10 Ways To Make Healing Instantly More Playful And Uplifting

Posted

 

 

I’m going to be spending some much needed time with my family and soaking in every single second for the next few weeks, as by the end of this summer I will officially be an empty nester (sob!!!)  So I today I wanted to leave an uplifting holistic healing article filled with tons of resources for you to enjoy over the next few weeks until my weekly blog posts return.

Here is my goal: I’d like to encourage you to see healing as fun.  Yes… fun!

After all, as you heal you should feel better and better and better, a sense of relief and even a sense of joy.  Feeling good is at the heart of play, and it’s why play is so therapeutic (for a detailed dive on the healing benefits of play, read this article I wrote for you!)

Trying out new and fun things… and why shouldn’t that apply to health and healing?  It should!  My motto is that life is hard enough… so let’s at least enjoy healing.  After all, healing is all about feeling better and better and better.  It is a powerful forward momentum in your life that should be uplifting.  

So, if lately your health care routines leave you feeling stuck, uninspired, or 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 seasonal fruits and vegetables, and to add humor and play into your life.  

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 today, let me introduce you to take you along with Stacey and I as we test out some unusual alternative healing modalities that you might want to consider.   It’s the top 10 videos from my “Trying It Out For You” series on YouTube!  

 


 

 

 1.  Nutritional IVs

 

Click the video above to come with me on a trip to a MedSpa for a nutritional IV.   I’ll tell you if it was powerful enough to make a difference in my sugar cravings or boost my energy level or make any other impact to me well being.  Although I am one of those who truly hate needles, I went for a nutritional IV to find out if they are worth the hype.  I take you along to get an IV and tell you my thoughts before, during, and after.

Was it worth the high price tag?  Watch and find out!

Bottom line?  All in all… for spending over a hundred dollars to try to temporarily boost certain nutrients for a few days, I could have purchased several months worth of the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements that would have supported me for an entire season.  With a bonus of no needle punctures required, plus a much longer window of support, all for less cost.

Below is a list of common ingredients you can select in these nutritional IVs (including the vitamins that Stacey and I tried) and as I scan through them all, every single one of them is available as a pharmaceutical grade supplement in my online dispensary here. 

  • B-12:  helps boost energy
  • Glutathione (Stacey had this one): antioxidant, decreases inflammation
  • Vitamin B complex (I had this): B vitamins are supportive to many metabolic processes in the cells of your nerves, digestive tract, skin and more
  • L-Carnitine: boosts energy and mitochondrial function, fat burning
  • Taurine: essential for brain, eye and red blood cell function, may aid muscle function too
  • Vit D: essential for bone health, immunity, hormone balance and more
  • Vit C (Stacey had this one): pantioxidant that boosts immune function, promotes tissue repair
  • Glutamine (I had this one): Boosts digestive health, repairs leaky gut, decreases sugar cravings
  • Lysine:  An essential amino acid helpful for tissue growth as well as having anti-viral properties
  • Magnesium (I had this one too): essential for proper nerve & muscle function, promotes relaxation
  • Trace Minerals: helps electrolyte balance, boost energy levels and immune function, enhances conductivity

Many MedSpas will combine the above supplements to create their own nutritional cocktails, for example the popular Myers Cocktail is simple a combo of B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Trace Minerals (usually calcium and magnesium.)

 


 

 

 

2.  Float Therapy

 

There are tons of studies that show that floating in a sensory deprivation float 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.

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.

What do I think?  What did Stacey think?  Click on the video above and we will share all the details with you!

Want to try this but don’t live near a floatation therapy center or want to experience an inexpensive at-home version of float therapy, here is the next best thing: 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.  Darken the room or place a warm washcloth over the eyes and soak for at least 15 minutes… 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!

 


 

 

3,  Halotherapy

 

Halotherapy is simply the inhalation of aerosolized dry salts… a very popular new therapy added to many spas. These salt therapy lounges can be very beautiful, with gorgeous Himalayan salt wall features and flowing loose salt over the floors to give the appearance of a salt cave, while sodium chloride crystals are aerosolized into the room’s air for inhalation.

These spas claim that halotherapy can improve respiratory allergies, fix chronic dermatologic skin issues like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and even decrease the frequency of upper respiratory infections.  There are some studies that back this up, one notable study published in the journal Meditsina Truda I Promyshlennaia Ekologiia in 2016 which showed that mild cases of chronic obstructive lung disease was clinically improved in about 40% of cases.

Another study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology showed that halo therapy decreased the size of tonsillar hypertrophy in almost half of the patients studied, and was particularly well tolerated by children compared to medical-surgical treatment for sub-obstructive hypertrophy.

Lastly, a study published in Pediatric Pulmonology in 2017 showed that asthmatic children had less bronchial hyper-responsiveness, although lung function tests did not show measurable improvement following treatment.

So I decided to take Stacey and give it a try.  Did we think it was worth the hype?  Click the video above to come into the salt room with us and find out!

 

 


 

 

 

 

4.  Cryotherapy

 

Just like a football player taking an ice bath after a big game, exercise enthusiasts swear by intensely cooling down the body with cryotherapy after strenuous exertion as a way to reduce inflammation and expedite recovery.

Cryotherapy centers are gaining in popularity, but do they work?   One study, recently published in Wiadomosci Lekarskie in 2018, found that cryotherapy treatments decreased back pain and increased the range of motion of the lower back in patients with degenerative spine disease.  Another study published in PLOS One in June 2011 showed cryotherapy after exercise reduced blood markers of inflammation.

Click on the video above and come in with Stacey and I while we give cryotherapy a try.  I tried it on my left knee, which has hurt me since I injured it playing soccer as a teenager decades and decades ago, and I loved it!  Definitely felt less knee pain for about 48 hours, then the benefits seemed to wear off.  Stacey was brave enough for the whole body cryotherapy and found it not only invigorating but she reported less aches and pains for at least two days afterwards too!  This one I give a two thumbs up to!

Want to try this at home, instead of spending money at a cryotherapy facility?  Go for it!  A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology Performance in March 2017 showed that a 10 minute ice bath (50 degrees Fahrenheit) was actually more effective than whole body cryotherapy (3 minutes at -110 degrees Celsius) in reducing muscle soreness and accelerating muscle recovery after exertion.

Can’t tolerate an ice bath?  Me either.  To approximate my therapy — targeted only over one joint instead of the whole body — use an ice pack (for no longer than 10 minutes) placed directly on areas of pain and soreness to decrease inflammation in targeted joints and muscles.  Better yet, use a grounded ice pack to synergistically combine temperature therapy and grounding therapy for the best results!

 

 


 

 

 

5.  Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture isn’t a new therapy, but actually a longstanding ancient healing modality that has many medically studied health benefits.  In fact, acupuncture is one of the most medically studies alternative healing modalities, so let me give you a quick run down on the conditions it has been found to be most beneficial for:

  • Headache & Arthritis:  This meta-analysis, published in The Journal Of Pain in May of 2018, studied over 20,000 patients in over 39 different trials that were double blinded, to see what chronic pain conditions acupuncture was best for (if any.)  They found that acupuncture significantly reduced pain for long periods of time and was an effective treatment of chronic musculoskeletal, headache, and osteoarthritis pain.
  • Neck Pain: A meta-analysis, published in the Cochrane Library Review in November of 2016, looked at neck pain from all causes, including whiplash, arthritis and mechanical neck pain, and found that acupuncture significantly decreased pain (over sham acupuncture) and found that disability from neck pain was reduced.
  • Opioid Use: This unique study, recently published in Medical Acupuncture in February of 2020, found that veterans who utilized opioids were in less pain immediately following ear acupuncture — although it’s important to note that the reduction in pain was short term, immediately following the treatment, and did not result in long term reductions in pain.  The ear acupuncture also did not result in a decrease use of opioids from baseline, but it did result in the acupuncture recipients not increasing their average dose as much as the non-acupuncture recipients did.  So over all, acupuncture patients required less opioids than non-acupuncture patients did.
  • Post Surgical Pain: This study, published in Medical Acupuncture in August of 2019, found a similar result as the opiod study above — that is, while participants who received acupuncture after shoulder surgery reported significantly less pain, there ultimately was no difference in the dose of pain medications required post-surgically. This study, published in HNO in January of 2017, looked at pain levels in patients after tonsillectomy surgery and found a significant pain decrease after a single treatment of acupuncture, lasting on average for 3 hours post treatment. As an aside, I would say I felt a noticeable improvement in my neck and shoulder pain (as I mention in the video) after acupuncture that agrees with this timeline — I enjoyed about 3 hours of relief before I noticed tension pain beginning to accumulate again.
  • Migraine: In a study published in Headache in March of 2015, acupuncture was shown to decrease migraine occurrence as well as any conventional drug therapy, with less side effects and no prescription necessary.
  • Fibromyalgia: Acupuncture was shown to significantly decrease pain and increase functionality in fibromyalgia patients (published Jan 2019 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.)
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain: Medical studies (like this one, published in the Journal of Urology in October of 2018) found that acupuncture significantly reduces pain in chronic pelvic pain for both men (from prostititis) and women (published in Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine in September of 2018.)
  • Chemotherapy Side Effects: This study (published in the Asian Pacific Journal Of Cancer Prevention in 2014) found that acupuncture significantly reduced side effects from cancer treatment, decreasing pain, anxiety, nausea, vomitting and insomnia during chemotherapy.  And this study (published in the JAMA Oncology in Dec 2019) found that both acupuncture and acupressure were associated with significantly reduced pain and decreased pain medication use in cancer patients.
  • Coma: This incredibly interesting study, just published in Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine in February of 2020, looked at acupuncture therapy, vs sham acupuncture, vs no acupuncture at all in unconscious coma patients after traumatic brain injury. To me this is the best study showing that the positive results of acupuncture can not possibly be placebo.Researchers found that the Glascow Coma Score, The Glascow Outcome Score, and the wake promoting rates were all improved in the acupuncture group and that coma states were lessened, but larger and more rigorous studies are needed before routinely recommending acupuncture as part of coma treatment world wide.
  • Dementia: This study, published in the Western Journal of Nursing Studies in December of 2019, found that acupuncture and acupressure significantly reduced agitation, anxiety, depression and insomnia in dementia patients, as well as significantly improved activities of daily living.
  • Anxiety:  This review of the medical literature (published in Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice in May 2018) on anxiety found 13 studies that were rigorous enough in the use of acupuncture in anxiety disorders to suggest that there are significant and measurable reductions in anxiety with acupuncture therapy, as well as less side effects than medications that treat anxiety.

