The Healing Power Of Grounded Touch

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I recently received an awesome question from a reader.  It was:

“If a very sick person is lacking in the earth’s electrons, can they unknowingly ‘steal’ those electrons from another person by touching them?”

 

The short answer to this is: yes.

 

When you were a kid, did you ever walk around in your socks, rubbing them on a carpet repeatedly so you could sneak up to your sibling and shock them?  (Or was that just me, LOL?). If you’ve ever shocked someone when touching them, you know this on a large scale — with a large quantity of electrons passing between the two of you causing the shock.

On a smaller scale, this is happening with every interaction, all day long.  Because no two bodies are 100% completely balanced and neutral in respect to each other, electrons are always flowing one way or another when you touch someone else, or they touch you.

Although the amount of electrons transferring is such a small amount relative to the amount of electrons in a human body, I believe this is in part why healing touch is so powerful.  When you “donate” some of your electrons to someone who is in worse physical condition than you (such as someone in pain, with an inflammatory process going on) you are supporting them in many ways.

Medical studies are just starting to reveal the healing power of physical touch:

And all of these studies are just from touch alone!

They do not include all of the wonderful studies that show the healing power of therapeutic touch, such as massage therapy and physical therapy.  Just simple skin-to-skin contact.

Do these results sound familiar?

What other healing modality do you know that can decrease pain, calm brain waves, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and calm respiratory rate?   Grounding.

 

Yep, grounding does all of that in the exact same way, with direct physical contact and the transfer of electrons between the human body and the earth.

 

 

 

 

So the first take home point today is:

Yes, you might be donating electrons during physical contact to someone who needs them.

In short, you are grounding them.  So remember to get grounded yourself.

 

If you ground your body routinely, this can be a very kind thing to do — with every hug or hand squeeze or touch, you are literally helping to neutralize their depleted body, which is one reason why touch is so healing.

And while you may be very willing to be an electron donor to those you love, you should be aware that even brief casual contact with strangers is enough to donate electrons — when getting handed a receipt at checkout, for example, or shaking hands after introductions at work or at a party.

 

 

 

 

You may want to ask yourself, do you ever feel depleted at work?

Do you feel depleted after group meetings, after introductions that include handshakes, or after social functions where you spent time embracing large numbers of friends or family members that are not routinely grounded?

Or maybe you notice feeling depleted after public transit, in crowded shopping areas, or while eating out?

 

The solution to this is so simple: just take a break and touch the earth.

 

 

The ground outside has an ever available supply of electrons, and it will never run out of electrons to tank you back up… just reach for earth to restore you.

Make it your new policy to get outside before, after — *and particularly during* — events that drain you.

For example:

  1.  At work: You can make it a routine to go outside during a lunch break and touch the earth.  It’s super easy to do if you wear open toed socks that allow you to slip off your shoe for a moment and touch the earth.  Although grounding for long periods of time can have cumulative benefits, you are grounded immediately and a single second is enough to have a flow of electrons wash over you.
  2. Waiting for bus or other forms of commuting:  I have a practice of touching the cement curb beside where I am parked and always take a minute to connect before getting into my car.  On long car rides, I take time to break up the drive with a grounding moment on the earth.  Especially after getting off public transit, cement sidewalks and curbs are always your friend.
  3. Socializing out with friends: Feel exhausted while hanging out with friends?  Or maybe your socialization comes in the form of getting your kids together at playdates with other parents and there are tons of children running around a playground.  Either way, if you feel your energy draining after contact with others, you can always discretely touch a tree as you walk around outside, getting grounded in an instant without ever having to take your shoes off.  No one has to know why you want to stop and lean down to smell a flower (hold onto a leaf as you do to get a grounding fix) or stop and touch a leaf on a tree or touch the grass with your fingertips.  Any contact with the earth will restore your electrons, it absolutely does not need to be through your feet.  And it does not need to be the ground directly — any living rooted tree will be fully grounded as will rocks resting on the earth — so sit on a rock, touch a leaf, caress a flower — and tank up on those electrons directly.
  4. Ultimately, consider sleeping grounded: if you find you are routinely exhausted from daily life, which is super common in this ungrounded world around you, consider sleeping grounded each night.  That way, your sleep is more restorative and you are all set, flush with electrons to face another day, interacting with people all day long who more than likely do not sleep grounded and are in need of their own electron fix.

 

 

 

The second take home point to this:

You can absolutely use this principle of electron sharing to your advantage!

It can be a good thing!

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

There are many many applications where this can be helpful.  For example:

  1.  Holding hands = when one is grounded, you both are grounded.  For me, as someone who is always cold, I love love love to hold my husband’s warm hands while we are on a nice walk outside in the winter.  He never gets as cold as I do, so he very much enjoys touching a rock or holding a tree branch as we explore the neighborhood, even sometimes going barefoot while I stay toasty in my boots.  As long as I have his warm hand slipped into my pocket holding mine, I’m grounded every bit as powerfully as he is.  Want to bring your relationship to new heights?  Make sure one of you is grounded outside and share a kiss, knowing the entire time the kiss is grounding both partners instantly!
  2. Sleep sharing = one person sleeping grounded means both people are sleeping grounded.  If you sleep with a partner that isn’t too into the whole grounding movement, as long as you are grounded, every time you reach over to touch your partner, have the comfort of knowing you ground them as well.  For example, if your side of the bed has a grounding bed roll running down it, as you cuddle your partner, they are every bit as grounded as if they had a full grounded bed roll under them as well!
  3. Pets outside = let them stand directly on the earth so you don’t have to!  Every time you pet your pup as they play outside on the earth, it’s as good as you grounding directly to the earth without you having to get dirty, muddy, or cold (or hot, depending on the season!). So if the sidewalk is too hot for your own bare feet, or the rain is too muddy and wet for you to want to go barefoot, or you are simply too cold to have direct skin contact with the earth, let your warm furry friend do the grounding for you. Thick fur is insulating and can prevent grounding contact, so try to pat their tummy, rub their ears, kiss their snout, or massage down under the fur or in areas that are less fur covered.  Every time you do, you are tanking up on the earth’s electrons without depleting your pet’s supply.

