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:

 

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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

 

 

Prep Your Pits And Feet For A Summer Full Of Amazing Grounding Support

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Is it heating up where you live?

 

It’s getting hot here, and as I blogged for you before, it’s really important to spend this particular summer — more than any other summer — outside grounded.

Grounding can decrease your body’s inflammation, boost circulation, and strengthen your immune system, all key benefits that boost your health during a pandemic.

So you definitely want to get outside and get grounded, and here’s how to prep your pits and your feet to get the most out of your outdoor grounding sessions.

 

Many of my holistic readers don’t use anti-perspirant, but they do use a deodorant.

 

So today I want to urge you to also double check that your deodorant is paraben free too, or it’s not much better than an anti-perspirant.

Here’s why:

 

 

 

Our armpits are not only covered in fully absorptive skin just like the rest of our body, but absorption in this area is basically a direct line into our lymphatic system.

So whatever you put on your pits not only enters your skin and your blood circulatory system, but also your lymphatic system.

With our breast tissue extending up into our arm pit (axillary) area and the lymphatic system highly active there as well, we want to make sure we don’t put anything carcinogenic or duct clogging anywhere near our pits.

I’ll be honest, last month I got some disturbing results from my breast thermography and while I figure out exactly what is going on there, I was incredibly glad to remind myself that I never use antiperspirants, I never ever wear underwire bras, and I nursed for many many years, all good things in terms of breast health.

I’ll focus more on the topic of breast health for you guys soon!  But today I wanted to start with making sure you nix your antiperspirant and don’t be tempted to ever use it again.

Parabens are not something you want in your system. 

Parabens are extremely inexpensive preservatives, with antimicrobial properties.  And because they are so cheap and so good at preventing molds and yeasts from growing, they are widely used in cosmetics, body care products, and most notably, in deodorants.

 

 

 

 

But parabens are shown to have hormonal activity… and are also found sequestered into breast tumors.  Parabens not only show estrogenic activity (mimicking estrogen and thus encouraging breast tumor growth) they also have anti-spermatogenic activity, interfering with the excretion of testosterone and disrupting the male reproductive system.

Particularly disturbing is the findings from a major study of parabens and children… showing that young children and pre-pubescent children have measurable quantities of parabens in their bodies as well.  Paraben exposure has been linked to brain changes, thyroid issues, metabolic changes & obesity, behavioral issues, increased allergy and asthma risk, decrease in fertility, and so much more.

I find the use of parabens in deodorant particularly horrifying (worse than in sunscreens even) because of exactly where we are smearing the product — our lymph dense armpit areas.  It is as if we are directly absorbing estrogenic chemicals into our skin, lymphatic system and breast tissue when we apply antiperspirants and deodorants to the armpit skin.

Antiperspirants have their own added horrors of aluminum… which we should definitely avoid… but many deodorants still use parabens as a preservative, even though they are not antiperspirants.

 

  • Antiperspirants work by clogging up your sweat glands with a physical block of aluminum or aluminum salt.  This prevents sweating (and thus odor) by physically making it impossible for your pits to sweat.
  • This also makes it physically impossible for your pits to release toxins from your body through the sweat glands in your armpits… and to add insult to injury, you are not only preventing the release of toxins, but you are adding in two extra toxins (on top of the fake fragrances and countless other chemicals) — aluminum and parabens.
  • Not only are you loading aluminum and parabens into your armpit, not only are you blocking the excretion of said toxins, but you are also applying them to the one area that has direct access to your breast and lymphatic tissue, your armpit.
  • As a result, breast cancers and breast tumors are becoming saturated with concentrations of parabens.
  • Tumors are now being found to directly sequester and store these compounds that will directly promote quicker growth through its estrogenic properties.

 

Something is wrong here.

 

The problem with switching from an antiperspirant to a deodorant is that folks think they are being safer.

But with almost every single mainstream product on the market shelves containing parabens as a preservative, you are no safer from a breast cancer stand point.

For example, in a recent study examining random urine samples from a very large cross-section of the population, parabens were found in detectable quantities in over 97% of the samples.

 

 

 

So give up your antiperspirant for good, and only use paraben free deodorants.

