Trying It Out For You: A Salt Cave (aka Halotherapy)



Halotherapy is simply the inhalation of aerosolized dry salts…

…which is quickly becoming a very popular new therapy added to many spas. 


These salt therapy lounges can be very beautiful, with gorgeous Himalayan salt wall features and flowing loose salt over the floors to give the appearance of a salt cave, while plain old sodium chloride crystals (table salt, basically) are aerosolized into the room’s air for inhalation.  

These spas claim that halotherapy can improve respiratory allergies, fix chronic dermatologic skin issues like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and even decrease the frequency of upper respiratory infections. 


But is it safe?  And is it worth the money?


I gave it a try and brought my phone along to film it for you.

In this super quick, 3 minute video I’ll share with you my experience and then below this video, I share what the medical research has to say about salt inhalation therapy as a medical treatment.





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So after I came home from this trial of halotherapy, I did an exhaustive search of the medical literature for you, and here’s what I found:



I continued to review the medical literature past 2013, to see if any new studies have found halotherapy to be beneficial.


  • I found one study, published in 2014 in the Journal of Medicine and Life, that failed to show statistically significant improvement in patients with chronic respiratory allergies and inflammatory lung conditions.  What is notable to me in this study is the finding that out of the 15 patients studied, 7 of them developed an irritative cough from the treatment itself.
  • Another study, published in 2016 in Meditsina Truda I Promyshlennaia Ekologiia, showed that mild to moderate cases of chronic obstructive lung disease was clinically improved in about one-third of cases.  
  • Another study, published in 2017 in Pediatric Pulmonology, showed that mildly asthmatic children had less bronchial hyper-responsiveness after 14 sessions (two a week for 7 weeks), but sadly lung function/spirometry tests did not show any statistical improvement at all.  


Over all?


I did not find any evidence in the medical literature that halotherapy is used in hospitals (despite this being stated as fact by the Salt Cave attendant) and while there were no studies showing positive results in double blind placebo based studies, there did not seem to be much harm in the therapy either, with the exception of a high rate of induced cough in the 2014 study.

So for patients wanting to relax, de-stress, or perhaps address allergies or skin issues, there doesn’t seem much of a down side, or risk, if you want to give it a go.

For example, if you have enlarged tonsils, I’d say this might be worth a trial run, as long as you are comfortable knowing it may take weeks of treatments before seeing a statistically significant result.


None of the studies reported any results after just a single treatment.


For patients with lung disease or asthma, however, I would steer clear of halotherapy, as a 50% rate of induced cough is not something I would want triggered in any of my asthma patients… or anyone with lung or breathing issues at all.

Don’t live near a salt cave and want to try this at home?  Use a personal Himalayan Salt Inhaler.


An economical alternative to inhale microparticles of salts is a personal inhaler made from ceramic, used with Himalayan sea salts.  Simply hold up to your mouth, breath in through the mouth and out through the nose for 10 minutes daily. 

I have zero affiliation with any salt inhalers, I just want to provide you with as many ideas as possible.  Be sure to consult your physician before use, as I would highly recommend they know you are starting salt inhalation and that they follow you with spirometry measurements to monitor any results.

Any studies on a personal salt inhaler?


I could only find one, published in 2007 in Pneumologia.

This study looked at if using a personal salt inhaler could help adults with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and unfortunately, although the patients in the study reported feeling better and walking faster, on spirometer there was no statistical improvement to lung function and there were several reports of sore throat as a side effect.



Another alternative?  Plug in a Himalayan Salt Lamp.


Although there are no medical studies directly proving a salt lamp is therapeutic, there are lots of general claims that a Himalayan salt lamp provides negative ions to the living space — and negative ion therapy actually has been studied and shown to slightly reduce depression symptoms, decrease headaches, and marginally help normalize circadian rhythms. 

So theoretically there may be a slight health benefit to introducing a salt lamp into your home and it’s certainly much cheaper than repeated sessions of halotherapy at a therapy center

I hope you enjoyed that fun test run of a Salt Cave, and I am planning on trying Cryotherapy for you soon… as well as CBD therapy and Sauna therapy.

Any other alternative therapeutic treatments you’d like to see me try out for you, and do a medical literature review on?  Shoot me an email at and I’ll add it to my list of upcoming videos!

xoxoxo, Laura



Grounding To Release Chronic Issues




For the last 4 weeks we’ve talked about how grounding helps with acute issues, like:


So when we talk about grounding, it’s usually because there are instant perks:

  • immediate pain relief
  • instantaneous release of muscle tension
  • immediate boost to energy and mood
  • immediately improved blood flow, etc…


But did you know that grounding is actually even more helpful in chronic conditions — disabilities or illnesses that need support over a lifetime?  This is where grounding can really, truly shine.




So if you’ve been told you have a condition that will never improve, old injuries or scars or chronic pain conditions that you have been told you just have to get used to as your *new normal*… uh, no.


If you haven’t been using grounding as part of your healing plan, then there is a huge part of healing that has been completely missing.

Grounding is an entirely different pathway for bringing fresh healing flow into old issues that seem stuck.

This is because conductive healing supports your body in a totally different from every other healing modality.  So with grounding, we’re bypassing the digestive system. We’re also bypassing the circulatory system.  In fact, you can directly support areas of your body that are covered with scar tissue and haven’t had good blood flow and good support for years, maybe for your entire life. 

If you are trying to get a prescription medication, or a supplement, or fresh oxygen, or fresh blood flow to those areas, the decreased circulation to the scarred area is going to limit your healing.



But enter grounding.


Grounding doesn’t depend on the circulatory system. It doesn’t depend on your digestive tract. It doesn’t depend on the health of the tissue that you’re trying to help support. That’s what other healing methodologies do. And that’s why they often fail, because they depend on the health of the area that is actually not healthy in the first place. 

Healing usually depends totally on the circulation to the area that’s not working well, to deliver nutrition or medication or oxygen to the area that’s damaged.  So there’s a mismatch. You are trying to heal an area that is not healing.

