Hang In There. There Are Lots Of Solutions That Are Within Your Control.

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Today I’m sending out just a quick newsletter letting you know that I am

working on a new Pandemic Solutions blog post that I will send out to you next week.

 

In it will be a list of so many different ideas on things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones — and not the typical “wash your hands and stay indoors” advice you are already inundated with, but fresh uplifting ideas that you can do from the comfort of your own home to feel strong, centered and resilient.

With schools closing and social functions being curtailed, I know we are likely to be home more than usual and also discouraged and possibly even bored.  So I am pulling together a list that you can come back to again and again of things you can do, right from your own home, to boost not only your immunity and resiliency but also your mood!!!

Maintaining an optimistic, long term view on short term stresses is vitally important.  Nothing (and I mean nothing!) lasts forever, and pandemics are included in this.

Everything has a trajectory and an end date and we can get through this too.

 

 

 

 

So in that vein, not only am I pulling together a blog post full of actionable things you can do right this very minute to boost your wellness, but I am also writing a two week long “Stuck At Home” online course that will run at the end of March, to help keep you entertained, optimistic, and inspirited to protect your health even if we are staying at a healthy “social distance” for a prolonged period of time.

I’ll give a link to sign up for that class in next week’s blog post, so watch your inbox for my next newsletter and sign up for my newsletter on my homepage here (just add your email to my opt in box) if you got this email forwarded from a friend (and please continue to pass this email along!  The more people staying active and engaged in their healing, the better for all of us!)

 

 

 

 

Lastly I am also creating a two week “Earth Day Relief” online class in April that will specifically focus on the healing properties of grounding and how you can incorporate grounding into your healing plan (both indoors and outside) right from the comfort of your own home to stay proactive about your health and have something new, fun, fresh and entertaining to read, enjoy and do every single day… even if you are staying home all of March and April and beyond.

Taken back-to-back, these two online classes will allow you to have a daily uplifting email directly from me into your inbox for an entire month straight!

And if you are still stuck at home after that month?  Do them all over again and again until this pandemic is passed.

And it will pass.

And I will be there right alongside of you just like I was beforehand, just like I will be during, and just like we will be together, afterwards.

 

 

 

To the innate health and the strong inner fortitude we all have to make it through hard times…

xoxoxox, Laura

 

PS — While you wait for my fresh new posts and online classes to come out, do you want to read the blog posts I’ve already written for you about protecting against coronavirus?
Here you go:
Need something uplifting to read?  I’ve got you:

 

 

 

Grounding While You Eat, A Game Changer For Your Digestion (+ Freebies)

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Why does food always taste better at a picnic?

Why does your morning coffee seem so much more satisfying when you take it outside to your front doorstep?

Why do you never seem to feel the same heartburn or bloating or indigestion when you eat lunch outside on your lunch break instead of inside at your desk?

Why is cooking dinner over an outdoor campfire or grill so much more fulfilling than cooking the same meal indoors?

 

 

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

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

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

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

Here is why adding grounding to your daily routine is the quickest way to heal your gut:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe so strongly in the power of eating grounded

that I painted this original anatomical artwork myself,

to help remind you of the beautiful interplay between the earth and our digestion:

 

To grab this original canvas for yourself, click over here for more information. I’d absolutely love to send it to you!

 

I really want you to try to find one way each day to eat or drink something outside, so that you can experience this support for yourself.

So today, I have a few free gifts for you to help remind you to make eating outside a priority.

First, I turned my painting above into a free printable for you to tape at your desk, in your kitchen, in your bathroom, by your front door, to help remind you.

Just click on it and print it out right now!

 

Free Printable “Eat Grounded” Reminder Poster:

 

 

 

While I was at it, I turned my last anatomical painting into a free printable for you as well… to remind you to go outside and move that beautiful precious body of yours each day too.

Click on this one to print out right now as well:

 

Free Printable “Move Grounded” Reminder Poster:

 

 

(If you want to see how I painted that painting or to learn more about how

grounding supports your musculoskeletal system, hop over here to read that blog post.)

 

Know anyone who would enjoy these free printable reminders?  Forward them this blog post… anyone can print out unlimited copies… for free!

Lastly, let’s brainstorm.

I’ve got you.

I’m gonna start a list of suggestions for you, ways to routinely incorporate grounding to support your digestion.

How many more can you add to this list?  And which one are you going to try out today?

 

 

 

Ideas To Incorporate Grounding & Your Digestion, Today!

 

  1.  Drink a cup of hot water (with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice & honey) outside while grounding in the morning dew each AM to gift yourself a daily grounding detox for your gut.
  2. Take your morning coffee and yogurt (or oatmeal, or cereal, or toast, etc…) outside onto your front doorstep to eat a grounded breakfast before heading off to school/work.
  3. At lunch, take your brown bag outside to the sidewalk in front of your building, or the picnic bench in the back of your office plaza, or anywhere you can touch the earth (maybe something as simple as the concrete that surrounds your parking area) and eat a grounded lunch outside for an instant pick-me-up to get you through your afternoon indoors.
  4. Once a week, turn your dinner into a picnic by grabbing your plates and taking them outside, eating al fresco… see if you notice a improvement not only in your digestion but your sleep that night too!  If you are adventurous and want to cook your dinner outside too (not just take it outside to eat…) there are countless amazing campfire meal recipes and grilling recipes waiting for you for free on the internet, or to motivate you even more, treat yourself to a beautifully illustrated campfire meal cookbook and enjoy picking out your next grounded dinner.
  5. Once a month, invite all of your friends and family to meet up at a park for a potluck meal enjoyed outdoors in a free park pavilion.  As you know from my video here, just touching the concrete floor of the pavilion is instantly grounding!  Bring your frisbee or football and get some grounded exercise in while you are at it!
  6. As evening draws, take your nightly hot cup of herbal tea (or hot chocolate!) outside to drink in the warmth while looking up at the stars overhead… the most peaceful and centering way to ground that I know of.
  7. Outdoors not your thing?  You can still eat grounded by sitting on (or resting your feet on) a grounded mat at your chair, indoors.
  8. Still have some indigestion?  Consider holding a soothing grounded hot water bottle over your abdomen during or after meals to help soothe gut peristalsis with powerful grounding support to your vagal nerve, while dissipating bloating and heartburn with relaxing heat, all at the same time.
  9. Want to add on some more digestive support?  Take a big glass of water outside, along with these gut supportive digestive supplements, and support your digestion with:  probiotics (not only good for boosting immunity, these also help balance your gut flora so that you can break down and absorb nutrients with less inflammation and bloating, resolving irritable bowel issues as well) digestive enzymes (especially important for those with gall bladder issues) and for a dramatic improvement in digestion, mix Inflama-GI drink mix into your water and enjoy immediate gut soothing support.  The Inflama-GI drink mix has literally changed the lives of many of my patients (and even my family and friends!)  To order yours with an automatic discount, hop over to my online dispensary right here and click the “Digestive Support” section of my dispensary catalog.  

