How To Protect Your Liver At Holiday Parties

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Today I’m just giving a quick, real-life health tip considering we are just on the verge of launching fully into holiday season, which means holiday meals, holiday get togethers, and impromptu toasts abound!

 

Drinking wine occasionally has enjoyed mixed health reviews — with some studies reporting cognitive benefits from wine (although for those you can simply take resveratrol supplements!) and many studies reporting that alcohol increases cancer risk.

And because holiday parties typically mean a lot of driving out and about to attend these parties, my first recommendation is just not to drink at all!

 

But if you realistically are going to toast the holidays with friends and family and a drink or two… and you have a safe ride lined up… there is a way that you can help that drink be less toxic to your dear old liver.

 

Plus, we can’t ignore that even if the recommendation is not to drink at all, there are 140 millions folks in America alone that regularly drink and about 16 million of them have an alcohol abuse disorder.

So instead of ignoring a huge population of folks that need health support, I share this information in an effort to help their body stay as healthy as possible while they seek the help and support they need to stop drinking.

 

Alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde by your liver…

…if acetaldehyde sounds familiar, you might be be thinking of it’s cousin, the more well known autopsy chemical:

formaldehyde.

 

Yep, they are related, and just like formaldehyde is well known to pickle human tissue, acetaldehyde isn’t very gentle on your liver or body either.

Both are harsh chemicals known to cause cancer.

If you are drinking more than one drink an hour, you can probably expect to feel cumulative effects of acetaldehyde build up as your body can’t metabolize the acetaldehyde quickly enough: heart racing, pounding, nausea, dehydration, dizziness.

 

How can we protect ourselves from this dangerous metabolite?

 

Our body can use l-cysteine protect against the acetaldehyde effects until our liver can further break the acetaldehyde down into carbon dioxide and water.

You can also add on Vitamin C to help keep the l-cysteine activated and working more efficiently as well.

A combination of l-cycsteine and vit C — taken before you start drinking and continuing with a dose of about 200 mg per ounce of alcohol consumed — to help block the toxic effects of the acetaldehyde can help your body recover more easily from those holiday gatherings.

 

These supplements are not a recommendation to make drinking safe… rather to make drinking less toxic.

Remember, no supplement can make drinking safe.

And no supplement can make drinking and driving the slightest bit safe… or morally correct… or legal.

If you are going to drink… don’t drive.

 

And of course, no pharmaceutical company out there has poured money into researching how to reduce harm from alcohol… so there are no large human medical studies to back this up.

(There are animal studies that show that having l-cystiene on board was protective and prolonged the life of rodents who were fed toxic doses of acetaldehyde.  Only 10% of animals initially survived the acetaldehyde challenge without supplementation but 80% initially survived with L-cysteine on board.)

But because these supplements are safe, cheap, and readily available to humans everywhere, Big Pharma knows they are unlikely to make a huge profit from pour large amounts of funding into examining how these vitamins might help us preserve and protect our health.

But on the upside, exactly because they are safe and inexpensive and readily available, this means you have easy access to these supportive healing supplements too!

Be sure to stick with very high quality supplements made in fantastic, reputable pharmacy grade nutraceutical facilities.

To help, I’ve added these supplements in the Detox category of my online pharmacy dispensary so that you can be sure you have pharmacy grade, super pure quality supplements on hand to protect your body if you do decide to drink this holiday season.

 

 

 

Taking a dose before drinking, one with each round of drinks, and one after you finish all alcohol consumption might help spare your body from some portion of the the ill effects of the toxic acetaldehyde.

 

Happy happy holiday season to you and your loved ones!

xoxox, Laura

 

 

 

 

 

The Latest Study To Prove That Grounding Improves Health

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On top of the past 25 years of medical research on grounding, a new study has been released showing just how beneficial grounding is to even the most vulnerable humans — preterm infants.

 

If babies born so early that they are not even meant to be outside of the womb, breathing or eating yet, can be supported by grounding…

…then you can understand that no matter what health challenge you face, no matter how dire, grounding can help.

These babies were all patients of the Penn State NICU — babies born so early that they needed to be monitored in an intensive care unit for survival.

NICU babies are in incubators that create high electrical fields in and around the incubator.  These electrical fields affect the infants autonomic function and create stress, much like the constant onslaught of electrical fields in our modern society does on adults.

Previous studies have shown that adults who are grounded have immediately improved vagal tone and increased heart rate variability, both being a marker of improved health and decreased mortality rates.

Decreased heart rate variability is a well known predictor of mortality both in adults (as heart rate variability decreases it predicts higher death rates after heart transplant, heart attack, stroke) and in babies (decreased heart rate variability increases the rates of necrotizing enterocolitis and death.)

This study aimed to see if there was the same improvement in vagal tone and improvement in heart rate variability for preterm infants subjected to the incredible stress and electrical fields that immerse them in the incubators of the NICU.

 

The Study, published in Neonatology on Jun 10, 2017:

  • 20 NICU infants (at Penn State Medical Center) were grounded via a grounding patch connected to a grounded outlet.
  • Environmental magnetic flux density was measured in and around the infant’s incubators.
  • Skin voltage was measured before, during and after grounding.
  • Heart rate variability was measured before, during and after grounding.

