My Top 6 Holistic Tips To Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

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In honor of Earth Day this April, I’m going to do a 5 part series over the next 5 weeks to encourage you to get outside and get grounded — it is an absolutely essential part of your spring healing plan!

Here are the next 5 blog posts:

So today is the third one… how to protect your precious skin while you are outside grounding!

 

 

Let’s capitalize on the fact that outdoors is the safest place to be during a pandemic — not only because of the increase in venhilation, plus the simple fact is that sunlight is naturally germicidal, and the fact that the Vitamin D boost you get is naturally immune boosting as well, but on top of that, grounding helps support your immune and respiratory health too (more details on the medical studies behind this here.)

So of course, I’d love to encourage you to move as many of your indoor activities outside as possible, and last week’s blog post will help give you ideas for that!

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 more than 2 years shorter than heavy smokers who got the highest amount of sun exposure!!!

As hard as it is to believe, 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.

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.

Turns out, longer time in the sun = longer life span.  It’s that simple.

 

 

 

 

 

Smoking and inactivity (or 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!

Today I want to share with you why 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?

  • Many chemicals in sunscreen (like the oils, petroleum products, oxybenzone, avobenzone, formaldehyde, retinyl palmitate, etc… found in most chemical sunscreens) have been shown to actually increase cancer rates.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately, the results reveal that there was no association between sunscreen use and subsequent development of new pigmented lesions.
  • The study conclusion: 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.

 

The Environmental Working Group agrees — sunscreen should be a last resort to protect against UV exposures outside.  Read their full sunscreen guide here.  

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 awesome 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 was third 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!

I love to recommend that folks get out in the early morning light — grounded of course — to start their day with light exposure (which helps boost sleep that night, boosts immune function, decreases pain, even boost libdo!) and to get a Vit D boost from indirect sun exposures, as well as to get a grounding boost (which helps every organ system in their body function better, & even gives them a mood boost to start their day on the right foot!)  If all you can do is head outside with a cup of coffee and touch a  leaf on a tree, stand on a patch of sidewalk, or sit on their front door step while they drink their morning brew — that’s perfect.

Then again, after dinner, shoot for another 10 minute or longer grounding session, an after dinner walk, or even eat dinner directly outside (grounded of course!) for another boost of indirect sunlight.

Try 10 minutes in the AM and 10 minutes in the PM for a week and see how noticeably your wellness blooms.

 


 

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.

A hat will shade most of your face and your ears, and a rash guard can protect shoulders while you are outside getting grounded on the beach, working in your garden, doing yard work, or spending a little time with your kids or your pet outside in the fresh air.

 


 

My limited edition ‘I love grounding’ beach towel — there are only a few left, available for you here!  I’d love to send you one… this is the towel I use too!

 

 

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.

  • Lotion: 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.   My go-to sunscreen.
  • Spray:  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!  Many mineral sunscreen sprays claim to be clear and then are not — this one actually is.
  • Powder: 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, particularly to the face or other small areas of the body.

 

 


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…. this one is my favorite.

 


 

 

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%

Niacinamide (Vit B3, also known as Nicotinamide) 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 together in my Sun Repair Protocol, 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 spring & 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, sunglasses and/or rash guards whenever possible
  • Avoid toxic chemical sunscreens and use physical sunscreens instead
  • Take curcumin and vit B3 supplements to decrease 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 (more on this next week!)

 

Next week I’ll be blogging for you how to naturally protect against dehydration, boosting your mineral intake and protecting against the health issues that even mild dehydration can cause… you won’t want to miss that one.  If you have had this article forwarded to you, be sure to sign up here by entering your email to receive my uplifting weekly newsletter so you don’t miss next week’s article.

And if you can think of someone who could use some uplifting holistic support, forward this email to them too!

 

Here’s to happy, healthy spring & summer days ahead…

xoxox, Laura

 

10 Indoor Activities That Can Easily Be Done While You Are Outside, Grounded

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In honor of Earth Day this April, I’m in the middle of a 5 part series of articles to encourage you to get outside and get grounded — in my experience it is the most absolutely essential part of your spring healing plan!

These are the posts in this series:

 

So today is the second one, all about thinking of activities you are already doing each day, in a new way!  Simply take them outside and you will add a deep layer of healing support to anything that you could do inside.

Grounding has to be the absolutely easiest way to add therapeutic healing to your daily routine: no cost, no stress,  no effort, and completely painless… enjoyable, actually!  And the medical literature backs this up — with new medical study, published in May 2020 — that finds grounding to be “a simple, profound lifestyle addition, requiring no effort” yet profoundly boosts health.

Long time readers of my blog already knew this, but it’s always great to have a simple, straight forward read on the health benefits of grounding to pass on along to skeptical loved ones that you know could benefit from getting outside and connecting to the earth.  So share the link to that study widely, or simply forward this blog post to someone you want to encourage to try out grounding.

 

 

 

 

No only can you literally go outside and get grounded freely any time, but you can also use that time to multitask, adding a an additional healing element to whatever therapeutic daily practices you already have in place to support your health.  Activities like physical therapy, yoga, meditation, exercise, eating, reading, and even just spending time with loved ones, all can  be exponentially boosted by doing them outside, grounded.

And even activities that you do daily that are not directly for your health but still must be done, like returning phone calls, working on your lap top, weeding through emails, filling out your weekly planner, scheduling work tasks, even your next zoom meeting can be done outside grounded so that even non-healing activities can actually become healing, therapeutic ones.

So today I wanted to review my top 10 indoor activities that you can take outside — that way you are not adding one single thing to your to-do list, but you are adding immense health benefits from getting grounded!  Pick just one or two of these activities every single day over this week to move outside and I am absolutely certain you will notice the health benefits before this coming weekend:

10 Indoor Activities To Move Outside:

 


 

 

 

1. Physical Therapy:

 

If your physical therapist has a set of stretches for you to do daily at home, do them outside.  Moving your muscles and bones and ligaments and joints while grounded to the earth outside will increase restorative blood flow, bring a boosted oxygen levels to your tissues, and reduce soreness after exertion.

You can read more about why grounding is so supportive of your muscles and joints in this blog post I wrote for you:

 

 


 

 

 

2. Journalling:

 

If your therapist wants you to do journal writing daily, do it outside.  If you like to write in a diary, do it outside.  If you like to set intentions, or are working on a manuscript, or filling out a dream journal — do all of your writing outside.  In fact, anything creative or expressive can be taken up to new levels of releasing and healing when they are done grounded — that’s why plein air painting is so cool!

Drawing, sketching, photography, journalling, writing, even boring tasks like filling out your daily, weekly or monthly planner or grocery list can all be done outside, grounded.