 

What did I think, when Stacey and I went in for a session?  Click on the video above to let me sneak you into an acupuncture session in a community based acupuncture clinic and we will share with you our honest feedback.

Want to try this at home? Consider acupressure.  Several studies have shown that acupressure (holding pressure over pressure points) is equally effective to professional acupuncture with needles.  Pre-surgical patients ranked similar relief with acupressure as with acupuncture in alleviating pre-surgery anxiety, and psoriasis patients actually improved more with short term acupressure therapy over traditional acupuncture therapy.

It’s super easy to hold or massage acupressure points… many important acupressure points are found in the hand and the feet, on the external ear, the scalp, neck, back, wrist and more.  In fact, many of the benefits of traditional massage are thought to be from stimulation of acupressure points, along with increased circulation by mobilizing muscle and fascial tissue.  So even if you don’t know specific acupressure points, even a simple foot or hand massage can relax your whole body, from head to toe.  And for a no-brainer way to apply acupressure, there are lots of inexpensive tools like Aculief (for headache therapy,) acupressure wrist bands for nausea relief, acupressure foot massagers, acupressure clips to use on ears, hands and feet, even whole body acupressure mats.

 


 

 

 

6. Nia

 

This time,  Stacy and I went to a local Nia class and to try out a new form of exercise.  Outside, in the fresh air and sunshine, grounded with bare feet, boy did we have fun.  Turns out, Nia is a very gentle, low key, easy way to get your body moving, while still feeling the tremendous perks that traditional exercise gives.  I barely felt like I exerted myself, yet my body felt completely mobilized, stretched out, energized and refreshed afterwards!  Click on the video above to go hear about our experience before and after class!

I highly recommend doing Nia outside, and if you don’t have classes near you, just put on a YouTube video (here’s a fun one!) and get grounded to the earth while you move your precious body!  The medical literature backs our experience up.  Even gentle exercise is life changing — reducing your risk of morbidity and mortality significantly… and that’s even if you have been sedentary for most of your life.

Truly it is never EVER too late to start moving your body and reaping the benefits.

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.

And 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.

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%.

And 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.  And it doesn’t have to be strenuous activity.  A study published May 2019 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting time a day with light physical activity decreased mortality rates significantly.

So now 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.  You can start today by doing Nia and having some fun!!!

 


 

 

 

7.  Labyrinth

 

Here is another, super easy, absolutely non-strenuous way to get a little movement into your day.  And it combines walking, grounding and intentional breathing all in one super fun healing practice.  Walking barefoot on the earth during walking meditation is the hands-down easiest way to drop out of your monkey mind, calm your thoughts, and center your awareness down in your heart (or even better — down at your feet!)

And being grounded naturally boost vagal tone, so along with your breath work, you are exponentially calming your central nervous system, releasing stress and anxiety, calming your heartrate, lowering blood pressure, boosting your circulation and oxygenation, releasing muscle tension, brightening your mood, and giving your body a head-to-toe fresh start.  In fact, 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 from any other stressor (and who isn’t?) you can support your recovery and release by simply doing ten minutes of grounded walking.  Click on the video above, where I take you along into my favorite walking meditation — using a labyrinth!  I also share with you some super easy ways you can create your own labyrinth, so even if you don’t have access to a labyrinth (and even if you don’t have any of your own yard space to create one)  you can still do a walking meditation.  Literally drawing a spiral with a piece of chalk on a sidewalk square, or simply walking up and down a line on your driveway, or using tape to create a line or spiral in your garage, all of these ideas can create a grounded walking meditation path that will literally transform your day.

Any cement, sidewalk, concrete surface outside is grounded, so anywhere you can kick your shoes off and walk a line or a spiral on a sidewalk or concrete will get you grounded without ever getting your feet dirty!  For example. Walk up and down a sidewalk slowly.  Walk back and forth across your driveway slowly.  Draw a chalk spiral on your cement basement garage or basement floor to walk on.  Or get fancy and use tape to create a labyrinth in your garage or basement on the concrete floor that you can use forevermore!  This video shows how you can create a labyrinth out of masking tape, in just minutes.  

Of course, any dirt path outside would make a fabulous grounded meditation path, just slowly walk it up and back.  If you love the feeling of grass on your bare feet like I do, you can always walk on any safe green space in a grounded walking meditation.  Most garden paths and patio walkways are grounded, because slate, tile, brick, even gravel is all grounded when they are lying on the earth.  So almost any outdoor walkway is an instant grounded meditation spot when you walk it barefoot.  In this video I show you 15 different outdoor surfaces that will ground you, beyond just grass.  And if you are lucky enough to have your own yard, you can even spray paint a little spiral on your grass to use it for several days in a row.  If you love it you may be inspired to create your very own labyrinth path by laying stones or brick to create a personal labyrinth in your yard or garden.  I know this is on my bucket list to do one day!

If you can take ten minutes to do this walking meditation daily — grounded — I believe with my whole heart it can change your perspective on your entire life, fill you with a sense of hope and fresh positivity, and help you feel physically better too.

 


 

 

 

8.   Compression Therapy

 

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.  Stacey and I went for leg compression — click the video above to join us and see how it went!  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 does it provide long term benefit?  I’m 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 long daily term use 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.

Are there any indications for doing this therapy just once?  I can think of two:  1.  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.  2. 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 it’s way cheaper (my 30 minute compression treatment cost $25)

Can’t find a compression therapist near you?  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.

 


 

 

 

9.  Grounding Through Water

 

Another great way to have fun while healing is to ground outside in areas that are naturally moist: by the ocean or river or lake… even the morning dew on a blade of grass!

There is a reason that doctor’s routinely gave out prescriptions for spending time by the sea when they had no idea what else to do to help an ailment in days of yore.  That’s because the earth has healing energy to give you, and if you add moisture to that you increase your own conductivity and healing accelerates.  Moisture + you + earth = expedited healing.

Click the video above, where Stacey and I take you along to experiment with grounding in water.  It was one of the last really warm days we had at the very tale end of summer 2020 (which, where we live, is in September!). I hope you enjoy it.  You can really see and feel the difference of how relaxed and centered we become after spending an hour grounding through water.

 


 

 

 

10.  Sauna

 

Here’s what I do whenever it’s too cold to ground outside and/or too cold to exercise outside, to get a similar health boost without the frozen nose and numb toes.  I head to my local YMCA and sit in the sauna to reap very similar benefits to exercising, but without the risk of slipping on dangerous ice or feeling my lungs burn from the frigidly cold air.  Then immediately after my sauna session, I am warm enough to embrace grounding outside for a few blessed moments while I cool down.  It’s win-win!

Click the video above to come and sit with Stacey and I for a healing session of sauna + grounding.

I love anything that boosts circulation — like grounding, sauna, steam room, hot baths, sleeping with a hot water bottle, massage, even (on occasion) exercise LOL…. it just feels intuitively right to get your blood flowing.  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 recent major medical studies that back this up!

Medical studies have shown that folks who use a sauna two or more times a week have a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and death, and a reduced risk of all-cause mortality (meaning they died less from all causes put together) than folks who used a sauna once a week or less.  Published in Evidence Based Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Journal, April 2018 , researchers review 40 studies that included almost 4,000 patients and found that routine sauna use:

  • reduced risk of heart disease, heart attack and sudden cardiac death
  • lowered blood pressure
  • lower risk of stroke
  • reduced risk of dementia and other neurocognitive changes
  • reduced risk of pulmonary disease such as asthma and lung infections like influenza
  • decrease risk of rheumatologist and immune disorders
  • decrease in pain conductions such as arthritis and headaches
  • decreased risk of death
  • improved quality of life

And looking at cognitive function yielded even more exciting results. Turns out, sauna not only lengthens lifespan but protects against dementia to preserve quality of life, too!  Published in Age and Ageing (Dec 8, 2016) researchers followed more than 2,300 patients for an average of 20.7 years, and found that sauna users enjoyed a 66% reduction in dementia risk of all types (including Alzheimer’s) from this very easy-to-enjoy lifestyle intervention. It turns out, the circulation boost from sauna preserves memory function and protects us from developing memory diseases.  So, not only does sauna help you live longer (avoiding heart disease and all-cause mortality) but it also helps you avoid dementia and memory loss disease to enjoy that longer life more!