 

During Grounding:

  • Skin voltage immediately dropped by 95%.
  • Heart rate variability improved by 67%.
  • Skin voltage and heart rate variability immediately returned to pre-grounding levels as soon as grounding was discontinued.

 

What does that mean?

  • It means that while they were grounded, they were protected from the electrical fields that surrounded them and their body started to relax and respond with a boost in health.
  • It means the infants who were grounded had improved vagal tone, lower stress levels, improved heart rate variability, and lowered risk of death.
  • And it means that the moment the infants were no longer grounded, their stress returned full force.

 

 

Just as I talk about in this video here

…if you are surrounded by electrical smog, it’s affecting your stress levels, your sleep, your heart, your life span.

And it’s absolutely imperative that you get grounded.

 

Sleeping grounded each night gives your body the chance to regain its precious health.

In today’s society there is no other more effective way to support your body’s innate health than to sleep cocooned in the protective embrace of Mother Earth every night.

 

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And if you have any questions at all, any at all, about how grounding your body can help support YOUR SPECIFIC illness, disease, symptom or injury…

…let’s take this Earth Rx class together and I’ll answer absolutely every single question you can possibly ask me about how grounding supports your health, and I’ll share with you the medical studies that back that up.

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xoxox, Laura

 

 

Lithium In Our Drinking Water?

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Many recent studies have come out lately showing just how important the mineral lithium is to our health.

And I’m all for whatever natural solutions we can find to preserve health… but not this one.

 

I’ll give you details below on studies that show that long term lithium use is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, and this is on top of previous studies that show that lithium may actually lower our over all lifetime risk of cancer.

But adding it to the water supply, instead of just recommending lithium supplementation?

Uh… no.

I’m not good with that.

But that is exactly what physicians are proposing after the release of these medical studies:

 

  1.  Lithium to reduce dementia risk (published online August 23 in JAMA Psychiatry):

Researchers looked at data on over 800,000 patients and found that there was a significant difference in the levels of lithium in the drinking water of folks that developed dementia.

Specifically, they found that lower levels of lithium in drinking water increased the incidence of developing dementia by about 20%.

And patients who had higher amounts of lithium in their drinking water had about 20% less chance of developing dementia.

But just because a substance can show a protective health benefit, should it be automatically added to our water supply?

Why are patients with a family history of dementia simply not told about this study and instructed to take prophylactic microdoses of lithium daily, which are readily available in supplement form?

That’s because no one is going to get rich off of folks taking an inexpensive supplement, and it is too cheap as a medication — drug companies are unlikely to sink money into clinical studies on lithium since it can not be patented and is inexpensive to manufacture… and more to the point, no one has ever made a large profit off of lithium, so it’s off the pharmaceutical companies radar.

 

2.   Lithium to reduce cancer risk (published in the British Journal of Psychiatry July, 2016):

 

This study links lithium with a significant reduction in cancer risk.

Not only that, but the reduced risk of cancer was found to be dose dependent, meaning patients who took higher doses of lithium had even greater reduction in cancer rates than those who took lower doses.

Researchers followed over 4,700 patients who used lithium (along with matched the with control patients who did not use lithium) for over 7 years and compared cancer diagnosis rates in each group.

They found that patients who used lithium had a statistically significant reduction in over all cancer rates, and that patients on higher cumulative doses of lithium had even lower cancer rates than those on low dose lithium…

…going from a 24% reduction in cancer rates for lower doses up lithium up to a 45% reduction in cancer rates in patients using the highest lithium doses.

So the bottom line is that lithium slashed cancer risk almost in half!

 

For a good overview on why lithium is so essential to the health of our body, I highly recommend reading this two-part series written by Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D., medical director of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington:

 

Lithium, The Misunderstood Mineral Part 1

Lithium, The Misunderstood Mineral Part 2

 

Our body needs a very small, trace amount of lithium daily in order to function optimally.

But should we add it to our drinking water?

Let’s review the problems we already are confronting with the miniscule amounts of fluoride added to the public water supply:

 

  1.  One problem, widely recognised (even by the National Institutes of Health) is that fluoride accumulates in bone.

It is estimated about 50% of the fluoride we consume is eliminated, and 50% is stored.

Miniscule amounts of fluoride adding to our bodies sip after sip after sip equals a not-so-minimal exposure.

Over a lifetime, these levels can reach high proportions… decreasing bone density and causing brittleness.

For a nation whose women have epidemic proportions of osteopenia and osteoporosis, it would be crazy to continue to use fluoride on a daily or twice daily basis… and then use even more Rx to combat the osteoporosis that develops later in life.

Studies have shown that the rate of hip fracture in elderly is directly increased in areas that fluoridate their water.

And the truth is, even if you feel that you *need* fluoride to help reduce the incidence of cavities… you are getting plenty of fluoride through your foods.  You absolutely do NOT need the added fluoride in your drinking water!!!

Plants store fluoride found naturally in the earth AND from the water used to irrigate crops.

Yep, even organic crops have fluoride in them from the irrigation water.

Statements from reps of the National Institutes of Health recommend that people who drink large quantities of water should not drink tap water, but instead switch to bottled water.

We are just getting so much exposure to fluoride, to intentionally consume extra fluoride, whether through drinking water or toothpaste, is way too much.

