Getting Outside Today… A New Idea I Tested Out For You And Loved

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Time for some uplifting content.

 

In fact, for the rest of the year, I am planning tons of fun, uplifting blog posts that include fun “trying it out for you” videos (like the one below!) free access to my health ebooks, and even some uplifting artwork that I am painting right now!

So today, with this beautiful fall weather arriving, I want to encourage you to head outside and get moving!

To walk the walk, instead of just talk the talk, my friend Stacy and I went to a local Nia class and to try out a new form of exercise.  Outside, in the fresh air and sunshine, grounded with bare feet, boy did we have fun!

I highly recommend doing Nia outside — just put on a YouTube video (here’s a fun one!) if you don’t have a local outdoor class in your area — and get grounded to the earth while you move your precious body!

 

 

 

 

Turns out, Nia is a very gentle, low key, easy way to get your body moving, while still feeling the tremendous perks that traditional exercise gives.

I barely felt like I exerted myself, yet my body felt completely mobilized, stretched out, energized and refreshed afterwards!

The medical literature backs our experience up.  Even gentle exercise is life changing — reducing your risk of morbidity and mortality significantly… even if you have been sedentary for most of your life.

 

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

 

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

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

And here is the interesting part: folks who were inactive but started to exercise in mid-life had every bit the protection to their lifespan as folks who were active from adolescence on.  Participants who reported routinely exercising from adolescence had a 33% decreased risk of dying for any reason.  And participants who reported being inactive during young adulthood but increasing activity in midlife enjoyed a similar benefit, at a 34% decreased risk of dying for any reason.

 

 

 

 

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

What they found is that adults who exercised routinely dropped their risk of dying from heart attack or stroke by almost 60%.  And again, the interesting part is how you are never too old to boost your health with exercise. Because even though the average study participant was in their 70s, if during the study they increased the amount they exercised even more, their risk of dying from a cardiovascular dropped by an additional 25%!

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

…it was only to exercise at all.

 

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

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

After analysis of the data, the only thing researchers found that made a difference in whether or not the exercise provided brain benefits was that the total time accumulated to roughly 17 minutes a day.

17 minutes, people!

 

 

 

 

And it doesn’t have to be strenuous activity.

A study published May 2019 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting time a day with even light physical activity decreased mortality rates significantly.  And again, here’s the clincher: the benefit of replacing sedentary time was actually increased even more if you were older than 75 years old.

So light activity decreased mortality rates in adults older than 75 years old more than it decreased mortality rates in younger age groups. In other words, the older you are, the more that activity of any kind increases your lifespan.

So even at 75?

You’ve got no excuses not to put off that activity you’ve always kind of been curious about.  It’s never too late to lengthen your lifespan through exercise.  You can start today by doing Nia and having some fun!!!

Outside, if at all possible!   And here’s why:

 

 

Directly touching the earth impacts your metabolic function, and as I found out, it can even help you lose weight.

 

The first study to look at the basal metabolic rate of grounding was published in 2010. 

In this study, half of the participants were grounded and half were sham-grounded in a double-blind placebo-controlled study. 

After grounding (or sham grounding) the patients for 40 minutes, all of the parameters of metabolic function immediately improved in all of the grounded patients, but that boost was not seen in any of the ungrounded patients. 

Heart rate increased slightly, respiratory rate increased, and there was an increase in blood oxygenation in the grounded patients during grounding.

 

But here’s the interesting part…

…even when they stopped grounding, there was a persistent metabolic boost of increased heart and respiratory rates.

 

Think about how this small boost to your metabolic function helps you over time.

With a slight increase in respiratory rate, you are actually getting more oxygen into your blood (which, while grounded, is pumping and flowing more efficiently) and as the blood is improved in its flow and delivery, it’s carrying more oxygen throughout your entire body. 

It’s like exponential support, because you are delivering oxygen, antioxidants and nutritional support to all the tissues in your body, on top of the direct conductive support you receive from the grounding.

This got me thinking. 

I decided I wanted to study my own patients because I wondered if, by boosting our 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. 

 

In my study, the 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 clinically significant amounts of weight

— 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.

 

The fact that the majority of patients lost weight with no change in their diet and no change in their exercise pattern is priceless.  

I started thinking about the amazing results I saw in my patients and how encouraged I was by them and how wonderful it was to really see these powerful results first hand.

As an intuitive physician I tend to get more holistic-minded patients coming to me for support.

Many of them are already really healthy.

They eat the best they can eat.

They meditate all day long.

They do yoga morning and night, they drink raw juices, they sleep well and they take all kinds of supplements. 

It seems that it should be impossible for a human being who’s breathing that well, who’s eating that well, who’s hydrating that well, who’s sleeping that well and who’s getting all the nutritional building blocks they need to feel bad… and yet they still do.

They come to me telling me there’s something missing in their health.

They have weight that they cannot seem to lose or they have another chronic health issue. 

And every single time, after I talk with them extensively about their health practices, it turns out that grounding and docking themselves to the earth is that missing piece.

 

 

A lot of my patients are healers themselves.

They’re wellness-life coaches or they’re acupuncturists or they are energy healers or they are nurses or physician assistants or physicians themselves.  They know a lot about healthcare and a lot about the health of the body and so they’re doing all the checklists.  They’re doing everything right.

But the one missing piece of never touching the earth is enough to throw everything off because conductive healing is not something you can truly get in any other way.

Particularly if you’re an empath, weight may be an issue because you are absorbing energy and connecting and feeling other people’s energy and your body is becoming the tank for that energy and it’s stressful.  You gain weight.  Your body is using weight as a way to try and neutralize this stress and to ground itself if you are not grounding.

It’s increasing its mass to try to ground the energy that you’re taking in when you’re healing or working with or connecting to your loved ones or family members or coworkers or patients or clients.

You are constantly taking on energy.

And your body is really trying its best to help you by gaining weight to try and offset that energetic burden.  I tell patients who have weight problems and chronic pain issues, your body’s doing the best it can.

It’s actually trying to neutralize things for you.  It’s trying to ground itself. 

But we don’t want to take on the stress or the pain from others. 

Taking on the burdens of others and carrying it in our ungrounded bodies is not really helping anyone because now it’s harming you as well.

What we want to do is be that neutral grounded supported vessel so that we can be feeling our best, so that we can help others the best.

 

 

To do that, we have to reintroduce this missing piece of grounding.

 

As my study revealed to me, it only took a few minutes a day to make significant changes in the physical body.

In just 10 weeks, some people lost up to 15 pounds with no change in their diet or activity and I feel on a spiritual level that’s because all the energy they were taking in from all the people they care about every single day, was finally discharged.

Their body became a clearer, more stable vessel.

Their body no longer needed a larger physical size in order to try and ground the soul energy of the person living it.

When you can directly ground with the earth, your body doesn’t need to ground itself.  It can then become the avenue for expression, instead of the dumping pit for everyone else’s stress and strain. 

Directly grounding to the earth takes the pressure off of your body and that is what is most impressive to me about grounding.

 

 

Want more tips on how to safely, easily, and effectively reset your weight in a way that supports your innate health?  

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And meanwhile, today’s take home point is this:  move your body outside for 17 minutes today.

Repeat again tomorrow.

Bonus points for doing it grounded when you can.

Make this a lifestyle change that starts right now and you will reap the benefits for the rest of your life.

To your resilient health!

xoxox, Laura

Your History Of Trauma Is Making This Pandemic Harder On You Than Others

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If you feel like you are having a harder time dealing with the stressors that this global pandemic has caused than some of your other friends or loved ones, there is good reason.

If you’ve had a history of trauma, or a history of greater stressors in your life before the coronavirus circled the globe (such as serious illness or injury, death of a loved one, divorce, unemployment, financial struggles, legal troubles, etc…) than recent medical studies prove that this pandemic actually is harder on your mental health.

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.

Today’s medical study (just 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.

 

 

 

Next week my trauma healing class starts, and I don’t want anyone to not get support for processing and releasing trauma.

So if financial stressors are one of your significant stressors right now, I’ve got a stipend to cover you.

Just click here to have your costs instantly covered by 70%.

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.

Join this course 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.

