Tired All The Time? Can’t Lose Weight? How Background Noise Impacts Your Health


This weekend I took my daughter out shopping for a bridesmaids dress to wear to her dear friend’s wedding.


And even though it was so wonderful to spend that special time with her, I left the crowded store feeling completely exhausted, and so did she.

As we were driving home I realized that I felt exhausted specifically by being around the constant, unending noise that was in the store…

…background music overlapping with customer conversations overlapping with advice from store personnel overlapping with the intercom system, all while I was trying to focus on communicating with my own child.

It reminded me of this post I wrote last year on noise pollution, so I thought this was the perfect blog post to share with you all today.

Because chronic background noise doesn’t just irritate you… it’s actually impacting your long term health.  By more than you think!


Chronic levels of noise found frequently in modern society has been shown to significantly increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, stroke, even atrial fibrillation.  Not to mention upping your risk for insomnia, a huge health crisis in-and-of itself!   And it doesn’t stop there.  Not only is chronic noise increasing your blood pressure, increasing inflammation in your arteries leading to heart attack and stroke, but it’s also increasing your risk of metabolic diseases and type two diabetes!


That’s right, if you have stubborn abdominal fat that just isn’t falling away, on top of considering what your diet is and what your exercise goals are, you should also be considering what chronic noise pollution you are exposed to!

Chronic noise is absolutely part of the reason you have stress induced metabolic change.


(Another thing to ask yourself is how deep your sleep really is, if you are having trouble losing weight!  In my medical experience, it is almost impossible for a person to lose weight in a healthy way unless they are sleeping well, as I blog about here.)


Because the disease burden of chronic noise is so directly linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and increased inflammation of the arteries, it’s important for clinicians to start treating noise pollution as a cardiac risk factor on par with smoking history, family history of heart disease, age, blood pressure, and weight.

Has your physician asked you about noise pollution when talking with you about heart health?


If not, you may want to print this study out and take them into your next appointment so they can get up to speed on this incredibly pervasive health threat:

Environmental Noise and the Cardiovascular System

(free printable medical study)


What is interesting about this study is that it’s not just loud sounds that affect your health, it’s the small chronic ones that do too.  So it’s not just an airplane passing by or the occasional sound of construction, but the level of normal talking, phones ringing, and sounds of cars on the street all impact your heart attack and stroke risk, and they all up your risk for metabolic disease too.  Look at the table below (taken directly out of  the medical study above) to see that even normal conversation is above the area now considered safe in terms of affecting your health.  55 dBA and above is now considered a health risk factor by the World Health Organization (WHO):


Every 10 dBA increase in noise increases your heart attack risk by 6%, arterial calcification by 8%, and stroke risk by 14%… starting at only 50 dBA!


This is why the World Health Organization has now lowered the noise pollution level to only 55 dBA (formerly, 65 dBA was recognized as unhealthy.)
  • So normal conversation (at 60 dBA) can, over time, contribute negatively to health issues… increasing both heart attack and stroke risk by 6% and 14% respectively.
  • The normal sound of cars driving/traffic, doubles that — increasing heart attack and stroke risk by 12% and 28% respectively.
  • Listening to a telephone ring repeatedly increases risk of heart attack and stroke by 18% and 42% respectively, and on and on.



Clearly, working in a high noise industry (like on an aircraft or in construction) is very hard on the body — this we already knew.

What we didn’t know is having a job where you answer telephones, or working at a busy restaurant, or working a the mall, or any other environment with constant conversation and music playing adds to your cardiovascular risk as well.

And now we do.


Noise pollution is no longer about loud noises causing long term hearing issues.  It’s not even about loud noises at all any more.  We are now aware that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time — compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body.  The new term is Noise Annoyance — which is all that is needed to produce these increased rates of chronic, life threatening health issue.

Think about your day:

  • Do you hear traffic constantly (especially consider if you hear traffic where you sleep at night?)
  • Do you work in an area where there is chronic talking (such as a hospital, a hotel, a store or a restaurant?)
  • Do you work in an area where there are phones constantly ringing (such as at an office?)
  • Do you work in an area that has music playing constantly?
  • Do you sleep with music or a television on?


If so, your risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, stroke, cognitive impairment and more is much greater than it has to be.



What to do?  The worst damage to your health occurs when noise levels are chronically present while you are sleeping at night…

…so the first thing to think about is where you lay your head to catch sleep.


