Releasing Chronic Pain to Find Relief… 6 Ways That Work

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After attending a medical conference about cutting edge treatments for pain and pain management breakthroughs, I was shocked to hear how very little we can actually do to help treat chronic pain. 

Even the most advanced pain medicine specialists in the country stated that we can only treat about 30% of chronic pain, and that if patients feel their pain has lessened by about 30%, even with the most advanced surgical options and strongest pain relief prescriptions that we have… that is considered a total success. 

We were told that we should tell our patients that the left over 70% of pain that we are not able to address is simply their “new normal.”

 

 

 

 

There are lots of reasons for this, some of it has to do with the way our brains are wired to change in response to chronic pain. 

For example, after about three months, the pain signal is no longer accurately telling us about the original damage or wound, the pain signal becomes a hypersensitive loop that has very little to do with the original site of pain. 

As a result, even when we 100% fix the original injury and there is nothing left to treat, the patient is still left with experiencing about 70% of pain they always have.  

 

 

 

Another issue with chronic pain that makes it very hard to treat is that pain nerves are hardwired into the emotional centers of our brain. 

So when you feel pain, you are going to have an emotional response… this is normal. 

Often, because pain is emotional, we are told that it is all in our heads, or that we are exaggerating it, or that our emotions are clouding our ability to judge the level of pain. 

It’s actually the other way around. 

The pain is real. 

The pain is triggering a real emotional response. 

The chronic pain you feel, whether it is from a back injury, a joint issue, a broken bone, fibromyalgia, chronic interstitial cystitis, you name it… it’s going to eventually cause mood changes, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more. 

You are hard wired for pain to effect your emotions, so it is totally normal to have anxiety and depression along with pain. 

Current studies show that about 70% of patients with chronic pain have anxiety, and about 80% have depression.  Anybody who lives with chronic pain knows that we need to address mood, sleep, energy, outlook and quality of life… along with direct pain treatment strategies… to fully treat pain.

 

 

But the thing that surprised me most at this conference wasn’t even about how to treat pain at all… it was how many holes that were left, huge glaring omissions that were never discussed in the treatment of pain. 

There absolutely are holistic ways to help treat the residual 70% of chronic pain that conventional medicine is still not addressing. 

And just because conventional medicine turns a blind eye to the 70% of pain left over in chronic conditions doesn’t mean that you can’t treat it yourself… because you can!

So in my hotel room right after the conference, I made this video for you going into more detail why acute pain turns into chronic pain and how you can help release it.

If you like watching videos, I hope this one is helpful to you!

And keep reading below the video, where I summarize 6 ways to address chronic pain and helpful links to get you started.

 

Why You Are Still In Chronic Pain & 5 Ways To Fix It (Laura Koniver, M.D. The Intuition Physician)

 

 

 

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

 


6 Ways To Release Chronic Pain:

 

So now, here are my top 6 ways to address chronic pain that your physician might be overlooking.  Let’s add these on top of your current pain management protocol to help change pain to relief!

 

 

 

 

1.  Grounding. 

 

Touching the earth directly helps to reduce pain, in many different ways.  First, it directly helps the original injury heal by decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the wounded area.  Second, it helps deepen restorative sleep which puts you in a healing zone.  And third, it has been proven to immediately help lift mood, and sustain a boost to mood over time. 

So grounding alone treats three major issues in chronic pain — inflammation, insomnia, and emotional changes. 

This makes grounding my #1 go-to therapy to add to your conventional medical treatment.

What do you have to do to get grounded?  Simply touching the earth outside — that’s it — through any part of your skin. 

 

Many people just slip off their shoes and stand barefoot outside, simply because it’s that easy! 

But you are actually grounded any time any part of your body directly touches any part of the earth outside, even if it’s just your fingertips brushing against a leaf on a tree rooted in the ground outside. 

If you follow my blog at all, you already know that grounding is the most powerful anti-inflammatory there is.

In my medical experience I’ve found that just a few minutes a day is long enough to create a noticeable difference in pain — so I wrote a book to help get you started.

If you want tons of uplifting ideas on how to get grounded each day, read The Earth Prescription as soon as possible, and allow it to transform your life!  

 


 

 

 

 

2.  Hydration.

 

Pain is actually a symptom of dehydration, often starting with a headache.  Low fluid status can lead to headaches and brain fog, as the fluid volume of the brain gets depleted from dehydration. 

I’ve literally had patients with a raging headache drink a glass of water and have the headache clear completely.  The next time you have a headache or any type of pain, make sure you drink a glass of water and then re-evaluate your pain levels before reaching for a pain reliever or medication. 

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

The state of your body’s hydration has a major impact on your body and mind… dehydration quickly leads to nausea, headache, increased pain, even mental confusion!  Right when you need clarity, during a stressful event, is when you want to feel your best and sharpen your ability to think clearly. 

We need water — the flow of water is the basis of life on this planet!

Drink filtered non-fluoridated water, and rehydrate your body to reperfuse your body and establish its natural flow of healing.

 


 

 

3.  Address Sleep. 

 

Optimizing sleep will actually help decrease pain. 

Sleep puts you in a healing mode and sleep issues (so common in chronic pain) actually prevent you from recovering like you should. 

So even if you have exhausted all pain treatment strategies with your physician and they feel that you can no longer improve your current level of chronic pain, you truly could go back in and have another meeting with your doctor to solely focus on sleep and getting a full night’s sleep every night.  Treating sleep independently from pain will double your treatment options! 

This one change alone will help pain resolve more fully.  Things you can do to optimize sleep even without a physician’s prescription include grounding (see above!) and supplements that encourage sleep like melatonin.

Hop over here to read an article I wrote for you outlining my 14 favorite ways to get sleep, naturally. 

 


 

 

4.   Decrease Triggers. 

 

If you decrease the amount of irritants your brain and nervous system have to contend with each day, you will decrease how often your pain is triggered, as well. 

Think of a cup — when it is full then it only takes one more drop of water to spill over.  If it is empty, you can pour quite a bit into it and it won’t spill. 

This is the same with your central nervous system — if your nerves are in constantly irritated, it might only take a minor trigger or light touch to fire off a pain impulse to your brain. 

But if you remove all the underlying irritations and inflammatory insults that we bombard our bodies with each day, you won’t have as many pain signals being triggered. 

So the less burden we place on our body each day will make a noticeable change in the amount of pain we feel. 

I recommend decreasing our body’s exposure to:

  • daily environmental insults (decreasing toxic chemicals in our body care products, oral care products, beauty products, laundry and household cleaning products)
  • triggers in the foods we eat (decreasing the amount of pesticides, sugars and artificial foods that our body has to contend with, as well as decreasing the amount of gluten our body has to process — did you know that gluten itself is inflammatory to our central nervous system?)
  • toxins in the water we drink (filtering out chlorine and fluoride, fluoride being a known neurotoxin)
  • decreasing exposures in the environment around us (not using toxic chemicals on our lawns and gardens, not using toxic pest control products, and decreasing the amount of chronic EMF exposures in our homes)

One huge  component of your chronic pain might be electrohypersensitivity.

If you can limit the quantity and strength of the EMF exposures you have by putting your cell phone on airplane mode whenever possible, using a landline when speaking on the phone, turning your router off at night when you are not using your computer, etc… this will go a long way to soothing your nervous system and giving it a break from the constant onslaught and irritation of chronic radiation exposures. 