 

 

Because in each of these examples, one of the two living bodies is grounded to the earth, they are continuously tanked up with electrons and you never have to feel you are taking any away from them directly, instead they are an earth donor while they themselves are simultaneously getting tanked up too!

I’m sure you can think of many more scenarios where you can either be proactive about restoring your own electrons after interacting with others in this ungrounded society we live in, or situations where you can use this principle of grounded contact to double the benefits of grounding to more than one person at a time.

 

 

 

 

So my challenge to you is to simply be aware of getting grounded multiple times throughout your day, each and every day, and see if you feel less drained all day long.

Don’t limit yourself to the examples I shared in today’s blog post… there are infinite ways that you touch others all day long and infinite ways you can use the healing power of touch to restore both you and those you love.

With much love…  xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

P.S.  Do you have a question about grounding that you can’t find answered anywhere else?

Email me at koniverMD@gmail.com and I will try my best to create upcoming blog posts that address as many of your questions as possible!    In the meantime, head over here to read a full list of my most recent answers to your Grounding FAQs…

 

New Healing Ideas: Float Therapy & A DIY Version To Try Today

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If you visit my website, you’ll see that my motto is “Enjoy Healing.”

 

After all, the truth is that life is hard enough, and health issues are scary enough, without physicians piling on layers of fear and negativity to the healing process.

Even well-meaninged doctors can destroy a patient’s hope with one single casual negative statement or statistic.

I won’t do that, because to me healing is all about feeling better and better and better. 

 

It is a powerful forward moving process that should be uplifting.

 

So, if lately your health care routines leave you feeling stuck, uninspired, fearful or even simply bored, maybe it’s time to introduce a fun new alternative into your healing journey! 

It’s always a great idea to find a new way to exercise, fun ways to express your inner creativity, to introduce new healthy recipes inspired by seasonally available fruits and vegetables, and to add humor and play into your life. 

Studies since the 1970’s have shown us that laughter literally boosts the immune system, balances stress hormones and even decreases pain.  For example, a recent study published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice in January 2018 showed that laughter effectively delayed the onset of diabetic cardiovascular complications.  

But sometimes even new foods, creative expression, play, touch and exercise aren’t enough.  Maybe it’s time to consider a new adjunctive healing therapies… because believe it or not, there is always a new fun way to approach wellness. 

So interspersed with more serious bog posts about the latest medical literature, I also want to have some fun introducing you to some of the more unusual alternative healing modalities that you might want to consider, and I’ll also give you some tips on how to try an at-home versions of each as well!

 

 

 

Today is my first topic in this new series, and it’s on Floating.

 

Floating is a therapy that involves laying for about an hour in a darkened, body temperature tank filled with such a hypertonic magnesium solution that you actually, literally, float without effort.

Never heard of it?

Heard of it but never did it?

In this video I show you exactly what the float tank I tested out looks like and how I felt before and after.

Then I came home and did some exhaustive research into the science behind float therapy, and below this video I share what I found out with you so you can decide for yourself… is a float session something you want to do?

 

 

 

 (click here to watch video on YouTube)

 

 

After my own float session, I searched the medical literature to find there actually are quite a few studies that show that floating in a sensory deprivation tank — a body temperature tank of ultra-concentrated magnesium salts that allow the body to float effortlessly — is helpful in decreasing chronic tension headaches, significantly decreasing anxiety, and treating insomnia. 

 

Here are my favorite studies and what they found:

  • A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Neuroscience and Neuroimaging in June 2018 found that muscle tension was significantly decreased and blood pressure was measurably reduced after float therapy.  
  • Another study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal in March of 2016 found that anxiety symptoms were significantly reduced to the point that almost 40% of patients with generalized anxiety disorder reached full remission post-treatment.  Generalized anxiety disorder is a very difficult diagnosis to treat, even with powerful pharmacotherapy, so this full remission rate for an alternative holistic therapy is actually really impressive.  That study also found that sleep disturbances were significantly reduced after float therapy. 
  • A study published in Pain Research and Management in 2001 found that float therapy helped chronic and severe pain conditions more than it helped low pain issues, suggesting that the more pain you have, the more relief you can find through floating.
  • Another study published back in 1991 in the International Journal of Pschosomatic Research found that patients who used float therapy sustained longer relief from chronic tension headaches than folks who used progressive muscle relaxation and other control groups did.

 

All in all — yep, floating was more powerfully relaxing than taking a bath at home.

A typical float tank has over 800 pounds of epsom salts in 200 gallons of water to create an exceptionally buoyant hypertonic solution to float effortlessly in.

 

 

 

 

But still, if you don’t live near a float tank facility and/or don’t have the time or funds to do a series of treatments, I do feel there is significant benefit to be gained from a dense epsom salt bath at home.  Magnesium is an essential mineral (required for over 300 different enzymatic reactions) and absolutely crucial for energy production as well as proper function of our heart, our nerves, our brain and our muscles.  And most of us are magnesium deficient.

