What Grounding Does To Your Muscles

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Our musculoskeletal system is the perfect conduit for grounding.

 

Your entire skeleton and all your muscles — as well as the connective tissues that hold all your organs and soft tissues in place — is a conductive conduit for healing is the basis for how and why grounding works.

 

When you touch the earth outside, your entire body is instantaneously grounded precisely because your entire musculoskeletal system is conductive — think of it as a conductive fiberoptic system that runs grounding instantly throughout your entire body, as easy as flipping a switch.

 

The musculoskeletal system is what makes you conductive, and what makes grounding instantaneous throughout your whole body.

 

 

In this video, I run through all of the medical literature on grounding your muscles and why it is so powerfully helpful in reducing muscle tension, relieving and even preventing muscle soreness, and much much more:

 

 

I recorded that video many years ago, so I decided to deliver this healing information in an entirely new way, by painting it for you!

 

Let me walk you through what I came up with:

1 . First I started by sketching out a body in movement, and outlining all the muscles that are being powerfully supported by the earth through grounding.  I also started painting in the background and the energy that pulses from the earth:

 

 

2.  Then I started really putting some more energy pulsing into the atmophere around us from the earth, painted in the grass, and then decided to do a cross section of earth under the foot to show the energy from the ground up into the human body:

 

 

3.  Then I filled in the muscles and connective tissues that run along the body, making it a fully conductive conduit for healing… as well as starting to show the inflammation and stress and strain from the body draining into the earth… ahhhhhh…. this is my favorite part of grounding, just feeling it all drain away beneath me:

 

 

 

4.  Then I started painting the reciprocal flow — the healing pulse of the earth running immediately up from the point of contact in the foot throughout the muscles and body of the person grounding.  This would happen at any point of contact — I could easily have painted a fingertip touching the earth and it would ground your body the exact same way, as would any body part touching the earth in any way!

 

 

 

5.   I used gold to make the grounded energy stand out a little more and symbolized this with sacred geometry spirals flowing both up and down, symbolizing the wonderful healing support we get from the earth at the first moment of contact:

 

 

 

Anyway, voila!  My latest addition to my original healing paintings… you can find more uplifting original artwork that I’ve painted over the years right here.  

 

 

 

Back to how grounding can and will help your muscle tension and soreness…

whether it’s from stress, poor sleep, an injury, strain from exercise or for any other reason, you can count on the earth to help.

 

But you can’t count on your physician to remind you to get grounded, because most medical professionals just aren’t aware yet that the entire structure of your body (all of your ligaments, tendons, muscles, skin and bones) are all conductors. 

And it goes further than that.  Because it’s not just your muscles, skin, bones, ligaments and joints that are conductors.  And it’s not just the fluids, it’s the actual cytoskeleton of every single cell.

Your cells are made up of their own structural system that maintains their three-dimensional shape that is conductive and the fluids that our cells are filled with are conductive as well.  I think of it as an electrically conductive gel. 

So because each cell in our body is primed to receive conductive healing, you can have an instant response that’s not dependent on digesting something or circulating something or absorbing something (like a medication or supplement or food. )  It’s not dependent on absorbing a prescribed medication. It’s not dependent even on the food you’re eating. Those things can be very helpful and adjunctive. But nothing is as direct as the immediate result of grounding.

Even for chronic old issues, because now the earth can speed relief and repair right to an area that may be walled off and encapsulated by scar tissue and is not accessible any other way than electrically. So that is the incredible power of grounding your musculoskeletal system.

 

 

 

Grounding one cell is all that it takes.

 

Grounding just one cell will electrically conduct this healing flow through your entire body. Releasing muscle tension, supporting your joints, strengthening your bones.

You can use the power of this healing support to dramatically improve your performance the next time you are pushing your muscles.  See if you can feel the difference between exercising grounded or not:

  • Notice if you can swim grounded in an in-ground pool much longer than you can run ungrounded with sneakers on
  • Notice if you take your yoga or physical therapy stretches outside whether you can hold poses longer and stretch further
  • Notice if you ground whenever you stop for water breaks during hikes and bike rides (just touch a tree, a rock, the ground) that you are much less sore afterwards
  • Or, notice if you sleep grounded after a hard workout that the next day you are not nearly as beat as you thought you would be!

Be open to noticing the healing support to your muscles that grounding can provide.

If you have trouble noticing a difference between exercising grounded or not, try following your results for a few months using this grounding tracker to help you reassess your improvement over time.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

PS — need more ideas for getting grounded outside to support your health?

My new grounding book is now available for pre-order, woot!    Take a look at the cover and you’ll see where I got my inspiration for the painting design!

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How To Tell If You Are Electrosensitive And What To Do About It

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At the recent 5G conference I spoke at, it became really clear to me that most people are not quite sure if the are electrosensitive or not.

And unfortunately for most, their physician had not asked about EMF exposures or taken EMF exposures into account when addressing health issues.