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Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

The Pentagon Already Knows That EMFs Are Impacting Brain Function… Here’s Why

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Adding to the most recent blog post I wrote for you on the harmful health effects of man-made EMF exposures, a new article published in Forbes last week shows that even the United States Department of Defense is taking EMF radiation and it’s effects on the human body seriously.

 

Especially the effects that man-made EMFs have on the human brain.

 

If you have teens, family members, co-workers, friends or other loved ones that scoff at you when you mention how cellphone radiation and other man-made EMF radiation sources are affecting your ability to think… this is the blog post to share with them.

If they don’t listen to your kind and helpful suggestion that EMF exposures are something to be aware of and protect against, maybe they will take the Pentagon seriously.

The Pentagon is examining the disturbing possibility that high levels of  EMF radiation in the cockpit may be affecting the mental judgment of pilots so much that it could be causing them to crash their aircrafts.

 

 

 

The issue is so pressing — with a published report revealing that spatial disorientation causing 72 aircraft crashes in the US Air Force in the past 20 years (1993 – 2013) resulting in 101 deaths and a total monetary cost of 2.32 billion dollars — that the Pentagon has launched a new study looking into the impact of EMFs on the pilots ability to stay focused, to make clear and precise decisions, and to remain spatially oriented while in the cockpit while being subjected to extremely high EMF levels.

The new study is called: Impact of Cockpit Electro-Magnetics on Aircrew Neurology (ICEMAN), and I will absolutely keep you posted about and and all results from this study as they are revealed.

Phase 1 of this study will identify and measure the EMF exposures of pilots in the cockpit, and Phase 2 of the study will assess mitigation strategies (basically — shielding the pilots from the cockpit EMFs to see if shielding is effective at improving pilots ability to think more clearly, stay focused and accurate, and ultimately prevent mistakes and fatalities.)

If you want to read through the ICEMAN study outline yourself, click over here and enter the term “ICEMAN” into the search bar.

 

 

 

What does this mean for the rest of us?

 

Well first of all, it tells you that even though your friends and family, and maybe even your own physician may not be aware of the harmful effects on human health that man-made radiation exerts, at least you know that the mental confusion, brain fog, headaches and irritability you experience when using a cell phone, spending time on your computer, surrounded by WiFi in urban environments, near cell phone towers and smart meters and more… is not all in your head.

In fact, we’ve known since 2011 that electrical signaling in the brain is what gives us the ability to maintain focused attention.

This is one of the reasons the government is looking into EMF exposures as an explanation for what is distracting the Air Force pilots and contributing to spatial disorientation and death.

The Pentagon reveals that recent research they have conducted showed that “human brains sense magnetic fields, and that this process is “jammed” (i.e., disrupted) by radio waves (RF), impacting brainwaves and behavior.”

So yep, any electrical signal that exherts an impact on normal brain function could considerably impact attention span — one reason why folks with autism, ADHD, ADD or other neurodevelopment disorders may have a sharp decline in functioning when subjected to man-made EMF fields, and why so many then improve functionality when screen time is limited, when shielding clothing is worn, when EMF sources (like gaming systems and cell phones) are removed from the bedroom and all other radiation sources (like routers in the home) are turned off at night.

 

 

The second thing this tells us is that even the government is aware of the necessity to come up with shielding solutions to protect the human brain from EMF exposures.

Those of us who are electrosensitive have already been aware of how drained and foggy we feel after prolonged exposures to man-made EMF radiation, and feel first hand that removing any sources of radiation that can be removed and shielding from the sources that can’t be removed can make an enormous world of difference.

An impressive medical study, published in 2017 in Immunologic Research, followed 64 patients with autoimmune diseases (such as lupus and multiple sclerosis) while they slept shielded with a silver fabric sleep cap (like this one) over their heads, for a total of 8 hours of shielding in a 24 hour period.

The results?

 

90% of the patients responded with a significant decrease in their autoimmune disease symptoms after shielding, which is a strikingly dramatic reduction.

 

 

 

You don’t have to be sick in order to shield your entire body and protect your long term health.

 

For tons of additional ways to decrease your current artificial man-made EMF exposures, for tons more ways to shield against exposures you can’t decrease, and — just as important — for ways to increase your exposure to healing, natural earth EMF fields through grounding, hop over here to read an article I wrote for you.

It’s my lastest, most up-to-date blog post on radiation, covering the effects of EMFs (including 5G) on the human body and ways to mitigate those man-made RF exposures, while increasing exposures to healthy, natural, supportive earth frequencies:

 

Shielding: Your Ultimate At Home Guide

+ How To Diagnose Electrohypersensitivity With Your Physician

(click to read)

 

As important as it is to protect against man-made EMF exposures, it’s just as important to help reorient your brain — and get your body into it’s natural healing state — by deliberately infusing your body with the earth’s natural electromagnetic energy fields.

This healing practice supports the health and function of every single cell in your entire body, by getting it back into resonance with healthy, healing, natural electrical fields.  Helping to mitigate the detrimental effects of man-made, artificial electrical fields.

 

This is done through grounding… simply touching the earth.

 

For a great, quick, 20 minute overview on the benefits of grounding to decrease and offset the problematic issues that man-made EMFs are causing, watch this recent interview I gave to Carico International:

 

 

 

 

 

To join into the Book Club I mention in this interview — hop over here — the book club starts on October 1st.

I can’t think of anything more important or timely to do right now than to make grounding a part of your daily self care routine.

And this book club, which takes only a few minutes a day and can be accessed any time and any where right through the book club app, quickly will help you turn grounding into a habit that will become automatic.

Protecting your health now and for the rest of your life.

 

 

 

 

So the next time you feel a headache come on after working on your laptop, or you feel your memory slip and you have trouble recalling your words as you talk on your cell phone, or you feel your brain go into a fog as you drive through an urban setting…

 

…just remember, it’s not in your head.

 

If brain fog and confusion from EMFs can cause highly trained Air Force pilots to crash billions of dollars worth of aircrafts, its certainly worth waking up to how EMFs in our daily lives may be impacting our workplace productivity, the impact it may be having on car accidents, and the negative impact it may be having on our human to human relationships, as we disengage from our loved ones and surrender to EMF induced brain fog.

If you are feeling confused, tired, groggy, foggy, dizzy, or have headaches after spending time in urban environments, at work, after using your cell phone or computer, go outside and get grounded.  Step away from the electronics and re-infuse your body from head to toe with the soothing, centering, natural pulse from the earth.  It’s there to ground you and recharge you.

 

You may also want to consider carrying a very discrete, simple to use, 5G ready EMF detection meter that can instantly reveal to you how much RF exposures you are under any time, any where.

It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (and tuck away in your purse or pocket for use on the go) and is specifically designed for people with Electrohypersenstivity (EHS) so that any time, any where you can know their exposures in an instant.  Provides reliable detection of RF between 200 MHz and 8 GHz.

Checking your exposures as you travel, as you sit in a restaurant, as you hang out in your living room or bedroom, in your office or work space means that you can catch high EMF areas and moving away from them *before* you feel that headache, that dizziness, or that muscle tension creep in.    Here is the one I like most.

 

 

 

 

Offered to you with much much love, tons of hope for the continued education and discovery of the effects of man-made radiation exposures on the human body, along with excitement over the many wonderful solutions we are actively creating.

And of course, I’ll keep you posted on all of these studies, and all of these solutions, right here on my newsletter.

Thank you for joining me.

xoxoxox, Laura

 

 

 

What To Know Before Bringing Grounded Touch Indoors To Your Loved Ones

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I was recently asked:

 

“If a sick person is lacking the earth’s electrons,

can you donate your electrons to them by touching them?”

 

The short answer to this is: yes.

 

When you were a kid, did you ever walk around in your socks, rubbing them on a carpet repeatedly so you could sneak up to your sibling and shock them?  (Or was that just me, LOL?  My poor older brother.)

If you’ve ever shocked someone when touching them, you know this on a large scale — you could literally feel the large quantity of electrons passing between the two of you that caused the shock.

On a smaller scale, this is happening with every interaction, all day long.

