Morning Light Effectively Treats Fibromyalgia In Just A Few Days

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Just one hour of bright light each morning has been medically shown to decrease pain and sensitivity as well as increase functioning in patients with fibromyalgia.

 

Meaningful results were statistically significant without any artificial prescription medications and zero side effects, which is exciting news because fibromyalgia pain is typically an extremely difficult type of pain to treat.

Usually, fibromyalgia patients are either given a cocktail of Rx medications ranging from antidepressants to pain killers, or told there is nothing that can be done and that the pain and the reduced ability to function is just now their baseline… or worse… all in their head.

Exercise has shown to improve function as in fibromyalgia, which is awesome, but what about patients with co-morbid medical issues or mobility issues that prevent them from strenuously exercising?

Turns out there is a passive way to reap meaningful benefits… getting one hour of light therapy every morning.

 

The Study (presented at the SLEEP 2017 Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies on June 5, 2017):

  • 10 patients meeting the American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia were studied
  • Researchers assessed baseline function according to the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, pain sensitivity threshold and tolerance, and circadian timing as well as an overnight session in a sleep lab.
  • Patients were randomly assigned to either 6 subsequent days of self-administered light therapy for 1 hour either every morning or every evening, using light boxes.
  • Researchers then re-assessed function, pain sensitivity, and circadian timing.

The Results:

  • Absolutely zero side effects were reported with light therapy (woot!)
  • 1 hour of light therapy statistically improved function and pain sensitivity regardless of timing (morning and evening light both being therapeutic to reduce pain and improve function)
  • Morning light additionally lead to a significant return of meaningful function, as well as allowed participants to fall asleep earlier, shifting their circadian rhythm forward.
  • The improvements after just 6 days using light therapy was as robust as treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy!

While the study was small, the results were significant and the ramifications of this are very meaningful. This study shows that light can quickly and effectively help return function and decrease pain, something that can absolutely be a game changer for patients with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain issues.

 

With zero risk, zero side effects, and accessible for even patients who are infirm or unable to ambulate, light therapy should easily be considered front line treatment for fibromyalgia.

And consider this:

by combining the two most effective healing modalities for fibromyalgia (exercise and morning light!) go outside for a brisk walk or some morning yoga in the sunshine and reap exponential benefits.

And did you know that light therapy is also an effective treatment for depression — even more effective than antidepressant Rx medications?

 

Published in JAMA Psychiatry on Nov 18, 2015, this placebo controlled study supports the use of a non-pharmaceutical intervention over a pharmaceutical intervention, which is a big deal in the world of holistic medicine.

 

Study details:

  • 122 patients being treated for depression randomly assigned to either a 30 minute session of light therapy or a placebo device alone, a combo of light therapy plus an antidepressant medication, or a combo of the placebo device and antidepressant medication.
  • The depressed patients had to have a major depressive disorder lasting at least 45 weeks or longer.
  • Light therapy was a 30 minute a day exposure to a fluorescent light box as soon as possible after awakening in the morning.
  • After only 4 weeks, depression assessment scores were significantly better than baseline assessment in both groups using the light therapy (either with Rx or without a Rx antidepressant.)

 

Notably, the lightbox therapy was significantly MORE effective than drug therapy.

 

 

 

Not only does a bright AM light help with shifting the circadian rhythm and restoring a healthy day-night rhythm…

…but light therapy is non-invasive, non-toxic, relatively inexpensive (drugstores sell lightboxes that are much less expensive than prescriptions drugs) and have no unwanted side effects (no weight gain, decreased libido, negative GI effects, etc…)

In fact, light therapy can be used safely in conjunction with medical treatments (including Rx medications) so if you are on an anti-depressant or pain prescription, augment your treatment with light therapy and it’s possible you can work with your physician to decrease dose!

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One month of morning light was enough to make more of a difference in depression treatment than a prescription antidepressant and only 6 days was enough to reduce chronic pain and increase function in fibromyalgia patients!

 

 

You can get morning light daily even without use of a lightbox – your pineal gland benefits from exposure to natural light every AM even when that light is cloudy or dim outside.