Here is are some blog posts I wrote for you that goes into detail on why grounding allows your soul creativity to soar and any soul wounds to release:

 

 


 

 

 

3.  Hydrating:

 

If your massage therapist or nutritionist or physician or personal trainer suggests hydrating more, take every single glass of water you drink outside to drink it grounded.

Grounding boosts circulation and will get that beautiful fresh clean water into your body and into your organ systems more quickly, allowing you to rehydrate your beautiful body immediately.  As a bonus, hydrating while being grounded outside actually boosts your conductivity too, so it’s win-win!

Here is a video I made for you on how to use the conductive power of water to get grounded:

 

 


 

 

4.  Exercise:

 

If your 2021 goal is to get more movement and exercise into your life, you can bring almost every exercise outside and get double the benefits.

Not only is excerise great for protecting your lifespan, but doing your next yoga session, or HIIRT round, or next run, outside grounded will add all of the health benefits of grounding to your exercise routine.  You can even swim outside grounded and feel amazingly rebooted from head to toe, inside and out, as most in ground pools (as well as the cement surrounding the pool) is grounded.

Here are some articles on why exercising grounded helps you get more bang for your buck:

 

 


 

 

 

 

5.  Eating:

 

We all need to eat to put the nutrients our earth offers us into our body to boost our health… but if you can take your next meal outside and eat it grounded, you just added a therapeutic, anti-inflammatory benefit to time spent enjoying your food.

Grounding helps boost vagal tone and digestive function, decreases inflammation in the gut, increases digestion, peristalsis, absorption and even boosts the circulation of those nutrients all throughout your entire body, so eating grounded is the most natural way to bring nutrition into alignment with your body’s health.  Any diet plan can be taken outside to eat in a natural way, grounded.

Here is a quick video I made for you on the benefit of eating grounded outside:

 

 


 

 

 

 

6.  Breathing:  

 

Even more crucial than eating, we all need to breathe the beautiful air that the earth provides.  Many of us also find added benefit from intentional breathing practices like meditation.   Taking intentional, deep breaths is a wonderful way to decrease stress and increase resiliency to the demands of your day.

If you already have a meditation practice, bring it outside.  If you don’t meditate, you can still reap the benefits of a few deep breaths taken while grounding outside.  Being grounded supports lung function and boosts oxygenation, so combining grounding with intentional breath work is another one of those win-win relationships that grounding brings to just about everything we do.  (Bonus points if you blow bubbles as part of your breath work!)

For more on how breathing supports your health, hop over to read this article I wrote for you with several great ideas on developing an intentional breathing practice that you can do outside, grounded:

 

 


 

 

 

7.  Socializing:

 

If your friend wants to spend time with you, take the initiative and suggest hanging out together outside.  Having friends you can connect with is one of the best things you can do to boost happiness and protect your longevity, and connecting with them outside is the best combination of all.

Moving your time spent together outside allows you to get grounded while connecting on a deeper level with your loved ones, and really almost anything you can think of to do inside can be done outside.  From playing a card game, to having a cup of coffee, to sharing a potluck meal, to talking while watching clouds roll by or stars twinkle overhead, to going on a walk together, to sharing a picnic meal… anything you want to do with your friend is better grounded outside.

Medical studies like this one below (and others, like the one I blogged about for you last week) show that your mood is boosted by time spent outdoors, so grounding outside while spending time with friends is sure to help that time be even more fun:

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

8.   Dating:

 

If your partner wants a date with you, make sure some component of that date is outside, grounded.  Hold hands and both partners will be grounded, or even ground through a kiss!  Being outside, especially in the daytime, can even boost libido as it helps balance and regulate hormones.

Here are a few other articles I’ve written for you about the power of grounding to enhance your relationship:

 

 


 

 

 

 

9.  Parenting:

 

Carving out time to play with your child in activities that interest them is absolutely crucial to bonding with kids.  Play time is important healing time, and you can dramatically boost the healing value of play by taking that activity outside to do it grounded.

From arts and crafts, to sports and activities, to simply having a snack and talking, or reading a bedtime book under the wonder of the nighttime sky.  You’ll worry less about any messes you guys make, and you’ll be getting a health boost the entire time.  And of course, this includes your fur babies as well, so spend time outdoors with your pets too!

Here are some articles I’ve written for you on the power of grounding to enhance your children’s health:

I also have written and published three children books for you so far… you can find these on my website here (or of course on Amazon and anywhere books are sold):

 

 

Lastly for more parenting support I have a totally free Parenting eBook for you right here.  It has 17 chapters and 159 pages of ideas, concepts, games, suggestions, medical information, intuitive problem solving and uplifting parenting advice that help address health and life in a positive and re-affirming manner for children, including how I inspire my own children to reach for health, even during illness... filling them with the confidence that health is their natural state of being.

Enjoy the precious time you have while your kids are still little enough to want to play with you… soak it in!

 


 

 

 

 

10.  Work:

 

I challenge you to think of three daily activities you do for work that can actually be done outside.

First of all, anything you get done on your phone for work, from research, reading, posting on social media platforms, marketing, weeding through emails, returning phone calls, returning texts and even your next zoom meeting can all be done outside.  If any part of your work is done on a laptop, all of that can be moved outside as well.  In addition, any reading or writing that you do, plus planning or scheduling that you do, can all be done outside.

I make it a point to attend most of my online medical conferences outside so that I’m learning the latest medical advancements while allowing my body time to get grounded.  If your boss has catch up work for you to do and you’ll be up late tonight on your laptop, take it outside and at least make this time your body gets to be grounded.

Here are some additional articles on the power of grounding to reduce work stress:

 

 


You get the picture!

 

Add your own ideas to this list — include all your hobbies too!

  • Play an instrument?  Take it outside.
  • Like to play chess?  Do it outside.
  • Have a pet?  Play with them outside.
  • Like embroidery?  Take it outside.
  • Doing something boring like meal planning for the week?  Do it outside.
  • Love to read?  Do it outside.
  • Perfecting a handstand?  Do it outside.
  • Love listening to music?  Listen to it outside.

Run through your entire day from start to finish and decide what can be taken outside.  Even if it is simply to start and end each day drinking a big glass of water outside — oh my goodness that’s PERFECT.

Almost anything you can think of to do — from fun and games, to connecting with friends and family, to eating and hydrating, to exercising and physical therapy, to yoga and meditation, to journaling and creating, to getting work done…

…you can do it all while in the healing state of grounding.  Let’s do this!

And stay tuned for my blog post next week, where I tell you my favorite ways to naturally protect your precious skin from the UV exposures that come with being outside.

xoxox, Laura

 

A New Study Explains How Grounding Can Dramatically Boost Your Mood

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In honor of Earth Day this April, I’m writing a 5 part series to encourage you to get outside and get grounded — it’s easiest and most uplifting makeover you can do for yourself this spring… one that supports the function of every organ system in your body.

