Tue, 22 October 2019
This week, I'm excited to welcome Clinton Ober who is CEO of EarthFX Inc., a research and development company located in Palm Springs. He first learned of grounding when marketing and installing Cable TV systems in Billings, Montana in the early 1960’s. A decade later, he formed Telecrafter Corporation and built it into the largest provider of cable installation services in the United States. This company specialized in proper grounding of cable installations for safety and signal stability. In the 1980’s, he turned his attention to the developing computer industry and partnered with McGraw-Hill to distribute live digital news services, via cable, to PCs. This led to development of the first cable modem and an increased awareness of need for proper system grounding. Following a health challenge in 1995, he retired and embarked on a personal journey looking for a higher purpose in life. During his travels, he noticed people wearing plastic and rubber soled shoes that insulate the body from earth. He wondered if no longer being naturally grounded could affect us. The question led to an experiment that suggested grounding reduced pain and improved sleep. He developed a working hypothesis: Grounding normalizes functioning of all body systems (Corollary: The body utilizes the earth’s electrical potential to maintain its internal electrical stability for the normal functioning of all self-regulating and self-healing systems). Over the past eighteen years, he has supported a host of research studies that collectively demonstrate that grounding reduces inflammation and promotes normal functioning of all body systems.
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This week, I'm excited to welcome Clint Ober. Clint is a 30-year veteran of the cable television industry, who began investigating the effects of electrically grounding the human body to the earth. Over the past 18 years, he has supported a host of research studies that collectively demonstrate that grounding reduces inflammation and promotes normal functioning of all the body systems. In this episode, we talk about the science supporting grounding, and how we can easily implement this practice into our everyday lives. Over to Clinton.\.
Hey guys, this is Stu from 180 Nutrition, and I am delighted to welcome Clint Ober to the podcast. Clint, how are you?
01:29 I'm doing very good. I'm really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to visit [inaudible 00:01:34].
01:34 Well, I appreciate the time. Very, very interesting and intriguing treating topic today and I've been, I've been fascinated by this for forever, so great to be able to connect with you and actually understand the science behind it and your story. But first up, for everyone out there that may not be familiar with you or your work, I would love it if you could just tell our listeners a little bit about yourself please.
01:59 Okay. Well, I grew up in Montana. USA in Montana, and I grew up kind of in a rural environment, kind of an earthy environment, a cowboy, I guess, and back then a cowboy was somebody that stayed with the herd and just babysat them, and if you see one that's not doing well, you take them out of the herd and then you go ride the pasture and find out what's going on in the pasture that might have affected the cows.
So anyhow, that's where I started out. But after that, in my work life I spent about 30 years in the communications industry. Primarily television, cable television, microwave, blanks, down lights, you name it, a little bit of everything. But in that industry, I learned most importantly about grounding, and there you have to ground everything to the earth in order to maintain electrical stability in order to have good quality sound with no interference, pictures, data and everything. So, the world we have today, it's because of what we learned along the way in developing that industry and grounding everything. So, that's where I started.
I'm 75 now, and about 20, 21 years ago, maybe 20 or something like that, I was playing with a computer one day and it kept crashing, and this was back before the internet was very much, I mean, very active like it is today. But anyhow, the old computers that we had, the PCs, they would, if they weren't grounded, which they weren't back in those days, they were very unstable, and if you had static electricity on your body you could touch them and get a glitch and lock up the software. So, anyhow, I tried to figure out how to ground myself because it was happening too much, so I laid a piece of copper tape across my desk and connected it to a wire connected to like ground, and then I would touch it before I touched the computer, and then I never had any problems.
But, at that same time, I could go on, you know, a lot of stories in there. But that day that I did that, I intuitively, I walked outdoors and I sat on a bench, and I was in Sedona, Arizona, and a tour bus pulled up and the tourists they got off of it, they were obviously a Japanese tour group, and they all had these big white tennis shoes, like they had just been to a strip mall, or a outlet mall, and they had Nike shoes on sale. But for some reason, I looked up at the trees and I noticed the power lines and I noticed, and I just intuitively ask, "I wonder if there is a problem with humans no longer being naturally grounded?"
And that came out of nowhere. So anyhow, I didn't know, but as the day went on, I took a little bit of interest in it. I went home that night, started playing, I drug out a volt meter, and started measuring the difference in electrical potential on my body when I was grounded, not grounded, in the house not grounded, in the house grounded, but anyway, that night I was intrigued with the readings that I was finding on the volt meter, so I went to the hardware store and bought a roll of metalized aluminum duct tape, and I had a laid it across the bed, and threw a wire out the window. And there was a reason I was in the bedroom, because that's where the highest level of electric fields are generally, because you're laying in bed, and your head's close to the wallboard, and behind the wall are where all the electrical wires and stuff are. So anyhow, but that's where you have a little more exposure to the EMFs than not. And so anyway, I figured, well, so I did it in the bedroom, and it was late at night anyway, so I wanted to just lay down and watch TV, so I put the tape on the bed, through a window, I had one wire out the window and connected it to a ground rod, threw the second wire out the window, connected it to the ground, but connected to the volt meter.
