Honey for Gut Protection and Healing, Here’s How

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A new major medical study left absolutely no doubt about the incredible healing power of honey.

 

 

Published in Laryngoscope on June 11, 2018, researchers found that using honey literally protected the gut lining against corrosive damage from swallowing a battery — how’s that for protection?

 

Honey helped:

  • slowed the amount of acid discharged from the battery
  • neutralized the tissue pH at the battery contact site to optimal levels for clinical protection
  • prevented deep tissue injury
  • and completely prevented all esophageal perforations (which was a 50% rate in controls, meaning one out of every two ingestions resulted in perforation without the honey)

The results from using honey were actually better than the Rx ulcer medication Carafate, with absolutely zero risk of the side effects that this prescription medication brings (side effects of Carafate include: constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas, dry mouth, rash, insomnia, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, back pain, shortness of breath, lip swelling, and hives).

 

These results were far superior to other substances tested, included pure maple syrup, saline, juices, and electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade.

If honey protects agains the damaging effects of battery ingestion (a common foreign body ingestion, especially in children due to the increasingly common use of button batteries in toys) imagine what adding honey to your gut healing protocol can do.

Remember, don’t feed infants under 1 year of age honey, so for those 12 months old and younger, I would suggest Carafate treatment, but in everyone else… honey is the way to go.  In this study, 2 teaspoons of honey was given every 10 minutes, a reasonable course of action in suspected battery ingestions until you can get to a health care treatment facility.

 

 

Honey is so powerful!

But my readers already knew that… as I have previously blogged for you about using honey for it’s powerful wound healing, including for burns!

Published on April 12, 2012 in the International Wound Journal, this medical study showed that when honey was used on all types of wounds, it:

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

 

It sped wound healing in the vast majority of wounds… over 84% of wounds!!!!

We are talking:

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

 

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

 

  • First be sure to flush out any wound with lots of water… for a long period of time (I recommend holding the wound under clean running water for 2 minutes straight.)
  • Then, depending on wound type you may consider a topical antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, or antibacterial dressing, and then honey.
  • Of course have deeper or larger wounds evaluated by a physician.

 

Because honey is so safe and so effective for so many different types of wounds… and because it speeds healing and decreases the amount of skin that is affected by the wound, I am confident that honey would reduce the appearance of scarring as well.

In addition to honey, what else can help heal the gut lining and alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress?

 

 

 

Plenty.

There are tons of gut healing supplements I routinely recommend, including:

 

1. Probiotics

 

Studies suggest that the gut microbes in depressed and anxious individuals, celiac patients, autistic patients, and most autoimmune conditions are decreased in both amount and in variety.

Probiotics lift your mood, help digestion, alleviate constipation, balance gut flora issues such as SBIO, boost the immune system, control yeast and fungal overgrowth, promote healthy skin, and even lower blood pressure!   Fecal transplant is even being used to help fix chronic gut infections like C. Diff infections that even Rx antibiotics are not able to fix!

 

2.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids

 

Shown to improve symptoms in ADHD and decrease postpartum blues, omega fatty acids are a must have to soothe and support your entire body inside and out, from skin to gut to brain.  Newer studies also show that Omega 3 fatty acids help support the gut biome, which is crucial in healing almost all major bowel disorders.

 

3.  L-Glutamine

 

Helpful in restoring an intact gut barrier in leaky gut conditions and auto-immune conditions, L-glutamine supplements are one staple that you will find in any gut healing protocol.  Proven to help with difficult to treat chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, diverticulitis and more… even helping to resolve multiple food sensitivities!

 

4.  Vit D

 

A new medical study released June 2018 showed that Vit D decreased colon cancer risk — talk about major gut protection from a supplement!  This is a case of a supplement being able to actually prevent cancer in the gut!

 

 

 

 

There are others too… digestive enzymes with Betaine HCl, aloe vera… lots you can do to promote gut healing an impact your whole body’s health.

You can find all of these supplements in the absolutely highest quality, pharmacy grade, strictest purity standards right here in my online pharmacy.  I even have a digestive support category in my shop where you can find every single one of these supplements hand selected by me, for you.

These are the supplements I take, the ones I feel good about giving to my children, and the ones I prescribe to my patients as well.  Waiting for you right here.

 

 

What else can you do to promote gut healing on a deeper level?

 

 

Deal with gut issues where they are actually starting… with our deeply rooted emotions.

Our gut health is connected to our emotional health.

You know this.  You can feel this.

 

 

You know that sudden feeling when you are scared and you become instantly nauseous?

As a mom I got that feeling all the time when my kids were younger and I lost sight of them for a moment in a public place.

It’s a horrendous feeling… it doesn’t matter how hungry you were or how long since your last meal… in life-or-death situations, secondary needs like hunger immediately evaporate and the rest of your senses are heightened (heart pounding and ears and eyes on maximum alert) and you scan the crowd looking for your precious child.

 

Or… have you ever had nervous diarrhea before a big test, a blind date, a job interview?

 

Or… what about a dry mouth as you stand up to give an important speech to your peers, act in a play, sing your solo at a choir concert?