A spring grounding plan has the power to transform your life in just a few short weeks… you will see and feel the difference.

Here are the next 5 blog posts to help encourage you:

  • A new study that helps explain why grounding boosts your mood
  • My top 10 indoor activities to take outside this spring
  • Holistic sun protection: tips to know before going outside
  • Replacing minerals and avoiding dehydration as the temperatures rise outside
  • Holistic skin care support: protecting against bug bites, ticks, treating athletes foot & more!

So today is the first one… and it’s an exciting one:

 

Why grounding boosts your mood!

 


 

 

 

 

We’ve know for a long time (and honestly common sense and personal experience tells you this as well) that time spent outside lifts your spirits.

In fact a double blind medical study published in 2015 found that participants who were grounded had measurable improvements in mood that were significantly higher than the sham-grounded participants.

We also know that inflammation in the body worsens mood and even plays a role in clinical depression.  A medical study published in 2016 found that increased inflammation in the body worsens symptoms of clinical depression, and this one published in 2019 backs those findings up.

Researchers found that higher levels of blood markers of inflammation were found to be directly correlated with a variety of depressive symptoms, including sleep difficulty, decreased energy levels, decreased motivation and increased or decreased appetite.

  • Researchers looked at data on C-reactive protein levels (a blood marker of whole body inflammation) in over 15,000 patients.
  • Higher levels of inflammation were directly correlated with higher levels of depressive symptoms, and the correlation was dose dependent… meaning the higher the C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, the worse the symptoms got.
  • Sleep problems, exhaustion and changes in appetite were all significantly increased with increasing CRP levels.
  • Lack of energy was particularly correlated by high inflammatory marker levels.
  • Inflammation was also found to contribute to cognitive changes such as loss of pleasure in activities previously found pleasurable (anhedonia), depressed mood, lowered feelings of self worth, decreased ability to concentrate, and even suicidal thoughts.

 

 

 

 

It gets better though, because the connection between mood and inflammation gives us a pathway to help treat it — if you decrease inflammation do you boost your mood?

Well yep, we know that is true as well.

This study, published in 2014, found that if you decrease inflammation, you can actually help more effectively treat depression.  Researchers reviewed 14 randomized, placebo-controlled studies looking at over 6,300 patients and found that adding anti-inflammatory medications to a treatment plan helped to lessen depressive symptoms and resolve depressive episodes better than placebo alone and better than anti-depressants alone.  This study, published in 2016, further confirmed these results.

The link between depression and inflammation is so concrete now that I feel no one should be treated for depression without also treating the body for inflammation.  Physicians should incorporate a medical evaluation for inflammation alongside any work up for depression, because inflammation from stress, poor sleep, infection, illness, diet, EMF exposures, total body burden of toxic exposures, etc… can all cause inflammation that contributes to depression.

By addressing inflammation along with depression you actually can help resolve depression more effectively.

 

 

 

So while we absolutely know that inflammation impacts mood, what we didn’t know before now is how.

Of course there are likely other factors at play, but one of the pathways a new study suggests is that inflammation lowers dopamine levels in the brain, which is responsible for decreased mood, decreased motivation, and anhedonia.

In this study, published May 2020 in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers found a direct correlation between blood markers of inflammation (inflammatory cytokines) and motivation.  Specifically, that inflammation lowers dopamine levels in the brain, that switches the brain from positive to negative thinking.

As dopamine drops, you can go from feeling capable and motivated to feeling incapable and unmotivated.

Basically, inflammation gives you a motivational impairment, and prevents you from thinking optimistically as well as keeps you from accurately assessing what you are capable of.  Even if you fully are capable of doing something, your brain will tell you that you are not.  You’re motivation tanks and your outlook dims as a result of chronic inflammation.

 

 

 

This is the perfect study to share right now, as many of us are feeling worn down and defeated from 2020 and could use some positive healing solutions to help boost our mainframe as we awaken this spring.

To hear me talk more about this study and give several awesome solutions to naturally boost dopamine levels, hop over here to listen to me tell you all about this medical study in my latest podcast:  Lack Motivation?  New Research Sheds Light On Why.

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So let’s take this one step further.

We know with absolute clarity that 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 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.

We also know grounding specifically decreases the same inflammatory cytokines that have a direct impact on our dopamine levels.  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 inflammatory cytokine concentration.

And because of the newest research showing that inflammatory cytokines have a direct reflection in our mood and motivation levels, we can see a potential direct explanation for why grounding boosts mood.  By decreasing inflammatory cytokines, it’s resonable to suggest that grounding gives a natural dopamine boost to the brain.

 

 

 

 

This is on top of the fact that grounding also boosts our Vitamin D levels, as well as surrounds us with views of greenery, as well as allows us to get active and move our physical body, and even allows us to sleep in a deeper and more restorative way that night…

…all four of these things (Vit D levels, viewing plants, exercise, and sleep) independently boost mood as well, so adding in a natural dopamine boost is a like a win-win-win-win-win for grounding and helps truly explain why grounding dramatically improves our mindframe.

This powerful, natural anti-inflammatory effect is the mechanism of action behind the earth’s ability to elevate mood, boost energy, and brighten outlook.

Know the feeling of spending a morning in your garden or an afternoon walking along the beach and how calm, centered, uplifted and creative your mindset becomes?

 

 

 

 

Grounding your body is at work here, decreasing your whole body inflammation, decreasing the stress hormones (like cortisol) in your bloodstream, decreasing your C-reactive protein levels and inflammatory cytokine levels… and all completely naturally, no medications involved.

 

Ready to head outside and get grounded?  I hope so, because within minutes you will notice your muscle tension decreasing and your mood begin to lift.

Not sure what will ground you when you get out there?  I made these super informal videos for you years ago to show you, you have lots more options than you think!  Click on any below and let me show you how easy it is to get grounded outside:

 

And I’ve got an exciting idea list for you next week, meet me back here on my blog next Monday when I share my top 10 indoor activities that you should absolutely take outside this spring!

Meanwhile, if you want a jump start on tips and ideas to go outside and connect with our earth, grab your copy of The Earth Prescription and you’ll be all set for an entire year of outdoor grounding, no matter where you live and no matter what season it is.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

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How Your Posture Is Impacting Your Health

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Last year when I ran my annual Chakra Healing Class, one of the most interesting topics came up.

On of the participants (thank you Steve!) mentioned that he noticed becoming more short of breath when his posture slumped.

That brought on a wonderful discussion of all the different ways that poor posture literally physically affects your health… everything from dry mouth and dental issues to decreased oxygenation, decreased sleep quality and even increased ADHD symptoms.