If you live in an area where you can hear cars driving by every night, or other constant sounds, you may ultimately want to consider moving.  Short of moving, it can help to follow these simple guidelines to help improve your sleep hygiene:

10 Easy Ways To Protect Your Body From Harmful Noise:

  1. Install noise blocking and light blocking curtains on your windows.  This alone can lower your disease risk.
  2. Consider investing in a noise blocking and light blocking canopy in addition to curtains on the windows to further block out sound and light and completely encase your bed.
  3. Do not sleep with windows open if you live in an area with nighttime traffic, and try to sleep in a room that is not facing a road if you have an option of which bedroom to take.  If you already have a high cardiovascular risk or history of heart disease or stroke, consider switching bedrooms with another family member in order to get away from a busy street.
  4. If you can’t move your bedroom, plant a row of trees to help block noise coming to your home.
  5. Turn off appliances when not in use… don’t sleep with the TV or music running, don’t sleep with a sound machine on, give your brain a break from the constant onslaught of noise whenever possible.
  6. Reduce EMF exposures in your sleeping area to decrease the over all environmental toxicity of your bedroom (click here for a free printable 25 point checklist on reducing EMF exposures.)
  7. Ground while you sleep at night to dramatically deepen sleep, improve your brain’s sleep patterns and give your body some restorative down time before facing another full, noisy, busy day.
  8. Wear noise cancelling earplugs during commutes and traveling, especially on airplanes and trains.  Make sure you wear them when using power tools, shooting guns, mowing the lawn, at concerts, etc…  They are very discrete (looks like you are wearing normal earbuds so people think you are just listening to music!  I prefer this style over earplugs that don’t have a cord, as those tend to look like hearing aids to me.  And the cord means you can take them out and drape them around your neck, then put them back in when you need them!)   I would even suggest wearing these to work — the cool thing about this model is that you can uncap them and still hear normal conversation, music, co-workers, etc… at much safer volumes.  Therefore, you can wear them while at work to protect not only your ears but your heart and brain and metabolism too!  Tell your co-workers who ask about how wearing earbuds can actually decrease their heart attack and stroke risk — they will be amazed.
  9. Decrease other stressors in your life to help decrease the total amount of stress burden placed on your body.  Consider stress when choosing occupation, living location, commute, relationships, friendships, coworkers, etc… Toxicity from these ubiquitous sources are every bit as important to consider as it is to reduce more obvious toxins like the ones found in the food you eat, the water you drink, choosing non-toxic household and personal care items, etc…
  10. Increase and optimize positive health measures to help buffer other stressors (such as noise pollution) that you may not be able to do anything about.  Optimize the quality of the foods, nutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and supplements you put into your body, optimize the purity of the water you drink, increase your physical activity, and get your body grounded as often as possible.


You can print this easy checklist out right here and share it with everyone in your life who has any sort of cardiac, neurologic, or metabolic risk factor (which is basically all of us!):

10 Actionable Ways To Decrease Noise Stress

(free printable handout)

To your resilient, constantly re-setting and improving health…

xoxoxo, Laura



PureGround EMF Filtering & Shielding Cord: Your FAQs, Answered



You all know how crucial I believe it is for our body’s to be

connected to the earth outside, grounded.


And you also know how much I want to protect our bodies from EMFs

and the harm done to our tissues from radiation exposures,

which is now a medical fact.


Wanting to maintain the robust innate health of the human body through grounding while still shielding it from exposures to resonant EMFs and dirty electricity is what lead me to partner up with an electrical engineer (who graduated with his PhD from MIT) to develop the PureGround EMF filtering and shielding ground cord.

Today, he answers some of your most pressing questions on how and why the PureGround cord is the safest way to get grounded indoors.


1.  What is the PureGround cord?


The PureGround cord is the only grounding cord in the world which has a patented filter at the ground pin that filters out dirty electricity from entering the cord, and also prevents any current from traveling up the line.

On top of that, the entire cord is shielded so that it blocks EMFs in the local environment from impacting the cord, from one end all the way to the other.

This enables healing electrons from the earth to flow to body but does not allow EMF or other currents on the ground wires to reach you.



2.  How does it work?


The PureGround cord contains components that act like one-way valves that only allow healing electrons from the earth to reach your body.

The PureGround cord protects you in three ways:

1) it doesn’t allow any stray current on grounding wires and circuits to reach you

2) it doesn’t allow EMF induced AC current on the user from forcing electrons off your body, and

3) it shields the cord to reduce EMFs induced on the PureGround cord itself.


3.  Does it help with EMFs?


The PureGround filter helps with EMFs because it reduces alternating current on the cord; this means it will not allow EMFs to remove electrons from your body.

Further, it doesn’t allow any current that exists on ground wires and circuits, such as in your house or apartment, to reach your body.

Lastly, the shielding that wraps the entire length of the cord prevents EMFs from inducing current on the ground cord itself, all the way up to your grounding tool.


4.  I thought grounding was to reduce voltages on the body, will this drop voltage?


Cellular processes on your body are direct current (DC) voltages while man-made voltages from power lines and other electronics are alternating current (AC) voltages.

The PureGround cord will reduce direct current voltages on your body but will not show significant alternating current voltage drops.  This is because the cord prevents alternating current on the wire and keeps those electrons on your body.


5.  If we are exposed to EMFs in the environment while grounded, what should I do about EMFs?


You can do two things to support the resiliency of your health: reduce EMF exposures and ground your body to restore it’s connection to the earth.

To reduce EMFs, you want to:

  • Remove unnecessary EMF exposures, I talk about that in this blog post.
  • Reduce the strength of exposures you can not remove
  • Shield your body from the remaining exposures
  • Ground your body safely, using the PureGround filtering and shielding cord with ec0-friendly, organic grounding tools.