For more tips on how to tell if you are experiencing pain from being electrohypersensitive, hop over to this article I wrote for you here.

 


 

 

5.  Pain relieving supplements.

 

There are tons of wonderful all natural supplements that have been clinically proven to help decrease pain. 

These natural supplements can help decrease the hypersensitivity and pain feedback loops that are harder to treat and create the extra 70% experience of pain that most drugs can’t touch. 

My favorite ones are:

  • Turmeric (a powerful anti-inflammatory)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (which help calms down the hypersensitivity in pain — this incredible study in 2006 found that Omega 3 Fatty acids worked every bit as well as NSAIDS and are a safer alternative in managing chronic back and neck pain!)
  • Magnesium (which is essential for proper nerve function and is also a natural muscle relaxant as well, so if there is any component of pain that is myofascial or from muscle pain/tension pulling on or pinching nerves, this helps reduce this.)  And because magnesium helps relax muscles, it can also help you relax into sleep at night, so this is another treatment modality (like grounding) that helps in three different, complimentary ways!  For that reason, I love love love this topical magnesium lotion, which allows you to apply relaxing magnesium right where your sore tense muscles need it the most, and massage it in.  I use it every single night on my shoulders and neck muscles, to prevent tension headaches.  Or consider slipping into a warm bath filled with Epsom salts, which are a natural magnesium salt, nightly.
  • L-theanine and 5-HTP, which are supplements that treat the emotional centers of the brain (decreasing anxiety and depression from chronic pain) which can be instrumental in treating pain that has not responded fully to conventional treatments.
  • Vitamin D has recently been shown to be very effective for treating tough to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy after literally just one single dose (in medical studies Vit D has been shown to increase Nerve Growth Factor, induce nerve regeneration and reduce demylenization — and all three pathways may be in play to account for the reduction of pain!) So getting your Vit D levels checked and supplementing with Vit D is another simple way to help treat pain that is typically overlooked in conventional medicine.

 

 

All of these supplements are waiting for you in my online dispensary right here, where you can order the exact same supplements that I order for my own patients (as well as recommend to my family and friends) to help them feel their best.

 


 

 

6. Releasing emotional pain.

 

Because pain and emotions are intrinsically hard wired together, finding support and relief for any emotional burdens will help lessen pain burden as well.   On top of traditional therapy, there are some simple techniques you can use to stay in the flow and allow the body to do what it does best — release and naturally re-align with healing. 

I live in a state of constant stress and uncertainty just like everyone else, so I know this is harder than it sounds.

But if you routinely attend to your emotional wellness, you can get into a state of allowing the emotions to flow instead of holding on to them. 

Here are some simple techniques to get more release, less stuck:

 

A. Releasing deep sorrow and grief:

 

Sadness needs to physically flow through the body in order to release.  You must *feel* the sorrow instead of resisting it.  Instead of shutting it down, get into the state of allowing the flow of sorrow using this one simple trick:  water.

Water is the ultimate medium of flow on earth, and comprises the majority of our body.  In fact, water is the body’s natural choice of release for sorrow as well, in the form of tears.  Tears often help facilitate the flow of grief through the body and allows it to release more easily.

  1. So the first tip is: allow the tears.  Let the water of your tears release your sorrow and lift it from your body.  Triggering tears through powerful moving music or films or books can be a welcome way to release stuck feelings of grief.
  2. Can’t cry?  You can still use the power of water to help facilitate the release of your sorrow, worry or grief by using a hot water bottle full of warm water, holding it on your body where you are physically feeling the sorrow (chest, abdomen, neck, back…). To combine two therapies in one, you can actually combine grounding and heat/cold therapy together with an Organic Grounding Hot Water Bottle.  Or, take a long hot bath in some beautiful warm water and epsom salts.  Envision the water carrying your sorrow down the drain as you end your bath feeling lighter.
  3. Go for a swim or float in a natural body of water.  Allow a larger body of water, like a lake, river or the ocean, to hold you up and give you the weightless feeling of being surrounded and supported by something bigger than yourself.   There is a reason that doctor’s routinely gave out prescriptions for spending time by the sea when they had no idea what else to do to help an ailment in the old days.  That’s because the earth has healing energy to give you, and if you add moisture to that you increase your own conductivity and healing accelerates.  If you do not have a natural body of water near you, look for a float therapy center near you, which offers a float tank full of magnesium salts to lift your body up and cradle it.  I love float therapy, and if you don’t know what that is, hop over to this blog post I wrote for you to take a look inside my own float therapy center!  
  4. Use steam/humidifiers to help hydrate the air, clearing out the old mental fog and allowing space for the new.  Even mild dehydration affects your mood, increasing feelings of depression, brain fog, fatigue and more.  Read my article here for a great overview on how dehydration affects your body from head to toe.  For example, one medical study (published December of 2011 in The Journal of Nutrition) showed that study participants reported changes in mood, decreased energy levels, decreased motivation and brain fog even when mildly dehydrated.  Did you know you lose over two cups (or a half liter) of water just from breathing each day? Make sure you are not being dried out from your environment by humidifying the air.  And be sure to drink plenty of water during times of worry or sorrow.  Let your body be flushed out inside and out and with every urination or bowel movement recognize you are flushing the old energy down the drain and making way for new healing.  But don’t rely on thirst to remind you to drink!  Dehydration begins when we are just 1% volume depleted, but thirst doesn’t set in until our body is about 2% volume depleted.  By then we have already had effects on our mood, energy level, ability to think clearly, and pain levels. Instead of waiting for thirst or darkened urine to remind us to drink, prevent dehydration in the first place by drinking water routinely throughout the day and hydrating your air.
  5. Sweat it out!  The other way that the body uses water as a form of energetic and physical release is through sweat.  Heat uses the energy and flow of water (the blood in your circulatory system) by increasing flushing — fluid in, sweat out.  Exercise is an essential, wonderful, medically proven treatment plan for so many different health conditions, shown to be effective in treating everything from insomnia, to depression and anxiety to fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions… even preventing dementia and extending our lifespan!  Make sure you find some physical activity that you can routinely do that allows you to sweat… whether you like hiking, yoga, kickboxing, jogging, or even, in a pinch a more passive form of sweating like a sauna — find a way to embrace sweating and be sure to replace that fluid flow with tons of fresh filtered water both before, during, and after sweating.

 

 

B. Releasing fatigue and depressed mood:

 

The feeling of heavy fatigue or draining depression means your body needs a break… and it needs it NOW.  Not later.  Fatigue and depression show up to alert us that we are in a time of healing/repair and not in a time of action.

Often we need a little extra time to nurture and rest before periods of growth and forward movement.