 

 

 

 

To your innate, beautiful, powerful health!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

PS — Want some more articles on digestive health?

Here are some blog posts I’ve written for you that you might enjoy:

 

The One Big Health Secret I Learned In Medical School

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As I talked about in the beginning of this video I shared with you two weeks ago, I went to medical school hoping to be taught the secret that would allow me to make, and keep, people healthy.

 

In fact, what I found out is that physicians really don’t know how to keep people healthy, and that we what we do know is confined not to health but to disease… to what can go wrong in the human body that makes us sick.

And to be honest, worse than that is that out of all the things that can go wrong in the body, we honestly don’t understand most of those either, or how to diagnose or fix it.

In fact, in the end, what I learned about how to diagnose and treat and fix what goes wrong in the human body is probably less than 10% of all health conditions, and that the reality is no one really knows what is going wrong 90% of the time, nor how to help.

 

 

 

But underneath of that scary reality, what I began to realize on my own was that the reverse was also true:

Because we don’t know how to fix most things, we also can’t take credit for the natural and continued health that has been the basis of our human existence for the past 200,000+ years.

 

I started to understand for the first time that our body naturally self heals.

 

The more I realized we can’t fix most things, the more shocked (and then impressed) I became with how naturally corrective the human body is.

And then I realized something even more profound…

That every time, in the slim arsenal of tools a physician has, that a doctor has ever helped anyone get better — they really haven’t at all.  It’s actually been your body, using the healing modality offered by the physician, that has healed its self.

 

Here’s what I mean:

 

 

If you have a cut, there are no amount of stitches that a doctor can sew into you that will heal the wound without your body healing itself.

The stitches hold the wound together, but it is your body that makes the first tenuous connective tissue threads that bond the tissue back together.  It is your vasculature that re-establishes blood flow through the tissue.  It is your skin that ultimately mends back into one intact barrier of protection once again.

 

 

If you have a broken bone, there are no amount of pins or steel rods that heal your bone.  And no thickness of cast on the outside is what fuses the broken pieces back together on the inside.

Doctors rely on your bones to mend themselves.  They may use pins, plates, brackets or rods to hold them in place, but the bones are still broken until your bones heal together on their own.

 

 

If you have an infection, doctors 100% rely on your own immune system to clear it up — yes even when you are taking an antibiotic — it’s not the antibiotic that’s clearing the infection, it’s your own immune system.  Without your own immune system, doctors could hook up IV’s with every powerful antibiotic known to mankind and pour them all into you, but nothing would clear it away.

Unfortunately I saw it myself many times while working in the ICU… patients with fully compromised immune systems, hooked up to powerful antibiotics, antibiotics that *should* have been able to work… antibiotics that were specifically tailored to that particular infection… but nothing helped because their own immune systems were not working.

There is just no antibiotic that can fully clear an infection without help from your own immune system.

The antibiotic slows the bacteria from replicating, but that’s only to give your own body the time to clear up the infection itself.  Doctors rely on your immune system to beat an infection, on your body to clean up the inflammation and pus, on your body to rebuild new cells, on your body to recover.

Every time you have had an infection and taken an antibiotic… don’t you dare give the antibiotic credit.  YOU HAVE HEALED YOURSELF. The antibiotic has given you time. The antibiotic has put the bacteria at a disadvantage.  But your body has done the healing.

 

 

 

 

So you can go back, and make an endless list of all the injuries you’ve had in your life, and you can remind yourself that *you* have healed *yourself* every SINGLE time.

Each of us healed from an infinitely long list of damage and injury to our own body.

Small things: stubbed toe; poison ivy; paper cut; colds; a fever; allergies; a twisted ankle; a burn from your curling iron; a finger smashed by the hammer when you were hanging a picture on the wall.

Large things: pneumonia; cancer; whiplash; broken bones.

And those are just the things you know about!

Think about how many germs you’ve come across that have contacted and even entered your body, that you have healed yourself from without conscious knowledge, before you’ve developed a single symptom or illness.

Think about all the micro-injuries that have happened… micro- tears in your muscles every time you exercise… microscopic abrasions on your skin that have self healed just from activities of daily living… hell, did you know that even brushing your teeth causes micro- trauma to your oral mucosa, and sends hundreds of bacteria into your bloodstream, every single time?  That even taking out a tampon actually causes micro-tears internally, inside of you?

It’s true.

 

 

 

Every minute of every day your body is doing its job… it is literally a healing machine.

A perfect gorgeous living work of art — that’s what you are — an organism that renews itself every single day.

A million times that you haven’t even been aware, your body has healed and returned itself to a healthy equilibrium before you have even been aware of the injury — or the infection — that entered your body but was cleared before you ever had a single sign that something was wrong.

 

So you know, no matter what it is you face right now with your health, this is what you do.