And in chronic disease, that’s where you hit a wall. You get to a certain level of healing and a certain level of recovery and repair, and you are told that’s it. That scarred damaged area you are left with is your “new normal.”

Not so with grounding, because even with a walled off abscess or very old scar tissue that’s just dense and fibrous and thick… it’s all conductive.  The abscess = conductive.  The scar tissue = conductive.  The only thing that grounding depends on is the conductivity of your body.  And every cell in your body is conductive, every cell, even wounded cells, even scar tissue. Every cell, without exception.

So if one little cell in your entire body is grounded, then your entire body is instantaneously grounded because that cell is grounded, and the conductive gel inside that cell (the cytoplasm) is conductive, the cytoskeleton of each cell, that holds the structure of the cell in place, is conductive.

It’s like having little fiber optic conductive fibers going through every cell in your body and connecting and interconnecting every single one of them, and then the fluid around them, and then the organ systems themselves and even the fascia they are encased is conductive, and the skeleton, the joints, the skin, the muscles, the nerves running through your body, the brain innervating it all, the blood, everything is conductive.




Everything is conductive! 


So an old damaged area that you’re trying to heal that doesn’t have the benefit of good circulation can be accessed by grounding because no matter what state it is in, it is still conductive.  So areas that have not had a new healing modality or a new energy flow or a new way to be supported are finally supported.

Areas of your body that you thought had hit a plateau with healing can get a new entire delivery system of support and healing and health.  Your entire body is a healing zone, an electrically conductive healing zone, when you are grounded… cocooned in health and support… with both instantaneous and cumulative effects.

They are not stuck.  Grounding can change all of that.  In fact, chronic disease and disabilities are exactly where grounding makes the most impact.



In the film “The Grounded”, you can see the benefits of grounding on old injuries as you follow Dave Olreud, a man who suffered a spinal cord injury 30 years ago while building a house.  The house collapsed on him and he was crushed in that accident. He has been paraplegic ever since.

So he had a spinal cord injury for three decades when he was finally introduced to grounding.  His autonomic nervous system was compromised by the spinal injury, he’s lost some bowel motility, had problems with defecating, and had decreased sensory and motor functions as well.

He was told there was no hope for improvement.  That it wasn’t going to get any better. And, over time, as a result of the stress on his body, he developed a heart murmur and was told he wasn’t even healthy enough to have surgery to fix his heart valve. He began grounding, and the first thing he started noticing was his improved sensory changes, and more muscular strength to the point where he was able to actually get out of his wheelchair for the first time in 30 years and had enough muscle strength that he was able to walk across a room.  

You can see this by watching the documentary for yourself.   


But that’s not all. 


To his doctor’s amazement, after that movie completed filming, he continued to improve to the point where he was able to have his aorta repaired and have the cardiac surgery that he wasn’t healthy enough to have before.

And he’s continued to improve so much that his gut motility and his ability to defecate has become easier, which adds immeasurably to his quality of life. More important than walking across a room is an increase in the quality of daily life, things like having a bowel movement with less effort, being able to feel increased strength, feeling increased sensory input… experiencing sensations that you haven’t had for a long, long time. 

He was told there was no chance for improvement.  And then he began grounding.  And to quote him directly, he said, “I was told I’m not supposed to have a better tomorrow. But I do have a better tomorrow.  He’s continued to see improvement in chronic old issues.  As Dave told me, “grounding has been a godsend.




Allow grounding to breathe new life into old health conditions that you didn’t feel were possible to modify.


The very impasse that your body has is an avenue for healing when it’s grounded, because that entire pathway is groundable and conductive and, therefore, can become the conduit of healing in and of itself.

As Dr. Becker talks about in his book The Body Electric, mankind has known that conductivity is an important avenue for healing since the first reports published back in 1909 by Owen Franze who used electrical stimulation to enhance salamander regeneration, and again in the 1970s, when electrical stimulation was used in animal studies for limb regeneration in frogs, and then rats. 

While those are among the first studies to demonstrate a reproducible, scientifically based result from the property of the conductivity of living tissue, humans have turned to the healing energy of the earth since the dawn of mankind.

What we know from the published medical literature so far is that there is no amount of time spent grounding that is too short.  Grounding can support the function of the body instantly.  And I believe that in the future, as we have longer and longer studies, that we will find there is no amount of time being connected to the earth that’s too long.  I believe an entire lifetime is not too long to live connected to the earth and to live in our best, most optimized state of well-being. 




What we now know is just the tip of the iceberg!


Many more studies are ongoing and will continue into the future, as my dream for an entire branch of medicine to be known as Conductive Medicine hopefully becomes reality.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of the healing benefits of grounding over the past month.  Next week I’m going in a totally different direction with a fun new healing modality to introduce you to.

Have you ever heard of, or considered going to, a therapeutic Salt Cave?

I did and I took a video for you, and then I came home and did a complete review of the medical literature.  I’m sharing all of that with you on the blog next week!  See you then!


Meanwhile, visit my Grounding Boutique for grounding tools that are:

  • made from the highest quality, longest lasting conductive materials like stainless steel
  • locally handcrafted by local artisans, with grounding cords that are produced in the USA, not overseas
  • ethically crafted using eco friendly materials that are as healthy for the earth as they are for you, such as organic, biodegradable fabrics (not polyester and vinyl that will sit in a landfill like most other grounding tools)
  • medical grade & physician developed (directly by me!)
  • designed to last decades
  • shipped in ethically & eco-conscious shipping materials (not plastic) such as cloth bags and tissue paper that uses soy based, non-toxic ink and is acid free and FSC certified
  • from a small, local, female owned and operated business, not a large international franchise





Not mass produced overseas using the cheapest possible materials and destined to stop working after a wash or two, the products I carry are each:

  • hand picked by me
  • hand tested by me
  • personally packaged and shipped by me, directly from my hands into yours
  • with over 20% of the proceeds directly donated to charities, including:
    • youth empowerment organizations like SocialWorks
    • healing & retreat Centers like the Well of Mercy
    • wildlife rescue & rehabilitation centers like the Kroschel Wildlife Park
    • women’s and children’s shelters like Pilgrims Inn, and many more.
    • If you run a charity or non-profit organization & would like to be considered for a donation, please email me at and I will personally add your organization to the donation list!