And you don’t have to resign to having smelly pits this summer, I promise!

 

Right now my favorite deodorant is Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium deodorant.

And to wipe out every last trace of pit smell, even in the hottest summer conditions?

No need to ever think twice about switching back to the toxic antiperspirant for those special occasions when you simply can’t stink!!!!

 

All you’ve got to do is take a deep breath… and wax your armpits!

 

 

 

 

That’s because the bacteria responsible for the odor thrives in the stubble in the hair follicle just under the skin.

 

So remove the hair at the hair bulb, and no more smell.

 

I was absolutely astounded at how removing hair at the roots completely took away any last trace of pit smell.

I have waxed for several years now and I can say for sure the discomfort gets exponentially less the more you do it… the first one did hurt but I was still able to do it completely on my own and in a very inexpensive and eco-friendly way.

 

And if I can do it, so can you.

 

 

One more tip for you today, this time to get your feet ready for barefoot grounding outside.

 

And that is this, a medically justified expense:  get a pedicure (wear a face mask if you’re headed inside to get one at a nail salon) or save money and decrease your exposures by giving yourself a DIY pedicure!

Did you know that thick dead skin, like the callouses you develop in winter thanks to dry indoor heated air, can block your grounding contact?

It’s true.

A thick layer of dead skin on your feet can delay or even prevent you from being grounded altogether.

 

So make time for giving yourself a pedicure ASAP — doctor’s orders!

 

 

 

Get ready for barefoot season, as the best way to get grounded is still to just go outside and stand directly on the earth.

 

  • Want to know if you are getting enough barefoot time?
  • If your feet properly aligned?
  • If the alignment of your foot is giving you knee, hip and back pain?
  • If the shoes you are wearing causing foot issues?
  • And how can you reverse damage shoes have caused your feet?

 

With the two very simple tests that I demonstrate for you in this video, you can test your own feet right now and you’ll know the answer to all of these questions!

 

A Quick Way To Know If You Are Going Barefoot Enough

 

 

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

 

This video can be very motivating to get your loved ones to kick of their shoes and get grounded!

 

So if you have friends or family who you’ve been encouraging to get barefoot and grounding outside but they’ve been resisting… forward them this video and at least let them determine for themselves if they getting enough time barefoot!

If you are interested in grabbing some foot alignment socks that allow you to ground and correct your toe spacing all at the same time, you can find the exact socks I am wearing in this video right here.

For more awesome grounding tips, you’ll want to grab the ultimate guide to grounding outside, no matter where you live or what the temperature is… The Earth Prescription, available right here.

 

To a healthy summer full of barefoot grounding!

Summer is blessedly here, so now is the time to get your feet and pits ready for it!

xoxoxo, Laura

Medical Studies On 10 Immune Boosting Supplements You Should Know About

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There is a lot of information, and unfortunately a lot of misinformation, about using natural supplements to boost your immunity.  Many supplements have anti-viral properties and are being extensively studied this very moment for their effectiveness in the face of our current pandemic, and I am going to link you directly to these studies below.

I wanted to give you direct links to the studies in the medical literature so that you can read it for yourself, as well as look at all the current clinical trials being conducted for each supplement.

Here are the top 10 most medically studied immune boosting supplements, in order of most studied to least studied.

 

Here we go:

10 Most Studied Supplements

To Support Your Health During This Pandemic:

 


 

 

1.  Vitamin D

 

By far the most studied supplement, with the clearest benefit, is Vitamin D.

Here’s a list of medical studies that show why:

There are currently 18 ongoing clinical trials testing Vitamin D out for it’s therapeutic value in covid19 infections… you can take a look at those clinical trials right here.

 


 

 

2.  Vitamin C

 

Coming in as the second most studied supplement is Vitamin C.  Easily available in fresh citrus fruits, boosting your intake of Vitamin C can boost your resiliency.

Here’s why:

There are now at least 24 ongoing clinical trials looking into Vitamin C’s role in coronavirus infection — you can read those here.

 


 

 

3.  Probiotics

 

Medical research is looking into the possible role of using probiotics as well… here’s more:

And right now, there are 5 ongoing clinical trials testing to see if taking probiotics has a clinically beneficial effect in covid19 patients… you can read those here.

