It’s Way Too Cold For Me Outside… What I Do To Stay Grounded

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I hate cold.

OMG I hate cold.

 

I am super honest about that.

Even though I just finished writing my new book:

The Earth Prescription

which has an entire chapter filled with the most fabulous Winter Grounding Ideas, I am totally transparent in disclosing that I just completely hate the cold.

Until you can get your hands on that book and have unlimited ideas on grounding in the winter (you can pre-order autographed copies right here to be the first to get your hands on it!) I have created a bunch of videos for you to demonstrate how you can stay comfortably grounded in other ways than the typical “go barefoot” advice you read everywhere else.

It’s too cold for that tired advice.  Here’s your alternatives…

 

Idea #1:

Ground through your indoor plumbing… I’ll show you how:

 

 

 

Idea #2:

Ground through your pet… I’ll show you how:

 

 

 

Idea #3:

Ground cheaply indoors with items you already own… I’ll show you how:

 

 

 

Idea #4:

Ground using your hands instead of your feet (yep, trees & rocks will ground you!)… I’ll show you how:

 

 

 

 

Idea #5:

DIY your own grounded hiking stick… I’ll show you how I make mine:

 

 

 

Idea #6:

Use meditation indoors to get some of the exact same benefits as grounding…

I walk you through it right here:

 

 

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For more many more, absolutely wonderful ways to ground directly to the earth outside

(no matter what the season)

(no matter what the temperature)

 (no matter where you live)

(even if you live in a city with no access to green spaces…)

I’ll keep you connected directly to the our beautiful planet.

 

Pre-order your copy of The Earth Prescription today!

 

xoxox, Laura

Anything Is Possible For Your Health. And I Mean Anything.

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I just finished attending another medical conference…

…this one was about treating advanced stage melanoma.

 

My over all takeaway from that conference was so incredibly uplifting —

— because we saw case after case after case of metastatic melanoma patients becoming entirely cancer free — in full remission — after using the new immunotherapy agents we now have available.

A diagnosis that (decades ago when I was back in med school) we were taught typically offered a life expectancy of just a few months now has many patients with undetectable cancer levels, in full remission, cancer free years and sometimes even decades later after having metastatic melanoma.

That tells me: nothing is impossible when it comes to how resilient and rebounding the human body can be, and how robust our health and healing potential is.

So today, still on a high from all of the wonderful uplifting information presented at that meeting, I write for you a healing mantra that can change your life:

 

“I am open to what is possible.”

 

 

Recent medical studies have proven that simply repeating a mantra can help trauma patients recover from PTSD even better than traditional talk therapy.

I blog about that for you here.

So developing a healing mantra is one of the very best tools you can do to set the dial tone for your entire upcoming year.

Based on the fact that your body is a self-renewing machine, literally divinely design to renew itself around the clock, the best healing mantra you can gift yourself is to be open to this renewal.

So the healing mantra I suggest for you is:

“I am open to what is possible.”

 

As simple as that.

I am open to what I am experiencing, and I am open to what is possible for it to transform into.

Look at what is possible in health.

What is possible is where your healing lies.

 

Remind yourself:

  • You are always full of healing potential… always.
  • No one can tell you what is true for your body or your health… so don’t let anyone have that kind of power.
  • Conventional medicine can be helpful in illness and disease but is absolutely not equipped to help you maximize health and wellness.
  • For maximizing your own health, you have full and complete control… here’s why:

(I personally painted all of the healing artwork

found in this blog post… find prints here!)

 

Don’t take any negative or scary health news or statistics as set in stone.  Just like with a melanoma diagnosis, what was true for patients just a few short years ago is no longer true at all.  There is no limit to the healing potential you can have, even in the face of very serious disease.

 

I’m very familiar with the scientific method of research not only through keeping on top of the current scientific literature to as a licensed physician…

…but also because growing up as the daughter of one of the lead scientists at the National Institutes of Health I attended international scientific meetings since I could walk…

…and then went on to join a laboratory at the National Cancer Institute throughout my college years where we conducted leukemia research.

And with my experience in both laboratory medicine and clinical medicine, what I can tell you is: the way the current medical model is set up is to test and report medical interventions in the scientific literature is extremely backwards.

 

Here’s basically what happens:

 

A study collects data on a group of people — half of who get the drug (or surgery/intervention/etc…) and half who receive placebo in a double blinded study.

The results are collected which basically tell us what the outcome was for this particular group of people at this particular point in time in this particular location and with this particular modality.

Your doctor reads this and then sees you in his or her office.

When you are diagnosed with an illness, your doctor reviews the current standard of practice for that disease and based on these studies he tells you some statistics that are likely for you if you take this medicine or have that procedure done.

Your doctor unknowingly limits your healing potential

with what has been most probable in the past for others.

 

Many times, these statistics are frightening, scary, and deflating.

And often they change the outlook of the patient for the worse, because as we know in medicine:  Outlook changes Outcome. 


And even when the statistic or intervention offered has favorable odds of working, you are now being defined and limited in the doctor’s mind (which is then transferred to your mind) of what is standard, what is probable, what happened in the past to others.

What this model of healthcare never ever allows for is *POSSIBILITY*.

It never shows you what is POSSIBLE FOR YOU.

 

 

It brings you down to the lowest common denominator.  It never lifts you up and reveals to you the unlimited healing potential of your body.

 

new health

 

 

You have unlimited healing potential.

You should *know* THAT.

Every cell in your body has unlimited potential to heal.

 

What we do in modern medicine right now is collect data from around the world on what we are limited to, on what is probable.

But what we SHOULD be doing, is scouring the entire world to find all the anecdotal evidence, all the case reports, all the best outcomes, all of the miracles that happen all over the world every single day in every sort of condition in every type of person with every intervention ever dreamed up… and studying THOSE.

We should be finding out WHY some folks heal fully..

…why some invite miracles…

…why some never get a disease in the first place…

…why some are predicted to have a very poor outcome and they fully heal anyway.

 

Because these experiences, of people getting the illness that YOU HAVE

and surviving and thriving and fully healing from it

is PROOF of what is POSSIBLE.

I am not interested in reducing a patient’s healing to a pre-set outcome.

I am interested IN WHAT IS POSSIBLE FOR THEM.

 

 

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I want physicians to look through the medical literature like an encyclopedia:

filled with all kinds of beautiful outcomes from all kinds of amazing interventions and treatments, both holistic and conventional…

and to go through this information together with their patients as an IDEA BOOK OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE.

And together, come up with a treatment plant that feels right to that specific patient.

Because there are *UNLIMITED* ways to heal!

And there are many paths to healing and you can align with any one of them! Or many of them!  And the process of healing should be uplifting and a relief… not a battlefield.

 

 

I believe the medical literature should be an encyclopedia of

what has gone right for others and what is

POSSIBLE AND ATTAINABLE FOR US ALL.

 

 

Because if it is possible…

…if it has happened even one single time to one other person on this planet…

…than it can absolutely happen to you.

 


It  has already been proven POSSIBLE.