Protecting your conductive health (by shielding and buffering EMF exposures) while boosting your conductive health (by grounding) is a completely compatible combination and absolutely the best thing you can do to support you body’s long term well being.

We recommend reducing exposure to EMF sources by moving appliances away from humans and consider turning off circuits to rooms not in use or while sleeping.  Then, use EMF shielding to block what you can’t reduce.

Here is an article with a free print out of 25 easy, actionable ways you can reduce your EMF exposures:




6.  How can I test if there are any voltages on the ground circuit in my house?


There are several ways to measure voltages on the ground circuit in your house or apartment.

  • The easiest step is to take a voltmeter set to alternating current (VAC) and place one probe into the grounding pin of a wall socket and the other into the neutral pin on the socket (a slightly longer slot, usually on the right in North American plugs).
  • A second approach is to install an independent ground rod into the earth outside your house, then put one probe of the voltmeter on the rod and the other into the grounding pin of the wall socket.


If you’re not using a PureGround filter your body will be exposed to these additional voltages.  These voltages can be even higher than the DC voltage you’re trying to remove in the first place!

Voltmeters have both DC and AC settings (V- and V~).  To measure voltages generated by your body’s cellular processes make sure the meter is placed on DC (V-).  To measure EMF exposure or stray voltages in your house set your voltmeter on AC (V~).

Be sure to use a multimeter capable of measuring down to milli-volts (mV).


7.  How do I make sure I’m grounded through the PureGround cord?


Many ground test meters try to run a current up a ground cord to test the connection, and the PureGround cord is so good at preventing current from reaching your body that it will protect you from this current by blocking it, and the meter will not work.   To verify ground, you’ll need to use a test meter that sends the signal down the line, away from the body, to test continuity to ground.

Here is an article for you explaining this in more detail:


Why Some Meters Don’t Properly Test The PureGround Cord



The easiest way to demonstrate the PureGround cord is properly grounded is to simply use a compatible ground tester, like this one:


PureGround Grounding Test Meter


If you own a multimeter, you can also test the PureGround cord with your current tester.

You have to double check your settings, as many voltmeters have a closed circuit testing function that will not emit enough power to go through the PureGround filter and thus may not indicate the PureGround cord is grounded.  Furthermore, the resistance measure on the multimeter may not show the 100k Ohm resistor because of other components in the filter.

So if you want to use your multimeter to verify ground, follow the steps in this document:


PureGround Verification by Multimeter



I hope this Q&A was helpful!

If you want more resources, here are some previous blog posts I’ve written for you already on ways to support your conductive health and decrease your radiation exposures:



I’m proud to offer eco-friendly, ethically crafted, organic grounding tools alongside the patented PureGround EMF filtering and shielding cord… all waiting for you in The Grounding Boutique right here:



You can also find all my favorite EMF shielding tools in The Shielding Boutique on my website, right here:



Do you want to make sure you are informed of the latest grounding breakthroughs?


To stay posted on the newest developments in EMF safety and the latest medical literature on grounding, join the Safe Grounding Coalition.

By joining this community, you’ll be the first to know the latest medical literature on grounding and the newest developments in grounding and shielding health tools!



To your vibrant, resilient, conductive health!

xoxoxo, Laura


Find Out If You Are Going Barefoot Enough With This Simple Test


Are you getting excited for Spring to arrive?

I sure am!


I just ordered all of my organic heirloom seeds to start my garden seedlings, and for me this means tons of barefoot time outdoors is just around the corner.

So today’s question is… are your feet ready for spring?


To find out, I made a quick, fun, hands-on video for you to help you answer these questions:

  • Are you getting enough barefoot time?

  • Are your feet properly aligned?

  • Is the alignment of your foot giving you knee, hip and back pain?

  • Are the shoes you are wearing causing foot issues?

  • How can you reverse damage shoes have caused your feet?


With the two very simple tests that I demonstrate for you in this video, you can test your own feet right now and you’ll know the answer to all of these questions!


A Quick Way To Know If You Are Going Barefoot Enough





(newsletter readers click here to watch this video on YouTube)



This video can be very motivating to get your loved ones to kick of their shoes and get grounded!

So if you have friends or family who you’ve been encouraging to get barefoot and grounding outside but they’ve been resisting… forward them this video and at least let them determine for themselves if they getting enough time barefoot!



If you are interested in grabbing some foot alignment socks that allow you to ground and correct your toe spacing all at the same time…

…you can find the exact socks I am wearing in this video right here.


To your foot health, and a spring and summer full of barefoot grounding!  It’s blessedly just around the corner, so now is the time to get your feet ready!

xoxoxo, Laura




Childhood Trauma Affects Your Adult Health. But It Doesn’t Have To.


A new study shows what we can already *feel*…

…that trauma in childhood affects our physical health as an adult.


Our cells, organs, tissues, physical body holds on to the effects of emotional trauma and this energetic tension literally changes how our body is able to function.