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

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

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

Help it by:

  1. Low key exercise. Respect your body’s need to slow down. Now is not the time for strenuous exercise… honor caring for your body in gentle ways such as yoga, stretching, long slow walks through nature… unlike the more active states of emotional processing, in depression and fatigue you do not need to push it.  Keep your body moving but in gentle ways that include walking and stretching, and release the guilt over not pushing through strenuous exercises at this time.
  2. Reach out.  You don’t need to do it all alone. Ask for help. Call a friend.  Lean on family to help with some of the burdens you are seeking relief from.   Have a deeper conversation with a coworker you trust instead of the perfunctory “hi” each day.  At the very least, reach out to your health care provider and speak up for the support you need right now.  Let them help you, it’s their job and they want to.
  3. Take a nap. Just allow your body to do its thing and rest more than normal… deep growth is almost always preceded by a slump, so allow your body the down time it needs and don’t put any expectations on the process.
  4. Passive body work. Your body needs to get into receiving mode and not giving mode. Your giving mode is burnt out. What I’ve noticed is that most people who struggle with depression are the givers who are giving to everybody but themselves. You deserve to give your body the message that there is a time to stop and receive. Get a massage, acupuncture, reiki, physical therapy, any therapy where you are a totally passive recipient.  Let others actively help move that energy through your body and help you on your way to release it.
  5. Deeper sleep at night.  Sleep is absolutely non-negotiable… to be healthy we all need deep restorative sleep.  A medical study  (presented at the American Academy of Neurology 2017 Annual Meeting on April 27, 2017) showed that just by adding one hour of sleep to your nightly routine you can significantly decrease symptoms of depression, and another medical study (published April 11, 2018 in Chronobiology International) found that folks who go to sleep earlier actually have a longer life expectancy.  Bottom line: let yourself sleep more to help lift depressed mood and allow your whole body to feel better.

 

 

C. Releasing frustration and anxiety:

 

These emotions are a very active energy state, where you have lots of tension building up inside.  So with this energetic state it’s helpful to increase your activity to restore the flow, in contrast to the more passive surrender state required by sadness, grief, depression and fatigue.

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

  1. Meditation.  This is a very active and aware state that puts you in the perfect open-but-alert mind-frame necessary for relief.  And deep breathing allows your parasympathetic nervous system to decrease your pounding heart rate, decrease your stressed out high blood pressure, improve your mood, and more.  Focus on taking 5 slow deep breaths in and out and choose a mantra for the in breathe and the out breath. If you can do 10 breaths, do 10. Work up to 20, 30, 50 breaths of focused openness.    If you want to breathe along with me, I created a quick breath work video for you right here.
  2. Mantra.  If meditation is too hard to do, you can get similar benefits just from repeating a meaningful word or phrase (known as mantra therapy.). Recent research (published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on June 20, 2018) showed that repeating a mantra significantly helped alleviate the deep stuck emotions in PTSD — in fact, it was as effectively as psychotherapy!  That means, that even if you have resistance to focusing on a traumatic event that is giving you anxiety, you can have every bit as meaningful recovery when you focus on a mantra instead. In addition, equally exciting, is that the improvements from mantra therapy were better sustained for months after the therapy ended, with more patients being PTSD free after mantra therapy than traditional talk therapy.
  3. Exercise.  Moving the body and quieting the mind is the goal of many healing practices such as yoga, tai chi, qigong. If your energy feels more intense and will not allow you to settle down enough to do those types of exercise, honor your body’s need for active processing by something a bit more intense like Pilates, karate, kick boxing, biking, hiking, running, jogging.
  4. Give to others. Unlike depression and fatigue, the gift of anxiety is the gift of having energy to give and express… and one of the best way to off-gas this is to give to others in need.  Volunteer at a cause that is meaningful to you, start a year of gratitude (doing one act of thankfulness to loved ones or strangers each week and record it in a gratitude journal) or just go out into the world each day asking that you be shown a way you can be of service.  The point here is not to add any more stress into your life — it’s just a very simple technique to get rid of extra energy and tension in a more meaningful way.  Consider doing just a simple thing that doesn’t require a lot of preparation or any long term commitment, but will allow you to actively process and off gas your extra energy.  For example, take an after dinner walk and pick up litter for an hour each evening, or head to your local SPCA and take some of the dogs on a walk each weekend.  Speaking of pets…
  5. Care for a pet. Caring for a pet is the perfect way to allow your energy to flow in a loving and active, yet low stress way. Simply walking your dog every day, spending 30 minutes petting your cat while she purrs on your chest, whistle to a pet bird to teach him your favorite TV show theme song… study after study has shown that pets improve our health simply by being in our lives.  During times of anxiety and frustration, loving on a pet a little extra each day gives a heart-centered but simple way to connect to our emotions and allow excess energy to flow out.

 


 

I hope these 6 ideas on ways to address residual pain in chronic pain — the pain conventional medicine admits it can’t treat — gives you some inspiration on alternative and complimentary ways to relieve your pain on a deep and permanent level.

Treating the whole body,  understanding how chronic pain differs from acute pain, addressing the sleep and mood changes that accompany chronic pain, taking powerful supplements and grounding daily to release inflammation, decreasing triggers that might be inciting pain throughout your day…

…all of these things can be done simultaneously along with any conventional medical treatments for pain, restoring you to wellness.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

Medical Decisions Can Be Overwhelming, Here’s An Easy Tool To Help (+ free printable)

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I just finished up with a two day medical conference called Transforming The Future Of Medicine.  There were lots of great topics presented, but one of my favorites was a simple decision making tool that I wanted to share with you here.

Although this was presented as a great way to help guide patients in making difficult health decisions, it could really work for any decision you are facing that feels overwhelming.  And let’s face it, there are so many huge, daily changes in the world that require huge, important decisions to be made, and lots of overwhelm to be had, day in and day out.

So today, hopefully, I can help make one of the tough choices you are facing a little more approachable.

I created a free printable worksheet for you to help walk you through it.  Simply print it out and then click the 9 minute video below and I will personally talk you through filling it out.

Clarity, ease, a sense of relief, a meaningful choice that actually excites — instead terrifies — you into moving forward…  that is my goal in sharing this with you today.

 

 

If you love it, feel free to save this worksheet as a file on your computer to use whenever you like, forever more.   Print out as many copies as you want, whenever you want.  Or bookmark this blog post and I’ll keep this link active on my website indefinitely.

If you don’t want to print it out, it’s a very easy acronym that you can easily remember and think of any time, any where, and it can help you make basically any decision on earth:

 

The acronym is BRAIN:

B = Benefits (what are the benefits?)

R = Risks (what are the risks?)

A = Alternatives (what are the alternatives?)

I = Intuition (what does your intuition say?)

N = Nothing (what if you do nothing?)

 

Let me explain it to you in the video below — just hearing it one time will allow you to always have it in your mental toolkit to use whenever you need it.   I guarantee if you run through this exercise just one time with me today, you will remember it forever.  In the future, you’ll be able run through the acronym in just seconds, without ever writing a single thing down.

And of course, share it with any loved ones who are making difficult decisions too — we could all use a little more support these days.

Created for you, with love, from me.

xoxox, Laura

 

 

 

Click the image below to watch the video on my YouTube channel:

 

 

Trying It Out For You: My Acupuncture Review

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a video for you in my “trying it out for you” series, so today is the day!

Just before the pandemic rocked our world, my friend Stacey and I decided to give Acupuncture a test run.  

I hope this video and medical literature review helps someone who has considered acupuncture (and is on the fence about going) decide whether this holistic healing modality might be right for them!

In this quick 6 min video, I take you (ever so briefly because I couldn’t really do much filming with all the needles in my arm!) into my community based acupuncture clinic and give you my honest feedback.

When I came back from that session, I scoured the medical literature to find out what the medical studies have to say about the long term efficacy of acupuncture for different medical issues.