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Thu, 10 October 2019
This week I'm excited to welcome Dr Krista Burns. Krista is a certified postural neurologist, certified posture expert, a doctor of chiropractic, and she has a PhD in global health policy. So, she has a few qualifications. She is also a highly sought-after speaker and author of the textbook, The Posture Principles. Her goal is to inspire audiences worldwide to understand the importance of posture—which, as you may know, is declining rapidly with the speed of technology.
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This week, I'm excited to welcome Dr. Krista Burns, who is the co-founder of The American Posture Institute. Dr. Krista has made a life's work to help others learn every detail about posture and how to become posture experts in their communities. She routinely travels the world teaching the importance of posture and how to address the issues arising from our ever expanding digital lifestyles. In this episode, we talk about how to safeguard ourselves against digital dementia and the strategies that we can utilize to combat postural and cognitive decline. Now, there is definitely something for every one of us in this conversation. So without further ado over to Dr. Krista. Hey guys, this is Stu from 180 Nutrition and I am delighted to welcome Dr. Krista to the podcast. Dr Krista, how are you?
01:39 Oh, I'm doing so good. Thank you so much for this opportunity to chat today.
01:42 No, we're really, really intrigued to pick your brains on your specialist topic. So before we get into that and first step for all of our listeners that may not be familiar with you, I would love it if you could just tell them a little bit about yourself.
So I originally wanted to be an Olympic skier. That was my first love, my first goal, my first dream and passion and was well on my way. I was Olympic bound, I was competing on US development ski team, suffered an injury in my spine. And from there I just became obsessed with helping people with back pain because that was something that prevented me from achieving my goals and dreams. And I didn't want back pain to hold other people back. So fast forward, graduated from school, created The American Posture Institute with signature postural correction systems to help, not just with back pain, but overall function, structure, and neurology of the body to help us live healthier lives. And then we'll talk more about digital dementia. But what we started noticing is that postural decline is also associated with neurologic defects. So we'll dive deeper into that throughout today's discussion.
03:11 Fantastic. Yeah, interesting story. And so you mentioned digital dementia and I am really, really interested in that at the moment and partly because tech has changed wildly since I was a boy. And now it seems that we're beholden to these mobile devices that are physically changing the way that we're thinking and they're rewiring our brains. But they're also changing our posture too because we get this crazy downward stoop all hours where we're hunched over our desks and perhaps we're not as active as we used to be. So first up, I'd love for you to give me a little bit of rundown of what digital dementia actually is and why you think that we should be aware of it.
04:01 Absolutely. Well, at The American Posture Institute, we say that posture is declining at the speed of technology. And so just as fast as technology is evolving, we're seeing a de-evolution of human function and structure. So what digital dementia is, is digital dementia is non-Alzheimer's specific, dementia like symptoms in adolescents caused from the overstimulation of technology combined with poor lifestyle habits. Let me break that apart because I just said a big phrase. So it's non- Alzheimer's meaning that it's not due to physical changes in your brain associated with certain proteins or genes, however it's acquired. If we were to look up the word dementia with the Alzheimer's association, what it would tell us is that dementia is not a specific disease, it's a set of symptoms associated with poor focus, short term memory loss with poor visual focus as well, and confusion with daily activities.
And so if you've ever felt confusion, short term memory loss, inability to focus, these are tightening early dementia like symptoms and now it's caused from the overstimulation of technology combined with poor lifestyle habits. So I'd be a hypocrite if I said we just needed to get rid of technology together. We're actually connecting from across the world because of our ability to connect via tech. And we love that. We love the opportunities that technology has provided to us as a human species. However, we need to recognize the limitations associated with it as well. When we're overstimulated from our technology, it's stimulating certain parts of our brain. But when we're sedentary, when we have poor posture and we're overstimulated from technology, we're under stimulating other parts of our brains. We'll pick that part a little bit more. But what this is resulting in is dementia like symptoms of confusion, learning disorders, short term memory loss in children as young as eight, nine, 10 years old. And now they're growing up in a world where it's normal to have technology from the time you're born up through adulthood.
The difference between us, Stu, and children now is that we didn't have technology as a big part of our lives until later on. Until we were adults, right? Whereas infants now are born into a world where they get that digital babysitter. So I think it's really important that we have this discussion now, not to get rid of technology, not to blame technology, but to recognize our ability to pay it forward to the next generation, the importance of having healthy lifestyle habits associated with technology.
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