So… when will physicians become serious about the diagnosis and treatment of electrosensitivity?

Soon.

 

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

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

Myself included.

 

But until then, it might be up to you to pick up on your electrosensitivity and how this might be impacting your healing, and bring it up to your physician directly.

So today, I wanted to give you some resource to share with your physician in order to help spread awareness.

Here are some things you can do before your next doctor’s appointment to sharing with your health care professional.

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treating EHS

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

EHS Intake Questionnaire

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

4.  Ground the human body to help increase resiliency, but use an EMF filtering & shielding ground cord for all indoor grounding applications:

 

 

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

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

And join the Safe Grounding Coalition to stay updated on the latest ways to safely ground in an increasingly EMF toxic world.

 

 

 

Here is a video I created for you showing you how a PureGround cord stops the AC current from traveling up the line to your indoor grounding tool, something that can explain why electrohypersensitive folks sometimes struggle with grounding indoors.

Many EHS patients first get a clue that they are electrosensitive because grounding indoors makes them feel anxious, irritable, headachey or worsens insomnia.

If this sounds like you, the PureGround cord could be your solution to peacefully grounding in your home (click here to watch on my YouTube channel):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

Reliable Biomarkers Identifying EHS

 

 

 

 

6.  Decrease EMF Exposures On Your Own:

 

 

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

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

At the very least, start with these 5 steps:

 

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

 

The exciting thing about EMFs is that they are easily shielded.

Metal blocks Wifi signals and other sources of radiation, so it’s just a simple mindframe switch to include protecting from environmental EMF exposures as you go out and about in your day.

Just like most of us have gotten used to the idea of putting sunscreen on and/or wearing hats and sunglasses before spending a day outside exposed to the sun’s UV radiation, we can similarly block radiation exposures from other sources like Wifi, cell towers, microwaves, laptops, cell phones, lighting, electrical appliances and more with clothing and topical preparations.

 

 

You can totally block the radiation from reaching your body simply by using shielding tools — clothing, hats, sleeping under shielding blankets, even simply applying this EMF blocking silver lotion can cut radiation exposures in half.

I have all of these supplies and many more waiting for you right here in the shielding section of my shop.  

 

 

 

 

7.  Decrease Your Other Toxic Exposures:

 

There are lots of other ways you can boost your health and keep your body less burdened with toxic exposures, which is particularly crucial if there are EMF exposures you can’t modify.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day.  And absolute stop using those fake toxic chemicals on your lawn as well!!!
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Supplement with antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage.  N-aceytl cysteine (NAC), glutathione, Vit C, Vit D, CoQ10, Apha-lipoic acid (ALA), Curcumin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Resveratrol, even melatonin are all powerful antioxidants and help slow or even reverse the aging process.  The very best, highest quality supplements in the world are all waiting for you (at a discount!) in my trusty online dispensary here.
  • Drink filtered water in large quantities daily
  • Get plenty of natural sunlight daily to boost longevity.
  • Get a pet.
  • Sauna routinely to boost health.
  • Increase your sleep by just one hour to increase your lifespan.
  • Exercise daily to help deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Embrace a positive, uplifting health mantra.

 

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

Sharing this article with all of your loved ones will help them do the same.

Health is your birthright.  Claim it!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

It’s Never Too Late To Extend Your Life Just By Getting Active

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Dammit.

Now none of us have any excuse to not exercise.

 

 

All my life I hated exercising in the traditional sense — I loved playing soccer in school and I loved chasing after my kids as a mom and I love going on long walks after dinner as a middle aged adult…  it’s not that I mind being active… but as far as an exercise program, I never could stick to it.

Yoga classes, pilates classes, step aerobics classes, running, biking, even trying out a personal trainer… I could just never stick with it because I didn’t truly enjoy it.

Seeing people running in my neighborhood every day leaves me with party envy and part awe.

How. Do. They. Do. It.????

I started telling myself I’m just not one of “those” people… you know, the kind who can stick with an exercise routine.

 

 

 

Well after crafting today’s medical literature review, I can’t let myself off the hook quite so easily.

New research published March 8, 2019 in JAMA Network Open shows that introducing physical activity later in life, even in your 60s (and as you’ll see in other studies below, in your 70’s and beyond as well) has a similar benefit of increasing lifespan as you would enjoy if you had been exercising since young adulthood.

Researchers looked at over 300,000 patients and found that exercising for an average of 2 hours a week was enough to protect longevity, significantly dropping their risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, cancer, and all causes of death combined.

 

But here is the interesting part:

Folks who were inactive but started to exercise in mid-life had every bit the protection to their lifespan as folks who were active from adolescence on.

  • Participants who reported routinely exercising from adolescence had a 33% decreased risk of dying for any reason

  • And participants who reported being inactive during young adulthood but increasing activity in midlife enjoyed a similar benefit, at a 34% decreased risk of dying for any reason.

