Begun on 25 May 2017, the first part of this series explored some of the reasons why many people do not easily fall asleep or suffer from shallow sleep which leaves them devitalized and weak in the morning. Sometimes, such sleep deficiencies end up in depression, hallucinations, mental disorders and…in a psychiatric hospital. The sleep cycle occurs when the body can deliver the amino acid Tryptophan to the brain, and the brain can convert Tryptophan to Serotonin, which keeps us awake, and, then convert Serotonin to Melatonin at night fall, for Melatonin to make us fall asleep. Possible reasons why the body fails to do this were examined, with possible solutions for the cycle-breaks.

This part of the series will examine questions which arose from the last publication, questions some readers of the column have asked.

What is electro-pollution, and what has this got to do with sound sleep?

Electro-pollution is pollution of the human body by “dirty” electricity. There is no doubt that we live in a world of electricity. Lightening during the rain season charges the air with electricity. In our towns and cities, overhead power cables hang up here and there. As electrons move in them, conveying electricity or electrical power, they create electrical fields. An electrical field is the space around a charged particle where another charged particle can experience its force. This means that, if a charged particle or object, like the human cell for example, enters the electric field of another object, it can be affected positively or negatively by the other electric field.

Thanks to Italian physician and physicist Luigi Galvani who, in the late 18th century, discovered what we now know as action potential in muscles, it is now known that the cells of a human body, too, produce electricity and electric fields. He was conducting an experiment on static electricity and dissecting a frog on a table. He observed muscle activation which he termed animal electricity. He and his contemporaries thought that muscle activation was caused by an electrical fluid or substance in a nerve. Anyone who has touched an electric fish, as the eel for example is called, will experience an electric shock which this fish and some other aquatic animals deploy for hunting preys and for self defence.

In the modern world, we live in houses and work in offices with many electrical equipment which generate electrical fields. The radio and television sets, like the refrigerator and the washing machine and the air conditioner or the cooker are generating electric fields. Gone are the days of the mechanical barbing clipper. Today’s clippers are electricity driven. In the saloon, women expose their hair and scalp to electricity powered dryers. These gadgets create electric fields which influence the electric fields of the cell of the body. University of Michigan researcher Raoul Kopelman, a chemistry professor, carried out a study which revealed that the internal fluid in brain cancer cells exhibited force fields as large as 15million volts per meter. This was about 5 times stronger than the electric field found in a lightening bolt. Although Prof. Kopelman’s work was on electric fields across cell membranes, other researchers have since that study discovered that force fields existed inside the cell as well.

The long and short of it all, as we say, is that everything which exists is a form of energy, and that energy establishes a force field, small or huge; that huge force fields may consume or suppress lesser force fields. In his definition of electro pollution of the earth, with consequences for human cell electric fields, and by extension human health, Robert Becker an M.D. twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, said “the greatest polluting element in the earth environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic field. I consider that to be a greater threat on global scale than warming or the increase in chemical elements in the environment.”

Electro pollution may be ionizing and non-ionizing. Ionizing force fields may break down oxygen molecules and chemical bonds in the cell, create free radicals and disrupt living processes, prevent energy manufacturing, curb cell signalling and communication and cause disease. It is unknown to many people that ultraviolet rays may leak from factory-faulty fluorescent tubes and cause skin cancer. It is unknown to many people as well that the force or electrical field from the blue light of LED light (energy-saving bulbs) emitting at about 400 to 500 nanometers may suppress the production of Melatonin in the pineal gland inside the brain. This causes a disruption of the biological clock in humans with the attendant disruption of sleep patterns. Tingling sensations have been linked also to exposure to some types of electro pollution.

The website www.globalhealing.com advises us:

“There are multiple effects of radiation and many of them go unnoticed in the body. Overtime, low level exposure can lead to major digestive imbalance, blood alteration and even the destruction of many cellular structures in the body’s key organs and tissue systems. Common signs of low level radiation exposure include symptoms such as fatigue, headache, nausea, scalp tenderness, scalp discoloration and dry, itchy skin. In extreme cases, low level of radiation exposure may also cause brain damage, memory problems, mood changes and reduced listening capacity, pschomotor and memory problems.”