 

Make a habit of going out every morning immediately after waking up and grabbing a few minutes — and if possible, and entire hour — of daylight.

Better yet, take a warm cup of tea, hot water with lemon, or your AM coffee and sit on the earth grounded (or take a nice AM walk!) and you will do more to prevent or treat mood disorders and functional pain issues than taking drugs each day.

What else has morning light therapy been shown extremely effective for?

Light therapy quickly, safely, and effectively boosts libido!

 

New research (presented at the 29th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress on September 19, 2016) shows that light therapy can significantly improve sexual satisfaction in people with low desire after only 2 weeks of treatment!

While this study was on men, because light therapy is incredibly effective for females too, I truly believe that this would work for women with low sex drive and should be first line therapy for anyone with sexual dysfunction or low sex drive.

The Study:

  • Researchers studied 38 patients with a diagnosis of primary hypoactive sexual desire or sexual arousal disorder.
  • Patients were randomly assigned to receive either active light treatment or placebo light treatment.
  • Active treatment was a daily 30 minute exposure to a light box with UV filter upon waking each morning.
  • Placebo light treatment was the same exposure but with a neutral density filter to reduce the light exposure to .01% strength of the active therapy.
  • Patients were assessed clinically at baseline and after 2 weeks of daily AM light exposure, as well as through self assessments and blood samples to test any hormone response to light therapy.

 

The Results:

  • After only two weeks of light therapy, patients with the active light treatment had hugely significant improvements in sexual satisfaction compared to placebo.
  • After just two weeks, sexual satisfaction for active light therapy patients increased more than 3X over baseline (from a rating of 2 out of 10 to 6.7 out of 10)
  • Placebo light therapy users had no statistically significant improvement at all (from baseline of 2 out of 10 to 2.7 out of 10)
  • In addition, the testosterone levels of the patients receiving active light therapy rose by over 50% in just two weeks (from an average testosterone level of 2.1 ng/mL to an average of 3.6 ng/mL!)
  • In contrast, there was no change at all to testosterone levels in the placebo group.

 

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Why?

The lightbox is really just

mimicking mother nature.

 

Testosterone levels naturally decrease in the Northern Hemisphere from November through April, when they begin to rise again throughout the summer.
Pregnancy rates reflect that, with the highest conception in the summer months (peaking in June.)
  • In fact, as I recently blogged about here, getting some extra Vitamin D from sun exposure actually boosts fertility — doubling the rate of implantation of an embryo and boosting the pregnancy rate from 20% up to 31%.

 

I feel convinced that light therapy should be first line of treatment, before using Rx medications, in the treatment of all forms of depressive disorders, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders, and sexual dysfunction as well.

 

But why mimic mother nature when you can

just go outside and join her?

 

As I recently reported to you, exposure to light outdoors actually lengthens life span and is one of the healthiest things you can do each day

— in fact, did you know that avoiding the sun has been medically proven to actually be more deadly than heavy smoking?  It’s true!

And that is not even counting the health benefits if you are actually grounded outside and touching the earth, which I absolutely believe is the other healthiest thing you can possibly do!

For more information on grounding, download my free grounding ebook by entering your email address on my homepage and I’ll email it right to you!

To your health…

xox0xo, Laura

 

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Sunscreen May Not Reduce Melanoma Risk (Here is what can…)

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A new study (presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Nov 19, 2016) shows that sunscreen did not have the ability to reduce future melanoma risk.

 

466 children (enrolled in the study at age 6) were followed for almost a decade (through age 15) and with a detailed report of annual sun exposure and sunscreen use as well as annual skin exams, which identified and documented skin lesions.

This is the longest term study on new mole development ever conducted.

And unfortunately, the results reveal that there was no association between sunscreen use and subsequent development of new pigmented lesions.

Meaning sunscreen use did not protect from or decrease the likelihood of developing pigmented moles (a marker of melanoma risk) at all.

