I was on FaceBook this even when a friend of mine (name withheld to shelter the scientifically naive) posted this video meme…
My head almost exploded and after extinguishing the fire I wrote…
While I am a dedicated prolific bare foot walker this is nonsense (on occasion I’ll walk barefooted in the snow). There is NO science to this “grounding” B.S. Absorbing free electrons from the ground through your feet??? WTF?
Walk barefooted through the grass because the moist kool grass feels great (but be careful about hidden acorns, they’re the outdoor equipment stepping on Legos inside). Walk barefooted through the sand because it is warm and relaxing. Walk barefooted in the snow because it’s an interesting sensation that reminds you you are alive.
The doctors talking in this video are quacks.
I think I spent something like 6 years in my late teens and early 20s barefoot when I working in the summer as a lifeguard and I still appreciate walking barefoot even today for the feeling, not for the fictitious supposed health benefits.
This video is so full of bullshit they even contradict themselves. This Dr. Stephen Sinatra is talking about walking barefoot so you can absorb electrons from the earth while this other guy a few minutes in named Clint Ober, a “Grounding Pioneer” is talking about grounding as a way to dissipate built-up electrons to the earth by grounding. Which is it? Who wrote and made this incredibly stupid video. They need to be fired!
Ober then goes on to say he went to the local library to look up information about “grounding” and there was nothing. Surprise, surprise that’s because it’s bullshit stupid tinfoil nonsense. He then went to UCLA and asked them there about it and even admits they laughed him off campus because the idea was so absurdly ridiculous.
He then did his own study where he found it was curing all sorts of things maybe even anything and everything (and never published in a reputable journal, I wonder why? Again because it’s nonsense.)
I am only halfway through the video at this point and now they are bringing on Dr. Joseph Mercola and I just can’t go on. At least not right now. Holy shit.
Just to forestall the expected knee-jerk response from a proud wearer of the skeptic” badge… I have no “belief” or “need to believe” in grounding – I’m in the process of looking into it and trying to assessing what evidence there is – something you should have done before writing as you have.
I don’t hear any rational thinking in your comments. All you do is is assert that the whole idea of grounding is (of course) nonsense, that anyone who takes it seriously is a quack or an idiot, and that two speakers in a video appeared to contradict each other at one point. Oh and Mercola is in the video, so that means all you need to do is rant. No need to explain or say how or why you’ve arrived at your view. And I bet you claim to be an upholder of evidence-based thinking. What a joke!
This is what happens once you label yourself as a skeptic. It’s for others to do the testing and find what evidence there is: YOUR job is to keep your hands clean, stay ignorant but pretend to be superior, and mock. Your priority isn’t understanding or science or truth, but the lowly and spiteful task of finding what seem (to you) easy targets for “debunking”. Some stereotyped name-calling, some “BS” assertions repeated a few times, and you’re done. Exactly as here. Why not get a decent life?