Hop over to the Grounding Boutique today if you want to find a grounding tool that will help ground and heal you for many many years to come…

…the perfect long term support to any chronic health conditions you would like to resolve:



To your natural health!

xoxoxo, Laura


Grounding To Balance Your Hormones


Hormones are the signs in your body telling each organ system how to function together.


Hormones are all about the interplay between organ systems and keeping the entire human body safe and functioning as one… that’s their role.

So when grounding supports our hormone balance, it’s so exciting, because that means grounding is not just helping one specific organ system but instead it’s impacting how you feel and function as a whole.  

The classic example is how our gut interplays with our hormones.

Conventional medicine is just starting to realize how gut inflammation and what we eat affects many different processes in our body, including thyroid function, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, renal diseases and even causing neuroinflammation in the brain, which may play a roll in increasing dementia risk. 

We know now that constantly eating foods that cause inflammation, having food sensitivities, gluten intolerance and other inflammatory bowel conditions puts the body in a reactive state which goes beyond just the gut lining being inflamed, but actually increases the incidence of other inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders because our body is in a hyper-vigilant state.

We begin reacting to things that we normally shouldn’t react to. The incidence of food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, all kinds of immune and allergic and inflammatory disorders world wide is dramatically increasing.

Because if we don’t touch the earth and we don’t get that natural conductive support, we become containers filled with inflammation that has nowhere to go.  All day long, we’re just adding inflammatory triggers to our body and it’s just going to be a matter of time before something that would not normally harm our body overwhelms it.





If we can get back to the point where nothing is too much because we’re constantly discharging it to the neutralizing earth, we’re going to be more resilient.

It’s natural for us to interact with our environment, to eat a variety of foods, to have a certain amount of wear and tear on our body and for us to rebound and be resilient to it.

That’s the human condition.


We’re adaptable and we have a constant flow of energy and no cellular system in our body really stays the same.  There’s a constant renewal process of all of your cells and all of your organ systems, and there’s a constant, ever-available process of refreshment to your body and to let go of the old and welcome in the new, and a constant system of repair.

Unfortunately, we’ve lost that resilience because we’ve lost that connection to the earth. And because we are now accruing inflammation, we’re not resilient anymore. So let’s get our resiliency back. That is what grounding is all about.  Grounding is about getting you back into that state of constant repair and renewal.

So let’s look at how connecting to the earth really impacts the homeostasis of all our different organ systems and through the chemical signaling between the organ systems, which is our hormones:






As I touched on a few weeks ago in my review of grounding and sleep, a medical study published in 2004 in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative medicine showed that patients had normalized cortisol levels after sleeping grounded.   

In this study, researchers looked at twelve participants who had a history of sleep disturbances.  They measured cortisol levels and tracked sleeping patterns while these patients slept grounded every night on a grounded mattress pad for two months.  After these eight weeks, the cortisol production of every single one of these grounded patients had normalized.






This study, published in 2011 in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, showed how just one night of grounding boosted thyroid function.  Grounding statistically significantly decreased free tri-iodothyronine, increased free thyroxine and increased thyroid-stimulating hormone levels.

Some patients may actually be able to reduce their thyroid replacement hormone therapy and/or avoided going on it in the first place.

So make sure, if you are taking any kind of prescription thyroid replacement, that you work together with your personal physician to monitor your body’s response while you’re grounding, because most likely you will be needing to adjust that medication as your body’s thyroid function regains its balance.


Another thing you can do to decrease inflammation in your thyroid is to protect your thyroid from constant EMF exposures by wearing a protective scarf like this one, which wraps your thyroid in 360 degrees of shielding.







The same researchers that looked at thyroid function during grounding also designed a study looking at blood sugar levels while grounded.   By stabilizing blood sugar over time, researchers postulate that this can impact insulin resistance. 

In their double-blinded study, investigators followed 12 patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) who had unsatisfactory glycemic control (fasting plasma glucose >10 mmol/L) despite dietary and exercise advice and glibenclamide (doses 10 mg/day). 

Patients were grounded for three days and measurements in their fasting serum concentration of glucose were made at baseline, after 24 hours and after 72 hours and were compared to ungrounded controls. 

The results showed that grounding significantly decreased blood glucose levels by 17% after only 24 hours, and continued to decrease them by over 30% after 72 hours.  Ungrounded controls had no statistically significant change in their serum glucose levels at all. 

It’s very exciting research and I look forward to seeing more medical studies in the future on grounding to help prevent and treat type 2 Diabetes. 





One imbalance in any single hormone will affect your entire body.


Inflammation in our gut impacts our thyroid hormones, which impacts our adrenal hormones, which impacts our sex hormones, which impacts our day/night rhythm.

Everything is interrelated between cortisol and thyroid and adrenal function and estrogens and progesterones and melatonin and serotonin and even insulin sensitivity.

So today, I challenge you to consider touching the earth as much as possible to stabilize the hormone signaling throughout your body today.




In fact, in light of how gut inflammation affects hormone and disease signaling so broadly, consider eating one of your meals today outside while grounding.


Whether you take your lunch outside to eat during your work day, with one foot resting on concrete outside while you sit at a park bench or a picnic table or a sidewalk, or if you relax tonight while eating a picnic dinner outside, or even if it’s tomorrow morning, grounding with a cup of coffee and fruit, yogurt or toast outside before heading to work (this is my daily routine)…

…grounding can help decrease whole body inflammation, including the inflammation in your digestive tract, which helps to calm and soothe the entire gut/brain axis.

