Valentine’s Day Special Edition: Heart Health From Every Angle… Mind, Body & Soul



Our minds and our hearts are inextricably intertwined.

Mostly we can feel this on an emotional level — we can literally feel the people we love making our hearts feel warm and protected and expand in our chest.  And sadly even people we are hurt by or scared of, we can feel that too — our hearts can feel colder or constricted or pound with fear in our chests.

Some of you are also aware that electrically — the brain and the heart each have an electrical field and that these electrical fields overlap.  This gives our brain’s electrical activity (thinking) and heart’s electrical activity (heartbeats) a direct electrical link to each other, meaning our minds are literally energetically linked to our hearts.

It’s so beautiful:




But as a physician I want you to know that even biologically, as discrete, individual physical organ systems, there is a direct messaging through the physical body between the heart and the mind such heart issues can literally cause psychological issues and vice versa.

This is the least understand interaction between the heart and the mind, but recent medical studies are starting to clarify this heart/mind connection.  In fact, in medicine we now recognize this exquisite connection between the heart and the mind that has given birth to a new field of medicine, called Behavioral Cardiology.

Behavioral Cardiology is an important field, because if we improve psychological health, we improve heart health.  And if we improve heart health, might we improve psychological health?  I believe so.

First of all, we clearly see that stress affects heart — acute psychological stress directly increases the risk of sudden heart attack and cardiovascular death.  So much so that anxiety is actually a cardiac risk factor for heart attack and cardiac death, and depression increases risk of both fatal and non-fatal heart attack as well.  If you’d like to read a medical review looking at all of the medical literature to date on mood disorders and cardiac health this one, published in 2000 in the Archives Of Internal Medicine, is a good one to start with.

Another, very interesting study looking at how our heart responds to mental stress found a key difference between the way a woman’s heart responds to stress and the way a man’s heart responds to stress.  Published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology on Dec. 21, 2017, researchers found that there is an incredible difference between how a woman’s cardiovascular system responds to mental stress and how a man’s cardiovascular system responds to mental stress.

Researchers studied 678 patients with coronary artery disease and preformed myocardial perfusion imaging before and during a well known stressor: public speaking.  I get so anxious with public speaking that I totally agree it’s the perfect setting to see how the heart reacts to perceived emotional stress.  After obtaining the results of the cardiac perfusion study both at rest and during public speaking, researchers analyzed data from several different parameters of cardiac output and perfusion to see what affect the stress had on heart health.

The Results:

  • Turns out, men responded to the mental stress of public speaking by having a larger change in blood pressure, and a higher demand on the cardiovascular system to increase output.  The increased cardiac output demands put the men at greater risk for heart attack.
  • Women were the opposite.  Women responded to the mental stress of public speaking by having greater peripheral vasoconstriction (meaning the blood vessels constricted more, which limits the blood flow through them.)  The increased vasoconstriction puts women at greater risk of heart attack as well, but for an entirely different reason than men.




Men respond to stress with an increased demand for blood flow, and while the heart works harder in an attempt to pump more blood out, this creates a mismatch in how much blood can reach the tissues and the result is a heart attack.

Women respond to stress with decrease in the peripheral perfusion do to increased vasoconstriction, which puts them at higher risk for ischemic heart attack.

In other words, the male’s heart demands more output during stress while a female’s vasculature constricts more during stress — and both responses put everyone at increased risk of heart attack during emotional stress.

Same end result, but different pathways.

And this is important because we can now start to tailor treatments to help really target and promote healing during stress, illness, depression.  These studies suggest that men may be most helped by targeting inflammation and stress management treatments, while women might be most helped by immune boosting and circulation boosting therapies.

For example, perhaps men might benefit more from:

  • lowering blood pressure with supplements
  • decreasing inflammation through grounding
  • and stress reduction techniques of meditation, acupuncture and yoga.

While women, with the same heart disease, anxiety or depression that men have, might benefit more from:

  • supplements that target boosting immunity
  • therapies that heal leaky gut and other autoimmune pathways
  • along with exercises designed to boost circulation and perfusion like walking, aerobic exercise, hot yoga, even deep tissue massage.

This is just one example of countless different treatment plans that you and your physician could come up with, targeting specific pathways that are unique to you now that we know a little more about the stress response differences between men and women.




This medical study, published in 2017 in Lancet, tried to uncover exactly why there is this direct correlation between stress and heart attack, in both men and women.  It turns out, increased brain activity in the area of emotional processing (the amygdala) directly increases the risk of cardiovascular events.

This study was the first to show that increased amygdala activity in humans strongly predicts cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack and angina.  Researchers followed 293 patients who underwent full body PET/CT scans at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  The measured resting metabolic activity in the amygdala, bone marrow and arterial walls.

Researchers found that increased activity in the amygdala was strongly correlated with increased arterial inflammation and increased risk of cardiovascular events during an average follow up period of 3 1/2 years.  They also found that high levels of self rated stress correlated with increases in amygdala activity, higher levels of arterial inflammation, and higher levels of the blood inflammatory marker: C-reactive protein.

Finally, a physical explanation for the very real connection between the emotional center of our brain and our heart health.  The amygdala is responsible for processing emotions, survival instincts and memory.

That about sums up how stress feels: it’s an increased emotional load, a feeling of being overwhelmed when trying to navigate a stressful situation, and traumatic memories from the past all get linked up with traumatic present experiences — which come together to increase the metabolic activity in your amygdala.





Based on these studies, researchers now believe that it is actually the brain activity of the amygdala (and emotional stress in particular) that links stressful events with cardiovascular disease — causing increased vascular inflammation, increased cardiovascular disease and increased risk of stroke, heart attack and angina.

More recently, published in 2021 in JAMA Cardiology, researchers specifical studied the link between heart disease and women with a history of trauma.  Because most studies on heart disease have focused on the male population, this one really caught my eye.

Looking at almost 400,000 women, researchers identified women diagnosed with PTSD and matched them to age and cardiovascular risk correlated female controls with no history of PTSD.  They then looked at ischemic heart disease outcomes, including new onset coronary artery disease, angina or heart attack (myocardial infarction) over a 5 year follow up period.

Researchers found that a history of PTSD in younger females increased the risk of developing subsequent heart disease by almost 60%.  Yuck.  A history of trauma pretty dramatically increases the risk of lasting heart health issues long term.





To me, this study serves to underscore how very strongly our mental and emotional state affect our well being.

The link between stress and heart attack, stroke, and angina is so pronounced that researchers are now advocating stress levels, a history of anxiety, and a history of depression to all be considered independent risk factors for heart disease, along with other classic cardiac risk factors such as age, smoking history, and family history of heart disease.

And a study published in 2016 in Circulation shows that this idea has real world applications and uncovers some very helpful solutions.  Researchers followed over 150 patients who were assigned to have cardiac rehab care following a cardiac event, and found that by adding stress management skills into their cardiac rehab program they were able to slash the rate of future cardiac events in a 5 year follow up period IN HALF!

So if addressing stress reduces the risk of subsequent heart attack by 50%, now we know why: stressful brain activity is directly correlated with cardiovascular events. Reduce the stress response in the brain, reduce heart disease in the body.



Because there is so much interconnection between your heart and your mind, you can use this information to enhance the longevity of your heart from so many angles… medically, spiritually, energetically, and emotionally.

On an energetic level, as an intuitive physician I can confirm this..,. you can boost the health of your heart on  medical, spiritual, emotional and energetic levels if you can release the barriers stress has placed around you.

To help show you this, I tore a page out of my old med school anatomy book and painted it for you:



(this original artwork has sold.)



We have a heart to pump blood (and thereby deliver oxygen and nutrients) to every part of our body.  It’s function is absolutely critical to life.  The heart is composed of a mass of muscle cells who’s function is to work together to deliver the vital nutrients, oxygen and fluids in our blood to our entire organism.

So what is the one thing your heart needs in order to do all this, in order to function at all?  Flexibility.

The heart’s strength is it’s ability to expand and contract.  Without it, we have no heartbeat at all.

If your heart is brittle, stiff, unmoving… it can’t work.  It absolutely needs to have flexibility in order to maintain it’s strength.  And this is exactly what happens with our heart physically.  As a response to chronic inflammation, our blood vessels become coated with plaques (atherosclerosis) but these plaques, instead of strengthening our vessels, actually strangulate them.  The more coated, the thicker the walls, the higher the risk of heart attack.

But this is also what happens with our heart energetically, and it is where we get our the power — from a heart that is full of love, infused with life, flexible, bending and free.

If your heart is hardened, if you are protecting yourself by building walls, if you are living life defensively, how can your heart spread joy and health freely to your entire body?

Protecting ourselves comes at a price.  Building walls brings a brittleness, a false strength that can suffocate that which you are trying to protect. With your own flexibility gone, you lose your power.  Far more powerful is the heart that can open fully and contract fully… that can feel fully.