If you are magnesium deficient, you can be anxious, depressed, low energy, have muscle tension, headaches and insomnia.  You’ll find immediate benefits after just one single Epsom salt soak.

Here’s how:

  • To experience an inexpensive at-home version of float therapy, draw a warm bath just before bedtime, making it close to body temperature (98 degrees) and add several cups of epsom salts to make a hypertonic magnesium solution. 
  • 2 cups of Epsom salts will equal one pound of salt in your bath, so shoot for at least 2 cups of salts per bath. Double that for a more intense session.
  • Darken the room or place a warm washcloth over the eyes and soak for at least 15 minutes and up to 60 minutes, adding warm water when needed to maintain body temperature. 
  • See if you feel more calm, with less muscle tension, and get a better night’s sleep!

 

I’ve gotten some great ideas on future alternative health videos under the video on YouTube — please hop over there to add any ideas you’d like to see and I will add it to the list!

And stay tuned for the next video in my “Testing It Out For You” series…

xoxoxox, Laura

A Sincere Thank You To Mothers & Caretakers Everywhere

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It was Mother’s Day weekend and mine, like all mom’s everywhere, was totally hectic and full of activity and slightly organized chaos.

And I loved it.

 

 

My firstborn child, my daughter, love of my life, is headed off to college at the end of this summer… so you better believe I am just soaking in every second.

Today, in honor of mothers, parents, grandparents, stepparents, guardians and caretakers everywhere, I want to share with you 9 things you can do to boost the health of your children… protecting their wellness for a lifetime.

 

 

9 Ways to Support Your Child’s Healing:

 

Nothing triggers more of our fears, as parents, than watching our children suffer.  

Illness has a way of removing — in one instant — everything that is a distraction in life and distills it all down into the *real deal* — the reason you are upon this earth in the first place. 

Everything else falls away.  

No more distractions.

The meaningful surfaces.

In some ways, facing a crisis together with your child is the ultimate form of healing for you both, as you uncover what it is that you deeply fear and you reveal it, release it, layer by layer together you find ways to grow closer and closer leaning into the unknown.  

The truth is, trusting in life’s unknowable process, in the journey, in the unfolding is healing in and of its-self.  

And while there are lots of things we can do to support health and healing, it’s really important to start off right away deeply *knowing* that underneath it all… there is meaning and value in what you are going through, and you can model this to your child. 

Each medical decision you make or each pain you comfort your child through or each fear you embrace together and release together or each night you help them fall asleep — each of it has a deeper value than just the passing of time.  

Let’s give our children lots and lots of resources to find inner strength during health challenges… because setting an example of resilience during a crisis for your children NOW will benefit them for the rest of their lives, during times when you may not be there to help.

Modeling resilience now will support them forever.

So here are 9 tangible ways to transform the hurt and the fear and the hugeness of illness for children and provide room for comfort, safety and hope:

 

 

 

  1. Emphasize PLAY.  

 

Play is a child’s therapy.  Play is not only a relief and a respite from the seriousness that illness, trauma and disease brings abruptly into a child’s world, but it is a way to restore innocence.  It’s a way to off-gas and release inner workings and thoughts and fears that the child doesn’t even consciously know they have yet!  

Play is an avenue for healing.  

Encourage play.  Allow *inappropriate* play like laughter even on the saddest days, violent actions towards dolls and stuffed animals that might otherwise be macabre… during a crisis, children need to see that their favorite toys can get beaten down by life and still be there for them the next day.   

Allow anger too — anger expressed can turn your child into a centered warrior, giving them inner strength when the anger is witnessed and allowed to flow — transforming a passive child desperately struggling to release fear into an empowered warrior ready for the next round.

As adults, we might find our way through illness by taking long showers or baths, working out until we reach pure physical exhaustion, crying until there are no tears left, praying and therapy and acupuncture and massage and millions of other ways…  

For a child, the direct route to this is through play.

 

 

 

 

  1. Focus on POSSIBILITY for your child.

     

Illness, trauma, death, divorce… these outer circumstances may take certain choices away from your child and leave them with a feeling of not having any control over the situation.  This results in DISEMPOWERMENT.  

Disempowerment and lack of control is what makes serious illness so hard.

Sometimes it is not possible to give a promise or control outcomes in order to empower a child.  Even if you can offer a choice or secure a certain outcome, this is only temporary  relief anyway, because there will always be another crisis.

The healing won’t come from getting control back — control is (at best) an illusion.

The healing comes from re-establishing POSSIBILITY!!!  

Finding meaning, and even joy, by living in possibility and open ended wonderment is the healing mind-frame. 

Not the answer… the question.  The questions are the healing.  

 

What is possible?”  

“What can I imagine?”

“What do I wonder?”

“What can I transform?”

 

Re-establishing possibility and open ended thinking re-establishes health because it brings back HOPE.

Asking more then answering the questions in your life.  Asking “I wonder?”.   Can you think of the last day you spent asking more questions then answering questions?  

For many of us, that day was way back in our childhood.  

Keep this realm of possibility open for your child.  

Keep the potential of any and every healing outcome within reach to your child by staying open to possibility.

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Remind your child that they are a miracle.

 

“The child must know that they are a miracle… that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been… and until the end of the world there will not be, another like them.”

-Pablo Casals

 

I believe that with my whole heart, and I believe that is true for my children and that it is true for your children and that it is true for YOU.  