Prevent triggering an inflammatory cascade while grounding during your next meal, and then meet me back here next week to talk about how grounding can support the resolution of even long-standing, chronic health issues.

xoxox, Laura



P.S. Plus, here are 4 more holistic ideas to support your natural hormone balance:


1. Direct Grounding in AM Light


Support your natural healthy energy rhythm by combining morning light on your face with grounding.  Giving your body the *clear signal* that it is daytime is absolutely crucial to feel your best.

Medical studies have shown that a few minutes of morning light on your face is actually **more effective** than a prescription anti-depressant in treating depression!

Combine this with the centering, adrenal supportive healing therapy of Grounding and this one daily practice could very well transform your entire life.

Even one minute is okay… just get out there and do it… all week long and see how your body responds.  Your mood.  Your energy.  Your sleep.  Even your sex drive!

In fact, try to allow this gentle routine to become a lifelong habit that will continue to help you feel the very best you can possibly feel, for a lifetime!


2.  Assess Your Adrenals


Click the link below to print out my free Adrenal Assessment Quiz to see if your adrenals are functioning optimally.  This assessment is part of my 5 Day Adrenal Recovery Online Class.  

If you take the quiz and find your adrenals are in need of support, I would love to work with you to repair them!  Just fill out this free adrenal assessment quiz to see if your adrenals could use a little TLC heading into spring!


Free Adrenal Assessment Quiz


If you have been through any kind of recent stressful situation or big life transition or change (even fun, positive ones!) chances are your adrenals could use some rejuvination.

In this healing class I’m going to share with you exactly what causes adrenal fatigue and all the absolutely CRUCIAL ways to address it.  In fact, we are going to start actually repairing your adrenals together, right from Day 1!

And luckily, my class starts this fall!  Click here to sign up and join in.




3.  Eat thyroid and adrenal supportive foods:


What you eat matters.

Click here to print out a list of foods that naturally nurture your adrenals and boost your thyroid!



4.  Thyroid supportive supplements:


In addition to consuming thyroid supportive foods as outlined in the printable food list, consider adding on a thyroid boosting supplement.

Grounding, taking thyroid supportive supplements and stopping gut irritation by decreasing or eliminating gluten, sugar and dairy is often enough to make a noticeable change in the need to supplement with thyroid Rx, so be sure to work closely with your in person physician to monitor and adjust (usually decreasing!) your thyroid Rx doses as your body is better supported, your gut heals, and your adrenal glands repair.

Find my very favorite pharmacy grade thyroid supplements in my online dispensary here.




Grounding To Boost Your Metabolism & Lose Weight



Directly touching the earth impacts your metabolic functions,

and as I found out,

can even help you lose weight.


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

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

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

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




But here’s the interesting part… even when they stopped grounding, there was a persistent residual metabolic effect of increased heart and respiratory rates. 


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

With a slight increase in respiratory rate, you are actually getting more oxygen into your blood (it is pumping and flowing more efficiently, as we talked about last week) and as the blood is improved in its flow and delivery, it’s carrying more oxygen throughout your entire body and now you are actively healing. 

It’s like exponential support, because you are delivering oxygen, antioxidants and nutritional support to all the tissues in your body, on top of the direct electrical support (as we talked about three weeks ago) from the grounding you receive through your connective tissue.

This got me thinking. 

I decided I wanted to study my own patients because I wondered if, by boosting our metabolism through touching the earth, we would see a change in weight over time. 

So I personally enrolled a dozen overweight patients into an informal private study on grounding and weight loss.  I followed them for 10 weeks, measuring weight, energy, mood, sleep, and pain, with weekly weigh-ins and assessments. 





Their instructions were to touch the earth outside directly for 15 minutes a day…

and that was it. 


I told them not to change their diet at all. I wanted them to eat everything they had eaten before in the same quantities and in the same fashion. 

I told them not to start new activities or to change their activity level at all.  I wanted to see metabolic changes from short periods of daily grounding over time.

Following those patients with weekly weigh-ins and weekly assessments was very, very interesting. 




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


The fact that the majority of patients lost weight with no change in their diet and no change in their exercise pattern was in and of itself priceless.  But I wanted to find out why the rest didn’t also have a weight change. 

So I sat down and went over the medical history of each patient and their grounding records.  And what I discovered was remarkable and might actually be even more important than the weight loss results.  

What I found out completely transformed my understanding of just how powerfully healing the earth is.  It turned out that the patients that did not lose weight were battling other, more urgent chronic health issues that were all impacted and improved (and sometimes fully resolved) through the 15 minutes of daily grounding.  

Think about that. 

The participants that were overweight (but didn’t have any pain issues and didn’t have any other chronic health issues) enrolled in this study because they wanted to see if they could lose a little weight with minimal effort, and they did, every single one of them. 

So it was actually a 100% success in weight loss when the body didn’t have something else serious actively going on. 




And even more importantly, the patients in this study that were not losing weight were actually resolving other more urgent medical issues. 


One patient who had carpal tunnel syndrome and was going to have surgery was able to cancel that surgery because her pain had decreased so much in just that 10 week period.

Another patient had a lower back injury, and another had chronic neck pain, which both dramatically improved.  Of the patients that didn’t see any change in weight, all of them had improvements in other acute health issues.

What became evident in this study is that anyone with an acute issue had the grounding relief going towards resolving that issue.  




It turns out that grounding your body flows healing where you need it most. 


It’s as if the healing flow from the earth is saying:


“How can we ensure this person’s survival the best? What’s going on with this person? Is there inflammation?  Is there a metabolic issue?  Is there a sleep issue?  What’s going on with this person that’s keeping them from being in the pure, positive state of well-being?  Whatever’s going on, that’s what I’m going to work on first.  And once there is no active health issue to fix, I am just going to maintain the healthiest possible status for this human being to get the whole organism running more smoothly.”


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

I started realizing that this is what’s going on with the majority of patients that come to me.

