Laura Koniver, MD

Laura Koniver, MD, author of The Earth Prescription, received her medical doctorate degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2000 and has been passionately supporting her patients’ natural healing ever since. She is an artist, author, holistic physician, and internationally recognized grounding advocate. Dr. Koniver’s work has been featured in many news and media outlets, she writes a regular health column in the national organic lifestyle magazine, MaryJanesFarm; is featured as an expert protagonist in several motion pictures, including The Grounded, Heal for Free, The Earthing Movie, and Down to Earth; and runs the popular health care blog, www.Intuition-Physician.com, where she reviews medical literature in a holistic and intuitive way. The Earth Prescription is Dr. Koniver's 4th book.

My 6 Favorite Ways To Protect Your Skin While You Enjoy The Sun

    As we slide towards summer, I’d love to encourage you to get outside and get grounded to our earth as much as possible. This brings up concerns about skin cancer and photo aging effects from sun exposure — but don’t let that stop you from going outside. Here’s why: A large medical study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine found that folks who avoided sun exposure actually had a shorter life span… with a decreased life expectancy that was shorter than even heavy smokers who bathed in the sun. What?!?! Yes. This was a huge study looked at …

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My Latest Painting On Letting Go Of Your Trauma Coping Mechanisms

    I painted this because I, like all humans, have gone through heavy, life altering traumas. And I, like all humans, have built up some impressive coping mechanisms to get me through. But sometimes those coping mechanisms are no longer needed. Sometimes we forget that the storm might have actually passed.  We forget to check to see if it is still even raining. So we walk in the dark heavy shadow of our walls and barriers, and we can’t even see the sun has started peeking out. I had an image of myself, walking with my umbrella over my …

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A Mother’s Love Capable of Helping to Protect Your Health As An Adult

      In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I want to share with you one of my all time favorite medical studies. It shows how a little TLC from your mom may actually help protect your health, well into adulthood. Published in 2005 in Dialoges in Clinical Neuroscience, researchers found that the how much affection a mommy rat showed to her babies in their first week of life protected them from future stress later on in life — decreasing their stress response and even lowering stress hormone production. Researchers compared two different types of mom rats, separating them …

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Are Your Weight Struggles From Subclinical Hypothyroidism? Probably, Here’s Help

      What to do if counting calories, exercising, and making the environmental changes I suggested last week are not making any difference to your metabolism? What if you still feel sluggish, tired, and your weight just won’t budge?  It could be subclinical hypothryoidism and adrenal fatigue.  This super common condition is poorly understood and can literally simply be caused by prolonged stress. Ask yourself: have you been through a stressful period recently?  Or have you been living under stress for a long period of time — months, years, even decades?  If so, focusing on boosting thyroid and adrenal …

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How Our Environment Can Cause Weight Gain & What You Can Do About It

  Although the traditional approach to weight loss focuses on calories in vs. calories burned, we are starting to become more and more aware about how our environment actually impacts our weight.  There are many contributing factors, well beyond diet and exercise, that cause significant issues in our metabolism. In fact, the environment has such an impact on our weight that there is an entire category of environmental chemicals that are now considered obesogens — chemicals directly responsible for contributing to obesity.  Obesogens increase fat has, modify our basal metabolic rate, alter our gut microbiota, promote chronic inflammation, interfere with …

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It’s Planting Season! 10 Reasons To Grow At Least One Plant

    I love watching the earth wake up more and more each day, because even though there are plenty of ways to get grounded in the winter — even outside — it’s undeniably easier when the weather is warm and bright green leaves and fresh green grass wait for you outside.  I’ve already written you a bunch of blog posts to help you get excited for the spring season. Posts like: Why You Think More Clearly When You Spend Time Outside Sick Of Winter? Here’s Why Hearing Birds Will Instantly Help You Feel Better 10 Activities You’ll Probably Do …

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Slow Down Aging By Staying Hydrated… Especially Important This Spring & Summer

      Known as the Elixir of Life for good reason, water is absolutely critical to our well being in every way. In fact, a new study just published in Jan 2023 in eBioMedicine found that dehydration, measured by how concentrated the salt is in your bloodstream, is actually a risk factor for premature death.  Almost just as bad?  It also accelerated biological aging.  Mean if you run chronically dehydrated, your body is aging faster than your actual chronological age.  And the worst part is that this is with your serum sodium still being in within normal limits — …

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