And with that truth comes the knowing that each moment of your existence is precious and rare and VALUABLE.  

Remind your child of this by treating them in such a way that you witness their value in every moment… in sickness and in health… in joy and in pain… in tears and in laughter… in rest and at play.

 

 

 

 


  1. Spend healing time in nature 

 

The earth is perfectly suited for reminding your child that he or she is part of a bigger plan and that they are well supported for life here on this planet, that in fact the planet itself has a healing energy to give to them.

Touching the earth (grounding) supports the body’s ability to heal. 

 

 

It’s so important, I wrote and illustrated a children’s book about it, called From The Ground Up, available on my website and on Amazon. 

This book can be an important healing tool that can set your child up for a lifetime of enhanced health by teaching them the value of spending time grounding.

 

 

 


  1. Spend healing time with animals

 

The comfort of an unconditionally loving pet can NOT be underestimated.  

Let your child’s favorite pet sleep with them at night, lay on their sickbed with them, even take a bath with them!  

And if they don’t have a pet, ask them if they’d like one.  Watch their face light up.

 

 

 

  1. Music 

 

Healing music has a way of opening us up to possibility.  

When the energy in a room gets heavy or dark or stagnant, bring new energy in with the beauty of sound.  

Ask what your child would like to listen to or just begin by some gentle nature tunes like the kind used in massage therapist’s office… there is a reason this music is played, it helps the client relax and get into a healing, positive mind-frame!

 

 

 


  1. Heal through art 

 

Art has a way of letting you get out of your own worry and into your hands.  

Many times, something you have no way of expressing or even formulating and idea about can be released through active use of your hands.  

Especially for children who are facing a health crisis and are too sick to actively play or adventure or get out of the hospital or home, bringing art in (just like with music) is a way to give them a bit of play, a bit of fun, a bit of possibility back.  

Modelling clay, paper and crayons, finger-paints in the bathtub… all are doing more than just giving your child something to do, it is giving your child a way to heal.  

 

 

 


  1. Be certain they are getting enough sleep.

 

Sleep time is healing time.  Deep sleep gives the body time to repair on a different level than we can repair during activity.  

Restorative sleep is crucial to the healing process.

Be sure your child is getting 10 or more hours of sleep, especially when they are facing an illness.

Solid sleep allows the body to decrease inflammation, improve memory function, improve daytime stamina and decrease fatigue, increase attention span, regulate a health weight, lower stress, boost mood, and boost immune function… all key when you are fighting off illness.

 

 

 

 

 

And by the way, I am such a big fan of cosleeping with young children and babies, especially those that are sick, that I wrote and illustrated a book about it for you, you can find that here.

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Know that your very presence in your child’s life transforms their future health.  

 

YOU are a healing presence in your child’s life.  Enjoy being that presence and that light for them. 

During a crisis, simply your presence IS ENOUGH.  

It is MORE THAN ENOUGH.  

Your consistency in their life is the rock upon which they draw strength, comfort, hope and yes… healing. 

Continue to show your unwavering presence to your child through every health crisis they could possibly face and you show your child the power of unconditional love… the best medicine there is.

 

 

For more ideas on how to nurture your child through illness and raise them in vibrant Well Being, you can find my Parenting Idea Book — it contains 160 pages of ideas, information, and fun tools to nurture the fullest health potential of your child for a lifetime!

 

xoxox, Laura

 

 

PS — here are some other blog posts I’ve written about the health of children, hopefully one of these will help someone out there right now, today!

Share with all the mama’s you know and love:

 

 

No Time To Meditate? 3 Ways To Reap All The Benefits In 1 Minute Flat

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I just can’t get the hang of a meditation practice.

But luckily, I really don’t have to.

 

New research shows that simply by taking a few deep breaths, you can shift your body and brain chemistry enough to lower stress levels and increase focus and productivity.

In the 15 minute video below, I share with you 3 easy ways to remember to take a few deep breaths throughout your day… come on and do it with me!

Click now and let’s breathe together:

 

 

 

(newsletter subscribers can watch the video by clicking here)

 

 

As I mention in the above video, the work of Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D. paved the way for understanding how the brain actually improves performance when you take a break during stressful tasks.

I also mention the study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on June 20, 2018,  that found that short sessions of repeating a mantra actually helped resolve PTSD symptoms in veterans even better than traditional talk therapy did.  Wow!  Read more about that here.

If you are like me and feel it would benefit you to incorporate a tool that makes taking 3 deep breaths easy, or if you are a physical,  somatic person or an auditory person that could benefit from adding sound therapy to your breaths, or if you just want a tangible reminder to take a break by having a chime out on your desk or a tuning fork on the dash of your car, here is where you can find my favorites:

 

Mental Clarity: Bar Chime

 

Calming Vibration: Tuning Fork

 

Therapeutic Harmony: Wind Chime

 

Taking a mental break throughout your day when facing increased stress is simple, it’s convenient — and it’s free.  As a huge advocate for grounding therapy, you know I am a big fan of free therapies that allow patients to take control over their own health.

So knowing that just repeating a single word has literally been clinically shown to make a significant difference in improving quality of life and treating insomnia, anxiety, fear, anger, depression and other PTSD symptoms is such a relief.

You can slow your breathing down and take just a few mindful breaths, or repeat a healing mantra, any time, anywhere.  It’s very private and very powerful.

In medicine, we know it only takes three deep breaths to significantly support your vagal nerve tone, which helps modulate your autonomic nervous system.  Meaning your heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and brain all get calmed and centered and soothed… and pain actually significantly decreases as well.