So let’s fill the medical literature up with what is possible and attainable and study THAT!

 

Let’s switch the focus from probable, to possible.

If even one other person has had this illness and experienced a complete recovery, than that is documented and possible for YOU too.

Even if it has never ever happened to anyone else, it can happen to YOU.

 

Anything is possible!

 Anything!

 

We just need to keep our minds and hearts open to possibility.

Because if healing has happened to even one other person, than for sure it’s been proven:

 

It can happen.

It has happened.

And it can happen to you too.

 

I don’t want the standard of care to be that we sit a patient down and look at the spectrum of outcomes in the past and we limit our patient’s future healing by overlaying what happened in the past onto their own patient’s future.

I want physicians to sit their patient down to look at the spectrum of WHAT IS POSSIBLE in healing, and lay out all the possible paths back to Well Being for them, and together reach for THAT.

That’s what health care should be!  A journey back to Wellness!

Visiting a doctor should be a wonderful uplifting experience, a chance to get all kinds of healing possibilities and inspiration and ideas collected from the medical literature from all over the world offered to us by someone who is our healing advocate.

Ideally we would walk away from every doctor’s appointment feeling full of possibility.

So… the next time your physician talks to you about a treatment plan and gives you outcome percentages and probabilities, just remember:  this is simply a mass marketed number.

It doesn’t tell you what is possible with this condition and it doesn’t tell you what is possible FOR YOU.

 

 

I think if we can shift the medical literature

from Probable To Possible

we’d experience a shift in the well-being of people everywhere.

 

Your body is completely new — inside and out — every few years.

 

All of your organs (except for one) completely regenerates, repairs, and optimizes on a continuous basis.

  • Some parts of your body are so fresh and new that they are only one day old… the cornea of your eye, for example.  Your cornea can completely regenerate every 24 hours.
  • Some parts are a little older… the lining of your intestines, for example, are about 3 days old.
  • Your skin is about 1 month old.
  • Your fingernails have completely grown out and replaced themselves in about 6 months.
  • Your taste buds are only little 10 days old when they get replaced.
  • Your liver is regenerated every 5 months.
  • Your lungs are renewed every two years.
  • Even your bones, the support system of your body, is on a 10 year replacement program.

 

 

“When we meet a friend we have not seen for six months

there is not one molecule in his face which was there when we last saw him.”

– Harold Saxton Burr

 

 

There is only one organ system that sticks with you for your entire lifetime:

Your Brain.

 

Nervous tissue is the slowest to repair, never increases in number of cells, declining  in cell quantity over time.

There are plenty of things you can do to stimulate new adaptations and promote brain health, as I’ve outlined here, here and here.   But for the most part, the brain you have now is the brain you will always have.

Here’s the thing though… your brain is the one you will always have, but your thinking doesn’t have to be the same thoughts that you’ve always had.

 

Every other part of your body has the ability to be made anew and replaced many many times in your lifetime.

So that means that you can outgrown conditions.

You can improve the health of your tissues.

You can begin to repair past damage and let go what isn’t working for you and enjoy manifesting a new body entirely… this is why it is never too late to quit smoking!

Within of quitting days your cardiovascular system improves, within months your lungs are repairing, and within years your chances of getting lung cancer are half of what they used to be.

It takes work to change our thinking and it takes some time and patience to see this manifest in our bodies.

 

After all, lots of these health conditions are our life’s work!

They were not meant to clear up overnight, nor could they.

 

But the next time you get frustrated with your body… the next time you curse your bad posture or your sensitive stomach or your sluggish metabolism or your seasonal allergies… just remember:  those tissues in your body are literally in the process of being replaced right now!!!!

 

The only thing you are carrying with you, decade after decade…

isn’t that red blood cell (lifespan of about 4 months)

or that stomach lining (lifespan of about 2 days)

it is the way you feel about your body and the thoughts you think about it.

 

So I write this post today so that you can give yourself a chance… just a chance… to open to the fact that the conditions you have now are not the conditions you need to be saddled with forever.

The health reality you are dealing with right at this very moment has the potential to shift and change and release.

 

 

 

Because your body is literally a self-healing machine,

capable of fully replacing itself,

it is worth being very positive and aware of the thoughts you think

and the baseline activity of your brain…

 

… which is the only part of you that you need to be carrying with you in 10 years time.

 

And today it starts with you.   Your new healing mantra?

 

“I am open to what is possible.”

 

Repeat this often.

Look into a mirror, gaze directly into your own eyes, feel the presence of the YOU that is living inside of your body, and tell yourself out loud:

“I am open to what is possible.”

 

 

To your unlimited healing potential…

and a wonderful, ever repairing and ever upleveling body!

xoxoxo, Laura

Brand New Holiday Gift Sets For Your Favorite People

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Yes… I know, I know:

it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet.

But most of the items I offer are  custom made (just for you!) when you place an order.

And because they are hand sewn by local artisans, they can take several weeks to have made and ready to ship…

…so the deadline for ordering from my shop in time for holiday gift giving is the end of next week: Friday, November 29th.

 

Therefore, today I give you my 10 favorite gift ideas for all the loved ones in your life!

 

1.  For the DIYer

 

This DIY grounding kit allows Do-It-Yourselfers to simply and easily set up a grounding zone in their home or office or on-the-go!  Know someone who has a unique grounding need, or simply wants create their own grounding surface?

With this kit they can create a strong ground anywhere they like — down walls, across ceilings, lining the inside of a tent or RV, running along floorboards, across bedsheets, across chairs, even a pet bed.  Cut the tape into as many pieces (in any shape or size they desire) and ground multiple areas.  Stick onto any surface, then clip on your ground cord and you are instantly grounded!

 

Yes, I know someone who would prefer to rig up their own grounding area!

 

 

2.  For the Outdoorsman

 

This kit contains everything your favorite adventurer needs to ground during the day on their adventures, as well as sleep blissfully shielded all night long.  Solid wood, hand made grounding walking stick keeps them grounded as they navigate nature’s terrain… then an organic shielding sleeping bag helps them curl up for a full night of the most protected, restorative sleep possible.

Using all natural, eco friendly and non-toxic materials, both the sleeping bag and the walking stick are custom hand crafted, artisan made( by hand) just for you.  With free bonus treats included: my favorite Warm Skin skin protectant so they can comfortably stay outside longer, plus an autographed book written by my favorite outdoor adventurer, MaryJane Butters, founder of MaryJane’s Farm (do yourself a favor and read her inspiring story right here… my goodness I love this woman!)

 

Yes, I know someone who’d love to be grounded and shielded as they roam!

 

 

 

3.  For the Dreamer

 

In this fast-paced, artificially-lit, EMF-pulsing stressful world, it’s almost impossible to find the quiet, to go within, find your dreams, and re-align your soul.  But if we don’t re-connect with our own inner needs, touch base with what our soul feels good about and nurture our own desires, we will arrive at the end of our lives wondering what we did with it all.

To help you favorite loved one turn inwards and connect with their own soul knowings, I’ve created this little gift set that is perfect for anyone who is feeling a little bit (or a lot bit) burnt out.  Including yourself, if you are the one that needs a little encouragement to take time for some TLC.