After watching the video, hop down to the medical literature review I have waiting for you below:

 

 



 

Conditions Acupuncture Works Best For:

(with links to the medical studies in case you want to read them yourself!)

 

 

 

 

1. Chronic Pain:

 

The meta-analysis, published in The Journal Of Pain in May of 2018, studied over 20,000 patients in over 39 different trials that were double blinded, to see what chronic pain conditions acupuncture was best for (if any.)

Not to my surprise at all, considering the success I’ve had with acupuncture decreasing my own stress, tension and headache severity, this study found that acupuncture significantly reduced pain for long periods of time and was an effective treatment of chronic musculoskeletal, headache, and osteoarthritis pain.

 

 

 

 

2.  Neck Pain (Both Acute & Chronic):

 

A meta-analysis, published in the Cochrane Library Review in November of 2016, looked at neck pain from all causes, including whiplash, arthritis and mechanical neck pain, and found that acupuncture significantly decreased pain (over sham acupuncture) and found that disability from neck pain was reduced.

 

 

 

 

3. Opioid Use:

 

This unique study, recently published in Medical Acupuncture in February of 2020, found that veterans who utilized opioids were in less pain immediately following ear acupuncture…

…although it’s important to note that the reduction in pain was short term, immediately following the treatment, and did not result in long term reductions in pain.

The ear acupuncture did not result in a decrease use of opioids from baseline, but it did result in the acupuncture recipients not increasing their average dose as much as the non-acupuncture recipients did.  In other words, acupuncture patients required less opioids than non-acupuncture patients did, but did not reduce baseline dosage.

 

 

 

4. Post Surgical Pain:

 

This study, published in Medical Acupuncture in August of 2019, found a similar result as the opiod study above — that is, while participants who received acupuncture after shoulder surgery reported significantly less pain, there ultimately was no difference in the dose of pain medications required post-surgically.

This study, published in HNO in January of 2017, looked at pain levels in patients after tonsillectomy surgery and found a significant pain decrease after a single treatment of acupuncture, lasting on average for 3 hours post treatment.

As an aside, I would say I felt a noticeable improvement in my neck and shoulder pain (as I mention in the video) after acupuncture that agrees with this timeline — I enjoyed about 3 hours of relief before I noticed tension pain beginning to accumulate again.

 

 

 
 

 

5. Migraine:

 

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.

 

 

 

 

6. Fibromyalgia:

 

Acupuncture was shown to significantly decrease pain and increase functionality in fibromyalgia patients (published Jan 2019 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.)

 

 

 

 

7. Chronic Pelvic Pain:

 

Medical studies (like this one, published in the Journal of Urology in October of 2018) found that acupuncture significantly reduces pain in chronic pelvic pain for both men (from prostititis) and women (published in Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine in September of 2018.)

 

 

 


8. Cancer:

 

This study (published in the Asian Pacific Journal Of Cancer Prevention in 2014) found that acupuncture significantly reduced side effects from cancer treatment, decreasing pain, anxiety, nausea, vomitting and insomnia during chemotherapy.

And this study (published in the JAMA Oncology in Dec 2019) found that both acupuncture and acupressure were associated with significantly reduced pain and decreased pain medication use in cancer patients.

 

 

 

9. Coma:

 

This incredibly interesting study, just published in Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine in February of 2020, looked at acupuncture therapy, vs sham acupuncture, vs no acupuncture at all in unconscious coma patients after traumatic brain injury.

To me this is the best study showing that the positive results of acupuncture can not possibly be placebo.

Researchers found that the Glascow Coma Score, The Glascow Outcome Score, and the wake promoting rates were all improved in the acupuncture group and that coma states were lessened, but larger and more rigorous studies are needed before routinely recommending acupuncture as part of coma treatment world wide.

 

 

 

10. Dementia:

 

This study, published in the Western Journal of Nursing Studies in December of 2019, found that acupuncture and acupressure significantly reduced agitation, anxiety, depression and insomnia in dementia patients, as well as significantly improved activities of daily living.

 

 

 

11. Anxiety:

 

This review of the medical literature (published in Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice in May 2018) on anxiety found 13 studies that were rigorous enough in the use of acupuncture in anxiety disorders to suggest that there are significant and measurable reductions in anxiety with acupuncture therapy, as well as less side effects than medications that treat anxiety.

 

 

 

 

I’m excited because there are ongoing studies happening right this very minute, looking at very interesting outcomes in acupuncture therapy to treat things like:

…and many more very unique applications of acupuncture in medicine.

I plan to go back to my own community based clinic, so I will absolutely keep you posted on the results of these interesting medical studies that are being run right now, as well as any new ones that come up in the near future!

 

 

 

 

Want to try this at home? Consider 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.

 

 

 

 

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. You may be able to breathe new life into your health and healing by trying something you’ve never tried before!

 

For more ideas, hop over here to see my video reviews on:

 

To your innate and resilient health!

xoxox, Laura

 

Knowing What Won’t Ground You Outside Is As Important As Knowing What Will

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I recently got this fabulous question from a reader:

 

“I was wondering if you can effectively ground through cement?  I was under the impression that you needed to be on grass, dirt or sand.  I live in Las Vegas, lots of concrete with very dry dirt and stone.” – G. D.

 

I love this question because it’s super important to know not just what will ground you when you head outside… but what actually might be preventing you from being grounded at all.

Sadly, you can spend your entire day outside — eating outside, playing games outside, practicing outdoor sports, hiking outside, even camping outside all night long and never ever actually be grounded for one single second.

 

 

 

I hear this all the time from nature enthusiasts and hikers and back packers and campers, who believe that just because they spend lots of time soaking up the sunshine and fresh air of the great outdoors, that they are avid grounding folks too.

But that just isn’t necessarily true.

So today, I’m going to show you what surfaces will block you from reaping all of the benefits your body craves  — and it really does crave spending time connected to the earth:

 

 

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

 

 

I’ve been meaning to make that video to show you what surfaces WON’T ground you, ever since I made this video a few months ago showing you what surfaces outside WILL ground you!

 

 

(Newsletter readers can click here to watch my video on 15 Ways To Ground Besides Grass on YouTube)

 

 

 

If you have any other questions about grounding, hop over here to read my recent article on the Top 20 Most Common Grounding Questions I Get.

In it, I give you quick and easy answers for all of the toughest grounding questions I am routinely asked.

And below I’ve made some quick easy visuals of a few of the outdoor surfaces that will and won’t ground you.  Feel free to share these images!

But if you are like me and want to see it for yourself, I show you what will and won’t ground you using a ground test meter in the two videos above.  In those videos, I demonstrate all of these surfaces plus many many more!

 

 

 

Ready to get outside and feel it for yourself?  

I’ve got you.

 

I truly believe that the practice of grounding — one person at a time, on minute at a time — can help save the entire planet and put it on a different trajectory than the doom-and-gloom path it’s been on.

I don’t feel it’s an exaggeration to say that introducing grounding to your friends and family is the first step to getting them to open up to holistic healing… actually often it’s enough to get them open up their minds about anything, point blank.

Understanding that environmental activism goes hand in hand with embracing social and economic activism too, which means that showing someone how to get empowered in their own personal healing journey can be the first step to taking back their own power in many many different aspects of life.