As an intuitive physician I tend to get more holistic-minded patients coming to me for support.  Many of them are already really healthy.  They eat the best they can eat.  They meditate all day long.  They do yoga morning and night, they drink raw juices, they sleep well and they take all kinds of supplements. 

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

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

They have weight that they cannot seem to lose or they have another chronic health issue.  And every single time, after I talk with them extensively about their health practices, it turns out that grounding and docking themselves to the earth is that missing piece.




A lot of my patients are healers themselves.


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


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


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

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

You are constantly taking on energy.

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

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

But we don’t want to take on the stress or the pain from others.  Taking on the burdens of others and carrying it in our ungrounded bodies is not really helping anyone because now it’s harming you as well.

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




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


As my study revealed to me, it only took a few minutes a day to make significant changes in the physical body. In just 10 weeks, some people lost up to 15 pounds with no change in their diet or activity and I feel on a spiritual level that’s because all the energy they were taking in from all the people they care about every single day, was finally discharged.

Their body became a clearer, more stable vessel.

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

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

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

Over the past three weeks we have talked about many of the different cellular and biochemical changes that go on in each organ system when you are grounded, but if you step back and look at what grounding does to support your entire body as a whole, how it really can come in and support you where you need most, as it did for the patients in my study, then you can experience a deeper level of well-being than you ever thought possible. 





Today, instead of your body being an ungrounded container for your soul that accrues stress and inflammation, let the earth free your body up to be an open, grounded vessel. 

And come back here next week for me to tell you all about how grounding helps to balance your hormones.

xoxoxo, Laura


Grounding To Support Your Heart Health


If the heartbeat of the earth resonates powerfully with your brain (as we talked about last week)

…imagine what the heartbeat of the earth does for your own heart! 



Your cardiovascular system is entirely electrically based, driven by the electrical impulse of the heartbeat which in turn drives the circulation through your body.  This relationship has been extensively studied for the effects of grounding. 

The first study I want to tell you about was a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of 40 patients.

They had electrodes connected to their feet, and half of them were grounded for one hour (the other half were sham-grounded for one hour) and the blood flow through their facial skin capillaries was imaged in real time. 




Even though the grounding patches were on their feet, all the grounded patients had significantly increased capillary blood flow in their facial skin.


And the patients who were ungrounded had no change in their facial blood flow. 

This is a real, nearly instantaneous physiologic change in the circulatory system all the way up from the foot to the face. This has ramifications for the beauty industry and the anti-aging industry, since enhanced blood flow through the skin in your face (and all over your body for that matter) helps stimulate fresh skin tissue and reverse signs of aging from the damage of toxins, additives, preservatives, makeups, environmental exposures, etc… that you are routinely exposed to day in and day out. 





If you want to see the enhanced blood flow for yourself, I highly recommend that you watch the film “Heal For Free.”


Heal For Free is an incredible film, and shows first hand how a patient’s blood flow in the back of the eye changes dramatically after grounding through the bottom of the foot.  

This is a really beautiful way to capture what’s happening in the capillaries because the blood flow in the back of the retina looks very similar under the imaging study as it does in your skin, and all through every organ in your body. 

This patient had macular degenerative disease in the back of his eye, a disease that is usually irreversible, yet there was a significantly enhanced blood flow even to the damaged macula of his eye. 

The retinal specialist was in shock, never having seen an increase in blood flow through the retina once the blood flow had decreased… yet he was able to see significant improvement to the macula and was rendered almost speechless.




Grounding increases circulation, enhancing blood flow to organs throughout your entire body.


We touched on the increased blood flow through the skin and through the retina due to grounding, so now let’s talk about a study showing increased blood flow through the muscles.

In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, researchers studied 28 participants who performed strenuous yoga exercises for an hour straight, and half were grounded and half were not.  They cycled through a series of 10 strenuous yoga exercises over and over again, while their blood viscosity was measured. 

The study wanted to determine if there was improved blood flow to the muscles during use, and it turns out there is, which helps explain why muscles have less damage and are less sore after strain as we discussed two weeks ago in this blog post. 





The viscosity (the thickness) of the blood was decreased, so the blood actually ran more smoothly through their muscles.


And not only did it run more smoothly through their muscles while their muscles were actively engaged and strenuously working hard, the blood flow was enhanced both systolically and diastolically.  That means when the heart was squeezing, the blood flow was enhanced and also when it was at rest between beats, the blood flow was still enhanced.

Decreasing blood viscosity right when you’re exercising, right when you need it, right when your muscles are contracting, speeds healing and repair and buffers any strain that’s being imposed on your muscles as you’re actively using them. 

So not only does grounding open the capillaries and allow for more blood flow, it decreases blood viscosity to allow it to flow more smoothly and thus decrease the chance of blood clots. 



And even more importantly, grounding has a direct effect on your actual heart itself.


Heart rate variability (HRV) is an indicator of heart health.

HRV measures the variability between your heart beats and an increased HRV is a fantastic indicator that your heart is healthy and is functioning well, it’s receptive, responsive, tuned into your autonomic nervous system, tangibly taking in information about the environment and the stressors that you’re under and responding directly to them.

There’s an innate connection and inter-responsiveness between your heart rate and your environment. This beautiful measurement in the rhythm and variation of your heart beat gives it a chance to respond to how much oxygen you need at any given moment, how much blood flow you need in your muscles or organs at any given moment. 

When the HRV decreases (as it does during times of stress, after trauma, after a heart attack, after a heart transplant, in premature infants, in PTSD patients and much more) the heart reverts to a robotic beat with less variation.  It’s no longer in a relaxed, flexible state where you can change and respond and adapt to your environment.

Instead, a low HRV means your heart is in robotic survival mode and that actually has been shown to decrease lifespan. It’s an indication of an increased mortality rate and heart failure risk, so physicians look at the HRV (particularly after a heart attack, heart transplant and premature birth) because it predicts the risk of death. 