Your dry mouth isn’t a true reflection of your hydration status… matter of fact you just drank two cups of water before stepping out on that stage… it’s your body’s immediate response to emotional stimulus.

 

While we all *know* on some level that our digestive state and our bowels are connected to our mind and mind frame, you may not know that your gut actually plays a role in your mental health.

What if it’s not just that our mind signals our gut to develop physical symptoms, but the other way around too?

Is it possible that disease in our gut can cause a signal to our brain to develop physical symptoms, such as anxiety and depression?

Published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics on July 22, 2016) this study helps to figure some of this connection out.

 

The Study:

  • Researchers looked at over 1,900 individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Using a validated survey evaluating for Rome III IBS and functional dyspepsia (FD) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, researchers set out to test if there is a specific gut-to-brain connection and what the signalling order is.  In other words, can gut health affect brain health?

The Results:

  • Researchers found that participants with higher levels of emotional distress (anxiety and depression) were significantly more likely to develop IBS and FD, and those with IBS and FD at the start of the study were more likely to report new onset of anxiety and depression in the year following enrollment in the study.
  • 1/3 of participants had the mood disorder first, and then the gastrointestinal disorder.
  • 2/3 of the participants had the gatrointenstinal disorder (IBS or FD) first, and then the mood disorder.

 

Researchers now believe there are two different types of functional gastrointesntinal disease pathways — not just one.  One subset of patients experience gut symptoms (pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, etc..) first prior to anxiety or depression developing.

This suggests that gut disease may signal the onset of a gut-to-brain disease pathway.

Another subset of patients may have anxiety or depression signal to the gut and subsequently give rise to gastrointestinal distress… brain-to-gut signaling.

 

The bottom line:

The more common pathway appears to be gut-to-brain signaling, being twice as common as brain-to-gut signaling!

 

This is a really important finding… because as I firmly believe, it’s not just that our body has random symptoms but that our body and our mind are intimately connected…
…each supporting the other and each signalling to the other in an effort to constantly balance and re-balance by expressing symptoms and emotions.

 

 

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This is a 7 week long class filled with uplifting daily articles, activities and support, directly from me…

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xoxox, Laura

 

 

10 Ways To Use A Cell Phone More Safely

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On the heels of the largest cell phone study ever conducted, which I blog about here, I wanted to create a quick video giving you some easy, actionable ways to decrease your radiation exposure while still having access to your cell phone when you need to use it.

I know I rely on my cell phone on a daily basis both personally and professionally… so I know that giving up my cell phone is not a realistic answer for me.

But as a holistic physician, I also realize that every single cell in our body functions on the basis of conductivity.

That’s exactly why grounding is the most powerful healing tool possible!

But that principle of conductive health is exactly why EMF smog affects us so terribly as well.  Every cell in our body relies on conductivity to function, and so every cell in our body is exquisitely sensitive to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) around us.

If you can give me 10 minutes, in the video below I will tell you 10 effective ways to protect your body’s conductivity while preserving your body’s conductive health… things super simple that you can start using today when you are on your phone.

 

 

 

 

For newsletter readers,

just click here to watch this directly on YouTube!

 

 

And here are a list of  helpful links that I reference in the video for you:

 

 

1.   Cell phone radiation study:

Largest Study On Cell Phone Radiation, Here’s What You Need To Know

 

Hop over here to read my recent blog post where I go over the largest cell phone radiation study to date and give you a free, printable 25 point guide to reducing your radiation exposures.

Free Printable EMF Reduction Checklist

 

 

 

2.  The best cell phone shield:

Easily removable (to understand why this is so important, watch the video above!!!)

…and it allows you to be shielded even if you hold your phone up to your head while you are speaking on a live call, without any interruption to your call or signal strength!

 The best cell phone shield in the world is available right here.

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Portable shielding napkin:

Wrap your phone in this shielding napkin before slipping it into your pocket or purse, in the car, on your desk, etc…

…and have the added bonus of always having the worlds healthiest hand sanitizer on hand as well!

As easy & lightweight to carry as a handkerchief!  Available right here.

 

4.  Shielding headband:

Particularly crucial for folks who have inner ear issues such as dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears… you can have a soft stretchy shielding headband wrapping around your ears protecting your inner ear.

Decrease dizziness and reduce the impact talking on a cell phone has to your vestibular canals and chochela with this headband…

…which also doubles as an easy grounding tool!  Simply clip a grounding cord to this headband and you are also grounded from head to toe.

Super easy to travel with, protect your ears while using your cell phone and have the option to ground your entire body as well!  Woot!  And because the headband is soft and stretchy, you can slip it on your leg to ground, loop it around your wrist to ground, even loop it around your pillow and then lay on it!  Touch it anywhere on your skin and you will be grounded from head to toe.

Grab yours here.

 

 

5.  Get grounded:

To fully protect your conductive health it’s not enough to reduce radiation exposures, you actually want to boost your cells conductive recovery!

I highly recommend sleeping grounded at night to combat the constant EMF assault your body puts up with all day long.

 

Hop over here to find the most effective ways to sleep grounded all night long,

as well as the most effective shielding tools:

 

 

 

To your ever resilient, innately robust conductive health!

xoxoxo, Laura

Proof That Early Life Experiences Affect Your Adult Body

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A new study shows what we can already *feel* —

— that trauma in childhood affects our physical health as an adult.