This kit encourages you to take a moment each night before bed to pick a healing focus card, journal your day’s experiences and goals, release your to-do list, and deeply relax your body with a magnesium lotion massage.

Ahh… now doesn’t that feel better?

 

Yes, I know someone who deserves way more self care!

 

 

 

4.  For the Germaphobe

 

I love these silver cloths so much that they were my “Oprah moment” last year with my girlfriends — we were each to bring one item that we could not live without to share, and my germ-busting silver cloth was an easy no-brainer.

I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of illnesses that I pick up throughout the cold and flu season since keeping my silver cloth clipped to my purse. In this kit, I’ve combined my three favorite ways to cut down on all of the germs I’m exposed to every day into one gift, so your favorite germ-avoidant friends can still get out there and navigate those holiday parties this winter without fear!

 

Yes, of course… I have a germaphobic friend too!

 

 

 

5.  For the Nature Lover

 

We all know someone (or are that someone!) who prefers dancing around in nature barefoot (all the best people do!). But by the holidays, bare feet are no longer a sensible option, so this is the most incredibly thoughtful gift.  Your favorite nature lover can still stay connected to Mother Earth simply by switching to grounding through their fingertips.

Using this Winter Hands Grounding Kit their hands stay toasty warm by layering conductive gloves with warm wool fingerless gloves, their fingertips are still instantly available to ground any time, any place.  Touching trees, rocks, cement, the ground and more all winter long, while their feet stay bundled up inside socks and rubber soled waterproof snow boots!   Contact with Mother Nature is absolutely possible year round, if you have the right tools.

 

Yes, I know someone who’s favorite love affair is with Mother Earth!

 

 

 

6.  For the Snuggler

 

If you know someone who loves to cuddle, and especially if you can’t be there in person this holiday season, you can still wrap them up in a snuggle… and support their health and healing by grounding them, too!

Like sending a warm hug in the mail, my grounding hot water bottle is the ultimate winter gift.  Your loved ones can fill it with hot water and sleep grounded all night long, placing it by their feet to warm cold toes, hugging it to their heart or abdomen for comfort, placing it behind their neck to relax tight muscles…

…and in the warmer months it will be every bit as useful, because the water bottle can be filled with ice water to apply soothing grounding relief to ice sore muscles and joints, as a cold pack over the forehead to relieve headaches, and much much more.

 

Yes, I know someone who would love a warm, grounded hug!

 

 

 

7.  For the Pet Lover

 

Not only is is awesome for the health of your favorite animals to get outside on the earth for grounding time each day, but you can harness that grounding power — **literally!** — and benefit from being grounded too!   Did you know that your furry friend is grounded when they are outside?   It’s true — you can stay clean and bundled up and with protective footwear on when you go on a walk, and just by touching your pet while outside on the earth or on sidewalks, you are grounded too.

If you know an ultimate pet lover that adores spending time with their pup, gifting them this organic grounding collar and leash set is the most wonderful way to support their health while they spend time with their beloved fur baby.

Duh, of course I know a friend who is obsessed with their pet!

 

 

 

8.  For the Yoga Nut

 

Stretching the body is not only therapeutic to the muscles and joints and bones, but helps literally support the health of our body from recovering from trauma and treating PTSD to helping support deeper sleep at night.  It is no wonder that yoga is one of my top recommendations for theraputic physical therapy to my patients.

Ideally we would be grounded while doing yoga, but typically we are indoors.  That’s why I created this grounding yoga mat.  Because even if all you have each day to stretch out your body is ten minutes before bed or upon waking, if you can do those ten minutes grounded, your body is on the fast track to healing and supported energetically, physically, spiritually during your yoga practice.

Simply clip the ground cord onto the conductive stainless steel ribbon at the end of your mat, and any time one single cell in your body touches that grounded ribbon, you are grounded from head to toe.  Take your yoga practice to new heights by practicing grounded yoga.

I have a very limited number of these grounding yoga mats, so if you know someone who this would be the perfect gift for, grab yours quickly right here:

 

Yes, I know a friend who would love to do sun salutations grounded!

 

 

 

9.  For the Electrosensitive

 

New studies show that shielding the head while you sleep can offer additional benefits to your health, including a dramatic reduction in autoimmune disease symptoms.  Luckily, you don’t have to be sick in order to shield your entire body and protect your long term health.  You rely on your brain for full functioning day and night, no matter what you are doing.  Allow it to get deep, restorative sleep while protecting it from the radiation exposures that we are all subject to around the clock.

Our natural health can rebound from almost anything if we give it the space and time to heal… so if you know someone who is healing an illness or simply could benefit from shielding their electrosensitive brain (yeah… that’s all of us!) while they sleep at night to feel infinitely better the next day, this gift set is for them.

 

Yes, I know someone who is EHS and I’d like to protect their precious brain!

 

 

 

10. For the Skeptic

 

Do you have anyone on your holiday list that you would love love love nothing more than to introduce grounding to?

If so, this is the most uplifting, reinforcing, positive way to do it: a fun movie night where they can learn all about grounding while experiencing it for themselves the entire time… all from the comfort of their own home!  Two DVDs, a grounding wrist band, and even a grounding tracker notepad to encourage them to make grounding part of their new daily health routine. Each kit will ship bundled up with a bag of organic popcorn, ready for gift giving.

Treat your most precious loved ones not just with the gift of entertainment, but with the gift of supporting their health… while letting them experience the joy of grounding for themselves.

 

Yes, I have a loved one I want to introduce grounding to!

 

 

Sadly, the cut off date for any of my hand sewn, custom crafted healing tools

 

(which is most of my grounding and shielding products… even ones that are not in this gift guide, like my organic grounding sheets, organic shielding blankets, shielding clothing and so much more!)

is: November 29th… that’s next Friday!

 

So please place order this week to ensure your healing tools are delivered in plenty of time to celebrate the holidays with all of your beautiful loved ones.

To the vibrant health of all of your very favorite people!

xoxoxo, Laura

Tips To Help Anyone Who Is Electrosensitive (EHS) Feel Better

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Have you ever tried grounding and actually felt worse instead of better?

 

You are not alone, it happens all the time and it’s probably because you are electrohypersensitive (EHS).

To me simply means you are so in touch with your own body, you can literally feel what so many people can’t: that you are a fully conductive organism and can feel your own conductive body interacting with the electrical activity of the environment around you.

I think it’s a good thing to be that in touch with your own body.

 

I get so many questions on why grounding feels so good for most people, yet so bad for others (the electrohypersensitive) that that I decided to make a video for you on it today:

 

 

 

So here is the good news.  If you begin shielding, you truly can alleviate many of the symptoms that have been flaring for you because of the EMF exposures you are bombarded with all day long.

 

There was an impressive medical study, published in 2017 in Immunologic Research, that followed 64 patients with autoimmune diseases (such as lupus and multiple sclerosis) while they slept shielded with a silver based sleep cap over their heads, for a total of 8 hours of shielding in a 24 hour period.