They also look at the HRV to predict a positive outcome as well, for example, there is a better prognosis in cancer patients with an increased HRV.   So a higher HRV enhances long term survivability, enhances recovery from major diseases, predicts a longer lifespan and decreases stress and wear and tear on the heart. 



The best news of all? 

Grounding directly increases your HRV. 


In the yoga grounding study mentioned above, participants who were grounded for 40 minutes during strenuous yoga exercises universally had their HRV increased, but the moment they stopped grounding, their HRV went back to baseline. This was statistically significant with every single patient, so when they were grounded, their HRV was enhanced, and when they were ungrounded, it wasn’t. 

Researchers followed that study with an even more recent study on the HRV in some of the most vulnerable human beings of all — premature infants in NICU incubators.  And here too, grounding boosted markers of survival for these neonatal infants.





The last pieces of the puzzle to talk about is the blood itself.


The red blood cells that are in your blood have a connection and a responsiveness to being grounded and it’s just awesome.

It’s amazing to see how one system can be impacted by grounding, not just in one way but in multiple ways… the heart works better, the blood vessels deliver blood more easily, the viscosity of the blood goes down so it flows more freely, and now studies tell us that the red blood cells themselves are less likely to clot, and here’s why:

The zeta potential represents the electrical potential on the outer membrane of your red blood cells. The more negative the zeta potential is, the more likely your blood cells are to flow smoothly. When the zeta potential increases, your blood cells are more likely to clot, clump together and aggregate, increasing the risk for stroke, heart attack and other clotting diseases.

So researchers measured the zeta potential of 10 patients, before and after grounding them for two hours.  Ungrounded, the zeta potential of red blood cells increased, making it much more likely to clump and move slowly but after two hours of grounding the zeta potential decreased, allowing the red blood cells to flow freely and decrease the risk of clotting. 

That’s really the goal of aspirin therapy, which more than one-third of all adults (and four out of five patients with heart disease) routinely take to reduce the risk of clots.

Grounding does that naturally… and it does it for free… and without the gastrointestinal irritation!  It’s just natural for your blood to flow more smoothly, for your red blood cells not to aggregate and stick together and not to clot as much, for your HRV to be enhanced, and for the flow through your entire vasculature system to be open and free. 





So today, enjoy going outside and touching the earth to support not only your heart health but your blood flow throughout your entire body…

…and then meet me back here next week where I will tell you all about the awesome boost grounding gives to your metabolism!

xoxox, Laura





Your Brain On Mother Earth


Artwork I painted to remind you to head outside to support your brain health!


There is a beautiful relationship that our brain has with the energy of mother earth. 

This helps support everything our brain helps us to do — from enhancing our mood to maintaining a healthy weight to deepening our restorative sleep. 


Most people believe that our circadian (day/night) rhythm is dependant on sunlight to set that pattern for us, but scientists have actually known since 1970 that the earth’s energy field has as much, if not more, to do with our sleep/wake pattern than even the sun. 

Here’s how:


Researchers built two underground isolation chambers that completely cut the occupants off from any evaluation of time passing.  Both chambers were light proof, sound proof, temperature controlled bunkers, with one difference… 

While one was allowed to be connected to the electromagnetic field of the earth, one was completely shielded so that all connection was severed between the earth’s energy and the occupants of the bunker. 

Looking at several hundred test subjects for up to a two month period of time, researchers looked at sleep wake cycles and found that participants who were in the bunker that still allowed the earth’s field to reach them kept patterns that were close to a 24 hour rhythm, while those in the bunker that was completely shielded from the earth’s energies became completely desynchronized and experienced significantly longer, more irregular rhythms. 

Researchers then experimented with introducing different electrical and magnetic fields into the shielded bunker, and only one restored normal sleep/wake patterns…  you guessed it, the one that is our Mother Earth’s natural energy, the Schumann frequency.  




From this the researchers postulated that it is actually the frequency of the earth that regulates our natural biorhythms. 


Based off of this understanding, it’s easy to understand how directly connecting to the earth, grounding our body with our planet, can help enhance restorative sleep at night and boost daytime wakefulness.

In the first study to directly examine grounding and sleep, researchers looked at twelve participants who had a history of sleep disturbances.  They measured cortisol levels and tracked sleeping patterns while these patients slept grounded every night on a grounded mattress pad for two months. 

After eight weeks, the cortisol production of every single one of these patients had normalized.  Every single one.

Cortisol is really important, signaling to our body in the morning (when levels are highest) that it is day… and then slowly decreasing all day long while levels of melatonin rise by evening to signal to the body that it is night. 

It’s really crucial to have normal cortisol pattern and a normal melatonin pattern or your sleep becomes disrupted. 

But the good news is, grounding can correct this in just a few weeks’ time.  This is why one of the original applications of grounding was to treat jet lag to get you quickly into the new day/night rhythm of the new time zone you’ve travelled to. That just shows you how resilient the human body is.

Grounding is not going to be like a sleeping pill.  It’s not going to make you go to sleep.  It is going to improve the quality of the sleep you do have.  It’s going to heal your body so that you get natural sleep.  Restorative sleep. 

Beyond normalizing cortisol levels, being grounded directly calms and supports your brain wave patterns so that when you are sleeping grounded you are spending more time in restorative alpha brain wave patterns.  The feeling of having had a good night’s sleep where you had time to process and release the events of the previous day and have rested your body helps you wake up with a new possibility, a fresh start.




That’s the feeling of having a prolonged alpha brain wave pattern. 

That’s why meditation is so helpful. 


Meditation is an ancient healing practice, and we now know the reason it is so effective is that meditation puts your brain into that alpha wave pattern.

That is the state of healing, and there are essentially three ways to get your brain into that alpha brain wave healing state:

1 — You can do it through meditation

2 — You can do it while falling  asleep


3– You can do it through grounding. 


Better yet, you can combine sleep and grounding.  That’s the most powerful way to do it, which is why these sleep studies are so awesome and why every single participant in them reaped such significant benefits.