Your skin absorbs fluoride as well, so even when you are showering or taking a bath, you are absorbing fluoride.

 

2.  Another problem is that fluoride is accumulating in our cardiovascular system as well.

 

A study published in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications definitively proved that fluoride is absorbed into your vascular system and that the fluoride uptake is higher in patients with cardiovascular events then it is in patients without cardiovascular event.

Researchers followed 61 patients after administering fluoride and found that 96% of them had fluoride uptake in their cardiovascular walls.

 

In a nation with heart disease steeply rising, this doesn’t sit well with me.

After hundreds of studies have shown fluoride affects everything from cognitive function in humans to diabetes, fertility and more in animals, I recommend avoiding fluoride in water and never use fluoridated toothpastes.

Fluoride is an enzyme inhibitor, point-blank.

That’s why fluoride is toxic in large quantities, absolutely no doubt about it.

You can check your fluoride toothpaste label… right on the tube will be a warning not to swallow fluoride toothpaste, and to call poison control if any more than a pea sized amount is ingested.

In fact, fluoride is not recommended in children under 2 years old because of the swallowing risk… and this is by folks (like the ADA) who are huge supporters of fluoride in general.

 

Today’s cited article shows direct absorption to of fluoride into our cardiovascular walls and a significant correlation between cardiovascular events and fluoride uptake, so it is all the more urgent for us to avoid fluoride all together.

Your skin absorbs fluoride as well, so even when you are showering or taking a bath, you are absorbing fluoride.

New studies show that about 40% of children today have discolored or pitted teeth from the extreme levels of fluoride we are now exposed to… both topically in toothpaste and internally through food and water.

This tooth deformation is called dental fluorosis, and is caused by abnormal enamel (and even completely absent enamel) formation.

If you have white spots, brown spots, or pitting in your teeth or your children’s teeth, look into eliminating fluoride exposure completely.

The problem with trying to eliminate fluoride exposure completely is you can’t… not really.

Removing fluoride from water is tough.

Filters like Brita don’t cut it.

Fluoride is unaffected by most filtration methods.

 

To actually be certain you reduce the fluoride in your water, you would need to install a reverse osmosis filter in your home…

…or use a Berkey water filter to filter out the water you drink… this is the water filter we personally use in our home.

 

The sad thing about this is that your skin is still absorbing fluoride from the water supply when you take a shower or bath, or use sink water to wash your face, brush your teeth, wash your hands and more.

There is never a day that goes by that I don’t wish fluoride was not added to our public water supply.

So for me, as a mother and as a physician, that’s a daily reminder to mess with adding crap to our water.

I feel strongly that we should have a choice on what we consume in our water.

Making additives ubiquitous in the water supply infringes on our right to choose, and certainly as a physician I feel it infringes on our long term health.

You can ALWAYS brush with fluoridated toothpaste if you want the fluoride exposure — just get it out of our drinking and bathing water PLEASE.

 

And you can always take a lithium supplement to support your health — no need to add it to the water supply!

 

If you are concerned about your mineral intake and want to get trace amounts of lithium in your body daily, I recommend Concentrace Mineral Drops to my patients to be sure they are getting all the rich minerals their body needs every single day to function it’s best!

You can use these too, no Rx required — found in my online dispensary right here

 

To your vibrant health!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

PS — on top of mineral supplementation, there are tons of holistic things you can do to prevent dementia!!!

For a fantastic overview of what you can do today to dramatically lower your dementia risk tomorrow, read this blog post I wrote for you!

 

 

Short Sleep Can Double Mortality… The Latest Research + How To Get That Extra Hour Of Life Saving Sleep

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I’m a big advocate for the importance of sleep, and have written these articles for you over the past year or two on how important sleep is:

 

And now we can add a few more reasons to get a good night’s sleep to the list:

  • decreasing heart attack and stroke risk
  • decreasing suicide risk
  • decreasing risk of preterm birth
  • and decreasing risk of childhood obesity and diabetes.

 

Cardiovascular disease

 

Dr. Fernandez Mendoza presented research on his study of sleep duration and it’s effect on heart attack and stroke outcomes at the 2017 SLEEP meeting: 31st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

He looked at over 1,700 patients over a 16 year period and found that adults who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night have significantly worse outcomes in morbidity and mortality with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease (heart attack and stroke.)

In fact, the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke literally DOUBLED in patients who routinely slept less than 6 hours a night.

 

Metabolic Syndrome

 

This study was followed by another study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in May 2017, where researchers found that short sleep duration at night doubled the risk of death in patients with metabolic syndrome.

 

 

Suicide Risk

 

Published June 2107 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers looked at over 4,800 college aged young adults, analyzing their sleep habits and suicide risk, and found that poor sleep was a stronger predictor of suicide risk than depressed mood was.

Which is interesting, because sleep can potentially be a more useful flag for suicide risk than mood and sleep may also be a more treatable therapeutic target than depression, or at the very least, adjustive therapy.

The good thing about sleep therapy is that, unlike other risk factors for suicide, there is very little stigma associated with sleep disturbance and is highly treatable.

 

 

Preterm Birth

 

Published in Obstetrics & Gynecology Sept 2017, a new study finds that sleep disorders increased risk for premature birth.  Researchers looked at data on almost 3 million women in California from 2007 to 2012, and matched their risk for preterm birth with history of sleep disorder diagnosis.