Because no two bodies are 100% completely balanced and neutral in respect to each other, electrons are always flowing one way or another when you touch someone else, or they touch you.

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

I think this is part of what massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists and other healers are doing when they touch you.  Even your pet can donate electrons to you when it snuggles up with you while you are sick or have a chronic condition bringing you down.

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

 

And all of these studies are just from touch alone!

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

 

Do these results sound familiar?

 

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

 

 

 

Grounding.

 

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

 

So the first take home point today is:

when you reach out to others,

you are likely donating electrons to someone who needs them.

 

In short, you are grounding them.  So it’s super important to remember to get grounded yourself.

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

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

I know during these social distancing times these are (hopefully) not happening now, but you should be aware of this because when life returns to normal and we can be close to both loved ones and strangers alike, you will be donating electrons all the more and because of that, you should be very mindful about seeking out contact with the earth to restore you.

And even though during this time of social distancing these interactions with strangers don’t typically happen, if you are quarantining with someone who is feeling stressed out — maybe they are having a stressful day, a panic attack, feeling depressed, have a headache, seasonal allergies, you name it… you can use the power of grounded touch to help.

Especially if your loved one is not on board with or does not routinely practice grounding themselves… no matter.

The earth will still heal them, with you as the conduit.

 

 

 

 

You may want to ask yourself, in the past, before this social isolation period, did you ever notice:

  • feeling depleted at, or after, work?
  • at or after going out and about to shopping malls, restaurants, crowded places?
  • after group meetings, after introductions that include handshakes, or after social functions where you spent time embracing large numbers of friends or family members that are not routinely grounded?
  • after using public transit, in crowded shopping areas, or while eating out?

With every touch, you likely donated some electrons to someone who needs them.

 

The solution to this is so simple:

just take a break and touch the earth.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

For example:

  1.  At work: When you are back at work you can make it a routine to go outside during a lunch break and touch the earth.  It’s super easy to do if you wear open toed socks that allow you to slip off your shoe for a moment and touch the earth. Or simply ground through your hands — touching a tree, a metal hand railing, the sidewalk as you sit on a curb to take a deep breath.  Although grounding for longer periods of time can have cumulative benefits, even one second is never too short to get grounded, as you are grounded immediately and a single second is enough to have a flow of electrons restore you.
  2. Waiting for bus or other forms of commuting: I have a practice of touching the cement curb beside where I am parked and always take a minute to connect before getting into my car.  On long car rides, I take time to break up the drive with a grounding moment on the earth at rest stops.  Especially after getting off public transit, cement sidewalks, curbs and metal sign posts are always your friend. Waiting to cross a street, you can touch the metal pole of a sign you are standing next to — even the crosswalk button you need to push to get the light to cross — and you are getting grounded right through your hands — I demonstrate that for you in this video right here!
  3. Socializing out with friends: Feel exhausted while hanging out with friends?  Or maybe your socialization comes in the form of getting your kids together at playdates with tons of children running around a playground.  Either way, if you feel your energy draining after contact with others, you can always discretely touch a tree as you walk around outside, getting grounded in an instant without ever having to take your shoes off.  No one has to know why you want to stop and lean down to smell a flower (hold onto a leaf as you do to get a grounding fix) or stop and touch a leaf on a tree or touch the grass with your fingertips.  Any contact with the earth will restore your electrons, it absolutely does not need to be through your feet.  And it does not need to be the ground directly — any living rooted tree will be fully grounded as will rocks resting on the earth — so sit on a rock, touch a leaf, caress a flower — and tank up on those electrons directly.
  4. Ultimately, make grounding part of your daily routine: if you find you are routinely exhausted from daily life, which is super common in this ungrounded world around you, find ways to make grounding an easy part of your daily routine.  Grounding every single day (not just sporadically) your sleep is more restorative at night and you are all set, flush with electrons to face another day, interacting with people all day long who more than likely are in need of their own electron fix.  My book The Earth Prescription will inspire you with uplifting, easy ways to get grounded as part of a daily pattern, without adding anything to your daily to-do list.  Getting grounded outside is absolutely possible no matter how busy you are, because grounding can be done while doing the exact same things that you already do each day, and in my book I will show you how. 

 

 

 

The second take home point is this:

You can absolutely use this principle of electron sharing to

intentionally care for others!

It can be a good thing!

 

Because when you are grounded, you can touch someone else and ground them as well, even if they were ungrounded before your contact.  You act as a grounding cord, tethering them to the ground.

There are many many applications where this can be helpful.

For example:

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

More unique tips for grounding:

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It runs for two weeks and gives you daily tips and tricks on making over your entire health just by getting in touch with the earth in unique, accessible ways.  Once you learn all the ways that you can ground in just seconds each day, you can literally boost your wellness for an entire lifetime.

It’s not an exaggeration for me to say that if you ground daily, you can change your life.

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So my medical advice for you today is to simply be intentional about getting grounded multiple times throughout your day, each and every day, and see if you feel less drained all day long.

Then use this boosted reservoir of electrons to spread healing touch to those you are quarantined with, to help boost their wellness too.

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

 

With much love…  xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

 

Shielding: Your Ultimate At Home Guide + How To Diagnose Electrohypersensitivity With Your Physician

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

Today I’m going to go into why man-made EMFs are an issue, give you tons of ways to decrease these exposures in your own home, and then provide a hands-on guide that will give you all the tools you need to figure out if you are Electrohypersensitive (EHS) and how to address it with your own in person physician.

Exposures to mandmade EMFs are causing increasing health issues, yet exposures to natural sources of EMFs (the Schumann frequency, from the earth) is an absolutely crucial component of maintaining long term health in living tissues.  The reason that both artificial, manmade EMFs and natural, earth produced EMFs affect our health so much is that every single cell in your body, every fluid in your body, every cell membrane in your body, every organ system in your body… every single inch of you from head to toe (except your hair!) is conductive.

Conductivity is the basis of how our body functions.

 

Everything from your thoughts to your feelings to your sensory experiences to your heartbeat to your breath to your speech to your digestion to every movement you have ever made is all only possible because you are conductive.
So while natural earth EMFs soothe and heal you, bathing your conductive body in supportive energy fields, manmade EMFs disrupt and sicken you, artificially imposing polarized disruptive radiation fields around you.
Here is a great diagram, taken from this great article published in Science Of The Total Environment in 2019, showing this issue:  we need earth’s energy to be healthy, while manmade electrical fields make us sick:


The solution is simple: reduce exposures to man made electrical environments in your home and work space, and increase exposures to the earth’s natural energy fields by grounding.

 

So today let me help you do this, by giving you tons of positive solutions.  I’m going to share a quick overview on some of the concerns to be aware of, and then give you a great list of resources on actionable things you can do to decrease toxic man made EMF exposures & increase healthy natural exposures to the earth’s energy, as well as give you lots of resources to print out and share with your doctor, so you can go even further.

Let’s start with 5G.  The good news about the extremely high frequency of 5G cell phone radiation (the 24 GHz to 52 GHz range) is that it does not penetrate your body further than your skin.  The wavelength of this type of radiation is so short, it has very low penetration potential, reaching into the skin only.  Medical studies show this wavelength penetrates the skin anywhere from 0.4 mm (conservative measurements) to 0.75 mm (highest measurements.). A comprehensive review article presented at the International Conference on Communications in June 2015 shows that above 20 GHz, the penetration depth is very shallow.

In fact, anything above 10 GHz can not reach past your dermis.  That’s why this medical review, published in 2015, reports that although EHS include systemic symptoms, the inflammatory response is actually in the skin, with skin biopsies revealing matocytosis.

 

 

So why do folks with EHS have systemic symptoms?  Because a skin deep exposures is still a massive full body exposure, since the penetration of radiation into the skin is enough to affect, in turn, every single organ system in your body.  Although the skin keeps super high frequencies from going deeper into the body, if the skin is affected, every organ in your body is affected.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ.  It weighs the most (about 8 lbs of you is just your skin!) and it’s about 22 square feet of you.  Your skin represents and protects every organ in your entire body.

