Trauma Increases Headache Risk 4-Fold

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If you suffer from tension headaches or migraines, here is a study you should know about.

Your headache may actually be coming from a trauma that you went through earlier in life…

…not just from the stress of the current day.

 

In fact, trauma might be why you get headaches in the first place, as the participants from this study who never had headaches before going through a trauma experienced significant and persistent headaches disorders afterwards.

And those who had a history of headache had a significant and intense worsening of the headache pain and frequency.

Researchers studied the impact of trauma on the type and frequency of headaches that survivors got months after surviving a traumatic event by following 213 adolescents who survived a mass shooting at a summer camp (where 69 students were killed by an open gunman) and compared them with over 1,700 matched controls (adolescents from the general population.)

The results were published in the Dec 13, 2017 issue of Neurology.

 

What did they find?

 

Surviving a a terrorist attack significantly and substantially increased the risk of long term, persistent weekly and even daily headaches of all types…. by 400%.  Even in patients who had no history of headache.

The trauma survivors were four times more likely to suffer from repeated and persistent headaches of all kinds, even after adjusting for all types of variables and cofounding factors, including PTSD.

Four times as many migraines.

Four times as many tension headaches.

Heartbreaking.

 

Why did headaches increase so dramatically?

 

The answer is that trauma literally changes the way your brain functions, the way it is physically structured, and even the way it picks up on pain.

Even exposure to one single, isolated event can make a lasting, painful change.

Going through a trauma literally sensitizes you to pain, meaning if you have gone through a traumatic or even intensely stressful time, you will feel pain more sharply, it will hurt worse, it will persist longer, and it will be triggered more easily.

This study today is just one more way physicians and researchers have confirmed what we already intuitively know: going through trauma changes your physical body and affects your future health.

But you can reverse these changes.  And I’m here to help, with a list of free resources for you:

 

 

1.  Holistic Help For Chronic Pain:

 

The first resource is this video, where I talk to you about how you can help decrease your persistant pain and heal the changes that chronic pain causes on your brain.

 

 

 

Another way to look at today’s study is that it actually reveals really good news.  How?

Because it gives us yet another way to help alleviate pain — in this case, stopping headaches and decreasing their frequency and intensity — by directly address the traumatic events in your past.

By addressing and healing the impact trauma has had on your life and on your physical body, you can start to reverse the dynamic that is triggering your migraine (or your tension headache, or your abdominal pain, or your pelvic pain, or your fibromyalgia, or your anxiety, or your depression, etc…) so that it stops interfering with your life.

So my second resource is a list of previous articles I’ve written about trauma to help you get started.

 

2.  Holistic Support For Trauma Recovery:

 

 

 

 

 

And to go even further with helping to release traumatic life events from impacting your future health, hop over here  to join my upcoming Trauma Resiliency and Recovery Class.  

 

3. Trauma Healing Class

 

This class is an uplifting, supportive online class (yes that means you can join in from anywhere around the world!) that is totally flexible for you and totally private.  It’s researched, written and run directly by me, utilizing all of my experience as a physician and all of the best, most up to date research conducted on trauma.

You can easily fit this class into your schedule when you have the time (all the material comes straight to your email inbox, for you to access whenever you have the time) and you can keep all of the healing information, articles, videos, exercises and recommendations forever, so that you can apply what you want when you want and never run out of fresh ideas to support your beautiful, innate, recoverable health.

There are still a dozen goodie bags left if you would like to grab a goodie bag while they last!

 

Sign up ends 2 weeks from today.

I look forward to supporting your recover in any way that I possibly can.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

Surprising Ways Dehydration Is Killing Your Vibe Today

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I’m busy writing my upcoming Trauma Resiliency & Recovery Class, so this week I’m re-posting this article…

…because where I live it’s hot as heck right now and it’s so easy to get dehydrated in that August heat!

Well known as the Elixir of Life, water is absolutely critical to our well being in every way.

Not only are we primarily made up of water (over 70% of our body is pure water!) but water has a healing property that goes way beyond simple hydration.

Today, I want to share with you all the different ways that dehydration affects our health (you might be surprised at some of these!) and also how we can use the power of water to support our Well Being from the inside out.

Dehydration is life threatening.  Severe dehydration means our organs absolutely can not function normally and leads to seizure, organ failure, and death.

But did you know even very mild levels of dehydration might be affecting you on a daily basis?

Dehydration can lead to or exacerbate common conditions such as constipation, dry skin, bad breath, headache, and high blood pressure.

 

What Does Dehydration Feel Like?

Ask yourself if you have any of these symptoms, right now:

 

 

 1.  Dry Mouth

 

One of the first symptoms of dehydration is dry mouth, which leads to bacteria overgrowth and bad breath.  If you notice bad breath, you might consider: are you chronically dehydrated?

 

2.  Dry Skin:

 

Your skin turgor is another indicator of dehydration.  If you’ve been concerned about your skin feeling dry or more wrinkled, double check that you are drinking enough fluid each day.

 

3.  Pain

 

Pain is actually a symptom of dehydration as well, often starting with a headache.

And low fluid status can lead to headaches and brain fog as well, as the fluid volume of the brain gets depleted from dehydration.