Why is sauna so good?  Sauna raises whole body temperature which activates metabolic changes like a neutralizing inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, increase nitric oxide bioavailability, increased insulin sensitivity, and improved vasodilation.  In other words, raising the core body temperature and increasing circulation makes the benefits of sauna very similar to the benefits of exercise.  So increased time in the sauna helps increase vascular perfusion of the brain, increasing endothelial function and reducing inflammation.  And not just in your brain, but throughout your entire body, too, which is one of the reasons it’s so cardioprotective as well.

So if you can’t exercise (or, ahem, like me, don’t particularly love to do it in the cold winter months) then one good alternative is sauna.  Sauna is also a great idea for disabled or mobility-limited folks, who might find getting outside to exercise more challenging.  Almost anyone can sauna and enjoy very similar longevity benefits as if they exercised!  As an added bonus, you can use your cool down period to get outside in the fresh air and get grounded.

Sauna to boost circulatory health and grounding to boost conductive health… that’s a win-win winter health care routine.  Interested in giving sauna a try?  Here are some tips:

  1. The recommended routine is to sauna at least once a week and up to three times a week, for a time period of at least 5 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes.
  2. Hydrate before, during and after sauna.
  3. Be sure to cool down afterwards by grounding for several minutes in the fresh air outside.
  4. Touch the ground, or cement, the sidewalk, concrete, a tree, a bush, or a rock to get grounded.  Take five minutes to breathe deeply, let your core body temperature normalize, and then dive back into your day knowing you powerfully boosted your health.
  5. Don’t sauna if you have a fever, an active inflammatory condition like a rash or hives, or are intoxicated, and ask your physician if sauna is right for you if you have a serious cardiac issue or other health issues.

 


 

 

 

 

Never let healing get dry, boring or mindless.  Interjecting something new to once in a while can stimulate your body to recover in all new ways.  As I mentioned above, even brain injuries that are over ten years old can show significant improvement by treatments that are considered alternative.  There is a first time for everything, so breathe new life into your health and healing by trying something you’ve never tried before!

And no matter what holistic therapies intrigue you, keep moving forward with your health and healing.  If you feel that your healing journey has reached a plateau, know that there is always a fun new way to approach wellness with fresh forward moving energy.

xoxox, Laura

Gardening: Health Benefits That Go Way Beyond Time Spent Grounding

Posted

 

 

 

Many folks who embrace grounding are passionate gardeners, and understandably, being grounded while working a garden bed outside boosts your health instantly.  But  beyond the healing boost of being grounded, it’s actually healing just to be around plants of any kind, even while ungrounded (for example, just seeing a plant through a window or adding a potted plant to a workspace) gives us documented health benefits. 

Read through this list of the top 9 perks of gardening and see if it doesn’t inspire even those of us who are non-gardeners to dive into this wonderful activity.  From a windowsill garden to a flower bed to a large plot of farmland, gardening is more than a way to grow flowers and food… it’s a lifestyle that can help ensure longevity and health. 

Read on to discover some surprising ways that gardening is doing more for your health than you ever thought possible:

 


 

I painted this artwork to show the healing benefits of nature to our central nervous system!

 

1. Gives You A Healthier Brain

 

Every minute you spend out in your garden is brain protective… so much so, that having gardening as a hobby actually lowers your risk of dementia!  A study published in 2006 in the Medical Journal of Australia found that daily gardening decreased dementia risk by in incredible 36%.   A follow up study, published in 2019 in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that gardening actually increased levels of brain nerve growth factors.

Another incredibly interesting study, recently published in January 2020 in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that a gardening intervention program significantly boosted levels of the brain neurotransmitters tryptophan and serotonin, which are necessary for healthy sleep patterns and mood stabilization.

 


 

 

 

 

2.  Gives You Boosted Mental Health

 

Multiple studies have found that having access to a garden or other green space decreases depression rates, anxiety rates, and dramatically reduces stress.  One study, called the MIND study (conducted in 2007) found that simply walking through a garden or greenway significantly improved mental health, while walking through areas without greenery (such as a shopping mall) significantly decreased mental health.  

If simply walking through a green space impacts mental health so much, you can probably guess that hand’s on gardening would boost mental health even more.  And you would be right.  After an extensive systemic review of 22 studies looking at the health impact of gardening, the results of this meta-anylsis (published in Preventive Medicine Reports in 2016) found that gardening significantly reduced anxiety levels, anger levels and depression rates, decreased tension, stress levels and boosted mood… all while simultaneously improving life satisfaction and boosting over all quality of life.  It’s absolutely incredible that simply tending to a garden can offer such a transformative life make-over, but it’s true!

 


 

 

 

3.  Lowers Your Blood Pressure

 

Even indoor gardens can positively impact on your well being, so don’t discount the power of a windowsill garden or a simple house plant to support your health.  An exciting study published in 2015 in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, showed that simply adding plants to an indoor computer room not only boosted the worker’s productivity, it also significantly decreased their blood pressure.  

Another study, published in 2007 in the American Society for Horticultural Science found that workers with potted plants in close proximity to them while working took less sick leave off from work and enjoyed increase productivity. 

 


 

 

 

4.  Helps You Recover Your Health Faster 

 

Being physically near plants is so impactful to our mental and physical health that it turns out, even just seeing a plant can significantly impact our recovery from stressful health events.  We have such an innate need to be submersed in a world with foliage and plants around us that a study (published in 1984 in Science) found that patients who simply had a view of plants through a window while recovering from surgery had better moods, used less pain medications, had less surgical post-op complications, and even decreased their length of stay in the hospital.  

Less pain during recovery and getting to go home sooner after surgery just by looking at plants?  That’s an awesome health strategy that I wish more hospital and clinics would take into account when designing their architecture. 

 


 

 

 

 

 

4.  Decreases Your Body’s Inflammation 

 

One of my biggest passions as a holistic physician is encouraging people to touch the earth to decrease inflammation in their body, a healing practice known as grounding.  A study on grounding, published in the Journal Of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine in 2010, found that subjects who were grounded while exercising had 40% lower levels of creatinine kinase (a marker of muscle inflammation) and less soreness after exertion than non-grounded subjects. They also had lower pain levels, significantly lower blood cortisol levels, and even lower white blood cell counts.

When you are grounded to the earth, as you are during gardening while touching the ground in any way, including touching any plants, soil, dirt, rocks and water that is on the earth, you are supporting your health in so many ways.  For more information on the whole body benefits of grounding, see any of these articles I’ve got waiting for you on my Grounding Medical Studies page here or read my book The Earth Prescription right here.

 

 


 

 

 

5.  Reduces Your Toxic Burden

 

One of the very best things about gardening is that you can have a direct impact in reducing your body’s total toxic burden.  By growing your own garden, you can reduce your environmental exposures to pesticides and insecticides by choosing non-toxic, organic gardening practices and choosing not to apply toxic chemicals to your garden space, as well as reducing the amount of pesticides that you directly consume when you eat edibles from your garden that haven’t been treated with chemicals.  

With over 5.6 billion pounds of pesticides used globally each year, it’s estimated that the average person eating store bought foods, including store bought produce, eats over a pound of chemicals every year.  The good news is that it only takes a few days of eating your own garden fresh produce to dramatically reduce the concentration of measurable pesticides in your body.  One study, published in Environmental Research in 2019, found that eating organic produce for just one week significantly reduced urine pesticide concentrations in study participants by 70%.  One week!

 


 

 

 

 

6. Increases Your Nutritional Intake 

 

Not only will eating your home grown produce reduce your toxic burden from things you don’t want — like exposures to unwanted chemicals — it  can also dramatically boost the things you do want to go into your body… like active antioxidants and powerful vitamins.  Even organic produce sold in a grocery store can lose half of it’s vitamins and phytonutrients by the time you get it home and eat it, especially water soluble vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 & B12, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin.  

Just by eating your food fresh picked, garden-to-table, you reduce the loss of nutrients that inevitably happens when shipped, stored and displayed at super markets.  Fruits and vegetables are extremely sensitive to and heat and light exposures, rapidly degrading over time.  A study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture in 2007 found that most produce loses about 30% of their nutritional content three days after picking.  Some dramatically more, for example, spinach can lose up to 90% of it’s vitamin C activity within 24 hours of harvest.  While freezing produce might help slow nutrient degradation, the ultimate solution to having vibrantly nutritious, fresh foods to eat is to grow them yourself and consume them that day, if not the very minute you pick it!

 


 

 

7.  Gives You Better Sleep

 

There is a beautiful relationship between our sleep cycle and mother earth.  Most people believe that our circadian (day/night) rhythm is dependent on sunlight to set that pattern for us, but scientists feel that the earth’s energy field has as much, if not more, to do with our sleep/wake pattern than even the sun, and they have known this since a pioneering study conducted back in 1970.  Published in Life Sciences in Space Research, researchers discovered just how influential the earth is to our sleep patterns. 