It has nerve endings that go directly up to your brain… that’s why you may feel tingling and/or pain if you are EHS, and why you might develop a headache or have migraines triggered after radiation exposures.  It’s why your brain might become overstimulated while you are out and about amidst all the cellular and WiFi signals all day long, and why you might experience fibromyalgia or other heightened pain states after prolonged exposures.

Your skin has blood vessels that run through your entire dermis and epidermis, called capillaries, which bring mast cells, macrophages, red blood cells, immune cells and other cells (plus the plasma of the blood) right up to your skin to be radiated by 5G and other radiation sources.  These irradiated blood cells and immune cells then go right back to your heart, circulate to every other organ system in your body, and you can feel sick, flush, have a pounding heart rate and/or rapid, shallow breathing.

Some people get really hot and dizzy because you have this radiation running throughout your skin and exposing all the nerves and blood to this radiation while it is being neutralized in the skin.

Your lymphatic system flows through your skin as well.  In fact, there are more T cells (a lymphocyte that has immune function) in your skin then there is in your entire blood stream.  So your immune system and your lymphatic system are both exposed to this 5G radiation (and other sources of radiation) all day long, even though 5G doesn’t technically absorb past the skin.

So with chronic exposures, your immune system is stressed out and you may find yourself picking up on colds and illnesses more frequently, feel run down, or feel bloated, stagnant, fatigued.  Over time, your stressed out immune system could give rise to more frequent auto-immune disorders, and even cancers.

Even muscles are represented in your skin, as there are arrector pili muscles that make your goosebumps rise… so literally every major organ system in your body, is represented by the skin: your brain, your circulatory system, your lymphatic system, your immune system, and your muscles.  This is why you can have whole body symptoms from prolonged 5G exposures — even in the higher 24+ Hz band frequencies — even though this radiation is never penetrating any deeper than, at most, 0.75 mm of your body.

 

 

 

 

So now for some solutions.

 

We want to deal with this ever-increasing, ambient, background electrical smog that we are exposed to every day by protecting ourselves from it.  And here is the good news… we can.

By employing these strategies, you can dramatically decrease your exposures to man-made EMFs and increase your exposures to healing earth EMFs, dramatically protect your conductive health and boosting your well being.

It’s simple — just run through these strategies, in this order:

 

1.  Remove man made EMF exposures if possible

2.  Reduce man made EMF exposures that can’t be removed

3.  Shield from man made EMF exposures that can’t be removed or reduced

4.  Ground to the earth to get your daily dose of good, healthy, natural frequencies

5.  Boost the resiliency of the body in other ways

 

Let me walk you through it:

 


 1.  Remove:

 

Go through your living and work space to see what man made EMF exposures you can simply remove.  Removing a source of man-made radiation beats shielding from it every day of the week.

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Put your cell phone on airplane mode when you are carrying it on your body or in your pocket or purse to totally deactivate it as a source of radiation all together
  • Decrease the quantity of other radiation exposures in your home: gaming systems, baby monitors, computer printers, home surveillance systems, etc… examine the absolute necessity of each.  Sleeping in a family bed is infinitely preferable to using wireless baby monitors, for example.  Only install home surveillance systems outside of the home, or if you have a multi-level home, keep home monitoring to the first floor and not near any bedrooms
  • Use incandescent light bulbs instead of fluorescent or LED lighting
  • Do not use an electric blanket or electric bed frame, do not use electric heating pads, switch to using hot water bottles for soothing warmth and therapeutic heat
  • Remove wireless phones and go back to using old fashioned corded phones if you can, using traditionally corded phones that do not have the DECT style base
  • Remove microwaves in favor of toaster ovens if possible
  • Turn off your WiFi at night if you can
  • Shut off the electrical outlets in your bedroom at night (as opposed to simply turning off your bedside lamp — a plugged in appliance still has EMFs radiating out of the cord near your head all night long, even while it’s turned off.)  To make this simple, unplug appliances or simply using an outlet kill switch like this one to turn appliances (light your reading light) on and off without unplugging them.
  • Use a hardwired Ethernet cable if you can
  • Make car time cell phone free time — this is a great rule to instill in children of all ages as well!  Give them supreme rights to choose what music you listen to (yes even if you hate their music, let car time be music time, not screen time!)  Make drive time for radio only (or playing music playlists with cell phone on airplane mode) and talking… trust me, when they become teenagers and are starting to drive, you’ll be so glad they have not coupled car use with cell phone use
  • Institute family game nights weekly that use board games instead of electronic gaming systems.  Yes, there are some families out there that still play board games, Jenga, cards, etc… my teens still do!  Yes I have to initiate it.  Yes I do initiate it despite eye rolls…
  • Make sure every single person in your family — kids and adults alike — nurtures at least one non-electronic passion… from reading physical (paper!) books to playing basketball outside to painting to gardening to joining in on a Zumba class at the local Y

 


 

2.   Reduce:

 

Reduce any exposures that can not be turned off or removed.  Reducing radiation is easiest when you simply increase your distance from the radiation source — simply moving EMF pulsing items out of the bedroom, for example.

Here are some more ideas:

  • If you can’t remove or turn off your WiFi router, then make sure your router is installed in an area of the home that is as far away from all bedrooms as possible and cover it with a Router Guard to decrease the strength of it’s radiation output, while still keeping it functional.
  • Move gaming systems out of bedrooms, placing them in living areas & eliminating them from sleeping areas
  • Same with computers and cell phones — moving all charging cords out of your bedroom… placing them in living areas only and never charge or store them in sleeping areas
  • Use speaker phone & text — never hold a cell phone up to your head to speak on it.  Holding your cell phone at arm’s length is infinitely better than holding it up to your head
  • Use laptops and tablets on desks, not directly on your lap
  • Move your main seating and sleeping areas 2 ft away from wiring in the walls. For example, position your sofa in the middle of the room instead of against a wall, move your kitchen table into the center of an eating space instead of against a wall, and use a headboard to create distance between the wall and your pillow.  Two feet is ideal, but any space put between the wall and your body is helpful

 


 

 

 

3. Shield:

 

Now that you’ve removed sources of EMFs as much as possible and increased your distance from the ones you can’t remove, you can go further to decrease your exposures by shielding.

We already know that it’s absolutely possible to shield from radiation exposures and make it normalized — think of how standard it is for everyone to put on sunscreen or wear a hat and sunglasses when heading out in the sun.  This is much the same thing.  We can still navigate this world in a healthy way, we just have to be smart and aware about knowing that there are other sources of radiation exposures besides just UV rays from the sun.

Shielding works.  There was an impressive medical study, published in 2017 in Immunologic Research, that followed 64 patients with autoimmune diseases (such as lupus and multiple sclerosis) while they slept shielded with a silver based sleep cap over their heads, for a total of 8 hours of shielding in a 24 hour period.  The results? 90% of the patients reported a significant decrease in their disease symptoms.  While this medical study was small and needs follow up studies to confirm, what I take from this is further confirmation that whether we label ourselves EHS or not, we are all electrical, conductive human beings that are absolutely impacted by the radiation around us.

To sleep shielded like these study participants did is simple — you place a shielding night cap on your head and then slip a shielding eye mask over your eyes, leaving your nose and mouth fully able to breath easily while blocking out the vast majority of RF frequencies from reaching your brain.  Ahhh… you can feel the relief almost immediately.

Making small, simple changes like that that can dramatically reduce your exposures — for example, if you literally just place your cell phone behind a cell phone shield like this one while it is charging, you decrease over 90% of the radiation from that direction.  It’s always the most powerful to shield a radiation source as opposed to shielding your body.  If you can remove, reduce, or directly decrease a radiation source through shielding the source itself, it’s much better than trying to live in an EMF dense area and shield only your body.

But it can be effective to shield your body as well.  While shielding your body, the key is to make sure you place the shielding material between you and the source of radiation.  So if you have a lap top or cell phone in your hands or on your lap, you’ll want a shielding throw in between you and that laptop.  But if you are out and about, and EMFs are surrounding you from all sides (such as while you travel or at work) you will want to wear shielding clothing that wraps 360 degrees around your torso, not just from one side.

 

This video is an awesome, quick 3 minute tutorial on how to measure shielding clothing to see how effective it is when you wear material that is blocking you from all sides.