 

 

 

 

This echoes what researchers found in a study published April 2017 in the Journal Of Geriatric Cardiology, where researchers looked at almost 3,000 adults, with an average age of 71, and evaluated their mortality rates in relationship to how much they exercise.

What they found is that adults who exercised routinely dropped their risk of dying from heart attack or stroke by almost 60%.

 

But again, the interesting part is how you are never too old to boost your health with exercise.

Because even though the average study participant was in their 70s, if during the study they increased the amount they exercised even more, their risk of dying from a cardiovascular dropped by an additional 25%!

 

So truly, I mean it, it’s never too late to start exercising routinely, because even if you up your activity level starting when you are in your 70s you are significantly, measurably protecting your health and prolonging your life.

 

 

 

 

Then, in another exciting medical study published May 30, 2019 in Neurology Clinical Practiceresearchers found that not only does getting active extend your life, it keeps your brain sharper.

After conducting a meta-analysis of 98 different randomized controlled trials looking at older adults (average age of study participants was 73) researchers found that adults who exercised, even with low impact activities such as yoga and tai chi, enjoyed statistically significant improvements to brain function.

And this included adults who already had mild cognitive impairment and even adults who had outright dementia — all were found to improve their mental processing speed, attention span, executive function and global cognition in functional brain studies.

 

Why am I saying it’s never too late to start?

Because the key to this study was not to have exercised your entire life or to exercise for long periods of time or to exercise more strenuously or even more frequently… it was only to exercise at all.

 

In fact, this study showed that you can begin to see these brain boosting results from exercising after only 6 months.

It didn’t take years and years to see benefit (statistically significant benefits began to accrue after only 6 months) and it didn’t take hours and hours of exercising (statistically significant benefits began to accrue after only 2 hours of exercise a week — that’s roughly 17 minutes a day.)

After analysis of the data, the only thing researchers found that made a difference in whether or not the exercise provided brain benefits, was that the total time accumulated exercise time (in a 6 month span) was 52 hours or more.  Again, that works out to roughly 17 minutes a day.

So you can start to exercise (for example, at 72 years of age) and reap the cognitive benefits that very same year.

The simple fact is, it’s just never too late.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, a study published May 2019 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting time a day with even light physical activity decreased mortality rates significantly.

And again, here’s the clincher:

The benefit of replacing sedentary time was actually increased even more if you were older than 75 years old.

 

So light activity decreased mortality rates in adults older than 75 years old more than it decreased mortality rates in younger age groups.

In other words, the older you are, the more that activity of any kind increases your lifespan.

So even at 75?  You’ve got no excuses not to put off that activity you’ve always kind of been curious about.  It’s never too late to lengthen your lifespan through exercise.

 

Let me say that again:

It’s NEVER too late to live longer by being active today.

 

 

Researchers are recommending physicians put a dosage on exercise, the same way we set a dosage on a medication or supplement.  This study showed that it didn’t matter if you split the amount of time exercising into 5 times a week, 2 times a week, longer sessions, shorter sessions, more strenuous sessions, less strenuous sessions… all that mattered was that in a 6 month period of time, they clocked in at 52 hours or more of total of exercise to see benefit.  What I like about this is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t feel any different after a month, or if you take a trip and skip a week of your exercise routine, or get the flu and just can’t make yourself work out vigorously for a few days.

All that mattered wasn’t how many minutes the patients spent each day or each week or even each month exercising… it was just that it accumulated to 52 hours or more in a 6 month period of time.

 

 

 

I think of it now as similar advice to watching the stock market.

Don’t check your stocks for day-to-day fluctuations, instead see trends develop over months and years.  With exercise, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results (or don’t even exercise at all) for days or weeks at a time, instead look at exercise as a cumulative benefit over half a year or more.

Therefore, no matter how long you’ve been sedentary or how old you are, it’s not too late to say that you are going to get moving today so that 6 months from now, your brain is working better and your lifespan is protected and increased.

 

 

In the end, I finally found an exercise that really feels right to me.

A Barre 3 studio opened up a few miles from my house and I can’t get enough.  I happily go to class 2 and 3 times a week now because exercising in this particular studio feels good to me.  So even if you’ve hated all other forms of exercise, keep trying new ones.

Middle age or older age and beyond… it’s never too late to introduce activity in order to increase your lifespan. As this studies show, it’s literally never too late to make a dramatic difference in your own longevity by getting more active.

xoxox, Laura

 

PS — if you truly have mobility issues or serious medical issues that prevent you from exercising, one alternative to exercising that has been shown to similarly increase lifespan is routine sauna.  Hop over to this article I wrote for you explaining more on why sauna is one of the loveliest ways to protect your health for a lifetime.

 

 

 

Eat This Today To Decrease Your Feelings Of Depression Tomorrow

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My two favorite vices are:

coffee and chocolate.