Looking at several hundred test subjects that lived for a two month period of time in a bunker that was blocked from sunlight but still had the earth’s electromagnetic field surrounding them, scientist discovered that they kept sleep/wake patterns that were close to a 24 hour rhythm.  Meanwhile, test subject that lived in a bunker that was completely shielded from the earth’s energies became completely desynchronized and experienced significantly longer, and much more irregular, sleep/wake rhythms. Researchers then experimented with introducing different electrical and magnetic fields into the shielded bunker, and only one frequency was able to restore normal sleep/wake patterns…  the frequency of Mother Earth’s natural energy, the Schumann frequency.  

From this the researchers postulated that it is actually the frequency of the earth that regulates our natural biorhythms. Based off of this understanding, it’s easy to understand how directly connecting to the earth through gardening daily can help enhance restorative sleep at night and boost daytime wakefulness.

 


 

 

 

8.  Boosts Your Vit D Levels

 

By now we’ve all heard of the importance of getting adequate Vitamin D… vitamin D protects so many different aspects of our health, from decreasing diabetes risk to boosting weight loss benefits to decreasing depression risk to preventing depression to predicting better cancer recovery to boosting fertility!  

But does gardening actually increase Vitamin D levels?  Yes, says a study published in PLOS One in 2014.  Researchers studied thousands of blood samples from patients who engaged in a variety of activities, and found that gardening and cycling were the only two activities that significantly decreased the risk of vitamin D deficiency… superior all other outdoor activities, including fishing and walking.  Gardening boosted Vitamin D levels across all age groups, so it’s a fantastic pastime that you never need to outgrow, a hobby to get into for life!

 


 

 

 

9.  Increases Your Longevity

 

A study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine in 2016 found that people who stayed indoors and avoided sun exposure actually had a shorter life span than those who spent time outside.  Participants who avoided the sun had higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and pulmonary disease than those who had daily sun exposure. And the results were dose-specific… meaning that the benefits of increased life expectancy went up directly in correlation to the amount of sun exposure.  Longer time in the sun = longer life span.  That simple!  Gardening is a fantastic way to routinely be inspired to go outside and get that sunshine and fresh air, two of natures best holistic health treatments.

Another reason that being a gardener might lengthen lifespan, besides getting more sunlight, is the increase in activity level.  A fabulous study (published in 2019 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine) found that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting each day with light physical activity was enough to significantly decrease mortality rates.  And again, here’s the clincher: the health benefit of replacing sedentary time with light physical activity was actually even stronger if you were older than 75 years old.  So light activity decreased mortality rates in adults older than 75 years old even 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.  

 

 

 

It’s never too late to lengthen your lifespan and boost your health through daily activity — and that includes gardening.  When you combine the fact that gardening has been proven to have huge mental health benefits, longevity benefits, grounding benefits, nutritional benefits and more, you would be hard pressed to find another activity that supports your health from so many different angles and in so many ways. 

So what are you planting in your garden this year? 

No matter how big or small your space is, whether you have a windowsill garden, a potted houseplant or two, a few medicinal herbs grown on your porch, access to a community vegetable garden or pick-your-own orchard or berry farm, or are even blessed enough to have your own land, tending to plants and growing flowers or food is one of the most rewarding, most pleasurable activities that I can recommend.  

To your health!  xoxox, Laura

 

My Favorite 7 Health Benefits That Women Enjoy When They Get Grounded

Posted

 

 

 

There are so many wonderful reasons for women to connect with Mother Earth — and they are medically studied, with proof that the earth offers clinically significant benefits.   That’s why grounding is one of my favorite recommendations to treat a variety of female health issues as well as protect future wellness.

Today I wanted to run through my favorite 7 reasons I love grounding for women… just a quick overview for you along with lots of resources to dive deeper into any topic that calls to you.  Please share this list with the women in your life that you love.

Encourage them to touch the earth directly — it’s waiting out there to boost our health in a myriad of ways:

 


 

 

 

 

 1.  Protects Hormone Balance

 

When women are under chronic stress, the precursors that normally go into sex hormone production (DHEA, estrogen, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, etc…) are stollen to make cortisol.  After one stressful day, this would not make a difference to our hormone balance, but day after stressful day, month after stressful month, and year after stressful year, it’s enough to put us not only into adrenal failure but worsen PMS symptoms, decrease fertility, and even hasten menopause.

Grounding helps reverse this.  In this study, published in 2004 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, subjects who slept grounded had a complete normalization of their cortisol patterns, suggesting deep recovery from stress.  By lowering cortisol, decreasing stress, and naturally balancing hormones, many women find that their PMS symptoms are lessened, fertility is boosted, and perimenopause becomes a much easier, more natural transition.

What else can you do besides grounding daily to help balance hormones and feel better?

I’ve written two books for you on this topic, read one or read them both, and share widely:

Free Female Health eBook

Free Adrenal Repair eBook

You can also take Maca Root and other adaptogens to help naturally balance hormones — my favorites are in my online dispensary waiting for you in the Female Health category.

 


 

 

 

 

2.  Gives a Metabolic Boost

 

Touching the earth directly boost your vagal tone immediately — this releases you from the autonomic nervous system’s overdrive of “fight or flight” and allows you to get into the parasympathetic healing zone of “rest and digest.”  When your vagal tone gets a boost, your entire digestive track works better — from salivary glands to gall bladder to colon and everything in between, even better gut peristalsis!

In the blog post below, I talk all about the healing power of grounding to boost digestion, decrease gut inflammation, allow your body to utilize the food you consume better, react to it less, and even over time protect your thyroid function.  In fact, medical studies show that grounding does indeed boost thyroid function, as well as stabilized blood sugar levels.    Hop over here to read it:

Grounding: A Game Changer For Your Digestion

 

Not only does grounding help you digest your food better, boost your thyroid function, and give you metabolic support, it also helps you lose weight naturally.  I talk about this more for you in this article:

How Grounding Promotes Weight Loss With Zero Effort

 

 


 

 

 

3.  Reduces Muscle Pain and Tension

 

Grounding immediately reduces muscle tension — near instantaneously.

As I talk about in this blog post below, 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:

What Grounding Does To Your Muscles

 

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.

This means that grounding can have an immediate impact on decreasing muscle tension and reducing pain, which so many women have.  From the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, to preventing that annoying tension headache, to decreasing pain from cramping, grounding is my front line treatment for pain.

This video will also help go further, explaining why grounding can help reduce chronic pain in ways that other pain therapies do not:

Releasing Chronic Pain

 

 


 

 

 

4.  Decreases Inflammation

 

Inflammation is an insidious condition that we often can not even feel until there is frank disease.  High levels of inflammation in the body can contribute to depression, to dementia, even cancer.  But grounding can help.

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

In addition, decreases in inflammation as a result of grounding are well documented using medical thermography imaging in this study.  You can hop over here to read a great overview of how grounding decreases whole body inflammation in this articlepublished June 2014 in the Journal of Inflammation Research

Decreasing inflammation can do everything from decreasing your chances of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome to decreasing cancer risk.  It also boosts mood and decreases dementia risk.  That’s win-win-win-win for women everywhere.

 

 


 

 

 

 

5.  Strengthens Our Bones

 

 

As I talk about in this article below, grounding is bone protective.  One medical study found that after only one session of grounding, renal excretion of both calcium and phosphorous went down significantly, which means the primary indicators of osteopenia and osteoporosis in these patients decreased after just a single night of grounding. 

 

Grounding: Relax Your Muscles, Strengthen Your Bones

 

This is incredible… after just one night, instead of their body having to go in and pull minerals out of their bones in order to repair the inflammation of the day and to correct the pH, the minerals remained in the bones preserving their strength.  And so, over time and over a lifetime, instead of leaching away your bones and creating brittle bones, grounding is naturally helping to maintain the integrity of your entire skeletal system.  For a nation whose women have epidemic proportions of osteopenia and osteoporosis, grounding is absolutely crucial for females.

What else can you do to protect bone strength?

Read this article for more on why I highly recommend filtering your tap water to remove fluoride, because even the minuscule amounts of fluoride added to the public water supply accumulates in bone.  It is estimated about 50% of the fluoride we consume is eliminated, and 50% is stored in our body, mostly in our bones.  So miniscule amounts of fluoride adding to our bodies sip after sip after sip equals a not-so-minimal exposure.  Over a lifetime, these levels can reach high proportions… decreasing bone density and causing brittleness.

You can also watch this video I made for you several years ago, after attending a medical conference that focused on osteoporosis prevention.  You can also eat this one food to help increase bone density naturally, through food instead of through medications.

 


 

 

 

6.  Boosts Skin Health

 

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

In other words, you don’t have to touch the earth with your face in order to brighten your complexion and boost skin circulation, just standing barefoot or touching the earth with a fingertip will do.  Following that study, another study, a double blind placebo study published August 2015 in Health, showed clear evidence of dramatically boosted circulation throughout the body after only one hour of grounding.

What else can you do besides grounding to boost skin health?  Listen to my podcast right here where I tell you about a very interesting recent medical study that suggests beauty sleep is a real thing!