Having a diagnosed sleep disorder raised their risk for going into preterm labor and giving birth prematurely by 70% — almost double the risk of women with no history of sleep disorders.  The risk for premature rupture of membranes was 4 times the risk for women without sleep disorders.  Sleep apnea more than double the risk of early preterm birth.

Note to clinicians — let’s screen pregnant women for sleep issues and offer non-pharmacological support for addressing insomnia and/or sleep apnea.

 

Childhood diabetes

 

Published Sept 2017 in Pediatrics, researchers following over 4,500 children (ages 9 & 10 years old) in the UK found that there was an inverse relationship between sleep and BMI, insulin levels and insulin resistance.

For every extra hour of sleep, BMI and fat mass declined by roughly 2%, insulin levels were 3% lower, and insulin resistance dropped by 3% as well.   Getting extra sleep significantly reduced a child’s risk for insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and excess body fat.

We already know that’s true because I’ve blogged about this over a year ago — the fact that even one extra hour of sleep is so important for children — you can read that article right here.

 

Taken together, these medical study show that we need to take even mild sleep impairment very very seriously.   My recommendation is to sleep grounded.

 

EEG studies of brain activity show that connecting to the soothing energy of the earth instantaneously shifts our brain wave patterns and reduces ambient stress levels.  Effortlessly getting into the relaxed but alert alpha brain wave pattern, which is seen in deep meditative states and restorative sleep states, is one of the hallmarks of grounding.  Grounding get’s our brain resonant with the Schumann Resonance of the earth and it is the state of pure positive healing for our bodies to be bathed in.  While we sleep, our brain cycles through restorative phases of sleep and each time we do, our brains (and our entire body) are held in same frequency, a beautiful resonance, with the Earth’s healing energy.  This is why grounding to the earth is such a powerful way to support mood.  Grounding deepens sleep, reduces stress, boosts mood, boosts energy, relieves pain, among many other things like stabilizing blood sugar, supporting healthy blood pressure, reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, supporting healthy bone density, normalizing cortisol levels, and much much more.

 

To take your sleep resonance to the next level, you can support your brain’s healing alpha state with the resonant energy of the Earth…

…simply by sleeping grounded.

 

Which is why November’s Grounding Box is a Hibernation Theme!

 

 

If you’ve ever wanted to try sleeping grounded, November’s Box is going to be full of holistic products that help you get that super important, super healing deep sleep all winter long.

 

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Grab your Hibernation Grounding Box by signing up here!

 

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xoxox, Laura

 

 

 

 

 

A Secret Cause Of Infertility That You Are Exposed To Every Day and Every Night

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Ugh.

Today I’m going to highlight some of the alarming research coming out about why women are struggling more than ever to conceive and why men have the lowest sperm counts ever in recorded history —

–dropping in half from what there were just decades ago.

And then… of course… tell you exactly what you can do to protect and enhance your fertility!  Holistically!

 

Female Fertility:

 

Flame retardants are found almost everywhere… from saturating your mattress at night to being used in the manufacturing of bedding, upholstery, clothing, car seats… even your nail polish.  These organophosphate flame retardants are around us day and night, and new research suggests that women who have high concentrations of these flame retardants in their urine have a decrease in their fertility — having difficulty getting pregnant and being less likely to carry a baby to term.

This is the first study (published in Environmental Health Perspectives in August 2017) that examines the impact of organophosphate flame retardants on fertility:

Researchers followed 211 female patients undergoing fertility treatments at a Massachusetts fertility clinic.

All patients in this study had measurable amounts of common flame retardants in their urine, but women with the highest concentration were:

  • 10% less likely to have successful fertilization
  • 31% less likely to have an embryo implant in the uterus
  • 41% less likely to have a viable pregnancy
  • and 38% less likely to have a live birth, compared to women who had lower concentrations of these flame retardants in their urine.

Everyone ingests and breathes in flame retardants daily, as they are not chemically bound to the product they are added to and they are continuously released into the air and coat anything that comes in contact with products using flame retardants…

…which means these chemicals are constantly on our body, hands and face as you pick up food to eat, touch your face with your hands, unwrap your straw to drink through.

 

What to do? 

 

Wash your hands before you eat, even if your hands are not *dirty* — they are likely containing trace amounts of flame retardants on them which you will eat right along with your meal.

Washing your hands isn’t only useful for preventing the spread of disease, it’s crucial for keeping these pervasive chemicals off our hands and out of our bodies.

It’s also important for us to identify safer flame retardants to use on furniture and in clothing and bedding… but while alternative flame retardants are being investigated, try to find mattresses (I like Savvy Rest) and organic clothing (like Blue Canoe) that don’t use flame retardants, and wash your hands often, particularly before eating.

 

Male Fertility:

 

Sperm counts have fallen by an alarming rate over the past 30 years, now more than 52% lower than they were just three decades ago.

Men are making HALF the sperm they used to — and not just in the United States, but world wide.

A study (published July 2017 in Human Reproduction) followed over 42,000 men from 6 continents and more than 50 different countries and showed that sperm counts in 2011 are less than half what they were in 1973.

