A World Of Difference To An Animal, A Free Giveaway For You

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While we figure out new ways to support our innate health, to survive and thrive despite new dynamics in our daily life, and to prioritize health and wellness during this pandemic, many small businesses are dramatically impacted, even closing permanently.

Animals don’t understand this.

 

 

Especially endangered animals that are in the midst of rehabilitation from being injured or orphaned.

The Kroschel wildlife park rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned Alaskan animals and is the only place in the world that provides a unique hands on experience to visitors, providing a one-in-a-lifetime, unprecedented peek into arctic animal behavior for park guests.

 

 

People from all over the world come to interact with disappearing species of animals, getting not only an educational show but a live interaction with animals indigenous to the arctic circle.  Grizzly bears, snowy owls, arctic foxes, ermines, wolverines and many other animals depend on the Kroschel Wildlife Park for their survival.

Normally, the park depends on funding from visitors to care for and rehabilitate these endangered animals, but with the pandemic bringing the travel industry to a halt, no visitors means the wildlife park must depend entirely on donations for support.

 

 

 

Caring for these innocent animals is an enormous undertaking that requires around the clock diligence to provide veterinary care, food, bedding, habitat maintenance, loving interactions and more to each animal, to ensure their well being.

Please consider a donation to support the care of your favorite animal:

 

Kitty the Bear

Aquila the Porcupine

Lennox the Lynx

Garrett the Pine Martin

Banff the Wolverine

Isis the Wolf

Karen the Moose

 

Every penny supports wildlife immediately and directly through the Kroschel Wildlife Center (instead of large mega-corporations that spends most of their money on advertising to get more money!)  Please consider gifting what you can to support the species of animal that touches your heart most.

Simply click here to donate.

As a thank you, I’m giving away 10 autographed book sets of the The Earth Prescription, coupled with  my children’s book From The Ground Up, selected at random to gift as a thank you for supporting the wellness of these innocent animals.

And whether you can or can’t enter this giveaway, please consider adding grounding to your daily health care routine.  Just as important as drinking water, eating fresh foods, and getting restorative sleep at night, grounding daily support every cell in your body to function optimally.

Now is the perfect time to make space in your life to introduce grounding.  A simple practice to help you thrive, feel your best, release stress, sleep deeply, relieve tension, lift mood… all from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Not sure how?

I’ll explain exactly how and why grounding works instantly to protect your health — even boosting your immune system — in my new book The Earth Prescription, which released just this month.

 

 

Uplifting and incredibly hands-on practical, this book quickly became a #1 best selling new release in Holistic Medicine and has received enthusiastic reviews from readers, is being featured in Spirituality & Health magazine, was featured at the 2019 Science and Non-Duality (SAND) Conference and is even being translated into Japanese right now for a new edition!  Woot!

If you are not interested or able to make a donation to support animal care but would like to check out how The Earth Prescription can support your family’s wellness in an instant, hop over here to check it out on:

 

Amazon,

 

 

 

Barnes & Noble,

 

IndieBound,

 

or

 

 

my website.

And thank you so much for considering any amount of support for these animals that are totally dependent on the kindness of humans… to help them not just survive, but thrive! 

xoxo, Laura

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Need To Boost Your Hopefulness? I’ve Got You

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Yesterday I was talking with my husband and he was expressing how down he has been feeling lately about the current state of events in the world.  I know he’s not alone.  So today I thought I’d dedicate a blog post on how to immediately boost a sense of resiliency and remain hopeful even during times of immense stress and darkness.

There have been several major medical studies released in the past few months that show the major, physical, measurable impact that poor outlook has on our brain function and brain chemistry.   Like this one, published in Neurology on May 28, 2014, that found that a high level of cynical distrust — for example, believing that no one cares about you or that it’s not safe to trust others — is associated with a three times higher risk for dementia and a 40% increased risk of death over those with the lowest levels of cynical distrust.  Or this one, published in Neurology on Oct 1, 2014 which found that being easily worried, anxious and stressed in midlife was found to double the incidence of late-life Alzheimer’s disease.

Hope, it turns out, is actually brain protective.  

 

The problem is, just when you need hope most is just when your life is crashing in all around you.  It’s much easier to remain positive and have positive expectations during times of relative peace and happiness in life.  It’s damn hard to have a consistent basis of hope when an unexpected life change, diagnosis, world event or traumatic incident shakes your very foundation.

But you can do it.

 

Here are 10 things can you do today

to restore your sense of hope:


 

1. Reconnect with nature outside:

 

If you are feeling utterly overwhelmed, all you have to do is walk out your front door, step out of your office, or stop driving and step out of your car.  To reconnect with nature is to reconnect with the bigger picture and instantly release pent up frustration, tension, anger, anxiety and fear.

Whether it’s just a few deep breaths as you sit on a patch of grass, taking a walk through a local park, or standing outside at night looking up at the stars… reconnecting with the wonder of being a human being standing on a rock that spirals through space and seeing the earth for the vast support network it is can’t help but lift your spirits for the better.

Taking even one minute to surround yourself with the power of nature has a way of creating a perspective in life that is real, is powerful, is strong.

The power of nature can hold even your worst of days and remain an immovable source of strength.

Don’t believe me?

The next time you are having a panic attack, or a pounding headache, or a knot of worry grow in your stomach, just go outside.  Get out there.  Don’t force anything, just start walking and let nature work its magic.

I wrote an uplifting, inspiring guide detailing for you exactly how grounding supports your inner resiliency, strengthens your physical health, and even boosts positive mindframe and spiritual wellness.  Then I filled it with thousands of ways to get that support from nature, no matter where you live (even in a city it’s super easy to get grounded outside!) and no matter what the weather is like:

 

 

It just released on Friday so you can grab a digital book, Kindle, Nook, or paperback anywhere books are sold, like Amazon, Barnes&Noble, IndieBound: Independant Local Bookstores and more!

I’m very heart-warmed to see so many families where I live going on after dinner walks, riding their bikes, jogging in the early hours of the morning, shooting basketballs in driveway hoops, jump roping, etc…  Whether you do it alone or with those you are voluntarily quarantining with, be sure to find some way to get your circulation up daily, and push yourself to make that an outdoor activity.

Go outside even if you don’t want to exercise.

If you have limited mobility due to medical conditions or just want to relax when you are outside, still do it.

Even taking a hot cup of tea outside at night and looking up at the stars and moon, when the rest of the world is shut up tight at bedtime, is wonderful for clearing the mind and grabbing a few minutes of beautiful fresh air.


 

 

2.  Increase ventilation indoors too:

 

Increase the number of houseplants you have in your home, open windows whenever possible, consider sleeping with open windows at night, open doors when you can (I have an upstairs balcony door that I love to keep open all day, every day and I’m so grateful for it) and never let the opportunity pass you by to open windows, like when you need to drive — keep car windows open at least a crack.