 


 

4.  Melatonin

 

The next most studied supplement to help protect your health is melatonin.  Melatonin may play a role in the cytokine storm cascade during viral infection, here are some studies looking into this further:

Right now there is one ongoing clinical trail, looking at melatonin supplementation to protect front line healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus infection — you can read about that here.

 


 

5.  Zinc

 

Much publicity has been made about the possible role of zinc in boosting immunity.  Several medical studies have been published looking at zinc and immune function, and showing positive results:

There are currently 13 ongoing clinical trials looking at the efficacy of zinc in preventing or treating Covid19 infections — you can read those here along with this interesting study testing IV zinc for coronavirus infection treatment.

 


 

6.  Black Cumin Seed Oil

 

Here is a lesser known but incredibly interesting supplement that has been shown in several medical studies to effectively decrease Covid19 replication: black cumin seed oil, also known as Nigella sativa.  

Here are some new medical studies looking into the antiviral properties of Black Cumin Seed oil:

There is enough encouraging results from black cumin seed oil that there are now two ongoing clinical trials testing the use of Nigella sativa against coronavirus infection — you can read those here.

 


 

7. Quercetin

 

Quercetin is a sort of “natural antihistamine” that I’ve long recommended to my patients who have seasonal allergies, as it helps decrease reactivity to allergens.  So it makes sense that quercetin may play a role in decreasing the hyper-reactivty that lungs have in response to infection.

Medical studies looking at quercetin include:

Currently there is one ongoing clinical trial looking at quercetin’s role on preventing and treating covi19 cases — which you can read about right here.

 


 

8.  Curcumin

 

Curcumin is one of my favorite anti-inflammatories of all time.  So it makes me so happy to see that curcumin is now being investigated as a therapeutic agent to keep the hyper-inflammatory response to of the body at bay.

Here are some great medical studies you can read:

Unfortunately there is currently only one single ongoing clinical trial looking at a combination treatment (that includes curcumin) to treat patients with active covid19 infections — you can read that here.

 


9.  Echinacea

 

There are a few medical studies looking at the anti-viral properties of echinacea… but no current clinical trail as of yet.  Studies that may interested you include:

No current Covid19 clinical trials.

 


 

10. Glutathione

 

Ever since news that this New Yorker seems to have massively improved after taking large does of glutathione during her illness, there have been a lot of talk over glutathione’s role, if any, in preventive care.

Unfortunately, the medical studies on this supplement are slim and there are currently no ongoing clinical trials investigating it’s role in covid19 therapy.

No current Covid19 clinical trials.

 


On The Radar:

Recent Medical Studies On Silver:

 

 

 

 

There have been many medical studies over the years that show the antimicrobial properties of silver, like these:
More recent studies have tested silver’s antimicrobial effects on live coronavirus.
  • This article, published in 2005, showed that live coronavirus dropped to levels that that were undetectable after exposure to silver.
And the latest study (pre-print submitted) shows silver embedded fabric resulted in “quick and efficient” eradication of coronavirus.  This one is so new that it is still a preliminary report — submitted for peer-review — but should not be regarded as conclusive:
I’ll directly quote the authors of the medical study, as they advocate that silver embedded fabric become the “material of choice for the development of PPE in the fight against COVID-19.”  This means these researchers are suggesting that face masks, gowns and other protective gear be embedded with antimicrobial metals and tested for use in healthcare workers.   That’s a topic to keep a watch on in the medical literature as more tests are conducted on the role of silver and other antimicrobials in fabrics.

To boosting your resilient and innate health… naturally!

xoxox, Laura

 

It’s Summer: Decrease Your Skin Cancer & Photoaging Risk, Naturally

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Well it’s finally summer, and we can capitalize on the fact that outdoors is the safest place to be (even the CDC has published recommendations that all windows in homes, offices, and schools be kept open to increase venhilation) you can take advantage of the fact that sunlight is naturally germicidal and the Vitamin D boost you get is naturally immune boosting and move all of your indoor activities outside!

So this brings up concerns about skin cancer and photo aging effects from sun exposure — but don’t let that stop you from going outside.  Here’s why.