 


 

 

 

 

7.  Boosts Creativity

 

While medical studies show you why grounding is so healing for the human body, I want you to know that it’s not just your physical body that is being supported.  It’s your mind frame, your soul energy, your Spirit.

Just as we have now shown that being disconnected causes everything from depression to inflammation to accelerated aging (collectively now called Nature Deficit Disorder) the re-establishment of grounding your body to support your health will have ramifications that go well beyond any single parameter or indicator of physical health.

You feel better.

You feel supported.

You feel creative.

You feel inspired.

You feel stronger.

You feel more motivated.

You feel more loving.

You feel more loved.

You become open to your soul energy flowing deeply, and meeting your body at it’s core, deep in your heart center.

You become the perfect balance of a physical body that is supported and healthy while being an open vessel holding the most vibrant state of your soul’s energy flowing through your body and resonating out from your core.

When you are in that specific union — of your unique physical body that nobody else has, combined with your unique soul energy that nobody else has, coming together and being totally supported by the healing energy flow of the earth… that is your optimal state of Well Being.

You can offer twice as much of yourself to the world when you feel your well being optimized the way a plant would grow twice as tall because it is grounded and supported by the earth’s energy.

And that’s really the whole point of being alive.

So that you can offer to the world what you are here to offer.

And you can live the unique meaningful life that you are meant to live.

You can go out and radiate twice as much creativity, twice as much goodness, twice as much connection with others, twice as much love to offer, and make twice the impact on this world… and more.

So ultimately, grounding is not just about your hormonal balance or your skin circulation or your bone strength.

Grounding is about finding a center that is so deep and so pure and so strong that you can truly be the best you possible.

Optimizing all of these other things… cardiac function, sleep, hormones, adrenals, bones, thyroid, insulin, etc… so that just like plants in  grounding studies that grow twice as tall when they are grounded, you can feel twice as vibrant, and twice as open to why you are here and what do you want to express while you are here in this lifetime.

That is what I have witnessed and experienced over and over and over again both personally and as a medical physician with my patients.

Most people start their grounding journey because they need an answer that offers more support than any one single medication or operation or vitamin or exercise can offer.  Most people have found that conventional medicine has not been sufficient to correct the physical ailments the disconnect from the earth has caused.

And most people find that when they reconnect, it’s not just the physical ailments that improve.

It’s the body but it is also the energy level and it’s the mind-frame and it’s the sense of meaningful purpose and it’s the heart that heals as well.  So my goal is to be sure you do not limit your expectations in any way when you begin your grounding journey.  Allow your entire body, mind, heart and spirit to be transformed.

Allow the supportive energy of Mother Earth to fill you up, open you up, support you in becoming the optimized best version of you that is possible.

The future for grounding is limitless as connecting directly to the earth outside is the birthright of all living things. There are very very few circumstances where one would not be able to connect outside and receive that healing flow if only we would remember that it is natural for us to do so.  Even urban dwellers can get connected by standing barefoot in a park or on a concrete sidewalk.   Even prisoners in most prisons have access to the outdoors, even if it is concrete, for at least a short period of time each day.

I have patients who live several stories off of the ground who hold onto a tree branch that reaches into their balcony and this is how they ground each afternoon.  I have patients who have a cement basement and stand barefoot on this cement while they fold laundry, and this is how they ground each night.

And for those who are bed ridden, there are even indoor ways to connect directly to the earth even lying comfortably on our beds as we lay tucked in tight using either a grounding rod or a grounded outlet in your home. Grounding while indoors lets you stay in that healthy, connected healing zone for much longer than only grabbing a few minutes outside when you can.  I have medical grade, eco-ethically hand crafted, organic and non-toxic indoor grounding tools — like grounding wristbands, mats, and mattress panels — waiting for you to explore right over here.

 


 

 

 

Taking action, trying it for yourself, taking a few minutes to put a bare foot onto the earth outside, taking the time to ground indoors as much as possible with indoor grounding tools, can do more to inform you about the healing potential of grounding your body than any amount of words I can write.

Luckily, grounding is the easiest, most readily available healing modality possible.

The only thing you need to do is give it a try, and allow the earth’s energy to uplift, transform and optimize your well being naturally.

The earth is out there, waiting for you.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

P.S. For more information on developing a grounding routine that protects your long term health, I’ve got you.   I spent an entire year writing a book for you… it’s called The Earth Prescription and it’s available in print, Kindle, and Audible right here.

 

Hearing Birds Sing Might Be Just As Important To You As Your Next Paycheck, Here’s Why

Posted

 

 

More evidence that Mother Nature can boost your happiness like nothing else can… a new study suggests that bird diversity is as important to life satisfaction as an income is.

This study, published in Ecological Economics on Nov 2020, found that not only is happiness correlated with local bird diversity, but a 10% boost in bird diversity actually increases happiness to a similar magnitude as a 10% boost in income does!

We’ve known for a while that animals improve our mood, health, and even boost longevity (I’ve blogged about how pets can do all of this and more for you right here) and that plants do much the same… decreasing depression rates, anxiety rates, and dramatically reducing stress.

But even knowing all of that, I still think if you ask most people if they would rather see a couple extra birds today or earn a slightly higher paycheck, most would assume that money would provide more satisfaction.

 

 

 

This study suggests we might actually be just as happy — perhaps even happier — if we increase our exposure to birds.

Analyzing data from over 26,000 adults across 26 different countries, researchers evaluated biological diversity, socio-economic data and life satisfaction surveys to examine what makes the biggest impact on our long term happiness.

It turns out, more than plants, more than large fauna, more than insect or tree diversity, bird diversity has the biggest impact on happiness… comparable in magnitude to that of income.

So today’s tip is — stop and look for birds.

Or, even easier, just stop and listen.  We can often hear birds even when we can’t see them.

Living in an urban area?

There are still birds.  Listen for them in early morning — sunrise is the best time to hear birds — or listen in the late afternoon hours.

 

 

 

Want to increase the amount of birds you see and hear?

Hang a bird feeder in a window, put some potted plants, a birdbath or a birdhouse on a porch, balcony or  doorstep — even without a yard, you absolutely can attract more birds to you, even in urban settings.  For inspiration, check out this blog post on Bryony Angells’s blog — it’s so adorable — her hummingbird feeders and more hung up on a 10th story balcony that get’s plenty of attention from local birds!

Want to give your body a double shoot of happiness and a health boost?

Combine grounding and birding (simply touch a leaf or a tree or a flower or a rock or a balde of grass and you will be grounded while you listen to the lovely birdsong) and you will be directly supporting your body’s function while simultaneously boosting your happiness.

 

 

 

Crave to hear more of nature’s natural sounds?

Consider a weekend away.  If you want to plan a trip around where you’ll see the most birds, or even one particular bird you’d like to see, you may enjoy birding apps like Birdseye, that give you up to date information on where to find birds, and will tell you what birds are actually around you, no matter where you are!  Grab some binoculars, consider getting up a little earlier than you normally would (sunrise is often the best time to listen to birds!) and have fun.

There is great evidence to suggest that even one weekend in nature can boost your long term health.  A study published in Biomedical and Environmental Sciences in 2012 showed that even a brief intervention of one single weekend spent in nature had significant health benefits — reducing stress, reducing inflammation, and even boosting the body’s immune response, compared to staying in an urban environment for the weekend.

After only a two day immersion in nature, study participants had measurably boosted immunity markers in the blood, lowered blood inflammatory markers, lower cortisol levels, boosted natural killer cells, and improvement of several other markers of immunity and inflammation.

 

 

 

But here is the best part: not only was this health boost significant immediately, but it persisted for an entire month after just that one single weekend in nature!

So one weekend in nature sustained an improvement in health for weeks, well after the subjects returned to their urban living.  The researchers even suggest that routine visits in nature may provide long term anti-cancer benefits, because the subjects who spent a weekend in nature had boosted T Cell and Natural Killer cell function (which produce anti-cancer proteins) that persisted for weeks.

They encourage time spent in nature as a healthy part of a cancer prevention plan, and I agree… if you can’t get outside in nature daily, these studies suggest that planning one weekend a month can still make a huge difference in not only your current health, but protecting your future health as well.  If you can strive to take on weekend a month as a break from your daily grind in order to support your long term health, you can reap the benefits of weeks of boosted health, even if you can’t live in nature.

And as today’s study suggests, you might just find that giving yourself a little bit of time to enjoy the singing of birds on these weekend breaks gives you more life satisfaction than your paycheck does.

 

 

 

 

Want more tips on how to reap the benefits of nature, even when living an urban lifestyle?

I shared the idea to go bird watching with you in my book: The Earth Prescription, and I have hundreds of other ideas that will boost your health in this book, just waiting for you.  Ideas that will ground you every season of the year no matter where you live.

I’m so excited to share it with you, and I’d love to sign a copy for you and send it directly from my hands to yours.

Or, you can order it anywhere books are sold, including:

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 


 

 

Could You Be Electrosensitive? You Can Actually Find Out Right Now

Posted

 

The simple answer is yes, you are electrosensitive.  We all are.

Every single cell in your body is conductive, every single organelle inside of each cell, every single cell membrane, the extracellular fluid around each cell, the intracellular fluid inside of each cell… yep, it’s all conductive.