So if  your heart is feeling brittle, limited, stiff, hardened, or empty… nurture your own heart first.  Begin with flexibility.  Allow your thoughts to expand, give yourself the flexibility to allow multiple points of view, the vulnerability to be hurt, and the strength to bounce back even stronger.

Give yourself a little love.  A little softness.  A little forgiveness.  A little flexibility.

Flexibility is what makes your heart strong.  Powerful flexibility of the heart is what feeds your entire body, infusing it with life sustaining nutrition, oxygen, and fluids.

Here is another artwork I created using my same med school anatomy book, this time showing you the pathway towards restoring heart health.

I added one of my favorite Rumi quotes to it to remind us to focus on flexibility and openness to restore heart health:



This artwork is available right here


So, with the focus on flexibility and embracing our core strength by being open and pliable… where can our hearts take us?

To the very opposite of being constricted, walled in, brittle… expansion, pure expansion!

Our hearts are the center of our ability to expand… expand beyond just ourselves, and beyond just our limited experience, and expand beyond just this situation.

We can feel our connection to others, and our eternal nature.  Our heart center expands outwards in a powerful, measurable energy field, right from the center of our being.  In fact, our heart’s energy field is actually bigger than our brain’s measurable energy field, and maybe even best of all, they overlap.

You can literally feel this in your body.  Have you ever sat, focusing on something that made you so happy that you literally felt your heart grow larger and larger and larger still?

Have you ever felt that your chest was going to explode, your heart energy got so big?

Have you ever felt your heart vibration reach past your chest, past your body, reach into the space around, to the people around you, to the universe around you?

It feels so good, and it feels so good because it is the healthy state of being connected to all of the energy around you.

You are dropping the limited barriers of what defines *you* and reaching out to *all that is*… in this state, you are pure, positive joy.  In this state, you have blown up all the barriers around your heart, the ones that you built to *protect you* that actually harm you… they are dissolved and meaningless.

You are greater than this one moment in time, this one body, this one lifetime.

Through your heart, you can expand past any problem, any limitation.  Through your heart, you can connect to all that is physical and non-physical around you.  Through your heart, you can *feel* the eternal connections that you can’t physically see with your eyes.




Your heart is an amazing electrically activated organ, designed to pump nutrition and health throughout your entire body.  It’s designed to pump joy and love throughout your entire being.  It’s entire function is dependent on it’s ability to translate energetic impulses into a functional push of the blood throughout your body.

But do not limit your heart to what it physically can do.  Do not regard it as a piece of muscle designed to transport blood. Instead, really *feel* the entire purpose of it’s design.  It is the one organ, more than any other, that connects your entire body together — infusing every single organ system with life giving nutrients.  It reaches every tissue, every surface, every organ.  Through it’s immense meshwork of vasculature, your heart is one of complete and utter connection.

Of expansion.

Physically expanding to reach every single cell in your body… and emotionally, expanding your life force from the core of you to the universe around you.

To strengthen and expand your feelings of health and joy, remember back to those experiences where you feel your heart expanding, and seek to find those more often.

I felt them most intensely as a new mom, holding my babies.  I can bring back that feeling any time I wish by remembering what it was like to hold them in my arms.  To love on them.  To take care of them.  To adore them.

Recall your own times when your have felt your heart swell and reach for that feeling as often as you can.  In this state you are realizing that the walls you build around your body and mind are no longer helpful, but instead, are constricting.





This picture was taken over a dozen years ago, and both my kids are now all grown up and off to college… yet when I sit in appreciation for my children I can literally still feel my heart pound against my chest just like it did when they were first born.  I feel it expanding through my entire body, then out of my body, pulsing into the universe and connecting me to a greater love.

It is in these moments that I *know* I am tapped in to something more than just myself.  And it is in these moments that I know my connection to my children is eternal.

Do what you can, today, to find a moment like this and savor it.

You have just found your heartsong.

Every moment you spend in that state, you spend in the state of pure and absolute health.


Want more holistic tips on heart health?  I’ve written these free healing articles for you:


To a lovely Valentine’s week with a deeper understanding of just how beautifully intertwined your heart is with your brain and your emotions — lets fill all three with love.

xoxox, Laura Koniver, MD

What Is Stress Sensitization? It’s The Reason This Pandemic Is Traumatizing Us All




If you’ve had a history of trauma, or a history of greater stressors in your life before the coronavirus circled the globe (and honestly who hasn’t?  Any serious illness or injury, the death of a loved one, a divorce, recent unemployment, increasing financial struggles, legal troubles, etc… we all have them) then medical studies have actually shown that this pandemic actually is harder on you.

So if you feel like you are struggling to deal with the stressors that this global pandemic has caused, there is good reason.  It’s not you.  It’s your trauma.

We’ve known for a while that a history of trauma makes subsequent traumas more likely to cause PTSD.

  •  A study published in 1999 showed that a history of trauma increases the risk of getting PTSD with a subsequent trauma
  • and a study published in 2008 backed this up by finding that a history of trauma increases not only the risk of getting PTSD but also the risk of developing depression (Major Depressive Disorder, also known as MDD) when faced with a new trauma.

This medical study (published in June 2020) takes it one step closer: researchers looked at folks with a history of trauma and their response to a natural disaster.

The natural disaster studied was a major earthquake that struck the coast of Chile, killing over 500 people and displacing over 800,000 people.  The researchers had already assessed 3,000 of residents for the history of trauma, the presence of PTSD and MDD, and had completed a questionnaire measuring how many major stressful life events a participant had endured.

Then, a year after this study was initiated, residents faced a deadly natural disaster in the form of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.   A year after this natural disaster, participants completed a post disaster assessment.

Researchers found that individuals who had 4 or more predisaster stressors had a significantly greater chanced of developing PTSD than those with no predisaster stressors.

They also found that having even one single predisaster stressor increased the chance of developing depression, and that every single additional predisaster stressor increased the odds of having a major depressive episode significantly higher.





Their conclusion was that having a history of stressors actually gives you stress sensitization, making you more vulnerable to the negative effects of a new trauma (including natural disasters, like our current pandemic) and increasing your risk of mental health issues.

This is particularly important to know in the midst of a pandemic, as it might help explain why naturally you may be feeling more overwhelm in the face of this global crisis than some of your other friends or family members who don’t have a history of stressors or trauma.

While it might make you feel better to know that your history of having major life stressors and traumas makes it completely natural and expected for this pandemic to be hitting you in a deeper way than it is hitting others, you deserve some good news.


Is there good news with trauma?

Actually, yes.




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

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

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

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


Be encouraged by this.




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


Connect with others.

Reach out for help.

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

We all have trauma, we all do.  But if your history of trauma is making this pandemic harder on you than on others, you can absolutely get through it.

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

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

It’s true.

Here is that blog post and several other blog posts I’ve written on trauma recovery for you.

Please read any you are drawn to, for instant support:


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


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

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

And here’s the best part…. those who move through trauma can actually be healthier than those who never went through any trauma at all.

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

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




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

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

Everybody does.

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

I’ll give you the tools to get there and walk with you through it.  Class emails come directly into your inbox so that you can start healing, right from the safety and comfort of your own home.

It starts on Valentine’s Day, because this is one gift your can give yourself: to heal your heart.  Join in by clicking right here today.

And check in with others that you love that you know face significant stressors and might benefit from taking this trauma healing class right alongside you.


This is the last week to sign up.



Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura


A Medical Study Reveals How To Boost Circulation To Your Brain, In 12 Minutes Flat:



I’m so excited to share this medical study with you today… very rarely does one simple study make such and immediate and profound impact on my wellness like this one today did.

Don’t just skim through this and discount it — give yourself 12 minutes today to silence your mind in the easiest, most effective way ever.  And by doing so, you will measurably increase the blood flow to your brain in areas that are critical for cognition and emotional regulation… in fact, this one technique has been previously shown to decrease anxiety and depression while improving sleep.

But now you can add to that impressive list: reduces dementia risk.

Researchers, investigating ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, found that this simple 12 minute mediative practice (Kirtan Kriya — more on this below) was effective in reducing multiple risk factors for Alzheimers disease.

The results were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this past May, 2021, (and I love that one of the authors is a physician from the same medical school I went to as well — Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.)

They found that when study subjects practiced Kirtan Kriya, they had enhanced blood flow to crucial areas of the brain — areas that experience decreased blood flow and the build up of tau proteins in Alzheimers disease.




The cool thing?

This improved blood flow to the brain happened during one single session of Kirtan Kriya.


Over the eight weeks that researchers followed and imaged the subject’s brain perfusion, the benefits accrued and because even more significant.

So guys, if you literally just try this once today, your brain will get more blood flow, more oxygen, more nutrients, and make a measurable change in your brain’s perfusion right now… even if you never do it again.

But I am pretty sure, that if you are anything like me, better than even the improved blood flow is the freedom from mental garbage that is constantly running through my mind.  After just one session I could literally feel my energy expand, relax, release.