 

But posture affects more than just our physical body… it affects our spirit.

 

 

 

In class I shared a link to this really awesome oldie-but-goodie TED talk where Amy Cuddy explains exactly how your body’s posture actually helps to shape your personality, your demeanor and even affects the people around you.  If you haven’t watched it yet I think it’s worth a listen.

But posture goes even further than that.

Your posture truly affects you at your core — on your deepest energetic level.  The spine naturally curves into the fetal position as a mechanism of protection and to self soothe during times of stress.

  • Have you ever noticed that when life gets you down or wears you out, whether the stressor is big or small, your shoulders slump and your head hangs forward?
  • Do you notice your lower back round out when you’ve had a long hard day?
  • Have you ever faced a traumatic incident by wrapping your arms tightly around your chest or stomach?
  • Have you ever been so worn out from life that you curled up in your bed in the fetal position, knees curled up towards your chest…
  • …or felt so broken that you laid on the floor of your shower curled into this protective posture, letting the water and heat envelope you?

 

I have.

I bet you have too.

 

 

 

It’s totally natural to go into this comforting position when stress surrounds you.  This because the fetal position is the position we are in while we are nurtured in the womb.

In fact, when infants are born they only have one curve to their spine — the C shaped curve of the knees-to-chest fetal position they had while held inside their mother’s body.

As we grow and learn to stand and ambulate under the forces of gravity, the spine develops three mature healthy curvatures in order to maintain a positive and productive center of balance.

But when we are traumatized, stressed, or upset, it is very natural for our body to tuck in tight, ball up, seek the fetal position and try to survive.

Surviving stress and trauma leads to physical health changes that ultimately affect our posture, our sleep, our mood, our digestion, our breathing, our pain levels, and even totally stress out our adrenals.

 

 

 

 

But how does posture affect our health on all of those levels?

 

The answer lies in our chakra energy flow.  Posture affects our chakra alignment which in turn affects our body from head to toe.  To make this visual for you, I set out to paint a painting to illustrate exactly how our spine lines up with our chakra system.

So today I wanted to share the process of creating this with you here so that hopefully I can inspire you to take stock of your posture, take deeper breaths, support your internal alignment and truly feel your powerful internal energy centers radiate out from all directions in perfect concert with each other!

 


Step 1.  Taking a page (literally!) out of my 20 year old med school anatomy book, I drew the spine on the middle of my canvas:

 

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2.  Then I filled in the background color…

 

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3.  …and added some white spirals at the level of each of our 7 core chakras:

 

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4.  Next I darkened the background to create more contrast and added even more spirals radiating out of each chakra center:

 

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5.  I then re-outlined the spine to bring it on top of the background and make it more visible:

 

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6.  After that it was on to color!   I added spiraling energy at each chakra level, radiating out from the corresponding point on our spinal column:

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7.  And then I re-outlined the spine and filled the bones in with white to help them stand out:

 

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8.   At this point I started feeling like this Chakra Anatomy painting would be a fantastic daily reminder for those of us who could use a visual to remember to check our posture throughout the day and sit or stand a little better… so I added the words “stand tall.”

And I mean that both metaphorically and literally.

Literally take that deep breath and stack your vertebra up in a nice line.

And energetically… hold your head up high.

You are who you are.

And that is a beautiful thing.

 

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9.  With some extra tweaks on the energy circles and a few more touch ups on the letters… you have one of my favorite chakra paintings I’ve done:

 

 

 

Hold that head up and know that every moment you are here on earth flowing your unique soul energy through your unique physical body, you are doing important work that can be done by no other.

So sit straighter, walk taller, and SHINE.

This painting is my attempt at a daily reminder to vibrantly radiate your core energy by standing tall.  If you could use a reminder too, hop over here to grab a print of this artwork! Totally fantastic for a yoga or meditation area or even in your closet to see as you get dressed each morning (I have mine hanging above my desk because that is where I tend to slouch the most!)

Here are some more of my favorite chakra paintings that I’ve painted for you over the years:

 

 

You can find prints for all of my original healing paintings right here.

 


 

 

Life is hard enough to navigate.

 

It helps to meet all external stressors with internal core strength.  Chakra alignment is an invaluable tool to sustaining your health and remaining centered during life’s storms.

I’ve seen over and over folks with strong internal chakra alignment affect powerful external change in their life.

If you’d like to go further and deeper with this concept, join me in optimizing your energy flow in my upcoming online Chakra Healing Class. which starts next week!

 

 

 

 

In this Chakra Healing Class I’ll help you translate chakra alignment into physical health,

and help you finally understand what your body is telling you.

 

Everything you experience throughout your day — any obstacle and any blessing — feels so much more powerful when you are meeting it from a place of deep internal balance.

I’ll help you get there.

Together we will align your core from the bottom to the top, building upon your inner strengths and releasing any resistance you have built at each level.

 

It all starts next Monday, April 5th!

 

Sign up now so I can ship your goodie bag to you right away!

I can’t wait to work together with you to have you feeling centered and aligned… all the way to your core.  I’d love you to join me by clicking over here to sign up and reserve your spot today.

 

Stand tall my friends!!!

xoxoxox, Laura

Background Noise Costs You More Than Just Your Peace & Quiet

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Chronic background noise doesn’t just irritate you… it actually impacts your long term health.  

By more than you think!

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

And it doesn’t stop there.

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

Because the disease burden of chronic noise is so directly linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and increased inflammation of the arteries, it’s important for clinicians to start treating noise pollution as a cardiac risk factor on par with smoking history, family history, age, blood pressure, and weight.  Here is a printable medical study you can take to your physician to get them to take noise pollution seriously in evaluating your true cardiovascular risk.

 

 

Small noises are an issue.

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

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

Noise pollution is no longer about loud noises causing long term hearing issues.  It’s not even about loud noises at all any more.  We are now aware that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time — compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body.

The new term is Noise Annoyance — which is all that is needed to produce these increased rates of chronic, life threatening health issue.

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

 

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

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

Clearly, working in a high noise industry (like on an aircraft or in construction) is very hard on the body — this we already knew.

What we didn’t know is having a job where you answer telephones, or working at a busy restaurant, or working a the mall, or any other environment with constant conversation and music playing adds to your cardiovascular risk as well.

And now we do.

We now understand that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time — compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body.

 

 

 

Think about your day:

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

 

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

 

 

 

As a physician, I can tell you that this is an even bigger problem for the millions of people who have noise sensitivity.

These health effects from chronic background noise affect all of us, whether we find the noise irritating or not.

But imagine if you had trouble filtering out background noise, as literally millions of folks with auditory sesntivitivy (hyperacusis) do.  Many conditions cause people to be sensitive to noise, including autism spectrum disorders, folks with chronic ringing in the ear (tinnitus) and shift workers.  You almost assuredly know someone who noise sensitive (and please forward this article to them so they feel your support!)