So I wrote this book to tell you how, to give you hope, and to help you feel interconnected to this world we live in and all the people on it.

 

The book is called The Earth Prescription  and it’s waiting for you right here, right now:

 

Order On Amazon (if you must)

Order On Barnes & Noble (if need be)

Order On Indiebound (preferred)

or better yet, order Signed Copies On My Website Here!

 

To your natural, innate, resilient health… a health that you can boost any time, almost any where… just by getting grounded.

xoxoxo, Laura

How Grounding Releases Trauma From Your Body To Protect Your Long Term Health

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Everyone is under a prolonged state of stress right now, and as we know, living with stress has serious long term implications on our health.

But it doesn’t have to.

It’s natural for our bodies to go through times of trauma and stress and then rebound to full health.

There are lots of things you can do to mitigate stress and trauma and prevent them from leaving lasting imprints on your body that ultimately deteriorates your health.

 

 

 

 

Which is important, because if we don’t release the traumas we experience, our cells, organs, tissues and physical body as a whole literally changes.

This is the study of epigenetics — and I’ve seen it play out in clinical medicine over and over again:  trauma governs what genes are turned on and turned off, how genes are expressed and used, and literally changes the way the human body functions.

 

It’s not in your head —

your body is literally physically different after prolonged stress and trauma.

 

I’m so aware of how acute and prolonged stress affects our health that I’ve written many previous articles on this for you, such as:

 

Today I’m specifically talking about one of the easiest ways to mitigate trauma and stress as it occurs, and that is through grounding.

Watch this quick 8 min video below to see exactly why grounding is in a unique position to erase stress from your physical tissues, and why I feel that grounding is an absolutely mandatory part of a trauma healing plan:

 

 

 

(Newsletter readers can click here to watch this video on YouTube)

 

In a nutshell:

Acute stress causes a physical reaction:

  • muscles become tense
  • heart rate is elevated and circulation is constricted
  • digestion shuts down and mouth gets dry
  • adrenaline & cortisol surge
  • sleep is disrupted

 

Long term this leads to:

  • pain from muscle tension: chronic tension headaches, tooth grinding & TMJ, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • heart disease, increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • inflammatory disorders of the gut, malabsorption, heartburn, reflux, irritable bowel, increased risk of autoimmune disorders
  • adrenal fatigue, circadian rhythm disturbance, sex hormone imbalance
  • insomnia, memory problems, structural brain changes

 

Grounding directly addresses these issues immediately, providing:

  • a near instantaneous decrease in muscle tension
  • improved heart rate variability (HRV) and enhanced circulation
  • boosted digestion and vagal tone, decreased inflammation
  • normalized cortisol levels
  • and deeper, more restorative sleep

 

 

 

There are several other key things you can do to release stress and trauma before it triggers PTSD and other traumatic sequela in the body — and I go into each one in depth in my Trauma Resiliency & Recovery online class that starts next week.

If you want to protect your current health from the ill effects of living through the largest pandemic in recent history, you want to be a part of this class.

If the current stress we are under now is triggering old wounds, old scars, bringing up PTSD or other trauma symptoms from past events you have survived… you want to be a part of this class.

 

 

 

 

I am here to help you safeguard your long term health as well and provide immediate and direct support right now.

Let’s do this — join me here.

 

Trauma Recovery & Resiliency Online Class

 

Please reserve your spot today — class starts on Monday July 20th so this is the last week to sign up!

xoxoxo, Laura

Your 20 Toughest Grounding Questions, Answered.

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Here are the answers to all of the grounding questions I am asked most frequently!

Have you ever wondered any of these questions yourself?

 

 

 

1:  I don’t like being barefoot.   How can I get grounded?

 

You absolutely do not need to get grounded through your feet, this is a total myth. 

Your entire body is conductive, every single cell of your body is conductive.  That means that any body part can ground your entire body immediately.   The moment one cell on any part of your skin touches the earth, you are grounded from head to toe.

Resting your face against a tree, running your hands through a garden bed, sitting with bare legs touching the sidewalk, touching a flower, dipping toes into a pond, resting on a rock, holding hands with someone else who is grounded… all of these ways and many more are equally effective as standing outside barefoot.

Whatever is the easiest way for you to get grounded, whether it is through your feet, hands, face, legs, arms, neck, back, etc.. is the best way, because whatever way makes grounding most accessible to you is the one you are most likely to do!  Read on for more ideas on unique ways, beyond just going barefoot, to get grounded daily.

 

 

 

2:  I live in a city and have no access to a lawn or green space.  Can I still get grounded?

 

Oh my YES.  Every inch of any sidewalk that is poured directly on the earth is grounded and waiting for your touch. 

So are cement parking lot and road curbs, cement stairs and all other concrete paths and walkways that lay on the earth… all outline a beautiful healing grounded journey for you to step onto any time.

So are bricks, pavers, any unpainted metal (like the metal post that street signs and crosswalk signs are posted on — just touch it with your fingertip and you are grounded while standing there waiting to cross the road!).

Parking garages, building basements, sidewalks, brick walls, gates, metal fences, metal posts and more are all waiting to ground you.

One thing to note is that while asphalt is made from cement and crushed rock (both conductive) it is held together with bitumen, a petroleum by-product which helps weatherproof the road, extending longevity… but sadly it is not conductive  and because it coats the rock and cement, it will block you from grounding. 

Stick with concrete sidewalks, brick, cement and metal for grounding… not asphalt roads.  Want more ideas on what can ground you outside, whether you are in an urban or rural setting?

In this video I demonstrate 15 other surfaces — besides grass — that you can get grounded each day.  You are very likely pass by grounding surfaces every single day of your life and never knew it!

 

 

 

 

3:  I’ve heard I need to ground for at least 30 minutes, but I don’t have that long.

 

 

Grounding is as instantaneous as flipping on a light switch.  When you turn on a light, the entire room is illuminated — that’s what happens when one cell in your body becomes grounded: your entire body is grounded.

While there are cumulative benefits over time to grounding, because your body is instantly grounded at first contact, there is really no time too little (or too long) for grounding. 

I never want you to miss an opportunity to be grounded just because it’s might only be for 30 seconds while you stop at a street crossing, or lean against a tree while you take a break on a hike, or pull a weed from your garden.

Within seconds your skin surface conductance has changes throughout your entire body and your muscle tension has decreased.  As seconds turn to minutes, your brain and vagal tone have gotten a calming boost from grounding, and you might notice pain decreases and mood lifts.  Over time, as minutes turn to hours, your metabolic processes get a boost and your circulation (which supports every single organ system in your body) is running more smoothly.  Grounding day after day means nighttime sleep is more restorative, stress hormones normalize, inflammation decreases, and health benefits begin to accumulate, often resulting in noticeable health benefits on a large scale.

So while benefits accumulate with grounding over longer periods of time, even one second is long enough for your tension headache to ease and your mood to lift.

 

 

 

4.  I see people verify they are grounded by measuring AC current.  Why?

 

Unfortunately this is a a trick that most grounding companies does not want you to know:  AC current is manmade and does not test grounding.  Seeing a change in AC current just tells you if you are allowing an AC current to travel into your body or not.  Natural currents are all DC currents… DC current is a natural grounded energy, and AC current is a man-made voltage.