 

This is natural for you.

Of course you can (and should) accept any medical help that feels right to you… surgeries, medicines, vitamins, supplements, physical therapy, dietary changes, etc… but just know, that whatever healing tools you do use will work in harmony with your natural flow of well-being.

Because ultimately, you are self-healing.

Your body is meant for this!!!! It’s perfectly designed!

It’s what it does best.

Every single cell in your body is working at this very moment to restore a state of health and equilibrium that feels best to it.

That is its full time job.

 

 

 

So the big secret, after I went through med school, internship, and private practice?

 

It’s that our body is self healing.

 

That everything any health care practitioner has ever offered you was to augment and support your own natural healing mechanism.

No  medical intervention, no herbal concoction, no prescription, no surgery, no spinal adjustment, no acupuncture treatment, no vitamin can or has every healed you without your body healing itself in concert with the support of your health care practitioner.

Every drug and even every vitamin is just one factor in the mix that tips the scales toward helping you heal.  It might help by boosting your immune system. It might help by decreasing blood flow to an area of inflammation.  Or by slowing the replication of infectious organisms.  Or by surgically removing a lump or tumor.

But NO surgery, NO pill, NO vitamin, NO cream or lotion is the thing that is actually healing you.

 

It is creating the best possible environment to allow healing,

while your own body heals itself.

 

That is an incredible shift in mind frame, one not ever touched upon a single time in all of my medical training, but yet the fact remains:

 

You heal yourself.

It’s as simple, and as profound, as that.

 

Amen.

xoxox, Laura

P.S.: A Healing Mantra I Created For You

As you read this mantra, allow the knowing of your own ability to heal yourself wash over you.

It might help if you print it out and post it somewhere you’ll see it every day.

Because if you repeat this mantra out loud every day, you’ll soon be able to connect more and more easily with this inner knowing, until it becomes a wondrous and true part of your core beliefs.

 

Mantra:

I am always drawing health through me, even without trying.

Health flows naturally to me.

 

My cells, tissues and organ systems are repairing themselves right now,

without my even needing to know or understand it.

I trust in the process.

 

I know I do not have to be fully healed in this particular moment

to understand that my body is healing itself…

the process is ongoing, and is happening in this very moment.

 

The act of healing is always active,

ever flowing through me from head to toe.

 

 

Immune Boosting Recommendations Part 1: Prevention

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As the world watches the spread of the Coronavirus with great intensity, I wanted to give you an overview of the very latest in the medical literature on how to distinguish the coronavirus from the flu and offer some strategies to reduce transmission of both.

 

So today I offer you, Coronavirus FAQs:

 

 

1.  Is the coronavirus spread the same way that the flu is spread?

 

Transmission of both viruses comes from the inhalation of droplets while talking, spreading through respiratory transmission from person to person.  The flu has been shown to be transmitted by a distance of up to 6 feet, so consider (until direct research on coronavirus is available) a zone of 6 feet to be within reach of the respiratory transmission of infectious material, and consider a distance of greater than 6 feet to be your safe zone.

 

2.  Is the coronavirus the same thing as the flu?

 

No.  Although both the flu and the coronavirus are respiratory tract infections, they are very different viruses and the anti-virals (like Tamiflu) that typically work to shorten the duration of the flu have failed to alleviate symptoms in coronavirus patients.

 

3.  Can you tell a difference between having the flu and having the coronavirus?

 

The truth is, although there is a huge difference in the long term pathophysiology between the two viruses, you can not tell from the initial symptoms alone which patient has the flu and which has the coronavirus.

Infection with both the flu and the coronavirus typically starts with a fever, cough and muscle aches.

There are some distinguishing traits as the symptoms progress, however.  The flu can evolve to include other symptoms that involve the gastrointestinal tract, something the coronavirus typically does not do.  For example, the flu may include sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as upper respiratory tract symptoms such as a stuffy nose or runny nose.

The coronavirus, on the other hand, dives deeper into the lower respiratory tract as symptoms progress, with over 75% of cases showing visible lung changes on X-ray such as pneumonia and pulmonary edema.

 

4.  If you can’t tell a difference between the flu and the coronavirus at initial onset, how do you diagnose coronavirus?

 

Right now, only the CDC can diagnose the coronavirus, as there are no rapid tests for detection… unlike the flu which has RIDT (rapid influenza diagnostic tests) readily available.

So my suggestion to help make a distinction between the two is to get a chest X-ray and a rapid influenza test:

  • the coronavirus will be negative on influenza test and likely positive for chest Xray changes
  • the flu will be positive on influenza test and likely negative for any changes on chest Xray

 

Secondly, over time there evolves a more noticeable difference in symptoms, as stated in the previous question and answer.  The coronavirus moves into the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress, while the flu tends to move into the upper respiratory tract and GI tract.  So nasal congestion, nausea, vomitting and diarrhea strongly suggest the flu over coronavirus.

Lastly, another difference in the two is the length of the typical course of illness.  The flu typically resolves (at least in immuno-strong persons) in less than two weeks, while the typical course of the coronavirus lasts longer than two weeks.

So how long a patient has had symptoms and how the symptoms progress is a huge factor in suspecting coronavirus, as well as getting a rapid flu test and a chest Xray while waiting for CDC confirmation of coronavirus infection.

 

(To review the up-to-date medical literature that is available on the coronavirus, hop over here to read:)

 

5.  So then what is the best way to protect against viral transmission in the first place?

 

That’s an easy one — boost your own immune system.  Neither virus is much of a match against a fully competent immune system.

Both viral infections most often take the lives of those who have weakened immune systems and are most deadly in the very young, elderly, and those who already are immunocompromised.

So the single best thing you can do to protect yourself right now, as you watch this public health threat emerge and expand?

 

Boost your own immunity naturally.  And you can.  Absolutely.

 

 

 

 

There are 9 key things you can do right now to boost your immune system and decrease your chances of getting any viral illnesses this winter.