For those that worry that shielding clothing doesn’t decrease exposures, you can see that you need a probe to accurately assess shielding clothing.  There is a lot of misinformation out there and most of that is when people test one sided shielding tools or don’t have a probe to accurately reflect how well shielding clothing works.

It’s an awesome 3 minute video that will put your mind at ease, and you can watch it by clicking here.

Here are some more ideas on shielding for you to consider:

These are all super simple protective measures that everyone can do, and hopefully will become as mainstream as applying sunscreen to protect against radiation exposures.

In addition to these tips, I made a video for you to watch on tips to help shield your children and teens from radiation exposures…

…these tips aren’t just applicable to teens, but would work well with anyone that seems a little resistant to (or even openly defiant about, lol!) understanding that EMFs are harmful to our body’s health.

Watch it by clicking here.

 


 

4.  Ground:

 

While shielding from man-made EMFs is wonderfully protective, simply removing radiation sources does not actually nurture and strengthen your own health, it just removes a toxic irritant.  The way to boost your conductive health and increase your conductive well being and resilience is through grounding.

Grounding means touching the earth outside to get a daily boost of healthy, soothing, natural EMF exposures (the Shcuman Resonance… our bodies can’t live without it.)

While part of creating this healing oasis for your body in between exposures and stressors is to decrease radiation in the home as much as possible as we talked about above… an equally important part is to ground the body to expedite healing and boost resiliency.

When we shield our body from manmade EMFs, we are also reducing our access to healthy healing natural electrical fields, so we need to be especially good about intentionally seeking out a direct connection to the earth, to infuse our bodies with that healing energy that we need so much.

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

I’ve got you covered… here’s how:

  • First of all, you want to sign up here for my weekly newsletter right here... it’s full of holistic ways to remind you to connect to the earth outside and I send it directly to your inbox each week.  That alone can be your weekly reminder to get outside and get grounded.
  • Second, get a crash course in finding out all the easy ways to get grounding outside daily around your own home — no matter where you live.  Join my upcoming Earth Relief Online Class and make over your entire life in two weeks!  If you are not yet grounding outside daily, it is not an exaggeration to say that this one thing can change your entire life.  Join me and see.
  • Third, keep your motivation up year round.  All you need is this one book:  The Earth Prescription.  This book will fill your mind, heart and spirit with exciting ideas on how to get grounded to support your health goals best, whether you want to sleep better, get more energy, feel more spiritually connected or even boost your creativity.  My goal in writing this book is to get you aching to go outside and to inspire you with hundreds of ideas on what to do once you get there, no matter what the weather, no matter what the season.

 

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5.  Boost:

 

Boost your health in other ways.  Your health is multifaceted, so even though there will be EMF exposures that you can’t totally eliminate, you can boost your health through many many different approaches that allow you to be resilient despite less-than-ideal living situations.

By decreasing your other toxic exposures, you can make your body more resilient.  Throwing out all your toxic household cleaners, toxic body care products, taking care to consume organic produce and non-GMO foods when you can, filtering your drinking water to remove fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals, getting nice deep restorative sleep, etc… all makes a difference.

By focusing on what you can immediately do to boost your health and resiliency with high quality sleep, high quality food, high quality water, fresh air and exercise… you become internally healthier and better able to withstand stressful outer environments.

 

As the 2016 EUROPAEM EMF exposure guidelines state:

“Anything that supports homeostasis will increase a person’s resilience against disease and thus against the adverse effects of EMF exposure.”

 To that I say AMEN.

 

So when you feel overwhelmed or depressed by all the fear-based health scares and information out there about how this entire world is going to hell in a handbasket… focus on what you can control, which is to put some time and energy into boosting your own personal health in other ways:

  • Go through your pantry, bathroom, and laundry room.  Remove toxic, synthetic, chemical laden foods from your pantry, toxic artificial body care products, oral care products and hair care products from your bathrooms, remove chemical laden home care and cleaning products as well as artificially scented and chemical laden laundry products, and absolutely never use toxic chemicals on your lawn.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day
  • Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods. .
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Supplement with antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage.  N-aceytl cysteine (NAC), glutathione, Vit C, Vit D, CoQ10, Apha-lipoic acid (ALA), Curcumin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Resveratrol, even Melatonin are all powerful antioxidants and help slow or even reverse the aging process.  The very best, highest quality supplements in the world are all waiting for you in my trusty online dispensary here.
  • Don’t drink enough water?  Put a water filtration system right out on your kitchen counter and drink a big glass every single time you walk by it.
  • Don’t exercise enough?  Start and end every single day with a walk outside in fresh air.  Daily movement helps deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Don’t sleep well?  Take immediate measures to change that — put on blue light blocking glasses after dinner and wear them through bedtime, take melatonin at dusk every evening, use a light box every morning to reset your internal clock, and even go see your physician for a sleep study to see if a CPAP machine (or other sleep intervention) is right for you.
  • Need to lose weight?  Join my upcoming Weight Release Online Class and I’ll help you reach your goals in a very uplifting, easy way.
  • Super stressed out? Join my upcoming  Trauma Healing Class to let go of deep, buried and old emotional and physical wounds that are affecting your current health.
  • Notice you are breathing shallowly? It only take 3 deep breaths to literally boost the function of your heart and other crucial internal organs.  Take 3 deep breaths right now.  Use a chime routinely to remind you…  I walk you through it right here in this video.  Feel that?  Do it daily.
  • Start reading books at night instead of watching TV.
  • Stop multitasking and let your brain focus on just one task at a time.
  • Start taking nightly epsom salt bath soaks.
  • Start going to your community sauna each week to relax tense muscle and boost your health (as I blog about here, routine sauna increases life span!)
  • Join a spiritual support group or get serious about finding a church or synagogue or meditation center that feels right the moment you walk in the doors.
  • Stop using social media and reach out to your real life friends to set up a weekly date.
  • Need a reminder to incorporate these healthy daily routines into your life?  Hang this dry erase board up in your home and transform how you treat yourself and put a priority on your health.

And on and on and on.  There is always something you can do to feel better, and better and better.

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More resources for any who thinks they may be

Electrohypersensitive (EHS):

 

At a 5G conference I spoke at last year, it became really clear to me that most people are not quite sure if the are electrosensitive or not.  And unfortunately for most, their physician had not asked about EMF exposures or taken EMF exposures into account when addressing health issues.

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

There is a huge movement of physicians who are becoming aware and clear on how the non-stop onslaught of EMF exposures are affecting the physiology of the human body.  So today, I wanted to give you some resource to share with your physician in order to help diagnose and treat you for any EHS symptoms you may be experiencing.

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

 

 

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

 

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

Print out or or send them the link to the 2016 EUROPAEM EMF Guidelines for diagnosing and treating EHS, found here, or print out and hand to your physician the Austrian Guidelines (released in 2012) for Diagnosing and Treating EHS here:

Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treating EHS

 


 

 

 

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

 

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

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

EHS Intake Questionnaire

 


 

 

3.  Ask your physician for laboratory evaluation of EMF mediated inflammatory markers:

 

These markers can include blood levels of high-sensitivity C reactive protein (hs-CRP), immunoglobulin E (IgE), histamine.  Salivary melatonin levels and salivary cortisol levels can also be tested.

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

Reliable Biomarkers Identifying EHS

 


 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 


 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

I created a video to show you exactly why anyone who is EHS should only ground through a PureGround cord when using indoor grounding tools.  Watch it by clicking here. 

In this video, I talk about the issues surrounding indoor grounding and why if you ground indoors, you still should do all of the shielding measures we talked about above.  Indoor grounding is NOT A SUBSTITUTE for shielding!  It does not protect you from EMF exposures indoors!  Some grounding businessmen like to claim that grounding neutralizes the effect of man-made EMF exposures but it absolutely does not — it provides healthy natural EMF exposures but does not cancel out man-made ones, something I demonstrate for you right here:

 

 


 

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

The basis of life is a natural ability to repair and recover and a natural adaptability as well.  But the body needs time and space, away from constant toxic onslaught, to do so.