Take 3 deep breaths gives your body a mini-break and your brain a mega-boost.  If you would like to incorporate mantra work into your breathing, here are some ideas for you…

 

breathing in:  I am lovable

breathing out:  I am loved

or

breathing in:  I am safe

breathing out:  I am taken care of by God

or

breathing in:  I am protected

breathing out:  I am healing

 

 

 

 

You can also take this work further by grounding.

 

Grounding immediately boosts vagal tone, calms heart rate, lowers blood pressure, slows respiratory rate, and decreases pain.

Grounding supports your vagal tone so well that it actually helped premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to improve outcome.  Read this article on my blog right here to find out more about that important study.

If you are suffering from trauma, from insomnia, from anxiety, from depression, from anger, or any other stress… support your recovery and release by simply focusing on a mantra and by grounding.

 

 

 

So here is my recommendation to implement these tools today:

 

  • start the day with a few deep breaths while you breathe a self selected, calming mantra in and out
  • have a tuning fork or a bar chime in your work space to use throughout the day whenever stress hits
  • get grounded outside, touching the earth for at least a few minutes each day during daylight hours
  • release tension from your body at the end of your day with a therapeutic wind chime washing over you
  • breathe your mantra in and out for a few deep breaths each evening as you lay in bed before sleep
  • and sleep grounded all night long.

 

Feeling better?

 

Yep, it only takes a few weeks to start to reap the benefits of these all natural healing practices and the results can be maintained sustainably for the rest of your life.

 

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

 

I am teaching my trauma healing class in just a few months, and I would love to have you join in.

 

It has sold out every single time I have run it, so I highly recommend you reserve your spot right now.   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.  Every body 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.

Save your spot in this by-reservation-only course by clicking right here today.

 

 

 

Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

 

Your Most Asked Grounding Questions, Answered

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Today is Earth Day!

 

In celebration of this, I thought I would answer all of the grounding questions I am asked the most!

Have you ever wondered about any of these questions?

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Lastly, moisturize that fresh soft glowing skin with an organic moisturizer, my favorite is organic coconut oil.  Get into a habit of rubbing organic coconut oil (or your favorite skin lotion) over your body daily, particularly after every bath or shower, to be sure that your body is hydrated inside and out and primed for grounding.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

You can keep bugs away from you naturally with the use of cedar oil.  Cedar oil can be sprayed directly on skin, on pets, around doorways and porches and windows and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate — safe to use directly on the skin — when sprayed on exposed skin it helps deter them from landing on you at all.   I use this so often that my daughter tells me that this cedar oil spray is — and I quote her here:  “the smell of my childhood.”  She says that every time I spray it and she catches the scent.  I just love that! 

 

 

5.  What can I do to prevent a tick bite?

 

Cedar oil will also deter ticks, so use this liberally on all exposed areas of skin to deter tick bites.  In addition, there are lots of other ways to dramatically decrease your risk of a tick bite, including:

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

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

 

 

 

 

6.  How can I introduce grounding to my children?

 

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

Childhood is a dangerous time of disconnection in this modern electronic age when smart screens, computers and television shows vie for their attention.  It’s super important to instill in them the habit of touching the earth every single day. 

Your job as a parent is to be very clear that it’s okay to get dirty and that in fact we want to get dirty enough each day to warrant taking a bath or shower that night.  I am so passionate about this that I wrote and illustrated a children’s book on introducing your child to the earth… you can find that here.

 

 

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

 

This is probably the most common question I am asked.  Because every single cell in your body is conductive — skin, bone, nerves, GI tract, kidney, cerebrospinal fluid, connective tissue, muscles, everything — if one cell is grounded, your entire body becomes immediately grounded.  Therefore, touching the earth with one foot or one fingertip is every bit as grounding as burying yourself up to your neck in sand at the beach!  

 

 

 

 

8.  Is a longer amount of time in contact with the earth better?  

 

This is a fantastic question.  I like to tell people that while there are cumulative benefits over time to prolonged grounding, your body is instantly supported at first contact, so there is really no time too little or too long for grounding.  I never want you to miss an opportunity to be grounded just because it’s might only be for 30 seconds while you walk barefoot to your mailbox, or lean against a tree while you take a break on a hike. 

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.

 

 

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

 

As a natural sequel to the question above, the next question I get is folks wondering if there are still health benefits if you don’t feel different while grounding.  Yes, absolutely.  Whether you can feel the shift or not doesn’t matter to the cells in your body, which are reaping the benefits of touching the earth.  On a macroscopic level, you may not feel any change occur but on a microscopic level, your blood is flowing more freely, your central nervous system has been soothed, your inflammation is being reduced as electrons wash all over your body, removing some of the wear and tear your body has weathered since your last grounding session.  Don’t get frustrated and stop grounding if you don’t feel immediate benefits.  Your body will thank you for the consistent support over time. 

 

 

 

 

10.  Are trees grounded?  

 

Yes.  Anything rooted, living and growing out of the earth’s crust is grounded.  So that means every blade of grass, every bush, every vine, every tree, every flower, every leaf, every bud, every crop, every shrub is fully grounded and has the ability to ground you from head to toe with one touch.  All you have to do is touch a living rooted plant and you are instantly grounded.  If you remove a plant from the earth, such as a potted plant growing inside, it will no longer be grounded, so unless you run a ground stake in to it it will not ground you.  When touching a tree, the most conductive thing to touch is the most moist part of the plant, which is generally the leaves or flowers.  Grounding needs moisture to work, which is why dried and treated wood lumbar will not ground you.  So reach for the green parts of any plant for a sure way to get grounded.