I’ve literally had patients with a raging headache drink a glass of water and have the headache clear completely.

The next time you have a headache or any type of pain, make sure you drink a glass of water and then re-evaluate your pain levels before reaching for a pain reliever or medication.

Dehydration makes all pain worse, as the volume of the organs and joints deplete, dehydrated ligaments and cartilage get injured more easily and dehydrated discs in the spine allow increased pinching of nerves and muscle cramps increase as electrolytes deplete.

 

4. Constipation

 

Having sluggish bowels is another classic symptom of chronic dehydration.

Recent studies have shown that water status is the NUMBER ONE factor impacting regularity.  More important than walking and more important that even fiber intake, water intake can turn constipation issues around completely.

Drinking water has more of an impact on encouraging  healthy bowel movements than fiber supplement or exercise… in fact, I’d go as far as to say fiber supplements clog people up more often than they help.

In general, a constipated person is a dehydrated person.  You can fix that right now — go grab a glass of water.

 

5.  High Blood Pressure

 

 

Another classic sign of chronic dehydration?

High blood pressure.

When we decrease our water intake, our blood gets thicker, harder to pump, our blood volume decreases and our heart rate increases and our blood vessels constrict.

All together, this means your blood pressure raises and stays raised.

If you are having blood pressure issues, it is more important than EVER to be extremely vigilant about your hydration status!

 

6.  Digestive Issues

 

Dehydration also impacts your entire gut lining, and chronic dehydration can give rise to stomach ulcers and absorption issues as the mucosal layer stops secreting it’s protective film.

 

7.  Dry Cough

 

Not only does the gut lining need to be well hydrated to function, but also our entire respiratory lining does too. Our lungs absolutely require a moist mucous membrane to function.

In chronic dehydration, the mucus membranes in our respiratory system dry out and become more vulnerable to dust, pollen and other irritants.

 

8.  Urinary Tract Infections

 

Getting more UTI’s than usual?

Our entire urinary system (and therefore the health of our kidneys) depends on having enough volume to use liquids to flush toxins from our body.  When we can’t do that, we set ourselves up for issues with kidney function and a higher rate of infections.

 

9.  Weight Gain

 

Another little known side effect of chronic dehydration is weight gain.

As we become volume depleted, we begin to feel thirst, which is often confused with hunger because the body is craving intake of any kind (knowing that most foods will provide some form of hydration, your body sends out the message that it is hungry when it is volume depleted in any way.)

As a result, we eat when what we really need to be doing for our true health is rehydrating.

 

10.  Bad Mood & Foggy Brain

 

Did you know that even mild dehydration affects our mood?

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition showed that study participants reported decreased motivation and increased feelings of anxiety when mildly dehydrated.

On top of that, headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and decreased physical activity all were increased during dehydration. And the effect of dehydration on mood was even more pronounced in women than in men!

And this medical review published in the Journal Of the American College of Nutrition showed that our attention spans and even our short term memory fizzles when we are dehydrated.

 

So the next time you have a headache, or feel anxious, or notice your blood pressure or weight creeping up… drink a glass of water and re-evaluate.

It could be that chronic dehydration has been a key factor contributing to your symptoms all along.

And don’t rely on thirst to remind you to drink!

 

Dehydration begins when we are just 1% volume depleted, but thirst doesn’t set in until our body is about 2% volume depleted.

By then we have already had effects on our mood, energy level, ability to think clearly, and pain levels.

Instead of waiting for thirst or darkened urine to remind us to drink, let’s utilize these preventative strategies for staying well hydrated, instead of treating dehydration!  The goal of this article isn’t to teach you how to address dehydration but to have you protecting your hydration levels by preventing dehydration in the first place.

 

How to prevent dehydration?

Here are 5 ways to help:

 

1. Begin and end every single day drinking a big glass of water.

 

Drink water each AM before you even think about reaching for orange juice or coffee.

Replenishing the fluids you lost overnight every as well as the fluids you may have overlooked drinking all day long is a great lifelong habit to get into…

…do it daily so it becomes an automatic routine!

 

2.  Drink a glass of water whenever you feel hungry.

 

Use hunger as a reminder to hydrate!

We feel hunger on and off all day long, and so we can remember to drink water on and off all day long too.

Thirst is often confused with hunger, because your body is craving INTAKE of any kind!

Drink a glass of water before each meal and whenever you feel thirst *or* hunger, and you will stay well hydrated all day long.

 

3.  Include fruits and vegetables at every single meal.

 

 

Fruits and veggies are full of water (many being more than 90% water!) and minerals that help you maintain essential fluid volume.

Processed foods like packaged snacks actually dehydrate you.

Fruits and veggies are a great way to hydrate *while* you eat!

The most hydrating ones include:

melons, berries, cucumber, celery, leafy greens, tomatoes and bell peppers.

 

4.  Use an unrefined sea salt when you cook, instead of table salt.

 

It’s truly important to make sure you have enough minerals in your diet so that you can absorb and retain the right hydration balance.

Trace minerals, found in sea salts, are essential to the body’s function.