A large medical study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine found that folks who avoided sun exposure actually had a shorter life span… with a decreased life expectancy that was shorter than even heavy smokers who bathed in the sun.

 

What?!?!  Yes.

 

This was a huge study looked at almost 30,000 participants over a span of 20 years. Researchers tracked health outcomes and life span over two decades and found that even when smoking was factored in, the life span of those who avoided the sun was over 2 years shorter than heavy smokers who got the highest amount of sun exposure!!!

So even heavy smokers who soaked in the sun their whole life outlived non-smokers who avoided sun exposure… by years!

Participants who avoided the sun had higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and pulmonary disease.

And the results were dose-specific… meaning that the benefits of increased life expectancy with sun exposure went up directly in correlation to the amount of sun exposure.

Longer time in the sun = longer life span.  That simple.

 

 

 

 

Though risk of skin cancer did increase with increased sun exposure, the patients that had skin cancer occur in relation to sun exposure actually had a better long-term prognosis!

This on top of recent research revealing that melanomas that occur in patients with low Vitamin D actually have more malignantly aggressive melanoma and their prognosis is worse than those with adequate Vit D from sun exposure.

 

These results show that avoiding the sun is a

risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking

— directly quoting the medical report.

So the verdict: under-exposure to the sun is actually dangerous.

 

Smoking and inactivity/prolonged sitting have long been known to be huge lifestyle indicators of poor long term health… and now we can add a third: avoiding sun exposure.

You know that I never ever ever present negative medical information without giving you tons of positive solutions!!

So you know if I am bringing it up on my blog here, then there are TONS of things you can do to make your time out in the sunshine safer for your skin, while boosting your whole-body disease prevention and prolonging your life span!

 

 

 

I’ll just tell you upfront that sunscreen is not my number one recommendation for prevention of skin cancer.

 

Nor is it my second recommendation either.

I prefer to avoid peak sun hours and use sun protective clothing like rashguards, hats and sunglasses.

Why?

 

  • Some chemicals in sunscreen (like the oils, petroleum products, and retinyl palmitate found in most sunscreens) have been shown to actually increase the rates of skin cancer lesions, when directly applied to the skin.
  • On top of that, many of the chemicals in chemical blocking sunscreens are shown to disrupt our natural hormone pathways. In fact, oxybenzone, the most common chemical sunscreen used, has been shown to disrupt hormones and is not even recommended for use in children. That’s right… look at all the “kid’s formula” sunscreens out there… they generally contain oxybenzone.  This chemical not only is a hormone-disruptor, but after applying to your skin it becomes internally absorbed within minutes. Which means children, who are still growing, are getting systemic doses of hormone-disrupting oxybenzone circulating through their bodies on a daily basis all summer long.  Yuck.
  • More bad news… mineral based sunscreens are increasingly being made in nano-sized particles so that they blend into the skin better… and unfortunately, this means they can potentially be absorbed systemically as well.  Even mineral based sunscreens like zinc or titanium dioxide are potentially toxic if they enter your body, so you want to be sure your product does not use nanoparticles.

 

 

And in fact, a study (presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Nov 19, 2016) shows that sunscreen did not have the ability to reduce melanoma risk.

 

466 children (enrolled in the study at age 6) were followed for almost a decade (through age 15) with a detailed report of annual sun exposure and sunscreen use as well as annual skin exams, which identified and documented skin lesions.

This is the longest term study on new mole development ever conducted.  And unfortunately, the results reveal that there was no association between sunscreen use and subsequent development of new pigmented lesions.

Meaning sunscreen use did not protect from or decrease the likelihood of developing pigmented moles (a marker of melanoma risk) at all.

While sunscreen may be protective against other forms of skin cancer, this news is upsetting because over 75,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year just in the United States alone, and melanoma is a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

 

 

But I’m not surprised.