 

 

Our cells, organs, tissues, physical body holds on to the effects of emotional trauma and this energetic tension literally changes how our body is able to function.

I’ve written previous blog posts highlighting this, how our body’s health is an expression of our emotional well being, in articles such as:

 

 

 

 

Today’s medical study shows an association between trauma in childhood resulting in an increased risk of having surgery to remove the reproductive organs as an adult.

In other words, earlier trauma significantly impacts the sexual health and reproductive health of a woman and culminates later in life to increase their risk of having major surgery.

 

The Study (published June 7 in the British Medical Journal):

 

  • 256 patients were studied: 128 women who underwent ovarian and uterine removal operations before age 50 and before entering menopause were paired with 128 age-matched controls.
  • Patients had to have medical records that dated back to at least age 15 and researchers used epidemiological studies to access medical records with direct documentation of events that gook place up to 40 years prior to the ovary/uterine removal surgery.
  • Using data on reports of abuse, violence, neglect, verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse that occurred  between birth and age 19… these childhood traumatic experiences were then stratified and validated with the patients directly.

 

The Results:

 

  • Researchers found a statistically significant correlation between women who had ovarian and uterine removal surgery as an adult and verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, substance abuse in the household as a child, and suicidal ideation or suicide attempts.
  • Women who had considered or attempted suicide were more than twice as likely to have their reproductive organs surgically removed as an adult than their matched controls.
  • The highest rate of statistical significance was childhood physical abuse, with patients who had the surgery being almost 6 TIMES AS LIKELY to have had physical abuse as a child.

 

The Bottom Line:

Traumatic experiences in childhood may cause epigenetic changes that increase the chances of having the reproductive organs removed as an adult.

 

More studies are needed to determine whether bringing an awareness to the fact that the pelvic pain, fibroid growths, excessive bleeding, etc… leading to surgery may stem from experiences in childhood and young adulthood, and to see if getting support to deal with prior traumas can help mitigate symptoms and decrease the need for pelvic surgery entirely.

 

 

 

I hope these studies are conducted soon.

Because often, the removal of the reproductive organs is not a definitive solution to pelvic pain… as the dynamic behind the pain cascade has not been adequately addressed.

 

This study is a very vivid reminder that what happens to us affects our physical body.

 

What happens to us emotionally, what happens to us when we are under stress, what happens to us when we are betrayed, neglected, sexually abused, or mistreated shows up in painful ways that you can’t ignore as an adult.

If there is one thing I know after working with patients on both a physical and an energetic level for all of these years, it’s that there is a heck of a lot more to a physical illness than just what is physically going on in the cells and tissues of the body.

 

Health is an expression of who we are and what we have gone through over our entire lifetime.

 

This example… of how childhood trauma can make it much more likely that you might have your reproductive organs surgically removed later on… is just one of many ways that the body processes life events and modifies our physical body in order to process and release it.

Trauma, in this case, held in the sacral chakra area, can give rise to sexual and reproductive issues.

Trauma on any level can give rise to physical health issues in many different areas of the body.

From the root chakra all the way up to the crown chakra, I’ve seen health issues arise as a healing response to past trauma and stressors over and over again.

 

This is literally why I spent years creating my Chakra Healing Class.

In this class, I go through how the body handles and processes (and heals and releases!) energetic dynamics so that you can understand and make sense of what your body is trying to tell you.

In fact, here is a painting I hand painted to show how grounding and energy flow combine to boost your health!  I hope you love it!

 

Chakra Radiance

 

I would love to work with you in my upcoming Chakra Healing Class… class starts in just 3 weeks, and I want to ship out your chakra healing goodie bag to you ASAP!

Symptoms and illnesses are the body’s way of speaking to us.

I’m listening.

And together we can figure out a way to align the energy of your emotional and physical body so that we can optimize your health.

Click over here to hold your spot right now!

xoxoxo, Laura

The Vitamin Combo That’s Saving Lives

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Sepsis is an overwhelming infection of the body which triggers widespread inflammation that carries a very high death rate.

 

Sepisis is one of the leading causes of hospital deaths, even when treated with the most advanced intravenous antibiotics and life support.

Yet a recent study (published in June 2017) has shown that a simple vitamin cocktail can reduce the rate of death in sepsis from a 40% death rate down to a 9% death rate!

Dropping deaths to less than 1/4th the original death rate, just from adding on a simple vitamin + steroid combo.  This is big news.  Life saving news.

 

Sepsis is a very alarming and expensive emergency condition — the overwhelming infection and inflammation can quickly lead to blood clots, organ failure and death.

Treating sepsis is hard and often fails, with up to half of patients dying despite immediate antibiotics, fluids and monitoring for organ failure.

As you can imagine, this type of intervention is expensive, costing the United States alone about $24 billion dollars a year to treat which still resulting in up to a 40 – 60% death rate.

 

So the news that adding a few vitamins and a steroid into the treatment plan can save the lives of an additional 3/4ths of patients, with only a negligible increase in cost, is astounding news.