 

Coffee gets me through my mornings and chocolate gets me through my evenings!

I’ve blogged quite a bit about how coffee gets a bad wrap, since it actually does have some health benefits (I have all of these free health articles waiting for you, just click the links below to read them):

 

 

 

 

But today let’s focus on chocolate.

 

Years ago I wrote to you about a medical article, published in the British Medical Journal in May 2011, showing that folks who consume chocolate often… every single day or even multiple times a day… have an almost 40% reduced risk of heart attack and an almost 30% reduced risk of stroke.

 

In fact, the patients who consumed the most chocolate had the most cardio and neurologic protection.

 

The outcome was a significant finding which showed that increased chocolate consumption correlated to a third less risk of cardiometabolic events, such as heart attack and stroke.

This was a huge, meta analysis looking at over 4,500 different published articles in the medical literature and a whopping 114,000 patients.  This large study population makes these results very impressive and very reliable.

The effects are suggested to be attributed to high polyphenols in chocolate, which increase the bioavailability of nitric oxide… this in turn improves endothelial function, reduces platelet aggregation, and over all has a positive effect on blood pressure, blood lipids, and insulin resistance.

The study included any and all forms of chocolate, whether dark, milk or white chocolate.

 

 

 

 

Now, an even newer study has just been released that back up these findings further, showing the positive effects of eating chocolate on health in a different way — in protecting mood and guarding against mood disorders.

Published on July 29, 2019 in Depression and Anxiety, researchers found that dark chocolate consumption significantly reduced a patients chance of feeling depressive symptoms for a 24 hour period of time.

 

Looking at over 13,000 patients, researchers found that eating any amount of dark chocolate decreased depressive symptoms by 70% over patients who did not consume chocolate in the previous 24 hours.

 

OMG why is this not front page news?!?!  Uh… hello!   Chocolate effectively and dramatically prevents you from feeling depressed the next day.  If I could give you a Rx drug that was 70% effective in completely taking away depressive symptoms for 24 hours, we’d literally all be fighting to get it, some might even advocate for putting it in our water supply.

Now imagine if this miracle drug tasted just like chocolate.

Now imagine it wasn’t a drug at all and it was just simply chocolate itself.

Wish come true, that’s what they found.

 

 

 

 

To explain this mood lifting effect, researchers point out that chocolate contains several psychoactive ingredients, including anandamide analogs (which work similar to cannabinoids) as well as phenylethylamine, a mood regulating neuromodulator.

Getting a mood lifting high from chocolate?  Heck yes.  Make mine a double.

Chocolate also contains flavonoids, which decreases inflammation.  As I’ve already blogged for you right here, we know that inflammation depresses mood.  And I’d like to add to these findings the fact that you are also releasing endorphins from the happiness of eating chocolate (or… um… at least I am!)

Now, didn’t that just brighten your day?

Now all I need is for them to release chocolate directly in an IV infusion and I am all set to go!!!!

I’ve always been a big fan of eating what brings you joy (as I blog about here) but this just makes me all the happier as I reach for my nightly chocolate.  And after this medical study, I’m switching over to dark chocolate — will you join me?

Eat some dark chocolate today and feel happier today AND tomorrow…

…doctor’s orders!

xoxo, Laura

 

Trying It Out For You: Compression Therapy

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Therapeutic compression treatments have been around forever to help treat cardiovascular issues and lymphatic issues in the body…

…but until now I have only seen them used in hospital settings.

 

 

There is a new trend that offers compression therapy in a spa setting, where you can sit for a 30 or 60 minute period of time, wearing a garment that inflates (similar to a large blood pressure cuff) on and off, forcing blood and lymphatic fluids up the limbs.

It’s called intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) and it’s something I’m familiar with because we put these exact same inflatable boots on patients after surgery, to prevent blood clots.

It’s also the same idea behind therapeutic lymphatic massage, often prescribed to patients after removal of lymph nodes and/or with other causes of lymphedema in the arms or legs.

At the center where I gave it a go, you can choose to compress either your arms or your legs.  I went for leg compression and here’s how it went:

 

 

 

 

 

The low down:

 

I loved it, but it took a few minutes of getting used to… at first I was nervous about how tight it was getting.  But about halfway through the treatment, I began to love it because I started thinking of it as a very firm, strong massage.

No foot or leg massage I’ve ever gotten was as powerfully awesome as this full compression of both my feet and legs.  So if you are like me and love a strong massage, this might be a great option for you.

 

But therapeutically?

 

Not so sure.

From my medical experience, we are taught that this type of therapy has to be done daily to see benefit.  So I scoured the medical literature to double check and as expected, there is no research showing that a one time session has any benefit whatsoever.

While IPC has definite, and proven, therapeutic benefit to many conditions — from prevention of DVTs/blood clots to treatment for chronic venous insufficiency to lymphedema, and even as a novel treatment for knee arthritis — all of these treatments require daily IPC use for weeks at a time.