The results?

90% of the patients responded with a significant decrease in their disease symptoms.

 

While the current medical literature estimates that only 3% of the population is electrohypersensitive, this study suggests that there are many many more of us that are actually affected by RF exposures (and potentially have our symptoms exacerbated by these exposures) than that.  This study suggests that up to 90% of patients might feel a noticeable and measurable amount of relief by shielding their central nervous system from EMF exposures.

While this medical study was somewhat small and needs follow up studies to confirm, what I take from this is further confirmation that whether we label ourselves EHS or not, we are all electrical, conductive human beings that are absolutely impacted by the radiation around us.

To sleep shielded like these study participants did is simple — you place a shielding night cap on your head and then slip a shielding eye mask over your eyes, leaving your nose and mouth fully able to breath easily while blocking out the vast majority of RF frequencies from reaching your brain.

Ahhh… you can feel the relief almost immediately.

If you’ve never been to a remote enough location to feel what your brain feels like with the eSmog lifted from it, you are in for a treat.

I have them for you in a kit, together right here.

 

 

 

 

Nighttime hours should be restorative hours, so sleeping shielded can make the biggest impact, even when you can’t decrease your daytime exposures.

Even just using a simple shielding throw will protect all of your vital organs for hour after hour all night long, and the one I have hand crafted for you (which is organic, of course!) is such a small lightweight blanket that you can use it year round, even in the warmer summer months… and it’s so travel friendly you can even bring it to your office, in the car, onto an airplane to use no matter where life takes you each day.

I’ve pulled together a EHS introductory kit that combines this shielding throw with the shielding night cap and shielding eye mask that I talk about in the medical study above — alongside a router cover to reduce the radiation from your router throughout your living space and a bedside shield to place your cell phone behind as well.

This combination of personal shielding and home shielding tools will allow you to dramatically reduce your radiation exposures and hopefully make a significant boost to your health.  The EHS introductory kit is available right here.

 

 

Free resources for the EHS patient:

 

There is a huge movement of physicians who are becoming aware and clear on how the non-stop onslaught of EMF exposures are affecting the physiology of the human body.

Many physicians feel that autoimmune disorders, inflammatory disorders of all kinds, insomnia, nausea, chronic fatigue, pain, dizziness, headache, food allergies, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, depression and psychiatric disorders are all on the rise secondary to around-the-clock saturation of our bodies with radiation.

Myself included.

If you are struggling with your electrohypersensitivity and want to address this with your own physician, I’ve pulled together a ton of free resources for you right here that you can print out and take in to your next health care appointment.  I’ve got these all in one place for you here, for free, and given from my heart to yours, in order to help your health and healing journey.  I hope it makes a difference.

So here are 7 things  you can do before your next doctor’s appointment:

 

 

 1.  Print out this medical guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of electrosensitivity to hand to your doctor:

 

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) has been recognized as a diagnosable disorder since 2012 in Austria, where they have very specific guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.

This may be a helpful guideline to print out and hand to your physician, just click the link below:

 

Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treating EHS

 

 

 

 

2.  Fill out this electrosensitivity questionnaire and bring it to your next appointment:

 

You can pre-fill out the exact same questionnaire that is used for the evaluation of EHS by the Austrian Medical Association and bring this with you to your next appointment to share with your physician.

Just click the link below to print out and take it for yourself:

 

EHS Intake Questionnaire

 

 

 

3.  Consider taking a EMF vacation to help rule out other causes:

 

You never want to ignore other, more easily treatable sources of illness and disease.  Doing a non-EHS full work up for any symptoms you are having is always appropriate.

But similar to an elimination diet to figure out what foods are causing gut inflammation, you can consider an EMF vacation to see what symptoms resolve in the absence of persistent EMF exposures.

Camping in a remote location with no electronics for several days to weeks whenever possible, grounding your body to the earth in this natural setting to help expedite recovery, and then seeing what symptoms return when normal living arrangements are resumed can help really clarify what is EMF related and what is not.

 

 

 

 

4.  Ground the human body to help increase resiliency, but only with the PureGround cord for all indoor grounding applications:

 

 

Grounding the body is a natural healing state for all living things to be in, but for those with EHS you want to be sure you are not introducing any AC current or dirty electrical currents into the body via your ground cord.

Be sure all grounding tools are grounded with a PureGround filtering and shielding cord to preserve the purest ground connection possible without resonance to manmade EMF fields in the area while grounded.

 

 

 

5.  Ask your doctor for a laboratory evaluation of EMF mediated inflammatory markers:

 

These markers can include blood levels of high-sensitivity C reactive protein (hs-CRP), immunoglobulin E (IgE), histamine.

Salivary melatonin levels and salivary cortisol levels can also be tested.

Print out this article to give to your physician for them to consider these markers and others when evaluating patients with possible electrohypersensitivity… just click the link below:

Reliable Biomarkers Identifying EHS

 

 

 

 

6.  Decrease EMF Exposures On Your Own:

 

 

You don’t need a physician to formally diagnose you with EHS before reducing your exposures and symptoms.

Click over here for a printable checklist with 25 easy things to do to reduce your EMF exposures as a starting point.  You can go further with this by hiring a building biologist to evaluate your home if desired.

 

At the very least, start with these 5 steps:

 

  1.  Turn your cell phone onto airplane mode whenever not in use, when charging, and while sleeping at night.  Don’t bring your phone into your bedroom but if you must, put it on airplane mode and place it behind a Bedside Shield.  Never hold cell phone up to the head, use speakerphone or text instead.  Carry your cell phone in a shielding case when you need to carry it on your person, in a pocket, in your purse, in a bookbag, etc…
  2. Remove cordless phones from your home and change to a corded phone, as well as remove any LED or CFL light bulbs in favor of traditional incandescent bulbs.
  3. Cover your wifi router with a router guard to decrease radiation throughout your entire home while in use during the day, and turn off the wifi all together when not in use at night.
  4. Ask to have your smart meter turned off or shielded (best to have a building biologist shield your meter for you.)
  5. Sleep under an EMF shielding blanket at night, and consider shielding clothing for daytime use.

 

 

 

 

7.  Decrease Your Other Toxic Exposures:

 

There are lots of other ways you can boost your health and keep your body less burdened with toxic exposures, which is particularly crucial if there are EMF exposures you can’t modify.  Anything you can do to decrease the toxic load on your body — even in other areas that have nothing to do with radiation — will help make you more resilient and recover faster to toxic exposures you can’t control

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • 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 to boost longevity.
  • Get a pet.
  • Sauna routinely to boost health.
  • Increase your sleep by just one hour to increase your lifespan.
  • 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!!!
  • Embrace a positive, uplifting health mantra.

 

Help spread awareness not only on the actionable things you can to help boost awareness of electrohypersensitivity in the medical community, and enjoy all of the actionable things you can do to reduce your own toxic exposures to boost your innate resilient health… even without a physician’s recommendation!