When you have no control over ventilation (like at the grocery story) you can still make deliberate changes to your behavior to decrease viral transmission:

      • wash hands repeatedly throughout the day, especially before eating or food preparation, and use re-usable, washable silver hand wipes when you don’t have access to hot soapy water for hand washing
      • use the same silver cloth as an antimicrobial barrier when touching easily contaminated surfaces like doorknobs, gas pumps, key pads, etc… as I show you in this video here:
      • don’t touch your face and wear glasses instead of contacts
      • change clothes right when you get home from being outside, I also like to spray colloidal silver up my nose and in my mouth after I’ve been inside any store or anywhere I need to breath re-circulated air
      • get into the habit of putting on fresh clothes before touching surfaces in your home that are less easily washed, like your sofa
      • switch from morning showers to nightly showers to keep bedding decontaminated, or do both
      • use disinfectants on indoor surfaces, my favorite are colloidal silver sprays like this one
      • wear a face mask made out of silver over your nose and mouth if you must be out and about in highly populated areas… consider keeping a reusable, washable face mask made from antimicrobial silver (like this one) in your purse or car so you are never caught without one when you need it
      • similarly, wear disposable gloves if you must be out and about (grocery shopping for example) or working in field where you touch potentially contaminated surfaces

 


 

 

3. Focus on Spirit:

 

This is something shown over and over again in the medical literature — the power of prayer to  improve clinical outcome (like reducing pain, enhancing recovery after cardiac surgery, even helping substance abuse recovery) and the power of spirituality to support general wellness (like boosting physical well being, increasing functional well being, and decreasing physical symptoms in cancer patients) is well documented.

The surest way I know to alleviate stress and suffering is to find a deeper spiritual meaning in it.

Whether it’s through mediation or mantra (read my blog post here on how to do this — it’s so easy!) personal prayer, asking friends and family to pray for you, joining online spiritual groups (especially right now with many spiritual centers being closed for social distancing reasons, online groups are a fantastic option,) downloading spirituality apps that will send reminders to your phone, or reading books that align with and strengthen your sense of spiritual presence… cultivating a deeper sense of spirit surrounding and supporting you is such an important way to alleviate stress.

The divine support system is around you, whether you are able to feel it or not.  I’ve painted many paintings over the years to help reminds us:

 

 

Calling on the power of prayer and connecting with a universal reservoir of love is an instant boost that strengthens your resiliency and changes outcome, no doubt about it.  Need some more inspiration?  I really loved the book

Man's Search For MeaningMan’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl.

He is a concentration camp survivor who writes beautifully about how the people who survived these horrific conditions were not the strongest, or youngest, or even the healthiest… they were the ones who found meaning in what they were going through, even in the pain itself.

Finding a deeper, spiritual meaning in what you are going through is — in and of itself — enough to sustain you.

 


 

4. Leverage the power of music throughout the day:

 

My kids will tell you that if I am really grumpy, all we have to do is hop in the car and turn on the radio and within a few songs, all of a sudden I don’t feel so hopeless.  In fact, I feel optimistic and grateful and filled with the same sense of wonder and possibility that I feel when I spend time in nature.

The power of music to wash through you and lift you is amazing.

This is how powerful music is: if you play music that holds special meaning to a patient experiencing memory loss, they can recover context and depth and recognition in the form of long term memory recall while the music is being played. (watch this fascinating trailer for Alive Inside to see this happen!)

Playing music that is personally relevant to a patient has been shown to:

  • increase communication skills
  • increase long term recall
  • increase activity level and energy level
  • increase social function and engagement
  • decrease high blood pressure
  • improve mood
  • reduce pain levels
  • enhance sleep

So if you are feeling stressed or depressed, especially if you can not leave your current surroundings to a new change of scenery,  slip on some music and allow it to sweep through your soul and lift you higher.

Music is an invaluable tool for self-soothing and decreasing anxiety and depression rates.  So play music out loud and use it to connect with everyone in your family — seniors through the youngest children — everyone can benefit!  Take turns playing your favorite music, having a family dance battle, or creating playlists for different times of the day.

Music is universal and can meet you wherever you are.


 

 

5. Ask for help:

 

I know, I know, nobody wants to do this and especially at a time when everyone is facing huge challenges, it can be tough to ask someone to help you out.  But bonding together, even — and perhaps especially — during the bad times is a game changer.

Of course the typical advice to ask family and friends for simple, actionable things that will help you stands (for example, ask your neighbor to pick up some cereal for you at the store, ask your sister to meet up with to sit outside, drinking some tea or coffee together, and share what your worries and concerns are, asking your old friend to text you every morning when you wake up so you don’t feel so alone, etc…) but people are also willing to help you out even if they don’t know you yet.

Do a search to find contact information and call your local support groups, local food banks, local ministries, local disaster relief and emergency financial assistance (to help pay bills,) join online support groups or enroll in private online counseling, all from the comfort of your own home.

I know I didn’t fully realize how many people I had, providing back up support in my life, until I went through a personal crisis. Some of my most meaningful sources of support during a very overwhelming time in my life were from people I had never ever met before, like the manager at my local bank and the complete stranger who came to pick up the furniture I got rid of as I downsized everything.

If you are having a stressful crisis, ask for help.  Ask your neighbor, ask your family, ask your friends.  And even if you have none of the above, go out into the world asking for help to show up — find online support, go to your bank and ask to speak to the manager, go to the grocery store and ask to speak to the manager, contact your local utility companies and ask for help, go to the thrift shop or the park and simply make friends.  Yes, you can wear your face mask and stand far apart and still make new friends or simply ask for help.

Angels are out there waiting to embrace and help you every single day.

 


 

 

 

6. Create a symbolic fresh start:

 

A symbolic fresh start during times of stress can help you move on towards healing and help usher in new, positive and hopeful energy instead of feeling stuck.  For me, this meant that I literally moved and relocated my life.

But even if it is impossible to literally move, you can go through your entire home with the idea of bringing in fresh energy:

  • freshen up the plants in each room, repot and water them, add new plants if you don’t have any
  • rearranging whatever furniture you can
  • clean your living space, room by room, and declutter along the way
  • adding a mirror or two to help reflect light around the space
  • burning candles of light in the evenings to help create a new warm glow in old, dark and depressing spaces
  • go outside to take a deep breath of air
  • lighting a smudge stick or burn incense or run a aromatherapy diffuser in your home
  • ring a bell or strike a chime while setting a new intention for the space you are in
  • move your body to increase circulation and flexibility — find a yoga or stretch video (countless free ones are waiting for you on YouTube right now) to get your body unstuck.

No matter what you do, do something to break the illusion that you are stuck.  You are not stuck.  You are a new person every single day and every moment within that day.

When our physical surroundings don’t change, especially in the midst of great turmoil, you can get caught up in the illusion that your situation is permanent and hopeless. This is not so… there is always an ebb and a flow of energy through every situation no matter how unchanging it appears on the surface.