 

 

 

 

11.  Is water grounded?  

 

Yes!  I love grounding through water, especially in the warmer months!  Not only does water enhance grounding, but the water itself becomes grounded when it is on the earth, so you don’t have to touch the ground below the water to be grounded.  Skimming your fingertips across the top of a lake will ground you every bit as much as if you were totally immersed in the water with your feet on the lake floor.  Floating on top of the ocean waves will ground you even if you are not touching the sand beneath the water at all.  The water itself grounds you every bit as much as the solid earth below the water.  

 

 

 

12.  Are rocks grounded?  

 

Yes!  Just like cement and concrete, rock is conductive.  So even with all of your best hiking gear on and thickest most protective hiking boots covering your feet, the moment you stop at the top of your trail and sit on a rock to grab a drink of water, if you have any skin touching that rock (for example on your leg or your hand) then you are entirely grounded.  Same goes for river rocks, gravel, decorative patio stones, you name it, it’s all conductive and will ground you if you will only touch it.

 

 

 

 

13.  Are sidewalks grounded?  

 

Absolutely.  Every inch of any sidewalk that is poured directly on the earth is grounded and waiting for your touch.  So are cement parking lot and road curbs,  cement stairs and all other concrete paths and walkways that lay on the earth… all outline a beautiful healing grounded journey for you to step onto any time.   One thing to note is that while asphalt is made from cement and crushed rock (both conductive) it is held together with bitumen, a petroleum by-product which helps weatherproof the road, extending longevity… but sadly it is not conductive  and because it coats the rock and cement, it will block you from grounding.  Stick with concrete sidewalks for grounding instead of asphalt roads.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Yes and yes.  Your pets and other animals are all grounded outside when they touch the earth.  Give your beloved pets as much time as you can outside on lovely walks, or at dog parks, or if you are lucky enough to have a yard, give them lots of yard time and while you are at it, join in with them!   When it is too cold for bare feet outside in the colder months you can simply touch your pet and be grounded while they stand or lie on the earth for you.  Look for areas with thinner fur or no fur, such as belly, ear, and nose.  Dense fur is the same as thick dead skin — it keeps animals warm because it is insulating, and that means it blocks conductive flow from your pet to you if you simply pat on top of thick dry fur.  So instead, give their ears a rub, kiss their nose, give them a great long tummy rub, or massage their fur so that you are reaching into the fur to touch their skin underneath.  

 

 

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

 

Because modern medicine is finally beginning to understand the depth and breadth of how very conductive the human body is, there are many new healing modalities that utilize magnetic and electric pulses and frequencies that simulate the earth’s frequency, to try to encourage healing.  Although these therapies have their own merit, without direct contact from the earth there are no electrons flowing into the body to neutralize inflammation and stabilize the entire body the way grounding does. 

No battery, crystal, manmade electrical impulse, or vibrational healing tool can connect you directly to the earth without you physically touching the earth.  No manmade tool can approximate the healing reservoir that is the earth.  Getting grounded is totally natural,  with no batteries or wires or artificial products necessary.  Our bodies have literally evolved to benefit from the direct support of Mother Earth, with no comparable substitute.  So be sure to include grounding as part of your balanced healing plan.

 

 

 

 

16.  Is it better to ground through feet than other body parts?  

 

No, absolutely not, this is a myth.  Grounding does not have to be through your feet by any means.  Because your entire body is conductive, any body part can ground your entire body immediately.  Resting your face against a tree, running your hands through a garden bed, sitting with bare legs touching the sidewalk, holding hands with someone else who is grounded, all of these ways and more are equally effective as standing outside barefoot.  The easiest way for you to get grounded, whether it is through your feet, hands, face, legs, arms, neck, back, etc.. is the best way, because whatever way makes grounding most accessible to you is the one you are most likely to do! 

 

 

17. I can’t always get outside to ground directly to the earth.  Which indoor grounding tool is best for me?

 

Here are my top 5 favorite indoor grounding tools and why I love them so:

 

 

Because this product uses stainless steel fibers for conductivity, it lasts dramatically longer than inferior products made from silver fibers that break or erode easily in the wash.  With other grounding products, one wash in non-distilled water is enough to make it stop working.

Not so with this mattress panel.  Hand made from stainless steel fabric and organic cotton and organic hemp, this bed roll is also eco friendly and supports local artisans.

If you are going to be laying in bed for hours each night sleeping, let’s make those hours as deeply restorative and healing as they can possibly be by sleeping grounded!

Also good for: Stressful Lifestyles.

Grounding your body all night long is perfect for folks who have incredibly demanding jobs (to make the most of the healing nighttime hours,) athletes who push their body during the day (so they can recover faster at night) and people going through tough transitions and trauma who could use the extra resiliency.  Grounding has been proven in medical studies to enhance muscle recovery, decrease delayed onset muscle soreness, protect and strengthen bones, decrease stress hormone output, increase the time the brain spends in healing alpha wave patterns during sleep and more.

 

 

So easy to wear all day long — just walk out the door with this soft fabric band on your wrist or ankle, and whenever you want to ground, simply clip the grounding cord to it and enjoy discrete grounding anywhere.

As always, I have all of my products hand sewn using only the very highest quality materials, and this band is no different.  Stainless steel conductive fabric means this band will not lose conductivity from normal wear, oils, lotions or washing.

Also good for: Gifting.