When the Kirtan Kriya session is finished, I feel completely reset.

What is Kirtan Kriya?  It’s one of the easiest ways to meditate.  As I admit in my blog post here, meditation is very hard for me and I often simply focus on taking 3 deep breaths, which is about all my attention span will allow:


Reduce Your Overwhelm in 3 Breaths


But after reading today’s study, I looked up a simple YouTube video that I could follow along to for the entire 12 minute meditative practice, and it changed the course of my entire day.

All you do is sit with eyes closed, tapping your fingers and repeating a very simple mantra.  After a few minutes, the mantra is whispered instead of spoken.  After a few more minutes, the mantra is thought but not spoken aloud at all.  Then this reverses… the mantra is whispered again, then spoken, all while tapping your fingers.  That’s it.

Sound simple?  Good.  It is.  Just follow along to the video below, tapping your fingers and repeating the mantra.  That’s all there is to it.

Let’s go:



Watch this guided meditation of Kirtan Kriya on YouTube right here.




Feeling better?


Me too.  It only takes one time, today, to start to reap the benefits of Kirtan Kriya to support your brain health.

If after one single session you feel better from head-to-toe, like I did… then turn back to this practice often, and the benefits to your brain will continue to accrue.


Want more advice on how to support brain health?  I’ve got you:



Want more advice on how to naturally protect your brain from stress and trauma?

I’ve got you there too:


Trauma Recovery & Resilience Class



Trauma acts like a forgein body impaled in the brain.  It is literally a physical injury.  You can’t wish it away or ignore it away.  Time won’t heal it.  We have to rehabilitate with this forgein body in place, and find new ways to function, new ways to identify with who we are after trauma, and a new equilibrium.

It can feel scary and overwhelming and when time passes and nothing heals, it can feel hopeless.

But it doesn’t have to.  You just need to be walked through exactly how to rehabilitate that precious brain of yours so that you acclimate to your new normal, and feel whole again.

I’m holding out my hand to you to help lead you through it.  I am teaching my trauma healing class in just two weeks, and I would love to have you join in.  It has sold out every single time I have run it, so I highly recommend you reserve your spot right now.   

No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.  Your body naturally want’s to trend back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.  I’ll give you the tools to get there.

Find out more information and save your spot in this by-reservation-only course by clicking right here today.




Moving onwards and upwards with you…

xoxoxo, Laura



3 Important New Findings That Will Help Protect Your Eyesight For A Lifetime





I get asked quite a bit about how to protect against age related vision loss, like macular degeneration and glaucoma, so when I read this recent study in the medical literature, I just had to share it with you.

Turns out there is a dried berry you can eat that has actually been shown to protect your eyes — and I’m always looking through the medical literature to share with you uplifting, healthy, holistic ways to protect your health.

I’m going to tell you about this study, about another very interesting study on how to help prevent degenerative eye disease, plus share with you a classic technique that I’ve talked about a million times that supports healthy blood flow all the way to your retina.

Do all three of these and you’ve protected your vision in a very healthy, natural way that will actually help the health of your entire body too, not just your eyes!


3 Totally Natural Ways To Protect Your Eye Health:





1.  Eat a handful of dried goji berries daily


A new medical study, literally just published a month ago in Nutrients, found that regularly eating a very small amount of dried goji berries might help prevent macular degeneration, or possibly slow down it’s development.

Age related macular degeneration affect more than 11 million folks in the US alone, making it one of the leading causes of vision loss (just behind cataracts) which means likely you know someone who could use this important information.  Please forward it to them!

In this study, participants who ate 1 oz ( a small handful) of dried goji berries five days a week for three months, actually increased the density of protective pigments in their retina.  Not just preventing deterioration, but actually improving the protective health of the eye!  Participants who took an eye supplement with the same nutrients that are thought to be eye protective (lutein and zeaxanthin) for the same period of time did not have any increase in these protective pigments.

It’s believed that the naturally occurring lutein and zeaxanthin in the berries help protect the eye from blue light, similar to ‘sunscreen for your eyes” according to lead researcher Xiang Li.  Yet supplementing with these two nutrients through a capsule did not provide the same protective benefit, showing that if you can get nutrition in through whole foods, it is a superior way to support the body.

Even folks with healthy eyes can increase the density of protective pigments in their retina by consuming a handful of goji berries daily, so it’s never too early to protect your eyes with this whole food source of nutrients.


2.  Filter fluoride out of your water


This medical study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that Fluoride exposure increased oxidative stress, impaired antioxidant activity, and contributes to degenerative eye disease, not limited to macular degeneration but also cataract formation and glaucoma.

The authors of this study state that “reducing Fluoride intake may lead to an overall reduction in the modifiable risk factors associated with degenerative eye diseases” and in fact go further to suggest that removing fluoride has other benefits… they “suggest a possible association between Fluoride exposure and other inflammatory diseases.”

Well we do already know that fluoride is whole-body toxic.  It accumulates in bone, is a neurotoxin, is taken up by your cardiovascular walls, and is all around unsafe (that’s why you need to supervise children when brushing their teeth, to make sure they don’t swallow that fluoride!). If you receive my newsletter, you know I’ve written many free articles for you linking you to these studies (if you don’t get my newsletter and would like to, just sign up for it right here.)

What I suggest, even if you want to brush with fluoride toothpaste, is to make sure you are at least not drinking it.  You can read more about why I advocate for filtering out fluoride from your drinking water if you want to, by clicking over to one of these medical articles, in addition to the one I am sharing with you today on protecting your eye health:


Bottom line you should filter your drinking water and this is the best water filter in the world (and I’ve tried them all.)  It’s the only system that includes all of my “musts” when looking at water purity:

  • Must be stainless steel (no plastic, not even in the spigot!)
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  • Must leave crucial minerals (in particular, magnesium!) in the water.
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3.   Get Grounded Daily


Touching the earth, whether directly outside or though indoor grounding tools, boosts the health of your entire body, including your precious eyes.

Want to see it for yourself?  In this documentary, you can literally watch a patient get grounded, through an indoor grounding tool, and how his retina responded with markedly better circulation — even re-perfusing the macula (which is almost unheard of!)

You watch it for yourself for free on YouTube right here.



Of course I think everyone should go outside and touch the earth every single day — even when it’s cold, even if you have no yard, even if you live in a city, even when it’s hot as heck out there.

But I know that can be hard.  I don’t have a backyard myself, so I have become very creative in getting my time on the earth each day in ways that are safe and accessible, year round.

I wrote an entire book dedicated to helping you figure out ways to get grounded directly to the earth too, no matter what the season and no matter where you live.  It’s called The Earth Prescription and I’d love to sign a copy and send it right to you to help support your daily grounding routine:



The Earth Prescription (signed by Dr. Laura Koniver)


But as the documentary Heal For Free shows, you can receive similar benefits even while comfortably inside, using an indoor grounding tool.  I believe these grounding tools should be non-toxic, eco friendly, hand made, and ethically crafted.

After all, if we are seeking health support from the earth, shouldn’t we make sure the tools we are using are earth friendly?  That’s why I make organic grounding tools and offer them to you right here.





I created this artwork out of my old med school anatomy book. It has sold, but you can find lots of other healing artwork that I have personally created right here.



So here’s your new eye care Rx!

  1. Eat a small handful of dried goji berries routinely – they are even better than eye supplements!
  2. Filter fluoride out of your drinking water
  3. Ground to the earth — either indoors or outside — daily.
  4. Bonus: to protect your eyes from cataracts, wear UV protective eyewear (aka sunglasses) while you are outside… UV light is one of the main culprits in age related cataract formation.  You can read a medical study on that here.


Enjoy this empowering, totally natural and holistic information to keep your body feeling it’s best, and protecting your eyesight for a lifetime!


Laura Koniver, MD


Why Don’t I Feel Anything When I Am Grounding? Here’s Why:



A chakra anatomy painting I painted for you.  Prints available here.


The next online health class I am running is my Chakra Healing Online Class, which starts on Monday (more on that below, I’d love to have you join in if you’d like to work with a physician on your core alignment and feeling how that impacts the health of your body!)

So in honor of my upcoming chakra class, today I’d like to answer a question I get asked quite often that I feel is related to your internal core alignment — why don’t I feel anything when I am grounded?

I also get asked just as often, the exact opposite — why do I feel such immediate relief when I get grounded?  To me, the answer lies in where you identify yourself in your body, and if that shifts once you get grounded.


Another painting I painted to represent a healthy energy alignment — prints available here.


I personally tend to feel my awareness mostly in my head and chest, so of course when I get grounded I feel an immediate shift as my awareness of the healing flow of the earth beneath my feet re-centers me.  Anchors me.  A feeling of immense relief drains out from my head and chest and I can feel awareness that in fact I had been holding my breath and clenching my jaw and tightening up my shoulders.

However, if you already are a very energetically grounded person, will you feel the energy shift once you touch the earth?  Maybe not.  Does that impact if grounding is healing your physical body?  Not one bit.