The illusion that things never change can mentally hold you in a place of worry.  Release this by making small changes to your living space, changing the energy of the room you are in, physically leaving the space you are in for a breath or two, or using candles/incense/smudging/bells/chimes/lighting/a new plant… or simply move your own body in a new way, through new yoga sequences or stretches… whatever it takes to feel the energy shift in your space and remind you that nothing… NOTHING… stays the same forever.  Not even pandemics.

 


7.  Get sunlight daily:

 

Even while we practice social distancing, it’s important to get sunlight every single day.  If you are going outside grounding daily (see tip #1, above) this will be a win-win situation!  But for those that are not drawn to grounding for their health, at least be sure to get some form of sunlights.

The first reason to do this is that sunlight is germicidal.  This medical study (recently published in 2020 in the Journal of Infectious Disease) found that sunlight exposure decreased the survival of aerosolized influenza virus by 93% — decreasing viral lifespan from 32 min (with no sunlight exposure) to 2.4 min in full sunlight.

This medical literature review, published in 2013 in the Journal of Hospital Infection) suggests that infections caught indoors is a major contributor to worldwide morbidity and mortality rates and urges medicine to consider optimizing sunlight when designing architecture for healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics.

While an infected person will always be able to spread the virus to another (no way for sunlight to kill the virus inside of living tissues) so social distancing is still going to be absolutely necessary to stop the spread of any viral illness, at least you can be comforted to know that on outdoor surfaces, the virus has a much shorter lifespan.  Meaning, if you are going to be out of your home — make sure you stay outside instead of in indoor venues, where sunlight can not work it’s magic.

The second is that sunlight actually prolongs life span, in a dose dependent way (meaning more time in the sun = longer life span.)  I blog about this extensively in this article I wrote for you last year, right here.

And the third is that sunlight allows our body to naturally make vitamin D, which is crucial to our immune system.  As this medical literature review discusses (published in 2018 in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences) Vitamin D not only directly boosts our immune adaptive response (meaning our bodies are better able to fight off new, novel, mutating and never-before-seen pathogens) but it also decreases inflammation, a leading cause of mortality during viral infection.

So get direct sun exposure whenever possible, for at least 10 minutes or more daily, ideally in non-peak hours (before 10 AM or after 4 PM) even during times of social distancing.  I’m not saying to gather in big groups, I’m saying seek your own sunlight exposures in a way that honors social distancing such as:

    • sitting on a porch, balcony or front door stoop every morning and every evening
    • eating picnic lunches outside mid-day
    • observing which of the windows in your home are sunny and at what time of the day there is a sunbeam and sitting in those precious light rays while drinking your morning coffee, your evening tea, while working on your computer like I am doing right now, or while reading a good book, etc… (the glass will stop the majority of UVB waves needed for making Vit D, so open the window if you can)
    • even going for a drive or sitting in your car even without driving it if you have your own car and it’s a sunny day — be sure to roll the windows down and enjoy!

And even if you get direct sunshine outside or through a window daily, I highly recommend that you supplement with Vitamin D as well.  Some of the other supplements I feel are crucial in times of increased infection rates include Vit C, Vit D, Probiotics, Melatonin (more on this below) and Colloidal Silver Nasal and Oral sprays.  Also washing with Colloidal Silver Shampoo and Soap.  I have every single one of these supplements and personal hygiene products available to you in my online dispensary right here, at a nice discount just because you are a reader of mine!

I’ve put them all in my online catalog under the “immune support” category:

 

Lastly, along with these tips to get direct sunlight and supplement with Vitamin D, take advantage of the fact that viruses can be heat-inactivated and bath daily in comfortably hot water, drink hot beverages often, wash clothes on the hottest water setting possible or run them through the dryer on highest heat setting available, and use the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher to sanitize dishes.


 

 

 

8. Increase Gratitude & Compassion:

 

This is a no-brainer — one of the gifts of going through suffering is that you can witness and hold other people’s suffering so much more fully.  Compassion and gratitude for the journey and knowing that others have made it through similar, and even worse, ordeals can really help instill hope to your own journey.

As contrary as it sounds, topics that would have felt dark or depressing during easier times can somehow feel powerful and empowering now. For example, during our own harsh life changes, the kids and I dove deeply into WWI and WWII studies, reading Anne Frank’s diary and having long, meaningful discussions about suffering and triumph… those felt incredibly moving and fortifying to us.

Knowing the darker side, leaning into it, persevering through it, witnessing with compassion what others have gone through… all of these things make traveling your own dark night feel less lonely and more optimistic in the sense that you know you will reach the other side.  And you WILL reach the other side.

Focus on witnessing suffering in others around you and holding compassion for the entire yin and yang of it all, the darkness and light of the world… the richness here is a different twist on helping to find meaning in suffering and the gift here is being able to open your heart even wider then you thought possible before.

One of the simplest ways to increase gratitude is also one of my favorite, and as a bonus it helps me fall asleep, the topic that’s coming up next!  All you do is, as you close your eyes to fall asleep for the night, run through the day in your mind’s eye.  Specifically look for moments you had — even if it’s just one — that you were glad happened.  And when you find that moment in the day, pause mentally and just say to yourself  “I’m grateful for that.”

That’s it.  Even on a really horrible, tough, gut wrenching, miserable day, there are singular moments that happened in your favor or helped strengthen you to get you through.  Something as simple as eye contact with someone who smiled at you.  Or chancing into a food that was previously out of stock in the store.  Or hearing a bird outside your window singing to remind you that all is well in the world.  Or finally carving out time to take a warm bath.  I go chronologically through my day and pause here and there to say “I am grateful for that.”

I generally find I have fallen asleep before I’ve gotten to the end of my day and caught up with my own self, laying in bed that night in my “daily rewind.”  Please try it and see if you enjoy this nightly practice too.

 


 

 

9. Deepen Sleep:

 

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation is even harder to bear on folks with anxiety or stress.  If you are going through a time of great stress, it is more important than ever before in your entire life that you sleep well.

You MUST SLEEP in order to recover from the stress of the day and the stress of the situation.  Everything living on this earth has a unique circadian rhythm — even microbes and pathogens if you can believe it — as discussed in this 2019 article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.  Another article, published 2019 in Nature Communications, specifically shows the incredible impact of circadian rhythm on the inflammatory reaction of the human body — circadian rhythm has even been shown to play a role in lung inflammation during influenza infection.

The two ways we maintain a good, vibrant, healthy circadian rhythm is through exposure to sunlight and direct contact with the earth, both of which we talked about above (#1 & #7).   So decreasing proximity to others and practicing social distancing likely has been having a dramatic impact on your ability to sleep at night, because it keeps you out of the sunlight and off of the earth outside.

Add to that the increased exposure day and night to artificial light, blue light input to the eye, and artificial electronic EMF exposures, and your body becomes easily confused as to what is day and what is night.  Melatonin production goes down and cortisol (your stress hormone) goes up during times of forced isolation, decreased activity, decreased natural exposure to daylight, increased exposure to artificial lights, and of course increased times of fear, anxiety and depression.