 

To understand why the most common sunscreens (which are all chemical based) are not preventing new pigmented lesions from arising, you have to understand how chemical sunscreens work:
  • Chemical sunscreens (such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone) are absorbed into your skin and attempt to neutralize the UV rays once they penetrate your cells, by chemically reacting to the UV radiation.
  • This means that the UV exposure is already reaching into your living tissues, and as a physician I don’t see how this can be cancer preventive.
  • Your cells are already exposed to the UV radiation (including your cell’s DNA) by the time it is being neutralized.
  • Physically blocking sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are different.  These physically sit on top of the skin and literally block UV radiation from even reaching your skin.
  • Physically blocking sunscreens is the type of sun protection you want, and this is the only type of sunscreen I will carry in my online shop for you.
Because you don’t want to avoid sun exposure (which decreases your life span) and you don’t want to rely solely on sunscreen to reduce your cancer risk (since it doesn’t anyway…) today I’ve compiled a list of 6 ways to stay protected in the sun in ways that will truly protect you:

 

Top 6 Things You Can Do To Decrease Your Skin Cancer Risk:


 

 

1.  Avoid Peak Sun Hours:

 

The most important #1 way to protect from ultraviolet exposure is to avoid the sun during the peak UV hours in mid-day.

There was a huge medical study that backs this up… Sunscreen wasthird in order of most effective ways to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancers.

The ultimate solution, when possible, is sun avoidance during peak sun hours (10AM – 4PM) — this is infinitely better than any sun protection.

You want to get some incidental sun exposure on some exposed skin daily, but to decrease the UV intensity you want that exposure to be in the earlier AM or later PM hours!

 


 

2.  Wear UV Protective Clothing, Hats and Sunglasses:

 

The second best way to protect from the sun, if you are going out in the peak hours, is UV protective clothing.  Rash guards, hats, sunglasses.

Be certain to protect your eyes by wearing UV protective sunglasses, dear reader! UV exposure is one of the leading causes of lens opacity (cataracts) as you age.  You can prevent this by diligently protecting your eyes.

 


 

3.   Use Only Physically Blocking, Non-Nano Sized Sunscreens:

 


As talked about above, a non-nanosized, non-chemical based sunscreen is the only thing I will put on my own face every single day.

If you like a lotion, this one is my absolute favorite.  It goes on easily and with less white residue than any other physically blocking sunscreen I’ve tried that is not nanosized.

If you like a powder, this one is my absolute favorite.  It is the ultimate in portability (won’t spill in your purse or bag!) and is so easy to apply.

If you like a spray, this one is my absolute favorite.  It sprays on clear and is perfect for easily covering large areas of the body… or kids that can’t stand being smeared with lotion, lol!

 

 


 

4.  Take Curcumin To Protect Against Melanoma:

 

Did you know that Curcumin actually kills cancer cells in laboratory studies and has been specifically shown to target and kill melanoma cancer cells?

Read this study published in the International Journal of Cancer in October 2016 for a good overview on what we know about curcumin and melanoma so far.

If you want to add the anti-cancer benefits of curcumin to your health regime (which I highly recommend if you have any personal or family history of melanoma or even if you just have a history of intense sun exposure) I recommend taking a pharmacy grade supplement that couples a 500 mg dose of curcumin with bioperine to help increase the bioavailablility and absorption of the curcumin.

 


 

 

5.  Use Vitamin B3 to decrease all other forms of skin cancer:

 

Clear evidence that a simple vitamin can be cancer preventive: Vitamin B3 dramatically reduces skin cancer rates.

Presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2015 Annual Meeting in May 2014, Vitamin B3 has been shown to be a safe, effective way to reduce your risk of recurrent skin cancer.

Researchers looked at over 380 patients with a prior history of non-melanoma skin cancers, giving half nicotinamide supplements and half a placebo, and followed them for a year.  They found the patients in the Vitamin B3 group had a quarter less skin cancers total (a 23% decrease) than control patients:

  • Basal cell occurrence decreased by 20%
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma decreased by 30%
  • Actinic Keratosis decreased by 13%

Nicotinamide (Vit B3, also known as Niacinamide) enhances DNA repair in skin cells damaged by UV light, as well as boosts the immune system and prevents the suppression of immunity by ultraviolet radiation.  (Nicotinamide has other benefits as well, including preliminary studies showing a boost in cognition… helping to restore cognition in Alzheimers!)

