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"Earthing" also called "grounding" stems from the idea that in modern city life we no longer have direct physical contact with the Earth, and therefore are losing out on purported health benefits of exchanging electrons with the surface of our planet. A handful of small studies have found that grounding appears to provide some general health benefits, such as better sleep, less pain, reduced stress and tension, and better immune function compared to study participants who weren't grounded. One study suggested that earthing eliminates the potentially harmful effects of the electromagnetic fields given off by all the electronic devices that surround us.
According to earthing proponents, you can ground yourself by walking outside barefoot, sitting on the ground or being connected to the Earth via grounding devices that transfer electrons from the earth to your body. There are even special shoes that feature copper contacts the soles, linking the body to the earth.
Supposedly, electrons drawn into the body from the earth neutralize damaging free radicals and by extension reduce disease-related chronic or acute inflammation. In one investigation, participants slept on a special mat that had a connection to a grounding device outside the house. When compared to the ungrounded participants in the same study, the grounded ones showed significant changes in key biomarkers including serum sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, total protein and others.
Earthing enthusiasts claim that throughout history, our ancestors walked barefoot or wore shoes made from animal skins, which gave them direct contact with the Earth. Of course, for the most part those ancestors, grounded or not, lived short, hard lives for a variety of reasons, so it is difficult to draw conclusions about the effect of grounding, if any, on their overall health.
We'll need additional studies of better design and with more participants before we can know whether it is really possible to derive health benefits from earthing. While the studies done so far are intriguing, some of the hype for earthing is over-the-top. I don't buy the extravagant claim by one proponent that, "You can literally feel the pain draining from your body as soon as you touch the earth." Is that something you've noticed whenever you've stood barefoot in your backyard or kicked off your sandals at the beach?
Be aware that there's a substantial commercial aspect to earthing. One website that I visited sells a range of equipment, including earthing beds said to do what "no other mattress on the planet can…(reconnect) you to the Earth's gentle, natural healing energy while you sleep."
I'm all for going barefoot whenever possible, outdoors or in. It simulates the feet and can be very relaxing. Those who practice reflexology often recommend walking barefoot on round stones to help stimulate pressure points on the feet, and I've written on this site about the relatively new enthusiasm for barefoot running, which (when you get used to it) is supposed to be less jarring and less likely to lead to injuries. As for earthing, let's wait see if future research confirms and expands on the very little we know now.
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Onion and garlic are browned until fragrant and crispy, then cooked with greens in vegetable broth. Tofu adds a protein punch to the curry, along with the spinach and soft paneer cheese, in this update on an Indian classic.
Sweet carrots and spring onions are seasoned with savory cumin, coriander and garlic in these tasty fritters. These carrot patties are delicious when served alongside a crunchy veggie salad for contrast.
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In general, fresh brewed hot tea is better for you than iced tea, but you can get the same health benefits from iced tea if you use good quality tea and prepare it properly. I checked on this issue with Iman Hakim, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D., M.P.H., of the University of Arizona's College of Public Health, who is an authority on the health benefits of tea. Dr. Hakim tells me that hot, brewed tea contains the highest levels of polyphenols, the antioxidants responsible for the health protective effects of tea.
To get similar benefits from cold tea, Dr. Hakim recommends chilling brewed hot tea in the refrigerator - cooling doesn't diminish the availability of the polyphenols. However, Dr. Hakim says that if ice is added the caffeine will combine with the polyphenols to form an insoluble complex, which is not as bioavailable.
Different methods of preparing tea lend themselves to varied retention of tea's health benefits. Iced tea is often made with more water and fewer tea bags than is the case when hot tea is brewed (usually one bag per cup of hot water). "Sun tea" is made by steeping tea bags in water for several hours in a glass container placed in the sun, but here, too, the amount of water and number of tea bags used can vary substantially. Depending on the preparation method, the concentration of flavonoids (another class of antioxidants found in tea) can vary from 202 to 847 micrograms per milliliter of tea, according to one of Dr. Hakim's studies.
If you keep a large amount of brewed tea in the refrigerator, it will eventually begin to ferment, turning cloudy. ; This may happen after only 48 hours. If your refrigerated tea looks cloudy, throw it out. (It won't taste good.) If you can't use up large quantities before that happens, there's not much point to brewing big batches.
I also asked Dr. Hakim whether or not decaffeinated green tea loses any of the beneficial polyphenols regular green tea contains. She says that, depending on the brand, polyphenols could be reduced by 15 to 25 percent when green tea is decaffeinated. (She notes that the loss of these beneficial antioxidants is much higher when black tea is decaffeinated.)
When shopping for commercially decaffeinated tea, avoid those that rely on the solvent ethyl acetate to remove the caffeine - it also removes most of tea's beneficial polyphenols. The better method, called "effervescence" uses only water and carbon dioxide, and retains 95 percent of the polyphenols. Be sure to check labels to see which process was used. If it isn't specified, you'll have to contact the manufacturer to find out.
Stethoscope: An instrument that is used to transmit low-volume sounds such as a heartbeat (or intestinal, venous, or fetal sounds) to the ear of the listener. A stethoscope may consist of two ear pieces connected by means of flexible tubing to a diaphragm that is placed against the skin of the patient. The stethoscope has become one of the symbols of the medical profession. The origins of the stethoscope can be traced back to the French physician La'nnec, who in 1819 invented a crude model that consisted of a wooden box that served to help physicians hear the sounds within the chest cavity. It has undergone many modifications since then.
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Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most thorough drug-free guide to managing chronic conditions I have ever come across. It is an 800 page, A to Z, guide providing alternative and holistic approaches to almost every common disease. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially practicing dietitians, looking to expand their holistic knowledge. If you, like me, consistently counsel patients not responding to or interested in Western Medicine, then this is your answer.