I talk a little more about why minerals are so essential for health in this video I made for you here!

Even if you don’t think hydration is an issue for you, most of us are mineral depleted whether we hydrate well or not.

You might want to consider a daily mineral supplement that you have to put into water, which will further encourage you to drink drink drink throughout the day.

My favorite is Concentrace Mineral Drops, which I have waiting for you in my trusty online dispensary here.

 

 

5.  Switch from soda to sparkling water.

 

The sugar and chemicals found in soda (even diet soda!) mess with your metabolism and should not *count* towards your 8 cups of water a day.

Get your carbonation fix from sparkling water instead and reap the hydration rewards!

 

 

 

Use The Power Of Water In These Unique Ways

To Help Catapult Your Health:

 

Beyond staying hydrated, the healing power of water can work magic for helping to support our entire well being, from clearing our mind frame to easing pain.

Let’s go beyond staying hydrated and really tap into the broader healing properties of water… here’s 6 ways that water can boost your whole body well being:

 

 

1. Allow tears… always.

 

 

Never hold them back.

Let the water of your tears release your emotions and lift them from your body.

Water is the ultimate medium of flow and healing… in fact, water is the body’s natural choice of release as well, as you can see in the fact that the body uses tears to facilitate an emotional release.

Tears help encourage the flow of emotions through the body (both tears of joy and tears of sorrow!) and allows us to release tension more easily.

 

2.  Sweat it out!

 

The other way that the body uses water as a form of energetic and physical release is through sweat.

Heat uses the energy and flow of water (the blood in your circulatory system) by increasing flushing — fluid in, sweat out.

Exercise is an essential, wonderful, medically proven treatment plan for so many different health conditions, shown to be effective in treating everything from insomnia, to depression and anxiety to fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions… even preventing dementia and extending our lifespan!

Make sure you find some physical activity that you can routinely do that allows you to sweat… whether you like hiking, yoga, kickboxing, jogging, or even, in a pinch a more passive form of sweating like a sauna (which has been recently shown to decrease dementia rates!) — find a way to embrace sweating and be sure to replace that fluid flow with tons of fresh filtered water both before, during, and after sweating!!!

 

3.  Use the cleansing properties of water to detox and release.

 

Take a long hot epsom salt bath soak (add some baking soda and apple cider vinegar to turn it into a detoxing experience) to soothe muscles, calm and relax you before bedtime…

…or simply relax in a warm shower and envision the water carrying the tensions of the day down the drain for you.

Another great way to use water to heal is to ground by the ocean or river or lake (or even the morning dew on a blade of grass!).

 

There is a reason that doctor’s routinely gave out prescriptions for spending time by the sea when they had no idea what else to do to help an ailment!

That’s because the earth has healing energy to give you, and if you add moisture to that you increase your own conductivity and healing accelerates.

Ground outside (daily if at all possible) and add water –sweaty feet, making a puddle with your hose, heading to the beach for a healing weekend retreat, or any other way to add moisture:

 

moisture + you + earth = expedited healing

 

For more on using the healing power of the earth to feel better, you can download my free Grounding Idea Book here.

 

4.  Combine water with heat

 

My favorite way to combine the healing power of water with the healing power of heat (beyond the sauna, bath and shower I’ve already mentioned!) is to fill a hot water bottle full of warm water and hold it on your body where you are feeling any tension, pain, or stuck emotion, for example on your chest, abdomen, neck, back, etc…

Adding the element of heat enhances the healing release all the more.

I love using my grounding hot water bottles for releasing energy in stuck, sore muscle cramps, relieving nausea and abdominal cramps during my period, to ease growing pains for my children, and countless other applications!

 

5.  Make sure your air contains moisture!

 

As I mentioned above, your mucosal membranes absolutely require moisture to function… did you know you lose over two cups (or a half liter) of water just from breathing each day?

Use steam/humidifiers to help hydrate your air and support the hydration of your mucosal membranes.

 

6.  Intentionally drink water as a way to energetically reset the body from the inside out

 

You lose up to 2 liters (8 cups) of water each day just through urination and bowel movements and skin surface evaporation.

You can utilize this high turn over of fluids to your advantage and hydrate hydrate hydrate during times of worry or sorrow or stress more than any other time of your life.

Look at every glass of water you drink as a way to add a healing intention into your body, infusing every single cell of every single tissue of every single organ system you have with healing support.

You can simply say a prayer, say an intention, even just *think* an intention as you hold your cup of water and silently bless it before you drink it.  You can even take a sharpie marker and write an intention or uplifting word or phrase onto your water bottle or onto a piece of tape and tape it to your cup or mug.

Let your body be flushed out inside and out and with every urination or bowel movement or tear or droplet of sweat you shed, recognize you are flushing the old energy down the drain and making way for new healing.

 

7.  Remove fluoride to see a boost in your health!

 

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.

But what’s the problem with the miniscule amounts of fluoride added to the public water supply?

The old problem that is widely recognised (even by the National Institutes of Health) is that it 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 counter productive to continue to drink fluoride on a 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.

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.

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.

And now?   In addition to bone uptake?

Now the new problem is we know fluoride is being taken up by our cardiovascular system as well.