 

While sunscreen may be protective against other forms of skin cancer, this news is upsetting because over 75,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year just in the United States alone, and melanoma is a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

But I’m not surprised.  To understand why the most common sunscreens (which is are all chemical based) are not preventing new pigmented lesions from arising, you have to understand how chemical sunscreens work:
  • Chemical sunscreens (such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone) are absorbed into your skin and attempt to neutralize the UV rays once they penetrate your cells, by chemically reacting to the UV radiation.

 

  • This means that the UV exposure is already reaching into your living tissues, and as a physician I don’t see how this can be cancer preventive.

 

  • Your cells are already exposed to the UV radiation (including your cell’s DNA) by the time it is being neutralized.

 

Physically blocking sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, physically sit on top of the skin and literally block UV radiation from even reaching your skin.  This is the type of sun protection you want.
  • Yes it is white and thick and annoying, but that’s how it works.  You do NOT want it to be nano-sized — as then it is just as harmful as the chemically based sunscreens.  It will go on more clear but that is only because it is now small enough to be directly absorbed into the skin and will meet the UV radiation inside of your skin cells, where we do not want it, exactly like chemical sunscreens do.
  • On top of the fact that chemical sunscreens allow the UV radiation to penetrate your skin, some of the chemicals in sunscreen (like the oils, petroleum products, and retinyl palmitate found in most sunscreens) have been shown to actually increase the rates of skin cancer lesions when directly applied to the skin.

 

  • And on top of that, many of the chemicals in chemical blocking sunscreens are shown to disrupt our natural hormone pathways.

 

  • In fact, oxybenzone, the most common chemical sunscreen used, has been shown to disrupt hormones and is *not* (repeat NOT) recommended for use in children. That’s right… look at all the “kid’s formula” sunscreens out there… they generally contain oxybenzone.  This chemical not only is a hormone-disruptor, but it is particularly well absorbed (which is why it is so commonly used) so applying to your skin it becomes internally absorbed within minutes.

 

  • Which means children, who are still growing, are getting systemic doses of hormone-disrupting oxybenzone circulating through their bodies on a daily basis all summer long.

 

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You don’t want to avoid sun exposure all together,

you just want to be smart about it.

 

 And I really mean it when I say you don’t want to avoid all sun exposure.
In fact, a recent article, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine on March 16, 2016, found that folks who avoided sun exposure had a decreased life expectancy, more decreased than the life expectancy of heavy smokers.  This study looked at almost 30,000 participants (females ages 25 – 64 year old with no history of malignancy) over a span of 20 years.  Researchers followed participants for over 20 years and tracked health outcomes and life span, and found that even when smoking was factored in, the life span of those who avoided the sun was  over 2 years shorter than heavy smokers who got the highest amount of sun exposure!!!

So even heavy smokers who soaked in the sun their whole life

outlived non-smokers who avoided sun exposure… by several years.

 

 

Participants who avoided the sun had higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and pulmonary disease.  And the results were dose-specific… meaning that the benefits of increased life expectancy with sun exposure went up directly in correlation to the amount of sun exposure.

Longer time in the sun = longer life span.  That simple.

 

And yes, though risk of skin cancer did increase with increased sun exposure, the patients that had skin cancer occur in relation to sun exposure actually had a better long-term prognosis!

In fact, recent research reveals that melanomas that occur in patients with low Vitamin D actually have more malignantly aggressive melanoma and that their prognosis is worse than patients with adequate Vit D from sun exposure.

These results show that avoiding the sun is a “risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking” — directly quoting the medical report.

 

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You know that I never ever ever present negative medical information without giving you tons of positive solutions!!

 

So you know if I am bringing it up on my blog here, then there are TONS of things you can do to make your time out in the sunshine safer for your skin, while boosting your whole-body disease prevention and prolonging your life span!

 

So Today… Here are The

Top 5 Things You Can Do To Decrease Your Skin Cancer Risk:

1.  Avoid Peak Sun Hours:

 

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The most important #1 way to protect from ultraviolet exposure is to avoid the sun during the peak UV hours in mid-day.