Which is why grounding is so powerful — the moment one single cell in your body touches the earth, this amazing conductivity grounds your entire body from head to toe, just like flipping on a light switch — in one instant — ahhh…. you are grounded.

But exactly what makes our body grounded — the fact that we are  highly conductive — is why we need to protect that exquisite conductivity, and also explains why you may literally feel the affects of ambient EMF fields around you.

 

 


 

In today’s incredibly electric world, a world filled with layer upon layer of electromagnetic fields, we can no longer afford to be caviler about the impact this has on the human body.

Because whether you “feel” it or not… the fact is, you are electrosensitive.

It is now well established that many people are sensitive to EMFs and reporting deleterious health effects in increasing numbers.  I’ll include a list of medical studies for you at the bottom of this article.

A decade ago, back in 2011, the World Health Organization classified man-made EMFs as potentially carcinogenic (category 2B) with many countries establishing Electrohypersenstivitivy (EHS) as a diagnosable and treatable illness, with guidelines on treating electrohypersensitivity published and updated routinely.

That’s because we finally understand this truth: conductivity is the basis of how our body functions.

 

 

 

 

Everything from your thoughts to your feelings to your sensory experiences to your heartbeat to your breath to your speech to your digestion to every blink of your eyes is all only possible because you are conductive.

So while natural earth EMFs soothe and heal you, bathing your conductive body in supportive energy fields, manmade EMFs disrupt and sicken you, artificially imposing polarized disruptive radiation fields around you.  Many people — I’d say maybe even most people — feel uncomfortable sensations when they are in the presence of strong EMF fields.

Do you notice you ever feel these symptoms after being on your computer, or cell phone, or near your router, or in an area with wifi?

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

 

How do we know these symptoms have to do with the presence of EMFs?

Actually, we’ve known the human body has a threshold of perception to electrical fields, and have studied it for many many decades.  100 years ago, back when electricity was being developed as a power source, people conducted a lot of experiments to determine what these different levels of electricity are.  And those findings are still being used today!

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

 

Photos from Dalziel’s testing in the 1950s

 

The main set of experiments conducted for electricity levels involved hundreds of men and women subjected to different levels of electricity.

They tested all sorts of levels of current in various ways, including a ‘gripping’ test where the subject starts off holding a metal probe and AC current was slowly increased until the person could start feeling it, as well as a touch test where the subject repeatedly touched a metal plate as the electricity was increased until they could start feeling it.

What did the researchers find?

 

 

 

 

First, they found there was a wide range of sensitivities.  The least sensitive people couldn’t feel AC electricity until levels three times the most sensitive people!

Also, they found that women were more sensitive then men, which is a fact that is further confirmed in the medical literature on studies about electrosensitivity:  more women than men are electrosensitive, and this data shows us exactly why.

Women have a lower threshhold to perceive electrical current than men do.  But that doesn’t mean if you are a male that you are not electrosensitive — not at all.  Many men (and even more women!) all around the world are electrosensitive, and we will get into those numbers next.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

This shows us that there are millions of people who are sensitive to even very low levels of current.

In this video I created for you a few years ago, I show you how EMFs impact the human body, even when you are grounded.  In fact, to record that video for you, I wasn’t feeling too good.  The hotel’s wifi, the electrical cords in the room, and even the cell phone I was filming the video on all took it’s toll on me and I was feeling nauseous with a headache (you can see it in my eyes throughout the video!)

I’m not alone in feeling the effects of electrical fields and other EMFs.  In medicine we call feeling sensations during EMF exposure “electrosensitivity” but in truth, whether you feel it or not, your body is being stressed out and accumulating inflammation from these toxic EMF exposures.

Even going with the lowest commonly agreed upon prevalence of perception of symptoms (0.1% of the population, or 7 million people worldwide) this is roughly the same worldwide incidence of many other major illnesses.  A quick look through the WHO Global Burden of Disease report shows that this incidence is similar to the incidence of stroke, for example.

It also means that electrosensitivity is more common than congestive heart failure.

It is more common than Parkinson’s disease.

It is more common than breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer combined.

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

 

Now that you know you are electrosensitive… what can you do?

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

 


 

 

 

 

1.  Learn How To Protect Yourself

 

Electrosensitivity an actual diagnosable and treatable condition.

I don’t know why in the USA we are so late to formally diagnose and treat EHS, but throughout Europe and in Canada, you can get a formal diagnosis and even disability support, including letters from your physician to request employers and schools to accommodate your needs (and your children’s needs) to reduce EMF exposure and safeguard your health.

Physicians can write:

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

 

Luckily, you don’t have to wait for your local health care professional to get on board with diagnosing and treating electrosensitivity, because I will be your healthcare advocate and help you.

I am — right this very minute — creating a class to teach you everything you need to know to protect your conductive health and lower your EMF exposures.

In this online class I will walk you through not only what you can do to protect yourself at home, at work, at school and more, but also how to get your own, in person physician comfortable with diagnosing EHS and writing those recommendations listed above on a Rx for you to hand to your employer or you child’s teacher.

It’s absolutely possible to be EHS and safeguard your health, while still living in the modern world.

I walk you through exactly how to do it, starting on day one.  I truly believe every single person who joins in this one week course will notice measurable improvements in their health immediately.

I’ll walk you, step by step, through all of your living spaces to making them safer for you and your entire family. Plus I’ll give you tons of encouragement and ways to boost your health, tons free printables and worksheets that you can keep forever, as well as lots of medical literature to validate exactly what you are experiencing and why.

No longer will you be brushed aside and told that your legitimate, valid ability to perceive electrical currents and EMF fields imposed on your body are simply something to ignore.  No way.

In this 7 day online class we will go over together:

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

 

Reserve your spot today and take action to protect your well being (and forward this to your family and loved ones so they can take it with you!)  Taking this course with an accountability buddy is a great way to encourage each other and stick with it.

And I’ll be your ultimate accountability partner, walking beside you the entire way:

 

 

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

**Please note: this week is the last week to sign up before class starts in June 6th!**


 

 

 

 

2.  Offset Man Made EMFs Indoors with Natural Grounding Outside

 

The second thing I highly recommend you do, after signing up for my Electrosensitivity Relief Class, is to head outside for at least a few minutes daily to rebalance your conductive health.

It doesn’t have to be for long — grounding is as instantaneous as flipping on a light switch.  When you turn on a light, the entire room is illuminated — and that’s exactly what happens when one cell in your body becomes grounded: your entire body becomes grounded.

While there are cumulative benefits over time to grounding, there is really no time that is too little for grounding, either.  I never want you to miss an opportunity to be grounded just because it’s might only be for 30 seconds while you stop at a street crossing, or lean against a tree while you take a break during lunchtime, or when you stop for a second to pull a weed out from a garden bed.

Within seconds your skin surface conductance has changes throughout your entire body and your muscle tension has decreased. 

As seconds turn to minutes, your brain and vagal tone have gotten a calming boost from grounding, and you might notice pain decreases and mood lifts. 

Over time, as minutes turn to hours, your metabolic processes get a boost and your circulation (which supports every single organ system in your body) is running more smoothly. 

Grounding day after day means nighttime sleep is more restorative, stress hormones normalize, inflammation decreases, and health benefits begin to accumulate, often resulting in noticeable health benefits on a large scale.

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

 


 

 

 

 

The Bottom Line:

 

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

And awesomely, the human body is an incredibly resilient force of nature and we naturally go back to vibrant health when we allow our body to bounce back by giving it time to heal between insults.  Often by making a few small changes, you can feel relief — literally overnight.

The basis of life is a natural ability to repair and recover and a natural adaptability as well.

Your body simply needs time and space, away from a constant toxic onslaught, to do so.

This is even more crucial for those of us who are electrosensitive.

I truly hope today’s article helps to reassure you exactly what you are feeling when you notice symptoms of electrosensitivity, to give you a fuller understanding of what is really happening when you are having these symptoms, and tons of solutions to help you feel better than you’ve ever felt.

To your incredibly resilient health!

xoxo, Laura Koniver, MD

A Selection of Medical Studies on Electrosensitivity:

 

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

Reflections On The Death Transition: What I’ve Seen, What I Feel

Posted

 

 

 

 

As a physician, I’ve had quite a few experiences with patients who were dying, as well as patients who had near death experiences and told me about them.

In medical school, I had an attending physician who had a heart transplant.  He said as they removed his heart on the operating table, he went somewhere totally different than earth.  After putting his new heart in, the surgeon shocked it to get it to start beating again.  He says he felt that shock and felt himself feeling pulled back into his physical body and when he woke up… he was so damn mad.  Angry to have to be back on this heavy painful earth.

Although he very much loved his wife, he loved his kids, he loved his job… whatever side he was on for the brief moment he was on it was infinitely better.   The last thing he wanted to do was leave it, not even to come back here to his family.

 

 

 

 

I had a patient in the ICU who was dying, and as the veil lifted she started seeing her mother (who had died decades ago) sitting bedside with her.  My patient would not let anyone sit in that chair, because that’s where her mother was sitting… so I stood nearby and listened as she talked to her mother.

She was so joyful and expressive and illuminated when talking to her mom, she laughed often and she gestured freely with her arms.   She had not seen her mother in 40 years, and you could literally feel her light up at seeing her again and simultaneously relax into knowing it was all okay and that she was not alone during this death transition.