A study published in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications definitively proved that fluoride is absorbed into your vascular system. 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.  Direct absorption to of fluoride into our cardiovascular walls (and a significant correlation between cardiovascular events and fluoride uptake) makes it all the more urgent for us to avoid fluoride all together.

And now new reports are revealing something even more disturbing, if you can believe it — fluoride lowers IQ.

I am routinely asked at the dentist’s office if I would like to give my children a concentrated fluoride treatment.  And affect their still-developing brain?  Uh… NO.

 

I use this countertop filtration system in my home.

I keep mine right out on my kitchen counter space and not only am I drinking pure, clean, fluoride free water, but the visual reminder to DRINK every single time I walk by the water filter or am standing in the kitchen preparing a meal.

This has really helped me to remember to maintain my hydration status.

In my medical opinion, these are the very best water filtration systems on the planet — and I’ve tried them all!

 

Tested and verified rigorously, this is the only system that includes all of my “musts” when looking at water purity:

  • Must be stainless steel (no plastic, not even in the spigot!)
  • Must remove fluoride.
  • Must leave crucial minerals (in particular, magnesium!) in the water.
  • Must be useable with any type of water (in emergencies you want the flexibly of using rain water, pond water & any water you can find!).
  • Must be electricity free.
  • Must be reliable, providing water filtration anywhere… whether at home, office, vacation, camping or even college dorms!

So all in all?

Yes, absolutely I feel that a fluoride filter to remove fluoride from your drinking water (as well as not using fluoridated toothpaste) is worth the it for the long term health of your heart, your bones, and all the organs in between!

The beautiful, life affirming, healing properties of water can not be matched with anything else we put into our bodies.

Today, try to use the healing flow of water to support your Well Being in many many different ways, and be sure to be protective about your hydration status at all times.

xoxo, Laura

 

 

2 New Treatments For PTSD You Can Use Right Now To Feel Immediatley Better.

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I’m so encouraged by the fact that there is so much medical research lately on trauma recovery.

 

I’m excited to share two of these awesome new studies with you today, so that you can start to use these techniques right this very moment for support and relief.

 

The first study comes from research done on combat-related PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and insomnia on veterans.

This is the first randomized controlled medical study comparing mantram therapy as a treatment for PTSD.  Results from this study were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on June 20, 2018.

 

  • 173 veterans were enrolled in the study, 89 of them using mantra therapy (focusing on a repeating a mantra) and 84 using talk therapy (with a focus on problem solving) for an hour long session once a week for 8 weeks straight.
  • They were randomly assigned to each group and the assessments were done blindly (meaning the therapist did not know which patient was doing which therapy when assessing symptoms and monitoring progression) before treatment, after treatment on week 9, and at the two months follow up after the conclusion of the study (week 17.)
  • The results showed that focusing on a mantra provided a clinically significant, meaningful improvement to the veterans PTSD symptoms that were sustainable, and worked particularly well for insomnia… better than the talk therapy did.
  • Patients from the mantra group actually had larger improvements to their insomnia and equally good improvements to other symptoms, such as depression and anger.

 

 

The results showed that the mantra results were as robust as traditional talk therapy treatments that were trauma-focused.

 

That means, that even if you have resistance to focusing on the actual traumatic event to work through your trauma, you can have every bit as meaningful recovery when you focus on a mantra as opposed to the trauma!

 

 

 

This is huge news.

 

In addition, equally exciting, is that the improvements from mantra therapy were sustained for months after the treatment ended, with more patients being PTSD free after mantra therapy than traditional talk therapy (60% of mantra patients were PTSD free at 2 months after intervention, compared to 40% of the talk therapy group.)

It’s simple, it’s convenient — and it’s free (as a huge advocate for grounding therapy, you know I am a big fan of free therapies that allow patients to take control over their own health.)

This study is so incredibly valuable I feel, because as someone who admittedly has a very difficult time with meditating for any length of time, I feel that knowing that just repeating a single word has literally been clinically shown to make a significant difference in improving quality of life and treating insomnia, anxiety and other PTSD symptoms is such a relief.

Slowing down your thoughts and practicing sustaining a point of attention on just a single repeated word or phrase was shown to help patients cope with daily anxiety, fear, anger, depression and insomnia.

You can practice a healing mantra any time, any where.

It’s very private and very powerful.

I love the healing practice of mantra repetition so much (and have used it in my own life to help cope with stress with exceptional results!) that I’ve included this healing practice in my Daily Healing Idea Cards as you can see in the center card I’m holding here:

 

 

 

All it takes is literally a few deep breaths, repeating a word or phrase with each in breath and out breath.

In medicine, we know it only takes three deep breaths to significantly support your vagal nerve tone, which helps modulate your autonomic nervous system.  Meaning your heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and more all get calmed and centered and soothed… and pain actually significantly decreases as well.

So my recommendation is to take 3 or more deep breaths while repeating your mantra of choice, and do this throughout the day as needed.

 

The second study on PTSD that I want to share with you today might further explain why exactly this mantra helps.