This shocking and amazing result has researchers all over the world testing out this vitamin cocktail in many other, inflammatory related acute conditions.

 

 

What is this incredible concoction?

Vitamin C

Vit B1

Hydrocortisone

 

…and that’s it!  This simple combo has the potential to save billions of dollars and millions of lives, with very little downside, very little risk.

 

Vitamin C and B1 both have an incredible safety profile, and both are easily available for at home use.

  • Vitamin C helps lower inflammation, decrease oxidative stress and stabilize blood pressure, and help stabilize blood flow to tissues, which is possibly what is helping to prevent organ failure.
  • Vitamin B1 has been previously shown to help reduce kidney failure in septic patients, and is essential for proper mitochondrial function.

 

It may take a while for the conventional medical paradigm to go as far as to try replacing the traditional steroid with an all natural supplement, so for now, I’m excited that they are willing to further test the Vit C, B1, and hydrocortisone combo at all!

 

 

In fact, I truly hope they expand their treatment trials to see if this combination can help in other acute and chronic overwhelming infections that are hard to treat…

…like meningitis, candida, shingles, Lyme, even HIV.

 

And the steroid is something that I feel we can even improve upon at home, because steroids themselves actually lower our immune response short term and long term have yucky side effects like thinner bones, increased risk of infections, weight gain, mood disorders, muscle weakness and even cataracts.

In a life and death situation, steroids make sense.  But although they are great at decreasing inflammation (the reason they were added to this vitamin cocktail) they do not treat the root cause and they have nasty side effects.

 

 

So for at home use, there are some fantastic holistic substitutes for steroids that you can add to make your own anti-inflammatory, healing combo at home.

 

My favorite two supplements that can substitute in for the Rx steroid are serrapeptase and turmeric.

  • Serrapetase is a fantastic enzyme that our body uses to fight inflammation, decrease excessive mucous production and even reverse scar tissue formation.
  • Turmeric is probably one of the worlds best and most studied anti-inflammatory supplements, the active ingredient (curcumin) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that are so powerful, it helps prevent and treat arthritis, dementia, and even some cancers!  Turmeric has been shown to be effective even in deadly, treatment resistant cancers such as melanoma and advanced prostate cancer.  So it definitely makes sense to me to add this in to a vitamin cocktail aimed at helping save lives under difficult conditions!

 

My suggestion for helping to fight inflammation at home is: Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Serrapeptase and Curcumin.

 

1.  Vitamin C (buffered Vit C is best!)

 

My fav is Buffered Vitamin C by Integrative Theraputics.

 

 

 

2.  Vitamin B1 (aka thiamine!)

 

My fav is Thiamine by Seeking Health.

 

 

3.  Serrapeptase (enteric coated is best!)

 

My fav is Enteric Coated Serrapeptase by Source Naturals.

 

 

4.  Turmeric (curcumin + bioperin is best!)

 

My fav is Curcumin 500 + Bioperin by Pure Encapsulations.

 

 

… and I have every single one of these supplements available to you in my online dispensary right here, at a discount just because you are a reader of mine!

I’ve put them all in my online catalog under the “anti-inflammatory” category.

 

 

On top of this vitamin combo, simply touching the earth, through the healing practice of grounding, decreases whole body inflammation and brings CRP levels down naturally.

This powerful, natural effect is the mechanism of action behind the earth’s ability to elevate mood, boost energy, deepen sleep and brighten health.

 

intuition

Know the feeling of spending a morning in your garden or an afternoon walking along the beach and how calm, centered, and supported you feel?

 

Grounding your body is at work here, decreasing your whole body inflammation, decreasing the stress hormones (like cortisol) in your bloodstream and decreasing your C-reactive protein levels as it completely naturally reduces inflammation in your body… no drugs necessary!

 

Click over here to read through a huge list of medical studies

on the power of grounding to reduce inflammation.

 

There’s no better way to naturally prevent inflammation in the first place than through the powerful healing practice of grounding.

You can even ground indoors through the use of high quality grounding tools like these.

I would consider grounding as preventive care for thwarting many of our inflammatory related illnesses…

…and adding on this potent vitamin cocktail for treatment of minor or chronic inflammatory conditions that have already been evaluated by a physician.

And of course, seek immediate medical care for acute or worsening conditions.

 

Please share this potentially life saving vitamin combo recipe with anyone you know who is battling conditions that involve acute or chronic inflammation, and consider going outside today (and every day!) to touch the earth to help prevent them in the first place.

 

To our natural healing ability!
xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

Constant Noise Impacts Your Health More Than You Think. 10 Ways To Fix It

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Chronic background noise doesn’t just irritate you, and it doesn’t just prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep…

…it’s actually impacting your long term health.

By more than you think!

 

Chronic levels of noise found frequently in modern society has been shown to significantly increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, stroke, even atrial fibrillation.  Not to mention upping your risk for insomnia, a huge health crisis in-and-of itself!

And it doesn’t stop there.

 

Not only is chronic noise increasing your blood pressure, increasing inflammation in your arteries leading to heart attack and stroke, but it’s also increasing your risk of metabolic diseases and type two diabetes!

