Unlocking the Healing Benefits of Grounding for Mold Illness and Beyond
By Erin Porter
During the course of writing the 2nd edition of my book Eat Pray Get Well, I had the amazing opportunity to interview renowned cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, MD. Dr. Sinatra is not just one of the most well-known cardiologists in the United States; he is also a certified bioenergetic psychotherapist and co-writer of a wonderful book called Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth. Being that his distinction in the healthcare arena mostly comes from his role as a cardiologist, we, of course, talked about many things related to the heart, but our conversation also covered a whole lot more. In particular, we discussed a healing tool he finds very important not just for heart health but also for our entire bodies; that tool is grounding.
If you have never heard of grounding before, do not worry. It is quite new to medical science and not often discussed as a healing tool in medical circles. Maybe this is because the true beauty of grounding is its simplicity. In fact, to begin utilizing grounding for its benefits, the practice requires no diagnostics, devices, or medications. Grounding is the simple art of walking barefoot on grass, dirt, concrete, or sand (especially after a thunderstorm) to connect to the Earth’s subtle, natural, electrical energy. But the effects of grounding on our bodies are far from simplistic.
There are over 21 published, peer-reviewed, scientific studies that show the health benefits of grounding and its almost instant positive effects on the human body. To illustrate the feelings and energy transferred to a person through grounding, Dr. Sinatra provided me with the following explanation during our interview: “Do you recall walking barefoot along wet sand at the beach or on a field of dew-moistened grass? Do you remember feeling some tingling in your feet or legs, or a sense of warmth or well-being rising up into your body? That sensation is the result of direct barefoot contact with the surface of the Earth, which brims with natural, subtle energy. The Earth, you see, is an electrical planet, and you are a bioelectrical being. Your body functions electrically. Your heart and nervous system are prime examples.”
Then, we discussed the energy transfer from grounding to the human body. (Note: In order to help you better understand Dr. Sinatra’s description of this, it is important that I explain, on a very basic level, the Schumann effect, or what is also known as the Schumann resonances or Mother Earth’s heartbeat. The Schumann resonances are extremely low-frequency electromagnetic waves that exist in the cavity or space between the surface of the Earth and the ionized part of the upper atmosphere. Physicist Winfried Otto Schumann predicted this frequency mathematically in 1952 and found it to be 7.83 hertz. 7.83 hertz is also the alpha/theta brainwave frequency that promotes cellular healing and regeneration and a relaxed state of being.) According to Dr. Sinatra, “Grounding not only drives ATP in a preferential direction but also attenuates the overactive sympathetic nervous system. When you ground your feet to mother earth and soak in the Schumann effect, the 7.83 hertz, you are literally taking in this energy, and not only are you attenuating the overactive nervous system, you are balancing the parasympathetic with the sympathetic. You are also thinning the blood at the same time.”
Dr. Sinatra goes on to say that he believes with all the electromagnetic fields in the environment, wifi, 5G, cordless phones, cellular phones, computers, baby monitors, the list goes on and on, that grounding becomes even more important. Our bio-electromagnetic waves are way out of balance because the frequencies of all of those unnatural EMFs range from 30,000 to 300 billion hertz! He says that the big “secret” to a full and healthy life is actually pretty simple: It’s all about maximizing your energy and being in harmony with the natural vibrational frequencies around you. According to Dr. Sinatra, “We generally think of the body as just consisting of flesh, bone, and blood, but Einstein’s theory tells us that the body is also a bundle of vibrating electromagnetic energy. Every single cell in the body vibrates at a microscopic frequency. Even our food vibrates at different levels. Healthy food has higher vibrations, for example, dead processed food may vibrate at 0-3 Mhz, where living greens vibrate at 70 Mhz, and raw almonds at 50 Mhz. The state of our health depends on what frequency our body is vibrating. A healthy body vibrates somewhere from 62-72 Mhz but a body fighting candida, mold, and fungus vibrates at a lower level.
The Benefits of Grounding for Mold-Triggered Illness
That brings us to mold and mold-triggered illness and how a tool like grounding may be beneficial and therapeutic for the body. As some of you know, I suffered severely from mold illness for decades. In my case, it took two decades and four sinus surgeries to finally understand that mold was the cause of my many (seemingly unrelated) illnesses. (You can read my full story here.) But once I finally got my diagnosis, I was driven with tunnel vision to learn how to heal my body, and that included bringing in the experts!
Doctor Sinatra is no stranger to the negative effects of mold toxins. After a flood in his home when his boys were young, he watched both boys suffer from asthma due to the mold growth caused by the leak. Additionally, living just five miles from Lyme Connecticut in his early years of practicing medicine taught Dr. Sinatra “if you couldn’t figure out your bizarre symptoms, it became clear to me that it was either seronegative Lyme disease or black mold. My sons had both.”
Like with most illnesses and diseases, it is usually not as simple as taking one magic pill that will heal us from mold illness. As many of you reading this know, it can take hard work and the cultivation of a new lifestyle. One that seeks to not feed the fungal infection but instead starve it by dietary choices, and supplementing with natural antifungals and even prescription antifungals if your doctor sees fit. There are also tools such as detoxifying your body through sweating and infrared saunas, and there is also grounding. The simple act of grounding can help to decrease inflammation and bring your body back to a balanced frequency where mold and candida cannot take over and thrive. Grounding can just be seen as another helpful tool in your healing toolbelt.
The Bigger Picture
I personally have found that nurturing our spiritual side is just as important as nurturing our physical and emotional sides. Dr. Sinatra believes the same. He had this to say, “Whenever you ground, and you are reconnecting to your autonomic nervous system, you have a better chance at connecting to higher spiritual power. The sympathetic nervous system is neutralized. The sympathetic nervous system keeps you away from spirituality, so when you balance the overactive sympathetic nervous system, you have more potential to develop your spiritual side.” (Note: The full interview with Dr. Stephen Sinatra can be found inside the second edition of Eat Pray Get Well.)