The medical literature is clear: grounding puts the body into a healing state whether you can feel it working or not.  You do not have to feel anything on a broader scale in order to have immediate change at the cellular level.

If you want to run through what some of the medical studies on grounding show, I have a resource page right here full of all of the medical literature publications on the healing effects of grounding:


Grounding Medical Studies



But meanwhile, if you would like to learn more about why you may (or may not) feel any different while grounding, I created this video for you 8 years ago!  (Excuse the crooked teeth that had not yet been touched by the nighttime aligners I now wear…)

It’s perfect for you if you have ever asked yourself

  • Why don’t I feel anything when I connect to the earth like everyone else seems to?
  • I’ve been using grounding products for a while… why don’t I feel any different?
  • Is grounding working even if I don’t feel it?


Or if you have every asked yourself the exact opposite:

  • Why do I feel overwhelming relief the very moment my feet touch the ground?
  • Why does sleeping grounded make me feel so much better?
  • Why do I feel such a dramatic energy shift when I am grounding?


Give me 5 minutes of your time, and I’ll explain to you exactly why some people can feel such a dramatic shift when they connect to the earth and why others do not.

Everyone is healing.  But some people can literally feel this instantly when grounding, and some don’t feel any change even after months of grounding.  To watch this video, simply click right here.



Want to learn more about how chakra flow and health?

I’ve got you.

I’m leading my Chakra Healing Class starting next week.

This is such a powerful, healing, information rich, uplifting (and completely FUN!!!) way to align your chakras from root to crown.  And even if you don’t know what that means, I’m going to teach you.  And show you.  And get you in touch with your own totally unique energy flow in this 7 week long course… we spend one week together on each of your seven chakras.

There is nothing like this anywhere else on earth — truly. A physician with 20+ years of experience in how healing flows through the body and how it relates to your different energy centers.  You will literally leave this experience transformed from the inside out, head to toe.

Here is a small sample of the feedback I got from participants who took this class when I ran it in 2021

“This class came to me from God.  I thank God for you every day in my prayers and meditation.  I have been working and working on “something” for the last 11 months.  I did not realize that it was my chakras.  I have moved so far ahead of where I stayed stuck for 60 years, never feeling like I was enough.  Now, guess what?  I like myself.”  -J.C.

“So powerful, thank you.  I just wanted to share, I said to my friend this morning, there is something so different about Laura, she has heart and it inspires me to have as much heart as her and I want to keep taking her classes!  I can see such a difference in a leader with heart and no heart.  Thank you, from my heart chakra to yours!”  – K.M.

“Wanted to let you know that I had a blast practicing what we have learned in this Chakra class.  I felt like so many things you said were just coming back to me today, almost as if I had a tiny coach on my shoulder. I am buzzing with energy tonight!!”  – A.K.

“I want to say how much I appreciate the flexible structure of this course.  I appreciate being able to download the meditations and Q&A’s so I can listen when I can and not have to depend on being connected to the internet to do so.  Each week I continue to be amazed and grateful for what I’m learning!”  – I.P.

“Thank you for addressing every single question I had.  I have taken so many classes and workshops where I never felt heard.  I have physically been IN classes and still felt passed over.  This is so validating and so much FUN!  I can’t wait to get started on the next chakra!”  -J.C.

I only run this class once a year, so if 2022 is the year you want to dive deeper into Chakra Healing, click this button to reserve your spot before class starts on Monday!



A stack of Chakra healing artwork canvases that I painted for you. All 7 are available as free printables to every student in the class!

xoxox, Laura Koniver, MD


Your 2022 Healing Mantra, Say It With Me



Hello you!  Welcome to 2022.  This is just a remind for you to remember as you start a new year of your life: your body is completely new — inside and out — every few years.

All of your organs (except for one) completely regenerates, repairs, and optimizes on a continuous basis.

  • Some parts of your body are so fresh and new that they are only one day old… the cornea of your eye, for example.  Your cornea can completely regenerate every 24 hours.
  • Some parts are a little older… the lining of your intestines, for example, are about 3 days old.
  • Your skin is about 1 month old.
  • Your fingernails have completely grown out and replaced themselves in about 6 months.
  • Your taste buds are only 10 days old when they get replaced.
  • Your liver regenerates every 5 months.
  • Your lungs are renewed every two years.
  • Even your bones, the support system of your body, is on a 10 year replacement program.


“When we meet a friend we have not seen for six months

there is not one molecule in his face which was there when we last saw him.”

– Harold Saxton Burr


There is only one organ system that sticks with you for your entire lifetime: your brain.

Nervous tissue is the slowest to repair, never increases in cell quantity and declines in cell quantity over time.  Of course there are plenty of things you can do to stimulate new adaptations and promote brain health, as I’ve outlined for you over the years in free healing articles such as:


But for the most part, the brain you have now is the brain you will always have.

Here’s the thing though… your brain is the one you will always have, but your thinking doesn’t have to be the same thoughts that you’ve always had.

Every other part of your body has the ability to be made anew and replaced many many times in your lifetime. So that means that you can and will outgrow conditions. The health of your tissues can continually improve.

You can begin to repair past damage and let go what isn’t working for you and enjoy rebuilding a new body entirely… this is why it is never too late to quit smoking! Within of quitting days your cardiovascular system improves, within months your lungs are repairing, and within years your chances of getting lung cancer are half of what they used to be.

Every single day we get a chance to wake up and re-invent ourselves. A chance to see things from a new perspective and breathe a new breath and embrace a new mindframe.

It takes work to change our thinking and it takes some patience to see this manifest in our bodies.  After all, lots of these health conditions are our life’s work!  They were not meant to clear up overnight, nor could they.

But the next time you get frustrated with your body… the next time you curse your bad posture or your sensitive stomach or your ingrown toenail or your seasonal allergies… just remember:  those tissues in your body are literally in the process of being replaced right now!

The only thing you are carrying with you, decade after decade isn’t that red blood cell (lifespan of about 4 months) or that stomach lining (lifespan of about 2 days) or that skin cell (lifespan of about 3 weeks)… it is the way you feel about your body and the thoughts you think about it.

Of course, disease is a real thing, and health issues are not just *in your head* at all, so of course there are so many more things we can do to support and facilitate health than just changing our thought patterns.  I am dedicated to sharing those with you week after week after week, freely, right here on my blog.  I’ve written you an uplifting blog post every single week of my life for more than a decade now, and I plan to continue for another decade or more, so sign up for my newsletter here so you don’t miss a single one!

But I write this post today, to start off a brand new year, so that you can give yourself a chance… just a chance… to open to the fact that the conditions you have now are not the conditions you need to be saddled with forever.

The health reality you are dealing with right at this very moment has the potential to shift and change and release.

Because your body is literally a self-healing machine, capable of fully replacing itself, it is worth being very aware of the thoughts you think about your body, and the baseline narrative of your brain… which is the only part of you that you need to be carrying with you in 10 years time.

(I painted this painting and added the mantra “All Is Well” to it — you can find prints of this here.)


So here is where a healing mantra comes in.

Recent medical studies have proven that simply repeating a mantra can help trauma patients recover from PTSD even better than traditional talk therapy.  I blog about that for you here.  So developing a healing mantra is one of the very best tools you can do to set the dial tone for your entire upcoming year.

Based on the fact that your body is a self-renewing machine, literally divinely design to renew itself around the clock, the best healing mantra you can gift yourself is to be open to this renewal.

So the healing mantra I’d like to suggest is:


“I am open to what is possible.”


As simple as that.

I am open to what I am experiencing now, but I am also open to what is possible for it to transform into.

Look at what is possible in health. What is possible is where your healing lies.  What you feel is possible for YOU defines exactly how far you can go with your healing.

You can only go as far as you feel is possible for you to go and no further.

So let’s start 2022 off reminding ourselves:

  • You are always full of healing potential… always.
  • No one can tell you what is true for your body or your health… so don’t let anyone have that kind of power.
  • Conventional medicine can be helpful in troubleshooting and treating illness and disease but is absolutely not fully equipped to help you maximize health and wellness.
  • For maximizing your own health, you have an incredible and unlimited potential.

(I call this one With Every Beat… if you like it you can find prints here!)


The way the current medical model is set up is to test and report the outcome of a medication or a surgical procedure or a health intervention, and to use these statistics as the standard of care.

I’m very familiar with the scientific method of research not only through keeping on top of the current scientific literature to as a physician, but also because growing up as the daughter of one of the lead scientists at the National Institutes of Health… I grew up attending international scientific meetings literally since I could walk.  I then went on to join a laboratory at the National Cancer Institute throughout my college years where we conducted leukemia research.  I then went on to go through medical school and an internship and now 20+ years of medical practice.

And with my experience in both laboratory medicine and clinical medicine, what I can tell you is: the entire thing is awesome, but it can also be limiting.


(I painted this artwork and entitled it “See Beyond The Surface” — but it has sold.)