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

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

To your resilient, rebounding health!

xoxo, Laura

 

 

Immune Boosting Supplements To Know About Before Heading Into Fall And Winter

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There is a lot of information, and unfortunately a lot of misinformation, about using natural supplements to boost your immunity.  Many supplements have anti-viral properties and are being extensively studied this very moment for their effectiveness in the face of our current pandemic, so I am going to link you directly to these studies so that you can read them for yourself.

I also am giving you direct links to all the current clinical trials registered in the US National Library of Medicine that are being conducted for each supplement.

Here are the top 10 most medically studied immune boosting supplements, in order of most studied to least studied.

 

Here we go:

The Top 10 Supplements Being Studied

During This Pandemic:

 


 

 

1.  Vitamin D

 

By far the most studied supplement is Vitamin D.

Here’s a list of medical studies that suggest why:

 

There are currently 41 ongoing clinical trials testing

Vitamin D for it’s therapeutic value in covid infection…

… you can take a look at those clinical trials right here.

 


 

 

2.  Vitamin C

 

Coming in as the second most studied supplement is Vitamin C.

Here’s why:

 

There are now at least 34 ongoing clinical trials looking into

Vitamin C’s role in coronavirus infection…

… you can read those here.

 


 

 

3.  Probiotics

 

Medical research is looking into the possible role of probiotics as well:

 

Right now, there are 10 ongoing clinical trials testing to see if

taking probiotics has a clinical benefit in covid19 patients…

… you can read those here.

 

 


 

4.  Zinc

 

Several medical studies have been published looking at zinc and immune function:

 

There are currently 24 ongoing clinical trials looking at

the efficacy of zinc in covid19 infections…

… you can read those here…

…along with this interesting study being conducted in Australia,

which tests IV zinc for coronavirus treatment.

 


 

5.  Melatonin

 

The next most studied supplement is melatonin.  Melatonin may play a role in the cytokine storm cascade during viral infection, here are some studies looking into this further:

 

There are now 4 ongoing clinical trails looking at

melatonin supplementation and coronavirus infection…

… you can read about those here.

 


 

6.  Black Cumin Seed Oil

 

Here is a lesser known but incredibly interesting supplement that has been shown in several medical studies to decrease viral replication: black cumin seed oil, also known as Nigella sativa.  

Here are some new medical studies looking into the antiviral properties of Black Cumin Seed oil:

 

There are 3 ongoing clinical trials testing the use of

Nigella sativa against coronavirus infection…

… you can read those here.


 

7. Quercetin

 

Quercetin is a sort of “natural antihistamine” that I’ve long recommended to my patients who have seasonal allergies, as it helps decrease reactivity to allergens.  So it makes sense that quercetin might play a role in decreasing lung reactivty:

Medical studies looking at quercetin include:

 

Currently there are 2 ongoing clinical trials looking at

quercetin’s role in coronavirus…

…which you can read about right here.

 


 

8.  Curcumin

 

Curcumin is one of my favorite anti-inflammatories of all time.  So it makes me so happy to see that curcumin is now being investigated as a therapeutic agent to decrease the inflammatory response of the body during viral infection.

Here are some great medical studies you can read:

 

There is only one ongoing clinical trial looking at

a combination treatment (that includes curcumin) to treat covid19…

… you can read that here.

 

 


 

9. Glutathione

 

Ever since news that this New Yorker seems to have massively improved after taking large does of glutathione during her illness, there have been a lot of talk over glutathione’s role, if any, in preventive care.

Unfortunately, the medical studies on this supplement are slim and there are currently no ongoing clinical trials investigating it’s role in covid19 therapy.

 

There is one current study looking at the role

of glutathione in Covid severity…

… you can read that here.

 


10.  Echinacea

 

There are a few medical studies looking at the anti-viral properties of echinacea… but no current clinical trail as of yet.  Studies that may interested you include:

 

No current Covid19 clinical trials.

 


If you are interested in taking immune boosting supplements this fall and winter as part of your daily wellness plan, I have put a protocol together for you below.

It includes all of my favorites nutrients that I like to the certain to have adequate intake of during the cold and flu season, like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, quercetin and probiotics.

These are the supplements that I take — and recommend to my loved ones — all found in my online dispensary right here:

 

 

To boosting your resilient and innate health… naturally!

xoxox, Laura

Releasing Chronic Pain to Find Relief… 6 Ways That Work

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After attending a medical conference about cutting edge treatments for pain and pain management breakthroughs, I was shocked to hear how very little we can actually do to help treat chronic pain. 

Even the most advanced pain medicine specialists in the country stated that we can only treat about 30% of chronic pain, and that if patients feel their pain has lessened by about 30%, even with the most advanced surgical options and strongest pain relief prescriptions that we have… that is considered a total success. 

We were told that we should tell our patients that the left over 70% of pain that we are not able to address is simply their “new normal.”

 

 

 

 

There are lots of reasons for this, some of it has to do with the way our brains are wired to change in response to chronic pain. 

For example, after about three months, the pain signal is no longer accurately telling us about the original damage or wound, the pain signal becomes a hypersensitive loop that has very little to do with the original site of pain. 

As a result, even when we 100% fix the original injury and there is nothing left to treat, the patient is still left with experiencing about 70% of pain they always have.  

 

 

 

Another issue with chronic pain that makes it very hard to treat is that pain nerves are hardwired into the emotional centers of our brain. 

So when you feel pain, you are going to have an emotional response… this is normal. 

Often, because pain is emotional, we are told that it is all in our heads, or that we are exaggerating it, or that our emotions are clouding our ability to judge the level of pain. 

It’s actually the other way around. 

The pain is real. 

The pain is triggering a real emotional response. 

The chronic pain you feel, whether it is from a back injury, a joint issue, a broken bone, fibromyalgia, chronic interstitial cystitis, you name it… it’s going to eventually cause mood changes, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more. 

You are hard wired for pain to effect your emotions, so it is totally normal to have anxiety and depression along with pain. 

Current studies show that about 70% of patients with chronic pain have anxiety, and about 80% have depression.  Anybody who lives with chronic pain knows that we need to address mood, sleep, energy, outlook and quality of life… along with direct pain treatment strategies… to fully treat pain.

 

 

But the thing that surprised me most at this conference wasn’t even about how to treat pain at all… it was how many holes that were left, huge glaring omissions that were never discussed in the treatment of pain. 

There absolutely are holistic ways to help treat the residual 70% of chronic pain that conventional medicine is still not addressing. 

And just because conventional medicine turns a blind eye to the 70% of pain left over in chronic conditions doesn’t mean that you can’t treat it yourself… because you can!

So in my hotel room right after the conference, I made this video for you going into more detail why acute pain turns into chronic pain and how you can help release it.

If you like watching videos, I hope this one is helpful to you!

And keep reading below the video, where I summarize 6 ways to address chronic pain and helpful links to get you started.

 

Why You Are Still In Chronic Pain & 5 Ways To Fix It (Laura Koniver, M.D. The Intuition Physician)

 

 

 

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(for newsletter readers, click here to watch the video)

 


6 Ways To Release Chronic Pain:

 

So now, here are my top 6 ways to address chronic pain that your physician might be overlooking.  Let’s add these on top of your current pain management protocol to help change pain to relief!

 

 

 

 

1.  Grounding. 

 

Touching the earth directly helps to reduce pain, in many different ways.  First, it directly helps the original injury heal by decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the wounded area.  Second, it helps deepen restorative sleep which puts you in a healing zone.  And third, it has been proven to immediately help lift mood, and sustain a boost to mood over time. 

So grounding alone treats three major issues in chronic pain — inflammation, insomnia, and emotional changes. 

This makes grounding my #1 go-to therapy to add to your conventional medical treatment.

What do you have to do to get grounded?  Simply touching the earth outside — that’s it — through any part of your skin. 

 

Many people just slip off their shoes and stand barefoot outside, simply because it’s that easy! 

But you are actually grounded any time any part of your body directly touches any part of the earth outside, even if it’s just your fingertips brushing against a leaf on a tree rooted in the ground outside. 

If you follow my blog at all, you already know that grounding is the most powerful anti-inflammatory there is.