The typical advice, to get morning sun to help reset your internal clock, still holds true.  But actually there are two ways your internal clock is set, and both are crucial: it takes both sunlight exposure and direct earth contact.  Sunlight exposure will be taken care of by tip #7 above. Let’s also proactively seek direct earth contact (tip #1 above) as it will also help to reset our circadian rhythm as well!

Scientists have known for decades that the earth is equally responsible for our day night rhythm after extensive experiments in isolating subjects from the earth in shielded isolation chambers, a unique study published in 1970 in Life Sciences and Space Research.  Because it is actually the frequency of the earth (along with with exposure to light) that regulates our natural biorhythms, it’s easy to understand how grounding our body with our planet can help enhance restorative sleep at night and boost daytime wakefulness.  It’s also easy to see why staying indoors, ungrounded, eventually leads to daytime sleepiness, nighttime wakefulness, and decreased quality of sleep at night, which is incredibly stressful to the body and ultimately decreases lifespan.

Although I strongly feel that grounding directly outside is best, during pandemics or for my patients with mobility issues or other health concerns that keep them indoors, there are fabulous indoor grounding options that will allow you to ground your body for hours each day, even sleeping grounded all night long if you want.

You can also support a healthy circadian rhythm in other ways — using natural sunlight to light rooms during the day, using a light box if there is not good natural light in your living area, wear blue light blocking glasses if you watch tv or use electronics after dinnertime, have a goal of 9 hours of quality sleep a night if possible, and read this blog post I wrote for you with my 14 favorite holistic ways to boost your sleep, naturally.

Lastly, I urge you to take melatonin supplements.  Interestingly, melatonin is emerging as a possible treatment against lung complications from coronavirus infection, as melatonin directly decreases lung inflammatory cytokines.  Melatonin has even been proven to significantly decrease lung inflammation in patients who are on ventilators.  This article, just published March 2020 in Respiratory Research, found that a melatonin receptor agonist not only significantly reduced lung inflammation for patients on a ventilator, it also significantly reduced their inflammatory concentrations of cytokines in the lung.

Because melatonin naturally decreases with age, it may be a unique factor contributing to the “agism” that the coronavirus is displaying.  Infants and young children have the highest natural melatonin concentrations of all, which might provide natural lung protection that steadily decreases throughout the human life span.

Melatonin concentrations peak at age 6, are cut in half by age 45, and are almost non-existent in the elderly 80+.  Maybe this is why lung complications and death increases in coronavirus infections at age 40 and dramatically spikes from there.  My favorite melatonin supplements, along with all the other supplements I’ve recommended in this article, are all waiting for you at a discount in my online pharmacy right here. 

The key with melatonin is to take it at sunset — not 1 hour before bedtime as typically instructed on the bottle.  Take it whenever the sun starts to dip low — even if that is 3 and 4 hours before you think you will actually be able to sleep.  This is how your body naturally works and so if you’ve taken melatonin before, right before bedtime, and thought that it did not work for you — try again, taking it as the sun sets.  It will make a huge difference!


 

 

10.  Add body work.

 

The feeling of worry and stress and anxiety is often the stress of energy that is accumulating in the body without release.  I know I personally feel this as a ball of pressure right in my solar plexus, but it’s different for everyone.

Irritability, crying, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, tension, muscle stiffness, decreased or increased appetite, weight loss or gain, insomnia… often these all represent energy that just needs to be released to make room for the natural healing process and health/hope to return.

If you are feeling stuck and in need of physical release, do any or all of the following to help assist your body in letting go of old traumas… these are all ways to do body work right in the comfort of your own home:

  • deep stretches
  • yoga
  • guided meditation
  • long walks
  • massage — foot, neck and hand massages are all massages you can do on your own body to release tension
  • heat (hot water bottles are the best!) over tense areas
  • water (in the form of showers or baths, as well as increasing hydration by drinking lots of water!)
  • orgasm

 

And in the future, if you feel safe heading out to a local practitioner, include

  • acupuncture
  • qigong
  • tai chi
  • reiki
  • deep tissue massage
  • physical therapy

 

I really hope this list of 10 things you can do to improve your state of mind, boost your hopefulness and increase your feeling of health — even in the middle of great personal and global stress — is helpful to you and a blessing of some new ideas to consider.

Offered with much love…

xoxox, Laura

Want To Bring Healing Touch Indoors To Those You Are Quarantined With? Here’s How:

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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?). If you’ve ever shocked someone when touching them, you know this on a large scale — it was a 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 touch others,

you might be donating electrons to someone who needs them.

 

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

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

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

During this time of social distancing, these interactions don’t typically happen, but if you are quarantining with someone who is not feeling good right now — maybe they are having a stressful day, a panic attack, feeling depressed, have a stomach ache, a headache, seasonal allergy attacks, 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 notice you ever feel depleted at work?

Or after going out and about to shopping malls, restaurants, crowded places?

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

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

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

 

 

 

The second take home point 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. Pets outside = let them stand directly on the earth so you don’t have to!  Every time you pet your pup as they play outside on the earth, it’s as good as you grounding directly to the earth without you having to get dirty, muddy, or cold (or hot, depending on the season!). So if the sidewalk is too hot for your own bare feet, or the rain is too muddy and wet for you to want to go barefoot, or you are simply too cold to have direct skin contact with the earth, let your warm furry friend do the grounding for you. Thick fur is insulating and can prevent grounding contact, so try to pat their tummy, rub their ears, kiss their snout, or massage down under the fur or in areas that are less fur covered.  Every time you do, you are tanking up on the earth’s electrons without depleting your pet’s supply.

 

 

Because in each of these examples, one of the two living bodies is grounded to the earth, they are continuously tanked up with electrons and you never have to feel they are taking them 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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

I’m absolutely sure I’ve got it answered for you in my new book on grounding that releases this Friday!  Woot!

Going way past other grounding books that dryly review the medical literature or give you story after story on anecdotal reports on grounding, 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.

You can order a signed book that I will personally ship direct to you, right here. 

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We Need This Earth Day More Than We’ve Ever Needed One Before

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This Wednesday is Earth Day!

 

And like I wrote about in my last blog post, the earth is literally begging — begging — us for a reset.

To me, the most positive thing that has come out of this pandemic is how this “forced pause” has been allowed everyone, all over the globe, to come together in an absolute, unified, world wide, eye opening moment to truly see that our wellness depends on the wellness of the planet.

And when we stop and pause, the planet heals.  People are hearing birds singing again, noticing that springtime trees and flowers are waking up more vibrantly than ever before, the air is clearing as traffic decreases, global emissions are dropping dramatically, the water in rivers and bays are clearer, and consumerism and competition becomes obsolete as health and wellness become our deepest treasure.

The earth has been gently asking for us to slow down and connect with her for a long, long time now.

It took a worldwide pandemic for us to all hit a much needed pause button on environmental destruction and over-consumption of resources and the spiraling-out-of-control 24/7 workaholic daily routine to see it.