 

 

 

In this study, researchers used a medication called a beta-blocker (propranolol) to slow down and regulate the heart rate of patients with PTSD prior to them recalling traumatic events in therapy.  The results of this study were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Jan 12, 2018.

 

  • 60 adult patients with long standing, documented PTSD were randomly assigned to receive either the prescription drug propranolol, or a placebo, prior to memory re-activation therapy once a week for 6 weeks straight.
  • Patients were assessed by the clinician during treatment using the PTSD scale, and completed a self assessment questionnaire  after each therapeutic session as well.
  • The results?  Symptoms were significantly reduced, by about 50%, in patients receiving the propranolol.

 

 

In other words, the physical and emotional discomfort the patients both experienced and reported during PTSD triggers was cut in half, just by having heart rate controlled.

 

This regulation of the heart rate made recalling traumatic memories less emotionally disturbing, allowing them to be processed and re-consolidated in a different way by the brain.

This allows us to process and release repressed memories that we might not otherwise even tolerate processing because of how physically uncomfortable it is to re-experience and recall a traumatic event.

Taking propranolol before re-activiting the traumatic event made a clinically significant difference in how comfortable these patients were in recalling traumatic events, simply because of the fact that they did not feel their heart rate speed up or pound in their chest during therapy.

 

 

 

 

But you can have this exact same type of support naturally, without the prescription medication, by simply supporting vagal tone.

I believe this is one of the reasons the mantra therapy, as shown above, was so successful.  Supporting vagal tone naturally calms and regulates heart rate, decreases blood pressure, slows respiratory rate, even decreases pain in a meaningful way.

Approximating this with prescription medications may provide some relief, but better than a medicated approximation of a supported calmed heart beat is to actually calm your heart rhythm down with vagal tone stimulation.

 

This calming response is possible in two completely natural, holistic ways:

 

1.  Breathe Deeply.

 

The first way, as discussed above, is with deep breathing.

It only takes 3 deep breaths to produce a supported vagal response.

The mantras I suggest on my Daily Healing Cards are:

 

breathing in:  I am lovable

breathing out:  I am loved

or

breathing in:  I am safe

breathing out:  I am taken care of by God

or

breathing in:  I am protected

breathing out:  I am healing

 

 

 

 

2.  Grounding.

 

Grounding immediately boosts vagal tone, calms heart rate, lowers blood pressure, slows respiratory rate, and decreases pain.

Grounding supports your vagal tone so well that it actually helped premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to improve outcome.

Read this article on my blog right here to find out more about that important study.

If you are suffering from trauma, from insomnia, from anxiety, from depression, from anger, or any other stress… support your recovery and release by simply focusing on a mantra and by grounding.

 

 

 

 

So here is my recommendation to implement these tools today:

 

  • start the day with a few deep breaths while you breathe a self selected, calming mantra in and out
  • get grounded outside, touching the earth for at least a few minutes each day during daylight hours
  • breathe your mantra in and out for a few deep breaths each evening before bedtime
  • and sleep grounded all night long.

 

Feeling better?

 

Yep, it only takes a few weeks to start to reap the benefits of these all natural healing practices and the results can be maintained sustainably for the rest of your life.

 

Want more advice on how to naturally heal from stress and trauma?

 

I am teaching a brand new trauma healing class in just a few weeks, and I would love to have you join in.

 

No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.

Every body does.

Your body naturally want’s to trend back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.

I’ll give you the tools to get there.

Save your spot in this by-reservation-only course by clicking right here today.

Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

 

 

Autism Linked To Celiac Disease. What To Do If Your Child Has Symptoms

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A new study confirms what you might already know if your child is on the autism spectrum…

…there is a huge association between celiac disease and autism.

 

Up until now, mainstream media strongly denied any link between celiac disease and autism.

Studies that were done looking at this link back in 2013 came up inconclusive.

But if you are working with a physician or support group that still doesn’t recognize a significant link between the two, and are ignoring your child’s symptoms, it’s because they are working with outdated data from old studies.

 

A new study, the largest ever, looking at data from over 35 million patients

(yes that’s over 35,000,000 patients)

found that celiac disease is 20 times more common in those with autism than those without!

 

This new, incontrovertible evidence of a 20X greater incidence of celiac disease in autistic patients, was  presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology on October 17, 2017: Abstract P2447.

So now you have the inside scoop on what the world’s top GI specialists now know.

If your child has been diagnosed with autism and they have unaddressed symptoms… like cramping after eating, diarrhea, difficulty gaining weight, abdominal pain, refusal to eat certain foods… considering having your child screened for celiac disease.

 

A simple blood test (serology testing) can tell you quickly if further inquiry is warranted.

 

Considering celiac disease has a low incidence in the general public (this study found that only 0.2% of randomly sampled patients actually had celiac disease) the fact that autistic patients have 20 times greater risk makes the index of suspicion much higher in these patients.

If your autistic child is expressing discomfort after eating, reluctance to eating, continence issues, or difficulty gaining weight, directly request to your child’s physician that they screen for celiac.

And it’s not just celiac that is increased in incidence in autistic patients, but many other types of immune disorders… including food allergies, skin allergies and respiratory allergies too.