The goal here is to have such a strong and healthy enough immune system in place that it doesn’t matter if you sit next to someone who has the flu on the bus, it doesn’t matter if you turn a doorknob right after someone who has a stomach bug touched it, it doesn’t matter if you are in line and the person in front of you keeps coughing on you…

 

…the healthier we each are individually, the less any viral illness will spread.

 

And really, the cold and flu season just serves to heighten our awareness of things WE *CAN* DO to prevent the spread of disease, to strengthen our own body, and to teach our children how to reduce their own exposures, like hand washing, changing their clothes/bathing right after school, and taking Vitamin C, among other things I’ll share below.

The more steps we are all take to reduce the transmission of disease and the more we are proactive about the robust health our own immune system, the less viral illnesses we will get… reducing the enterovirus and the flu and the colds and other viral infections we might have otherwise gotten this winter.

It’s possible to make this winter be the winter that you are so aware of your inner health that you don’t pick up a single viral illness, no matter what sea of disease you navigate as you go through your normal life this season.

 

Here are 9 ways to do it:

 

 

1.  Decrease your sugar intake.

 

I started off with the hardest one (for me at least!) because sugar directly suppresses the immune system and leaves you more susceptible for picking up communicable illness.

I have a massive sweet tooth — I’m taking L-Glutamine in order to decrease my sugar cravings and you can too.  There are L-glutamine supplements that you can take with meals, or in between meals, to stop your sugar cravings in their tracks.  They work.  Find my favorite L-glutamine supplements in my online dispensary right here.

Also, consider giving less sugary snacks to children when you send them off to school this fall and winter and you will be ensuring that their immune system stays as high as possible when surrounded by their classmates germs.

 

 

 

2.  Increase your restorative sleep.

 

You absolutely need  restorative sleep at night to keep your immune system working optimally during the day.

Nighttime is a time of not only repair and process and release but also a time of resetting to meet the next day. Studies show that sleep deprivation causes everything from slowed metabolism, to brain atropy, to decreased immune response.

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. Allow yourself to retain some extra weight.

 

This is a little known fact… but as I blogged about from the medical literature a few years ago, having extra weight on helps you survive overwhelming infection.

There is a reason that newborns and the elderly are the most likely to die from the flu and other viral illnesses — their energy and metabolic reserves are generally less than that of a vibrant strong older child and adult.

Especially in the winter, we are meant to have a little extra cushion of weight to hibernate on.  By a little, I mean those last 5 pounds you are trying to lose — don’t worry about them in the winter months.  Allow yourself this — now is not the time for the stressor of starvation diets.

If you still want to diet, I highly recommend intermittent fasting over daily diets that force calorie restrictions.

Not only is intermittent dieting proven to work better for weight loss, but it has a ton of other health benefits that daily dieting does not.  I blog about that for you here and give you some guidelines if you’d like to try it out for yourself and ditch that diet you are one.

 

 

4. Use silver to decrease germs on surfaces.

 

Silver is a wonderful all natural antimicrobial agent that kills 99% of germs.   So you can also use the viricidal properties of silver topically — by simply spraying hands and face with topical silver sprays after exposures, as well as using silver hand wipes and room and counter sprays to reduce the amount of germs that you are exposed to.

 

 

I swear by using my silver cloth (that I keep attached to my purse, as shown above) for opening doors and wiping my hands down after shaking hands, using shopping carts, touching money, etc…

 

 

 

5. Take immune boosting supplements.

 

My three non-negotiable favorite immune boosting supplements to take all winter are:

  • Vit C (1,000 mg a day)
  • Vit D (1,ooo IU a day)
  • Probiotics (1 – 5 billion CFUs a day)
  • optional add ons: daily fresh pressed citrus juice, high dose Vit C IV infusions or IM injections

 

Vitamin C is immune boosting, so increasing your intake with a high quality Vitamin C supplement, along with drinking fresh pressed citrus juice as often as possible, is probably my favorite way to protect myself during the cold and flu season.  To me, everyone (especially those who are traveling) should be on high dose vitamin C right now.  You might even consider a Vitamin C IV drip or IM injection.  I think it’s totally reasonable to get an infusion of high dose Vit C prior to traveling (or just for those that want to do it) as extra protection.

It’s also easy to get Vit D deficient in the winter, so I recommend supplementing with an oil emulsified Vit D supplement, and be sure you are on a high quality probiotic.  At least 70% of our immunity starts in the gut, so support a healthy gut balance and you support your immunity.

Again, you can find all of my very favorite, pharmacy grade, pure and potent supplements in my online dispensary here:

 

 

6. Eat your antivirals.

 

Eating immune boosting foods such as garlic, ginger and oregano can help you boost your immunity to viral illnesses naturally.  Cinnamon and raw honey are both highly anti-viral as well, and have the ability to stop a virus in it’s track.

 

 

 

Try this recipe daily to boost your immunity and take an extra teaspoon full after coming in from being out and about in your community:

Anti-Viral Cinnamon Honey

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Mix 1 Tablespoon of Organic Raw Honey with 3/4 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon.
  • Eat 1 teaspoon as needed!

 

This makes three servings — enough to take three times a day during known viral exposures or at the onset of any viral symptoms.  You can eat a teaspoon of cinnamon honey straight, you can use it in your nightly or morning tea, spread over toast (the perfect winter breakfast!) swirl into your breakfast oatmeal, and you can use it to dip fresh fruit into for the added anti-oxidant boost!

This is one antiviral remedy that children ususally take with a smile. (Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.)

 

 

 

 

 

7. Wash Your Hands.

 

The #1 thing you can do, even if you can’t do a single other thing on this list, is WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

Wash your hand before eating, before touching your face, before rubbing your eyes, after blowing your nose, whenever you come home from being out and about, and before bed.

Just washing your hands more frequently than ever can be the one step that prevents the widespread epidemic of any viral illness, any season!