To your resilient, rebounding health!

xoxo, Laura

 

 

How To Protect Yourself From 5G

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Here are some pictures from the 5G summit I recently spoke at:

 

(thank you for taking them Melissa, you are the best!)

 

 

While I am still waiting for the recording from that event, I had a quick moment while I was between presentations at a medical conference to run up to my hotel room and record some quick thoughts for you about 5G exposures and what you can do to feel more empowered.

In the video below, I summarize what I presented at the 5G summit and I give lots of actionable, easy things you can do to protect your health and decrease your own radiation exposures:

 

 

 

 

The point is this: you can take charge of your own health.

You are innately resilient and you can protect that.

Even if the government doesn’t.

Even if your own family physician doesn’t.

 

You don’t have to be scared and you don’t have to give up hope, you can simply start thinking of radiation exposures in the same way that we think of ultraviolet exposures — now it’s just a matter of habit to wear sunglasses or sunscreen or limit your time out in peak sunlight hours.

Eventually we will begin to think of the EMFs that bombard us day and night in a similar way.   Not exactly good for our health, but manageable with the right protection.

Here are some of the tools I reference in the video above… hopefully you will find them helpful in boosting your own innate health!

 

 

  • This router cover, to dramatically decrease the radiation coming from your router while still being able to use your internet throughout your home.
  • Shielding lotion, this silver based gel cuts radiation exposures roughly in half… and I’m currently in development of a stronger cream that will block even more RF from reaching you.  (Sign up for my weekly newsletter right here if you would like to be notified when my new, patent-pending RF blocking lotion is available!)  Meanwhile this one will definitely decrease your exposures to help you feel your best and function your best!
  • Organic shielding throw blankets, in several different styles.
  • Organic shielding sleeping bags, 100% hand made to surround your entire body in a cocoon of protective shielding.
  • Shielding clothing… I have a wide range of shielding protective clothing whether you want a nice shielding jacket to walk around in as you are out and about in urban settings, or (new to my shop!) you want to snuggle in at home with a shielding robe wrapped protectively around you, or something in between (my new shielding sweatshirts, for example!)

 

 

 

All of these healing tools (and so much more, including organic grounding tools and EMF shielding ground cords) are all waiting for you in my

Shielding Boutique right here.

 

You absolutely can take your own health into your own hands!

I hope this information helps someone out there feel more optimistic about the future and more empowered at how incredibly resilient the human body is!

xoxox, Laura

 

 

Are IV Drips, Cryotherapy and Other Alternative Healing Options Worth It? I’ll Show You…

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Lately I’ve noticed that elective IV drips at medical spas have taken off.

So… just in time for halloween… can a nutritional IV decrease your sugar cravings?

 

Today I’m going to take you on a trip to a MedSpa and tell you if it was powerful enough to make a difference in my sugar cravings or any other boosts to my energy level and well being.  Plus… if you hate needles, read on for some non-IV alternatives.

Although I am one of those who truly hate needles, I went for a nutritional IV to find out if they are worth the hype.  I take you along to get an IV and tell you my thoughts before, during, and after.

Was it worth the high price tag?  Here was my experience:

 

 

 

 

So all in all… for spending over a hundred dollars to try to temporarily boost certain nutrients for a few days, I could have purchased several months worth of the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements that would have supported me for an entire season.  With a bonus of no needle punctures required, plus a much longer window of support, all for less cost.

Below is a list of common ingredients you can select in these nutritional IVs (including the vitamins that Stacey and I tried) and as I scan through them all, every single one of them is available as an oral supplement. 

 

  • B-12:  helps boost energy
  • Glutathione (Stacey had this one): super powerful antioxidant, decreases inflammation
  • Vitamin B complex (I had this): B vitamins are supportive to many metabolic processes in the cells of your nerves, digestive tract, skin and more
  • L-Carnitine: boosts energy and mitochondrial function, fat burning, a favorite of athletes
  • Taurine: essential for brain, eye and red blood cell function, may aid muscle function too
  • Vit D: essential for bone health, immunity, hormone balance and so much more
  • Vit C (Stacey had this one too): powerful antioxidant that boosts immune function, promotes wound healing and tissue repair
  • Glutamine (I had this one — this one was responsible for my decreased sugar tolerance): Boosts digestive health, repairs leaky gut, decreases sugar cravings
  • Lysine:  An essential amino acid helpful for tissue growth as well as having anti-viral properties
  • Magnesium (I had this one too): essential for hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body, essential for proper nerve & muscle function, promotes relaxation
  • Trace Minerals: helps electrolyte balance, boost energy levels and immune function, enhances conductivity

 

Many MedSpas will combine the above supplements to create their own nutritional cocktails, for example the popular Myers Cocktail is simple a combo of B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Trace Minerals (usually calcium and magnesium.)

I have all of these nutritional supplements (and many, many more) hand selected for you — the same supplements I take and that I give to my own children — in my trusty online dispensary right here.  I’ve applied an automatic discount for you as a reader of my blog.

Head over here to order oral glutamine supplements to effectively decrease your own sugar cravings without an IV.  Enjoy skipping the needle and getting the same support for  less right here:

 

 

 

Next up?

 

Stacey and I are headed to give cryotherapy a go, then sauna, then acupuncture, then a 3 day fast, then a yoni steam (I mean… should we do that last one?  I’m on the fence…)

But no matter what holistic therapies intrigue you, keep moving forward with your health and healing.

If you feel that your healing journey has reached a plateau, know that there is always a fun new way to approach wellness with fresh forward moving energy.

Here are some additional ideas for unusual alternative healing modalities that you might want to consider, plus some tips on how to try an at-home versions of each as well!

 

 

 

 

  1. Float Therapy: which I try out and review for you in a video right here.

 

There are tons of studies that show that floating in a sensory deprivation tank — a body temperature tank of ultra-concentrated magnesium salts that allow the body to float effortlessly — is helpful in decreasing chronic tension headaches, significantly decreasing anxiety, and treating insomnia.  A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Neuroscience and Neuroimaging in June 2018 found that muscle tension was significantly decreased and blood pressure was measurably reduced after float therapy.   Another study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal in March of 2016 found that anxiety symptoms were significantly reduced to the point that almost 40% of patients with generalized anxiety disorder reached full remission post-treatment.

 

Want to try it at home? Take an epsom salt bath.

 

If you don’t live near a floatation therapy center or want to experience an inexpensive at-home version of float therapy, draw a warm bath just before bedtime, making it close to body temperature (98 degrees) and add several cups of epsom salts to make a hypertonic magnesium solution.

Darken the room or place a warm washcloth over the eyes and soak for at least 15 minutes… up to 60 minutes… adding warm water when needed to maintain body temperature.

See if you feel more calm, with less muscle tension, and get a better night’s sleep!

 

 

 

 

  1. Halotherapy: which I try out and review for you in a video right here.

 

Halotherapy is simply the inhalation of aerosolized dry salts… a very popular new therapy added to many spas. These salt therapy lounges can be very beautiful, with gorgeous Himalayan salt wall features and flowing loose salt over the floors to give the appearance of a salt cave, while sodium chloride crystals are aerosolized into the room’s air for inhalation.