There was a huge medical study that backs this up… Sunscreen was third in order of most effective ways to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancers.

The ultimate solution, when possible, is sun avoidance during peak sun hours (10AM – 4PM) — this is infinitely better than any sun protection.

You want to get some incidental sun exposure on some exposed skin daily, but to decrease the UV intensity you want that exposure to be in the earlier AM or later PM hours!

 

2.  Wear UV Protective Clothing and UV Blocking Sunglasses Instead Of Sunscreen:

 

The second best way to protect from the sun, if you are going out in the peak hours, is UV protective clothing.

Rash guards, hats, sunglasses.

Be certain to protect your eyes by wearing UV protective sunglasses, dear reader! UV exposure is one of the leading causes of lens opacity (cataracts) as you age. You can prevent this by diligently protecting your eyes.

 

 

3.   Use Only Physically Blocking, Non-Nano Sized Sunscreens

 

A non-nanosized, non-chemical based sunscreen like this one, which I love so much and is the sunscreen I put on my own face every single day.

It goes on more easily and with less white residue than any other physically blocking sunscreen I’ve tried that is not nanosized.

 

 

4.  Take Curcumin To Protect Against Melanoma

 

Did you know that Curcumin actually kills cancer cells in laboratory studies and has been specifically shown to target and kill melanoma cancer cells?   Read this study published in the International Journal of Cancer in October 2016 for a good overview on what we know about curcumin and melanoma so far.

If you want to add the anti-cancer benefits of curcumin to your health regime (which I highly recommend if you have any personal or family history of melanoma or even if you just have a history of intense sun exposure) I recommend taking a pharmacy grade supplement like this one that couples a 500 mg dose of curcumin with bioperine to help increase the bioavailablility and absorption of the curcumin.

 

5.  Use Vitamin B3 to decrease all other forms of skin cancer

 

Clear evidence that a simple vitamin can be cancer preventive:  Vitamin B3 dramatically reduces skin cancer rates.

Presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2015 Annual Meeting in May 2014, Vitamin B3 has been shown to be a safe, effective way to reduce your risk of recurrent skin cancer.

Researchers looked at over 380 patients with a prior history of non-melanoma skin cancers, giving half nicotinamide supplements and half a placebo, and followed them for a year.  They found the patients in the Vitamin B3 group had a quarter less skin cancers total (a 23% decrease) than control patients:

  • Basal cell occurrence decreased by 20%
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma decreased by 30%
  • Actinic Keratosis decreased by 13%

Nicotinamide enhances DNA repair in skin cells damaged by UV light, as well as boosts the immune system and prevents the suppression of immunity by ultraviolet radiation.  (Nicotinamide has other benefits as well, including preliminary studies showing a boost in cognition… helping to restore cognition in Alzheimers!)

So… if you have a history of serious sun exposure?  Or a history of previous skin cancers?  Or you just want less unsightly actinic keretosis popping up in the future?

Vitamin B 3  offers 100% all natural holistic chemo-prevention!  Vitamin B is safe, inexpensive, proven.

I like to apply it topically directly on my face and other areas (like the neck) where there has been chronic sun exposure throughout my life.

This Vit B3 serum is the same serum I recommend in my Skin Happiness Online skin makeover class and is available for you as well, right here.

 

 

Enjoy that life giving, mood boosting, beautifully warm radiant sunshine this summer…

…but do it in a way that you protect your skin from too much exposure:  try to avoid peak hours of sun exposure, avoid yucky chemical sunscreens and use physical sunscreens instead, and consider using curcumin and vit B3 to decrease your future skin cancer risk.

xoxox, Laura

 

Aspirin Prevents Cancer… But There Is A Much Safer Way

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Yet another study reports that long term aspirin use is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes…

…and specifically a reduced risk of death from cancer.

 

Remember when I blogged about this back in August 2014?

The study at that time reported a 30% – 35% reduction in the risk of developing colorectal cancer, a 25% reduction in the risk of developing esophageal and stomach cancers, and smaller risk reduction in the other cancer categories (prostate, lung, breast.)