 

 

8.  Consider small lifestyle changes:

 

There are a few small little lifestyle tweaks you can do to decrease your exposures to viral illnesses during the winter.

Beside the obvious that I talked about before, such as washing your hands, sleeping well, using colloidal silver, and taking immune boosting supplements daily, these are some lesser known ways to decrease transmission of viral illness as well:

  • Wear glasses instead of contacts — glasses are not as good as a medical grade eye shield of course, but viral illnesses can be passed while speaking from human to human through the mucosa of your eyes, not just through inhalation to the lungs.  When we speak and breathe, we cast microscopic sprays of our oral microbiome all over the person we are speaking to, and vice versa.  Consider wearing glasses indoors (and/or sunglasses outside) to act as a barrier for your eyes when people are speaking to you — you can even throw on some non-prescription blue light blocking glasses if you don’t typically need to wear glasses.  Wash them often throughout the day, after washing your hands.  Not only is this at least a partially protective barrier for your eyes, but by not putting contacts into your eyes you will be touching your face less, reducing the risk of inoculating yourself through your eye mucosa.
  • Change clothes right when you get home — instead of flopping down on your sofa, or kitchen chair, or your bed — strip out of your clothes, toss them in the wash, wash your hands and face, then put on clean new clothes.  Get into the habit of putting on fresh clothes before touching surfaces in your home that are less easily washed, like your sofa and bed.
  • Spray home surfaces with a disinfecting spray — I prefer natural colloidal silver to disinfect surfaces I can’t wash, as I talk about in #4 above.
  • Switch to nightly showers — even if you are a die-hard morning showerer, consider showering at night during the winter months.  There is no reason to head to bed with all of the germs you’ve been exposed to all day long in your hair and on your body.  Shower at night and crawl into bed feeling fresh and clean.
  • To dramatically decrease your risk, wear a disposable face mask over nose and mouth (or a cloth one you can wash daily) when out and about in highly populated areas, such as in an airport while traveling.

 

 

 

9.  Stop Worrying.

 

The point isn’t to become fearful of every single person and every single surface you encounter, but to proactively boost your own health so that you could walk directly through an entire street of people with the flu and other germs, and still not get it.  This is absolutely possible.

Exposure does NOT equal active infection.

 

The reality is that you are likely to encounter someone with a cough or sniffle today. Or someone feeling nauseous.  And instead of feeling like the next victim of this or any other illness, you should *know* that our bodies absolutely and 100% have the ability to be exposed to nasty viral illnesses and not become infected by them.  This is natural for us.

It just takes a healthy immune system, lots of hand washing, good hygiene and a few other steps.  Follow the previous 8 steps listed above and #9 — stop worrying — will take care of itself.

 

So… how many of these tips have you already been doing?

 

Is there an extra idea or two in this list that you can add to your self care routines to even further decrease your chance of picking up a viral illness this winter?  Maybe you will start pressing orange juice for yourself every morning, maybe you’ll take a trip to get an IV Vit C infusion, maybe you will add colloidal silver to your home care routine, or maybe you will just be cognizant of the keep-6-feet-away rule for reducing the respiratory transmission of viruses.

If you can help share this information with others than together we can help stop the spread of the flu and other viral illnesses.   The key is empowering each other with positive, helpful, supporting things that we can do every day to dramatically decrease our chance of becoming sick with communicable disease.

It’s not realistic to sequester yourself away from all exposures.

A much more empowering and healthy choice is to walk with the health confidence of believing in your own innate power to be exposed to illness and not personally contract it.

Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter on my homepage right here if you’d like to receive the latest health care information from the medical literature, always with an uplifting attitude (never fear based like the rest of the medical world) and packed with lots of actionable things you can do to support your own innate health.

Because I believe that innate health is natural and that we are designed to be resilient.

 

 

 

 

Let your body do what it does best — ward off infection and keep you healthy.

This is what your immune system is made for.

And these are the ways you can optimize that process.

Please share.

 

With much love and faith in your Well Being…

xoxoxo, Laura

Do Your Friends Ask You What Grounding Is And You Don’t Know What To Say?

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If so, here is the best resource to forward to them.

Just forward this email or share the YouTube link and let me explain it for you.

I was recently asked to give the keynote speech at a Carico International convention, and into this 30 minute presentation I packed everything I love about grounding, all of the medical research about grounding, and exactly what grounding can do to support the health and resiliency of the human body… and why.

Most people don’t know why grounding works, but in this video I’ll tell you.

I’ll also tell you why I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on holistic health, instead of practicing conventional medicine.

And if you do nothing else, fast forward to the last 2 minutes of the video, and get a two sentence way to explain to all of your friends and loved ones exactly what grounding does for you.

In the last two minutes I give you an easy analogy that you can keep in your back pocket when someone wants to know why you enjoy grounding, and why it’s important for our long term health.

If you’ve ever wanted to come listen to a grounding presentation given by me, live… at least this video is the next best thing:

 

 

 

 

 

I present this material for the Carico company, so of course I reference their wonderful grounded mattresses.

But you can sleep grounded much less expensively than buying a whole mattress.  So if a grounded mattress that is several thousands of dollars is out of your budget (and heck, it’s definitely out of mine…) you can absolutely ground your own mattress for much much less, simply by laying an organic grounding mattress panel right on top of your own bed.

 

 

Or use a (limited edition) grounding bed roll.  Either one of these options is a fraction the cost, is custom hand sewn in the USA, uses natural materials, and grounds you every bit as powerfully as the highest priced grounding tool in all the world.

Or possibly even more so, as I choose medical grade stainless steel fibers to ground my sleeping systems, so that you can wash them without fear of degrading the ground connection (like the easily degraded silver fibers that other companies choose.)

 

 

And if you use a PureGround ground cord with your grounding tool, it’s even better than the world’s most expensive grounding systems because this cord will also filter and shield your ground connection for you, something other ground cords just can not do.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the video, and learned some new tools for talking about grounding to all your favorite people as well!