We are in an electro polluted world, and we cannot roll back the hands of the clock. But we can minimise our exposure to it and empower the cells to protect and rebuild their infrastructure. We all use cell phones and are exposed to laptops and computer screens. Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health-watching International organisations say the cell phone can be classified under class B Carcinogenic (cancer causing agent), and although they have tried to limit many home electrical appliances to save electric fields, I often wonder about what may be going on around me when people around me receive WHATSAPP or FACEBOOK or SMS and other messages on their telephones. These messages passed through the walls of many houses, probably across many countries, and human bodies, probably including mine, to reach their phones. If we imagine that about millions of messages and data may be passing through our bodies every minute, in several ways affecting our cells, we may become able to suspect electro pollution as a possible cause of many of the symptoms we complain about for which we gobble suppressive pharmaceutical medications.

So what do we do to survive in a sea of electro pollution agents? Apart from limiting exposure to man-made “dirty” electricity, as electro pollution is also called, earthing and a diet high in antioxidants are canvassed. So is the use of dirty electricity filters in homes, hospitals, offices and schools. Experiment with them in Europe show that they can make teachers more focus and student more receptive. I doubt if they are in use in Nigeria.

Nobel Prize Winner Richard Feynman suggests that we walk barefoot sometimes on sand and on grass. Our bodies are made from earth materials. Connecting to the earth or being grounded to the earth connects us with its electric fields which can detoxify us of electric fields from the atmosphere and electric fields from man-made gadgets. Indeed, experiments with humans who had high voltages of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and were “earthed” showed that, after the earthing, their EMFs voltages crashed to normal or near normal. The trouble is that today, in Nigeria, many so-called civilized people do not earth themselves…even in their bedrooms.

Regarding food, diet and herbs, Dr. AXE suggests that, since electro pollution creates free radicals through ionization and other processes, we consume foods high in ORAC values. ORAC means Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity. His recommendations are:

“Pecans, Pomegranate seeds, Rosemary, Asparagus, Blueberries, Walnuts, Prunes, Cruciferous vegetables, Cenamon, Dates, Broccoli and Cilantro. Certain nutrients and amazing super foods such as Iodine, Vitamin D3, Spirulina, Noni, B-complex vitamins, Melatonin, Holy Basil, Omega-3 fatty acids, Selenium and Zinc are just a few beneficial options you can easily incorporate into your daily life.”

His top 10 antioxidant foods and herbs are: FOODS…Goji berries, Wild blueberries, Dark chocolate, Picans, Artichoke, Elder berries, Kidney beans, Cranberries, Blackberries, Cilantro…HERBS…Cloves, Cinnamon, Oregano, Tumeric, Cocoa, Cumin, Parsley (dried), Basil, Ginger, Thyme.

What is earthing, and what has it got to do with sound sleep?

Despite stupendous advances in science and technology, we still seem to know little or nothing about our Earth and our Universe. For the more we know, the more we realise that we knew nothing in the past. I am told that Google has just come up with a breakthrough in its attempts to map the Universe and that, from a starting point in California, United States, it has gone off the edge of our Universe, beyond all previous observable limits, and now confronts us with the start possibility that another or other Universes may exist besides ours.

Well, this column salutes this effort, if the breakthrough is real. It has often spoken about Seven Universes and urges that the Message of the Book of Revelations in the Bible should not be taken literally or in earthly terms. Happily, my Moslem friends tell me that the Book of Revelation, like the psalms, the Ten Commandments and the Koran are Four Messages sent to man kind by the Almighty Creator. Therefore, if the Book of Revelations speaks about a Message to each of the seven Ark Angels who preside over each of the “Seven Churches in Asia“, these seven Churches may very well be the seven Universes in Creation, if we do not take these messages literally, assuming that the churches are human Christian congregation in the earthly Asian continent. Every earthly concept has a trans-earthly concept which was nearly “received” on earth by knowing people. Thus, Ephesus is the spiritual name of our Universe. Philadelphia is the name of another Universe. As for Asia, I do not remember now if it is the spiritual name of Creation or the World (to call the earth the World is a misnomer).

That is about all I can say about that except to add that there is a Message on the face of the Earth today which transcends other Messages and conforms the grains of Truth in them, while stripping them of misconceptions of man.