So… if you have a history of serious sun exposure?

Or a history of previous skin cancers?

Or you just want less unsightly actinic keretosis popping up in the future?

Vitamin B 3  offers 100% all natural holistic chemo-prevention!  Vitamin B is safe, inexpensive, proven.

 

 

Find my favorite Vitamin B3 and Curcumin supplements in the Skin Health section of my online dispensary right here.

 


 

6.  Eat fruits and veggies daily, especially during the summer:

 

Medical studies have shown that eating foods rich in carotenoids (like ) and lycopene (like tomatoes) have a photo protective effect in human skin, and have even been shown to cut the number of tumors from UV light exposure on mice significantly… actually slashing the tumor count in half!  

Foods to eat daily that not only provide this photoprotection to decrease skin cancer risk, but also to protect against premature aging as well, include:

  • squash
  • carrots
  • grapefruit
  • oranges
  • apricots
  • asparagus
  • cantaloupe
  • mangoes
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • watermelon
  • and sweet red peppers

Enjoy that life giving, mood boosting, beautifully warm radiant sunshine this summer, but do it in a way that protects your skin from too much exposure:

  • Try to avoid peak hours of sun exposure, going out in morning and evening hours when possible

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses

  • Avoid yucky chemical sunscreens and use physical sunscreens instead

  • Consider using curcumin and vit B3 to decrease your future skin cancer risk

  • Eat fruits and veggies high in antioxidants routinely to nourish your skin from the inside out

  • & while you are at it, stay well hydrated too, drinking water before, during and after sun exposure.

 

Next week I’ll be blogging for you how to naturally trouble shoot when summer skin woes have got you down… you won’t want to miss that one.

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Here’s to happy & safe summer days ahead…

xoxox, Laura

10 Ways Grounding Can Directly Support Your Health During This Pandemic

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I’ve gotten lots of emails asking if grounding is a good idea as a way to boost health during this pandemic.

The medical literature suggests the answer to this is a resounding “Yes!” for many reasons, probably more than you think.

As you might know, most patients who suffer serious illness during Covid19 infection do so because of the body’s inflammatory response (the often referred to “cytokine storm” in the lung adds to this), subsequent hypoxia from lung inflammation, and hypercoagulation of the blood, leading to blood clots.

These three reactions the body creates as a response to coronavirus (inflammation, hypoxia, and hypercoagulation) infection is usually the cause of death… not the virus itself.

Which is why although anti-viral therapies may help play a role in decreasing infection severity, what would support the body most is decreasing inflammation, boosting oxygenation, and keeping the blood flowing smoothly, to decrease the risk of a deadly clot.

It is the body’s reaction to the virus (instead of the virus itself) that is thought to be responsible for the high the mobility and mortality rates in Covid19 infections.

So today I want to walk you through exactly how grounding might just prep the body to be more resilient in the face of this pandemic, and why you definitely don’t want to be cut off from the healing support of the earth — right now more than ever:

 


 

 

 

Issue #1:  Inflammation

 

1.  Grounding decreases whole body inflammation:

 

In a study published in 2009 in The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, researchers found that grounded subjects had statistically significant decreases in blood markers of inflammation, as well as lowered white blood cell counts, neutrophils and lymphocytes, compared to non-grounded subjects.

In addition, decreases in inflammation as a result of grounding are well documented using medical thermography imaging in this study.

An overview of how grounding decreases whole body inflammation was published June 2014 in the Journal of Inflammation Research

In April, 2011, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine found that grounding enhanced the immune response after vaccination, which might be of interest as scientists all over the world are trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine.  Grounding may be an important compliment to vaccinations, increasing the effectiveness of future covid19 immunization therapies.

 

2. Grounding decreases cytokines:

 

In this important study, published January 2019 in Frontiers in Physiology, researchers found that cytokines such as such as IP-10, MIP-1α, and sP-Selectin, all decreased in grounded subjects, compared to non-grounded controls.  The average drop induced by grounding a patient was a 10 – 20% drop in cytokine concentration.

In fact, right this very minute doctors are testing drugs that decrease cytokines (targeting the cytokine interferon) for use as a possible treatment for severe covid19 infections.