The latest study back this finding up, finding a 7% reduction in mortality from all causes put together in women and an 11% reduction in mortality from all causes put together in men with routine aspirin use.

 

The Study:

(presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2017 Annual Meeting on April 3, 2017)

  • Researchers collected data from over 130,000 patients, comparing outcomes in patients who routinely use aspirin with those who do not.
  • Researchers followed outcomes on these patients for an average of 32 years per patient.

 

The Results:

  • Mortality from all causes decreased with regular aspirin use — by 7% in females and 11% in male
  • Cancer mortality (from all cancers combined) decreased as well, by 7% in females and 15% in males
  • Colon cancer mortality decreased by 30%
  • Breast cancer mortality decreased by 11%
  • Prostate cancer mortality decreased by 23%
  • Lung cancer mortality in males decreased by 14%
  • The minimum beneficial dose was a 1/2 tablet of aspirin per week or more.
  • The minimum duration of aspirin use to show decrease in cancer mortality was 6 years of routine use.

 

 

The bottom line: It takes about 6 years of daily aspirin use to start to showing benefit.

 

 

 

Certainly, popping a pill each day is easy.

But the truth is that daily aspirin use is associated with very serious health risks as well, including ulcers, bleeding and stroke.

For example, stroke mortality goes up by 21% in those taking aspirin daily.  And these risks increase sharply in people over the age of 70.

And even more recently, researchers have discovered that the use of any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with a significantly increased risk for heart attack.

The latest study shows that there is a heightened heart attack risk in the first week of use, is highest during the first month of use (but remains elevated throughout the treatment course) and the risk increases with higher doses.

Following over 440,000 patients, researchers found that NSAID increase heart attacks by up to 99% (almost doubling the risk of heart attack) in the first month.  Long term rates of heart attack remained higher, ranging from 24% – 58% increased risk depending on type of NSAID.

So you have to really weigh your risk factors and decide if it is right for you to take aspirin routinely.  I think for those with a family history of breast or colorectal cancers, this daily preventive measure might absolutely make sense.

So… if you are interested in using aspirin as a cancer preventive drug, the most common dose is one baby aspirin (81 mg) daily.

 

But, what if there was something that was totally free…

…that could have the exact same health benefits with less risk?

 

 

Would this news grab headlines the way pharmaceutical drugs do?

Because there already is. 

It’s called grounding.

 

I’ve already demonstrated that grounding helps support weight loss naturally (which is one way to decrease cancer risk) and that grounding has already been proven in the medical literature to instantly decrease blood viscosity and allow the blood to move more freely, as well as neutralize inflammation (on of the root causes of cancers and cardiovascular disease.)

Grounding directly reduces blood clumping and therefore decreases the risk of cardiovascular events, which achieves the goal of aspirin but without the increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

So below, to help support your health in the safest possible way, I share with you my favorite resources for finding out more about the health benefits of grounding.

My favorite video, my favorite medical literature review on grounding, and my favorite online grounding course, so you can find out more information in the way that is easiest for you (by watching, by reading, or through taking a class):

 

Grounding directly reduces inflammation (seen via imaging studies and measured in blood inflammatory markers) which directly neutralizes the inflammation that incites cancer and heart disease: watch for free right now just by clicking here!

 

For more information, download and read this awesome medical literature review of all of the head-to-toe health benefits of grounding.

Summarizing the past two decades of medical research in one easy to read review paper!

 

Simply join my next Earth Rx online class and I will go over these studies and so much more, answering every single one of your grounding questions in depth personally!

 

 

Earthing decreases both chronic and acute inflammation, which is one of the major causes of cancer.

Chronically inflamed cells are chronically irritated cells and are more likely to give risk to mutations.

Take away the inflammation, and you reduce cancer risk.

 

Clearly, the media will promote the benefits of taking a blood thinning drug to prevent cancer over the benefits of freely connecting to the earth for blood thinning and potential anti-cancer benefits.

After all, Bayer aspirin alone (not including any other brands or generic manufacturers of aspirin) already reports annual sales of over 1.1 BILLION dollars.