Let’s not let this global crisis be for nothing.  Let’s give the earth the reset she desperately needs… because we need it too.

Are you ready to take healing the earth seriously?

Are you ready to take your own health seriously?

They are more intimately connected than you could ever have dreamed possible.  Our health reflects our planet’s health, and vice versa. There is no getting around it.  And there is no better time to connect to our planet to support our collective healing than right now.

So this week, all week long — and especially this Wednesday on Earth Day — let’s connect with our planet and boost our own health at the same time.

Today I give you 4 ways to celebrate Earth Day, even while social distancing:

 

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

 

 

This is me, taking a few moments to release a tension headache.  However you are feeling right now, whether it is anxious, sad, frustrated, annoyed, tense, overwhelmed, bored, tired… the earth is waiting to give you a boost.

You can use the healing power of connecting directly to the Earth today and actually finish the day feeling better than you did when the day started.

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

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

There is nothing that the earth can’t hold. From the tallest skyscraper to the smallest blade of grass. From your joyful dancing under the sun to your sacred whispered secrets into the ground to your tears soaking in under the nighttime sky.

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

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

The one thing that reaches every organ system and every cell in your body is the earth. When you are out of contact with the earth your body feels the build up of inflammation and free radical damage and feels stressed and out of sorts. 

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

  • So start the day with a cup of tea or coffee standing outside watching the sunrise.
  • Or end the day looking up at the moon and stars for a minute before heading up to bed.
  • Take a midday break and do some stretches outside — a few neck rolls would feel amazing.
  • Stand on a sidewalk, or brick, or cement — it will all ground you.
  • Or simply find a leaf on a tree to touch and take three deep breaths.  It will ground you too.

 

 

Want more ideas?

 

It’s not too late to join into my 2 week online Earth Day Relief class — it just started today!

Sign up here and I’ll get you added to the class ASAP and personally send you the first email that went out this morning.

 

 Idea #2:  Make Tonight An Earth Day Movie Night!

 

 

Movie nights are always fun when you are staying home.  Pop some popcorn and click play… and share these film recommendations with the people that you love!

Free grounding films you can watch:

 

 

 

Idea #3: Get Outside and Go Heart Spotting!

 

I love hearts, as you can tell by the fact that I choose a heart to be my business logo!

All of my life I’ve delighted in finding hearts in nature while I’ve been out and about… nature is sending us love notes every single day, the trick is to notice them.

Today, take your phone or camera and walk around your neighborhood, grabbing pics of any hearts you find.

I love finding hearts in nature, here are some of my favs I’ve collected along the way:

 

Idea #4:  Win A Free Copy of My New Grounding Book

 

If you are not sure how you can get grounded with stay-at-home orders in place, I wrote this book for you, because you absolutely can still ground daily for your health.

If you are not sure how to get grounded when the weather gets extreme, when the seasons change, how long you should ground for, or how to use grounding for specific health results, I wrote this book for you.  I’ve got answers that will get you grounding in no time.

If you are curious about grounding but not sure what to do once you get outside, if you live in a city and don’t have any access to a safe greenspace, if you are not sure what earth surfaces will actually ground you, then oh my goodness I wrote this book for you.

If you want to know how the practice of grounding, one person at a time, on minute at a time, can help save the entire planet and put it on a different trajectory than the doom-and-gloom path it’s been on, than I wrote this book for you.

Exploring grounding and setting up a grounding practice for yourself is so life changing, that if you use this stay-at-home time to get in touch with the earth beneath you, than it will not have been in vain.

If I could rename my book right now to be called: The Earth Reset: Protecting Your Innate Health During A Pandemic I totally would.

But instead, it’s called:  The Earth Prescription  and it’s waiting for you right here, right now:

 

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And this week, in celebration of Earth Day, I’m giving away 3 brand new, signed copies.

Anyone can enter — I’ll ship it free, anywhere in the world!

 

All you need to do is post it on either Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest and tag me — each post is an entry — and I will randomly select one person from of each platform to send a free autographed book to!

Woot!  Happy Earth Day my friends!!!

Get out there and go feel better… doctor’s orders.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

Do You Get The Feeling That Mother Earth Is Asking For A Reset?

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Me too.

 

And I know how we can do it.

 

I just happen to have spent the past several years writing a book that New Harbinger is publishing right now… and in it I literally talk about exactly how our health, and the health of our planet, are intimately interconnected.

At first I have to admit that I was really sad about the timing of this book being release right now — as my book tour, book signings, and speaking events for the next two months have all been cancelled.

 

But then I realized that humanity is being primed to receive this deep inner truth

in a way that it would not have been truly heard at any other time.

 

 

 

The reality is that our wellness depends on the wellness of the planet… and we can boost and protect our own innate health and longevity by fostering this connection.

 

The proof is everywhere.

 

People are hearing birds singing again, noticing that springtime trees and flowers are waking up more vibrantly than ever before, the air is clearing as traffic decreases, global emissions are dropping dramatically, the water in rivers and bays are clearer, and consumerism and competition becomes obsolete as health and wellness become our deepest treasure.

 

 

 

The earth has been gently asking for us to slow down and connect with her for a long, long time now.

It took a worldwide pandemic for us to all hit a much needed pause button on environmental destruction and over-consumption of resources and the spiraling-out-of-control 24/7 workaholic daily routine to see it.

Let’s not let this global crisis be for nothing.  Let’s give the earth the reset she desperately needs… because we need it too.

Are you ready to take healing the earth seriously?

Are you ready to take your own health seriously?

They are more intimately connected than you could ever have dreamed possible.

 

 

 

 

I poured everything I know — all the research and patient experiences and medical studies, along with my heart-centered, optimistic approach to how resilient the human body is — into this book.

In it, I lay out for you exactly how, exactly why, and exactly when to use grounding to boost your own health instantly — the benefits are immediate — and yes grounding not only decreases inflammation throughout your body but it also boosts your immune system.

 

Perfect at-home therapy for the health challenges we are all currently facing.

 

 

 

If you are not sure how you can get grounded with stay-at-home orders in place, or if you live in a city and don’t have any access to a safe greenspace, this book is for you, because you absolutely can still ground daily for your health.

If you are not sure how to get grounded when the weather gets extreme, when the seasons change, what earth surfaces will actually ground you, how long you should ground for, or how to use grounding for specific health results, I wrote this book for you.

If you are curious about grounding but not sure what to do once you get outside, oh my goodness is this book for you.  It is an idea book filled with thousands of ideas to inspire and guide you, and help you troubleshoot to get the results you deeply crave.

If you want to know how the practice of grounding, one person at a time, on minute at a time, can help save the entire planet and put it on a different trajectory than the doom-and-gloom path it’s been on, than this book is for you.

 

 

If I could rename it right now to be called:

The Earth Reset: Protecting Your Innate Health During A Pandemic 

I totally would.

