Get in touch with the earth! This hands-on guide will help you deepen your innate bond with nature and feel more centered, focused, creative, and vibrantly alive.
A life lived indoors is not a life lived. And yet many of us spend the majority of our days indoors, trapped in our own heads, addicted to our screens and online connections, and feeling more and more disconnected to our own bodies—and the planet—than ever before. Intuitively, we know that even a five-minute walk outdoors can calm us and awaken our senses, but we tell ourselves we don’t have time, or we can’t seem to make the time.
In The Earth Prescription, holistic physician Laura Koniver, MD, offers the ideal antidote to the toxicity of a life isolated from nature—grounding, or directly touching the earth to heal your body and rejuvenate your sense of total well-being. Think about how good it feels to get outside and walk along the grass. This simple activity connects you to the earth, allowing you to reap its restorative powers—which include reducing depression, lowering blood pressure, curbing stress, and increasing happiness.
With this practical and uplifting guide, you’ll learn how to incorporate the practice of grounding anytime, anywhere, and find tips for including kids or your favorite pooch. Also included is an “earth journal” to log your experiences and positive results, as well as a troubleshooting guide to help ensure that you stay grounded in every season—despite the weather! This book will give you everything you need to enjoy the healing energy of nature—you simply have to get outside and get grounded.
About the authors
Laura Koniver, MD, received her medical doctorate degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2000 at the age of twenty-six, and has been passionately supporting her patients’ natural healing ever since. She is an artist, author, holistic physician, and internationally recognized grounding advocate. Koniver’s healing artwork has been featured in many news and media outlets, and she’s published her own children’s book on grounding, From the Ground Up. 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.
Foreword writer Echan Deravy is a writer, cotranslator of Earthing, documentary filmmaker, and an edutainer specializing in new paradigm research. He is founder of the grounding movement in Japan, and is currently launching a Barefoot Park program to provide public greenspaces for safe grounding practices.
Afterword writer Stephen Kroschel is a naturalist and independent filmmaker whose groundbreaking animal work has been featured by Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Universal Studios, the BBC, National Geographic, and more. He produced the grounding documentaries, The Grounded and Heal For Free, as well as contributed to more than 200 documentaries about nature and natural healing. He owns and operates the Kroschel Wildlife Park, where he cares for orphaned wildlife indigenous to Alaska and Northern Canada.
“In The Earth Prescription, Laura Koniver inspires the reader about the importance of optimizing our connection to the Earth’s electromagnetic field while living our current, fast-paced indoor lives. Her wholehearted passion, clinical experience, and personal approach makes this concept easy to understand, enjoyable to engage, and will inspire anyone to make small shifts that can encourage grounding, healing, and balance.”
—Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and author of Energy Healing
“At last, a clearly written explanation of ‘Earthing’ and its benefits. Chock-full of simple, easy-to-understand, inexpensive methods for successful grounding, Laura Koniver has nailed it with this well-researched publication.”
—Emil DeToffol, DDS, founder of Less EMF Inc., and retired dentist with a background in engineering chemistry who has studied the impact and remedies for electromagnetic exposure for over twenty years
“I first learned from Clint Ober’s Earthing, that as bioelectrical beings we should be connected to the earth’s electromagnetic field for proper cell function. Now that most of us wear rubber-soled shoes and live, work, and sleep off the ground, we have lost sight of that beneficial connection. The Earth Prescription provides quick, often fun, seasonal activities to connect to the earth’s healing energy every day. Hint: you don’t have to take off your shoes; there are additional science-based ways to ground, both outside and indoors! Thank you, Laura Koniver, for giving me the how-tos I’d been seeking!”
—Cece Doucette, MTPW, technology safety educator and education services director for the international nonprofit, Wireless Education
“The Earth Prescription is a delightful book! Laura skillfully weaves the evidence-based health benefits of grounding into enjoyable, seasonal activities that inspire you to actually try them. The joy of a loving connection to Earth, nature, and other human beings is palpable through the pages. Furthering health, connection, creativity, and community, this book will leave you feeling nourished on all levels—much like the Earth itself.”
—Tatiana Kassessinoff, PhD, ClHyp, founder and host of the podcast, London Heal
“Laura Koniver has done a great service to humanity by sharing this beautiful, scientifically referenced, and immensely practical guide on how to reconnect physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually with our home planet—Mother Earth. Its relevance is immediate and obvious. Its value— regenerative! Allow the ‘conductive medicine’ of The Earth Prescription to become your and your family’s pathway into an exciting, living, and viscerally experienced relationship with the miracle of the planetary presence, and all its healing and life-affirming properties.”
—Richard Henry Whitehurst, DipCH, DipAH, CMAHA, HMCT, psychotherapist, Earth poet, author, international speaker, and founder/director of The Overview Institute of Australia and The Planetary Human Initiative
“Laura Koniver’s grounding concept was life-changing for me and my family. My first attempt at gearing up to sleep while grounded every night was a fail—I was too busy. In hindsight, I was too busy dying. I have yet to figure out why we integrate new ideas for improving our health when we’re receptive, instead of when an idea presents itself. I hope today is the day you’re ready to thrive instead of merely survive, forever grounded in Laura lore.”
—MaryJane Butters, Idaho organic farmer, plein air B and B manager, author of seven books, and creative force behind MaryJanesFarm magazine
“The Earth Prescription is a game changer. It is precisely the medicine our planet and our bodies, minds, and spirits are longing for at this time in history.”
—Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age; The Wisdom of Menopause; and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“This book is touching in its balance of deep, ancient wisdom and modern science. Laura Koniver brilliantly offers practical, tangible ways to bring the power of conductive medicine into your life to help create flow in your body, mind, and spirit. The Earth Prescription is a testament to the power of being connected.”
—Christy Garner, DC, chiropractor, epigenetic specialist, and developer of the Beyond BFRB programs for helping individuals move with body-focused repetitive behaviors