When grounding sales people try to show a drop in AC current to convince you that you are grounded, all they are really showing you is that a manmade current is reaching your body and running into your human tissues.  Sadly there is no such thing as a Faraday Cage around you, the AC current drops because it is disappearing into your body.   It is actually your own body that is absorbing the AC current, and it does not mean you are grounded at all.

Listen to this interview I give to find out why this is harmful and why you do not want AC current running through you.  And remember when you see people using a multimeter to measure AC current, it’s a trick — they are not talking about grounding at all.  Grounding is a natural flow between the earth and our bodies which is a DC current.

 

5.  Is there anything I can do to enhance grounding?

 

Yes!  There are several things you can do to make your body even more conductive and ready to ground:

  • stay well hydrated
  • correct any mineral deficiencies
  • remove dead skin from your body
  • and have well moisturized skin. 

In the human body, conductivity requires two things: water and electrolytes.  This creates an electrolytic solution that can pass the flow of an electric potential from cell to cell to cell, spreading instantly throughout your entire body.  If you are dehydrated or mineral depleted, you decrease your body’s conductivity. 

So drink a big glass of water before and after all grounding sessions, and make sure you are eating mineral rich foods (like nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, chlorella, spirulina, kvelpand other sea vegetables, bone broth, darkly leafy greens, avocado, wild caught fish, fermented foods, free range eggs, grass fed beef, grass fed cheese and grass fed butter) and/or taking a trace mineral supplement that will supply plenty of magnesium and calcium and potassium to your cells. 

Dry brush your body to encourage removal of dead skin cells, and treat yourself to routine pedicures to remove callouses on feet.  Thick layers of dead skin will block grounding, similar to a thick layer of bark on a tree — you want to remove dead skin so that your fresh hydrated skin is easily accessible by the earth’s energy.   

Lastly, moisturize that fresh soft glowing skin with a moisturizer, my favorite is this ground enhancing, trace mineral rich lotion.  Get into a habit of rubbing oil or lotion over your body daily, particularly after every bath or shower, to be sure that your body is hydrated inside and out and primed for grounding.

 

 

 

 

6.  Is it okay to ground if the lawn is treated with chemicals?

 

Although you will still be grounded outside even when pesticides have just been sprayed, I don’t recommend it.  Pesticides have been linked with many harmful long term effects on our body from dementia to autism and even cancers such as lymphoma. 

Do not to use home, garden and yard care products that include pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers, and if you use a public space that has been treated with chemicals that you can’t do anything about, the best idea is to ground immediately after a nice ground-soaking rain, or wait at least 48 hours after any chemical application.

 

 

 

 

7.  How do I prevent sun damage when grounding outside?

 

There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself from too much sun exposure, so don’t let fear of sun damage keep you indoors.  Hop over here to read my blog post on protecting your skin from burning and photo aging, naturally.

 

 

 

 

8.  How can I keep bugs from biting me while grounding outside?

 

You can keep bugs away from you naturally with the use of cedar oil.  Cedar oil can be sprayed directly on skin, on pets, around doorways and porches and windows and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate — safe to use directly on the skin — when sprayed on exposed skin it helps deter them from landing on you at all.   

I use this so often that my daughter tells me that this cedar oil spray is — and I quote her here:  “the smell of my childhood.”  She says that every time I spray it and she catches the scent.  I just love that!

 

 

9.  But what about ticks?

 

Cedar oil will also deter ticks, so use this liberally on all exposed areas of skin to deter tick bites. 

In addition, there are lots of other ways to dramatically decrease your risk of a tick bite, including:

  • keeping your yard and outdoor living space trimmed
  • removing piles of leaves and other debris
  • adding a few free roaming chickens to your yard space (chickens eat ticks and constantly scavenge for ticks and other pests that are harmful to humans)
  • installing a fence or keeping pets confined only to yard areas that are mowed short
  • daily brushing pets and keeping pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture during tick season (late spring, all summer & early fall.)

How else can you deter ticks and what should you do if you find a tick on you?  Hop over here to read my blog post on treating tick bites holistically.

 

 

 

 

10.  How can I introduce grounding to my children?

 

Incorporating grounding routines into childhood is truly one of the very best things you can do to instill in your child a lifetime of Well Being and infuse in them a healthy lifestyle that includes plentiful connection with the earth.  

Childhood is a dangerous time of disconnection in this modern electronic age when smart screens, computers and television shows vie for their attention. 

It’s super important to instill in them the habit of intentionally touching the earth every single day.  Your job as a parent is to be very clear that it’s okay to get dirty and that in fact we actually want to get dirty enough each day to warrant taking a bath or shower that night. 

I am so passionate about this that I wrote and illustrated a children’s book on introducing your child to the earth, From The Ground Up.  You can find that here.

 

 

 

 

11.  Is it better to have more surface area touching the earth?

 

This is probably the most common question I am asked. 

Because every single cell in your body is conductive — skin, bone, nerves, GI tract, kidney, cerebrospinal fluid, connective tissue, muscles, everything — if just one cell is grounded, your entire body becomes immediately grounded. 

Therefore, touching the earth with one foot or one fingertip is every bit as grounding as burying yourself up to your neck in sand at the beach!   

Any amount of skin, no matter how small, directly touching the earth will ground your entire body from head to toe.

 

 

 

 

12.  Is it still working if I don’t feel anything when I touch the earth?

 

As a natural sequel to the question above, the next question I get is folks wondering if there are still health benefits if you don’t feel different while grounding.  Yes, absolutely.  Whether you can feel the shift or not doesn’t matter to the cells in your body, which are reaping the benefits of touching the earth. 

On a macroscopic level, you may not feel any change occur but on a microscopic level, your blood is flowing more freely, your central nervous system has been soothed, your inflammation is being reduced as electrons wash all over your body, removing some of the wear and tear your body has weathered since your last grounding session. 

Don’t get frustrated and stop grounding if you don’t feel immediate benefits.  Your body will thank you for the consistent support over time.

 

 

 

 

13.  Are trees grounded?

 

Yes.  Anything rooted, living and growing out of the earth’s crust is grounded. 

So that means every blade of grass, every bush, every vine, every tree, every flower, every leaf, every bud, every crop, every shrub is fully grounded and has the ability to ground you from head to toe with one touch.  All you have to do is touch a living rooted plant and you are instantly grounded. 

When touching a tree, the most conductive thing to touch is the most moist part of the plant, which is generally the leaves or flowers.  Grounding needs moisture to work, which is why dried and treated wood lumbar will not ground you.  So reach for the green parts of any plant for a sure way to get grounded.

 

 

 

 

14.  Is water grounded?

 

Yes!  I love grounding through water, especially in the warmer months!  Not only does water enhance grounding, but the water itself becomes grounded when it is on the earth, so you don’t have to touch the ground below the water to be grounded.

Skimming your fingertips across the top of a lake will ground you every bit as much as if you were totally immersed in the water with your feet on the lake floor.  Floating on top of the ocean waves will ground you even if you are not touching the sand beneath the water at all.  The water itself grounds you every bit as much as the solid earth below the water.

In this video, I demonstrate how powerfully water is grounded, both water flowing inside your home and natural bodies of water waiting for you outside!

 

 

 

15.  Are rocks grounded?

 

Yes!  Just like cement and concrete, rock is conductive. 