I’ve written previous blog posts highlighting this, how our body’s health is an expression of our emotional well being, in articles such as:




Today’s medical study shows an association between trauma in childhood resulting in an increased risk of having surgery to remove the reproductive organs as an adult.

In other words, earlier trauma significantly impacts the sexual health and reproductive health of a woman and culminates later in life to increase their risk of having major surgery.


The Study (published June 7 in the British Medical Journal):


  • 256 patients were studied: 128 women who underwent ovarian and uterine removal operations before age 50 and before entering menopause were paired with 128 age-matched controls.
  • Patients had to have medical records that dated back to at least age 15 and researchers used epidemiological studies to access medical records with direct documentation of events that gook place up to 40 years prior to the ovary/uterine removal surgery.
  • Using data on reports of abuse, violence, neglect, verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse that occurred  between birth and age 19… these childhood traumatic experiences were then stratified and validated with the patients directly.


The Results:


  • Researchers found a statistically significant correlation between women who had ovarian and uterine removal surgery as an adult and verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, substance abuse in the household as a child, and suicidal ideation or suicide attempts.
  • Women who had considered or attempted suicide were more than twice as likely to have their reproductive organs surgically removed as an adult than their matched controls.
  • The highest rate of statistical significance was childhood physical abuse, with patients who had the surgery being almost ***6 TIMES AS LIKELY*** to have had physical abuse as a child.


The Bottom Line:

Traumatic experiences in childhood causes epigenetic changes that increase the chances of having the reproductive organs removed as an adult.


More studies are needed to determine whether bringing an awareness to the fact that the pelvic pain, fibroid growths, excessive bleeding, etc… leading to surgery may stem from experiences in childhood and young adulthood, and to see if getting support to deal with prior traumas can help mitigate symptoms and decrease the need for pelvic surgery entirely.


This study is a very vivid reminder that what happens to us affects our physical body.


What happens to us emotionally, what happens to us when we are under stress, what happens to us when we are betrayed, neglected, sexually abused, or mistreated shows up in painful ways that you can’t ignore as an adult.

If there is one thing I know after working with patients on both a physical and an energetic level for all of these years, it’s that there is a heck of a lot more to a physical illness than just what is physically going on in the cells and tissues of the body.


Health is an expression of who we are and what we have gone through over our entire lifetime.


This example… of how childhood trauma can make it much more likely that you might have your reproductive organs surgically removed later on… is just one example of the many ways that the body processes life events and modifies our physical body in order to release it.

Trauma literally changes how your DNA is read and expressed.

As a result, trauma can and does give rise to physical health issues in many different areas of the body.  Even just prolonged stress, without an overtly traumatic incident, can cause major health issues down the line.




This is literally why I spent years creating my Trauma Resiliency & Recovery Class.


In this class, I go through what the medical literature tells us about how the body handles and processes (and heals and releases!) trauma so that you can understand and make sense of what your body is trying to tell you.

Everyone experiences trauma… but what makes some people recover?  What allows some folks to not only survive, but actually thrive despite deeply traumatic events and circumstances?  How do you get over something that is unforgivable, unfair, or life altering?

When trying to forget it, trying to forgive it, and trying to move on don’t work, the only thing left is to actually fix it.  Stop ignoring what is asking to be healed.

The more we try to muscle through and endure trauma, the more havoc it wrecks on our body… because on a cellular level, stress absolutely changes our energy, our health, our epigenetics and even our immune system.

Let’s move through trauma in order to gain some perspective and recover a sense of resiliency.


Symptoms and illnesses are the body’s way of speaking to us.

I’m listening.


I want to invite you to this very special, very personal, deeply healing two week class where we will dive deep into the science, medicine and energy behind healing, resilience, recovery and health.

Class runs February 25th through March 8th, 2019 (the perfect Valentine’s gift of love and comfort and nurturing you can give to yourself!). It’s two weeks of daily uplifting healing videos, medical studies that show us how we can recover more easily and optimize our health along the way, healing activities, exercises and more.

This is the last week to sign up.

Even old, very old, deeply wounding traumas can be released.

You absolutely can feel better than you do right now, and recover a fresh start.


The medical literature is very clear on this: you can actually be healthier after trauma than you would have been without experiencing any trauma at all!

And I’m here to help you do exactly that.

Moving onwards and upwards right along with you…

xoxoxo, Laura




How To Get Your Physician To Take EMF Sensitivity Seriously


When will physicians become serious about the diagnosis and treatment of electrosenstivity?




There is a huge movement of physicians who are becoming aware and clear on how the non-stop onslaught of EMF exposures are affecting the physiology of the human body.

Many physicians feel that autoimmune disorders, inflammatory disorders of all kinds, insomnia, nausea, chronic fatigue, pain, dizziness, headache, food allergies, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, depression and psychiatric disorders are all on the rise secondary to around-the-clock saturation of our bodies with radiation.

Myself included.


So today, I wanted to give you some resource to share with your physician in order to help spread awareness.

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



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


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

This may be a helpful guideline to print out and hand to your physician, just click the link below:


Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treating EHS





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


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

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


EHS Intake Questionnaire




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


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

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

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





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



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

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

And join the Safe Grounding Coalition to stay updated on the latest ways to safely ground in an increasingly EMF toxic world.