In my medical experience I’ve found that just a few minutes a day is long enough to create a noticeable difference in pain — so I wrote a book to help get you started.

If you want tons of uplifting ideas on how to get grounded each day, read The Earth Prescription as soon as possible, and allow it to transform your life!  

 


 

 

 

 

2.  Hydration.

 

Pain is actually a symptom of dehydration, often starting with a headache.  Low fluid status can lead to headaches and brain fog, as the fluid volume of the brain gets depleted from dehydration. 

I’ve literally had patients with a raging headache drink a glass of water and have the headache clear completely.  The next time you have a headache or any type of pain, make sure you drink a glass of water and then re-evaluate your pain levels before reaching for a pain reliever or medication. 

Dehydration makes all pain worse, as the volume of the organs and joints deplete, dehydrated ligaments and cartalige get injured more easily and dehydrated discs in the spine allow increased pinching of nerves and muscle cramps increase as electrolytes deplete.

The state of your body’s hydration has a major impact on your body and mind… dehydration quickly leads to nausea, headache, increased pain, even mental confusion!  Right when you need clarity, during a stressful event, is when you want to feel your best and sharpen your ability to think clearly. 

We need water — the flow of water is the basis of life on this planet!

Drink filtered non-fluoridated water, and rehydrate your body to reperfuse your body and establish its natural flow of healing.

 


 

 

3.  Address Sleep. 

 

Optimizing sleep will actually help decrease pain. 

Sleep puts you in a healing mode and sleep issues (so common in chronic pain) actually prevent you from recovering like you should. 

So even if you have exhausted all pain treatment strategies with your physician and they feel that you can no longer improve your current level of chronic pain, you truly could go back in and have another meeting with your doctor to solely focus on sleep and getting a full night’s sleep every night.  Treating sleep independently from pain will double your treatment options! 

This one change alone will help pain resolve more fully.  Things you can do to optimize sleep even without a physician’s prescription include grounding (see above!) and supplements that encourage sleep like melatonin.

Hop over here to read an article I wrote for you outlining my 14 favorite ways to get sleep, naturally. 

 


 

 

4.   Decrease Triggers. 

 

If you decrease the amount of irritants your brain and nervous system have to contend with each day, you will decrease how often your pain is triggered, as well. 

Think of a cup — when it is full then it only takes one more drop of water to spill over.  If it is empty, you can pour quite a bit into it and it won’t spill. 

This is the same with your central nervous system — if your nerves are in constantly irritated, it might only take a minor trigger or light touch to fire off a pain impulse to your brain. 

But if you remove all the underlying irritations and inflammatory insults that we bombard our bodies with each day, you won’t have as many pain signals being triggered. 

So the less burden we place on our body each day will make a noticeable change in the amount of pain we feel. 

I recommend decreasing our body’s exposure to:

  • daily environmental insults (decreasing toxic chemicals in our body care products, oral care products, beauty products, laundry and household cleaning products)
  • triggers in the foods we eat (decreasing the amount of pesticides, sugars and artificial foods that our body has to contend with, as well as decreasing the amount of gluten our body has to process — did you know that gluten itself is inflammatory to our central nervous system?)
  • toxins in the water we drink (filtering out chlorine and fluoride, fluoride being a known neurotoxin)
  • decreasing exposures in the environment around us (not using toxic chemicals on our lawns and gardens, not using toxic pest control products, and decreasing the amount of chronic EMF exposures in our homes)

One huge  component of your chronic pain might be electrohypersensitivity.

If you can limit the quantity and strength of the EMF exposures you have by putting your cell phone on airplane mode whenever possible, using a landline when speaking on the phone, turning your router off at night when you are not using your computer, etc… this will go a long way to soothing your nervous system and giving it a break from the constant onslaught and irritation of chronic radiation exposures. 

For more tips on how to tell if you are experiencing pain from being electrohypersensitive, hop over to this article I wrote for you here.

 


 

 

5.  Pain relieving supplements.

 

There are tons of wonderful all natural supplements that have been clinically proven to help decrease pain. 

These natural supplements can help decrease the hypersensitivity and pain feedback loops that are harder to treat and create the extra 70% experience of pain that most drugs can’t touch. 

My favorite ones are:

  • Turmeric (a powerful anti-inflammatory)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (which help calms down the hypersensitivity in pain — this incredible study in 2006 found that Omega 3 Fatty acids worked every bit as well as NSAIDS and are a safer alternative in managing chronic back and neck pain!)
  • Magnesium (which is essential for proper nerve function and is also a natural muscle relaxant as well, so if there is any component of pain that is myofascial or from muscle pain/tension pulling on or pinching nerves, this helps reduce this.)  And because magnesium helps relax muscles, it can also help you relax into sleep at night, so this is another treatment modality (like grounding) that helps in three different, complimentary ways!  For that reason, I love love love this topical magnesium lotion, which allows you to apply relaxing magnesium right where your sore tense muscles need it the most, and massage it in.  I use it every single night on my shoulders and neck muscles, to prevent tension headaches.  Or consider slipping into a warm bath filled with Epsom salts, which are a natural magnesium salt, nightly.
  • L-theanine and 5-HTP, which are supplements that treat the emotional centers of the brain (decreasing anxiety and depression from chronic pain) which can be instrumental in treating pain that has not responded fully to conventional treatments.
  • Vitamin D has recently been shown to be very effective for treating tough to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy after literally just one single dose (in medical studies Vit D has been shown to increase Nerve Growth Factor, induce nerve regeneration and reduce demylenization — and all three pathways may be in play to account for the reduction of pain!) So getting your Vit D levels checked and supplementing with Vit D is another simple way to help treat pain that is typically overlooked in conventional medicine.

 

 

All of these supplements are waiting for you in my online dispensary right here, where you can order the exact same supplements that I order for my own patients (as well as recommend to my family and friends) to help them feel their best.

 


 

 

6. Releasing emotional pain.

 

Because pain and emotions are intrinsically hard wired together, finding support and relief for any emotional burdens will help lessen pain burden as well.   On top of traditional therapy, there are some simple techniques you can use to stay in the flow and allow the body to do what it does best — release and naturally re-align with healing. 

I live in a state of constant stress and uncertainty just like everyone else, so I know this is harder than it sounds.

But if you routinely attend to your emotional wellness, you can get into a state of allowing the emotions to flow instead of holding on to them. 

Here are some simple techniques to get more release, less stuck:

 

A. Releasing deep sorrow and grief:

 

Sadness needs to physically flow through the body in order to release.  You must *feel* the sorrow instead of resisting it.  Instead of shutting it down, get into the state of allowing the flow of sorrow using this one simple trick:  water.

Water is the ultimate medium of flow on earth, and comprises the majority of our body.  In fact, water is the body’s natural choice of release for sorrow as well, in the form of tears.  Tears often help facilitate the flow of grief through the body and allows it to release more easily.