 


 


Issue #2: Hypoxia

 

3.  Grounding improves lung function and stabilizes blood oxygenation:

 

In this study, published in 2010 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, researchers showed that grounding for as little as 40 minutes boosted respiratory rate and stabilized blood oxygenation.

This study, published in 2011 in Integrative Medicine, shows that grounding is able to boost vagal tone and directly impact autonomic nervous system function, which has a direct impact on lung function.  The vagal nerve not only impacts airway perfusion and secretion, it also directly impacts breathing pattern and even lung inflammation.

Grounding may be the easiest holistic therapy to directly support lung function and blood oxygenation that we know of.

In fact, this study, published in 2017 in Neonatology, found that grounding premature infants in the NICU boosted their vagal tone by almost 70%.  If grounding can support the autonomic nervous system function of high risk infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, it’s probable that grounding can have a similar supportive effect on adults in ICU who could benefit from a boost to their autonomic function as well.

 


 

 

Issue #3: Blood clotting

 

4.  Grounding boosts circulation:

 

This study, published August 2015 in Health, was a double blinded placebo study that showed clear evidence of dramatically boosted circulation throughout the body after only one hour of grounding.

Published 2014 in the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications, researchers showed that grounding through the soles of the feet boosted blood circulation all the way up in facial skin tissues, suggesting the positive effects of increased circulation are available even in distant sites of the body that are far away from the grounding point of contact.

Grounding is likely to increase blood flow throughout the body, by improving blood velocity and decreasing red blood cell aggregation, as described below.  In addition, published in 2018 in Alternative Therapies, grounding was found to normalize high blood pressure, with an average decrease in high blood pressure measurements by 14%.

 

5. Grounding decreases risk of blood clots:

 

This very important medical study, published in 2013 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, shows that grounding for only 2 hours significantly reduced clotting risk, by decreasing the zeta potential on red blood cells and making them flow through the circulatory system or the body more smoothly.

The zeta potential of the red blood cells were boosted, on average, by 270%.  This in turn increased the average blood velocity of the patients by 260%.

In addition, grounding significantly decreased red blood cell aggregation, dramatically dropping the number of red blood cells that clumped together in groups of 4 or more by more than half.  This suggests that the risk of developing a serious blood clot might be decreased dramatically with routine grounding practices.

 


 

 

 

As if that wasn’t impressive enough,

Grounding provides many additional benefits:

 


 

6.  Grounding decreases stress on the body:

 

In this study, published in 2004 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, subjects who slept grounded had a complete normalization of their cortisol patterns, suggesting deep recovery from stress.

This study, published 2006 in European Biology and Bioelectricmagnetics monitored patient’s brain waves on EEG and noted an immediate shift of the central nervous system upon grounding.

And this article, published in 2011 in Medical Hypotheses, noted that EEG studies on grounded subjects suggest that grounding significantly influences the electrical activity of the brain.

 


 

 

7.  Grounding improves sleep, which in turn improves immune system function:

 

These same patients from the sleep study above had such a dramatic improvement in their sleep that their sleep improved or completely normalized, and they subjectively felt less stress and experienced less pain once grounded.

Optimizing sleep is so incredibly important, particularly during pandemics or other times of increased infectious exposures, because sleep is directly and intimately tied with our immune system.

This fantastic medical study on identical twins (published 2017 in Sleep) clearly showed that the twin with decreases sleep had depressed immune function compared to their twin sibling that had longer sleep times.

Why?  Sleep appears to increase immune system memory and enhances our immune system’s T cell response. 

 


 

 

 

8.  Grounding outside in fresh air increases ventilation:

 

This awesome study, published 2009 in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that open air hospitals treating patients during the 1918 pandemic actually had lower mortality rates than closed air hospitals, citing fresh air, direct sunlight, and use of respiratory masks in substantially reduced deaths over indoor hospital facilities.

Breathing and re-breathing the same indoor, recirculated air is a bad idea.  Especially if you share your home with anyone else, or if you live in an apartment or multifamily unit that has central air.