 

But instead, it’s called:  The Earth Prescription

and it’s waiting for you right here, right now:

 

 

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Our health reflects our planet’s health, and vice versa.

There is no getting around it.

And there is no better time to connect to our planet to support our collective healing than right now.

Let’s do this.

xoxox, Laura

 

PS — if any of my healing articles that I’ve been sharing every single week on my website — for free — for over a decade now has ever helped you in any way, I would truly appreciate you giving this book a shout out for me during this time.

A cancelled book tour means that this book is 100% dependent on you posting it to social media, sharing it with your friends and family, forwarding it to your email lists, and ordering it online.

Please help me spread the word about this much needed, incredibly uplifting resource for our global healing!

Forward this blog post to your own email list, forward the direct link to order the book to your loved ones, post on social media, post a review of the book on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble… and if you have an online platform to interview me about the book and would like to, please email me directly at koniverMD@gmail.com and let’s set it up!

Gratefully, xoxo, Laura

 


 

 

 

Reduce Your Overwhelm In 3 Breaths, Right Now With Me

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Meditation is a wonderful healing tool you can reach for any time, anywhere — making it the perfect practice to cultivate when you are practicing social distancing and stuck at home, under very stressful conditions, during this pandemic.

 

But the truth is, I just can’t get the hang of a meditation practice.

But luckily, I really don’t have to.

 

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

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

Click now and let’s breathe together:

 

 

 

 

(newsletter subscribers can watch the video

on YouTube by clicking here)

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

Mental Clarity: Bar Chime

 

Calming Vibration: Tuning Fork

 

Therapeutic Harmony: Wind Chime

 

Take a minute long break to recite a mantra or take 3 deep breaths throughout your day when you feel your stress increase sharply — it’s simple, it’s convenient, and it’s free.    You don’t even need a chime, but if you find it helpful, feel free to simply replay my video above as often as you like, to listen to the chime and breath right along with me!

As a huge advocate for grounding therapy, you know I am a big fan of free therapies that allow patients to take control over their own health.

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

You can slow your breathing down and take just a few mindful breaths, or repeat a healing mantra, any time, anywhere.

It’s very private and very powerful.

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

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

 

breathing in:  I am lovable

breathing out:  I am loved

or

breathing in:  I am safe

breathing out:  I am taken care of by God

or

breathing in:  I am protected

breathing out:  I am healing

 

 

 

 

You can also take this work further by grounding.

 

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

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

If you are suffering from trauma, from insomnia, from anxiety, from depression, from anger, or any other stress (and who isn’t?) support your recovery and release by simply focusing on a mantra and by grounding.

 

 

 

So here are some ways you can implement these tools today:

 

  • start the day with a few deep breaths while you breathe a self selected, calming mantra in and out
  • have a tuning fork or a bar chime or in your work or living space to use throughout the day whenever stress hits, or simply re-play the video I share with you above where I hit the chime for you and breathe right along with me
  • get grounded outside, touching the earth for at least a few minutes each day during daylight hours, and be sure to take three grounded deep breaths in and out while you are touching the earth (or a plant or cement or a rock or any of these 15 surfaces on the earth that will ground you!)
  • release tension from your body at the end of your day with a therapeutic wind chime washing over you
  • breathe your mantra in and out for a few deep breaths each evening as you lay in bed before sleep
  • sleep grounded all night long… or simply stand outside before bedtime each night, looking up at the moon and stars and taking 3 more grounded deep breaths in and out, slowly.

 

Feeling better?

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Class runs May 11th – May 22nd.

 

It has sold out every single time I have run it, so I highly recommend you reserve your spot right now.   No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.  Every body does.

Your body naturally want’s to trend back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.  I’ll give you the tools to get there.

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

 

 

 

Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Uplifting Ideas To Keep Your Spirits High During A Pandemic

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Over the past month, I’ve blogged a few times about coronavirus

prevention and treatment ideas, from a holistic physician’s perspective.

 

So today I want to add onto these tips with some less commonly heard, wonderfully uplifting ideas that you can implement (yes, even while practicing social distancing!) to feel strong, centered and resilient.

Today let’s go way beyond the “wash your hands & isolate yourself” recommendation that you have heard a thousand times and add some important tips gleaned from the medical literature after studying the course and resolution of earlier pandemics.

And yes, there have always been pandemics throughout human history, as this infographic (sent in to me by William — thank you so much!) highlights so well, which puts the coronavirus pandemic into amazing perspective:

 

 

Data as of March 15, 2020.  Image curtesy of Visual Capitalist, originally posted here.

 

As you know, the world population continues to grow dramatically, so for the coronavirus to impact the same percentage of the population as, for example, the Spanish Flu (shown above in green) it would have to kill 150 million people globally.  Not infect, but actually kill — these are mortality figures, not infection rates.

And even that would be only 1/4th as virulent as the Bubonic Plague, shown in dark purple above.  For the coronavirus to have a similar death toll as the Bubonic Plaque, it would need to kill 600+ Million people around the globe.

While this is possible, we can see that at least for now the coronavirus is certainly not yet anywhere near this death toll, so while we monitor this pandemic and watch it evolve, one of the best things we can do is scour the medical literature to learn from these much more severe, past pandemics to see what spreads disease and what stops it.

 

 

 

So that’s what I’m doing.  I read up on the medical literature from past pandemics, and was to share some of the key points with you here:

  • This New Zealand study, published 2010 in Emerging Infections Disease evaluating the spread of the H1N1 Spanish Flu (a pandemic in 1918-1919) aboard a ship, showed that crowded conditions increased death rates significantly (specifically, sleeping inside cabins dramatically increased mortality rates over sleeping outdoors in hammocks.)
  • Another study (published in 2012 in the American Journal of Public Health) on the mortality rates from the 1918 pandemic in Virginia, USA, found that crowding was the single largest factor in the spread of the disease, increasing infection risk 10-fold and dramatically increasing morbidity and mortality as well.
  • My favorite of all, this awesome study (published 2009 in the American Journal of Public Health) showed that open air hospitals treating patients during the 1918 pandemic actually had lower mortality rates than closed air hospitals, citing fresh air, direct sunlight, and use of respiratory masks in substantially reduced deaths over indoor hospital facilities.

What we find when evaluating pandemics is that indoor, manmade conditions make pandemics worse.

Staying indoors decreases fresh air, increases exposure to recirculated air, lowers natural Vitamin D levels, creates ongoing circadian rhythm disturbances, and causes tremendous mood disorders.

In the end, it’s all about a balance — maintaining distance and avoiding crowded conditions, while not being entrapped by the artificial indoor environments that disrupt our sleep with artificial lights and electronic exposures, decrease our natural levels of anti-inflammatory Vitamin D, and jeopardizes our ability to stay active and emotionally uplifted.

 

 

Throughout history, fresh air, sunshine, and grounding (typically all three combined in “seaside prescriptions”) have been a go-to treatment for untreatable disease.  (A wonderful of the history of sunlight therapy was published in Medical History in 1997, and awesome overview of the tradition of prescribing time at the ocean for open air treatment of resistant disease was published in 1769 by Dr. Richard Russell here.)