  1. So the first tip is: allow the tears.  Let the water of your tears release your sorrow and lift it from your body.  Triggering tears through powerful moving music or films or books can be a welcome way to release stuck feelings of grief.
  2. Can’t cry?  You can still use the power of water to help facilitate the release of your sorrow, worry or grief by using a hot water bottle full of warm water, holding it on your body where you are physically feeling the sorrow (chest, abdomen, neck, back…). To combine two therapies in one, you can actually combine grounding and heat/cold therapy together with an Organic Grounding Hot Water Bottle.  Or, take a long hot bath in some beautiful warm water and epsom salts.  Envision the water carrying your sorrow down the drain as you end your bath feeling lighter.
  3. Go for a swim or float in a natural body of water.  Allow a larger body of water, like a lake, river or the ocean, to hold you up and give you the weightless feeling of being surrounded and supported by something bigger than yourself.   There is a reason that doctor’s routinely gave out prescriptions for spending time by the sea when they had no idea what else to do to help an ailment in the old days.  That’s because the earth has healing energy to give you, and if you add moisture to that you increase your own conductivity and healing accelerates.  If you do not have a natural body of water near you, look for a float therapy center near you, which offers a float tank full of magnesium salts to lift your body up and cradle it.  I love float therapy, and if you don’t know what that is, hop over to this blog post I wrote for you to take a look inside my own float therapy center!  
  4. Use steam/humidifiers to help hydrate the air, clearing out the old mental fog and allowing space for the new.  Even mild dehydration affects your mood, increasing feelings of depression, brain fog, fatigue and more.  Read my article here for a great overview on how dehydration affects your body from head to toe.  For example, one medical study (published December of 2011 in The Journal of Nutrition) showed that study participants reported changes in mood, decreased energy levels, decreased motivation and brain fog even when mildly dehydrated.  Did you know you lose over two cups (or a half liter) of water just from breathing each day? Make sure you are not being dried out from your environment by humidifying the air.  And be sure to drink plenty of water during times of worry or sorrow.  Let your body be flushed out inside and out and with every urination or bowel movement recognize you are flushing the old energy down the drain and making way for new healing.  But don’t rely on thirst to remind you to drink!  Dehydration begins when we are just 1% volume depleted, but thirst doesn’t set in until our body is about 2% volume depleted.  By then we have already had effects on our mood, energy level, ability to think clearly, and pain levels. Instead of waiting for thirst or darkened urine to remind us to drink, prevent dehydration in the first place by drinking water routinely throughout the day and hydrating your air.
  5. Sweat it out!  The other way that the body uses water as a form of energetic and physical release is through sweat.  Heat uses the energy and flow of water (the blood in your circulatory system) by increasing flushing — fluid in, sweat out.  Exercise is an essential, wonderful, medically proven treatment plan for so many different health conditions, shown to be effective in treating everything from insomnia, to depression and anxiety to fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions… even preventing dementia and extending our lifespan!  Make sure you find some physical activity that you can routinely do that allows you to sweat… whether you like hiking, yoga, kickboxing, jogging, or even, in a pinch a more passive form of sweating like a sauna — find a way to embrace sweating and be sure to replace that fluid flow with tons of fresh filtered water both before, during, and after sweating.

 

 

B. Releasing fatigue and depressed mood:

 

The feeling of heavy fatigue or draining depression means your body needs a break… and it needs it NOW.  Not later.  Fatigue and depression show up to alert us that we are in a time of healing/repair and not in a time of action.

Often we need a little extra time to nurture and rest before periods of growth and forward movement.

Think about when you were young, growing.  The heavy fatigue you felt during growth spurts…. it was there to urge you to rest for a reason.  Your body was growing new muscle, new bones, new neuronal connections, new physical mass and mental maturity. 

I’ve got a teenage son so I know all about how very much his body needs lots of hearty nutrient dense foods and lots and lots of sleep to get through a growth spurt, because by the time it’s is over he is always several inches taller each time he goes through another phase of growth.

You can think of times of fatigue and depression in the same way… your body is asking for a break, to go within, in order to make new strides in your life as you heal.

Help it by:

  1. Low key exercise. Respect your body’s need to slow down. Now is not the time for strenuous exercise… honor caring for your body in gentle ways such as yoga, stretching, long slow walks through nature… unlike the more active states of emotional processing, in depression and fatigue you do not need to push it.  Keep your body moving but in gentle ways that include walking and stretching, and release the guilt over not pushing through strenuous exercises at this time.
  2. Reach out.  You don’t need to do it all alone. Ask for help. Call a friend.  Lean on family to help with some of the burdens you are seeking relief from.   Have a deeper conversation with a coworker you trust instead of the perfunctory “hi” each day.  At the very least, reach out to your health care provider and speak up for the support you need right now.  Let them help you, it’s their job and they want to.
  3. Take a nap. Just allow your body to do its thing and rest more than normal… deep growth is almost always preceded by a slump, so allow your body the down time it needs and don’t put any expectations on the process.
  4. Passive body work. Your body needs to get into receiving mode and not giving mode. Your giving mode is burnt out. What I’ve noticed is that most people who struggle with depression are the givers who are giving to everybody but themselves. You deserve to give your body the message that there is a time to stop and receive. Get a massage, acupuncture, reiki, physical therapy, any therapy where you are a totally passive recipient.  Let others actively help move that energy through your body and help you on your way to release it.
  5. Deeper sleep at night.  Sleep is absolutely non-negotiable… to be healthy we all need deep restorative sleep.  A medical study  (presented at the American Academy of Neurology 2017 Annual Meeting on April 27, 2017) showed that just by adding one hour of sleep to your nightly routine you can significantly decrease symptoms of depression, and another medical study (published April 11, 2018 in Chronobiology International) found that folks who go to sleep earlier actually have a longer life expectancy.  Bottom line: let yourself sleep more to help lift depressed mood and allow your whole body to feel better.

 

 

C. Releasing frustration and anxiety:

 

These emotions are a very active energy state, where you have lots of tension building up inside.  So with this energetic state it’s helpful to increase your activity to restore the flow, in contrast to the more passive surrender state required by sadness, grief, depression and fatigue.

The gift of anxiety is that you have energy to create positive change and follow through on inspired action.  Frustration and anxiety states respond to active release… so give some of these a try:

  1. Meditation.  This is a very active and aware state that puts you in the perfect open-but-alert mind-frame necessary for relief.  And deep breathing allows your parasympathetic nervous system to decrease your pounding heart rate, decrease your stressed out high blood pressure, improve your mood, and more.  Focus on taking 5 slow deep breaths in and out and choose a mantra for the in breathe and the out breath. If you can do 10 breaths, do 10. Work up to 20, 30, 50 breaths of focused openness.    If you want to breathe along with me, I created a quick breath work video for you right here.
  2. Mantra.  If meditation is too hard to do, you can get similar benefits just from repeating a meaningful word or phrase (known as mantra therapy.). Recent research (published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on June 20, 2018) showed that repeating a mantra significantly helped alleviate the deep stuck emotions in PTSD — in fact, it was as effectively as psychotherapy!  That means, that even if you have resistance to focusing on a traumatic event that is giving you anxiety, you can have every bit as meaningful recovery when you focus on a mantra instead. In addition, equally exciting, is that the improvements from mantra therapy were better sustained for months after the therapy ended, with more patients being PTSD free after mantra therapy than traditional talk therapy.
  3. Exercise.  Moving the body and quieting the mind is the goal of many healing practices such as yoga, tai chi, qigong. If your energy feels more intense and will not allow you to settle down enough to do those types of exercise, honor your body’s need for active processing by something a bit more intense like Pilates, karate, kick boxing, biking, hiking, running, jogging.
  4. Give to others. Unlike depression and fatigue, the gift of anxiety is the gift of having energy to give and express… and one of the best way to off-gas this is to give to others in need.  Volunteer at a cause that is meaningful to you, start a year of gratitude (doing one act of thankfulness to loved ones or strangers each week and record it in a gratitude journal) or just go out into the world each day asking that you be shown a way you can be of service.  The point here is not to add any more stress into your life — it’s just a very simple technique to get rid of extra energy and tension in a more meaningful way.  Consider doing just a simple thing that doesn’t require a lot of preparation or any long term commitment, but will allow you to actively process and off gas your extra energy.  For example, take an after dinner walk and pick up litter for an hour each evening, or head to your local SPCA and take some of the dogs on a walk each weekend.  Speaking of pets…
  5. Care for a pet. Caring for a pet is the perfect way to allow your energy to flow in a loving and active, yet low stress way. Simply walking your dog every day, spending 30 minutes petting your cat while she purrs on your chest, whistle to a pet bird to teach him your favorite TV show theme song… study after study has shown that pets improve our health simply by being in our lives.  During times of anxiety and frustration, loving on a pet a little extra each day gives a heart-centered but simple way to connect to our emotions and allow excess energy to flow out.

 


 

I hope these 6 ideas on ways to address residual pain in chronic pain — the pain conventional medicine admits it can’t treat — gives you some inspiration on alternative and complimentary ways to relieve your pain on a deep and permanent level.

Treating the whole body,  understanding how chronic pain differs from acute pain, addressing the sleep and mood changes that accompany chronic pain, taking powerful supplements and grounding daily to release inflammation, decreasing triggers that might be inciting pain throughout your day…

…all of these things can be done simultaneously along with any conventional medical treatments for pain, restoring you to wellness.

xoxoxo, Laura