In fact, medical studies have found that almost one out of every ten people — 9% of the population or about 630 million people worldwide — have issues with noise sensitivity.  And this medical study found that those who are most likely to be affected are children, the elderly, the chronically ill, shiftworkers, people with mental illness, people suffering from tinnitus, and people with neurodevelopment disorders.

If you have hyperacusis, on top of the long term health impact of chronic background noise, it also affects your immediate ability to think, process, focus and react to the world around you.

You might want to consider the impact of noise sensitivity if you or someone you love has:

  • Autism or autism spectrum disorders.  Neurodevelopment issues such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) makes it harder to localize the source of a sound and creates added difficulty in understanding speech, which gets exponentially worse in noisy environments.  Children and adults who have ASD find their sympathetic nervous system gets hyperstiumlated by noise.   This medical study found approximately 70% of patients with ASD had noise hypersensitivity.  And this medical study used MRI imaging in ASD patients to directly reveal that the brain has has difficulty distinguishing social input from non-social auditory input.
  • Tinnitus.  Tinnitus can dramatically increase the risk of noise sensitivity.  One study reported about 80% of patients suffering from ringing in the ears report hyperacusis.
  • EMF sensitivity.  As I blogged about for you here, the overwhelming EMF exposures that most of us now live with assault our central nervous system day in and day out, and can contribute to hypersensitivity.  One of the most common diagnostic indicators of electrosenstivity is having tinnitus and dizziness in response to EMF exposures.  I think the fact that our brain is already hyperstimulated by these chronic EMF exposures exacerbates even folks who would not normally be sensitive to noise.  Hypersensitivity to multiple exposures (such as chemical sensitivities, food sensitivities, auditory sensitivities and electrohypersensitivities) play off each other and can actually bring about a huge decrease in our ability to function with normal activities of daily living.  While addressing chronic auditory noise (like we are in today’s article) can be extremely helpful, if you feel you have electrosensitivities that might also be contributing, I invite you to join into my upcoming Electrosensitivity Releif Online Class right here.


 

So now that we are taking noise pollution more seriously, what can you do about it?

Here are 3 actionable steps to safeguard your health:

 

 

 

1.  Protect your sleep.

 

The worst damage to your health occurs when noise levels are chronically present while you are sleeping at night, so the first thing to think about is where you lay your head to catch sleep.  If you live in an area where you can hear cars driving by every night, or other constant sounds, you may ultimately want to consider moving.

Short of moving, it can help to follow these simple guidelines to help improve your sleep hygiene:

  • Install noise blocking and light blocking curtains on your windows.
  • Do not sleep with windows open if you live in an area with nighttime traffic, and try to sleep in a room that is not facing a road if you have an option of which bedroom to take.  If you already have a high cardiovascular risk or history of heart disease or stroke, consider switching bedrooms with another family member in order to get away from a busy street.
  • If you have a yard, consider planting a row of trees to help block noise coming to your home.
  • Turn off appliances when not in use… don’t sleep with the TV or music running, don’t sleep with a sound machine on, give your brain a break from the constant onslaught of noise whenever possible.
  • Wear ear protection designed to minimize disruption from noise while you sleep.
  • Reduce EMF exposures in your sleeping area to decrease the over all environmental toxicity of your bedroom (click over here to read more on electrosensitivity and reducing your exposures to EMFs.)
  • Deep sleep by wearing blue light filtering glasses in the evenings, like these.  You can find blue light filtering glasses almost anywhere, but make sure they are dark yellow to orange, not light yellow, in order to block enough blue light that it actually makes a noticeable difference in your ability to fall asleep.
  • Ground while you sleep at night to dramatically deepen sleep, improve your brain’s sleep patterns and give your body some restorative down time before facing another full, noisy, busy day.
  • Take probiotics. Research published in 2019 in Frontiers In Psychiatry showed that after 6 weeks of taking probiotics, participants has significantly improved sleep quality.  You can read this article right here. I have these waiting for you, along with the other supplements (like magnesium) I suggest for a good nights sleep, in one easy Sleep Restore Protocol that is waiting for you right here.
  • Listen to my podcast on 14 holistic tips for improving sleep.  I recorded a 20 minute podcast for you all about a recent medical study on sleep, and run through all of these tips plus a few extra bonus tips (for a total of 14 holistic steps to your best night’s sleep yet!)  Hop over here to listen in and please be sure to subscribe!  Intuition Physician Updates is a brand new podcast I just launched and I’ll be adding new episodes on the latest holistic health news all year long.

 


 

 

 

2.  Wear simple, effective ear protection

 

You can wear these simple, soft, effective silicone ear devices to decrease irritating noise while at the same time, helping to clarify important noises that you actually want to hear.  Calmer sits barely visible in the ear and uses revolutionary, non-electric technology to reduce mid and high frequency distortion without having a detrimental effect on our hearing.

Calmer reduces stress by removing distortion that would usually trigger the human ‘fight or flight’ response.  While this response was a vital part of our evolution to alert us to the slightest sound or threat, in today’s modern world where we no longer need to be alert to the snap of a twig, this added resonance is loading us with unnecessary stress.

Calmer specifically helps reduce noises that causes stress and anxiety.  They do this without reducing the volume so you don’t feel disconnected from the world, and you can hear what you need to hear clearly. The result is a natural way to minimize today’s constant barrage of environmental noise stressors which have a negative impact on our mental and physical well-being.

 

 

 

 

While this will decrease stress for anyone, whether you are sensitive to noises or not, it can be a game changer for those with Hyperacusis, for example those with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, tinnitus, or other hypersensitivity issues.

You can wear these during waking and sleeping hours.  The help to relieve stress while at home, at work, at school, on commutes, while traveling, at restaurants, concerts, or all night long when you want to deeply relax.  They are very discrete and you can still hear normal conversation, music, co-workers, etc… but at much safer volumes that protect your long term health and decrease your immediate stress.

When you wear them you not only protect your stress levels and ability to process communication in the short term, but protect your heart and brain and metabolism for the long term, too!  Tell your friends, fellow students, co-workers, anyone who ask about them how wearing ear protection can actually decrease heart attack and stroke risk — they will be amazed!

Learn more about how these ingenious, simple ear protective devices work right here.

 

 


 

 

 

 

3.  Decrease other stressors

 

Like with everything in life, health is a balance.  Even when you can not do anything to change one stressor, decreasing other stressors in your life helps decrease the total amount of stress burden placed on your body.

