Last week, we looked at the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, particularly at how type 2 has become a global problem. Today, I’ll tackle how chronic (i.e., long term) inflammation plays a crucial role in the onset of type 2 diabetes and how this inflammation can be alleviated by a radical new therapy known as earthing.
Inflammation in diabetes stems mainly from the damage done to small blood vessels by excessive sugar in the blood. The excessive adipose tissue (i.e., fat tissue) found in most type 2 diabetic patients is also a source of inflammation. Together, they cause the blockage of blood vessels and, in turn, limit the supply of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs.
Most people think of diabetes as a condition diagnosed by a doctor via multiple tests followed by prescription medications or insulin injections. But in reality, there are just as many pre-diabetics (people very close to developing diabetes without knowing it) as there are diabetic patients.
The primary culprits of inflammation are free radicals. These are usually oxygen molecules that lack one electron. They possess an extra positive electrical charge and they crave the negatively charged electrons. These electrons are not very abundant in the human body, as most of them are part of molecules that make up the structure of our cells, our organs and our connective tissue (i.e., the stuff that holds us together).
Electron-craving free radicals rip these electrons out of neutral molecules like our DNA or fatty acids that make up our cell membranes. The result is premature aging, chronic inflammation, organ damage and literally hundreds of chronic diseases with inflammation as their primary cause.
EARTHING: NEUTRALIZING THE DAMAGE
So how can we neutralize these free radicals by providing them with the electrons they crave? Once neutralized, they lose their ability to rip electrons out of cells and cause damage. There is a very simple and economical way of doing this: It’s called earthing or grounding.
The surface of the earth, (i.e., the topsoil or the grass in our back yards or fields), has an excess negative charge in the form of excess electrons. These electrons come mainly from the earth’s core as well as from the thousands of lightning strikes that occur each day. By connecting ourselves to this source of electrons, we can provide our bodies with all the electrons necessary to neutralize free radicals as well to replenish the electrons that have already been ripped out of the cells.
There is an extremely easy way of doing this: Simply walk, sit or lie down on grass or sand with the skin touching the surface of the earth (the easiest way is to walk barefoot on grass or sand). Our bodies are 75% water and our skin easily conducts electricity. That’s why we are shocked if we touch an electrical wire. The electrical current flows from the wire, through our body and into the ground. A similar situation occurs when we walk barefoot on the ground. But instead of flowing through our body in this case, the electrons flow into our body and are captured by free radicals — rendering them neutral and inactive.
What about during the Canadian winters when it’s too cold to walk barefoot? Get an earthing mat. As a quick Google search will prove, these are cotton mats that you can use as bed sheets or mats for your feet. They have tiny silver wires running through them (silver is an excellent conductor of electricity). The mats are connected by a wire either to a metal probe inserted into the earth outside your home or apartment or plugged into the wall into the grounding prong (The lower middle hole of a grounded, 3-prong plug). Electrons flow from the ground and into your body when you make contact with your bare skin. The charge is so small that you don’t feel anything, except some slight tingling 5 - 10 minutes later.
In my next blog, I will talk about how this amazing technique can dramatically improve your sleep and work as an excellent anti-aging therapy. This fascinating, scientifically sound method has caught my attention in a big way and I am eager to share it with you.
See you next time.