I have been a firm believer in being barefoot or close to it for many years and in turn, sharing this with others. This was an instinctive and learned process first and foremost, meaning I didn’t find out about the benefits via science or research in a book. It just worked in my “guinea pigging” and made me feel good. As the years went on, i began researching more and learning about the science and there were many studies done lauding the benefits. Many, many years later I also was introduced to Frank Forencich of Exuberant Animal and studied his method with him(and still do) and met and moved with some of his tribe, including Mick Dodge, the Barefoot Sensei.
Then came along the trend of being barefoot and the landmark book by Chris McDougall, Born to Run. I tried out barefoot style shoes and my message was easier to spread as the book opened peoples minds to the concept of barefoot training. Corporations of course jumped on board the “trend” and began producing shoes to replicate natural patterns. These same corporations that had been selling the opposite for many years.
It wasn’t too long before reports started coming in that people were getting injured and having serious problems due to being barefoot. (In reality a very small amount). Much of this of course was because sedentary people were jumping on the bandwagon and not progressively scaling their training. The sneaker giants also saw this movement as a threat to their empires so the corporate giants responded by returning to producing even greater cushioned, shock absorber shoes so the kooks wouldn’t get hurt. You could just 4×4 through the woods and never stub a toe again and run on air…ha!
Many of us never stopped though and continue to not only use the benefits of bare footing but also bare handing(not using gloves in settings they are traditionally used in) and other forms of Grounding. The science of grounding is here, finally with over 20 studies concluding that grounding has numerous benefits including possibly most importantly, fighting dis-ease. The benefits are absolutely widespread in all levels of life! It is widely known that inflammation is the root cause of most disease. Grounding has a direct impact against inflammation via an electrical process. Simply put, within regular proper doses of grounding, there will be a dramatic reduction in inflammation due to laws of electricity. We are electrical beings, plain and simple and we are electron deficient. THIS IS A PROBLEM!
This documentary, The Science of Grounding is simply a must watch. Science has proven the benefits of Grounding plain and simple and you can ground on your own with no cost. No one selling you anything..maybe that is the reason few are responding? This isn’t hippie shit, this is real and very much worth all of our time especially with all of the negative effects of cell phones, wi fi, blue tooth etc.