Here’s basically what happens:

A study collects data on a group of people — half of who get the drug (or surgery/intervention/etc…) and half who receive placebo or act as a control in a double blinded study.

The results are collected, which basically tell us what the outcome was for this particular group of people at this particular point in time in this particular location and with this particular modality.

Your doctor reads this and then sees you in his or her office.

When you are diagnosed with an illness, your doctor reviews the current standard of practice for that disease and based on these studies he tells you some statistics that are likely for you if you take this medicine or have that procedure done.

While this can be incredibly helpful, even life saving (after all, two years ago my appendix ruptured and I would not be alive today without the experience of conventional medicine in how to repair my body.  My surgeon said I was about 2 hours away from dying, since I ignored my appendix rupture for so long!  gah!)

But, this also does come with an unintentional side effect that you should be aware of.

By using the medical literature as standard of care, your doctor unknowingly limits your healing potential with what has been most probable, in the past, for others.

And while knowing these statistics and outcomes can be helpful when faced with medical decision making, many times, these statistics are frightening, scary, and deflating.

And even when the statistic or intervention offered has favorable odds of working, you are now being defined and limited by what is standard, what is probable, and what happened in the past to others.

What this model of healthcare never ever allows for is *POSSIBILITY*.

It never shows you what is POSSIBLE FOR YOU.

It brings you down to the lowest common denominator.

It never lifts you up and reveals to you the unlimited healing potential of your body.


new health

(I painted this artwork too, and I call it “New Health”, prints available here.)

You have unlimited healing potential.  You should truly embrace and know that.  Every cell in your body has unlimited potential to heal.

What we do in modern medicine right now is collect data from around the world on what we are limited to, on what is probable.

But what we should be doing is scouring the entire world to find all the anecdotal evidence, all the case reports, all the best outcomes, all of the miracles that happen all over the world every single day, in every sort of condition, in every type of person, with every intervention ever dreamed up… and studying THOSE.

We should be finding out WHY some folks heal fully, why some invite miracles, why some never get a disease in the first place, why some are predicted to have a very poor outcome and they fully heal anyway, why some outlive life expectancies by double, triple, quadruple the prediction.

Because these experiences, of people getting the illness that YOU HAVE and surviving and thriving and fully healing from it are PROOF of what is POSSIBLE!

I am not interested in reducing a patient’s healing to a pre-set outcome.  I am interested in what is possible for them.


new rx

(I also painted this one! I call it “Your New Rx” and have prints available here!)

I want physicians to look through the medical literature like an encyclopedia, filled with all kinds of beautiful outcomes from all kinds of amazing interventions and treatments… both holistic and conventional… and to go through this information together with their patients as an IDEA BOOK OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE.

And together, come up with a treatment plant that feels right to that specific patient.

Because there are *UNLIMITED* ways to heal!

There are many paths to healing and you can align with any one of them! Or many of them!  You can do multiple healing things simultaneously, and the process of healing should be uplifting and a relief… not a battlefield.

I want patients actively choosing inspired action.

I believe the medical literature should be an encyclopedia of what has gone right for others and what is possible.  Because if it is possible…

…if it has happened even one single time to one other person on this planet…

…than it can absolutely happen to you.  
It  has already been proven POSSIBLE!

So let’s fill the medical literature up with what is possible and attainable and study THAT!  Let’s switch the focus from probable, to possible.  If even one other person has had this illness and experienced a complete recovery, than that is documented and possible for YOU too.

(I painted this one too (entitled “Think Differently”) but is has sold.)

Anything is possible!



In 2022, keep your mind and heart open to possibility.

Because if healing has happened to even one other person, than for sure it’s been proven:  It can happen.  It has happened.  And it can happen to you too.

I don’t want the standard of care to be that we sit a patient down and look at the spectrum of outcomes in the past and we limit our patient’s future healing by overlaying what happened to others onto them.

I want physicians to sit their patient down to look at the spectrum of WHAT IS POSSIBLE in healing, and lay out all the possible paths back to Wellness for them, and together reach for THAT.

That’s what health care should be!  A journey back to Wellness!

Visiting a doctor should be a wonderful uplifting experience, a chance to get all kinds of healing support, possibilities, inspiration and ideas collected from the medical literature from all over the world offered to us by someone who is our healing advocate.

Ideally we would walk away from every doctor’s appointment feeling full of possibility.

So… the next time your physician talks to you about a treatment plan and gives you outcome percentages and probabilities, just remember: this is simply a mass marketed number.

It doesn’t tell you what is possible with this condition and it doesn’t tell you what is possible FOR YOU.

I think if we can shift the medical literature from “Probable” to “Possible” we’d experience a shift in the well-being of people everywhere.

And today it starts with you.   Your 2022 healing mantra?


“I am open to what is possible.”


Repeat this often.

Look into a mirror, gaze directly into your own eyes, feel the presence of the YOU that is living inside of your body, and tell yourself out loud:

“I am open to what is possible.”


To your unlimited healing potential…

and a wonderful ever expanding and upleveling 2022!

xoxoxo, Laura



Your Ultimate Guide To A New Year, New You & A New Metabolism





It’s no secret that one of the most popular New Years resolutions of all time is to lose weight.

In my medical opinion, losing weight is not about reducing calorie intake, and it’s not honestly even predominately about what you eat at all.  Although making nutrient dense food choices is a crucial part of your long term health, the type of weight gain I see most commonly is actually driven by stress.  A combination of poor sleep, high cortisol levels, and a decrease in metabolism all combine to make losing weight, or even staying at the same weight, near impossible.

So this week, as we move into 2022 (wow!) I wanted to give you a ton of lesser known, but extremely effective ways to reset your metabolism so that losing weight is a secondary outcome to just feeling better.  Read through this list and see if there are any you feel called to implement — even just one or two of these tips can make a noticeable difference in your health.

Here we go:



 1.  Stop negative self talk:


The first step is to absolutely eliminate any negative self talk you might be having with your food choices.

Your body functions on the basis of resiliency.   It resets again and again and again and again.  Adapting, recalibrating, adjusting, and realigning to health over and over again.

The human body is incredibly resilient, and the basis of our existence is that your body is adaptable.  Your health is forgiving and intuitive.  Your body can return to wellness despite challenges (like that chocolate bar I just ate while typing up this blog post.  You might think I’m joking but I am absolutely not.)

Your body can handle you eating unhealthy foods (as long as you have a good nutritional intake otherwise) so much better than it can handle not eating enough healthy foods in the first place. So instead of beating yourself up over having a cheat meal or a decedent dessert or that midnight snack, focus on making sure you are eating all of the nutritional building blocks your body needs to maintain health in the first place.

Stick with making sure you are eating the nutritional building blocks, and your body can handle the extra not-so-healthy things you might consume alongside that.  Trust in your body’s resiliency.

In fact, medical studies suggest that it is fat shaming (not obesity itself!) that directly increases a person’s risk for metabolic syndrome and subsequent health issues.  Letting go of the internalized stress associated with weight will decrease diabetes risk, heart disease risk and the rate of metabolic disease in general, as shown in this study published Jan 26, 2017 in Obesity.

The Study:

  • 159 patients with an average BMI of 41.1 kg/m2 were clinically assessed through blood pressure, waist circumference, fasting glucose, trigycerides, HDL cholesterol at baseline, and treatment for hypertension, dyslipdemia and prediabetes.
  • Patients were assessed using the Weight Bias Internalization Scale and Patient Health Quesstionnaires to determine how much each patient internalized weight related stigma.

The Results:

  • Researchers found that participants who internalized stress from weight-related stigma were over 40% more likely to have metabolic syndrome than participants who did not internalize stigma.
  • These results were independent of the actual degree of obesity and other confounding issues such as depression.
  • Weight stigma was found to cause a direct physiological stress response in the body, elevating blood pressure and increasing the body’s inflammation.
  • Researchers conclude that weight stigma alone is a form of chronic stress that creates physical disease when internalized.


These results show it is not the weight itself, but rather the stress that our society places on larger sized individuals and their internalization of that stress, that increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and puts them at higher cardiovascular risk than they would otherwise have.

This is totally unnecessary.  If the stress of being overweight was reduced, so would the disease burden.  So stop beating yourself up and instead choose one of the positive things you can do from the list below to care for your body better.  This is about supporting your body, not tearing it down.




2.  Focus on nutrition, not calories:


This fantastic, impressive study (published in Lancet in May 2019) is a global analysis of diet and health outcomes looking at 195 different countries over an almost 30 year span of time.  Never before has such a large scale investigation of the relationship between dietary intake and disease ever been conducted.

This one study can replace everything we’ve based our current understanding of the correlation between diet and disease, because all other studies to date have been much smaller and isolated to smaller regions of the world.

And here is the one, overriding conclusion from that study: it’s not about what you are eating, it’s about what you aren’t eating.