These spas claim that halotherapy can improve respiratory allergies, fix chronic dermatologic skin issues like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and even decrease the frequency of upper respiratory infections.  There are some studies that back this up, one notable study published in the journal Meditsina Truda I Promyshlennaia Ekologiia in 2016 which showed that mild cases of chronic obstructive lung disease was clinically improved in about 40% of cases.  Another study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology showed that halo therapy decreased the size of tonsillar hypertrophy in almost half of the patients studied, and was particularly well tolerated by children compared to medical-surgical treatment for sub-obstructive hypertrophy. Lastly, a study published in Pediatric Pulmonology in 2017 showed that asthmatic children had less bronchial hyper-responsiveness, although lung function tests did not show measurable improvement following treatment.

 

Want to try this at home? Use a personal Himalayan Salt Inhaler.

 

An economical alternative to inhale microparticles of salts is a personal inhaler made from ceramic, used with Himalayan sea salts.  Simply hold up to your mouth, breath in through the mouth and out through the nose for 10 minutes daily.  But with the mixed reviews on inhaling salt — some studies found it triggered cough and irritated breathing tubes — plus with my own dismal experience with going to a salt cave, I recommend you consult your physician before use.

 

Another alternative?  Plug in a Himalayan Salt Lamp.

 

Although there are no medical studies directly proving a salt lamp is therapeutic, there are lots of general claims that a Himalayan salt lamp provides negative ions to the living space — and negative ion therapy actually has been studied and shown to slightly reduce depression symptoms, decrease headaches, and marginally help normalize circadian rhythms.  So theoretically there may be a slight health benefit to introducing a salt lamp into your home and it’s certainly much cheaper than halotherapy at a therapy center… if you are even lucky enough to have a therapeutic salt cave in your area.

 

 

 

 

  1. Cryotherapy:  which I try out for you and review in a video right here.

 

Just like a football player taking an ice bath after a big game, exercise enthusiasts swear by intensely cooling down the body with cryotherapy after strenuous exertion as a way to reduce inflammation and expedite recovery.

Cryotherapy centers are gaining in popularity, but do they work?   One study, recently published in Wiadomosci Lekarskie in 2018, found that cryotherapy treatments decreased back pain and increased the range of motion of the lower back in patients with degenerative spine disease.  Another study published in PLOS One in June 2011 showed cryotherapy after exercise reduced blood markers of inflammation.

I tried it on my left knee, which has hurt me since I injured it playing soccer as a teenager decades and decades ago, and I loved it!  Definitely felt less knee pain for about 48 hours.  My friend did whole body cryotherapy and found it not only invigorating but had less aches and pains as well for at least two days.  This one I give a two thumbs up to!

 

 

 

Want to try this at home?  An ice bath may be just as effective.

 

A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology Performance in March 2017 showed that a 10 minute ice bath (50 degrees Fahrenheit) was actually more effective than whole body cryotherapy (3 minutes at -110 degrees Celsius) in reducing muscle soreness and accelerating muscle recovery after exertion.

Can’t tolerate an ice bath?  Simply use an ice pack (for no longer than 10 minutes) placed directly on areas of pain and soreness to decrease inflammation in targeted joints and muscles.  Better yet, use a grounded ice pack to synergistically combine therapies for better results.

 

 

 

  1. Acupuncture: this one is next up for me — I’ll share a new video with you on this in December!

 

Acupuncture isn’t a new therapy, but a longstanding ancient healing modality that has proven benefits in the medical literature.  In a study published in Headache in March of 2015, acupuncture was shown to decrease migraine occurrence as well as any conventional drug therapy, with less side effects and no prescription necessary.

Acupuncture was also shown to reduce chronic back pain (recently published Jan 2019 in Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP) and significantly decrease pain and increase functionality in fibromyalgia patients (published Jan 2019 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.)

 

Want to try this at home?  Acupressure.

 

Several studies have shown that acupressure — holding pressure over pressure points — is equally effective to professional acupuncture with needles.  Pre-surgical patients ranked similar relief with acupressure as with acupuncture in alleviating pre-surgery anxiety, and psoriasis patients actually improved more with short term acupressure therapy over traditional acupuncture therapy.

At home it’s super easy to hold or massage acupressure points — many important acupressure points are found in the hand and the feet, on the external ear, the scalp, neck, back, wrist and more.  In fact, many of the benefits of traditional massage are thought to be from stimulation of acupressure points, along with increased circulation by mobilizing muscle and fascial tissue.  So even if you don’t know specific acupressure points, even a simple foot or hand massage can relax your whole body, from head to toe.

And for a no-brainer way to apply acupressure, there are lots of inexpensive tools like Aculief (for headache therapy,) acupressure wrist bands for nausea relief, acupressure foot massagers, acupressure clips to use on ears, hands and feet, even whole body acupressure mats.

 

 

 

  1. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: I’m not trying this one out… ever.  Sorry!

 

One of the most new exciting areas of research, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment that increases oxygen to the tissues of the body, theoretically improving tissue survival and recovery.  Classically used to treat resistant infections and non-healing wounds, fascinating newer research is showing that hyperbaric oxygen treatments can actually make a marked improvement in older brain injuries such as prolonged concussion syndrome.

Research published in the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews in July 2005 showed that brain injuries that were 1 to 5 years old significantly improved cognitive function, increased quality of life, and induced neuroplasticity after hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Even more recent research (published 2015 in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience) showed that brain injuries that were over 10 years old responded to hyperbaric oxygen therapy by increased cerebral blood flow and blood volume.  These changes increased perfusion of the brain and resulted in significant improvements in global cognitive scores, which is unheard of in decade old traumatic brain injuries.

More recently (published in Frontiers in Psychology in December 2018) researchers were able to measure significantly increased brain activity in the prefrontal cortex, orbital frontal cortex and subgenus areas of the brain on brain imaging studies.   Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are popping up all over in a more accessible, lower cost version called Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

However, I never plan to ever try this, because vascular malformations in the brain run in my family, and I just don’t want to have any external pressure applied to my cardiovascular system lest I encourage an unwanted bleed.  So my advice — only give hyperbaric oxygen therapy a try if you have been cleared by your own personal physician.

 

Want to try this at home?  Intentional Deep Breathing

 

Deep breathing is incredibly effective at boosting cognition, reducing blood pressure, calming heart rate, and improving heart rate variability, and it only takes 3 slow deep breaths to boost vagal tone and feel the immediate benefits.

Taking slow, measured breaths is one reason that mantra — repeating a word or short phrase — has been shown to treat PTSD and improve insomnia better than traditional talk therapy (published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2018.).

In fact, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine in Feb 2019, researchers found that study participants who practiced slow mindful breathing for 15 minutes nightly improved cardiac vagal activity and improved quality of sleep.  Not bad for a completely free, totally accessible healing modality that you can try right now.

 

Never let healing get dry, boring or mindless.

Interjecting something new to once in a while can stimulate your body to recover in all new ways.