It’s absolutely reasonable and recommended that you consider stress when choosing an occupation, a living location, your commute, a relationships, a friendships, forming relationships with coworkers, etc… Toxicity from these ubiquitous sources are every bit as important to consider as it is to reduce more obvious toxins like the ones found in the food you eat, the water you drink, choosing non-toxic household and personal care items, etc…

And on the flip side, increasing and optimizing any other aspect of your health will go a long way to protect your over all long term wellness.  Optimize the quality of the foods, nutrients, micronutrients, vitamins & minerals you put into your body, optimize the purity of the water you drink, increase your physical activity, go outside and get your body grounded to the earth as often as possible, and on and on.

Read through this list and find one (or several) ways that you can focus on what you can control, which will help mitigate the stressors you can’t control:

  • Decrease toxic burden.  Go through your pantry, bathroom, and laundry room and remove synthetic, chemical laden foods from your pantry, toxic artificial body care products, oral care products and hair care products from your bathrooms, remove chemical laden home care and cleaning products as well as artificially scented and chemical laden laundry products, and never use toxic chemicals on your lawn.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day.
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Eat clean whenever possible.  Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods whenever possible.
  • Want to improve your nutritional intake?  Supplement with high quality antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage, potentially decreasing over all burden of stress on your body.
  • Don’t drink enough water?  Put a water filtration system right out on your kitchen counter and drink a big glass every single time you walk by it.
  • Don’t exercise enough?  Start and end every single day with a walk outside in fresh air.  Daily movement helps deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Worried about your EMF exposures?  Join my upcoming Electrosensitivity Class and get those dramatically reduced.  You will feel immediate relief.
  • Want to meditate but can’t get the hang of it?  It only take 3 deep breaths to literally boost the function of your heart and other crucial internal organs — take 3 deep breaths right now.  It’s a mini meditation that literally boosts your health instantly.  Use a chime routinely to remind you…  I walk you through it right here in this video.  Feel that?  Do it daily.
  • Start reading books at night instead of watching TV.
  • Stop multitasking and let your brain focus on just one task at a time.
  • Start taking nightly epsom salt bath soaks.
  • Sauna each week to relax tense muscle and boost your health (as I blog about here, routine sauna increases life span!)
  • Join a spiritual support group or get serious about finding a church or synagogue or meditation center that feels right the moment you walk in the doors.
  • Stop using social media and reach out to your real life friends to set up a weekly date.
  • Need a reminder to incorporate these healthy daily routines into your life?  Hang this dry erase board up in your home and transform how you treat yourself and put a priority on your health.

And on and on and on.  There is always something you can do to feel better, and better and better.  There are always actionable steps you can take to boost your health.

One simple one, that you can do today, is to evaluate your background noise and reduce it, or protect against it with ear protection.

Yep, it’s that simple!

 

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

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

A Free Printable Tool To Give You Inner Clarity When Making Difficult Decisions

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I recently was supporting a participant of one of my online classes with help making a tough medical decision.  One of the things I shared with here was this simple tool on how to get clarity around making a decision that feels aligned on all levels of your health — body, mind and soul.  I know right now there are quite a lot of health related decisions that we all need to make, and I thought this would be the perfect time to share it again with my blog readers.

It’s one the best things I learned from a recent two day medical conference called Transforming The Future Of Medicine 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:

 

 

The Secret Behind A “Grounding Detox” — What Your Symptoms Are Really Telling You

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I get questions all the time from readers who are told that the negative symptoms they feel while grounding are a “grounding detox.”  They are told that the tingling electrical sensations they  feel, or the resultant restlessness, anxiety, insomnia & headache, are all part of the grounding process and that if they continue, it should go away.

But then it doesn’t, and they email me asking for advice.

So today, I want to share what I tell these folks — there is no such thing as a grounding detox.  What you are feeling is a measurable, palpable AC current that is running through your body, and that having symptoms from this simply means you are electrosensitive.  And believe it or not, that is a good thing.  I’ll tell you why below.

And not only is being electrosensitive a good thing, but luckily there are lots of ways to continue to reap the enormous health benefits of being grounded while removing the AC current from your body.

All it takes is an understanding of what electrosensitivity is and how to address it.  I’ve got you.  And it’s actually fascinating… so let’s dive in!

 


 

 

 

What is the ‘tingling and stinging’ you feel from unfiltered grounding cords?

 

Many people felt uncomfortable sensations when they are grounding with regular grounding cords.

It’s been described as ‘tingling’ and ‘stinging’ on many pages such as Earthing’s: “Why do I feel a stinging or tingling” and Earthing Institute’s: “I feel a kind of shock or an uncomfortable stinging, tingling in my hands.

The most common symptoms are:

  • stinging or tingling sensation
  • headache
  • decreased concentration
  • vertigo/dizziness
  • tinnitus/ringing in the ears
  • skin reactions
  • insomnia
  • mood changes, including anxiety or depression
  • fatigue
  • heart palpatations
  • muscle pain/tension

 

Many non-medical grounding advocates will tell you these symptoms are a “grounding detox” and that you will eventually get used to it if you keep grounding through their products.

But what is it, really?

If you’ve seen my previous posts and videos you know the difference between the natural direct current (DC) flow of electrons that is necessary for the natural, earth mediated grounding process, and the harmful alternating current (AC) electricity that is only from unnatural, man-made electrical power and EMFs.

What people are feeling with the stinging and tingling is the AC current flowing from EMFs through the sensitive parts of their body as the circuit is connected with a standard ground cord that has no filter in place to stop an AC current from traveling through it.  You don’t need the AC current to get grounded, since grounding is a purely DC mediated process.

There are way more people that can feel this AC current than you might think.   If you can feel these “grounding detox” sensations, you are absolutely not alone.  It turns out that some people are more sensitive to this AC current than others, and in today’s post we’re going to explore how prevalent that sensitivity is.

 


‘Perception’ levels of electricity

 

In the electrical safety community, where they study what levels of electricity can hurt or harm you, the amount of electricity that people can start to feel the tingling is called the ‘perception’ level.

100 years ago, back when electricity was being developed as a power source, people conducted a lot of experiments to determine what these different levels of electricity are.  And those findings are still being used today!

The most commonly cited source of electricity safety is the The Electrical Safety Manual of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety [1].  The sources for the levels they use can be traced back to a series of key experiments conduced in the 1950s [2].

 

 

Photos from Dalziel’s testing in the 1950s

 

Photos from Dalziel’s testing in the 1950s

 

The main set of experiments conducted for electricity levels involved hundreds of men and women subjected to different levels of electricity. They tested all sorts of levels of current in various ways, including a ‘gripping’ test where the subject starts off holding a metal probe and AC current was slowly increased until the person could start feeling it, as well as a touch test where the subject repeatedly touched a metal plate as the electricity was increased until they could start feeling it.

What did the researchers find?