We know there is a considerable toxic burden on us now with the advent of endocrine disrupting pesticides and other chemicals like parabens, which are added frequently to household and personal hygiene products.

Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Jul 2017, higher urine paraben concentrations in men were directly correlated to abnormal sperm morphology, increased sperm DNA abnormalities, decreased sperm motility, decreased sperm count…. and lower testosterone levels too.

 

What to do?

 

Double check ingredients on products you bring into your home, use on your body, and give to your children and grandchildren.

 

Products with parabens in them should not be used.

Get used to reading labels, scanning them for ingredients like methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben — because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not limited the use of any of these ingredients in products sold in the United States yet.

There are tons of safer, paraben free alternatives on the market now!

Even though you can’t get away from all of the chemicals being used around you as you go about your day outside of the home, you certainly can decrease your own personal exposure by sticking to all natural, paraben free body care products, soaps, make up, sunscreens and household cleaners in your own home.

Reliance on fertility treatments to become pregnant is skyrocketing, but this is only a bandaid to the issue which is the decline of fertility of human beings world wide.  As reported in the flame-retardants study on female fertility above, which was conducted in an in vitro fertility clinic, even fertility treatments are failing at alarming rates.

Using fertility treatments to get around low sperm counts is not a long term solution, because even if you can get the sperm to fertilize an egg, there is an ever lowering success rate of implantation and viable long term pregnancy leading to live birth secondary to these chemical exposures.

 

So wash hands, remove as many parabens and fire retardants from the home…

…what else can you do to support a healthy reproduction?

 

Boost libido and fertility rates with light therapy.

 

New research (presented at the 29th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress on September 19, 2016) shows that the same light therapy recommendation to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can significantly improve sexual satisfaction in people with low testosterone after only 2 weeks of treatment!

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 and 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.

After only two weeks of light therapy, patients with the active light treatment had hugely significant improvements in sexual satisfaction compared to placebo — over three times higher sexual satisfaction over baseline, whereas the placebo ground had zero improvement over baseline.

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.

sunshine

Why?

That 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, 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%.

 

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 is the other healthiest thing you can do!

 

Want to learn more about that?

 

Sign up for my Earth Rx Online Healing Class, which runs next month!

I will answer every single thing you’ve ever wanted to know about grounding to the earth outside, and how you can use it to precisely address your specific health issue.

Grounding is protective and proactive about supporting the health of every single cell in your body (I’ll show you all the medical research that tells you exactly how and why!) and the vibrancy of your entire body as a whole… including protecting your fertility!

Sign up here and save your seat today!

 

Getting outside isn’t just a treatment for treating the winter blues — it’s our natural rhythm and something our body craves to help us feel our best (and boost our fertility and reproductive drive!) no matter what the season.

xoxxo, Laura

xoxo

 

Release Stuck Emotions To Truly, Deeply Heal

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The theme of releasing stuck emotions has come up several times in the past week with my private patients, so I’m going to take that as a gentle nudge to repost this article on my blog.

It’s perfect timing, because fall is a natural time to release and shed all that no longer serves you.

As the saying goes, you only have to glance at the beautiful changing colors on the fall trees outside right now to see how very beautiful it is to let go.

But what if you are feeling stuck?  I’ve got you covered.  Read on:

 

When the energy is flowing unrestricted through your body, you are releasing the old and welcoming in the new and healing happens effortlessly.

It is natural for your body to express what energy is flowing through it and to release it.

This is what healing is all about — expressing the energy dynamic of the tissues/organ systems/emotional body and releasing it.

Giving rise to emotions, symptoms and sensations is never the problem.  Releasing it… that’s where it can get tricky.

If we could stay in the flow and allow the body to do what it does best — release and naturally re-align with healing — then no symptom or emotion would last forever.

This is harder than it sounds, though… that’s one thing I know for sure as I live in a state of constant stress and uncertainty just like everyone else.

So today let me share with you some tips on how to get into a state of allowing the energy to flow instead of holding on to it.

Here are ways to get more release, less resistance:

 

1. Releasing deep sorrow and grief:

 

 

 

Sadness needs to physically flow through the body in order to release.

You must *feel* the sorrow.  Don’t try to resist it or put it off.

Instead, get into the state of allowing the flow using this one simple trick:  water.

Water is the ultimate medium of flow on earth, and comprises the majority of our body.  In fact, water is the body’s natural choice of release for sorrow as well, in the form of tears.

Tears often help facilitate the flow of grief through the body and allows it to release more easily.

  • So the first tip is: allow the tears.  Let the water of your tears release your sorrow and lift it from your body.  Triggering tears through powerful moving music or films or books can be a welcome way to release stuck feelings of grief.
  • Can’t cry?  You can still use the power of water to help facilitate the release of your sorrow, worry or grief by using a hot water bottle full of warm water, holding it on your body where you are physically feeling the sorrow (chest, abdomen, neck, back…)
  • Or, take a long hot bath in some beautiful warm water (add some baking soda and apple cider vinegar to turn it into a detoxing experience)
  • Sit in a warm shower and envision the water carrying your sorrow down the drain for you
  • Go for a relaxing swim or soak in a jacuzzi
  • Use steam/humidifiers to help hydrate the air, clearing out the old mental fog and allowing space for the new
  • Drink water — hydrate hydrate hydrate during times of worry or sorrow more than any other time of your life.  Let your body be flushed out inside and out and with every urination or bowel movement recognize you are flushing the old energy down the drain and making way for new healing.