So even with all of your best hiking gear on and thickest most protective hiking boots covering your feet, the moment you stop at the top of your trail and sit on a rock to grab a drink of water, if you have any skin touching that rock (for example on your leg or your hand) then you are entirely grounded. 

Same goes for river rocks, gravel, decorative patio stones, you name it, it’s all conductive and will ground you if you will only touch it.

In this video, I demonstrate grounding through both rocks and trees.

 

 

 

 

16.  Are pets and other animals grounded when they are outside?  Am I grounded if I touch my pet while outside?

 

Yes and yes.  Your pets and other animals are all grounded outside when they touch the earth.  Give your beloved pets as much time as you can outside on lovely walks, or at dog parks, or if you are lucky enough to have a yard, give them lots of yard time and while you are at it, join in with them!   

When it is too cold for bare feet outside in the colder months you can simply touch your pet and be grounded while they stand or lie on the earth for you.  Look for areas with thinner fur or no fur, such as belly, ear, and nose.  Dense fur is the same as thick dead skin — it keeps animals warm because it is insulating, and that means it blocks conductive flow from your pet to you if you simply pat on top of thick dry fur.  So instead, give their ears a rub, kiss their nose, give them a great long tummy rub, or massage their fur so that you are reaching into the fur to touch their skin underneath.  

In this video, I show you demonstrate that you are grounded by touching my own beloved dog outside on the earth.

 

 

 

17.  Well if I can ground through a pet, can one human ground another human?

 

When you are touching someone who is grounded to the earth, you are grounded as well — instantly — even without touching the earth yourself.  Your partner becomes a grounded contact, like a grounding cord, that tethers you to the ground.

In fact, this is how I discovered grounding for myself — holding my infant daughter in my arms while I was barefoot outside, I noticed she immediately calmed and the pain from her colic was soothed.  It never failed.  It turns out, I was grounding her right through me, even while she never directly touched the ground.

Read this blog post I wrote for you on creative ways to use the healing power of grounded touch to support the health of your loved ones.

 

 

 

18.  Ok I want to try grounding.  Is there a simple way to get started?

 

Yes!  I have four very easy ways to make it super simple to introduce grounding into your daily routine:

#1: Find a Grounding Tree.  To get started, I like to recommend you find a favorite tree and make it your special grounding tree.  You can leave your shoes on and even be bundled up in a jacket and simply touch a bare finger to a leaf on any living tree growing out of the earth and you will be immediately grounded.  Return to this tree daily, even visiting it year round to have a

#2: Find Your Favorite Patch Of Sidewalk:   The second easy way to get started is to find one little patch of sidewalk somewhere that you feel safe to touch.  Sit on the sidewalk and touch it with your hand, or slip one foot out of a shoe and stand there on your little patch of sidewalk and enjoy being grounded.  One minute makes a difference, so if you only have a few minutes, don’t let that stop you.  Bring chalk and doodle or play tic tac toe, simply stand for a moment taking a few deep breaths, or sit down and catch up on a phone call or two.

#3:  Eat One Meal A Day Outside:  The third thing you can do to totally transform how your body feels, even with very limited time in the day to get grounded outside, is to simply eat one meal a day outside.  In this video I explain why this one practice may be the only thing you ever need to do to transform your health through grounding.

#4:  Look Up At The Moon And Stars:  The fourth thing you can do that only adds one minute to your nightly routine is to go outside and look up at the moon and stars.  Standing barefoot in the warmer months, touching a tree or rock with a fingertip during the colder months (you can grab fingerless gloves to make this easy!) look up at the stars overhead, see what phase the moon is in, and reconnect with the fact that you are an absolute miracle — a beautiful human being standing on a planet that is orbiting through space.  Take three deep breaths and soak this moment in on your way up to bed each night.

Having a safe grounding tree, a safe grounding sidewalk spot, taking a deep breath under the moonlight each night and aiming to eat a meal outside whenever you can gives you an arsenal of ways to get grounded daily.

These four simple tools can give you many many years of being grounded and boosting your body’s health resiliency.

 

 

 

19. What is the easiest way to explain grounding to my friends who are skeptical?

 

The easiest way to explain docking your body to the earth is to compare it to recharging your cell phone, something many people can easily identify with.  Staying ungrounded all day and all night, year after year after year, without ever touching the earth is like using your cell phone battery down to nothing and then never plugging it back in and recharging it.
No one would ever use a cell phone one time and then throw it away once the battery dies.  After your cell phone battery depletes, you know you simply need to charge it or it will no longer work… yet we expect our bodies to keep working flawlessly without ever getting a grounding energy boost.
It’s impossible!  We get frustrated and wonder why our body experiences pain, discomfort, inflammation, muscle tension, immune and metabolic dysfunction and other issues yet we never boost our body’s resiliency through conductive support.
It’s simple to reverse this in an instant — simply touch the earth outside and you will be grounded, conductively supported by the earth’s healing energy.  Recharge your body as simply as recharging your cell phone.

 

 

 

20.  Are electrical therapies such as PEMF, TENS and other therapies the same thing as grounding?

 

No.  Because modern medicine is finally beginning to understand the depth and breadth of how very conductive the human body is, there are many new healing modalities emerging that utilize magnetic and electric pulses and frequencies that simulate the earth’s frequency, to try to encourage healing. 

Although these therapies have their own merit, without direct contact from the earth you are not truly grounded.  Without direct conductive contact there are no electrons flowing into the body to neutralize inflammation and stabilize the entire body the way grounding does.

No battery, crystal, manmade electrical impulse, or vibrational healing tool can connect you directly to the earth without you physically touching the earth. 

No manmade tool can approximate the healing reservoir that is the earth. 

Getting grounded is totally natural,  with no batteries or wires or artificial products necessary.  Our bodies have literally evolved to benefit from the direct support of Mother Earth, with no comparable substitute.  So be sure to include grounding as part of your balanced healing plan.

 

 

 

 

Ready to give it a try?  I’ve got you.

 

 

If you are not sure how to get grounded when the weather gets extreme, when the seasons change, how to use grounding for specific health issues to get specific health results, I wrote this book for you.

If you’ve been grounding for a while and want some new, fun, inspirational ideas to shake up your normal grounding routine, then I’ve got you covered with hundreds of new ideas, and then some!

If you have zero time to fit something else on your to-do list… then oh my goodness I wrote this book for you.  I’ve got answers that will get you grounding in no time.

If you live in a city and don’t have any access to a safe greenspace, if you are not sure what earth surfaces will actually ground you, if you have dozens of other questions that can’t fit into this one blog post… I’ve got an entire book full of uplifting answers for you.

The practice of grounding, one person at a time, on minute at a time, can help save the entire planet and put it on a different trajectory than the doom-and-gloom path it’s been on.  I wrote this book to tell you how, to give you hope, to empower you in your own health journey, and to help you feel interconnected to this world we live in and all the people on it.

The book is called The Earth Prescription  and it’s waiting for you right here, right now:

 

Order On Amazon

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To your natural, innate, resilient health… a health that you boost any time, just by getting grounded.  

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Holistic Healing Support For Summer Skin Care Woes

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Last week I told you all about how to naturally protect skin from burns and photoaging.

 

Today let’s talk about and heal all of your summer skin care concerns holistically… everything from:

  • yeast overgrowth
  • athletes foot
  • cuts and scrapes
  • bug bites and more…

I’ve got you covered!