Have a friend who lives far away and you need a light weight gift to send overseas?  Have a loved one you want to tuck a small grounding tool into a their pocket as a surprise?  A grounding band is the easiest, most fool proof way to go, as there is no sizing required… velcro adjustable band is one-size-fits-all!

 

 

 

For those that sit at work, you can place this right on your seat and sit directly on it, or use discretely under your desk with your feet, or standing occupations can stand directly on this pad for grounded healing.

You can use it at home, on any chair, under any table, under your head while you lay down and watch TV on the sofa, under your legs at night while you sleep.  A removable and 100% machine washable conductive cover with a conductive interior foam core means this grounding mat not only provides comfortable padding, but you can wash it so easily that it’s a great choice for use over and over again.

Also good for: Pets.

Because this grounding mat has a fully machine washable cover, you can use it in situations where you are going to want to wash it multiple times, like with your pets.  No synthetic vinyl “leatherette” toxic plastic that will sit in landfills for hundreds of years, all of my products are made with fabric and are breathable, non-toxic, and eco friendly.  If we are going to be connecting to the earth, don’t we want to use earth friendly materials?  I think so too.

 

 

 

A unique grounding tool only available here, this grounding pouch is made from stainless steel conductive fabric and comes with two hot & cold packs that slip inside to stay hot or cold for the perfect treatment length of 10 – 15 minutes… ideal to prevent over-treating the areas of injury.

Simply rest grounded ice packs over eyes to reduce puffiness, relieve migraine pain by placing cold pack over forehead or use warm for stiff neck muscles to reduce pain during a tension headache, place over sinus area to relieve sinus pressure, apply to abdomen to sooth cramping and nausea, ideal as a first aid treatment for injuries… the applications are endless.

Also good for: Care Packages.

Because of the small size and how versatile of a healing tool it is, it’s the perfect healing tool to include in care packages.  Use as a mini grounding pad without the hot & cold pack in it, or add the additional therapeutic element of heat or cold to exponentially support the body’s healing.

 

 

For those of us concerned about the ever increasing strength of the electromagnetic fields on the horizon, and for those of us who are particularly electrosensitive (you’ll know if you are or not if you feel worse when you are grounded then when you are ungrounded… this means you are feeling the AC current from your indoor wiring reaching your body.)

By supporting your conductive health (with grounding) and protecting your conductive health (with shielding) we can get these two powerfully healing approached united, so that they can both ultimately work together to support your innate, robust health.

You can clip this cord onto any grounding tool that is conductive and it will work!  Compatible with all of the grounding tools I carry, simply clip to the edge of the conductive part of any grounding tool and it will be powerfully grounded!

All of my grounding cords are proudly made right here in the USA and not bulk manufactured overseas like most other grounding cords, ensure that your grounding experience is the most pure ground connection possible by upgrading your standard grounding cord with the new PureGround filter grounding cord.  

 

 

 

 

18.  What special way can I celebrate Earth Day today?

 

I hope by now you are inspired to head outside today on Earth Day 2019 and touch our planet directly.  Here are a few ideas to get you excited to grab a friend and get grounded!

 

  • Idea #1:  Make Earth Day into a Personal Healing Retreat:

 

Intuitive Medical Consultation PlansYou can use the healing power of connecting directly to the Earth for as long as possible today and finish the day feeling better than you ever did when the day started.

Imaging studies and blood tests and common sense and ancient wisdom all agree… the earth is ever there for you, ever supporting you, ever washing away the inflammation from your day and the damage done to your body, ever renewing you and ever ready.

Some days within 1 second of touching the earth I can literally feel the relief washing over me.  My headache soaks down into the ground or my shoulder tension melts away while I sit on a rock or my nausea vanishes while I lay in the grass or whatever stress I am holding onto that day subsides as I lean against a tree.

There is nothing that the earth can’t hold. 

From the tallest skyscraper to the smallest blade of grass. From your joyful dancing under the sun to your sacred whispered secrets into the ground to your tears soaking in under the nighttime sky.

You don’t need permission from the government and you don’t need to know the latest medical news and you don’t need to read the scary headlines and you don’t need to double-check the label and you don’t need a pharmacy to hand it to you and you don’t need a doctor to recommend it… although I’m doing just that!

The one thing you can always turn to is the earth.

The one thing that reaches every organ system and every cell in your body is the earth.  The one thing in our entire universe that supports life and exists to allow life to blossom all over it’s entire being is our earth.  When you are out of contact with the earth your body feels the build up of inflammation and free radical damage and feels stressed and out of sorts.

When you come back in contact with the earth your body feels intense relief — and there is no better day to gift that to yourself than on Earth Day.

 

Don’t know exactly what to do?  Download my Earthing-Ebook1Free Grounding Idea Book right now!

Ready to see what grounding can do for your own health?  In this free ebook I will outline how just 10 minutes can make a big impact in your state of well being… nothing to buy, no time to wait for supplements to kick in, no barriers to access.  Earthing is for EVERYBODY.  Just enter your email address in the sign up box on my homepage to get instant access to this fun Idea Book and healthcare guide!

 

 

 

 

  •  Idea #2:  Host an Earth Day Film Screening!

 

Movie nights are always fun, and you can up the meaning behind our connection to Mother Earth by hosting a film screening to share the healing practice of grounding with your family and friends.

You can grab your own copy of Heal For Free right here, or if you want instant gratification, you can watch the original documentary that started it all, The Grounded, right here, and if you want to own your own copy of the film that led the entire movement, you can grab that here.