5.  Ask your doc for laboratory evaluation of EMF mediated inflammatory markers:


These markers can include blood levels of high-sensitivity C reactive protein (hs-CRP), immunoglobulin E (IgE), histamine.

Salivary melatonin levels and salivary cortisol levels can also be tested.

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

Reliable Biomarkers Identifying EHS





6.  Decrease EMF Exposures On Your Own:



You don’t need a physician to formally diagnose you with EHS before reducing your exposures and symptoms.

Click over here for a printable checklist with 25 easy things to do to reduce your EMF exposures as a starting point.  You can go further with this by hiring a building biologist to evaluate your home if desired.

At the very least, start with these 5 steps:


  1.  Turn your cell phone onto airplane mode whenever not in use, when charging, and while sleeping at night.  Don’t bring your phone into your bedroom but if you must, put it on airplane mode and place it behind a Bedside Shield.  Never hold cell phone up to the head, use speakerphone or text instead.  Carry your cell phone in a shielding case when you need to carry it on your person, in a pocket, in your purse, in a bookbag, etc…
  2. Remove cordless phones from your home and change to a corded phone, as well as remove any LED or CFL light bulbs in favor of traditional incandescent bulbs.
  3. Cover your wifi router with a router guard to decrease radiation throughout your entire home while in use during the day, and turn off the wifi all together when not in use at night.
  4. Ask to have your smart meter turned off or shielded (best to have a building biologist shield your meter for you.)
  5. Sleep under an EMF shielding blanket at night, and consider shielding clothing for daytime use.





7.  Decrease Your Other Toxic Exposures:


There are lots of other ways you can boost your health and keep your body less burdened with toxic exposures, which is particularly crucial if there are EMF exposures you can’t modify.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day.  And absolute stop using those fake toxic chemicals on your lawn as well!!!
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Supplement with antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage.  N-aceytl cysteine (NAC), glutathione, Vit C, Vit D, CoQ10, Apha-lipoic acid (ALA), Curcumin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Resveratrol, even melatonin are all powerful antioxidants and help slow or even reverse the aging process.  The very best, highest quality supplements in the world are all waiting for you (at a discount!) in my trusty online dispensary here.
  • Drink filtered water in large quantities daily
  • Get plenty of natural sunlight daily to boost longevity.
  • Get a pet.
  • Sauna routinely to boost health.
  • Increase your sleep by just one hour to increase your lifespan.
  • Exercise daily to help deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Embrace a positive, uplifting health mantra.


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

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

Health is your birthright.  Claim it!

xoxoxo, Laura


Going From Surviving To Thriving After Cancer



One year ago today I almost died.

My appendix acutely ruptured and I went into shock.  I was rushed into surgery and my surgeon said I was about 2 hours away from things being very dicey with survival.

Thank God, truly, for advancements in modern medicine such that they could save my life that day.


That said, what modern medicine has not quite figured out as well, is how to maintain or boost wellness.  Or how to recover wellness after a major medical crisis.  After surgery I had one follow up appointment where they made sure I was basically still alive and not having any infection or prolonged pain, and I was sent on my way.

After cancer, I hear many patients tell me the same thing — that they were given a pat on the back and told to come back for follow up periodically to rule out that cancer hasn’t returned.  But that they didn’t hear as much about how to boost wellness in between appointments.

After cancer you are left with quite a bit of fatigue, lingering symptoms, fear and shock.  That’s normal.  It’s a time to recover and a time to uncover a new identity.

Modern medicine doesn’t help you so much with finding the new you.

I truly believe that modern medicine is fantastic at helping in a medical crisis, and in treating disease.  I am all for conventional medical treatments, especially as they pertain to cancer treatment or other health emergencies. In a car crash, you want the ambulance taking you directly to the ER for evaluation of your internal injuries… modern medicine is blessedly so good at saving your life.

So I was really sad to read a medical study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that looked at patients who chose to do absolutely no modern medical treatment for cancer at all and instead only use alternative therapy for treatment.

This study  found that patients who exclusively used alternative medicine for cancer treatment (without any conventional medical treatment at all) had dramatically decreased survival rates.   For example, breast cancer death rates were more than 5.5 times higher in the alternative medical ground vs. conventional medical therapy, colorectal death rates were 4.5 times higher, and lung cancer mortality more than doubled.  All in all, for all forms of cancer studied, survival decreased 2.5 fold when patients did not utilize conventional medical care along with their alternative therapies.

So after reading that study, I wanted to make sure that my readers know that you can approach cancer treatment and recovery both conventionally and holistically at the same time.  It’s not one or the other… it’s both.  Modern medicine to remove tumor and/or treat disease, and holistic health care approaches to support wellness.

So today, in addition to the recommendations of your cancer care team, I give you 8 holistic ways to boost wellness after cancer recovery.