But to me, if aspirin has these types of anti-cancer benefits, than the sky is the limit for the cancer prevention and longevity benefits of grounding!!!

Research is currently on-going right now to evaluate this, and I will absolutely keep you informed as the results come in, so sign up for my newsletter on my home page:

Intuition-Physician.com to be the first to know.

 

I for one won’t be surprised at all to hear about the anti-cancer benefits of grounding, as they become quietly discovered and whispered about in alternative medical literature…

… and now, neither will you.

 

xoxo, Laura

 P.S.  The most powerful way to learn more about grounding is absolutely to experience it first hand.

 

Did you know you can absolutely be grounded indoors?

By far the best way to get grounded from the comfort of your own home is this grounding Mattress Panel.

 

You simply sleep on top of this grounding mattress panel and you’ll grounded (and healing) all night long… hour after hour after hour.

These mattress panels are made with medical grade stainless steel, the material of choice used in hospitals worldwide… infinitely superior to silver grounding products, which often stop working after just one single wash.

These mattress panels are so effective, they are the only grounding product available on the market today that allows you to put a fitted sheet on top of it and still be grounded right through it, no direct skin contact required!

 

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Grounding Around EMFs and Dirty Electricity… A Medical Perspective

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What happens to the human body when we are grounding indoors… around EMFs and dirty electricity?

Give me a few minutes of your time to explain by clicking the video below:

 

 

I’m not a physicist or an electrical engineer.  So I don’t pretend to know all there is to know about electricity, but I do know the human body.

And I know how the human body is responding to being grounded, indoors, surrounded by EMFs, cell phones, wires, power lines, etc… all around.

And the body’s response, hands down, every time, is to heal.

 

We know from over 20 years of studying the human body grounding indoors under urban conditions, totally surrounded by EMFs and *dirty* electricity, that healing happens when grounding directly under these conditions .

In fact, I believe grounding the human body is really the smartest thing we can do to allow our body to have a fighting chance to live in this urban world we have created, with an onslaught of toxicity from many angles constantly surrounding us.

As a physician, I see medications and vaccinations freely handed out after only a few years of medical study.

Yet grounding — in the midst of EMF exposure — has been studied for over two decades now.

We have exhaustively looked at the human body while it is grounded indoors — many times while directly hooked up to electrical devices in a sleep study lab, or with EEG monitors on the brain, and certainly always surrounded by EMFs and using office and home wiring for the grounding tool — and still the body heals.

Blood viscosity decreases.  Blood pressure normalizes.  Brain wave patterns relax.  Muscle tension decreases.  Pain lifts.  Mood lightens.

Over time, hormones normalize.  Cortisol drops.  Blood sugars stabilize.  Sleep deepens.  Inflammation decreases.

The human body heals.

I believe we are at a crossroads where grounding our body is not only a smart healing practice to develop, but it’s actually mandatory if we want to experience healing in modern society.

Eating well isn’t enough, drinking filtered water isn’t enough, all the supplements in the world are not enough… none are a substitute for direct nurturing from the earth via grounding.

 

The most powerful way to be grounded for hours and hours and allow the body to heal is to sleep grounded at night.

Heal from the stressors of the day and deeply restore yourself in time to face the exposures of the day still to come.

Night after night after night, the body heals.

If you are going to lay in bed for hours every night, make them healing hours.

Hands down, the best way to do that is this grounding mattress panel. 

 

Click here to learn why there is no better way to sleep grounded at night, point blank.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

 

 

How To Ground Outside Without Getting Bitten Up By Bugs

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The weather is warming up here…

…and this always means my inbox is full of emails from patients and readers asking:

 

 

 

How can you reduce your chance of tick bites (and other insect bites)

while still connecting to the earth outside?

 

I really don’t want you to limit or stop your healing practice of connecting to Mother Earth outside daily.

Instead, let’s deter the bugs all together.