 

A study (published June 2018 in JAMA Network) looked at  200,000 children in the United States between the ages of 3 years old and 17 years old.

 

They found a significant association among food, skin, and respiratory allergies and autism spectrum disorder.

Children with autism were:

  • almost 300% more likely to have food allergies
  • 50% more likely to have respiratory allergies
  • and almost 200% more likely to have skin allergies.

 

The take home message here is that immune conditions, particularly food allergies, have a robust association with autism… and as we discovered in the previous study, so does celiac disease.

These inflammatory bowel conditions may contribute to behavioral issues in children with autism, increasing irritability and causing associated behavioral changes.

Alterations in the gut microbiome, allergic immune activation, and gut/brain interactions affect neurodevelopment and behavior.

 

Because the gut microbiome of autistic patients has lower diversity than non-autistic peers, researchers were hoping that by improving the gut flora of autistic patients they would see an improvement in both GI and autism related symptoms…

…and that’s exactly what happened.

An 80% improvement in symptoms that showed no decline after the therapy was stopped!

 

The Study (published in Microbiome on Jan 23, 2017):

  • 18 patients with autism (ages 7 to 17) and moderate to severe GI issues underwent a microbiota transfer therapy
  • The protocol involved prepping the bowels, fasting, then repopulating the gut microbiota with human gut microbiota (orally or rectally) for two days with low dose maintenance oral doses and a stomach acid suppressant for 8 weeks (to increase survival of transplanted flora)
  • The participants were followed clinically for another two months after the microbiota treatment was completed.

The Results:

  • GI symptoms such as abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation all dramatically improved or resolved (an average of 82% improvement in symptoms) and that improvement was maintained two months after treatment was stopped.
  • Autism spectrum related symptoms also improved with the flora transfer — resulting in significant improvement in 17 different ASD related symptoms such as social skill deficits, irritability, hyperactivity,  lethargy, aberrant speech and more (as measured by PGI-III assessment) and those improvements were robustly maintained with no reversion two months after treatment ended.
  • Interestingly, researchers found complete correlation between improvements in GI symptoms and improvements in ASD symptoms… the worse the GI symptoms were, the worse the ASD behaviors were, and the more the GI symptoms improved, the more the ASD behaviors improved.  This suggests there is a huge correlation between gut microbiome health and ASD severity, and that by supporting gut flora we can modify and support ASD behaviors.
  • The improvements showed no signs of lessening even two months after therapy was stopped, with 80% improvements still being maintained over 8 weeks after therapy ended.
  • There was no significant difference in outcomes between those who had the therapy administered orally vs. rectally.
  • Over all gut flora diversity improved in all patients, and the increase in diversity was sustained several months past the end of treatment.

 

The Bottom Line:

The critical importance of the gut-brain axis can not be overemphasized.

Any therapeutic approach to treating neurological or developmental issues must also include support to the digestive system and bowel function.

 

With all that we now understand about the importance of the gut microbiome on supporting mental function, now we are armed with a new treatment strategy..

enter, probiotics.

 

Probiotics are crucial to supporting mood, brain function and even memory.

Find my favorite probiotics in my online dispensary — in the cognitive health section —  right here.

 

 

 

Now that you know about this huge association between gut health and autism, consider getting tested for celiac disease and while you wait for your results,

go ahead and start that probiotic for support.

This is a holistic treatment strategy that is proven to work and

absolutely does not need a doctor’s Rx.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

P.S.  What other holistic therapies can impact Autism and other spectrum conditions?

I’ve got you covered.

Check out these other articles I’ve written:

 

Know In Less Than 1 Minute If You Go Barefoot Enough

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Are your feet trapped in unhealthy shoes?

 

You’ll know in just a minute.

Go ahead and kick off your shoes (yes, right at your desk!) grab a piece of paper and a pen and watch this super quick video.

I created this video many years ago but I’m sharing it again here today because my column in MaryJane’s Farm was all about foot health, and I wanted to share this video resource with those readers as well.

(If you haven’t heard of MaryJane’s Farm, it’s only the world’s best magazine!   I highly recommend you check it out!  Not only have I had a routine holistic health column in there for many years running, but each month is chock full of the most amazing holistic lifestyle fun!!!)

 

Most of us don’t have a choice.

Between work, school, shops, restaurants, and most public places, this sign is what you will see every day all day:

 

 

But even though as a society we insist on wearing shoes at all times, eventually this takes a toll on your entire body and the amount of energy you feel each day.

You can’t trick Mother Nature.

Your feet will tell you very clearly when they have not had enough barefoot time.

Corns, bunions, aches, pains, ingrown toenails, you name it… our feet need to have time walking around in freedom.

Foot alignment affects your knee joints, hip joints, lower back, upper back, gait… your entire body.

If you would like to test your feet to see if you have given them enough time barefoot to keep the rest of your body happily aligned, watch this quick video to see how!  All you need is one sheet of paper and two markers or pens.

In just a few seconds you’ll know if your shoes are healthy for your feet and if you are getting enough barefoot time, plus a bonus tip for realigning your smooshed tootsies.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

(Newsletter readers can hop over here to view this video on YouTube.)