 

 

 

 

My very own grandfather woke up after having heart surgery in his mid-eighties, and told my father that he saw his dead wife  (my grandmother, Grams) while he was on that operating table.  He said Grams had told him to go back and eat — to finish his applesauce, specifically — and yes there was applesauce waiting for him back in the hospital room.

 

 

 

And on and on.  And most recently, my best friend’s mom passed away.  My friend told me that her mom started seeing energy — the light of souls that were in the room with her.  She first started seeing them at the hospital she was in, and when she was able to come back home on hospice care, she told her daughter that she now saw the lights in her home too — and that they were colorful.  Uplifting.  Positive.

Watching people as the veil lifts between the two worlds —  the living and the non-living — has always been my favorite thing.  It’s so comforting, to know no one dies alone.  Think of all of the billions of souls that have lived and gone before you, that not only make you who you are biologically but who have crossed over, and wait for you still, on the other side of that veil.

People you know and loved, people you never met, all knowing exactly who you are and welcoming you home.  Row after row after row of beautiful soul energies, lighting up as they come to greet you.

 

I love that image so much that I painted it.

 

And I thank my best friend’s mom for telling us about those beautiful colored lights and giving me the inspiration to put this down on a canvas.

(This is actually the third painting I’ve done after someone passes away.  The first one I painted and blog about here and the second one I painted and blog about here.). But this one is by far my favorite.

I call it, As The Veil Lifts and it’s my expression of how the earthly world (represented by the foreground, the land and foliage) dims as the spiritual world emerges.  Loved ones waiting.

All that’s left is to take one step in front of the other as we journey to the other side.  I hope you love it and find it comforting, like I do.

(Sorry about the watermark, but I always see my art pop up on social media channels with no credit to me as the artist… now I’m forced to watermark the image but if you want to order Giclee archival prints of this piece, there will not be the watermark on those fine art prints!)

Let me show you how I created it!

 

As The Veil Lifts

 

Here’s how I painted it, after envisioning a rough idea of it in my mind.

First, I dropped soul energy circles of color all over the top third of the painting, on a backdrop of gold paint:

 

 

Then, I took a squeegee and pulled the paint circles down towards the bottom of the painting:

 

 

Then I went in with white paint and painted haloes of energy radiating out from some of the souls:

 

 

Then I started creating a foreground for the earthly realm, landscaping it with a few hills:

 

 

I then used liquid gold leaf to paint a path we are all journeying on… towards the beyond:

 

 

I texturized the entire painting by sanding it lightly:

 

 

Then I started putting some details onto our path, lovely leaves and bushes and ferns that we simply clear our way through as we are drawn away from the physical world and focus more on spirit… souls literally becoming visible to us as finally the veil lifts:

 

 

I shaded the foreground to show that as our physical eyesight dims, the spiritual realm brightens and comes into focus:

 

 

A few minor details added and here we are:

 

 


 

If you love this image, if you find comfort in this image, if you know a loved one who would be uplifted by this image, you can order custom prints of it here.  I personally paint a layer of gold leaf onto the path to ensure that even the prints have a path that will guide you home.

 

 

I want to end this blog post with my favorite prayer, which I hope I captured the essence of in my painting.

Probably my favorite prayer/meditation of all time, I actually tore this prayer out from the book (With Open Hands, by Henri J Nouwen) and framed it, and have it in my bedroom to read every night before I sleep… it’s that powerful to me.

 

Dear God,

I do not know where you are leading me.

I do not even know what my next day,

my next week,

or my next year will look like.

As I try to keep my hands open,

I trust that you will put your hand in mine

and bring me home.

Thank you, God, for your love.

Thank you,

Amen.

 

xoxox,

Laura Koniver, MD

Holistic Protection From Ticks, Bug Bites, Cuts, Scrapes And Other Summer Skin Woes

Posted

 

 

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

Here are the next 5 blog posts:

So today is the last one… let’s talk about and heal all of your summer skin care concerns holistically… everything from:

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

I’ve got you covered! I truly don’t want you to let summer bugs or pests to stop you from getting outside and getting grounded to support your innate health.  So here are some great tips to make sure you enjoy your time outside.  Let’s go:

 


 

1.  Treating Yeast Overgrowth

 

  • Let your skin breathe:  Yeast love heat and moisture, so you need to give your skin time to cool down and dry out.   So no wearing tight sweaty bras or swimsuits for hours and hours on end.   If you get clothing wet, whether it’s a swim suit you were swimming in or gym clothes you just worked out in, change them.  Or better yet, grab some privacy in your home and go naked for a bit. You’ve got to love the skin you’re in and give it time to air out. Besides just changing out of wet or damp clothing, you can proactively routinely go naked to keep skin aired out… perhaps consider sleeping nude?  I remember when my kids were super little and I loved nothing more but for them just to run around naked all day long, no diaper in sight. That is something you should consider if you are prone to yeast overgrowth…  lots of time with no undies!
  • Apply silver topically:  Topical silver gels and ointments work because of silver’s inherent antimicrobial properties.  Silver kills yeast as well as lots of other pathogens, so it’s a great topical treatment to have around, and this one is my favorite.  You can apply a topical silver gel directly on skin infections — for example, on areas of yeast overgrowth like on skin folds.  Stay naked if possible and allow your skin to air dry after using!  I had an elderly patient who applied colloidal silver on areas of yeast overgrowth after bathing and then lay naked under the ceiling fan in her bedroom for an hour after each bath, and we just cracked up when we formulated this healing plan together!  But it worked!
  • Decrease consumption of sugar:  I’m sure you’ve heard of this one before… and it’s true, even though I hate to admit it. I have a serious sweet tooth and it is nothing to be trifled with!  But yeast love to thrive on sugars and simple carbs like white flour.  If you can reduce your consumption of these foods (and pay particular attention to it if you have an active yeast infection!) and you’ll give the yeast less to feed on and a decreased rate of growth.  You may want to try L-glutamine supplements to help decrease sugar cravings.  Take one 500 mg dose of L-Glutamine up to three times a day and you can thwart your cravings for sugar and help dramatically reduce your sugar intake.
  • Eat sulfur rich foods:  Sulfur rich foods like many spices, garlic and onion, help naturally defeat the yeast overgrowth. Make them a part of your summertime diet on a routine basis!  And the good news is, if you load up on the garlic, you are going to naturally repel mosquitos and other biting insects as well!  So load cloves of garlic into spaghetti and pizza sauces, on garlic bread, raw in salads… you name it!
  • Take yeast fighting supplements:  Supplements like probiotic  and proteolytic enzymes work and work well.  70% of our immunity starts in the gut, and most of us don’t have the right flora in our GI tract to optimize fighting off opportunistic overgrowth like yeast.  So taking a high quality probiotic will help reset the balance and provide head-to-toe benefits.  Proteolytic Enzymes actually break up the biofilm on yeast and weakens them… allowing our bodies to effectively clear them out for good. The biofilm is exactly what it sounds like, a film over the surface of a foreign pathogen like yeast, and it’s purpose is to protect the pathogen from being defeated.  When you break up this biofilm by taking proteolytic enzymes, often this one supplement is enough to rid you of yeast for good!  My favorite supplement for this is Candida Control by Enzyme Science, which combines proteolytic enzymes and probiotics together for great efficacy.
  • Use Boric Acid Suppositories vaginally:  If you tend to get vaginal yeast overgrowth, boric acid suppositories will save your life.   Simply insert one capsule intra-vaginally each night for 7 days, or use as needed to reset vaginal pH and beat yeast overgrowth without a prescription.

 

 


Barefoot Is Best

 

2.  Treating Athlete’s Foot

 

Many of the same tips for decreasing yeast overgrowth will also work for decreasing fungal overgrowth as well… so read through the list above and incorporate those things into your fungal line of defense as well.  On top of this, be sure you are not keeping your feet trapped into hot, moist environments like closed toed shoes…. here’s more:

  • Wear open toed shoes, or change socks often:  If you *must* wear closed toed shoes, like for your job, be certain to wear socks (no shoes without socks, please! Once the insole is damp your shoes will stay damp all day long) and bring an extra pair or two with you to work so you can change them frequently.  Open toed sandals and flip flops are better, and barefoot is best as often as possible!!!
  • Use Apple Cider Vinegar & Tea Tree Oil:  Also, soaking feet in Apple Cider Vinegar and following up with a dab of topical Tea Tree Oil will help treat a fungal infection as well as prevent one from forming in the first place.  Just dry feet extremely well after wearing shoes, swimming or bathing, and soak feet in a 1:1 diluted solution of apple cider vinegar and water (or use a cotton ball to dab on apple cider vinegar directly onto feet, especially between toes) and then follow with tea tree oil daily for several weeks and watch your athlete’s foot infection disappear for good, never to return.
  • Invest in a UV Shoe Sanitizer:  You can also consider using a UV light shoe sanitizer and deodorizer in your shoes overnight to kill any pathogens that live on the interior of your shoes — shoes can be difficult to fully air out and inserting a UV shoe sanitizer into the shoes will not only completely disinfect them, but they will smell better too.  Although they may be an initial investment, UV shoe sanitizers can save you from countless foot infections as well as double and triple the life of your favorite shoes.