As I was giving one of my patients advice about this exact topic today, I thought this would be the perfect information to share with my blog readers too!  So here we go:

 

To help prevent bug bites…

I use a two-pronged approach:

1.  Organic Cedar Oil:

 

Spray directly on skin, pets, around doorways and porches and windows and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate — safe to use directly on the skin — when sprayed on exposed skin it helps deter them from landing on you at all.

This is my #1 go-to recommendation to avoid mosquito bites and tick bites.

Grab a big spray bottle of CedarCide and it will last you all spring and summer — and I carry a little 1 oz. bottle of it in my car as well for spontaneous use while outside at sporting events, parks, road trips, etc…

Cedar oil is safe, all natural and no nasty DEET or other toxic chemicals that cause neuronal cell death.  Repels ticks as well as flying insects.

I use this so often that my daughter tells me that this cedar oil spray is — and I quote her here:  “the smell of my childhood.”

She says that every time I spray it and she catches the scent.  I just love that!

 

2.  Burning sage or incense around the yard:

 

 

A few incense sticks or a sage stick burning on your outdoor patio table while you eat dinner helps immensely to deter flying insects from buzzing around your food and spoiling your meal!

I like to light an incense stick and push it into the grass like mini-smoldering smoke signals in a perimeter all around the area we are using… or leaning an incense stick in an open glass jar I am recycling or just having a little incense cone in the center of our patio table.

Or, better yet if you are having a summer fire pit or bonfire going, simply throw an entire stick of sage into the fire.

The sage scented smoke that the fire will emit keeps mosquitoes and other annoying bugs at bay for the entire area.

We love it.  Usually when I throw a sage stick into our bonfire that is enough insect control, no need for additional bug sprays.

I hope those two tips will help you feel more comfortable getting out there and connecting to Mother Earth year round, including in these warm buggy days that lie ahead!

 

To help treat bug bites:

 

 

Summer is filled with little cuts, scabs, scrapes and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, likely some bug bites.

So if you (or your children) get a few bug bites and scratch them up, you can help the scratches heal in a holistic way that minimizes scarring… simply use honey!

 

 

You already know I love honey to ease seasonal allergy symptoms and I love honey for wound healing as well!

 

Findings published in the International Wound Journal show that when raw honey was used on all types of wounds, it:

  • promoted healing
  • minimized necrosis
  • minimized the amount of skin that sloughed off the wound
  • reduced wound size
  • decreased affected area around wound

 

Not only did it help speed wound healing, but it made a measurable improvement in over 84% of wounds!!!!

We are talking:

  • post operative wounds
  • general skin wounds
  • infections
  • burns
  • ulcers
  • pressure sores and more!

 

Honey has well-known antimicrobial benefits, doesn’t spoil, is easy to have on hand and is portable (no refrigeration required!) so it really makes perfect sense to use as a secondary wound dressing in children older than 12 months old.

 

  • First be sure to flush out any wound with lots of water… for a long period of time… 2 minutes ideally.
  • Then, depending on wound type you may consider a topical antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, or antibacterial dressing, and then honey.  Then cover the abrasion with a sterile bandage.
  • For minor wounds, use deep cleansing and then raw honey as a dressing, but be sure to have any deeper or larger wounds evaluated by a physician.

 

Because honey is so safe and so effective for so many different types of wounds… and because it speeds healing and decreases the amount of skin that is affected by the wound, I feel that honey ultimately will be shown to reduce the appearance of scarring as well.

So for post operative wounds or acne infections or stretch marks or injuries that you want to minimize scarring in… bring on the raw honey!

 

 

Sweet news, indeed!

And now that you are armed with some holistic tips on avoiding the bug bites and tick exposures that warm weather brings… it’s time to wish you a very very happy upcoming summer!!!

Keep grounding outside and enjoy the beautiful display Mother Earth brings us without fear!

xoxo, Laura

 

 

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To My Husband (Yes, I Said Husband!)

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Exactly one month ago today… this happened:

 

 

 

 

This man is absolute strength during the bad times and incredibly playful during the good.  In short, he’s wonderful.

He has been by my side during the absolute rock bottom moments of my life, standing there with arms open wide and a heart open wider.  And not just for me, but with unwavering support for my children as well.

