Journal of Physics: Grounding and Health
Grounding & human health – a review, Imperial College London
I.A. Jamieson1*, S.S. Jamieson2, H.M. ApSimon1 and J.N.B. Bell1 1Centre for Environmental Policy, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK  2Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Norfolk Place, Imperial College London, St. Mary's Campus, London W2 1PG, UK.

Whilst grounding is often undertaken in industry as a matter of good practice in situations where the risk of excess charge exists, little thought is usually given to the biological effects that such measures may have, or possible benefits that may arise from the more widespread application of electrostatic and other ‘electromagnetic hygiene’ measures in hospitals and the general built environment. Research, which is still in its infancy, indicates that grounding the human body using suitable methodologies, particularly in low electromagnetic field environments, can significantly enhance biological functioning. It is proposed that there are often a number of electrostatic and ‘electromagnetic hygiene’ factors that need to be addressed before the beneficial effects of grounding the human body can be fully realised in many everyday environments

Grounding study
Electrical Grounding Improves Vagal Tone in Preterm Infants - 
College of Medicine and Department of Clinical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA, USA
Passi R.a · Doheny K.K.a · Gordin Y.b · Hinssen H.c · Palmer C.a  2017

Background: Low vagal tone (VT) is a marker of vulnerability to stress and the risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. Electric fields produced by equipment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) induce an electric potential measurable on the skin in reference to ground. An electrical connection to ground reduces the skin potential and improves VT in adults.
Objectives: We aimed to measure the electric field strengths in the NICU environment and to determine if connecting an infant to electrical ground would reduce the skin potential and improve VT. We also wished to determine if the skin potential correlated with VT.
Methods: Environmental magnetic flux density (MFD) was measured in and around incubators. Electrical grounding (EG) was achieved with a patch electrode and wire that extended to a ground outlet. We measured the skin potential in 26 infants and heart rate variability in 20 infants before, during, and after grounding. VT was represented by the high-frequency power of heart rate variability.
Results: The background MFD in the NICU was below 0.5 mG, but it ranged between 1.5 and 12.7 mG in the closed incubator. A 60-Hz oscillating potential was recorded on the skin of all infants. With EG, the skin voltage dropped by about 95%. Pre-grounding VT was inversely correlated with the skin potential. VT increased by 67% with EG. After grounding, the VT fell to the pre-grounding level.
Conclusion: The electrical environment affects autonomic balance. EG improves VT and may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity in preterm infants.

While yoga and breathing exercises are not as foreign to some players, ‘earthing’ is a new practice to most, that involves connecting with the Earth in bare feet.
“Earthing allows a transfer of negatively charged electrons from the Earth’s surface into the body. Because earthing has shown to reduce blood viscosity (thickness) and inflammation, it has the potential to support cardiovascular health as well as improve immune response, reduce emotional stress and elevate moods to name a few.”
“Something different like that is really good and something the boys aren’t used to,” admitted Frizell.
The NSW lads will be hoping to carry their negatively charged electrons to a win tonight against a severely depleted Queensland side, with Billy Slater the latest big name to be left off the roster due to a hamstring injury.
NSW has only won the series once in the last 12 years, so Fitler will no-doubt be hoping his different approach, combined with traditional training methods, will give NSW the edge they need to clinch 2018’s series.

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