 

 

2. Releasing fatigue and depressed mood:

The feeling of heavy fatigue or draining depression means your body needs a break…

…NOW.

Not later.

Fatigue and depression show up to alert us that we are in a time of healing/repair and not in a time of action.  Often we need a little extra time to nurture and rest before periods of growth and forward movement.

Think about when you were young, growing.

The heavy fatigue you felt during growth spurts…. it was there to urge you to rest for a reason.  Your body was growing new muscle, new bones, new neuronal connections, new physical mass and mental maturity.

I’ve got a teenage son so I know all about how very much his body needs lots of hearty nutrient dense foods and lots and lots of sleep to get through a growth spurt, because by the time it’s is over he is always several inches taller each time he goes through another phase of growth.

You can think of times of fatigue and depression in the same way… your body is asking for a break, to go within, in order to make new strides in your life as you heal.

 

Help it by:

 

  • Low key exercise. Respect your body’s need to slow down. Now is not the time for strenuous exercise… honor caring for your body in gentle ways such as yoga, stretching, long slow walks through nature.
  • Reach out.  You don’t need to do it all alone. Ask for help. Call a friend. Lean on family to help with some of the burdens you are seeking relief from. Here are some more ideas on how to seek out help.
  • Take a nap. Just allow your body to do its thing and rest more than normal… deep growth is almost always preceded by a slump, so allow your body the down time it needs and don’t put any expectations on the process.
  • Passive body work. Your body needs to get into receiving mode and not giving mode. Your giving mode is burnt out. What I’ve noticed is that most people who struggle with depression are the givers who are giving to everybody but themselves. You DESERVE to give your body the message that there is a time to stop and receive. Get a massage, acupuncture, reiki, physical therapy, a facial, a haircut. Anything that is a passive process for you — let others actively help move that energy through your body and help you on your way to release it.
  • Deeper sleep at night… get some more ideas on this here.
  • Try these 5 additional suggestions to holistically treat depressed mood.

 

 

3. Releasing frustration and anxiety:

 

These emotions are a very active state, where you have lots of energy building up inside.

So with this energetic state you generally need to get into a more active state to restore the flow, in contrast to the more passive surrender state required by sadness, grief, depression and fatigue.

The gift of anxiety is that you have energy to create positive change and follow through on inspired action.  Frustration and anxiety states respond to active release… so give some of these a try:

 

  • Meditation — this is a very active and aware state that puts you in the perfect open-but-alert mind-frame necessary for relief.  And deep breathing allows your parasympathetic nervous system to decrease your pounding heart rate, decrease your stressed out high blood pressure, improve your mood, and more.  Focus on taking 5 slow deep breaths in and out and choose a mantra for the in breathe and the out breath. If you can do 10 breaths, do 10. Work up to 20, 30, 50 breaths of focused openness:

breathing in: I am lovable, breathing out: I am loved

breathing in: I am safe, breathing out: I am taken care of by God

breathing in: I am protected, breathing out: I am healing

  • Healing exercise — moving the body and quieting the mind is the goal of many gentle, healing practices such as yoga, tai chi, qigong. If your energy feels more intense and will not allow you to settle down enough to do those types of exercise, honor your body’s need for active processing by something a bit more intense like Pilates, karate, kick boxing, or going on a long walk or jog.
  • Give to others. Unlike depression and fatigue, the gift of anxiety is the gift of having energy to give and express… and one of the best way to off-gas this is to give to others in need.  Volunteer at a cause that is meaningful to you, start a year of gratitude (doing one act of thankfulness to loved ones or strangers each week and record it in a gratitude journal) or just go out into the world each day asking that you be shown a way you can be of service.  The point here is not to add any more stress into your life — do not do ANYTHING that doesn’t feel right.  This is not a burden, it’s a very simple way to get rid of extra energy/tension.  Consider doing just a simple thing that doesn’t require a lot of preparation or any long term commitment, but will allow you to actively process and off gas extra energy.  For example, walk along a road in your neighborhood and pick up litter for an hour after dinner.  Pick up an extra pizza on your way home from work and give the extra one to a construction crew as you pass (this was my daughter’s favorite “gratitude attack” that we did in our own Year Of Gratitude…) or head to your local SPCA and take some of the dogs on a walk each weekend. In fact…
  • Care for a pet. Caring for a pet is the PERFECT way to allow your energy to flow in a loving and active, yet low stress way. Simply walking your dog every day, spending 30 minutes petting your cat while she purrs on your chest, whistle to a pet bird and teach him your favorite TV show theme song… study after study has shown that pets improve our health simply by being in our lives. During times of anxiety and frustration, loving on a pet a little extra each day gives a heart-centered but simple way to open our heart and allow excess energy to flow.

 

I hope those illustrations can give you a sampling of ideas on how to take ANY emotion you are feeling, recognize it simply as energy that wants to flow through your body and be released, and honor the message.

Getting into the state of release, whether active or passive, is the solution.  For deeper help getting into the flow of release, now is the perfect time to support your adrenal repair with me.