As I mentioned above, even brain injuries that are over ten years old can show significant improvement by treatments that are considered alternative.

There is a first time for everything, so breathe new life into your health and healing by trying something you’ve never tried before!

xoxox, Laura

 

You Know All That Stress Ain’t Good For You… Here’s How To Fix It

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Today I want to give you a round-up of my 12 favorite ways to decrease stress.

 Because if you can can decrease your stress levels, you can protect your longevity.

 

 

1.  The easiest way to become stress-proof:  take probiotics.

 

I’ve blogged in the past about how probiotics are so powerful in stabilizing the mind that they are actually a treatment for depression.  In a new study, researchers show that taking probiotics for only one month reduces stress, decreases anxiety and even improves memory!

Researchers looked at the strain of Bifidobacterium longum and followed what effect this probiotic had when used as a “psychobiotic” — looking at mood, stress, and even cognitive performance.

Turns out, not only does the gut play an essential role in your ability to absorb and utilize nutrients… and not only does the gut play an enormous role in our immune function… and not only does the gut play a clearly defined role in mood… but it is now shown to play a role in cognition, memory, and the ability to retain healthy thought function under stress.

Research presented Oct 18, 2015 at the Society For Neuroscience annual meeting showed that after only one month, B. Longum statistically and significantly:

  • reduced the cumulative output of the stress hormone cortisol
  • decreased subjective reports of anxiety in response to acute stress
  • improved memory and improved EEG output

 

It’s exciting to focus on treating stress, anxiety, depression and memory disturbances through enhancing the gut biome, because this is a low cost, easily accessible all natural non-prescription, healthy and fabulous intervention that we can all be taking to become resilient to stress.

We can’t change the stress that life brings, but one thing we do have the power to modify is that we can support our gut microbiome better so that we can boost mood and support brain function.

Consider:

  • Adding probiotic containing foods such as fermented foods, kefir, komubcha and organic whole fat yogurt to your diet routinely (one study showed that eating yogurt completely resolved irritable bowel symptoms and gave patients full remission within 6 months)
  • Taking a high quality probiotic supplement that includes strains (such as b. longum and b. bifidum) that have been medically proven to affect brain function and support the gut/mind axis.
  • Other supplements to consider:

Magnesium: being mineral deficient can trigger anxiety symptoms… magnesium deficiency can cause shakiness, muscle tension and irregular heartbeat.  Your muscles (including your heart!) and your central nervous system absolutely need minerals to stabilize and function.  I highly recommend magnesium replacement if you tend to feel anxious,  stressed or have areas of muscle tension.  Nightly magnesium bath soaks, topical applications of magnesium lotion, or trace mineral drops in water throughout the day can do wonders to settle a hyper-irritable central nervous system and soothe a tension.

Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids offer a calming effect on the brain.  In fact, a medical study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity in November 2011 showed that taking Omega 3 fatty acid supplements dropped anxiety rates by 20%!  Eating fish several times a week or taking krill oil daily is an easy way to boost your intake of Omega 3s.

 

 

 

Find my very favorite probiotics, mineral drops, omega 3 formulas and more in my pharmacy grade, online dispensary right here!  That way, you can be sure that you are taking a medical grade product that WORKS.  Not paying for an empty promise with weak or ineffective probiotic strains, or probiotics that have lost efficacy because of the way they were manufactured and stored.

Find medical grade probiotics,  fish oils that are pure and tested, and minerals that are in the right dosages for optimum health right here.

 

 

 

 

2.  Reconnect with nature.

 

When you get stressed out, all you have to do is walk out your front door, step out of your office, or stop driving and step out of your car.

To reconnect with nature is to find an instant sense of spaciousness, a calm centered experience as you take a single deep breath.

Reconnecting with the wonder of being a human being standing on a rock that spirals through space and seeing the earth for the vast support network it iscan’t help but lift your spirits for the better.

The power of nature can hold even your worst of days and remain an immovable source of strength.

Don’t believe me?

The next time you are having a panic attack, or a pounding headache, or a knot of worry grow in your stomach, just go outside.  Get out there.  Don’t force anything, just start walking and let nature work its magic.

 

 

3. Focus on Spirit.

 

This is something shown over and over again in the medical literature — the power of prayer to affect clinical outcome is a beautiful fact.  Prayer (and meditation, if prayer does not appeal to you) both connect you to the bigger picture and remind you, you are not alone here.

 

 “Life is too short to be taken seriously.” — Oscar Wilde

 

It’s not all on your shoulders alone… and it’s not as serious as you think it is.  The surest way I know to alleviate stress and suffering is to find meaning in it.  Whether it’s through mediation, personal prayer, asking friends and family to pray for you, cultivating your own sense of spirit surrounding and supporting you — these are all such important ways to alleviate stress.

The divine support system is around you, surrounding you, whether you are able to feel it or not.  Calling on the power of prayer or connecting with that reservoir of love through meditation is an instant boost that strengthens you and changes outcome, no doubt about it.

Need some more inspiration?  Read Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl.

He is a concentration camp survivor who writes beautifully about how the people who survived these horrific conditions were not the strongest, or youngest, or even the healthiest… they were the ones who found meaning in what they were going through.

Finding a deeper, spiritual meaning in what you are going through — focusing on the why behind the stress season instead of the demand of stress itself — is in and of itself enough to sustain you.

Consider developing a meditation practice or a prayer practice to get into a daily habit of reframing your outlook around the things that are stressing you out today… and as protection against the things that will stress you out tomorrow.

Literally even just repeating one word over and over for a few minutes (known as mantra therapy) has been shown to be so powerful it treats PTSD as good as psychotherapy!  I review that medical study for you right here.

 

 

 

4. Music.

 

My kids will tell you that if I am really grumpy, all we have to do is hop in the car and turn on the radio and within a few songs, all of a sudden I don’t feel so hopeless.  In fact, I feel optimistic and grateful and filled with the same sense of wonder and possibility that I feel when I spend time in nature.

My son funnels all his energy into his piano whenever he feels stressed out… and the music pouring through our home is as healing a presence as any I could possibly create even with my 26+ years of medical experience as a physician.  Music is just. That. Good.

The power of music to wash through you and lift you is amazing.  In fact, as I blog about here, music has the ability to lift dementia — it is that uplifting!

If you are feeling stressed or depressed, especially if you can not leave your current surroundings (perhaps you are in the hospital or your office or your car…) slip on some music and allow it to sweep through your soul and lift you higher.

 

 

5. Consider changing jobs.

 

No, I’m not joking.  Stress on the job is such a real threat to your health that I think you should take it into account when figuring out your future.

Hop over here where I talk more about a medical study that shows that stress on the job can literally drive you crazy, and 4 ways to counterbalance it.

And if you can’t change jobs, take the time to invest in developing a good support system at your work.  There IS a support system around you, even if you don’t think you have a friend in the world… yes even at work.

If you are suffering and over-taxed, ask for help.  Ask your coworkers, your boss, the person you say hi to every day.  If you have none of the above, go out into the world asking for help to show up — go to the park, go to your bank, go to the grocery store, go to the thrift shop.

