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In Step with Nature

Hippocrates was a Greek physician who lived from approximately 460 - 375 BC. He believed all forms of illness had a natural cause and in many cases a natural cure. He is widely considered to be the “father of medicine.”
quote by Hippocrates about illness
I wonder if Hippocrates would consider our growing disconnect from the natural world to be one of those small, daily sins? I suspect he would. Even something as basic as the shoes we wear can separate us from the healing powers of nature.

Every system in our anatomy runs on signals from the brain, as part of our natural electromagnetic field. The Earth also has an electromagnetic field, and continuing scientific research has shown that direct, conductive contact between the human body and the surface of the Earth initiates countless health benefits. Our bodies thrive on and are stabilized by the Earth’s electrons.
Women walking barefoot in the grass in the fall with colorful leaves on ground
When we wear shoes made with synthetic materials, like vinyl with rubber or polyurethane soles, we lose our most fundamental connection with nature: walking barefoot on the ground.

In 2015, a group of accomplished doctors published a study on the effects of grounding, and noted: “Dominant lifestyle factors such as insulating footwear... separate most humans from direct skin connection with the Earth’s surface. Our modern lifestyle has taken the body and the immune system by surprise by suddenly depriving it of its primordial electron source.” (PMID: 25848315, James L. Oschman, Gaétan Chevalier, Richard Brown, 2015)
quote by oschman, chevalier and brown
Genuine leather shoes, like traditional moccasins with natural leather soles are a way to reclaim our relationship with the planet and make a healthy, grounded connection.

Bastien’s authentic Indigenous moccasins are made with velvety-soft moose hide and contain zero man-made components or materials. Crafted in the custom of time-honored artisanship, they are designed as durable “barefoot” shoes to keep in step with nature.
bastien industries earthing moccasins with fringe
Available in both Men’s and Women’s sizes, these soft-soled ankle mocs are hand-stitched, with a fringed cuff, and adjustable rawhide laces. The thick, oil-tanned chromoexcel leather outsole is tough enough for walking outside on grass, soil, or sandy surfaces — anywhere you might practice grounding.
durable chromoexcel leather outsole meant for earthing outdoors
Oschman, Chevalier, and Brown reported that: “Electrons from the Earth may in fact be the best antioxidants, with zero negative secondary effects, because our body evolved to use them over eons of physical contact with the ground.” Their studies into grounding and the human body reveal what they termed “intriguing effects on physiology and health” that include: accelerated healing, relief from pain and chronic inflammation, improved sleep, and enhanced immune response.
Women barefoot in fall leaves with a pair of earthing moccasins next to her
Walking in all-leather moccasins enables the Earth’s energy to be naturally absorbed through the feet without the obstruction of synthetic outsoles. This allows for a free-flow of electrons between the human body and nature, and the healthy synthesis of our electromagnetic fields.

In their study, Oschman, Chevalier, and Brown concluded that grounding and earthing are “a simple, natural, and accessible health strategy... warranting the serious attention of clinicians and researchers.”
quote by oschman, chevalier and brown
And if we circle back to Hippocrates again, this aligns perfectly with his sage and timeless advice: “If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for a walk.”
earthing wearing moccasins on bright yellow leaves in the fall
Earthing in Bastien’s moose hide fringed moccasins is just a step away, and can be ordered online from our Healthy & Grounded website for quick and convenient delivery.

Available in Women’s sizes 4-10.

Available in Men’s sizes 7-14.

Bastien Industries is an Indigenous-owned company whose authentic moccasins are handcrafted on the Huron-Wendat Reserve in Wendake, Quebec, Canada.
Bastien Industries Leather Moose Hide Fringed Moccasins
Please Note:

The study quoted in this article is: “The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases,” PMID: 25848315, Authors, James L. Oschman, Gaétan Chevalier, Richard Brown It may be found in its entirety here:
Fringed ankle moccasins
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  • So delighted and intrigued at having located your wonderful products recently. I have needed and wanted an earthing shoe, but have neuropathy in my feet (numbness) & they’re very cold most of the time, so need to keep them enclosed. But there are virtually no closed in earthing footwear on the planet, it seems.
    Discovered the darling Black fringe above the ankles which could lend them to anything being worn, but to my dismay, the ones that may fit the best are only available in a mens size 7. My normal size is womens 9+, but was wondering if a 7 mens might work, but there is no return on sale shoes, so cannot afford to gamble $140.
    Would it be too much to ask for you to check if a Black, mens size 8, with high fringed top could have been returned for any reason.
    Just measured my biggest foot; length 10" and width at widest point 3.5"
    Praying i can get something, even if it’s a neutral color, but my prayer is the black, high top with fringe! That would make the day of a 78 years young is all about gratitude.
    Thank you from the heart.
    Shila (Shyla) Van Wagenen
    530-615-9411. Near Sacramento, CA, USA

    Shila Van Wagenen

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