Ongoing, daily, long term IPC therapy is awesome clinically, but is there any the role of compression therapy in a spa setting?

 

Here are my take aways from today’s trial of a spa offering of compression therapy:

 

 1.  As a one-off, there are no long term medically proven benefits:

 

The pro to having a spa offer compression therapy is that it allows you to have this healing modality accessible without seeing a doctor, without a prescription to a physical therapists office, or a rehab facility, or even a medical exam at all.

If you want to have your arms or legs deeply squeezed to reduce swelling, you can walk in any time and have a treatment.  This puts you in control and makes therapy more accessible, which I appreciate.

At the same time, I have concerns that someone may seek this therapy and find it does more harm than good.

  • For example, if you have an active blood clot, I would not want you to do compression therapy unsupervised, as it might shift or move the clot, which can cause serious consequences if it travels to the lungs.
  • Another example… if you have swelling from trauma (for example a sprained ankle or knee) I would not want you to do compression therapy unless you’ve had a fracture ruled out, as putting pressure on an injury can make it worse, even to the point where a fracture could become so misaligned it would require surgery to realign it.

 

And on top of that, even if it was a medically indicated reason to do IPC (such as long standing lymphedema, recovery after lymph node removal surgery, chronic venous insufficiency, prevention of DVTs, to increase blood return in congestive heart failure patients with edema, etc…) I would want my patients to do IPC every single day for a long period of time, not just once.

 

Are there any indications for doing this therapy just once?  I can think of two:

 

  • As a workout recovery tool — after a strenuous run or a marathon or other competition, if you just need a strong massage to get the lactic acid mobilized and help support muscle recovery, I could see coming in for a single treatment.
  • Massage — if you love deep tissue massage and want to specifically focus on your feet and legs, or hands and arms… this will be an amazing tool for you, deeper than what the human hands can do in a traditional massage, and available without doctor’s orders.

 

The bottom line for different levels of compression therapy:

 

  • In hospital use:  we use pneumatic compression devices for prevention of blood clots after surgery & for increasing circulation and decreasing lymphedema during rehabilitation, where they can be worn for long periods of time under supervision
  • At home use: at home, you can use IPC devices for continue prevention of blood clots, for treatment of chronic venous insufficiency and other vascular issues, for treatment of lymphedema and other swelling issues, and for joint rehab/support, at your doctor’s recommendation
  • In spa use: as a one time therapy, consider use for work out recovery &/or as a treat, if you like deep tissue massage and want to focus on either your arms or legs, while saving money over traditional massage

 

 

 

 

2.   It’s one of the more affordable holistic therapeutic options on the market:

 

My 30 minute session costs $25… much less expensive than a massage and for me, more effective.

However, as I mention above, to really use this therapy for anything more than just a one time massage, you need to do it daily.

The compression tool they used on me in the spa is from Normatec and cost about $1,300.

 

But… there are decent looking at home versions that run about $250, like this model here.

That means, if you plan to go 10 or more times, you might as well invest in a set of compression boots that you can use on a daily basis at home.

Used daily, this opens up a huge range of therapeutic options that one in-spa treatment session just can’t touch.

And the medical literature backs this up.  Long term use has been proven in the:

 

The bottom line:

if you have a chronic issue you would like to address with compression therapy, talk to your doctor to be sure it will be helpful for your particular concern, and consider purchasing an at-home unit if you want long term results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  There are alternatives to IPC that have been proven to work and are even more easily accessible than visiting a spa or ordering equipment that costs hundreds (and even thousands) of dollars:

 

  • KT tape has been shown to work in a similar way to IPC, and can be worn for long periods of time, is inexpensive, and discrete.  No more sitting imobilized for long periods of time anchored to a machine, KT tape allows you to get up and go, wearing the support without anyone even knowing you are.  This study — just published on Sept 9, 2019 in Clinical Rehabilitation, looked at using KT tape in breast cancer patients who had lymph nodes removed, and researchers found that KT tape was superior to IPC therapy in that it decreased swelling while at the same time enhancing range of motion in a way that IPC was not able to do.
  • Compression garments, like compression socks (often used for diabetics or those with heart failure who have poor lower extremity circulation) and compression arm sleeves (often used after lymph nodes are removed from the axilla) are functional, effective and inexpensive

 

 

On deck, I’m set to try IV therapy, sauna, micronutrient testing, cryotherapy, fasting, cupping, ear candling and… got any other holistic therapies you’d like to see me test for you and do a medical literature review on?

Simply email me at koniverMD@gmail.com and I’ll add it to my list!

xoxox, Laura

 

 

The Good News About Trauma Recovery

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Is there good news with trauma?

Actually, yes.

 

 

The largest meta-analysis to date on trauma recovery (looking at data from over 11,000 relevant medical studies) suggests that the best long term recovery after trauma is simply talking about it, no medication required.