This medical literature review, published in 2013 in the Journal of Hospital Infection suggests that infections caught indoors is a major contributor to worldwide morbidity and mortality rates and urges medicine to consider optimizing sunlight and ventilation when designing architecture for healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics.

 


 

 

9.  Grounding outside under sunlight decreases viral exposures:

 

Did you know that sunlight is directly germicidal?

This medical study (recently published in 2020 in the Journal of Infectious Disease) found that sunlight exposure decreased the survival of aerosolized influenza virus by 93% — decreasing viral lifespan from 32 min (with no sunlight exposure) to 2.4 min in full sunlight.

And this study, published 2004 in the Journal of Virological Methods, shows that UV light in activates coronavirus.

In fact, UV light is so helpful in decreasing transmission of viral illnesses that the New York Transit System is using UV light to disinfect thier public transportation vehicles. 

 

Did you know you can do the same?

 

You can use a hand held UV light wand to safely disinfect any surface in your home and on the go.  You can use these wands to kill germs on bedding, sofas, upholstery, clothing, toilets, bathtubs, pillows, countertops, sinks, doorknobs, hotel rooms, bathrooms, cell phones, shoes, car seats and more.

I think these are a great long term plan for helping to keep home, car and travel surfaces clean now and for many years to come.

Unlike disinfectant sprays and wipes (which are still very hard to find, even months into this pandemic!) you can recharge and reuse a UV disinfecting wand over and over again.

Find out more about using a UV wand to disinfect your surfaces by clicking here.

 

 


 

 

 

10.  Grounding outside naturally boosts Vit D levels:

 

We’ve long known that Vitamin D directly supports immune function, through complex metabolic signaling to immune cells, anti-inflammatory effects,  and modulating the cytokine response.

It’s so beneficial to our immune function that Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to directly prevent respiratory tract infections. 

Many scientists believe that blood levels of Vitamin D are a major factor in the morbidity and mortality of covid19.  Vitamin D is so promising as a therapy that there are 20 ongoing clinical trials using Vitamin D supplementation in treating covid19 patients right this very minute.

Click here to review them all.

Unless you have had your vitamin D serum levels tested and they are above 60 ng/mL, I highly recommend you begin to supplement Vitamin D with a high quality, pharmaceutical grade supplement.  I have these waiting for you in my online dispenary, so that you know you are getting a potent, bioavailable form of Vitamin D that has optimal absorption and has been stored in a medical facility under optimum conditions.

 

 


 

Bottom line: the earth is your best friend right now.

 

If you want to know exactly how to stay in touch with the earth, not just to support your health during this pandemic but forever more… I wrote a book that will explain exactly how and why the earth will boost the function of every single cell in your body, and give you hundreds of ideas on what to do when you go outside.

More surfaces than you think will ground you — you can get grounded on a city sidewalk just as easily as at the beach.  You can get grounded in your garage or basement just as easily as outside camping.  It’s true.  This book will show you how.

Grounding can decrease your whole body inflammation, improve circulation, decrease clotting risk, support healthy respiration, and strengthen your immune system.

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

 

 

 

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

Excited to try grounding but not sure exactly where to go, what to do, or how long to do it for?

I wrote an uplifting, inspiring guide filled it with hundreds of ways to get that support from nature, no matter where you live (even if you live a city, it’s actually super easy to get grounded outside!) and no matter what the weather is like:

 

 

You can grab a digital book, like Kindle or Nook, or a paperback book anywhere books are sold, like: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, IndieBound: Independant Local Bookstores, New Harbinger’s website, and more!

As featured on New Harbinger’s blog last week, grounding is the perfect healing tools to reach for during times of uncertainty.  Grab your copy of The Earth Prescription to inspire you to start a healing practice of grounding simply, effortlessly, from your own home, and boost your health for a lifetime.

 

 

Recommend this healing practice to everyone you care about, and let’s spread awareness of grounding’s impressive health benefits.

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Next week I will be back with a detailed article on 6 healing routines to get into to keep your innate health boosted now and no matter what we face in the future.  You know grounding will be one of them — woot! — but are you doing the other 5?

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Because I believe that innate health is natural and that we are designed to be resilient.  See you next week!

 

With much love and faith in your Well Being…

xoxoxo, Laura