Enjoy grounding and recharging your internal health every single night!

xoxox, Laura

 

 

15 Things You Walk By Every Day That Would Ground You If You Touched It

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Hello!  I recently received a great question from a reader asking me to demonstrate with a ground test meter that I was truly grounded while touching cement.

Good idea.

Not only do I show you that you absolutely are grounded when touching cement in the video below, but I show you 15 different surfaces — besides just grass — that you probably walk by each day and didn’t know could ground you.

At the end, I show you the very strongest way to ground out of them all — yes, an even stronger ground connection than standing barefoot on grass… can you guess what it is?

Watch this quick video and I’ll show you!

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully that will get you inspired to reach out and touch the earth in different ways, instead of just waiting for the grass to green up again this spring.

 

Grass is kind of hard to find in winter and even if I do see some living grass that looks inviting… um no thanks, I’m way too cold for that.

But you can keep your feet toasty inside of thick socks and winter boots on and simply wear these wool fingerless gloves, alternating one hand inside a pocket at a time, and you’ll be surprised how long you can stay grounded directly to the earth outside.

 

 

To recap, here are all the different surfaces that will get you grounded, beyond the “just walk barefoot on grass” tired old advice.

Not that there is anything wrong with grass.

It’s just that most of us (myself included) are not lucky enough to have a lovely backyard full of grass… and who knows what is sprayed on the grass in public parks… so more often than not it is a sidewalk or a rock that will tempt me to reach out and touch it more than grass will.

 

So here you go…

15 Alternative Grounded Surfaces Just Waiting For You Outside:

 

 

1.  Gravel.

Yep, that gravel road, that gravel parking lot, that pea gravel patio… it’ll all ground you.

 

 

2.  Ferns.

I seem to be able to find these even when most other smaller plants have gone dormant or died in the winter… long after the grass is brown, I usually can find a fern on my winter walks.  And yep, any rooted living thing, ferns included, growing out of the ground will ground you.

 

 

3.  Moss.

Even moss growing on a tree, even moss growing on thick bark (which would typically block a ground connection) as I show in the video above, will get you grounded and feels oh-so-good.  So if you are trying to ground through a tree that has a lot of thick bark on it, see if you can find moss growing on it to touch instead.

 

 

4.  Slate.

Slate walkways are my favorite thing to walk barefoot on, I’ve had my hubby put slate walkways in for me leading up to my front door because I love them that much… and yes you are grounded the entire time you stand or walk on one.

 

 

5.  Tile.

This might be a good solution for indoor grounding too.  If you have bare tile placed on a cement floor in your home, you might want to grab a ground test meter here and see if you can ground by touching the tile, inside the comfort of your own home!

Just be sure there is no paint on the tile, it will seal the ground connection away from you.

 

 

6.  Sidewalk.

The sidewalks around your home, the shopping mall, your office, that restaurant you are eating lunch in… they are all grounded and waiting to support your health, even in the most urban of environments!

 

 

7.  Cement.

This is another great way to ground indoors directly to the earth — do you have a cement floor on your basement?  Or your garage?  Or your driveway?  Or your patio?  In the basement of your office building?  Or your parking garage? It’s all deliciously grounded!

 

 

 

8.  Pavers.

Similar to slate and cement and sidewalks mentioned above — pavers will ground you.  In fact, most natural walkways (everything I can think of except dried wood walkways) will ground you!

 

 

9.  Brick.

Did you know that brick will ground you as well, as long as it is directly on the earth?

 

 

10.  Rock.

Yep, you can just sit on a rock and touch it and it will ground you.

 

 

11. Sand.

Sand is really just a collection of mini rocks, and so yes… sand will ground you (especially if the sand is wet, as you’ll see in #15 below!)

 

 

12.  Flowers.

All flowers that are rooted and growing out of the ground outside will ground you just by touching their stems, leaves or petals!

 

 

13.  Trees.

The moist parts on trees (like the leaves and inner wood) will ground you, no matter how high up in the air they reach!

Just be aware that thick bark insulates you from the moist, grounded inner wood (the “circulation” of the tree, the vascular cambium, is what carries the ground connection up to the leaves) so if the tree has a layer of dry, thick bark, it’s better to touch a leaf, look for moss growing on the tree (like I show you in the above video) or find areas where the bark is thin to get grounded.

 

 

14.  Weeds.

Yep just like the fern and flowers I show you in the video above, anything that is rooted in the ground — even a pesky dandelion or a thistle or thorn or other unwanted underbrush — it will all ground you just the same as soft grass would, no matter how gnarly or uninviting the weeds seem!

 

 

15.  Water.

This is the most impressive, strong ground connection you can make — water.  Just having one cell in your body touch one drop of water on the earth will powerfully ground you from head to toe.

One fingertip touching the very top of a stream, lake, pond, river, puddle, or ocean will do the trick!

 

What won’t ground you?

 

(Does anyone want me to make of video of these too?  I’m happy to just let me know.)

  • Thick dry bark on a tree
  • asphalt on the road
  • thick layers of dry powdery snow or ice
  • painted anything (painted tile, painted cement, painted metal)
  • any dead dried out wood (like wood used to build a deck or a picnic table or a bench or a dried out branch that you might use for a walking stick)

…none of these things will ground you.

 

Want to test all the surfaces that are out and about where you live?

 

 

You can grab the same test meter I show you in the video above right here.

I have a special cord custom made, by hand right here in the USA, to use specifically with these test meters, so as far as I know, my Grounding Boutique is the only place to find the complete set up.  I even install a battery in them for you myself before shipping them out.  I’d love to send one your way!

 

To your natural, grounded, ever-resilient state of health!

xoxox, Laura

Two Years Ago Today I Was Headed Into An Operating Room

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Exactly two years ago, I ignored a growing, intense pain in my abdomen for about 24 hours, because I felt that I could not afford to take a break from all the work I had to do.