 


 

 

There is a big range of sensitivity!

 

They found many things from these tests, and I’ll show you the data right now so you can see it for yourself.

First, there was a wide range of sensitivities – the data follows a traditional bell curve, showing a middle where most people are but also long tails on either side.  The least sensitive people couldn’t feel AC electricity until levels three times the most sensitive people!

Also, women were more sensitive then men, which is a fact that is further confirmed in the medical literature on studies about electrosensitivity — more women than men are electrosensitive, and this data shows us exactly why.  Women have a lower threshhold to perceive electrical current than men do.  But that doesn’t mean if you are a male that you are not electro sensitive — not at all.  Many men (and even more women!) all around the world are electrosensitive, and we will get into those numbers next.

Another thing that researchers found is that touching an object with current (touch tests) were more sensitive than gripping. In other words, if you touch an object that with AC current in it, you will feel it at a lower threshold than if you are holding onto the item as the current increases.  One reason they feel this happens is that during an initial touching event a very small surface area — for example, your finger — will make first contact, so all the electricity will be focused on that area, making it easier to instantly feel.

Another reason test subjects could perceive current more acutely during the touch tests is similar to the boiling frog analogy you are likely familiar with: a frog placed in water that is slowly heated will not perceive the temperature increase and will stay in the water until it is cooked to death… whereas a frog placed in water that is preheated will immediately jump out! Similarly, if you touch a grounding tool you may be able to feel symptoms from AC current at much lower levels than if you have a current slowly introduced into the grounding tool.

This is why I say that being electrosensitive is a good thing!  If you can perceive the current entering your body when you touch a grounding tool, you’ll know immediately how to protect yourself — remove the source of the current.  If you can’t feel it, and you need a much larger current to be able to perceive it’s presence, then you will blindly allow a current to run through your body unaware.

 

 

Current perception levels for men and women using the gripping test (adapted from Dalziel, 1954)

 

 

Touch tests on the same range as gripping

 

 

 


What Does This Mean for Grounding?

 

This type of data can be used to examine the sensitivity of people to grounding.

First, we will use the touch test since the grounding tool will already be connected when you first touch it, so EMFs will already have induced a voltage on your body and you when you make initial contact with the grounding tool it will feel similar to the touch tests.

Second, we will convert the x-axis from current to AC body voltage – the kind you can measure with a voltmeter.  This is done by multiplying the current by the resistance (V=IR) found in most grounding cords (100k Ohms).

Third, the y-axis will be converted from a probability distribution value to number of people in the US and world.

Last, we will focus on the lower ‘tail’ of the bell curve to examine more sensitive people.

 

 

Close-up of sensitive tail of original tapping data, converted to AC body voltage and population sizes (adopted from Dalziel, 1954)

 

 

This shows us that there are millions of people who are sensitive to low amounts of body voltage when grounding!

In the video I created for you right here (to show you the difference between grounding through an unfiltered ground cord (known as a standard ground cord) and a filtered ground cord (known as the PureGround cord) I show you that have an AC body voltage of 4.57, and man could I feel it!  In fact, by the time I had finished recording that video for you, I had a pretty bad headache from that exposure.  As you can see in the graph above, I’m not alone.  At a body voltage reading of 4.57, more than 3.5 million people all over the world would feel this as well.  And unfortunately it is not uncommon to find body voltages shown on the graph, and even higher.

It also shows that at very small voltages there will still be people who will experience uncomfortable sensations; these people could now be diagnosed as ‘electrosensitive’ in the modern medical community.  In medicine we call feeling sensations at this level of exposure Electrosensitivity.  In the non-medical community, grounding companies will call this a “grounding detox.”

But these tests clearly show that theses are real symptoms, not a “detox” effect.  People who sense electrical currents at very small levels are simply more sensitive to electrical stimulae, and there are millions of us.

Non-medical grounding advocates will try to convince you to keep grounding through a standard ground cord, allowing this AC current to run through your body — they are counting on the fact that when you continue holding on to an electrical current, you become less sensitive to it — turning from a ‘touch test’ to a ‘gripping test’ as we talked about above.  Prolonged gripping allowed test subjects to be desensitized to AC current and it took a higher current to reproduce the same symptoms that were immediately felt during a touch test.

But in medicine, we do not want you to become desensitized to AC current and to numb yourself to the sensation of it.  We want you to remove this exposure from your grounding experience entirely. This is why we developed the. PureGround cord, so that now you have a solution to remove AC current from your ground connection.

Read on for more ways to get grounded without having an AC current running through your body.

 


 

 

 

We can make a few conclusive statements from this data:

 

  • 1 in 750 women can detect 5VAC body voltage
  • Over 7 million people worldwide can detect 5VAC body voltage
  • About 1 in 10,000 people can detect super small levels of body voltage, like 1VAC
  • This means almost 1 million people worldwide are that electrosensitive
  • In other words, if you are feeling symptoms of a supposed “grounding detox”, you are not alone

 

Even going with the lowest commonly agreed upon prevalence of perception (0.1% of the population, or 7 million people) this is roughly the same worldwide incidence of many other illnesses that no one would brush off as a “detox” reactions.  A quick look through the WHO Global Burden of Disease report shows that this incidence is similar to the incidence of stroke, for example.  Electrosensitivity is more common than congestive heart failure.  It is more common than Parkinson’s disease.  It is more common than breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer combined.

So yeah, let’s not ignore this huge population of electrosensitive individuals who want to improve their health by connecting to the earth.

In fact, I think electrosensitivity is vastly under-reported, as the data from the touch and grip tests on electrosensitivity suggests there are people who can sense extremely small amounts of electricity, well below the threshold that we’ve been talking about in the above charts.  The original tests report that people with cuts on hands or fingers could detect voltage “almost too small to measure.”   It turns out, many skin conditions such as micro abrasions, rashes or other issues that cause a break in skin integrity, as well as different moisture levels and dry, cracked skin (common during winter months, common for those who live in arid environments, common when folks are dehydrated, etc.) means it is entirely possible that there are people who can detect electricity in very small, almost unmeasurably small, amounts.

The researchers also found that other parts of the body can be more sensitive — such as the neck.  This is one reason I don’t advocate grounding through a pillow (besides the fact that sleeping with a cord at the head and neck area is an obvious choke/entanglement risk — not a good idea when unconscious.)  I am always shocked when other grounding advocates try and sell grounded pillowcases!  The neck is one of the most electrosensitive parts of the entire body.

Recent medical research has found this to be true — millions of people are affected by electrohypersensitivty [3] and in population-based surveys, the prevalence of electrohypersensitivity (EHS) ranges from 1.5% of the population (found in Sweden) up to 13.3% (found in Taiwan) [4].