 

 

That’s right, if you have stubborn abdominal fat that just isn’t falling away — on top of considering what your diet is and what your exercise goals are, you also should be considering what chronic noise pollution are you being exposed to!  Chronic noise is absolutely part of the reason you have stress induced metabolic change.

 

(Another thing to ask yourself is how deep your sleep really is, if you are having trouble losing weight!  In my medical experience, it is almost impossible for a person to lose weight in a healthy way unless they are sleeping well.)

 

 

Because the disease burden of chronic noise is so directly linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and increased inflammation of the arteries, it’s important for clinicians to start treating noise pollution as a cardiac risk factor on par with smoking history, family history of heart disease, age, blood pressure, and weight.

Has your physician asked you about noise pollution when talking with you about heart health?

 

 

If not, you may want to print this study out and take them into your next appointment so they can get up to speed on this incredibly pervasive health threat:

Environmental Noise and the Cardiovascular System

(free printable medical study)

 

What is interesting about this study is that it’s not just loud sounds that affect your health, it’s the small chronic ones that do too …

…so it’s not just an airplane passing by or the occasional sound of construction, but the level of normal talking, phones ringing, and sounds of cars on the street all impact your heart attack and stroke risk, as well as ups your risk for metabolic disease.

 

Look at the table below (taken directly out of  the medical study above) to see that even normal conversation is above the area now considered safe in terms of affecting your health.  55 dBA and above is now considered a health risk factor by the World Health Organization (WHO):

Every 10 dBA increase in noise increases your heart attack risk by 6%, arterial calcification by 8%, and stroke risk by 14%… starting at only 50 dBA!

 

This is why the World Health Organization has now lowered the noise pollution level to only 55 dBA (formerly, 65 dBA was recognized as unhealthy.)
  • So normal conversation (at 60 dBA) can, over time, contribute negatively to health issues… increasing both heart attack and stroke risk by 6% and 14% respectively.
  • The normal sound of cars driving/traffic, doubles that — increasing heart attack and stroke risk by 12% and 28% respectively.
  • Listening to a telephone ring repeatedly increases risk of heart attack and stroke by 18% and 42% respectively, and on and on.

 

Clearly, working in the aircraft industry or the construction industry is very hard on the body — this we already knew.

What we didn’t know is having a job where you answer telephones, or working at a busy restaurant with omnipresent background chatter, adds to cardiovascular risk as well.

And now we do.

The Bottom Line:

 

Noise pollution is no longer about loud noises causing long term hearing issues.  It’s not even about loud noises at all any more.  We are now aware that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time — compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body.  The new term is Noise Annoyance — which is all that is needed to produce these increased rates of chronic, life threatening health issue.

Think about your day:

  • Do you hear traffic constantly (especially consider if you hear traffic where you sleep at night?)
  • Do you work in an area where there is chronic talking (such as a hospital, a hotel, a store or a restaurant?)
  • Do you work in an area where there are phones constantly ringing (such as at an office?)
  • Do you work in an area that has music playing constantly?
  • Do you sleep with music or a television on?

 

If so, your risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, stroke, cognitive impairment and more is much greater than it has to be.

 

 

What to do?

The worst damage to your health occurs when noise levels are chronically present while you are sleeping at night…

…so think about where you lay your head to catch sleep.

 

If you live in an area where you can hear cars driving by every night, or other constant sounds, you may ultimately want to consider moving.  Short of moving, it can help to follow these simple guidelines to help improve your sleep hygiene:

10 Easy Ways To Protect Your Body From Harmful Noise:

 

  1. Install noise blocking and light blocking curtains on your windows.  This alone can lower your disease risk.
  2. Consider investing in a noise blocking and light blocking canopy in addition to curtains on the windows to further block out sound and light and completely encase your bed.
  3. Do not sleep with windows open if you live in an area with nighttime traffic, and try to sleep in a room that is not facing a road if you have an option of which bedroom to take.  If you already have a high cardiovascular risk or history of heart disease or stroke, consider switching bedrooms with another family member in order to get away from a busy street.
  4. If you can’t move your bedroom, plant a row of trees to help block noise coming to your home.
  5. Turn off appliances when not in use… don’t sleep with the TV or music running, don’t sleep with a sound machine on, give your brain a break from the constant onslaught of noise whenever possible.
  6. Reduce EMF exposures in your sleeping area to decrease the over all environmental toxicity of your bedroom (click here for a free printable 25 point checklist on reducing EMF exposures.)
  7. Ground while you sleep at night to dramatically deepen sleep, improve your brain’s sleep patterns and give your body some restorative down time before facing another full, noisy, busy day.
  8. Wear noise cancelling earplugs during commutes and traveling, especially on airplanes and trains.  Make sure you wear them when using power tools, shooting guns, mowing the lawn, at concerts, etc…  They are very discrete (looks like you are wearing normal earbuds so people think you are just listening to music!  I prefer this style over earplugs that don’t have a cord, those tend to look like hearing aids to me.  And the cord means you can take them out and drape them around your neck, then put them back in when you need them!)   I would even suggest wearing these to work — the cool thing about this model is that you can uncap them and still hear normal conversation, music, co-workers, etc… at much safer volumes.  Therefore, you can wear them while at work to protect not only your ears but your heart and brain and metabolism!  Tell your co-workers who ask about how wearing earbuds can actually decrease their heart attack and stroke risk — they will be amazed.
  9. Decrease other stressors in your life to help decrease the total amount of stress burden placed on your body.  Consider stress when choosing occupation, living location, commute, relationships, friendships, coworkers, etc… Toxicity from these ubiquitous sources are every bit as important to consider as it is to reduce more obvious toxins like the ones found in the food you eat, the water you drink, choosing non-toxic household and personal care items, etc…
  10. Increase and optimize positive health measures to help buffer other stressors (such as noise pollution) that you may not be able to do anything about.  Optimize the quality of the foods, nutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and supplements you put into your body, optimize the purity of the water you drink, increase your physical activity, and get your body grounded as often as possible.