 

 

Only when I was passing out from the pain did I have to be strapped into an ambulance and rushed into surgery because my appendix had ruptured.

I ignored it and ignored it until I was in a life threatening situation.  That was so dumb of me.

I wish I could say two years later I was working less and prioritizing my own health more, but honestly I need to write this blog post as much for me as for you.

 

Taking the time to rest each day isn’t a luxury, even though we often treat it as such.

It’s actually a medical necessity.

You absolutely, 100% need deep, restorative sleep!

 

Working all hours of the day and night has serious ramifications to your health, which impacts every part of your life… decreasing your concentration, increasing your likelihood of accidents and impairing your judgement.

Did you know there are serious long term health consequences to getting too little sleep…  things like rapid weight gain, increased risk of dementia, and even heightened anxiety?

 

So today, to encourage you to make the time to get the rest you need, I want to tell you

the top 3 ways that taking the time to catch your zzZs will ultimately enhance your health:

 

 

1.  Sleeping Protects Your Brain:

 

A study (published in Neurology on Sept 3, 2104) found widespread changes in brain volume with poor sleep over time.

Researchers looked at 147 people and followed them (using MRI imaging) to look at the effects of poor sleep on the brain.  They found longitudinally over time that poor sleep quality was associated with smaller brain volume in the frontal cortex, temporal lobe, and parietal cortices… with more brain atrophy happening in those with the shortest sleep durations and poorest sleep quality.

In addition to that study, sleep has been shown to play crucial role in many long-term chronic brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

A study (published in JAMA Neurology on March 11, 2013) showed that patients with poor sleep quality had the highest percentage of amyloid deposition in the brain (the classic hallmark lesion of Alzheimer’s disease.)  In fact, in follow up they found that participants with the worst sleep quality had a 5 TIMES greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease then those who slept soundly.

Poor sleep has also been shown to be a hallmark of ADHD, and a recent study (published January 20, 2015 in the British Medical Journal) found that even a simple, brief sleep intervention with ADHD children provides lasting benefits that lead to a significant decrease in sleep problems, an increased average sleep duration time, a marked and significant decrease in ADHD symptoms, improved assessed working memory and recall, and parents and teachers both reporting improved behavior and improved daily functioning… better than treating with ADHD medication!

Even more exciting, these improvements were sustained at both the 3 month assessment AND the 6 month assessment, showing that addressing sleep problems can lead to substantial and sustained benefits for children with ADHD, over and above the effects of any medical interventions or medications.

The bottom line: better sleep equals better daytime functioning in the short term and a healthier, more dementia resistant brain in the long term.

 

 

2.  Sleeping Helps You Maintain

Your Ideal Body Weight:

 

A study (published in SLEEP, July 2013) found that folks gained a significant amount of weight after only 5 days of poor sleep.

Previous studies have shown a link between poor sleep and weight gain, but this is the first study where participants slept in-house in a sleep facility and the actual weight gain was measurably significant after sleeping four four hours several nights in a row.

They found that healthy individuals who experienced a short period of sleep deprivation (for only 5 days) gained 9 times as much weight as healthy individuals who get a full night of sleep.

What does this predict for folks who are chronically sleep deprived?

Many of us live in a chronic state of catching only a few hours of sleep a night… not just for 5 days but for weeks, months, even years at a time.  This has a huge impact on your weight.

Imagine gaining 9 times as much weight over the course of a year of poor sleep as you normally would had you slept well.

If you are watching your weight or struggling to understand why your best efforts are not good enough to prevent you from gaining weight, examine your sleep. Sleep deprivation is incredibly stressful to the body.

 

3.  Sleeping Supports A

Healthier Outlook:

 

A study (published in The Journal Of Neuroscience on June 26, 2013) showed that if you have anxiety, sleep deprivation actually impacts you even more than it impacts other people.

Sleep loss has been shown to decrease our ability to judge social interactions and social threats accurately (making you more likely to be hypersensitive and more emotionally reactive) as well as impair emotional control (making you more likely to have outbursts or impulsive behavior.)

This study furthered our understanding of the impact sleep has on anxiety by demonstrating amplified activity in the amygdala and anterior insula of the brain, which exacerbates anxiety.

And those that had the worst anxiety had the most overstimulation of those areas of the brain in response to poor sleep.

Meaning that people who have anxiety issues in the first place will suffer greater harm from sleep deprivation than folks without baseline anxiety issues, although in all cases the brain becomes overly sensitized and prone to hyper-reaction.

Years ago the world was stunned by the testimony that Michael Jackson had gone approximately 60 days without any deep, restorative REM sleep, which was likely responsible for a constellation of his symptoms including confusion, memory loss and paranoia.  It is thought that no human being has ever gone that long without restorative sleep before, as previous laboratory experiments show that rats perish after only 5 weeks without restorative sleep.

 

Ready to protect your brain volume, more easily maintain your ideal body weight as you age, and decrease your anxiety levels?

 

Here are some ways to grab better sleep for yourself, tonight!

