connections to the earth, from which comes our food, our shelter and everything else, including ourselves.

But something happened at the turn of the 19th century that led to us separating more and more from the planet that nurtured us, and that was the patenting of the first rubber soled shoes. You see, up until then, all footwear had been electrically conductive, allowing the free electrons in the ground to flow into and out of our bodies as necessary to keep us at electrical equilibrium with the earth.

But rubber is an electrical insulator, and when we started placing it under our feet we lost our last main physical connection with the planet, because (in the western world, at least), we had begun carpeting our houses, and sleeping on electrically isolated beds, sitting on wooden chairs, and so on. Only our feet had been keeping us in touch with the earth. But no-longer.

But why is this so important, you might ask? Well, it turns out that when we withdraw physical contact with the earth we pick up electrical charges from all around. And the closer we live to electrical products, the more of it we carry. We are electrical beings before chemical; our brains function through tiny electrical signals, as do all the nerves throughout our body. Everything in ourselves relies on electricity, and when we are ungrounded to the earth the extra electricity entering our bodies interferes with its processes and consequently our health.

For example, by comparing the blood of ungrounded and grounded people you can see how grounding reduces coagulation and makes the blood flow more easily. This can be clearly seen under a microscope. And it’s not just people that are affected. No, it’s all living things, including plants. To prove this you only need to take a couple of plants, place them in pots indoors and ground one of them to discover just how much more unhealthily the ungrounded one grows. And that’s the subject of this very first post.

An experiment you can do at home

Like anyone with a scientific mind I was highly skeptical when I first heard about grounding, so I resolved to test it for myself by going out to a local garden centre and buying a few seedling pansies. I then planted them next to each other with the only difference (apart from flowerpot colour) being that the brown pot was grounded.

So, without further ado, here’s what they looked like after 24 hours:


Day 2

I wish I had taken the first photo when the flowers were planted, but I was initially only conducting the experiment for my own purposes and to show my family. However, when I saw that after just one day the pot on the left (the grounded one) already showed greater growth, I decided to take daily photographs.


Day 3

By counting the ridges on the leaves you can see that the left-hand plant has grown a little more.

Day 4

The right-hand plant hasn’t grown very much, but the left has by a couple of millimetres, and you can see the flower bud is beginning to open.


Day 5

Not much noticeable difference in either plant today.


Day 6

On Day 6 the left-hand pansy finally flowered, so I rotated the flowerpot a little to face the flower to the front. To be fair to the control plant I also rotated it by the same amount.


Day 7

Not much difference to note in either plant today, perhaps a touch of leaf growth in the left-hand one.


Day 8

After seven days of growth the grounded pansy is doing magnificently, while the control is still to flower.

How did this happen?

The means I used to ground the first plant was simply to disassemble a mains plug, remove the fuse and connections to the live and neutral terminals, and then connect a single wire to the earth terminal, which I ran up to the flower pot where I stripped a few centimeters bare, wrapped the copper wire around a screw and pushed it firmly into the soil.

Since UK power companies solidly tie the neutral wire to ground before it reaches each house’s distribution box, there is a strong earth supplied to every socket in the house, without the need for me to connect a wire to the soil outside. However I could equally (and will demonstrate doing so in future posts) have run the wire out of the window and connected it to a metal spike in the earth to obtain the same result.

Every day I then gave (and continue to give) exactly 60ml of water to each plant using an accurate syringe, and then I take a photograph at about midday.

Note: If you are not competent with electricity and wiring please only use the earth spike method if you wish to replicate this experiment. Better safe than sorry.

What does it mean?

To me the result is clear evidence that something powerful and important is going on. The grounded plant is behaving as if it had been planted outside. Indeed is seems to think that it is, while the ungrounded plant definitely appears to be struggling and is making very slow progress.

Because the only difference between the two plants is an electrical wire connected to ground,  there is an electrical connection between the planet and the plant. All stray voltages passing through the air into the plant are being immediately earthed to ground, and the planet is absorbing them, instead of the plant, which can then get on with its job of growing.

As I will show in videos in future posts, the modern environment in which we live floods our bodies with electricity from the mains sockets and electrical equipment all around us, including televisions, computers and mobile phones. Additionally there can be static in the air as evidenced by lightning strikes in a thunderstorm. But by grounding yourself, all these signals are sent straight to the earth and are prevented from interrupting your body’s internal electrics, just as with the plants above.

Just imagine the health benefits you can obtain by grounding yourself and freeing your body from all these stray currents. That’s why this website exists, because I have already felt several improvements, which I’ll be detailing soon.

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To allow for errors I planted six seedlings in three pairs of flowerpots to run the experiment three times over. A second pair shows exactly the same result, while a third pair are a little closer to each other right now, with no clear winner as yet. As with all experiments, they will need to be repeated over and over until a statistically significant result is obtained. And I will be doing so with these and many other plants and planting environments. Updates to follow.