 

Published in JAMA Psychiatry on June 12, 2019, reasearchers looked at direct comparisons between talk therapy (psychotherapy) and drug therapy (pharmacological treatments) in patients with PTSD.

  • They found that in the long term, talk therapy helped more, being slightly superior to drug therapy both immediately following treatment and in long term follow up.
  • The studies they looked at ranged from 2 months to 6 months long, and this meta-analysis showed there was no advantage to using drugs in recovering from PTSD.
  • This means that drugs are now no longer recommended for first line treatment of trauma, as there is no indication that they are beneficial.

 

What does this mean?

 

While I am certainly not against the use of medications when they are needed, they should be used sparingly and either short term (as they do not show any long term advantage) or only for patients who don’t find improvement after talk therapy alone.

 

Be encouraged by this.

 

 

 

This means that the vast majority of folks can be helped — and helped best — by talking about trauma instead of medicating it away.

 

Connect with others.

Reach out for help.

Don’t feel like you are going crazy and don’t feel like you must go it alone.

We all have trauma, we all do.  And we can lean on each other and get through it.

There is long term benefit from connecting to others and speaking about it.  Treatment is not relegated to a psychiatrist’s office nor does it need to be prescribed away.

In fact, as I blogged about here, PTSD can actually be significantly helped by something as simple and as accessible as repeating a mantra.  It’s true.

 

Here are some other blog posts I’ve written on trauma recovery for you:

 

Want more advice on how to naturally heal from stress and trauma?

 

The medical literature is clear… just communicating about trauma is every bit as healing (or even more healing) than all the best medications we have to treat trauma.

Simply joining a class, talking to a therapist, or connecting with others to heal can be just what you need to feel better than you have ever felt.

 

Did you know that folks who move through trauma can actually be healthier than folks who never went through any trauma at all?

 

It’s incredible to believe that trauma can actually strengthen your health but it is true.

In my Trauma Resilency & Recovery Class I go over the medical literature that proves that trauma is actually adaptive and empowering, and show you all the tools to use trauma to boost your own health in ways you never could have imagined possible.

 

 

 

Today my trauma healing class started, and I would love to have you join in.

It’s not too late.

Just click here to start getting the class emails directly into your inbox.

 

I developed this class based on my extensive research into the best of what the medical literature has proven to us about how to release trauma once and for all and become healthier for it.

No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.

Everybody does.

Your body naturally want’s to trend back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.

I’ll give you the tools to get there and walk with you through it.

 

 

Join this course by clicking right here today.  Today is the last day to sign up.

 

Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Just In Time For Back-To-School: Get Rid of Your Sleep Deficit

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I recently returned from a medical conference where one of the lectures was on repairing sleep deficits.

 

Something I was very interested in because I’ve always been a poor sleeper all of my life.

The take home point that really stuck in my mind, and now when I have a sleepless night I remind myself of this again and again so that I don’t stress out too much about it, was:

You are only ever one night away from a good night of sleep.

 

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve struggled with insomnia or how big your sleep deficit is.  Every single night is an opportunity to completely turn that around.

Because your last night’s sleep affects your next’s night’s sleep, when you have a really poor night just think of it as increasing your sleep pressure to make it all the more easy to repair your sleep the very next night.

 

 

 

 

The other thing that was comforting to me as well was this:

When you are laying there all night long, staring at the clock and counting down the hours as they dwindle in front of you and you get closer and closer to the time you have to get back up, yet you feel like you have not slept a single second… guess how much time you have actually been asleep?

Researchers in sleep labs have studied patients who are up all night, wide awake.  Monitoring their brain activity on an EEG, researchers could see exactly what brain patterns they had every moment of the entire sleepless night.

What percent of the night do you think the brain has gone into a normal sleep pattern, even when you feel that you didn’t sleep a single minute?

10% of the night?  25% of the night?  50% of the night?

It turns out that when you are laying there all night long, your brain is actually catching sleep roughly 70% of the night.  That is infinitely reassuring to me as I lay there, sure I got zero restorative sleep.

I remind myself that not only did I get a lucid, in-and-out, semi-rest where my brain unplugged for probably 70% of that sleepless night, but I also have an opportunity the very next night to turn my sleep completely around.

 

To that end, here is a list of my 14 favorite holistic ways

to help you get back into a health sleep/wake cycle.

 

Use throughout the day, in this order:

 

 

1.  Get AM Light (or use a Light Box)

 

To easily correct your circadian rhythm, totally naturally, get into a habit of getting natural light on your face every single morning as early as possible outdoors.

20 – 30 minutes is ideal, but even just 10 minutes greeting the day before heading off to work will make a difference in your sleep that very night.   Sometimes I can only have a cup of coffee in front of a well lit window for 5 minutes in the morning but it is still helpful to get that light on my face.

