Of course, this is a gross simplification of the term, but I had no idea that we humans thrive on these earth-born electrons.
Dr. Joe Mercola did an article on this recently, but it was a guy named Clint Ober who actually spearheaded the research after a serious health crisis led him to alternative therapies. Along with Martin Zucker and cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, he wrote the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (Basic Health Publications, 2010) which claims that earthing not only thins the blood and lowers blood pressure but reduces inflammation, stress, and fatigue. Some readers claim that by sleeping with a ground, serious health conditions have improved dramatically.
Dr. James Oschman (U Pittsburg) took it all a step further by scientifically documenting the effects of earthing on the body. (See the link to Mercola's article above for details). From the article: "So really what is happening with grounding or earthing is that you're protecting your body from -- I call it, collateral damage," Dr. Oschman says. "Damage that was not intended to take place but does take place because we have disconnected ourselves from the Earth by putting rubber and plastic on the bottoms of our shoes."
This makes so much sense to me -- we have lost the connection to our earth on so many levels it's hard to quantify. Could a daily, habitual "earthing practice" help restore us physically, mentally, and spiritually? It certainly can't hurt to try.
Highly recommend reading this one.