Let’s go:

 


 

1.  Treating Yeast Overgrowth

 

  • First, the energetic imbalance behind a yeast overgrowth… being too sweet!

Literally!

Yeast tend to take advantage of hosts that allow an imbalance to take hold.  I always like to ask patients if there are any areas of their life what is out of balance?

  • Are you grinning and bearing something that you’d secretly like to say a firm “no” to?
  • Are you letting someone walk all over you?  Are there any boundaries that need shoring up?
  • We know that yeast will take advantage of this and walk all over us if we let them.

Just take a bit of time to double-check that we say no when we need to and we have clear boundaries that allow us to do what we truly want to do and enjoy that without guilt.

If you are sucking it up and putting a smile on your face, your body feels this.

Your skin is working over time to set a boundary that you are failing to make for yourself.  There is no way your skin should be having to set boundaries that you aren’t being clear about. It just can’t keep up, and as a result, those yeasty beasties are having a field day.

 

  • Let your skin breathe

Yeast love heat and moisture, so you need to give your skin time to cool down and dry out.   So no wearing tight sweaty bras or swimsuits for hours and hours on end.   If you get clothing wet, whether it’s a swim suit you were swimming in or gym clothes you just worked out in, change them.  Or better yet, grab some privacy in your home and go naked for a bit.

You’ve got to love the skin you’re in and give it time to air out.

Besides just changing out of wet or damp clothing, you can proactively routinely go naked to keep skin aired out… perhaps consider sleeping nude?

I remember when my kids were super little and I loved nothing more but for them just to run around naked all day long, no diaper in sight. That is something you should consider if you are prone to yeast overgrowth…  lots of time with no undies!

 

  • Colloidal Silver topically

Topical silver gels and ointments work because of silver’s antimicrobial properties.

Silver kills yeast as well as lots of other pathogens, so it’s a great topical treatment to have around.

Just as you might spray colloidal silver up your nose at the first sign of a cold, you can apply silver gel directly on skin infections — for example, on areas of yeast overgrowth like on skin folds.  Stay naked if possible and allow your skin to air dry after spraying!

I had an elderly patient who used to apply colloidal silver on areas of yeast overgrowth after bathing and then lay naked under the ceiling fan in her bedroom for an hour after each bath, and we just cracked up when we formulated this healing plan together!  But it worked!

 

  • Decrease consumption of sugar and simple carbs

I’m sure you’ve heard of this one before… and it’s true, even though I hate to admit it. I have a serious sweet tooth and it is nothing to be trifled with!

But yeast love to thrive on sugars and simple carbs like white flour.

If you can reduce your consumption of these foods (and pay particular attention to it if you have an active yeast infection!) and you’ll give the yeast less to feed on and a decreased rate of growth.

You may want to try L-glutamine supplements to help decrease sugar cravings.  Take one 500 mg dose of L-Glutamine up to three times a day and you can thwart your cravings for sugar and help dramatically reduce your sugar intake.

 

  • Eat sulfur rich foods

Sulfur rich foods like many spices, garlic and onion, help naturally defeat the yeast overgrowth.

Make them a part of your summertime diet on a routine basis!

And the good news is, if you load up on the garlic, you are going to naturally repel mosquitos and other biting insects as well!  So load cloves of garlic into spaghetti and pizza sauces, on garlic bread, raw in salads… you name it!

 

  • Take yeast fighting supplements:

    • Probiotics: 70% of our immunity starts in the gut, and most of us don’t have the right flora in our GI tract to optimize fighting off opportunistic overgrowth like yeast.  Taking a high quality probiotic will help reset the balance and provide head-to-toe benefits.
    • Proteolytic Enzymes:  Proteolytic Enzymes break up the biofilm on pathogens and weakens them… allowing our bodies to effectively clear them out for good. The biofilm is exactly what it sounds like, a film over the surface of a foreign pathogen like yeast, and it’s purpose is to protect the pathogen from being defeated.  When you break up this biofilm by taking proteolytic enzymes, often this one supplement is enough to rid you of yeast for good!
    • Boric Acid Suppositories: If you tend to get vaginal yeast overgrowth, boric acid suppositories will save your life.   Simply insert one capsule intra-vaginally each night for 7 days, or use as needed to reset vaginal pH and beat yeast overgrowth without a prescription.

You can find all my favorite supplements in my online pharmacy here.

 


Barefoot Is Best

2.  Treating Athlete’s Foot

 

Many of the same tips for decreasing yeast overgrowth will also work for decreasing fungal overgrowth as well… so read through the list above and incorporate those things into your fungal line of defense as well.

On top of this, be sure you are not keeping your feet trapped into hot, moist environments like closed toed shoes.

 

  • Wear open toed shoes, or change socks often:

If you *must* wear closed toed shoes, like for your job, be certain to wear socks (no shoes without socks, please! Once the insole is damp your shoes will stay damp all day long) and bring an extra pair or two with you to work so you can change them frequently.

Open toed sandals and flip flops are better, and barefoot is best as often as possible!!!

 

  • Use Apple Cider Vinegar & Tea Tree Oil:

Also, soaking feet in Apple Cider Vinegar and following up with a dab of topical Tea Tree Oil will help treat a fungal infection as well as prevent one from forming in the first place.

Just dry feet extremely well after wearing shoes, swimming or bathing, and soak feet in a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar (or use a cotton ball to dab on apple cider vinegar directly onto feet, especially between toes) and then follow with tea tree oil daily for several weeks and watch your athlete’s foot infection disappear for good, never to return.

 

  • Invest in a UV Shoe Sanitizer:

You can also consider using a UV light shoe sanitizer and deodorizer in your shoes overnight to kill any pathogens that live on the interior of your shoes — shoes can be difficult to fully air out and inserting a UV shoe sanitizer into the shoes will not only completely disinfect them, but they will smell better too.

Although they may be an initial investment, UV shoe sanitizers can save you from countless foot infections as well as double and triple the life of your favorite shoes.

 


 

jumping in bare feet

 

3.  Healing Summer Scrapes and Bug Bites

 

  • Use Honey Topically

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

Summer is filled with little cuts, scabs, scrapes and bites.  So it’s the perfect time to recognize the power of honey.

Findings published in 2012 in the International Wound Journal show that when raw honey was used on all types of wounds, it:

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

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

We are talking:

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

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

To use honey for wound healing:

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

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

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

 

 

 

And to help prevent bug bites in the first place — I use a two pronged approach:

  • Organic Cedar Oil:  

Safe to spray directly on skin, pets, around doorways and porches and windows, and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate.  Child and pet friendly.

Used directly on skin it helps deter biting insects from bothering you at all and is organic, safe, natural and no nasty DEET or other chemical concerns.

Cedar oil is also the tick repellent I recommend most, and I advise my patients to use cedar oil when going outdoors to get grounded.

In fact, I use this so often as pest control around my home that my daughter calls it “the smell of my childhood” LOL!

 

  • Burn sage or incense outdoors:

I like to light a few incense sticks or a sage stick and keep it burning on my outdoor patio area while I eat dinner — to deter flying insects from buzzing around my food and spoiling the meal!

Or, as I suggest in this blog post — throw a smudge stick of dried sage into your summer bonfire to help keep the mosquitoes away all night!

To a happy & safe summertime!

xoxo, Laura