In other words, what makes the most impact on your disease risk isn’t so much what unhealthy foods you are eating, it’s what healthy foods you aren’t eating enough of.  Over the past several decades, the medical literature and most diet plans have focused on restricting “bad” foods such as sodium, sugar, processed meats and fats.

But in this largest-study-to-date meta analysis, researchers found that it is actually inadequate intake of essential nutritional components (like nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables) that accounts for more disease and death than overconsumption of  any “bad” foods such as red meat, processed meats, fat, sugar, sodas or sweetened beverages.

In fact, inadequate nutrition causes more deaths worldwide than smoking does.

One of the authors of this study, Christopher Murray, MD, states that “poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.”  That means that inadequate intake of nutrients cause the body more illness, disease and death than consumption of sugar or processed meats or trans fats ever do.

The researchers found that inadequate consumption of nutritional building blocks led to more heart disease, cancer, diabetes and death worldwide than did consumption of unhealthy foods.

Do you see the positives out of this realization?

You can stop beating yourself up for the cravings, snacks, and “cheat meals” you eat, and instead simply focus on making sure that you are getting an adequate intake of the absolutely mandatory good nutrients that our bodies need to function optimally for a lifetime.

Here are the study details:

  • Looking at 195 countries for 28 years (1990 – 2017,) researchers analyzed diet and health outcomes.  Correlating nutritional intake with chronic disease (conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer) and death rates, researchers found that lack of nutrition was far more deadly than consuming foods typically considered “disease causing” like fats and sugars.
  • For example, when researchers evaluated whole grains intake, they found that a diet low in whole grains led to 3 million deaths and 82 million diseases world wide annually.
  • When researchers evaluated low fruit intake, they found that a diet with inadequate fruit consumption led to 2 million deaths and 65 million diseases world wide annually.

If you do want to restrict one thing from your diet, the results suggest focusing on sodium.  High sodium consumption was associated with 3 million deaths and 70 million diseases world wide annually.

These three dietary culprits (low whole grains, low fruits, and high sodium) were the top three causes of morbidity and mortality world wide… causing far higher disease rates and death than consuming sugar, fats, processed meats and sugary drinks.

The results suggest that it might be more important to be sure we are consuming adequate amounts of “the good stuff” instead of restricting “the bad stuff.”

What’s the good stuff? Be sure you are getting plenty of servings of:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fiber
  • Calcium &
  • Seafood-derived omega-3 fatty acids.


Researchers suggest that focusing on increasing nutrient intake would prevent about 1 in every 5 deaths!

The bottom line: Of the 11 million deaths each year that are related to diet, more deaths are associated with inadequate intakes of healthy foods than with superfluous consumption of unhealthy ones.

So today, try to shift your thinking from negative dietary restrictions to positively consuming healthy foods.

Obviously a good diet is important, but this study tells me that even if you just can’t seem to get control over a sweet tooth, or a fatty snack is your go-to stress relief, or you splurge and eat a processed meat product, the things you do eat are not as damaging to your health as the things you don’t eat.

In other words, if you have a bowl of ice cream after dinner tonight, instead of going to bed feeling horrible and berating yourself for your food choices, let the ice cream dessert go and instead consider if you ate 2 – 3 servings of fruits and vegetables today.






3.  Take a very high quality multivitamin to fill in the gaps.


Another important thing to consider is that if getting a baseline amount of healthy foods is more important than banishing non-healthy foods, then a really high quality multivitamin makes a lot of sense.

So one idea, beside upping your fruit and veggie and nut and seed intake, is to add on a multivitamin and mineral supplement (especially one that has a whole food certified organic blend of fruit and vegetables right in the supplement) to help cover any bases that your intake that day might have missed.

My favorite multivitamins are the MyKind Organics daily vitamin line and Pure Encapsulations multivitamin line.  Both of these “best-of-the-best” lines of nutritional supportive supplements are waiting for you in my online dispensary under the “General Wellness,” tab.

Click over here to browse multivitamins now, so that you can round out your diet with the nutrients your body truly needs.




4.  Allow a few pounds of extra weight.


There are survival advantages to being overweight as opposed to underweight… like surviving life threatening infections.  Published June 2016 in Critical Care Medicine, the results of this study suggest that heavier weight allows the body to survive overwhelming bacterial infections, even at advanced age, something good to know as this pandemic continues.  Researchers looked at the data of over 1,400 elderly people hospitalized with severe sepsis (requiring ICU care) and compared their body mass index (BMI) with clinical outcome 1 year after discharge. The results revealed a 25% improved mortality rate in severely obese, obese and overweight patients compared to normal weight patients.

Another medical study (published July 2017 in Cardiac Interventions) that found that obese and overweight patients actually have better survival rates and less complications after heart surgery (percutaneous cardiac interventions, or PCI) than normal weight and lean patients do.  On top of that, the better outcomes persisted even 5 years later, with better outcomes for the overweight and obese patients than for normal or low weight patients.

Another medical study, published in JAMA Oncology on June 21, 2018, found that a higher BMI was associated with lowered breast cancer rates.  The highest BMI group had over 4 times lower rates of breast cancer than the lowest BMI group.  This inverse relationship between higher BMI resulting in significantly lowered breast cancer rates was particularly strong for hormone receptor positive breast cancers.  Young women (ages 18 to 24) who were obese (BMI greater than or equal to 35) developed breast cancer 4.2 times less often than women who were underweight (BMI lower than 17.)  This study was very large — almost one million patients — and was a rigorously analyzed.  Considering breast cancer is the most common worldwide cancer diagnosis for women, particularly young women, this is very important news indeed.

And this is not limited to breast cancer.  Published Oct 2016 in the Journal Of Clinical Oncology, researchers examined body mass (BMI) and metastatic renal (kidney) cancer survival rates.  They found that obesity actually predicted improved survival in metastatic cancer… improving both the progression free survival rate and the over-all survival rate.  The fact that obese patients have better outcomes in metastatic renal cancer is a real thing — this study had large patient numbers, was reproducible in different cohorts, and is statistically significant.  The numbers are actually so significant that now physicians are encouraged to take the patient’s weight into account before sharing information on prognosis with their patients.

Of course, anything that shows there is a wide diversity to what is considered a “healthy weight” is totally hidden by the media.  That makes sense, as the weight loss industry is a 20 BILLION dollar industry IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE!!!  So, of course the media wouldn’t want you to actually feel good about your current weight or feel there was any advantage in the slightest to having a higher BMI.

But in fact, as I blogged about here, only when a person’s BMI exceeds 35 is there an increase in mortality rates.  So… if losing those last 10 pounds isn’t actually going to help you live longer… what defines your “ideal weight”? What defines your ideal weight is how you *feel* wearing the body you wear each day: your energy level, your flexibility, your capacity to get around, to get outside, and to enjoy the things you want to enjoy each day.

The real focus should ALWAYS BE on feeling as healthy and vibrant as possible.

This means focusing on muscle tone.

On heart strength.

On endurance.

On lung capacity.

On bone mass.

On energy levels.

On restorative sleep at night.

On happiness.

On quality time with loved ones.

On meaningful relationships.

On spiritual strength.

And even if you are at 35 BMI or higher?  Focusing on energy levels, bone mass, restorative sleep, endurance and other positive health markers will create a path of natural weight loss anyway.  So that’s all any of us need to be focusing on, starting right now.




5.  If you still do want to diet… fast instead.


You’ve probably heard of fasting for weight loss, but most people are not aware of the decades of medical research that show just how profoundly intermittent fasting can boost health in ways that go way beyond weight management.

Fasting has been shown to:

  • Decrease inflammation: Published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism in 2007, researchers found that fasting for 12 hours daily decreased all measured markers of inflammation by a statistically significant amount, including interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, and homocysteine levels.
  • Decrease heart disease: A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2009, showed that fasting just one day a month (one day a month!) was enough to significantly decrease risk of heart attack risk by reducing coronary artery disease. In addition to that, a study published in Nutritional Research in 2012 showed that fasting for 12 hours a day decreased blood pressure, and when fasting was increased to every other day for just four weeks, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides were reduced by more than 25%.
  • Decrease asthma attacks: Published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine in 2007, reducing calorie intake every other day by just 20% allowed asthma suffers to lose 8% of their body weight in only two months, decrease their blood markers of stress and inflammation, and decrease asthma symptoms while improving quality of life.
  • Protect your brain: Improved memory, improved mood, decreased Alzheimer rates, and decreased Parkinson’s rates… all from fasting?  Yep.  Published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research in 1999, the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience in 2000, the Neurobiology of Disease in 2007 (as well as many other studies) researchers have found that intermittent fasting can improve neuronal connections, increase the proliferation of neurons, and even protect against amyloid plaques.
  • Decrease cancer recurrence rates: Prolonging the amount of time spent fasting — skipping evening snacks all together and fasting for 13+ hours each night — significantly reduced the risk of breast cancer, according to a study that spanned thousands of patients followed for over a decade. Published on March 31, 2016 in JAMA Oncology, researchers found that fasting at night for 13 hours or more was found to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence by one-third, as well as drop HbA1C levels and increase sleep length at night.  Another study (published in Teteratgenesis, Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis in 2002) found that alternate day fasting helped decrease tumor formation, while yet another study (published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012) found that a wide range of cancer cells exposed to fasting showed increased responsiveness and sensitivity to chemotherapy treatments as well as directly decreased tumor growth.  So fasting for 13+ hours each night is an effective, drug free, holistic, all natural way to decrease cancer recurrence and help boost cancer treatment.
  • Boost longevity: One study (published in the Journals of Gerontology in 1983) showed that fasting had a greater impact in improving longevity than even exercise did!  And a more recent study, published in 2000 in the Mechanisms of Aging and Development, showed short term repeated fasting throughout life resulted in a lifespan that was 75% longer.  In fact, a study published in Nature in 2009 stated that intermittent fasting is “the most effective and reproducible intervention to extend lifespan” that we know of… capable of significantly extending lifespan by reducing age-related disorders.
  • And of course, encourage long-term weight loss: Published in Nutrition Reviews in 2015, researchers looked at all forms of fasting… including alternate day fasting, whole day fasting, and even simply time restricted fasting (like a 13 hour nightly fast) and all of these techniques resulted in significantly reduced body fat, significantly reduced body weight, and reduced blood lipid levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.