 


 

jumping in bare feet

 

3.  Healing Summer Scrapes and Bug Bites

 

  • Use Honey Topically:  You might already know I love honey to ease seasonal allergy symptoms… if you haven’t read my article on that, you can read my blog post on defeating spring allergies holistically right here.  But in addition to treating spring allergies, I love honey for wound healing as well!  Summer is filled with little cuts and scrapes and bites.  So it’s the perfect time to recognize the power of honey.  Findings published in 2012 in the International Wound Journal show that when raw honey was used on all types of wounds, it:
    • promoted healing
    • minimized necrosis
    • minimized the amount of skin that sloughed off the wound
    • reduced wound size
    • decreased affected area around wound

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

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

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

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

Because honey is so safe and so effective for so many different types of wounds… and because it speeds healing and decreases the amount of skin that is affected by the wound, I feel that honey ultimately will be shown to reduce the appearance of scarring as well.  So for post operative wounds or acne infections or stretch marks or injuries that you want to minimize scarring in… bring on the raw honey! Sweet news, indeed!

 

 

 

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

 

  • Organic Cedar Oil:  Safe to spray directly on skin, pets, around doorways and porches and windows, and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate.  Child and pet friendly.  Used directly on skin it helps deter biting insects from bothering you at all and is organic, safe, natural and no nasty DEET or other chemical concerns.  Cedar oil is also the tick repellent I recommend most, and I advise my patients to use cedar oil when going outdoors to get grounded.  In fact, I use this so often as pest control around my home that my daughter calls it “the smell of my childhood” LOL!
  • Burn sage or incense outdoors:  I like to light a few incense sticks or a sage stick and keep it burning on my outdoor patio area while I eat dinner — to deter flying insects from buzzing around my food and spoiling the meal!  Or, as I suggest in this blog post — throw a smudge stick of dried sage into your summer bonfire to help keep the mosquitoes away all night!


 

4. Preventing & Treating Tick Bites

 

Ticks carrying the Lyme disease bacteria (Borrelia Burgdorferi) have been found in all 50 states, so don’t be fooled into thinking its only something that folks in the northeast have to be concerned with.

But I really don’t want you to limit or stop your healing practice of connecting to Mother Earth outside daily, because of fear of ticks.  To me, this healing practice is as crucial as eating or hydrating or breathing to stay healthy for an entire lifetime.

The earth has food, air, water, and conductive support all waiting to restore you back to full health.  To read more about how the earth supports the conductive health of your body, you definitely want to read my book The Earth Prescription.

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, instead of staying indoors, let’s dive into all of the things you can do proactively each time you go outside to prevent lyme disease.

Quite simply, preventing a tick bite in the first place is the single most important thing you can do to avoid Lyme disease.  This is an area where you can really empower yourself to be completely aware and diligent so that you never ever need to fear being outside or let fear of ticks keep you from enjoying Mother Nature.

 

8 Ways To Prevent A Tick Bite:


1.  Mow:

 

 

The easiest thing you can do is to keep your yard and outdoor living space trimmed, mowed low (don’t let grass grow long, ticks love long grass) and remove piles of leaves and other debris — this will automatically reduce your chances of having ticks in your yard.

 

 

 

  1.  Get Chickens:

Add a few free roaming chickens to your yard space and you will have a tick monitoring and disposal system that is practically self running!

Woot!

Chickens eat ticks and constantly scavenge for ticks and other pests that are harmful to humans… and you get to enjoy some delicious organic free range eggs to boost!

 

  1. Add a fence:

Likewise, it’s important to ensure pets don’t bring ticks into your yard and home (which are one of the most common ways that humans get tick bites!)   The best thing to do is ensure pets that live in the home with you do not roam in wooded areas.

Installing a fence or keeping pets confined only to yard areas that are mowed short is one of the single most important things you can do to decrease human exposure to Lyme.

 

 

  1. Groom pets:

Daily brushing and inspecting the pet for ticks after time spent outside, !(before bringing your pets in to the home!) will help prevent ticks from catching a ride into your living space.

Keeping pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture during tick season (late spring, all summer & early fall) will decrease the chance that you or your family members will get a tick bite after a tick has dropped off a pet.

Talk to your veterinarian for more strategies on keeping ticks off of your family pet.

 

  1. Use Cedar Oil as a natural tick deterrent:

Topically it’s so easy to holistically and naturally repel ticks — no toxic chemical required.

Simply spray exposed skin with cedar oil… cedar oil is safe, all natural and no nasty DEET or other toxic chemicals that cause neuronal cell death.  Repels ticks as well as flying insects.

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!

Spray directly on skin, pets, around doorways and porches and windows — safe to use directly on the skin.

 

  1. Tick check:

Even with doing the first 5 tips, you still need to physically double check your body for ticks every time you are outside.

Throughout the day and prior to bathing, double check your body, groin, armpits, scalp, hair and clothing for ticks.

Going directly into a shower after spending time outside is the best way to make sure ticks don’t drop off into your home or stay attached to you long enough to transmit Lyme.

If you can detect a tick before it anchors on, you’ve just prevented transmission entirely.  It’s worth it.  I recommend you strip off clothing and place directly into the wash after working outside, then hop in a shower to wash up.

 

  1. Tuck in, pony up:

Wear long sleeves and pants whenever possible to help keep ticks from reaching your skin… tucking in your shirt at the waist and if possible tucking pants legs into your socks.

Put long hair into a ponytail, bun, or even better — tucking it all up under a hat is a very easy way to cut your risk of tick bites dramatically because ticks love to grab onto long hair when walking through long grasses and wooded areas.

 

 

  1. Use A Dryer:

Simply running your clothes, bedding, towels, garden gloves, hiking boots, etc… through your dryer will kill any ticks you don’t see.  All it takes is one hour tumbling on high heat (or 90 min on low heat) and even fabrics or shoes that you can’t wash or get wet can still have all the ticks removed and killed just by a spin through your dryer.

And if you are on a vacation, especially vacations with hiking or lots of time spent outdoors or to wooded areas, try to stay in hotels or cabins with dryers — simply strip down and run your clothing and shoes through the dryer every time you return from exploring outside and you slash your risk of Lyme disease greatly.

Let your clothes take a tumble while you do a tick check and grab a shower and you have gone a long way to preventing Lyme disease entirely!

If prevention fails and you do have a tick bite from an infected tick, getting treated for Lyme disease immediately is the best thing you can do to prevent long term sequelae from becoming an issue.

 


 

 

But what if you are bitten by a tick?

 

It’s okay!  Just follow these 3 Steps to decrease your chance of contracting Lyme:

 

  •  Remove the tick:  Simply gently and firmly remove the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible (not squeezing the body of the tick, which may help enable the bacteria to squirt into your bloodstream!) and most importantly: save the tick!
  • Test the tick, so you know if it carried Lyme or not — this can give you instant peace of mind!  It is infinitely easier to get a tick tested than wait and see if you become infected with Lyme.  First of all, human Lyme tests can be inaccurate and delay prompt treatment. Second, the myriad of symptoms for Lyme disease (as we will discuss next) is a great mimicker for hundreds of other illnesses and there is no one reliable way to diagnose Lyme through symptoms. And lastly, Lyme treatments become much less effective as time goes on. So submitting a tick for testing (just place it in a plastic ziplock bag with a moist paper towel)  and giving it to your local physician or sending it off to be tested yourself by Ticknology is the best way to know if you need Lyme prevention treatment or not.  This is a service that allows you to send a tick directly to a lab and have results emailed back to you within three days — awesome for getting quick answers without any delay for treatment and doesn’t even need to involve a visit to your family doctor.  Although you may prefer to go directly to your family physician, who can give you an antibiotic to have on hand to take immediately if the results do come back positive for Lyme, having diet access to tick testing services puts you in control of your own healthcare, which I am all for.  It’s important to note that less than half of folks who contract Lyme disease actually have the classic bulls eye rash reaction at the bite site.  Of course if you see a bullseye rash, report this immediately to your physician.  But other symptoms of Lyme are more insidious and actually more common… symptoms like: fever, joint pain or swelling, muscle pain and weakness, irritability, headache, mood changes, increased susceptibility to other infections (as your immune system compromises over time) and most common: fatigue.  So testing a tick and getting immediate antibiotic treatment for Lyme is the best thing you can do to prevent chasing vague symptoms like fatigue and headache for years to come.
  • Boost Your Immune System: What can you do while you wait for tick test results?  Starting some immune boosting supplements is always a good idea after a tick bite while you are waiting for tick test results.  My favorite is Vit D, Vit C, Probiotics, and an immune boosting supplement called Quick Defense… all included in my Lyme Prevention Protocol, right here.  Go ahead and boost your immunity with supplements right after any suspected exposure and you will have given yourself a head start in treating Lyme before it’s even had time to express symptoms.

 

Now that you are armed with a ton of very effective holistic tips on avoiding tick bites and decreasing your chance of developing Lyme disease (plus a few tips to help speed recovery if you do get a tick bite!)… it’s time to wish you a very very happy upcoming summer!!!

Keep going outside and enjoy the beautiful display that Mother Earth brings us each spring without fear!

xoxo, Laura