Today, I’d like to go through each of the different ways we can still practice social distancing and decrease transmission rates while not jeopardizing lowering our own natural immunity by staying cooped up 24/7 in indoor artificial environments.

 

My Favorite Tips For Keeping Healthy

While In Voluntary Quarantine:

 

1. Increase Your Exposure To Sunlight:

 

The typical recommendation during pandemics is to practice social distancing, but most people interpret that as a command to “stay indoors.”   Not a good idea, for multiple reasons.

The first is that sunlight is germicidal.  This medical study (recently published in 2020 in the Journal of Infectious Disease) found that sunlight exposure decreased the survival of aerosolized influenza virus by 93% — decreasing viral lifespan from 32 min (with no sunlight exposure) to 2.4 min in full sunlight.

Wow.  As antivirals and other prescription interventions fail to control transmission, thank goodness for the natural viricidal properties of sunlight!  This medical literature review, published in 2013 in the Journal of Hospital Infection) suggests that infections caught indoors is a major contributor to worldwide morbidity and mortality rates and urges medicine to consider optimizing sunlight when designing architecture for healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics.

While an infected person will always be able to spread the virus to another (no way for sunlight to kill the virus inside of living tissues) so social distancing is still going to be absolutely necessary to stop the spread of a pandemic, at least we can be comforted to know that on outdoor surfaces, the virus has a much shorter lifespan.  Meaning, if you are going to be out of your home — make sure you stay outside instead of in indoor venues, where sunlight can not work it’s magic.

The second is that sunlight actually prolongs life span, in a dose dependent way (meaning more time in the sun = longer life span.)  I blog about this extensively in this article I wrote for you last year, right here.

The third is that sunlight allows our body to naturally make vitamin D, which is crucial to our immune system.  As this medical literature review discusses (published in 2018 in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences) Vitamin D not only directly boosts our immune adaptive response (meaning our bodies are better able to fight off new, novel, mutating and never-before-seen pathogens) but it also decreases inflammation, a leading cause of mortality during viral infection.

 

My Therapeutic Suggestions:

  1. Get direct sun exposure whenever possible, for at least 10 minutes or more daily, even during times of social distancing.  I’m not saying to gather in big groups, I’m saying seek your own sunlight exposures in a way that honors social distancing such as:
    • sitting on a porch, balcony or front door stoop every morning and every evening
    • eating picnic lunches outside mid-day
    • observing which of the windows in your home are sunny and at what time of the day there is a sunbeam and sitting in those precious light rays while drinking your morning coffee, your evening tea, while working on your computer like I am doing right now, or while reading a good book, etc… (the glass will stop the majority of UVB waves needed for making Vit D, so open the window if you can)
    • even going for a drive or sitting in your car even without driving it if you have your own car and it’s a sunny day — be sure to roll the windows down and enjoy!

2.  Even if you get direct sunshine outside or through a window daily, I highly recommend during pandemics that you supplement with Vitamin D as well.  Some of the other supplements I’ve mention in the Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series include Vit C, Vit D, Probiotics, Vit B1, Serrapeptase, and Curcumin.  I have every single one of these supplements available to you in my online dispensary right here, at a nice discount just because you are a reader of mine! I’ve put them all in my online catalog under the “anti-inflammatory” category:

3.  Along with these tips to get direct sunlight and supplement with Vitamin D, take advantage of the fact that viruses can be heat-inactivated and bath daily in comfortably hot water, drink hot beverages often, wash clothes on the hottest water setting possible or run them through the dryer on highest heat setting available, and use the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher to sanitize dishes.

 

 

2.  Increase Fresh Air Exposure & Boost Indoor Ventilation:

 

Again, the typical recommendations to practice social distancing to decrease transmission is being misinterpreted by many to mean “shut windows and doors tight.”

But like I explained at the beginning of this article, open air hospitals actually have lower morbidity and mortality rates than closed air hospitals do.  Breathing and re-breathing the same indoor, recirculated air is a bad idea.  Especially if you share your home with anyone else, or if you live in an apartment or multifamily unit that has central air.

 

My Therapeutic Suggestions:

  1.  Be sure to move outdoors daily, ideally combining some type of stretch or cardio boost during this outdoor time.  I’m very heart-warmed to see so many families where I live going on after dinner walks, riding their bikes, jogging in the early hours of the morning, shooting basketballs in driveway hoops, jump roping, etc…  Whether you do it alone or with family or a friend, be sure to find some way to get your circulation up daily, and push yourself to make that an outdoor activity.  I like to do my online Barre3 workouts in my garage with the garage door open, play tennis with my son, and bike by myself when I can.  Other ideas include yoga, stretching, tai chi, hiking, running, rollerblading, etc…
  2. Go outside even if you don’t want to exercise.  If you have limited mobility due to medical conditions or just want to relax when you are outside, still do it.  Even taking a hot cup of tea outside at night and looking up at the stars and moon, when the rest of the world is shut up tight at bedtime, is wonderful for clearing the mind and grabbing a few minutes of beautiful fresh air.
  3. In addition to getting outside, be sure to deliberately increase ventilation indoors too.  Increase the number of houseplants you have in your home, open windows whenever possible, consider sleeping with open windows at night, open doors when you can (I have an upstairs balcony door that I love to keep open all day, every day and I’m so grateful for it) and never let the opportunity, when you need to drive, to keep car windows open at least a crack.
  4. When you have no control over ventilation (like at the grocery story) you can still make deliberate changes to your behavior to decrease viral transmission:
      • wash hands repeatedly throughout the day, especially before eating or food preparation, and use re-usable, washable silver hand wipes when you don’t have access to hot soapy water for hand washing
      • don’t touch your face
      • wear glasses instead of contacts
      • change clothes right when you get home from being outside
      • get into the habit of putting on fresh clothes before touching surfaces in your home that are less easily washed, like your sofa
      • switch from morning showers to nightly showers to keep bedding decontaminated, or do both
      • use disinfectants on indoor surfaces, my favorite are colloidal silver sprays like this one
      • wear a disposable face mask over nose and mouth if you must be out and about in highly populated areas… consider keeping a reusable, washable face mask made from antimicrobial silver (like this one) in your purse or car so you are never caught without one when you need it
      • similarly, wear disposable gloves if you must be out and about (grocery shopping for example) or working in field where you touch potentially contaminated surfaces

 

 

 

3.  Restore Your Circadian Rhythm:

 

Everything living on this earth has a unique circadian rhythm — even microbes and pathogens if you can believe it — as discussed in this 2019 article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.

Another article, published 2019 in Nature Communications, specifically shows the incredible impact of circadian rhythm on the inflammatory reaction of the human body — circadian rhythm has even been shown to play a role in lung inflammation during influenza infection.