These all work in addition to and synergistically with your conventional medical care and follow up:


  1.  Walking Daily


Did you know that simply walking has been shown not only to reduce cancer recurrence rates (for example, cutting the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence in half!) which I blog about for you here.  Oh and walking also deepens restorative sleep during and after cancer treatment, which is always a good thing.  Hop over here to read more about that.  Exercising daily is great but if you are not feeling up for exercising, focus on simply reducing inactivity by walking.  Even just standing up more often to break up sitting intervals… it all helps.





2.  Fasting Overnight


Did your doctor tell you about the wonderful study that showed that fasting every night (going for 13 hours or more without eating between dinner and breakfast) dramatically reduced cancer recurrence?  I blog about that for you here. 





3.  Addressing Brain Fog


Feeling in a fog or with a markedly decreased attention span?  Yep, that’s neuroinflammation and that is normal — typically the stress of cancer spikes cytokine levels, which cross the blood brain barrier and interferes with brain function.  We can decrease this with antioxidants that also cross the blood brain barrier (like theracurcumin) and omega 3 fatty acids (which has also been shown to decrease cancer recurrence, so hey that’s win-win!)





4.  Restore Nutrition


After cancer treatment, patients often have nutritional depletion because nausea and vomiting during treatment can limit food intake drastically.  Whole foods, unprocessed foods, Mediterranean and paleo style diets work well to get in plenty of veggies, fish, nuts, seeds…  and don’t forget berries, well known for their cancer prevention properties.  All phytonutrients and antioxidants are basically wonderful.

Eliminating pesticides and eating organic as much as possible helps to decrease the toxic load on the body.  Pesticides and other chemicals (as well as the presence of genetically modified foods) harm our body and inhibits our ability to heal. Eat organic whenever possible, wash produce well before consuming, eliminate convenience packaging (never microwave food in plastic containers and try to choose beverages in non-plastic containers when available) and drink filtered water often.

Decrease alcohol consumption and decrease sugar as much as possible.  Adding supplements with high quality antioxidants, trace minerals and vitamins can help optimize nutritional status and boost mitochondrial function to get your energy back where you want it to be.  There are also some specific recommendations for supplements depending on cancer the type that you might want to ask your physician about… for example blueberry extract and/or green tea extract for decreasing breast cancer recurrence, curcumin for decreasing melanoma and prostate cancer recurrence , omega 3 fatty acids for decreasing colon cancer recurrence, etc…





5.  Reduce Toxins


Eating organic is great to remove toxins from your internal environment but you can also significantly decrease your toxin load by removing them from your external environment too.

Remove as many artificial ingredients, preservatives, scents and additives from laundry care products, house hold cleaners, body care products, hair & make up products and household cleaners and items as well.  Organic mattresses that don’t have flame retardants in them, for example.  Try to decrease the toxic EMF radiation exposures in your home.  Here are some ideas to help with that.






6.  Fix Sleep


Patients can still have lingering fatigue long after cancer treatment is stopped… this is not only from disrupted sleep during treatment but also from a deeper HPA axis imbalance from stress on the adrenals.  Over time you can reverse this by restoring sleep and addressing adrenal fatigue.

You can restore balanced sleep in many different ways, from supplements such as L-theanine and melatonin to light box therapy, all of which I blog about for you here.

To help assess your adrenals you can have your cortisol levels checked with a simple salivary test, add adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha and Maca Root, and nutrients like CoQ10 can help you recover strength.  My favorite pharmacy grade supplements are available to you right here.

!As a side note, make sure you purchase any supplements either directly from your physicians office or from a trusted online dispensary, and steer clear of purchasing supplements off of sites that are not set up to specifically store or ship supplements.  For example, I wouldn’t recommend buying supplements from Amazon where they are often shipped by independent sellers that have no guidelines for storing or shipping supplements.  Supplements can easily go rancid or become worthless if not stored properly.  You don’t want someone who stored their supplements in their home garage sending you something as important as your therapeutic nutrients.  A pharmacy grade shop devoted to proper storage and shipment of supplements is your best bet to get the most out of your treatment plan.)





7.  Follow Up With Your Physician


Make sure you stay in close follow up with your medical team.  They can help support all of these symptoms by offering therapy, reassurance, lab studies and other medical follow up, and offer even more powerful treatments when necessary (such as sleeping medications for insomnia when holistic approaches are not enough.)

They can also order labs to follow markers of inflammation such as C-Reactive Protein (CRP), cytokine levels, homocysteine levels, and neutrophil-lymphocyte ratios, all markers that can help you see tangible proof that your health is improving even when you don’t feel fully restored.  Also important, they can double check that your Vitamin D levels are good, which improves remission rates in multiple types of cancer as I blog about here.




8.  Support Your Spiritual Nature.


Do anything and everything that helps to provide meaning and spiritual growth to your recovery.  Increase your time in nature (you all know I feel that grounding is essential to boosting wellness both physically and spiritually!) increase your time spent in spiritual growth, retreats, religious groups, support groups, prayer, read spiritually uplifting books, listen to spiritually uplifting music, and perhaps most importantly of all, connect as often as possible with your loved ones.