So these numbers fall well within those ranges and explain, clear as day, what a grounding detox really is.  It’s simply the ability of electrosensitive people to detect an AC current when grounding through an unfiltered ground cord.  Because it is so common that it affects millions of folks all around the world, we set out to upgrade a standard ground cord into a filtered ground cord so that electrosensitive people can still reap the positive health benefits of being grounded, without the negative experience of receiving an AC current.

 

 


I think I am electrosensitive… what can I do?

Here are three great ways to get started in protecting your conductive health:

 

 

 

 

1.  Learn more.

 

First of all, know that it is an actual diagnosable and treatable condition.  In every other country than the USA, that is.  Jeez.  I don’t know why we are so late to formally diagnose and treat EHS, but throughout Europe and in Canada, you can get a formal diagnosis and even disability support, including letters from your physician to request employers and schools to accommodate your needs (and your children’s needs) to reduce EMF exposure and safeguard your health.

Physicians can write:

  • letters requiring employers to provide you with a hardwired ethernet connection
  • recommendations to your employer to have you work in a place that is furthest from the wifi router
  • letters to school educators to seat children in the class seat that is furthest from router
  • letters to school educators to create a cell phone free classroom, with all cell phones put on airplane mode at the beginning of class
  • letter to school educators requesting they allow students intermittent times to go outside and ground to the natural energy of the earth to help offset EHS symptoms

You don’t have to wait for your local health care professional to get on board with diagnosing and treating electrosensitivity, because I will be your healthcare advocate and help you.  I developed a class to teach you everything you need to know about your conductive health — including both positive ways to boost your conductive health through safe grounding practices, as well as ways to protect your conductive health through lowering your EMF exposures.

In this online class I will even walk you through how to get your own, in person physician comfortable with diagnosing EHS and writing those recommendations listed above on a Rx for you to hand to your employer or you child’s teacher.

It’s absolutely possible to be EHS and safeguard your health, while still living in the modern world.  I walk you through exactly how to do it, starting with a self assessment tool that will help you figure out if you are electrohypersensitive (EHS) and walk you, step by step, through all of your living spaces to making them safer for you and your entire family.

Plus I give you tons of encouragement and additional tools to boost your health, decrease the reactivity and inflammation in your body, as well free printables and worksheets that you can keep forever, as well as lots of medical literature to validate exactly what you are experiencing and why.

No longer will you be brushed aside and told that your legitimate, valid ability to perceive electrical currents and EMF fields imposed on your body are simply a “detox” to ignore.  Nope.  In this 7 day online class we will go over together:

  • Day 1: What is electrosensitivity and how to assess if you are electrosensitive
  • Day 2: Removing the exposures you can remove (I’ll walk you through it!)
  • Day 3: Reducing the exposures you can further reduce (let’s do it together!)
  • Day 4: Shielding from any remaining exposures: key concepts & actions to take
  • Day 5: Grounding to rebalance your conductive health with natural earth EMFs
  • Day 6: Boosting your body’s resiliency to mitigate the symptoms you may already be feeling
  • Day 7: How to talk to your physician about further in person diagnosing & treatment of EHS

 

Reserve your spot today and take action to protect your well being (and forward this to your family and loved ones so they can take it with you!)

Taking this with an accountability buddy is a great idea so you can encourage each other and stick with it.  And I’ll be your ultimate accountability partner, walking beside you the entire way:

 

 

It absolutely doesn’t have to be overwhelming, I’ll break it down for you into easily actionable steps that will leave you feeling empowered, not scared.

 


 

 

2.  Switch Your Unfiltered Ground Cord To A PureGround Cord

 

The second action I highly recommend taking is to replace all standard ground cords with PureGround cords.  The PureGround cord blocks AC current so you can get the benefits of the healthy direct current from the earth without experiencing any uncomfortable tingling or stinging from EMFs.

You can order this AC filtering, EMF shielding ground cord right here, and start grounding again with confidence.

 

 


 

 

 

3.  Offset Man Made EMFs Indoors with Natural Grounding Outside

 

The third thing I highly recommend you do is, even if you ground indoors through grounding tools (and a PureGround cord) head outside for at least a few minutes daily to rebalance your conductive health.  It doesn’t have to be for long — grounding is as instantaneous as flipping on a light switch.  When you turn on a light, the entire room is illuminated — and that’s exactly what happens when one cell in your body becomes grounded: your entire body becomes grounded.

While there are cumulative benefits over time to grounding, there is really no time too little for grounding, either.  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 during lunchtime, or when you stop for a second to pull a weed out from a garden bed.

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.

Grounding daily to reset the conductive health of your body is ESSENTIAL — it is not enough simply to remove EMF insults, you must replace those toxic frequencies with the natural healing frequency from the earth.

 

 

To help you with that, I wrote a book for you:  The Earth Prescription.

This book will fill your mind, heart and spirit with exciting ideas on how to get grounded to support your particular health goals best, whether you want to sleep better, get more energy, feel more spiritually connected or even boost your creativity.

My goal in writing this book is to give you tons of solutions on how to get outside no matter what the weather, no matter what the season, no matter where you live, no matter if you have a yard or not, live in a city or not, nothing can stop you from resetting your conductive health with the earth you live on.  I’ll also inspire you with hundreds of uplifting ideas on what to do once you get there:

 


 

 

 

 

The Bottom Line:

 

In a nutshell: electrosensitivity is a well defined, identifiable, treatable, and preventable neurologic disease.

And awesomely, the human body is an incredibly resilient force of nature and we naturally go back to vibrant health when we allow our body to bounce back by giving it time to heal between insults.

The basis of life is a natural ability to repair and recover and a natural adaptability as well.  Your body simply needs time and space, away from a constant toxic onslaught, to do so.  This is even more crucial for those of us who are electrosensitive.  I truly hope today’s article helps to reassure you exactly what you are feeling when you notice symptoms of electrosensitivity, to give you a fuller understanding of what is really happening when you are having a “grounding detox”, and tons of solutions to help release those symptoms and feel better than you’ve ever felt.

To your incredibly resilient health!

xoxo, Laura Koniver, MD

References:
[1] The Electrical Safety Manual of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-113/pdfs/2009-113.pdf
[2] C. F. Dalziel, “The threshold of perception currents,” in Electrical Engineering, vol. 73, no. 7, pp. 625-
630, July 1954, doi: 10.1109/EE.1954.6438873.
[3] Belpomme, D.; Irigaray, P. Electrohypersensitivity as a Newly Identified and Characterized Neurologic
Pathological Disorder: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent It. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 1915.
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21061915
[4] Hedendahl L, Carlberg M, Hardell L. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity–an increasing challenge to the
medical profession. Rev Environ Health. 2015;30(4):209-15. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26372109/