Angels are out there waiting to embrace and help you.

 

 

 

6. Decrease Your Background Noise

 

As I talk about in my blog post here, noise pollution is not just a bunch of loud noises causing long term hearing issues.  We are now aware that even 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.
Recent medical studies have found that:
  • 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.
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.  Hop over to my blog post here for 10 ways to decrease your background noise — there is even a free printable list you can print out — which will truly decrease your stress levels over all.

 

7.  Breathe.

 

Use the centering power of your breath to provide calming bio-feedback immediately to your body.

Did you know it only takes 3 deep breaths to measurably decrease anxiety?  That’s because deep breathing decreases your heart rate, decreases your blood pressure, stimulates digestion, lifts mood, and helps you relax more easily into sleep.

Deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve, which that runs through your chest and abdomen and helps to regulate many different organs, including the heart, lungs, and the gastrointestinal tract.  By stimulating the vagus nerve you support the parasympathetic nervous system into calming you down.

Try deep belly breathing (not shallow chest breathing) and slow your breathing to half the normal rate (from about 12 breaths per minute down to about 6.).

Thwarting stress can be as simple as breathing in while counting to 5, holding your breath for 3 counts, then releasing slowly while counting to 7.  Repeat!

Breathe your way through it and usher in the feeling of peace and calm with each breath.

Need some guidance on taking 3 deep breaths?  In this blog post, I give you my favorite 3 techniques for focusing on the breath… it’s truly one of my favorite ways to decrease stress and I passionately believe we all need to learn these techniques to navigate life more easily.

Click over here to watch a short video where I personally walk you through it, right as you watch it. 

 

8. Gratitude and compassion.

 

This is a no-brainer — one of the gifts of suffering through stressful times is that you can witness and hold other people’s suffering so much more fully.

Compassion and gratitude for the journey and knowing that others have made it through ordeals much even worse than your own can really help instill hope to your own journey.

As contrary as it sounds, topics that would have felt dark or depressing to the kids in their homeschool studies in earlier years felt powerful and empowering to them during our own times of stress.  For example, during a particularly hard year when we lost our home and had to relocate, we dove deeply into WWI and WWII studies, reading Anne Frank’s diary and having long, meaningful discussions about suffering and triumph… those felt incredibly moving and fortifying to us.

Knowing the darker side, leaning into it, persevering through it, witnessing with compassion what others have gone through… all of these things make traveling your own dark night feel less lonely.  It’s not just that suffering has meaning but it goes one step further to say that you are strong enough to bear it and your heart is big enough to hold it.

Focus on witnessing suffering in others around you and holding compassion for the entire yin and yang of it all, the darkness and light of the world… the richness here is a different twist on helping to find meaning in suffering and the gift here is being able to open your heart even wider then you thought possible before.

Keep your eye open for flyers and ads in local businesses and libraries, church bulletins and neighborhood drives, for ways that you can give of your time and energy in a way that uplifts you instead of adds to your to-do list.

Others have done the hard work for you of arranging ways to donate — sign up for something as little or big as you like!  There are tons of community outreach programs, from donating time or resources to a charity or foundation that you believe in is probably the easiest way to express gratitude and compassion during your own challenging times.

 

9. Sleep.

 

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation is even harder to bear during times of anxiety or stress.  So if you are going through a time of stress, it is more important than ever before in your entire life that you sleep well.

You MUST SLEEP in order to recover from the stress of the day and prepare for the next day ahead.  In fact, sleep is so powerful that it is totally possible to treat anxiety and stress solely through increasing the quality of your sleep.

In this blog post, I review a medical study for you that shows going to bed a little earlier can literally prolong your life.  And I share with you my 10 favorite ways to help you get to sleep.

The time is perfect for this idea, because you can use the fact that the days are getting shorter and night is getting longer to enter a time of restorative hibernation.  Your natural desire for earlier sleep onset in the winter can help you shift your routine from staying up late at night to grabbing an earlier bedtime.   Literally shifting your bedtime forward by just one hour — just one hour! — is enough to make a measurable improvement in how your body functions the very next day.

Again, here are the best 10 ideas on how to do it.

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

 

 

10. Body work.

 

The feeling of worry and stress and anxiety is often the stress of energy that is accumulating in the body without release.  I know I personally feel this as a ball of pressure right in my solar plexus, as well and incredibly painful tension in my shoulders and neck… but where stress shows up for you in your body is different for everyone.

Irritability, crying, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, tension, muscle stiffness, decreased or increased appetite, weight loss or gain, insomnia… often these all represent energy that just needs to be released to make room for the natural healing process and optimism and energy to return.

If you are feeling stuck and in need of physical release, do any or ALL of the following to help assist your body in letting go of stress — doctor’s orders:

 

 

11. Light Therapy.

 

The fact that the days get shorter in fall and winter, yet life does not slow down at all during winter holidays and certainly work hours are never shorter… is very very stressful.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real and natural consequence of getting less light.  Less light means less mood boosting serotonin in our brains.  Which can equal anxiety, depression, even trouble sleeping for many of us.

But the flip side of that, though, can give us a very simple, very effective treatment:  light therapy!

Light therapy has been clinically proven to boost mood, reduce anxiety, deepen sleep and more.

Published August 2015 in Biological Psychiatry, researchers found that after only 30 minutes of daily light therapy in the mornings, fear and anxiety levels were significantly reduced and stimuli that used to trigger panic did not trigger an anxiety response in the way that it did before the light therapy.

You can use a lightbox to boost morning light exposure, or simply make a habit of going out every morning immediately after waking up and grabbing 30 minutes of daylight.  I personally do both — I go outside daily but I also use a lightbox for about 30 minutes every single day.

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

 

 

 

12.  Repair your adrenals.

 

If you have been through any kind of stressful situation or big life transition or change (even fun, positive ones like marriage, a new job, a new baby!) chances are your adrenals could use some TLC.

 

In this healing online class I’m going to share with you exactly what causes adrenal fatigue and all the absolutely critical ways to address it.

 

I run this class every fall because fall is the perfect time to finally go inwards and address your burn out.

 

If you start to take care of your adrenal rhythm now, in just a few short months from now you can be fully recovered from Adrenal Fatigue and emerge this spring feeling better than you have felt in many many years!  Ready to eat lighter, sleep in a healthier pattern, lose weight, and move your body more.

Did you know that you can actually be in adrenal fatigue from birth?  It’s true.

But did you also know it’s fully reversible, no matter how long you’ve been living on fumes?  That’s also true, and I will help you get there.

Grab one of the last spots in this class (as of writing this I have 4 goodie bags left!) because it starts in just a few weeks and I want to send your goodie bag out to you today!  This week is the very last week to sign up.

 

Let’s repair your adrenals together

(this short and sweet 5 day class starts next Monday, Nov 4th!)

 

 

 

I hope this list of 12 things you can do to release stress and support your health… even in the middle of great personal stress or anxiety… is helpful to you and a blessing of some ideas to consider.

To a stress free fall and winter, my friends!

xoxo, Laura