  •  Sleep Grounded — Connecting to the earth during the day or sleeping grounded with an indoor sleeping product (my Grounding Boutique carries many different options for sleeping grounded!) has been shown in sleep studies to increase the amount of time we spend in deep restorative phases of sleep, as well as treat jet lag and other circadian rhythm disturbances.
  • Sleep Shielded — If you lay in bed and still feel overstimulated, the next step would be to sleep under a shielding blanket or better yet, a shielding sleeping bag for 360 degrees of protection to all of your internal organs.  Or simply wear a shielding robe to bed every night (the most cost effective 360 degree shielding plan I know of, and my Shielding Boutique is the only place to have one hand sewn just for you!).  If you simply can’t turn off your router completely at night, or paint your entire bedroom with shielding paint, or hang a shielding canopy all around the bed (both the paint and the canopy run into the thousands of dollars and they are so cost prohibitive at this point that I don’t even use them myself and don’t yet carry them for my patients until they are a more reasonable price) then the most cost effective thing you can do is to shield your body as you slip into bed.  Ahh… the relief is immediate.  Similar to the relief I feel when I zip up in my shielding windbreaker before heading out the door for the day — you can feel your entire autonomic nervous system relax and appreciate the break from the onslaught of eSmog that is pervasive across the globe now.   You can find the blanket and sleeping bag and jacket all of my other favorite shielding tools right here.
  •  Melatonin At Dusk —  The hormone that signals it is time to sleep for our body, our melatonin levels naturally decline with age.  I know some people avoid melatonin because they believe it decreases your body’s own production, but the truth is that the body naturally makes less and less over time, and is not likely to ever rebound production on it’s own anyway.  So if you find it hard to naturally  fall asleep, you can safely boost your own melatonin levels with a low dose melatonin supplement.  But here is the key, that most people don’t know: most melatonin labels instruct you to take it one hour before bedtime, but that is incorrect.  Actually, the very best time to take melatonin is at dusk, as the sun starts going down.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t plan to go to bed for several more hours, still take it at dusk, because this is the natural rhythm of melatonin production.  This one simple tweak can change everything for people who think melatonin doesn’t work for them.  Take it as the sun goes down and you will find that no matter when you finally go to bed that night, you are so much more aligned with falling asleep than you would every have been only taking melatonin an hour before bed.  I’ve found that patients can take a much much smaller effective dose of melatonin, sometimes as small as only 0.3 mg (instead of the usual 5 mg) as long as they are taking it right at dusk
  • L-Theanine At Bedtime — GABA is the brain’s soothing neurotransmitter.  If you are have trouble with anxiety or racing thoughts at bedtime, you might feel the calming benefits of supplementing with a product containing L-Theanine, which crosses the blood brain barrier and converts to GABA to help relax over active thoughts.  You can find both my favorite melatonin supplements as well as my favorite L-theanine supplements in my pharmacy-grade, trusted online dispensary right here.
  •  Daily Activity — As I talk about in this blog post, walking each day is the one of the single best things you can do to prolong your life. Walking has been shown to do everything from predict better remission rates during cancer recovery to prolonging life span to simply helping deepen sleep at night.  If I am not sleeping well at night I have to ask myself, did I truly move my body during the day?  Increase your daytime activity levels and watch your nighttime sleep deepen.  It’s directly proportionate.
  • Re-examine Your Work Schedule — Lower your stress at work in order to protect your sleep patterns.  Not only by re-examining your work hours and job responsibilities, but also consider ways to lower stress loads all together.  Hop over here to read my blog post on how to decrease the negative impact that job stress can have on your life and re-consider or re-negotiate your work hours, your job load, your career path, your commute, your training requirements, think of ways you can delegate or ask for help for routinely overwhelming responsibilities, and many more ideas here.
  •  Develop A Nightly Routine — turn off all the lights, make sure there are no computer screens or clock faces or night-lights lighting up the room while you sleep, and drink a soothing cup of warm milk, sleepy-time tea, or take a hot bath to relax your body and transition into bed.  And if you must have your cell phone in your bedroom with you, be sure to put it on airplane mode or place it behind a bedside shield!!!
  • Block Blue Light From Reaching Your Eyes —  Ok I’m a mother of two teenagers (oh my how the time has flown) and it’s just completely unrealistic for me to expect them not to use their computers to complete homework assignments, or use their phone to arrange plans with friends, or to use their televisions to unwind at night to catch up on their favorite TV shows or (in my son’s case) watch their favorite sports teams play.  And not to mention, I have a bad habit of my own screen exposures at night, including catching up on emails, writing blog posts, and watching some reality TV before bed.  That said, you can make the glow from these screens less disruptive to circadian rhythm simply by wearing truly blue light filtering glasses, like these.  They need to be a dark orange color to truly block out enought light from screens that they optimize your sleep in a noticeable way.  The blue light shield on your regular prescription glasses help prevent eye strain but are not enough for nighttime use.
  • Relax With Magnesium — Magnesium is very relaxing and because it helps your muscles relax and release, it is a wonderful nighttime drink.  On nights when I am feeling tense (especially helpful for anyone who grinds their teeth at night or has restless legs!) instead of laying in bed growing more and more frustrated, I break out of that rut by making myself a hot cup of water with a teaspoon of powdered magnesium drink mix stirred into it, found in my online dispensary as well.  Just get up, take 10 minutes to sip your warm magnesium beverage, then settle back in and literally feel your muscles relax as you sink into bed more deeply.  There, isn’t that so much better?
  •  Reduce Nighttime Cortisol Levels — high nighttime cortisol levels and constant stress (leading to adrenal fatigue) will sabotage anyone’s best sleep attempts.  Seek help if you are in adrenal fatigue and make sure you are supporting your natural hormonal repair by including healthy fats (like whole fat yogurt, organic butter, organic eggs, coconut oil, fish oil) and consider a supplement like Ashwagandha at bedtime to decrease nighttime cortisol levels.  Sleeping grounded at night will also help normalize your cortisol levels, which is win-win.
  •  Address Perimenopause — hormonal fluctuations and hot flashes can definitely interrupt your restorative sleep.  Seek help if perimenopausal symptoms are ruining your sleep, and consider Maca Root supplementation to support and balance hormone levels.  Honor the energetic transition of menopause by making sure you give your body the space and down time it needs to navigate the journey (more on this right here.)

 

Make sure you are taking plenty of time to relax each day, and sleep deeply each night.

Your body will thank you for it not only in the short term, as you will feel more emotionally and physically resilient each day, but in the long term as you protect your body and your brain’s longevity!

 

I’m dedicated to spending a little extra time resting this week — won’t you join me?

xoxoxo, Laura