Another idea is to simply use a light box when you wake up.  In addition to spending a bit of time outside each morning, I use my light box every day as well — especially crucial all fall and winter long — for 20 minutes while I am attend to my emails.

Effective to not only boost your daytime energy levels (making you more active during the day, when it’s healthiest to be active!) a light box will also help you sleep better that night… naturally, without taking any medications or supplements at all.

Perfect for those who don’t want to risk any untoward side effects from taking pills, a light box does more than just correct your circadian rhythm, light boxes have been shown to directly treat depression as good as a Rx medication and even boost libido.

 

2.  Get Grounded During The Day

 

If you can touch the earth outside for even a few minutes, do it.  The effects of grounding the human body start instantly, so there is no time too short for getting outside.

My new book The Earth Prescription (releasing this spring) is all about how to get outside not matter what the season, no matter what the weather, no matter what the location, and no matter what the circumstance.  Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter (just enter your email address in the sign up box on my homepage) and I will be sure to update you as that book becomes available for pre-order.

Meanwhile, I’ve got lots of great ideas for grounding outside — like this blog post I wrote for you on how to get grounded outside throughout the day, plus more ideas on my instagram page, on my facebook page, my youtube channel, and the best outdoor grounding tools (like USA made fingerless gloves!) that you can use all fall and winter long to keep your earth connection going strong… they are waiting for you right here. 

 

 

3.  Move Your Body Every Single Day

 

As I talk about in this blog post, walking each day is the one of the single best things you can do to prolong your life.

Walking has been shown to do everything from predict better remission rates during cancer recovery to prolonging life span to simply helping deepen sleep at night.

If I am not sleeping well at night I have to ask myself, did I truly move my body during the day?  Increase your daytime activity levels and watch your nighttime sleep deepen.  It’s directly proportionate.

 

 

 

4.  If You Can’t Exercise Daily, Consider Sauna

 

Sauna increases the circulation of blood all throughout your body — getting the blood pumping through your cardiovascular system, your muscles, your skin, your joints, your brain — so it turns out that routine sauna has many of the same health benefits that exercise does.

So when the weather is too harsh outside, if you can find a local sauna to go to, you can feel confident that you are still boosting your health and longevity even without hitting the treadmill.

And there are several major medical studies that back this up, which I blog about for you right here.

 

 

5.  Re-examine your work schedule

 

Lower your stress at work in order to protect your sleep patterns.  Not only be re-examining work hours and job responsibilities, but by lowering stress loads all together.

Hop over here to read my blog post on how to decrease the negative impact that job stress can have on your life and re-consider or re-negotiate your work hours, your job load, your career path, your commute, your training requirements, think of ways you can delegate or ask for help for routinely overwhelming responsibilities, and many more ideas here.

 

 

6.  Address the Adrenal Fatigue that has you “tired but wired” and unable to go to sleep.

 

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

I’m running a 5 day healing online class starting Nov 4th so together we can recover you from I’m going to share with you exactly what causes adrenal fatigue and all the absolutely critical ways to address it.  I run this class every fall because fall is the perfect time to finally go inwards and address your burn out.  If you start to take care of your adrenal rhythm now, in just a few short months from now you can be fully recovered from Adrenal Fatigue and emerge this spring feeling better than you have felt in many many years!  Ready to eat lighter, sleep in a healthier pattern, lose weight, and move your body more.

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

But did you also know it’s fully reversible, no matter how long you’ve been living on fumes?  That’s also true, and I will help you get there.  Grab a spot in this class here and let’s repair your adrenals together

 

 

7.  Decrease EMF exposures

 

Decreasing the disruption to your health at night by decreasing your EMF exposures — removing those you can remove, decreasing those you can decrease, and shielding from those you can’t do anything about — will help your body truly restore it’s health during sleep.

I have a guide for you to help you do just that, without the overwhelm of “where to start!?!?!”

Hop over here for a blog post I wrote that gives you a free printable checklist on decreasing your body’s EMF exposures… especially crucial if you suspect you are EMF sensitive.

 

 

8.  Block Blue Light from reaching your eyes

 

Ok I’m a mother of two teenagers (oh my how the time has flown) and it’s just completely unrealistic for me to expect them not to use their computers to complete homework assignments, or use their phone to arrange plans with friends, or to use their televisions to unwind at night to catch up on their favorite TV shows or (in my son’s case) watch their favorite sports teams play.

That said, you can make the glow from these screens less disruptive to circadian rhythm simply by the compromise of wearing blue light filtering glasses, like these.

 

 

9.  Probiotics daily

 

The mind/gut connection is completely underrated.

Decreased gut flora has been linked with anxiety and probiotics are now shown to be a very effective treatment for both anxiety and depression, and as a bonus, they boost immunity.