 

You can print this easy checklist out right here and share it with everyone in your life who has any sort of cardiac, neurologic, or metabolic risk factor (which is basically all of us!)

10 Actionable Ways To Decrease Noise Stress

(free printable handout)

To your resilient, constantly re-setting and improving health…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

Why You Still Have Chronic Pain & 5 Ways To Truly Fix It

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I just finished attending a national medical conference on the latest updates on Pain Management.

 

It was awesome, but there was a huge gap in what doctors could offer and how much pain would resolve.

In fact, in the conference the top pain specialists — physicians who are the highest trained out of the entire community to treat pain —  flat out stated that they can only take about 30% of pain away, at most.

WHAT?!?!  You are left with about 70% of pain untreated?

Uh… No way.

There are tons of things you can do to address pain.

Things that were overlooked at this medical conference.

So in my hotel room, I sat down and made this video for you to give you all the tools that you could ever need to finally resolve your tough chronic pain issues.

And tell you exactly why they work.

And why surgery and Rx pain medications will only ever be able to take about 30% of your pain away.

And exactly what you can do to address the other 70% of your pain.

I hope you enjoy:

 

 

 

(for newsletter readers, click here to watch the video)

 

 

Blog Posts I reference in the video:

 

  1.  Sleep help:

Good Sleep Increases Your Recovery From Depression

 

2.  EMF help:

Largest Study On EMFs Ever: Here’s What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself

 

3.  Video on Chronic Pain & Grounding:

Why Grounding Specifically Helps With Chronic Pain

 

4.  A link to the very best grounding and shielding tools in the world:

 

 

5.  And a link to the very highest quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements you can trust:

 

Offered with much much love…

xoxox, Laura

 

 

Largest Study On Cell Phone Radiation, Here’s What You Need To Know

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The largest ever, to date, live animal study on the effects of cell phone radiation was just released by the National Institutes of Health this past March, and you absolutely must be aware of the results.

 

In today’s article, I’m going to outline what researchers found in vivo studies, and I’m also going to list for you some actionable things you can do to reduce your exposure.

I’ve also created a printable checklist that you can freely share with all of your loved ones, so that they can easily print out the recommendations and have them in hand as they go through their living environments reducing as much of the EMF exposures as possible.

I’ve made sure the items on the checklist are things that are realistic, actionable, and easy to do.

I’m not going to give up my cell phone (after all, I’m a mother of teens who drive and I want them to have emergency access to call for help no matter where they go, and I also run a business 24/7 and need constant accessibility with my patients and shop.)

So I don’t have things like “go live off the grid” as a realistic way to reduce exposures.  It’s awesome if you can do that, but for the rest of us I have a very realistic, actionable 25 point checklist to reduce our risk, immediately.

 

And if you want to read this entire study in full directly,

here is where you can find it.

 

The rodents in this study received whole body radiation while in utero, during nursing, and for up to 2 years after weaning.

The rodents were pulsed for 10 minutes of radiation on, 10 minutes off, for 9 hours each day.  They used 2G and 3G radiation, the same frequencies and modulations currently in use for texts and voice calls in the United States.

 

The study findings:

  • Tumors found in rodent’s who were exposed to whole body radio-frequency radiation included: malignant schwannoma of the heart, malignant gliomas of the brain, pituitary adenomas, and adrenal gland pheochromocytomas.
  • It didn’t take long… for example, after only 14 weeks, the researchers found that the right ventricles of the hearts of male rats was already starting to increase abnormally, developing cardiomyopathy.
  • After two years of high exposures to cell phone radiation, exposures were found to affected male rodents more than female rodents: increasing the incidence of malignant schwannoma in the hearts of male rates… while female rats did not have an increased risk of this cancerous tumor.  Male rats also had abnormal changes in the prostate gland, liver, pancreas islet cells (the cells responsible for producing insulin) and granular tumors of the brain, and glial cell hyperplasia of the brain.  These changes were not seen in female rats.
  • Both male and female rats had abnormal heart growth (in the right side of the heart, called right ventricular cardiomyopathy.)
  • There were changes in body weight (lowered birth weight in babies born with radiation in utero exposure) as well as genetic damage in both male and female rodents.
  • No changes in sperm mobility or count were found in this study
  • There was an interesting side effect of the whole body radiation in that the male rats that were exposed to radiation had a longer life span on average than the non-exposed male rats.  Life span did not change for the female rats.