 

 

I benefit so much from these toe spacing socks that I carry them right here so that you can grab a pair too.

 

 

One more tip… there is a more streamlined version of these socks that allow you to wear them even with shoes on!

Most of us have to wear shoes at work, or while running errand, or at the gym, or even just for warmth… but you can still simply and easily naturally ground outside in an instant, without taking off your socks, by wearing toe open socks.

If you have open toe socks on, you will never lose a single opportunity to naturally ground directly to the earth when you are able, even if all you have is a 5 minute break at work.  No hassle of taking socks off, no hassle of finding a place to sit down to get your socks back on, just slip your shoe off and your toes are already exposed and ready to ground you in a millisecond!

 

 

Yes, even one split second of grounding is enough to make a measurable change in your body’s physiology.

An instant health boost.

So slipping your toes out of your shoes (while leaving your cute socks right on!) to rest your feet on the sidewalk or a blade of grass outside during your lunch break… that’s the best midday pick me up there is!

The skin contact with the earth grounds you from head to toe, while making sure your feet stay warm and ready to slip right back into your shoes!

And if you want to be grounded even indoors at work/school/office/studio/even home?  You can do it very discretely if you have open toed socks on.

Just slip your foot out under your desk and rest it right on this tiny little grounding tote… you’ll be powerfully grounded in an instant for as long as you want to be, but then ready to slip your shoes right back on when you need to head out (or when your boss walks by, lol!)

Toe Alignment socks come in 2 different colors.

Open toed socks come in 5 different colors.

Enjoy healing my friends!

xoxox, Laura

 

 

 

A New Way To Measure Stress… Your Hair

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We all know someone’s who’s hair has literally seemed to turn grey overnight from stress…

…it’s a very real thing.

 

I know during the time when, years ago, my kids and I were unexpectedly abandoned by my then-husband who disappeared one night (and the stressful subsequent divorce that ensued) I got my fair share of grays that seemed to pop up daily and have remained in place right now, even 5+ years later.

We also know during times of chronic stress, hair can become markedly thinner, falling out strand by strand or in clumps, even clogging your shower drain night after night.

This is because your body has hormone imbalance during prolonged stress… a very real result of elevated cortisol, hypothyroid, intestinal malabsorption, leaky gut, and other situations that stem from body’s response in trying to protect you from all the stress in your system.  During this response, hair can literally fall out and leave you wondering if you are going permanently bald.  Luckily, usually after a stressful crisis has passed, hair usually grows back thicker than ever.

But now we have an explanation for why our hair mirrors the amount of stress we are going through.

Hair, it turns out, keeps a very accurate “stress diary” for us, and analyzing hair strands is actually a wonderful, measurable, non-subjective way to quantify cortisol release in the body — much more quantifiable than the typical subjective stress diary that counsellors often recommend patients keep as they move through trauma.

 

The Study (published in Neuropsychoendocrinology in March 2018):

  • Hair samples were collected from over 700 Syrian refugee and Jordanian non-refugee adolescents (12 – 18 years old) living in northern Jordan near the Syrian border.
  • Hair samples were collected at baseline, after a 8 week support program offered by the Mercy Corps, and 11 weeks after the support program ended.
  • Hair was analyzed for cortisol concentrations at each collection.
  • Lifetime trauma events were assessed with a Trauma Event Checklist, a screening tool based on Harvard’s Trauma Questionnaire.
  • In addition, multiple questionnaires were used to assess impact of event, resilience, fear, and perceived stress.
  • Subjective measurements of stress and trauma were analyzed alongside hair cortisol concentrations for each participant both before and after the therapeutic intervention.

 

The Results:

  • Hair cortisol concentrations decreased by one-third after the support intervention, which mirrored the subjective assessments from the participants gave on stress levels and symptoms of trauma.
  • The therapeutic intervention helped patients to recovery healthy cortisol levels no matter which way the cortisol levels needed to go in order to reach healthy ranges again.
  • When participants had abnormally high cortisol levels at baseline (common in the initial phases of trauma and stress) the therapy decreased cortisol levels (towards normal, healthy levels) by about 43%.
  • When participants had abnormally low cortisol levels (coming in later stages of prolonged trauma and adrenal fatigue) the therapy increased cortisol levels (towards normal, health levels) by about 57%!   All from a 8 weeks of a supportive intervention.

 

The Bottom Line:

 

This tells us two things:

1) hair samples are a fantastic way to follow cortisol levels and help explain why our hair mirrors the stress that is going on internally in the body, since it collects cortisol in a *hair diary* for us…

and

2) therapeutic interventions during and after times of trauma actually help heal the physical body, normalizing cortisol… even short term therapy helps significantly!

 

Therapy during stressful events is not just a relief for the mind or for emotional support.

Therapy during and after trauma literally makes a difference on how your body functions and returns to healthy function after stress.

Meaning therapy builds resiliency after trauma, and protects the future health of the body.

 

 

 

Want more ways to understand the impact of stress and trauma on the human body, and ways that we can resiliently rebound from these experiences?

 

I am teaching a brand new trauma healing class in just a few weeks, and I would love to have you join in.