The two ways we maintain a good, vibrant, healthy circadian rhythm is through exposure to sunlight and direct contact with the earth, which I will discuss in a minute.  So the typical pandemic response of staying indoors to decrease proximity to others and practice social distancing has a dramatic impact on your ability to sleep at night and wake during the day, because it keeps you out of the sunlight and off of the earth outside.

Add to that the increased exposure day and night to artificial light, blue light input to the eye, and artificial electronic EMF exposures, and your body becomes easily confused as to what is day and what is night.  Melatonin production goes down and cortisol (your stress hormone) goes up during times of forced isolation, decreased activity, decreased natural exposure to daylight, increased exposure to artificial lights, and of course increased times of fear, anxiety and depression.

The typical advice, to get morning sun to help reset your internal clock, still holds true.  But actually there are two ways your internal clock is set, and both are crucial: it takes both sunlight exposure and direct earth contact.

Sunlight exposure will be taken care of by tip #1 (increase exposure to sunlight) and tip #2 (increase exposure to fresh air) above.  Let’s also proactively seek direct earth contact to reset our circadian rhythm as well.

Scientists have known for decades that the earth is equally responsible for our day night rhythm after extensive experiments in isolating subjects from the earth in shielded isolation chambers, a unique study published in 1970 in Life Sciences and Space Research.  Because it is actually the frequency of the earth (along with with exposure to light) that regulates our natural biorhythms, it’s easy to understand how grounding our body with our planet can help enhance restorative sleep at night and boost daytime wakefulness.  It’s also easy to see why staying indoors, ungrounded, eventually leads to daytime sleepiness, nighttime wakefulness, and decreased quality of sleep at night, which is incredibly stressful to the body and ultimately decreases lifespan.

 

My Therapeutic Suggestions:

  1. Get outside and routinely make time to directly touch the earth outside, even if it’s just for a few moments a day.  Longer time spent grounded will yield better results, but anything is better than nothing.  Although I strongly feel that grounding directly outside is best, during pandemics or for my patients with mobility issues or other health concerns that keep them indoors, there are fabulous indoor grounding options that will allow you to ground your body for hours each day, even sleeping grounded all night long if you want.
  2. Support a healthy circadian rhythm in other ways — using natural sunlight to light rooms during the day, using a light box if there is not good natural light in your living area, wear blue light blocking glasses if you watch tv or use electronics after dinnertime, have a goal of 9 hours of quality sleep a night if possible, and read this blog post I wrote for you with my 14 favorite holistic ways to boost your sleep, naturally.
  3. Take melatonin supplements.  Interestingly, melatonin is emerging as a possible treatment against lung complications from coronavirus infection, as melatonin directly decreases lung inflammatory cytokines.  Melatonin has even been proven to significantly decrease lung inflammation in patients who are on ventilators.  This article, just published March 2020 in Respiratory Research, found that a melatonin receptor agonist not only significantly reduced lung inflammation for patients on a ventilator, it also significantly reduced their inflammatory concentrations of cytokines in the lung.  Because melatonin naturally decreases with age, it may be a unique factor contributing to the “agism” that the coronavirus is displaying.  Infants and young children have the highest natural melatonin concentrations of all, which might provide natural lung protection that steadily decreases throughout the human life span.  Melatonin concentrations peak at age 6, are cut in half by age 45, and are almost non-existent in the elderly 80+.  Maybe this is why lung complications and death increases in coronavirus infections at age 40 and dramatically spikes from there.  My favorite melatonin supplements, along with all the other supplements I’ve recommended in this article, are all waiting for you at a discount in my online pharmacy right here.

 

 

 

4.  Create Uplifting Routines:

 

Again, the typical advice is practice social distancing.  Well please do, but don’t mistake that for “stop your life.”

You can decrease proximity to others, be aware of leaving a 6 ft perimeter whenever possible with people who may have unknown exposures (anyone who doesn’t live with you, basically,) eliminate unnecessary travel, avoid crowds, no hand shaking, saving hugging only for those living with you in your home living space, etc… but that does not mean to sever connection or contact with the meaningful relationships in your life, nor does it mean to stop doing activities that you find pleasurable or interesting.

And even if you don’t have meaningful relationships nor any activities that you find enjoyable, it doesn’t mean this isn’t the perfect time to start!  Actually, a voluntary quarantine situation is literally the perfect time to dive back into all of the hobbies you enjoyed as a child, or the classes you always wanted to take as an adult, or develop new skills that you never even knew you would enjoy.

From learning a new language to photographing your pets to finally beginning that manuscript you always thought you’d write, this is exactly and precisely the time to start exploring other sides of you than the routine “eat, work, sleep, repeat” robot that normal life forces you into most of the time.

 

My Therapeutic Suggestions:

  1. Maintain, develop and even initiate online communication when in person meet ups are on pause.  We are so lucky that we get to text, Skype, send videos, call each other on the phone, and even (gasp!) write old fashioned letters to everyone we love.  You can literally develop and deepen current friendships — and find new ones through online groups and social media — more than you ever would have time to during non-pandemic times.
  2. Never stop learning.  Actually let’s put this one in all caps.  NEVER STOP LEARNING!  One of the best ways to stay engaged and stave off depression, anxiety and other mood challenges is to have goals and comforting routines in place.  Because of this, I highly recommend joining an online classes that sends daily assignments or articles.  Because this is literally my favorite recommendation out of the entire article I’ve written for you, I’m following through on this and providing exactly what I think will help most:

 

 

 

Join my: “Stuck At Home” Online Class:

Keeping Healthy, Active & Inspired

In this two week online class, you will get an uplifting, inspiring holistic health idea directly into the comfort and safety of your own inbox every single morning.  So if you find your mind is constantly picking up on tension, fear and rumination about this pandemic (and whose isn’t?) this online class will be an uplifting treat, a way to gift yourself some mental and physical support from a holistic physician that you have known for years — that’s me!

This class is my way to make sure every single day I can offer something that perks you up and brightens your mood, and gives you something uplifting and actionable to look forward to daily.

It’s full of inspiring ways to attend to your mental and physical health while still practicing social distancing and maintaining healthy quarantine & prevention protocols.  By the end of this class you will have found what ideas resonate most with you and used those to create a weekly routine that can continue to uplift you indefinitely!

 

Class runs March 29th – April 11th, 2020.

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Better yet, forward this email to your friends and take it together!

 

 

 

 

I hope this article today has allowed you to feel the knot in your stomach loosen a bit.

Bookmark it, share it, pin it, print it out, re-read it as needed.

 

And one more thing to help comfort you…

know that more solutions being created right now.  

 

 

 

All around the world there is research ongoing into cures, treatments, vaccines, therapies and prevention strategies and more.  All of these are coming.  These are exciting, wonderful times!  Think of all of the pandemics humans have survived without any help from modern medicine at all.

 

And that’s on top of the fact that naturally, everything has a time line, even pandemics.

There is a beginning, a middle, and an end to this, with or without conventional medical intervention.

Written and sent out with much love to everyone, everywhere.

xoxo, Laura

 

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