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Fall is the perfect time to turn inwards, nurture your adrenal glands, boost your internal energy reserves, and emerge this spring feeling better than you may have felt in many many years.

It’s okay to take these upcoming months slower, to tend to our inner needs more, and to make sure we are getting lots and lots of sleep.

It’s not only okay, it’s what we are *supposed* to be doing.

It’s like Mother Nature hand carved these months out for you to repair your adrenal glands and nurture your energy reserves so you can emerge this spring feeling triumphantly energetic!

Repairing your adrenal glands is the easiest to do in the fall… right now.

It’s easier to sleep longer with the days getting shorter, easier to prepare and eat warm foods like soup, roasts, stews, etc… rich with fat, protein and salt (all absolutely crucial when repairing your adrenals) and easier to cocoon in and nurture your body, with less exertion and more repair.

That’s why I run my Adrenal Repair Online Class in November — because if you start to take care of your adrenal rhythm now, in just a few short months from now you can be fully recovered from Adrenal Fatigue!  Emerge this spring feeling better than you have felt in many many years!  Ready to eat lighter, sleep stronger, lose weight, move your body more.

If you want to work with me to optimize this recovery, I’m here for you.

Adrenal Repair 5 Day Online Class

 

In this 5 Day Adrenal Repair Class, together we will:

  • understand exactly why your cortisol gets out-of-wack and why it’s so important to nurture your adrenal glands
  • learn exactly how to support adrenal repair in a way that you can apply throughout the course and beyond
  • receive an awesome goodie bag filled with items we use together during the course
  • get daily uplifting, positive, fun emails packed with information, tips, videos, activities, self assessment quizzes and more to get you into the healing flow of easily and effortlessly repairing your adrenal glands…
  • and finish with a Q&A phone call where I will answer every single one of your health questions personally!

 

Without understanding and implementing the crucial steps that I am going to share with you in this course, there is no way you are going to have full repair after a stressful circumstance and feel your best.  So let me help you right now with tons of fun, uplifting, actionable things you can do right now to address adrenal fatigue.

 

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5 Day Adrenal Repair Class today!

 

Let’s get you feeling better than ever…  and enjoying this cooler weather and the beautiful fall colors that surround us.

I’ll be here for you all the way through it!

xoxo, Laura

Antidepressants Increase Risk Of Death… Luckily There Are Incredibly Powerful Alternatives That Work

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No doubt antidepressants can be life saving to those in a major depressive episode, and I am absolutely not suggesting that those on an antidepressant should discontinue use.

But I do think it’s important to highlight new information about how antidepressants are affecting the health of your entire body… not just brain function.

 

While antidepressant use can be supportive to healthy mood, they are also affecting everything from your circulatory system to your cancer risk.

And… on top of that… there are incredibly powerful holistic ways to treat depression that are medically proven to work even BETTER than antidepressants do… methods that your doctor may not be aware of or may not have shared with you.  More on that in a minute.

First let me share with you the results of a new, huge, meta analysis that shows that prescription antidepressants raise the general risk of death from all causes by 33%… which is not something we should be covering up.

 

Here’s more:

The Study:

(published in Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics on Sept 14, 2017)

  • Researchers conducted a meta-analysis looking at antidepressant use and mortality rates in 17 relevant medical studies.

 

The Results:

  • The general mortality rate from all causes of death was increased by 33% for those who used prescription antidepressants over those who did not use prescription antidepressants.

 

The Bottom Line?

  • Taking antidepressants increases the risk of death by one-third over the death risk of folks not taking an antidepressant.
  • If an antidepressant is saving your life by supporting depressed mood with suicidal thoughts, than this risk of death from all causes may be a necessary acceptable risk.
  • But if you are on an antidepressant for another reason, it may be worth re-evaluating with your prescribing physician if you need to continue, or if you might be able to decrease dose by adding on one of these medically proven ways to treat depression without a Rx!

 

An estimated 1 in 10 Americans are on a Rx antidepressant, prescribed by their physician with  no formal psychiatric diagnosis.

So it’s worth being honest about how these prescriptions are affecting other tissues and organs in the body adversely and evaluating whether the pros of antidepressant use is outweigh the cons… and also if there might be some adjunctive things we can additionally be offering patients that will help them reduce dose, if not get off the antidepressants all together.

Turns out, there are!

These holistic alternatives that are literally as effective… and even more effective… than Rx antidepressants, and they are all things that can be safely added on top of Rx antidepressant use as well.

Here are the top 5 things you can do to effectively treat depression without a prescription:

(or even with current use of a Rx to minimize the dose required for relief!)

 

 

 1.  Probiotics

 

Yet another medical study continues to verify that probiotics absolutely robustly treat depression.

The natural flora of the gut is diminished in depression, so restoring the natural vitality and variety of healthy organisms in the digestive tract is turning out to be a very powerful way to improve outcome in depression (and other mood disorders, such as anxiety.)

Researchers found that only 4 weeks — just ONE MONTH — of probiotic therapy significantly lifted depression, decreased anhedonia, reversed sleep disturbances… and that these improvements were still  sustained months later.

These results are so impressive because probiotics had zero of the adverse side effects that prescriptions antidepressants do and can safely be taken indefinitely.