As a holistic physician, not only have I scoured the medical literature for positive, actionable ways to help our bodies and minds heal from stressful, unavoidable trauma, but I share detailed ways to guide you through your own healing (along with both personal and patient examples from my past 20 years of medical practice.)

Because of the very intimate and personal nature of this course, I am keeping it very small so I can offer one-on-one email consultations for each student throughout the entire two weeks of the class.

Let’s connect directly.  Privately.  You and me.

I’m here to boost your innate recovery.  You’ve got this ability already within you.  Let’s unleash it.

No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.  Every body does.  Your body naturally want’s to trend back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.  I’ll give you the tools to get there.

Save your spot in this by-reservation-only course by clicking right here today.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Is It Safe To Ground Around EMFs?

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I must get thousands of emails

— literally —

asking me about grounding in areas where there are EMFs present

(which, let’s face it, is basically everywhere.)

 

 

 

The medical literature is very very clear on this.

So today, I wanted to share a ten minute video with you explaining what the clinical response is to your body when you are grounding with EMF fields all around you.

This is one question we have a very definitive answer for.

I also am going to give you a ton of resources for going further with protecting your conductive health… with links to previous articles I’ve written on simple ways to your EMF exposures, direct links to the medical studies on patients grounding with EMF exposures all around, links to shielding tools, grounding tools, and much much more… all waiting for you below.

I think it’s really disturbing that there is so much division between grounding & EMF circles.

It seems you have to choose to ground and then stick your head in the sand about EMFs…

…or get so zealous about EMFs that you are scared to ever ground again.

 

What the heck?

There is total and complete unity here.

 

The truth is that the very thing that makes grounding so powerful is that we are fully conductive human beings with every single cell in our body completely and totally conductive and ready to receive the earth’s healing energy.

And the very thing that makes us so susceptible to EMF exposures is that we are fully conductive human beings, with every single cell in our body completely and totally conductive, which means we are affected by the electromagnetic fields around us.

This is all one united field of medicine, a field that I am now calling Conductive Medicine.

The health of our bodies absolutely depends on us uniting these two issues, not dividing them.

 

 

To stop grounding because there are EMFs around is to remove the biggest source of power and resilience and healing potential right out from under you…

…cutting you off from the healing flow of your own conductive health.

You don’t want to isolate yourself even further from the earth… what you want to do is support your conductive health AND protect your conductive health.

Both, not one or the other.

 

 

Your conductive health actually is your biggest asset in healing!

We support our conductive health by grounding.

We protect our conductive health by decreasing EMF exposures… and shielding what we can’t decrease.

These two approaches are both wonderful, powerful, awesome, positive things we can do, and they overlap in beautiful ways… covering us from both angles, not dividing us.

 

To divide the two, and have EMF experts try to take away the healing modality of grounding is to cause division and fear where there is none, and to artificially remove something that is absolutely critical to the longevity of the human body.

But on the other side, to have grounding experts completely ignore that EMFs affect us at all is to stick your head in the sand and only recognize one arm of conductive health.

This division is not good.

 

I am here today to tell you that protecting our conductive health (by shielding and buffering EMF exposures) while boosting our conductive health (by grounding) is a completely compatible combination and absolutely the best thing you can do to support you body’s long term well being.

 

 

 

And in the video below, I also let you in on a secret:

I’m developing a new technology that merges the two together — stopping any EMF resonance from affecting the purity of your grounding practice.

 

 

I am working hard to make this technology available to you soon… very soon!

I want to provide you an easy way to use your grounding tools as nature intended, unaffected by the inevitable presence of surrounding EMFs.

It’s the ultimate way to bring the field of Conductive Medicine into a peaceful merger.

We can get there, together.

Sign up for my weekly newsletter or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be the first to know when I release this new technology.

And meanwhile… keep grounding.  Here’s why:

 

 

 

(newsletter readers click here to watch this video on YouTube)

 

 

 

Helpful Links mentioned in the video:

 

1.  Grounding In The NICU: My favorite medical study showing that grounding works… even around EMFs. 

 

Watch a video where I go into more detail about this incredibly important medical study right here

 

… and read the abstract of this important clinical study for yourself here!

 

2.  Cell Phone Radiation:

 

Read about the largest medical study to date on the impact cell phone radiation has on our health, along with a free printable checklist of 25 easy things you can do to easily decrease your radiation exposure!

 

 

3.  Grounding Studies:

Here is where I have pulled together a comprehensive list of the best grounding medical studies and videos for you:

 

 

4.  EMF shielding:

 

I only carry what I know truly WORKS… find the most effective shielding tools right here.

Tools which compliment your grounding practice beautifully.

 

5.  The Grounding Boutique:

 

Medical grade grounding tools that are the ultimate support to your conductive health:

 

By supporting your conductive health (with grounding) and protecting your conductive health (with shielding) we can get these two powerfully healing approached united…

…so that they can both ultimately work together to support your innate, robust health.

Isn’t that what healing and healing is all about?

No more division.

No more fear.

Just positive action and double the healing.

 

Share this video and these resources with everyone you know and let’s unite these two approaches under one umbrella of Conductive Medicine.

Woot!

xoxox, Laura