Be sure to also address any anxiety, depression or PTSD that you may have as a result of your cancer diagnosis and recovery.  For some more support directly from me, I’d love to have you join into my Trauma Recovery & Resiliency online class that I run once a year… it starts next month and you can sign up right here, right now to reserve your spot.  






Research (published in Nature Dec 16, 2015) shows that cancer is a very modifiable health risk… estimating that the vast majority, up to 90% of cancers, are actually environmentally induced.


Why is this good news?


Because if the vast majority of cancers are caused by extrinsic factors (not *pre-determined* in your genetic make up) then the vast majority of cancers are actually preventable, so there are tons things you can do to prevent the occurrence of cancer and decrease your own recurrence risk dramatically!

That means that cancer risk is influenced most heavily by things *you actually can modify*… much more heavily than by things you can’t modify.

So know that the above measures, along with guidance from your in person medical team, can truly help you move on once and for all into a new level of health and a new platform of recovery.

Your body is naturally, literally, a healing machine… we are well equip to deal with mutations on a cellular level and when aberrant cells do arise, our body naturally gets rid of them through the process of cellular apoptosis.  And on top of our bodies being naturally equip to clear out potentially cancerous cells at all times and our body’s incredibly resilient basic design, we can also enhance our well being even further with the above steps.


To your longevity, your innate well being, and your eternally bright & beautiful soul…

xoxoxo, Laura

8 Ways To Lift Your Mood In The Middle Of Winter


I’m no stranger to the winter blues… otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) 

This temporary blah feeling that accompanies the winter months is thought to be triggered by shortened hours of daylight, which causes an imbalance in melatonin rhythms and decreased serotonin levels in the brain. 


SAD is thought to have a genetic component as well, and sure enough, almost every woman I know in my family has a touch of the winter blues.

But there are 8 things you can do right now to help re-balance your mood naturally and feel better this winter than you ever have before.   

It absolutely IS possible to enjoy winter and feel just as centered and joyful as you do during every other season.  If you typically feel more tired, crave carbohydrates, lose pleasure in the things that normally bring you joy or if feel weepy or sad during only the winter months, you might be suffering needlessly with SAD too.

Read on to support your body holistically during this natural seasonal fluctuation and feel just as good this winter as you typically do in the warm springtime!





Are you drinking plenty of water each day?

More important than the food you eat today is your hydration status, especially amidst all the dry artificial heat.  Even natural heat sources like wood burning fires and gas heat cause the air to become incredibly dry.

Focus on drinking plenty of water during the winter months.  

It’s easy to remember to drink water in the summer when you are perspiring, hot, and sticky.  It’s trickier to remember to drink plenty of water in the winter when you are dry and cold and flaky.  Drink it anyway.

Bonus points if your water is filtered and pure — removing toxic fluoride, chlorine and other stressful chemicals from your water supply.  Find my favorite water filtration system here.






Are you allowing yourself the time to sleep more than you usually do in the spring, summer and fall?

Allow yourself to re-connect to the natural rhythm of the earth.  That means more sleep during the darker winter months.

Bright artificial lights and TV channels blasting shows 24 hours a day can keep us feeling like there isn’t much difference between the middle of the night and the middle of the day.  But there is.  To your body, to your pineal gland, your hormones, your muscles, your brain… the difference between night and day is iron clad.

You are meant to sleep at night, and you are meant to sleep longer in the winter months.

Allow your body to get an extra hour of sleep each night during the winter and watch your mood, energy level, eating habits, activity level and joy all get a boost!  If you need help in getting more restorative sleep, hop over to my blog post here for ideas.






You knew I had to include this one!  If you only do one thing on this list to feel immediately better today, I would go outside and touch the earth.

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 deepening our restorative sleep — both things that are crucial to support in the winter time more than any other time.

Most people believe that our circadian (day/night) rhythm is dependent on sunlight to set that pattern for us, and that is true in part, as I will mention below.  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.

Researchers built two underground isolation chambers that completely cut occupants off from any evaluation of time passing.  The two chambers were light proof, sound proof, temperature controlled bunkers, with one difference between the two rooms.  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… especially during winter when you can feel cut off from enjoying time outside in nature.

To combat this, I highly recommend we all sleep grounded in the winter.  My favorite way is picture above — the world’s only grounding hot water bottle that will keep you toasty warm in bed all winter long, and is hand-made right here in the USA using organic, eco-friendly materials.

Grab your organic hot water bottle, organic grounding fitted sheets, or other grounding sleep systems right here.  



 4.   POOP


It’s normal for everything to slow down in the winter,  but if your bowels are feeling full of rich and hearty winter meals and you are feeling dense or bloated on the inside, getting things moving again can help you feel more balanced.  

Up your water intake, take tons of healthy fish or flax seed oil, go on a walk every day to stimulate bowel peristalsis, and ground each day to restore your daily bowel rhythm.

In addition, one of my favorite remedies is juicing a whole bunch of apples, or eating a prune a day during the winter.  And as a last resort, a cup of nighttime tea with senna in it will certainly help you feel back to normal the next day.