I have a blog post waiting for you right here detailing how to start fasting in a very simple way — choose from either a nightly fast (as easy as prolonging the time between your last bite of dinner to your first bite of breakfast) or a 5:2 diet, where you simply pick two days a week to eat lightly and then eat normally the other 5 days:


My Favorite 3 Types of Fasting:  Nighttime, Daytime, and 5:2 Fasting  


I also recently made this TikTok to share with you a fasting app that I’ve been enjoying, you might find it helpful too (and hop over here to watch the dozens of other holistic health TikTok I have made for you over the past year!):



My top tip for navigating the holidays without gaining weight! #metabolism #intermittentfasting #WeFast #holistichealth #laurakonivermd

♬ original sound – Laura Koniver, MD

If you want to try fasting, take care to stay very well hydrated, get plenty of rest, and when you do eat, make sure the foods you choose are nutrient dense, chock full of protein and healthy fats.  And of course, run your fasting plan by your doctor if you have any chronic health conditions or are planning to fast for more than a 24 hour period of time.




6.  Sleep more.


I always ask patients who are having trouble loosing weight about their sleep.  That’s because a medical study (that I shared with you back in August of 2013) showed that poor sleep caused study participants to gain weight 9 times faster than participants who slept well.  Nine times faster weight gain!

Previous studies have shown a link between poor sleep and weight gain, but this was the first study where participants slept in-house in a sleep facility and the actual weight gain was measurably significant after only a handful of 4 hour nights in a row.  If healthy individuals who experienced a short period of sleep deprivation gained 9 times as much weight as healthy individuals who get a full night of sleep, what does this predict for folks who are chronically sleep deprived?

Many of us live and function daily in a state of catching only a few hours of sleep a night… not just for 4 days but for weeks, months, even years at a time.  This has a huge impact on your weight. Imagine gaining 9 times as much weight over the course of a year of poor sleep as you normally would had you slept well.

If you are feeling exhausted from not sleeping well, than your body is going to urge you to reach for food as a way to sustain your energy. This is your body’s way of ensuring your survival!

So if you are watching your weight or struggling to understand why your best efforts are not good enough to prevent you from gaining weight, examine your sleep.  Hop over here for some tips on deepening your sleep at night, naturally.






7.  Truly know it’s not too late to focus on your health:


Medical studies suggest that older people in excellent physical health — called the “well-derly” — actually have higher smoking rates and higher BMI’s than expected.  Presented March 3, 2017 at the 10th Future of Genomic Medicine Conference, a study on people 80 years old and older (who are free of all common chronic diseases and are in excellent health) found that they smoked more than the general public and that many had higher BMIs as well!

Hallelujah — finally a medical study trying to figure out what people do *right* to preserve excellent health for a lifetime, instead of looking at what they are doing wrong.

When you turn it around to look at survival and why some folks are disease free well into their ninth decade of life and beyond, you get some very interesting and important answers.  Part of an ongoing study called the Healthspan Project (which I will absolutely keep you updated on because I am all about positive, uplifting health guidance!) researchers looked at healthy elders and analyzed them for genetic markers of disease.

What they found is that the elderly who were supremely healthy had the exact same rates of genetic markers that would predict disease as the rest of the population.  In other words, it’s not that the “well-derly” didn’t have BRCA mutations and other genetic markers of disease, but in fact, they have the same genetic mutations at the same rate as the general population and are just not actually manifesting disease expression.

This study showed that healthy elderly participants had the same rates of genetic risk factors for diabetes, cancers and stroke as the general population, yet remained disease free.  And when looking at why, the results were just as surprising, because when compared with the general population, the smoking rates were actually higher for men (61% smokers as opposed to 54% in general population) and equivalent for women (42% vs 43%.). The well-derly did exercise more (67% exercised compared to 44% of the general population) but their BMI was not uniformly lower — there were many wellderly with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher.

Studies like these are so important, because it’s not just longevity but actually healthspan — how long someone lives in optimal health — that give us the most important clues on how to support our innate health potential.  This study tells us that even if we have higher BMI’s than we want, or have made unhealthy lifestyle choices in the past (like smoking) we can still find that our health is resilient for an entire lifetime.

Want some quick (and free) ideas on improving your health — no matter what your age — that aren’t even diet related at all?  Hop over here to read these articles I’ve written for you:





8.  Ground your body while you eat.


Grounding has a profound impact on your digestion, boosting your vagal tone (which supports the function of your entire digestive tract, from your esophagus to your colon and everything in between!) while meanwhile directly impacting your ability to feel full and satiated, even enhancing absorption by decreasing inflammation, which also helps with recovery after a meal.

From every single angle, eating grounded helps:  putting you more deeply in touch with your hunger and satiation, helping you digest and absorb your nutrients better, boosting your metabolism and keeping weight gain at bay, even decreasing discomfort after eating.

Even if you eat completely organic, fresh, dairy-free, gluten-free, best-diet-in-the-world you can easily still have irritable bowel issues, or indigestion, or bloating, or pain.

That’s because you can’t fully resolve bowel inflammation without being grounded.

Because of the scientific evidence that grounding supports our digestion, I ran a study of my own patients because I wondered if, by boosting our digestion and metabolism through touching the earth, we would see a change in weight over time. So I personally enrolled a dozen overweight patients into an informal private study on grounding and weight loss.  I followed them for 10 weeks, measuring weight, energy, mood, sleep, and pain, with weekly weigh-ins and assessments. 

Their instructions were to touch the earth outside directly for 15 minutes a day, and that was it.  I told them not to change their diet at all. I wanted them to eat everything they had eaten before in the same quantities and in the same fashion.  I told them not to start new activities or to change their activity level at all.  I wanted to see metabolic changes from short periods of daily grounding over time.  Following those patients with weekly weigh-ins and weekly assessments was very, very interesting.

Most of the patients lost a clinically significant amount of weight — 60% of them losing between 4 and 15 pounds in the 10 week study period — doing nothing more then adding in daily grounding for just 15 minutes a day.

Hop over here to watch a video I created for you to explain why adding grounding to your daily routine is the quickest way to heal your digestion.  At the end of this free article I wrote for you, I share tons of ideas on how to eat grounded outside — pick one each day and watch your weight self correct effortlessly.

For more tips on how grounding profoundly supports your health from head to toe, and how to easily incorporate grounding into your daily life to see profound results, grab my book The Earth Prescription, available as a paperback and digital book right here. 







9.  Recognize your emotional eating style


What I’ve noticed as a physician examining health outcomes for the past 20 years, is that most people eat emotionally instead of nutritionally.

To help you focus on what matters most (which is consuming nutrient dense foods) I have developed a list of the top 7 emotional eating patterns I see over and over again.  If you can develop insight into why you eat the way you do, you can reframe your mind away from eating emotionally and instead eat intellectually, based on what supports your health best.

Stop worrying so much about what treats and indulgences you crave and instead figure out why you crave them.

Look over this list to see if you can identify which emotional eating pattern describes you best and get some tips on working with your eating patterns in a healthier way:


  • FOOD IS SECURITY   For some folks, food represents safety and security.   So when they are not eating, deep fears of safety and panic may arise.  There may be worries about food scarcity and needing to know when and what your next meal will be. If you notice you overeat, it may be an attempt to feel secure and reassured that all is well. You may crave comfort foods such as casseroles and home cooking and baked goods, or foods that remind you of childhood. If you tend to eat in this way, it is perfectly reasonable to feed your body foods that comfort it, but the goal is to have reasonable portion sizes.  One way to provide comfort and a deep contentment to security-type eaters is to include lots and lots and lots of fiber, so that you feel full, satiated, safe and grounded for longer.


