Balance is imperative to recovery. Or to managing pain. Wherever you are along this spectrum, here are some things to consider. And my recent findings: If a little is good, a lot is not necessarily better. For example...I have been using the grounding pads that you can find on earthing.net. They are great. If you sit with your feet on them, you immediately feel the benefits. Calmer breath from your abdomen, a sense of peace, lowered pain. However, if you sleep on them every night for hours (or two of them) like I have been, you may find out - you become imbalanced. Like on edge. Like what happened to me? I can't RELAX!!!
So I asked my organic-farmer-and-all-things-healthy guru stepdad, Arnold Schmidt, why, and he told me...that cows only sleep on magnetic lines of the earth for a few hours at a time, and then they move off them. Are grounding pads the same as the lines of the earth? Hmmm. They aren't marketed as that, but they might be. How easy is it to replicate real, natural things with manmade ones? Not at all.
Which leads to point #2...
Fake is not real. Blue lights are NOT sunlight. I was wanting one, because they are recommended by Tim Ferris in the 4-Hour Body. Imagine my happiness when my friend gave me one, saying she had received several from a family member and had an extra one. Imagine my surprise when after 15 minutes of setting one up at work, I got a migraine, sick stomach, and my eyes hurt. It was so intense that I am reliving the symptoms reading this. Thank goodness for Amazon and Google. Because I started reading and realized that blue lights can lead directly to blindness. Yes, macular degeneration. Lesson learned? Man-made things are not equal to natural ones. God's handiwork cannot be replicated to satisfaction.
When you are managing your pain, pay attention to your body. Keep in balance. Remember, day turns to night...spring turns to fall...and there is a time and a place for everything.