Good quality sleep is so good for our brain it is actually protective against dementia.  A recent study reported that even when study participants were sleeping but the quality was decreased (meaning they weren’t cycling through the really healthy sleep patterns that include alpha brain waves) than they had a five times increased risk of dementia.  Five times higher dementia risk!

And it’s really not about the length of time spent sleeping, because in that study, many of the participants who had the longest time in bed actually had the poorest sleep quality.  Even though they might be lying in bed for 10 hours it didn’t increase the time that they spent in those relaxing brain waves patterns.  

Your melatonin level naturally decreases as you age, so it’s very natural for your sleep quality to actually go down as you get older.  Poor sleep becomes more and more common with age.

While you absolutely can supplement with high quality melatonin, you can also directly ground to the earth daily, because then you’re directly linking your central nervous system activity to the calming, centering, healing benefits of the earth’s electrical activity.  And you can actually do both — supplement your melatonin levels as well as sleep grounded, at the same time, for synergistic sleep benefits.




Another reason that your brain really needs that deep sleep is to maintain your ideal healthy weight.


A recent medical study showed that people who were sleep deprived gained weight.  The sleep deprived participants didn’t lose weight, and they didn’t just stay at the same weight, they actually gained weight nine times faster than the people in the study who slept well.  Nine times faster!

I consider grounding a great way to prevent weight gain as you get older, and much of these effects are likely to be from a lifetime of deepened sleep.  I have personally conducted my own grounding and weight loss studies and found that even with absolutely no change to diet or exercise, my grounded patients lost weight simply by grounding outside for 15 minutes or more every day.



Click over here to watch a video where I explain in detail about that study and why grounding will help promote a healthy weight by boosting your metabolism.



Grounding is a great way to maintain an ideal weight, to prevent diabetes and metabolic syndrome and much more.

Another recent study looked specifically at grounding and mood.  Researchers followed 40 patients in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.  Twenty patients were grounded for one hour and twenty thought they were grounded but were only sham-grounded. Every single grounded subject had a statistically significant improvement in their mood assessment while the ungrounded ones did not.  

And I want you to know that even if you sleep grounded and you don’t notice that you fall asleep any faster and you don’t notice that you sleep any longer, what you do have is an increased quality of the sleep you are getting.

To your body, it’s like plugging into the most soothing, comforting heartbeat of the earth.  

The earth resonates at the exact same frequency of the healing brain waves in the alpha state, the same brain waves as a person in deeply healing meditative states, the same brain waves we cycle through in stage 1 of sleep.  




It’s called the Schumann frequency and it’s the frequency of the earth, it is the frequency of a healthy calm brain, and when we connect with the earth, we resonate with its healing pattern.


It’s how a baby feels when it hears the heartbeat of the mother when they are growing inside their mom’s body.

It’s like that for us because we’re then connected directly back again to the heartbeat of mother earth.

That energy that she pulses out at the same frequency that our brain needs to be in to restore and heal.

Our brain needs to be in that frequency to repair.

Our brain needs to be bathed in that frequency in order for us to be in the mode of well-being.

There’s no way to move forward with poor sleep. Study after study has shown that a lack of sleep does everything from causing weight gain, to shortening our lifespan (click over here for me to tell you more about that incredibly important medical study,) to increasing the risk of dementia.

There’s no way around it.

You have to get good quality sleep.  And grounding can help you do that.  You might not have the luxury of sleeping longer, but you can make the sleep you do get be of the very highest quality.

Take time to head outside and connect with the earth every single day, striving for 30 minutes a day but knowing that any amount of time is better than none.





And if you can’t fit in time to ground outside during the day, at least get grounded sleep. 


If you are interested in sleeping grounded, I have developed the only eco-friendly, organic, hand sewn, USA made, artisan grounding tools in the world, and they are waiting for you right here.  

Other grounding tools are made overseas in factories out of the cheapest possible materials.  Leatherette?  Yeah that’s just vinyl that will sit in a landfill for 500+ years.   Silver fibers running through cheap polyester?  That synthetic fabric don’t biodegrade either and will be sitting right next to the leatherette in your landfill.

How’s that for treating Mother Earth?  

I figure if we are reaching out to the earth for healing support, we probably should be using eco-friendly materials when we do.  



Eco-friendly for people, eco-friendly for the planet.  

Why would you ground any other way?


Then meet me back here next week as we look into the benefits of grounding on your heart and entire circulatory system!

xoxoxo, Laura


Feel Immediate Relief With Grounding: Relax Your Muscles, Strengthen Your Bones




Our musculoskeletal system, the bones, muscles, ligaments and joints that hold us together and allow us to function all day long, is the perfect conduit for grounding.


When you touch the earth outside, your entire body is instantaneously grounded and this is because your entire musculoskeletal system is conductive.

The fact that our entire skeleton as well as the connective tissues that hold all our organs and soft tissues in place within our skeleton is a conductive conduit for healing is the basis for how and why grounding works.  

The first medical study to reveal this was a beautifully designed study that looked at what happens to a grounded body when muscles and tendons are pushed to their limit and are purposefully strained (1).   It was a scientifically rigorous, double-blinded placebo-controlled study, in which patients carried one-third of their entire body weight in barbells on their shoulders and did repetitive toe raises until their muscles were exhausted. 

Going up on tiptoe over and over and over until the muscles are completely fatigued creates complete muscular exhaustion, which induces inflammation and damage to the muscle tissue.   This muscle damage can actually be measured in the blood using markers of inflammation that are specific to muscle (like creatinine kinase).   





Researchers measured laboratory parameters that included creatinine kinase, white blood cell counts and cortisol levels before the study began (i.e. at baseline) and at one, two and three days after this fatiguing trauma to the muscle. 

Each participant also had MRI imaging studies to determine if the grounding helped mitigate the damage to the human body after muscle strain in a statistically significant way.  All participants thought they were grounded through a grounding patch, but only half of the study participants were actually grounded, while the other half were only sham grounded.