  • FOOD IS PLEASURE   For some folks, food isn’t just about the nutrition, food is about the entire experience… the smell, the feel, the texture, the flavor, the delight in chewing it. Food is pleasurable and even sensual.  If this is your style of eating, you may find you are eating because you want the feel of food in your mouth, not because you are hungry. You may also find a love/hate relationship with food… often pleasure-seeking eaters have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or lactose intolerance or celiac disease and need to find a balance between the foods they love and the foods their body hates.  One great idea for pleasure eaters is to enjoy drinking (coffees, teas, water, fresh squeezed juices…) or chewing gum throughout the day to experience that sensual pleasure of having sensations in the mouth without necessarily reaching for food.


  • FOOD IS POWER For some folks, eating food is an issue of control or power. These control-based eaters are the ones most likely to try to strictly monitor what they eat and submit to horrible restrictive diets that they absolutely hate!  And as you read about in today’s medical study, healthy eating is not about what you restrict but rather what you eat. So for people who see food as power, diets are particularly offensive because restricting food intake feels like a loss of power or a loss of control… two things these types of eaters hate!  One great idea for control-based eaters is to drop the diets and instead focus on choosing easily digestible foods like soups and pureed foods that are easier on your digestive organs (liver, pancreas, stomach) and eating frequent, smaller meals, grazing all throughout the day instead of a few large meals. Focusing on high quality foods and eating them more often, instead of restricting quantity, tends to be kinder than dieting and allows your body to feel healthier.


  • FOOD IS LOVE   Some folks enjoy food that releases endorphins and provides a rush, similar to falling in love. Any of my blog readers who know how often I blog about eating chocolate will recognize… yep, I’m this type of eater.  Romantic foods like oysters, red wine, chocolate… it’s not so much that these eaters care about food, they care about the way the food makes them feel. Dieting feels atrocious for love-seeking eaters and restricting food is equivalent to being dumped by a lover.  One great idea for love-seeking eaters is to focus on enjoying the people you are eating with more than the food — if possible, avoid eating alone (which typically leads to over-eating) and instead really focus on making eye contact with the people you are enjoying a meal with, the conversation.  This will allow you to enjoy what foods you do eat — for example, appreciating a lovely glass of wine and a small piece of dark chocolate instead of three plates full of food you do not actually love or even enjoy. Or, focus just as much on creating a lovely place to eat as you do what foods you are eating.  Add a fresh flower to your kitchen table, bring your lunch outside to eat in sunshine the middle of a work day, or browse thrift stores for beautiful, vintage glasses and plates to mix and match, or hand sew some beautiful cloth napkins to use as a treat.


  • FOOD IS JOY   Some people just love to enjoy a wide variety of foods and this is one of their wonderful strengths with eating.  My son is a joy-based eater and he is amazing at trying foods most children wouldn’t even think of… exotic foods, spicy foods, unusual vegetables that kids traditionally hate.  He is open to trying it all and gets so excited as he watches me prepare an interesting meal from scratch.  Because joyful eaters are so open to food, dieting or any type of food restriction at all feels like a huge loss and may even bring deep sorrow.  My favorite recommendation for joy-based eaters is to focus on trying new and unusual foods to satisfy their cravings, instead of over-eating a large quantity of boring foods.  Keep a stash of different spices, hot sauces and healthy seasonings to make each bite taste exciting and invigorating instead of needing larger portions to bring joy.  Joy eaters also tend to actually enjoy preparing food, so if you are a joy eater build time into your day to focus on trying new recipes, browsing new cookbooks, and preparing healthy meals from scratch. Joy-based eaters can feel guilty that food brings them joy — but I say this is a strength!  Food brings joy!  So choose your food selection based on how much joy it brings you and do not waste your time (or calories) on food that does not bring joy.


  • FOOD IS ENERGY   People that eat for energy may need lots more fats and more protein than other eaters. These people have so much energy output that each bite needs to be calorie dense and their body knows this.  Although they get the message to feel bad about eating fats and eating dense protein (after all, eating a light salad seems so much more social acceptable) this leaves them feeling depleted and desperate for a pick-me-up later.  They may even feel a sense of shame about eating something that their vegetarian friend (who is not an energy-eater) would not touch. Instead of feeling guilty, energy eaters need to know that they are honoring their bodies by feeding their brain lots of healthy fats (organic whole fat dairy/butter/yogurt or coconut, avocado, fish oil…) and protein (organic, ethically produced meats, organic eggs,  organic nuts and nut butters.). My daughter is an energy eater, and I can honestly say that she is one of the healthiest people I know.  Glowing skin.  Gorgeous hair.  Beautiful radiant soul.  People who are energy eaters need to feel good about their intuitive food choices that make them crave protein. Not everyone can feel their best on a strictly vegetarian diet, so please be non-judgmental towards yourself or your friends who need to eat ethically sourced meat routinely.


  • FOOD IS OPTIONAL   Does this sounds familiar: forgetting to eat, not making the time to eat, feeling dizzy because you skipped lunch, reaching for a quick snack and then getting right back to work, forgetting to hydrate?  Some folks find it easy to ignore their bodies needs or lose track of time.  While sporadic eaters are usually not so bothered by going on a diet, the danger here is that they often don’t take the time to eat healthily so that when they do eat, they are ravenous and don’t make smart food choices, or they don’t even get the needed nutritional building blocks at all.  The best thing these eaters can do is to schedule in their eating so that they eat at regular intervals, stay hydrated, and make great food choices… instead of not eating all day long and then binging in a drive through on the way home. Another great tip is to carry water with you at all times, so that even if they you not taking the time to properly eat, you stay well hydrated.  This goes for everyone, but to sporadic eaters most of all.





10.  Reduce Stress


Gaining weight (or losing weight) unintentionally is a common response to chronic or acute stress.

In fact, a recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association found that most of us have experienced a significant weight change in the past year, thanks to the overwhelm that the 2020 & 2021 brought our way.  The poll revealed that 60% of Americans report undesired weight changes as a result of this pandemic.  42% of us gained a significant and unwanted amount of weight and almost 20% of us had an undesired and significant loss of weight.

But I’m here to help.  You can definitely reset your body to it’s ideal, healthiest set point again, and it doesn’t have to take as long as you think.  And it absolutely isn’t about dieting.  No amount of dieting, monitoring your food, and bullying yourself into losing weight will reduce your stress and re-align you with health.

Stress affects your body from head to toe, and can have a tremendous impact on your weight, as the poll above reflects.  Studies show that sress can cause changes in eating patterns  and they also suggest that cortisol reactivity is one of the reasons why. 

So instead of monitoring your eating, maybe what we should be monitoring is your cortisol and stress levels. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and by supporting your adrenal health, you can normalize your cortisol levels.  Stop the focus on weight and instead focus on reducing your body’s stress hormone output.   In fact, releasing your weight struggle and embracing your adrenal repair instead may be the best way to stop unhealthy food consumption that is due to stress, which is what is triggering this change in the first place.

If you think  some of your unwanted weight changes is actually due to increased stress, here is a blog post I wrote for you about 17 ways to reduce stress:


17 Ways To Naturally Decrease Your Stress + Free Printable Tools To Help




Want More Support?  I’ve Got You


If you want even more support to safely, easily, and effectively lose weight in a way that supports your innate health, I’ve got you.  We can work together to directly support your weight loss goals in my upcoming online health class.

Join into my upcoming 5 Day Weight Release & Reset Online Class right here.


“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Weight Reset emails and videos! I looked forward to each and every day.  Your class gave me so much hope!”  – C.C.

“This was AWESOME!!  I loved all the information — the medical studies to back it up and the daily reminders.  Plus – I love that you can do this at your own pace.  Thank you!”  – C.W.

“I got a lot out of the class.  I was surprised at how many different things can affect your weight and when you talked about them in the class… it was like a bell went off.  I would definitely recommend the class to others.”  – S.G.


Together, we will go over the 5 pillars of sustainable, feel-good weight loss.  One pillar a day for 5 days.  Simple and sweet.

I’ve based this course directly off of the medical literature and my 20 years of experience helping to support my patients with their weight loss goals.  You’d be surprised that your body naturally knows what weight is the perfect one for you, and it can sustain it at this perfect weight effortlessly once you naturally align your metabolism.  I’ll show you how in a very non-threatening, supportive, uplifting way.

It’s not about being rigid or militant or hard on yourself, in fact, it’s the exact opposite.  The harder you are on yourself, the harder it is to align with your healthiest version of you.  It’s not even about your diet and exercise plan — there are actually several other things that are even more important than what you eat and how you move… and without knowing what those things are, you just can’t lose weight.

Understand the things that sabotage weight loss and the weight releases, naturally.

Class starts Jan 10th and I’m excited to get started with you.  Hop over here to sign up and reserve your spot today:



To your resilient, natural health!

xoxox, Laura