My favorite way to reestablish a healthy gut balance is to kick start any probiotic regime with a 7 day intensive probiotic inoculation with Innate Response Flora 200-14 Seven Day Intensive treatment and I have those waiting for you in my online dispensary here:

 

 

 

10.  Melatonin At Dusk

 

The hormone that signals it is time to sleep for our body, our melatonin levels naturally decline with age.  I know some people avoid melatonin because they believe it decreases your body’s own production, but the truth is that the body naturally makes less and less over time, and is not likely to ever rebound production on it’s own anyway.  So if you find it hard to naturally  fall asleep, you can safely boost your own melatonin levels with a low dose melatonin supplement.  

But here is the key, that most people don’t know.  Most melatonin labels instruct you to take it one hour before bedtime.

Actually, the very best time to take melatonin is at dusk, as the sun starts going down.

 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t plan to go to bed for several more hours, still take it at dusk, that is the natural rhythm of melatonin production.

This one simple tweak can change everything for people who think melatonin doesn’t work for them.  Take it as the sun goes down and you will find that no matter when you finally go to bed that night, you are so much more aligned with falling asleep than you would every have been only taking melatonin an hour before bed.   By then, your body has missed the window of the natural circadian rhythm signaling that night is approaching.

I’ve found that patients can take a much much smaller effective dose of melatonin, sometimes as small as only 0.3 mg (instead of the usual 5 mg) as long as they are taking it right at dusk!

 

 

11.  L-Theanine at bedtime

 

GABA is the brain’s soothing neurotransmitter.

If you are have trouble with anxiety or racing thoughts at bedtime, you might feel the calming benefits of supplementing with a product containing L-Theanine, which crosses the blood brain barrier and converts to GABA to help relax over active thoughts.

You can find both my favorite melatonin supplements as well as my favorite L-theanine supplements in my pharmacy-grade, trusted online dispensary right here.

 

 

12.  Sleep Grounded nightly

 

To take your sleep resonance to the next level, you can combine your brain’s healing alpha sleep state with the Earth’s soothing Schulman frequency directly by grounding the body when sleeping with in indoor grounding product.

As I talk about in this blog post I wrote for you, it’s not just the sun that sets your day/night pattern but actually the earth itself directly does as well, so contact with the earth is just as important as daytime light to get your sleep patterns corrected.

While we sleep, we cycle through alpha sleep states and REM sleep states and each time we do we are held in beautiful resonance with the Earth’s healing energy.  This is one of the reasons why getting a good night’s sleep impacts our entire body from head to toe… because high quality sleep does everything from preserve our brain volume and function to enhancing weight loss!

I have invested a great deal of time and research creating the highest quality, most reliable, washable, and ethically respectful (crafted by hand right here in the USA!) grounding healing tools.  Tools like my eco-friendly organic hemp Grounding Mattress Panels.  Or sleep right on top of my Grounding Organic Fitted Sheets, or even sleep warmly curled up with my Organic Grounding Hot Water Bottle on your tummy or by your feet… warm, comforting, reliable grounding… complete with a machine washable cover.

 

13.  Sleep Shielded Nightly

 

If you lay in bed and still feel overstimulated, even after doing what you could off of your EMF Reduction Checklist (see idea #7, above) the next step would be to sleep under a shielding blanket or better yet, a shielding sleeping bag for 360 degrees of protection to all of your internal organs.

If you simply can’t turn off your router completely at night, or paint your entire bedroom with shielding paint, or hang a shielding canopy all around the bed (both the paint and the canopy run into the thousands of dollars and they are so cost prohibitive at this point that I don’t even use them myself and don’t yet carry them for my patients until they are a more reasonable price) then the most cost effective thing you can do is zip up into a shielding sleeping bag.

 

Ahh… the relief is immediate.

 

Similar to the relief I feel when I zip up in my shielding windbreaker before heading out the door for the day — you can feel your entire autonomic nervous system relax and appreciate the break from the onslaught of eSmog that is pervasive across the globe now.   You can find the blanket and sleeping bag and jacket all of my other favorite shielding tools right here.

 

14.  Get Up And Drink Magnesium If You Still Can’t Sleep.

 

Magnesium is very relaxing and because it helps your muscles relax and release, it is a wonderful nighttime drink.  On nights when I am feeling tense (especially helpful for anyone who grinds their teeth at night or has restless legs!) instead of laying in bed growing more and more frustrated, I break out of that rut by making myself a hot cup of water with a teaspoon of powdered magnesium drink mix stirred into it, found in my online dispensary as well.  

Just get up, take 10 minutes to sip your warm magnesium beverage, then settle back in and literally feel your muscles relax as you sink into bed more deeply.  There, isn’t that so much better?

 

 

 

I hope this information helps you positively impact your circadian rhythm, helps you boost your mood, remedy your sleep, even protect the longevity of your lifespan.

A good night’s sleep is absolutely crucial to maintaining wellness — one thing is for certain — your body needs good sleep to function over a lifetime!

xoxox, Laura

 

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