The Study (presented at the 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry on June 19, 2017) showed:

  • Mood raised by 55%
  • Anhedonia improved by 20%
  • Sleep quality improved by 33%
  • All after only one month on the probiotic!!!
  • These results were maintained or continued to improve by the two month assessment.
  • Probiotics had none of the Rx side effects, which included: vomiting, severe headaches, increased suicide risk, sexual dysfunction… not to mention the chemical exposure and dependency on obtaining repeat prescriptions from your physician.

 

Probiotics are safe, effective… and even better… available without a prescription.

 

2. Sleep One More Hour

 

A study (presented at the American Academy of Neurology 2017 Annual Meeting on April 27, 2017) reveals that even a minor sleep disturbance (even a shortage of just one hour of sleep!) can significantly up your risk of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

The study showed that sleep duration was inversely associated with mental health.  Each hour of sleep made a statistically significant difference in the rates of depression, hopelessness, nervousness, restlessness and fidgeting.  Getting just one hour more of sleep significantly alleviated every single one of these symptoms.  And these rates compounded with each additional hour…. so getting two hours less sleep TRIPLED the rates of nervousness and hopelessness, and almost QUADRUPLED the rates of depression and restlessness.

Wow! If only one hour more sleep is shown to help treat depression, hopelessness and anxiety, we really need to take sleep seriously.

It’s no longer enough to just get by on fumes, stressing out your adrenals and hoping to just catch up your sleep deficit over the weekend.  Yes, we know chronic sleep issues are no way to live… increasing rates of Alzheimers and increasing severity of asthma attacks and upping ADHD symptoms and more.

But now we know, as little as a 60 minutes less sleep at night significantly affects mood and mental health too.  We need to do everything we can do to maximize how restorative every minute of our sleep is, every night.

 

My fav way to get better sleep?

Sleep grounded.

 

EEG studies of brain activity show that connecting to the soothing energy of the earth instantaneously shifts our brain wave patterns and reduces ambient stress levels.

Effortlessly getting into the relaxed but alert alpha brain wave pattern, which is seen in deep meditative states and restorative sleep states, is one of the hallmarks of grounding.

Deeper, more restorative sleep at night puts us in a zone of healing, which helps support everything… from treating mood disorders to decreasing your risk of dementia to boosting metabolism.

 

3.  Light Therapy

 

We all know that getting morning light each day significantly improves seasonal blues (or winter depression.)

But a new study shows that light therapy lifts depression — even depression that is NOT seasonally related — and actually treats depression more effectively than antidepressant drug therapy!

The Study (Published in JAMA Psychiatry on Nov 18, 2015) showed that after only 4 weeks, depression was significantly improved after only one month of using the light therapy.

And notably, the light box therapy was actually significantly MORE effective than drug therapy in treating depression.

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

And if you are not on an antidepressant but suffer from depressed mood, whether seasonal or not, consider getting 20 – 30 minutes of light therapy every day for a few weeks before giving those antidepressants a try.

The best light therapy box is waiting for you right here.

Portable, full strength, LED, zero UV rays, clinically proven effective.

 

 

4.  Vit D Supplements

 

A study (published in the November 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings) showed that low levels of Vit D is significantly linked to increased risk of depression.

And the important thing to note about this particular medical study is that the researchers found that the link between low Vit D levels and depression was even higher in patients who had a prior history of depression. 

What does that mean?

It means if you have a history of depression, it is extremely important for you to be sure to supplement with Vitamin D, or be certain to get daily exposure to natural sunlight.

Even in those who did not have a prior history of depression, Vitamin D levels were low across the board… with 50.7% of ALL study participants having low Vit D levels.

This suggests that at least half of us, regardless of mood, are already low in Vit D.

So far there have already been two studies that both show that after treatment with high doses of Vit D (thereby achieving an elevation in serum Vit D levels) depressive symptoms declined or resolved entirely.

And especially important for those with a history of depression or a family history of depression… it’s great news that higher Vitamin D levels can actually help decrease risk of future depression.

 

 

5.  Zinc Supplements

 

On December 15, 2013, the medical journal Biological Psychiatry published the results of a huge study that found overwhelming evidence of a link between zinc and depression.

Researchers looked at  17 different studies that measured peripheral blood–zinc concentrations in over 1600 depressed patients and 800 control patients.

The research showed that mean peripheral blood–zinc concentrations were not only lower but that zinc levels correlated with how severe the depression was.   The most severe depression was associated with the greatest deficit in zinc levels.

Looking at both animal studies and pre-clinical and clinical trials, researchers found that zinc added to antidepressant therapy produced more rapid and more effective improvement in symptoms of depression than without zinc supplementation.

These 5 holistic treatment options:

 

  • probiotics

  • grounding

  • light therapy
  • vitamin D &
  • zinc supplementation

 

can all be safely and effectively combined to help treat your depression and can also safely be used in combination with Rx treatment for depression.

 

 

So please know, there are lots of all natural ways to support your mood and please forward this info on to any friends or loved ones who could use the extra support.

Not too many physicians know about these holistic ways to help treat depression and many don’t realize that these extra steps can make a world of difference to their patients who are not being adequately treated through a conventional approach alone.

With great faith in your natural healing resiliency…

xoxox, Laura