Without fail every single ungrounded subject not only reported significantly more pain and a longer recovery time but they also had higher blood cortisol levels, higher creatinine kinase levels, and higher white blood cell counts. 

In contrast, every single grounded subject recovered faster after the muscle damage, not only reporting lower pain levels, but significantly lower blood cortisol levels (which means the grounded patients were less stressed from the injury), significantly lower creatinine kinase levels (meaning they had less muscle damage) and lower white blood cell counts.

Interestingly, the white blood cell counts of the grounded patients were actually better than before the study began.  This means it was better for them to be grounded even while facing a strong insult to their muscular system than to avoid trauma but remain ungrounded. It was actually so healing for them to be grounded that it completely compensated for the muscle damage and then actually went beyond that and improved their blood panel over the baseline.

So this study revealed that there’s actually repair happening during the trauma just by being grounded. That’s truly an amazing finding.




Now let’s go further. 

Does grounding help improve muscular function when you are not even exerting yourself, but just at baseline muscle tension?  Would grounding help with tension headaches or fibromyalgia or other baseline sensitivities?  This was addressed in a larger study of almost 60 patients (2.) 

In this study, researchers grounded the participants and monitored their brainwaves through EEG imaging and their muscular tension through EMG monitors. The EMG (electromyogram) was placed on the trapezius muscle, which is the large triangular muscle spanning the upper back, shoulders and neck (the muscle that is involved in fibromyalgia, tension headaches, neck pain and more).

The researchers then grounded the patients through a grounding patch on the sole of their foot, and instantly, with absolutely no discernible lag in time, their muscle tension immediately decreased in the neck and shoulder area.  The EMG readings went down instantaneously, showing that even grounding through the bottom of your foot affects the muscle tension all the way up to the neck, instantly.  

This explains why you feel good all over, instantly, the moment you step out onto the earth barefoot! 





This is all only possible because of the conduction of the skeletal and facial and microskeletal system of our body (all the way down to the cytoskeleton of each cell) is conductive. 


If we had to wait for our circulatory system to carry support from our foot up to our shoulders, we would have to wait minutes, not seconds (which is why it takes at least 20 minutes for an anti-inflammatory pill like ibuprofen to start to decrease pain… since it relies solely on your circulatory system to deliver the anti-inflammatory relief).  

Now let’s look deeper at how our connection to the earth supports us all the way into our bones. Because the bones are really what provide the structure to our body and create its functionality.

I want to tell you a little bit about how bones work so that you can understand why grounding is so important to the longevity of your skeletal system.  Bones are basically mineral deposits in our bodies and we use those minerals to maintain homeostasis.

The minerals in our bones are used to make sure that the pH in our body is within a healthy range and to make sure that we have the right electrolytes and minerals to keep us functional. 

We can measure the renal excretion of calcium and phosphorous to monitor the release of these two important minerals to determine if you are leaching minerals from your bones into your blood in order to maintain homeostasis. 



Another study looked to see if spending only one night grounded had an impact, and it turns out that it did, all the way down to the bones (3). 


After only one eight-hour session of grounding, the renal excretion of both calcium and phosphorous went down significantly, which means the primary indicators of osteopenia and osteoporosis in these patients went down after just a single night of grounding. 

This to me is incredible… after just one night, instead of their body having to go in and pull minerals out of their bones in order to repair the inflammation of the day and to correct the pH, the minerals remained in the bones preserving their strength.

And so, over time and over a lifetime, instead of leaching away your bones and creating brittle bones, grounding is naturally helping to maintain the integrity of your entire musculoskeletal system.  Not just your muscles when you use them, but your muscles when you are not using them, and your bones even deeper than that! 

And here’s the shocker to me, as a medical physician, when I was examining this study.  The same participants who had their bones protected by grounding overnight had an entire metabolic overhaul that included a boosted thyroid function and decreased blood sugar levels.  

This is an incredible finding in a nation where hypothyroidism is an epidemic, affecting more than one out of every ten Americans, with Synthroid (a synthetic thyroid prescription given to treat hypothyroidism) being the number one brand-name drug prescribed in the United States.



The musculoskeletal system is what makes you conductive, and what makes grounding instantaneous throughout your whole body.


Most medical professionals just aren’t aware yet that the entire structure of your body (all of your ligaments, tendons, muscles, skin and bones) are all conductors.  And it goes further than that.  Because it’s not just your muscles, skin, bones, ligaments and joints that are conductors.  And it’s not just the fluids, it’s the actual cytoskeleton of every single cell. 

Your cells are made up of their own structural system that maintains their three-dimensional shape that is conductive and the fluids that our cells are filled with are conductive as well.  I think of it as an electrically conductive gel. 

So because each cell in our body is primed to receive conductive healing, you can have an instant response that’s not dependent on digesting something or circulating something or absorbing something. It’s not dependent on absorbing a prescribed medication. It’s not dependent even on the food you’re eating. Those things can be very helpful and adjunctive. But nothing is as direct as the immediate result of grounding.

Even for chronic old issues, because now the earth can speed relief and repair right to an area that may be walled off and encapsulated by scar tissue and is not accessible any other way than electrically. So that is the incredible power of grounding your musculoskeletal system.



Grounding one cell is all that it takes.


Grounding just one cell will electrically conduct this healing flow through your entire body. Releasing muscle tension, supporting your joints, strengthening your bones.

First and foremost, it’s using your connective tissue to speed this healing flow throughout your body.

So if it’s cold and you just touch the earth with one finger and stay bundled up everywhere else, you’re grounded.

If it’s warm outside and you can fully lay right down on the earth that’s awesome, but it’s not superior to just being grounded with one tiny little part of your body.  That is how electrically conductive your body is — the moment one cell in your body becomes grounded, your entire body is grounded.

Today, touch the earth for a minute and feel your muscle tension literally drain.  Then meet be back here next week for the next blog post I am writing for you on the wonderful benefits of grounding for your brain’s health!

xoxoxo, Laura