Back to earthing. The moon is believed to have broken away from the earth ages ago. A big ball of fire rages in the depths of the earth. This fire is rapped up by heavy rocks to prevent it from melting down the earth itself to vapour. When these rocks crack anywhere and heat and gas escape through the cravices, earth movements or earthquakes occur, melting rocks into liquid lava till the liquefied rocks reach the earth’s surface and are cooled by air to form the rocks we see around. Thus, like the sun which provides us energy and etheric nurture, the earth is also a source of power for its inhabitants. What modern health researchers are now informing us is that we must absorb as much of the radiations of the earth as we do those of the sun to be in balance, health wise, between them. That means we must be connected with or grounded to the earth. Some people do this by walking on dew-covered grass on lawns in the mornings before sunrise, by walking barefoot, also, in a beach, by lying, sitting or standing with “direct skin contact” with the ground. Now, earthing has gone beyond these traditional modes to using earthing bedsheets which are wired up in a way to make them carry away harmful electric fields from the body through cables and earth them in the ground outside the bedroom.

Clint Ober, a retired cable TV executive, got the world thinking again about earthing in the 1990s, faced with skepticism at first. He knew that a TV cable installation which did not allow signals to leak out and prevented leakages from the atmosphere from leaking into the signals provided a “crisp, high quality image.” After his retirement, he noticed that many people were wearing shoes made from synthetic materials which did not allow conductivity from the body into the earth and vice-versa. The shoes, made of rubber and plastic soles, prevented groundedness. He wondered if this disconnection from the earth could have a damaging effect on health. At that  time, I lived in a house with unpaved grounds. Just granite strewn everywhere. So, as he advocated, I would walk, barefoot, on the granite earth on rising every morning.

Orber called his children to a meeting, asked them to take as gifts whatever they wanted from his house, sold the house, bought a caravan and traveled all over the United States sleeping in beaches and anywhere he could test out his hypothesis on earthing. After initial resistance by scientists, he gained the attention of such giants among them as cardiologist Stephen Sinatra.

Early experiments showed participants slept better and without pain. Ober thought at first this was due to the elimination of static electricity in electric flow in the body. But this was only a part of the answer. Ober knew that the surface of the earth was filled with negative-charge electrons (free electrons) which move more freely and reduce positive charges (free radicals). Positive charges generate free radicals which destroy the cells and promote degenerative diseases and premature aging. They cause inflammation. The free radicals seek electrons from our cells to stabilise themselves. Some experiments have shown that, while in search of electrons to stabilise themselves, free radicals may bore thousands of holes in a cell in one single day. The cell, spending valuable time, energy and resources sealing these holes, becomes leaky, ages and vulnerable to toxins and germs. Yet on the surface of the earth are a bounty of electrons which, if inducted into the body through grounding, literally offers “food” for the positive charges and saves our bodies from harm.

In 2004, one of Ober’s studies was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It shows that “earthing during sleep resynchronises cortisol secretion more in alignment with its natural, normal rhythm.” The body produces cortisol in reaction to stress.

Other studies followed Ober’s. In the 1960s and 70s researchers at Max Planck Institute, Germany, put volunteers in underground rooms in which they were shielded from the earth’s electric field. The participants developed physiological issues, including “chaotic hormonal production, disturbed sleep patterns and a general disruption of basic body regulations.”

When the participants were not shielded from electric field, they reported “improved sleep, decreased pain and inflammation, reduced feelings of stress, improvements in gastrointestinal symptoms”, with evidence suggesting that “negative-charged free electrons on the earth’s surface are responsible for bringing the electric energy levels of the human body in accordance with that of the earth which, in turn, promotes overall health and vitality.”

Earthing is likely to revolutionise medicine. All studies so far show it curbs inflammation and pain. Inflammation is linked to about 70 degenerative diseases, including cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

So, let’s go earthing. Let’s pull off our shoes and earth our feet and bodies for at least 20 or 30 minutes everyday or use earthing products such as bedsheets. We would certainly sleep better and derail the train of chronic insomnia and its other troubles. I suspect when Moses was on the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, and he was commanded to remove his shoes, the anchorage of Power on the land may have been such that promoted eradiation response on the surface of the earth where he was that will be of profit to his body and endeavour. To receive such a monumental Message, and to engrave it in stone tablet, he may have been in need of equilibrium throughout his body and balanced co-ordination between his spirit and intellect. Walking in the midst of such Power intensity his capacities for the task may have been inhibited if he wasn’t enamored for the task. So, ones again, let go earthing, stop wearing shoes and even bathroom slippers in our homes.