 

 

I feel in love with Steve during the worst crap storm of my life, and I am married to him now with an incredibly grateful heart.

I wanted to share that with you here, because many of you have been with me through that storm as well, sending me love and sharing a bit of the weight and the shock of it all by baring witness to it.

So you deserve to know when the storm has passed, leaving the landscape totally and utterly different, scarred and changed and reformed and with all the little shoots sprouting up again from ample rain and time and God’s hand, all mixed together.

 

 

Oh my goodness I love this man.

Steve, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done to share and witness and comfort and support and nurture a deep and abiding love that took root in the very the center of my soul.

I am so proud to hold your hand and walk forward into the future together.

 

Onwards…

xoxoxoxo, Laura

 

How Sleep Affects Your Heart Health

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Last week I shared with you a study that shows even a small decrease in sleep, as little as one hour less of sleep, dramatically increases your risk of mood disturbances (anxiety, depression, hopelessness.)

This week is the last on my series focusing in on sleep… and this one is important too.

Turns out, your heart’s health is immediately impacted by your sleep.

 

The Study (published in Hypertension on June 6, 2016):

 

  • researchers looked at 26 healthy young adults (with no cardiac risk factors or history of cardiac disease) and compared their heart function during sessions of unrestricted sleep, during sessions with restricted sleep, and during sessions where sleep was shifted to throw their circadian rhythm off

 

The Results:

 

  • daytime heart rate was significantly increased after sleep was restricted
  • norepinephrine secretion was increased when sleep was restricted and the alignment of sleep (imitating shift work, jet lag, or insomnia due to light exposure at night) was off
  • cardiac vagal modulation (heart rate variability) was reduced when the circadian sleep rhythm was disrupted

 

These three parameters together suggest that even in young, healthy adults with absolutely zero cardiac disease, just being off on your sleep patterns can lead to an increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

If simply having your circadian rhythm off can stress out the heart — impairing autonomic regulation and cardiovascular physiology — then we need to be really diligent about sleep patterns.

Turns out it’s not just the amount of sleep but the timing of sleep that is stressful on our hearts.

The thing that upset me most as a physician is discovering that heart rate variability is reduced when sleep is shifted out of circadian alignment.

 

This is because heart rate variability (HRV) is one of the most important indicators of heart health.

Clinicians use HRV to predict sudden death after heart transplant, in premature newborns, and after for cardiac patients after massive heart attack.

 

You need variability in your heart rate — your heart needs the ability to be response and sensitive to the environment around you… speeding up and slowing down as needed depending on external situations.

When you lose that ability to adapt to your life circumstances, and instead your heart begins to beat on a mechanical, rote basis with little to no variability, your heart loses it’s health and your risk of death increases.

Thankfully you can actually do something to support your heart rate variability and increase the health of your heart, immediately.

 

Fortunately, grounding supports heart health and increases heart rate variability.

 

In this study, patients who were grounded immediately began to respond with improvement in HRV and this improved heart function continued to get better and better and better, cumulatively, for the entire 40 minutes the patients were grounded.

 

My suggesting is the same as last week — sleep grounded and you not only support deeper, better, more restorative sleep to support your heart’s health, but grounding immediately goes to work directly on your cardiac function to support improved heart rate variability.

 

And the positive effects continue to accumulate over time, so spending as much time grounded as possible is preferred.  If you are going to lay in bed for hours and hours and hours each night, make those hours grounded and you will be supporting heart health, metabolic health, mental health, whole body health.

Have any cardiac risk factors, or a family history of cardiac disease, or know anyone who does?

Make sure grounding is a part of their health care routine and that good quality sleep is maximized to reduce stress on the heart and decrease future risk of cardiac disease.  Do both at the same time by sleeping grounded and your body will thank you.

 

For more articles I’ve written on sleep health, click over to read:

 

 

And to start healing every single one of these conditions and support the longevity of your cardiovascular system, start sleeping grounded now.

Here’s how.

 

 

 

xoxoxo, Laura

 

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