Pop some popcorn and click play… and share this truth with the people that you love:

 

The only thing limiting Mother Earth’s support of us is our willingness to connect or our willingness to disconnect.

To the extent that we seek out a connection to our Mother Earth, that’s the exact extent that we receive that healing from her.

 

She is always, always, ever available to us. Always.  And this Earth Day, let’s turn this celebration of our planet into one that acknowledges the deep connection we all have — one that goes beyond recognizing the existence of this planet to recognizing the divine interconnection we have with her.

 

  • Idea #3: Go outside and go heart spotting!!!

 

Nature is sending you love notes every single day.  Take your camera and grab some pics of them… I love finding hearts in nature, here are some of my favs that I’ve captured:

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Earth Day my friends!!!  That was a lot of information, but the most important thing is to have direct experience and try it.  So now that you’ve read this far… go outside!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Time In the Sun Actually Increases Your Life Span… Here’s How To Do It Safely

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A recent medical study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that folks who avoided sun exposure actually had a shorter life span…

…with a decreased life expectancy that was shorter than even heavy smokers who bathed in the sun.

What?!?!  Yes.

 

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

So even heavy smokers who soaked in the sun their whole life outlived non-smokers who avoided sun exposure… by years!  Participants who avoided the sun had higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and pulmonary disease.  And the results were dose-specific… meaning that the benefits of increased life expectancy with sun exposure went up directly in correlation to the amount of sun exposure.

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

These results show that avoiding the sun is a “risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking” — directly quoting the medical report.

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

Nor is it my second recommendation either.

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

 

  • Some chemicals in sunscreen (like the oils, petroleum products, and retinyl palmitate found in most sunscreens) have been shown to actually increase the rates of skin cancer lesions, when directly applied to the skin.
  • On top of that, many of the chemicals in chemical blocking sunscreens are shown to disrupt our natural hormone pathways. In fact, oxybenzone, the most common chemical sunscreen used, has been shown to disrupt hormones and is *not* (repeat not) 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 it is particularly well absorbed (which is why it is so commonly used) so 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.
  • 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 new study (presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Nov 19, 2016) shows that sunscreen did not have the ability to reduce future melanoma risk.

 

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

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

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

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

But I’m not surprised.  To understand why the most common sunscreens (which is 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.  This is the type of sun protection you want.
  • You do NOT want it to be nano-sized — as then it is just as harmful as the chemically based sunscreens.  It will go on more clear but that is only because it is now small enough to be directly absorbed into the skin and will meet the UV radiation inside of your skin cells, where we do not want it, exactly like chemical sunscreens do.
  • On top of the fact that chemical sunscreens allow the UV radiation to penetrate your skin, some of the chemicals in sunscreen (like the oils, petroleum products, and retinyl palmitate found in most sunscreens) have been shown to actually increase the rates of skin cancer lesions when directly applied to the skin.
  • And 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* (repeat NOT) 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 it is particularly well absorbed (which is why it is so commonly used) so 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.

 

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…

Today I give you 5 ways to stay protected in the sun in a way that will truly protect you:

 

 

Top 5 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!

 

2.  Wear UV Protective Clothing, Hats and Sunglasses:

 

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

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

 

 

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

 


A non-nanosized, non-chemical based sunscreen is what I put on my own face every single day.

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

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

 

 

4.  Take Curcumin To Protect Against Melanoma

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Clear evidence that a simple vitamin can be cancer preventive:

Vitamin B3 dramatically reduces skin cancer rates.

 

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

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

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

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

So… if you have a history of serious sun exposure?  Or a history of previous skin cancers?  Or you just want less unsightly actinic keretosis popping up in the future?  Vitamin B 3  offers 100% all natural holistic chemo-prevention!  Vitamin B is safe, inexpensive, proven.

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

 

 

 

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

  • try to avoid peak hours of sun exposure

  • wear a hat and sunglasses

  • avoid yucky chemical sunscreens and use physical sunscreens instead

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

 

Here’s to happy days ahead, watching summer approach…

xoxox, Laura

Check Your Pits & Your Feet: 2 Easy Ways To Prep For A Healthy Spring

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Is it heating up where you live?

It’s warming up here, and as I got sweaty doing some spring gardening this weekend, it reminded me to put out my annual blog post urging you not to use antiperspirants.

 

Many of my readers don’t use anti-perspirant, but they do use a deodorant.  So today I want to urge you to also double check that your deodorant is paraben free too, or it’s not much better than an anti-perspirant.

Here’s why:

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Parabens are not something you want in your system. 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Something is wrong here.

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

So give up your antiperspirant for good, and only use paraben free deodorants.  And you don’t have to resign to having smelly pits this summer, I promise!

 

Right now my favorite deodorant is Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium deodorant.  And to wipe out every last trace of pit smell, even in the hottest summer conditions?

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

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

 

 

 

That’s because the bacteria responsible for the odor thrives in the stubble in the hair follicle just under the skin.  So remove the hair at the hair bulb, and no more smell.

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

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

 

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

And that is this, a medically justified expense:  splurge and get a pedicure

(or save your money and DIY!)

 

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

It’s true.  A thick layer of dead skin on your feet can delay or even prevent you from being grounded.  So make time for a pedicure ASAP — doctor’s orders!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A Quick Way To Know If You Are Going Barefoot Enough

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

To a healthy spring and summer full of barefoot grounding!

It’s blessedly just around the corner, so now is the time to get your feet and pits ready!

xoxoxo, Laura