 

These changes reflect tumors that have already been reported in humans after prolonged cell phone use, most notably the cancerous gliomas of the brain.  Other changes, like liver, pancreas, and heart abnormalities as well as DNA damage and low birth weight of infants, suggest that long term it is reasonable to expect that rampant cell phone radiation will give rise to heart disease, diabetes, genetic birth defects, and cancers globally.  Because cell phones have been around for longer than 20 years now, we are probably already seeing these effects.

It’s unknown how much of our current global cancer and diabetes and heart disease burdens are a result of cell phone radiation, but these findings are not ones that we want to ignore.  Instead, let’s take action to at least decrease exposures when we can’t eliminate them.

 

What to do?

 

Most of the people on this planet have a cell phone, and it only took about two decades for this widespread exposure to happen.  There are approximately 6.8 billion cell phones for the 7 billion people on this planet.

But radiation doesn’t stop with cell phones either.

WiFi, routers, tablets, smart phones, cordless phones, bluetooth… even very low electrical frequencies and magnetic fields emitted from electrical wiring, fluorescent lamps, and other electronic devices effect our health.

And on top of that, there is a wide variation (as with every other health condition) about the threshold for feeling the effects of these exposure in human beings.

There are certainly individuals who are EMF hypersensitive and are more dramatically impacted by EMF exposures than others.

But there absolutely are things you can do, things that literally will protect your health.

While you can’t control circumstances outside of your home, you absolutely can make sure that what you live with in your own home, during down time, sleep through during your nighttime hours, and live with on your days off are healthy and restorative.

To me, health is all about being resilient and making sure your body has time to recover between stressors.

I don’t feel that you need to eradicate all toxins and stressors from your life in order to be healthy, because I know that the human body is an incredibly resilient force of nature and that we naturally go back to vibrant health when we allow our bodies to bounce back by giving the body time to heal between insults.

Basically, if we can give our body some down time to recover, it is an incredibly resilient thing.  The basis of life is a natural ability to repair and recover and a natural adaptability as well.  But the body needs time and space, away from constant toxic onslaught, to do so.

So in much the same way that I feel okay with drinking an occasional soda and having candy when I go out to see a movie a few times a year, but I don’t bring the soda home in my house and drink it every day… same with the radiation exposures.

We are going to get them if we do anything outside in any urban setting… but at home, we can make sure our bodies have time and space to hit the reset button.

Part of creating this healing oasis for your body in between exposures and stressors is to decrease radiation in the home as much as possible, and the other part is to ground the body to expedite healing and boost resiliency.

As the 2016 EUROPAEM EMF exposure guidelines state:

“Anything that supports homeostasis will increase a person’s resilience against disease and thus against the adverse effects of EMF exposure.”

 To that I say AMEN.

And I would add that there is no better way to support homeostasis than to get grounded and stay grounded as much as possible throughout your day and your night.

 

In my home, we all sleep grounded all night long.

In addition to that, my sweet husband has dramatically reduced our EMF exposures just by several easy steps that you can absolutely do as well.

First thing he did was toss my corded phone into the garbage.   Yep, I said corded phone — turns out even though there was a cord on my phone it still had a wireless antenna that was emitting alarmingly high levels of radiation throughout my entire home.  Removing that one thing alone made an immediate difference.

 

Any phone that looks like this might as well be a super powered jacked up cell phone that is on, pulsing radiation throughout your entire home, day and night.  It’s worse than a cell phone because it doesn’t even have an airplane mode you can stick it on.  Get rid of it.

 

Here are other 27 things you can do to protect yourself in your home environment:

  •  Use your cell phone on speaker phone always — never ever hold the phone up to your ear to talk on it.  If you can’t speak out loud on speaker phone, let the call go to voicemail and return the call when you are able to put the call on speaker phone.  I am pretty militant about this one.
  • Avoid carrying your cell phone in your pockets or (as I see women do all the time and it makes me so sad) putting it in your bra.  Remember — heart hypertrophy happened in those rats after only 14 weeks!!!!  Do not put that cell phone anywhere near your head, heart, chest, abdomen, or gonads!!!  Women — putting your phone in your purse is infinitely better than in your bra strap when you need your hands free.  Men, get a cell phone cover that blocks radiation if you are going to put that in your pockets, but better yet, slip it into your book bag, briefcase, or day pack.
  • If you must put your cell phone in your pocket or slip it into your bra (or, as I use it, on an armband when I am going for a run) then put it on airplane mode first!  Or slip it into the world’s best cell phone pouch to decrease the radiation that comes out on the side held against your body while still allowing calls and messages to come through on the other side.
  • Use airplane mode liberally — any time you are not actively using your phone, it should go on airplane mode, and at night absolutely — airplane mode or turned all the way off as it charges.
  • Unplug the power supply to all cordless phone base stations.  Use traditionally corded phones that do not have the DECT style base.
  • Decrease the strength of your router by covering it with shielding material around the clock (my husband shielded our router and I did not notice any change in the connection strength or internet speed, so the router we had before being covered was total overkill.)  It’s so easy to slip a router cover on one time and forget about it forever, this one is a no brainer!  If you want, in addition you can unplug your router altogether at night.
  • Absolutely without question make sure your router is installed in an area of the home that is as far away from all bedrooms as possible.  If this is not possible, unplug it completely at night when the bedroom is being used!
  • If possible, use hardwired Ethernet connections over wireless internet connections
  • If you use a laptop on your lap when sitting at an airport or train station while you travel, or put it on your lap in bed or on the sofa, you absolutely must have a shielding blanket over your lap to protect your organs (especially the reproductive organs!!!)  Your heart, liver, adrenals, pancreas and more sit right inside your abdomen, and are getting mega doses of radiation as you type away on your computer.  Putting a shielding blanket over your lap first protects you and gives you peace of mind.  I feel naked now if I use my laptop without my shielding blanket!
  • Or, if you stand all day long around computers (or microwaves!) keeping a shielding apron at your work space to throw on over your outfit each day is a must.  For pregnancy, I would recommend wearing this 24/7.  If not pregnant or ever planning to become pregnant, I would still recommend this if you stand nears sources of radiation like in front of a computer or microwave at work (it won’t fall off like a shielding blanket would when you stand up) and it will protect your heart and other internal organs… and because I use the highest quality blocking material made out of stainless steel, this apron is ground able too!!!  Click over here to see!
  • Decrease the quantity of other radiation exposures in your home — like home entertainment systems, headsets, baby monitors, computers printers, home surveillance systems, etc…  Examine the absolute necessity of each.  For example, I find it infinitely preferable to cosleep with a baby — I never ever used a baby monitor with my children ever.  If the child is not old enough to get up and come in your room if they need you, you are better off cosleeping as a family until older (I feel so passionately about this one that I wrote and illustrated a picture book about cosleeping called Together We Sleep — did you know that?  I published it long before there was even any heightened concern about EMFs from monitors!)
  • If possible, keep gaming and entertainments systems in the main living space instead of a bedroom.
  • If possible, only install home surveillance systems outside of the home, or if you have a multi-level home, keep home monitoring to the first floor and not near any bedrooms.
  • Stick with incandescent light bulbs instead of fluorescent or LED lighting.
  • If at all possible, move your main seating and sleeping spots away from wiring in the walls.  Positioning your sofa in the middle of the room instead of against a wall, for example.  Seating is usually easy to do this way — putting your kitchen table and chairs in the middle of your eating space instead of in the corner — but the bed can be a little harder to have floating in the middle of the room.
  • If possible, use a headboard to create a little distance between the wall and your pillow.  Two feet is ideal, but any space put between the wall and your body is helpful.  If this is not possible, you can paint your wall with shielding paint.
  • Do not use an electric blanket or electric bed.
  • Use shielding bedding if at all possible — it’s super expensive I know this first hand because it’s been very hard to create a high quality, hand sewn grounding mattress panel at an accessible price point.  My mattress panels use shielding materials and they ground you at the same time.
  • Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day.  And absolute STOP using those fake toxic chemicals on your lawn as well!!!
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Supplement with antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage.  N-aceytl cysteine (NAC), glutathione, Vit C, Vit D, CoQ10, Apha-lipoic acid (ALA), Curcumin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Resveratrol, even melatonin are all powerful antioxidants and help slow or even reverse the aging process.  The very best, highest quality supplements in the world are all waiting for you (at a discount!) in my trusty online dispensary here.
  • Drink filtered water in large quantities daily
  • Get plenty of natural sunlight daily
  • Sauna for detox as well as a spring and fall detox plan.
  • Exercise daily to help deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Decrease your exposure to blue light — from laptops, screens, CFL lamps, and protect your eye’s macula as well as your own circadian rhythm by decreasing blue light exposures in the evening and taking antioxidants as well as melatonin nightly (also available in my online dispensary.)  Blue screen filters can be used if screen time in the evenings is mandatory… blue light filtering glasses are super easy to keep by your bedside for late night TV watching.
  • Ground your body.  Sleep grounded all night long if at all possible.  Grounding is hands down the best way to give your body a break from the constant toxic onslaughts we face day in and day out when we travel around our world.
  • Ground using the world’s only, patent-pending EMF filtering and shielding ground cord, the PureGround ground cord, only available here.

 

 

 

 

For more ideas, watch the video below for my take on why grounding, in the face of relentless EMF exposures, is not only a good idea… I feel it’s mandatory if you want to have sustained health:

 

 

 

And watch this video (on a study that was released after I made that first video) which further echoes exactly what I said before.

In the study I talk about below, premature infants in the NICU (who were literally bathed in intents EMFS from their incubators and medical electrical equipment around the clock) immediately did better the very second they became grounded.  Let me tell you more:

 

 

 

 

For all my very favorite resources on the highest quality shielding and grounding materials on the planet, head over to my Grounding Boutique where I have grounding mattress panels, router shields, cell phone covers, the PureGround filtering and shielding ground cord, and much much more waiting to help heal and protect your precious body.

 

 

xoxoxox, Laura

PS — here is my free printable for you — very do-able, 25 realistic steps:

 

Free Printable EMF Reduction Checklist