Stave off the sadness that can become overwhelming in the winter by increasing your exposure to light.  As I blog about here, light therapy has been actually shown to naturally treat depression better than a prescription anti-depressant!  And yes, you can do both at the same time for additional benefit.

On top of light therapy for 20 minutes every morning, go outside and get as much natural light as possible between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. If you can, bundle up and get outside for a morning walk, or at least sit by a window.  Open the curtains and spend time in the sunniest room in your house each morning.  

Even if it’s cloudy, the natural light will do you good.

If getting some natural light exposure each day in the winter is not enough to lift your mood naturally, one of the most effective interventions for SAD is using a light box daily.  The light from these devices are 10 times the intensity of regular household lighting.  Find my favorite one right here.  






5-HTP:  One of the causes of SAD is thought to be decreased serotonin levels in the brain in winter.  You can naturally raise serotonin levels by supplementing with the pre-cursor to serotonin, which is 5-HTP.  Using 5-HTP in the winter months works really well for many of my patients with SAD.

MELATONIN:  Another natural supplement that helps combat SAD is restoring nighttime melatonin levels to ensure deep sleep.  Taking melatonin 1 hour before bedtime can get you that extra winter sleep that your body naturally craves which paradoxically can help you feel more energetic, happy and centered during the daytime hours.

L-GLUTAMINE:  You can use the supplement L-glutamine to help curb your carbohydrate cravings in winter.  This amino acid supplement can help take the intensity out of sugar cravings and help you avoid the carb overload that so many of us turn to in the middle of winter for comfort.

VITAMIN D:  Most of us are Vitamin D deficient and could benefit from Vitamin D supplementation, especially in the winter months.  Vitamin D is important and impacts everything from cancer risk to stroke to mood.  Supplementing with Vitamin D is more crucial during the winter months than at any other time of the year, as we are exposed to less sunlight and are likely experiencing a natural dip in our Vit D levels.

OMEGA 3s:  Start an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement such as fish oil or flax seed oil.  Omega 3s are crucial for  mood support and supplementing with fish oil, flax oil, cod oil, krill oil, coconut oil or flax seed oil will help lift the winter fog in our brains and help protect our body from the brittleness that winter brings.

PROBIOTICS:  Along with the gut/brain connection we talked about earlier, another supplement to consider upping in the winter months is probiotics.  Probiotics have been shown to make a significant impact on mood, alleviating anxiety and depression.


Find all of these supplements plus all of my very favorite, tried and true, most trusted pharmacy grade supplements, all at a special discount for my readers, waiting for you right here:




7.  WALK


Engage in regular aerobic exercise, especially if you can exercise outdoors in the early morning hours. Simply walking for 10 minutes each day can make a HUGE difference in your mood all winter long. 

Other options include biking, swimming, yoga.   If you must exercise indoors, try exercising in the morning near a sunny window.

If you can’t walk or get any other form of exercise?  Sauna is your answer.

Medical studies show that sauna is just as good as exercise in boosting longevity.  I blog about that for you right here.  Sauna in the wintertime?  Hells yes.






Most people can’t just get up and relocate to a sunny place, even though the research has shown that ultimately, living in a sunnier climate closer to the equator is a definitive cure for SAD.  SAD rarely affects people living within about 30 degrees of the equator. 

But realistically most of us can’t re-locate.  Instead, if at all possible, plan ahead to take a trip during the winter months to a warm and sunny climate… it only takes about three days of bright sunshine to reverse symptoms of SAD.   

So if you know your mood tends to take a dip in the winter, be sure to go ahead and use up your vacation time to take a much needed break in a sunny location and soak in the relief that the sunshine brings.

You can definitely justify a winter trip as a medical necessity if it gets you through the darkest part of winter in a healthier mindframe!


If your depression does not respond to these natural remedies or if you feel overwhelmed and struggling from the winter blues, be sure to seek guidance from a healthcare professional.  

Otherwise, enjoy incorporating these 8 tips into your wintertime routine and feel better this winter than you ever have before. 

With a little extra attention on hydrating, bowel movements, sleeping, exercise, seeking early morning light, earthing and adding on a few holistic supplements, you can work in concert with the seasons and feel your best year round… winter included!


xoxox, Laura

PS — need a little more support for healing this winter?  


I am running my Trauma Recovery & Resiliency class in this last part of winter specifically so that you can emerge this spring feeling lighter, more free, more whole and more healed than you have in a long long time.

Maybe more than you ever have in your entire life.


Anyone who has gone through a trauma at any point in their lives, even a trauma that happened decades ago, is going to be dealing with residual stress and health issues that need to process thorough the physical body.

None of those symptoms are in your head… this is exactly how the human body works.

I understand very intimately how trauma affects our body and exactly how to release the resultant residual unseen scars.

So  I’ve got your spot reserved for you in my Trauma Recovery class right here — please join me in this transformative, positive, uplifting healing class right now so I can get your trauma healing goodie bag to you before class starts in a few weeks.  

Together we can become more resilient than we ever thought possible.


Join my upcoming Trauma Recovery & Resiliency Class!