Mothercorps A Force of Nature Thu, 06 Oct 2022 00:25:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mothercorps 32 32 My EFT story Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:04:01 +0000 Read more]]>

I first learned about EFT – the Emotional Freedom Techniques, commonly called “tapping” – in 2017 when I came across a KAISER Health Foundation meta study on its rapid effectiveness for treating war veterans suffering from PTSD. At the time I was filming a video project on LA County’s efforts to house the homeless. We were working in some of the poorest areas including Skid Row and I was struggling with overwhelming emotions at the misery I was witnessing. In hindsight, I think it was so intense for me because I had some unresolved traumatic memories about my father’s mental health challenges that were being triggered by what I saw. Also since becoming a mom, I had disconnected from such gritty realities while nesting in the suburban foothill community of Altadena.

Not that motherhood hadn’t come with its own challenges. For several of those years, I had been immersed in a different front line. My mommy friends and I were in the healing trenches trying to recover our kids from a variety of health issues. More than 54% of kids in the US today are suffering from one or more chronic disease ranging from asthma to cancer and everything in between. I had learned through independent research that most are preventable, and that environmental toxins and over medication are two of the root causes. Yet tragically, this knowledge was NOT reaching the main stream. All of us had been back peddling. Those years spent navigating a broken medical system, learning to use food as medicine, and tirelessly researching the latest in alternative health and functional medical advancements, had rewarded me with hard-earned wisdom about our extraordinary ability to heal. My kid began to flourish!

Working in the homeless encampments confronted me with the sadness that many were not as lucky. I was also struck by how while the homeless population had exploded around the country, there had simultaneously been an epidemic rise in children’s health issues like autism and other mental health disorders. While the two were not related, and there were many confounding factors — including soaring real estate prices and lack of effective health care — this rise in childhood illnesses and developmental challenges did not portend well for curbing the growth in homelessness in the long run!

Overwhelmed with mounting anxiety, I sought help from a KAISER therapist. Instead of EFT, I was offered medication (no surprise there!) and told that despite their study, EFT was not being offered at the present time. I decided to pass on the pills, and take matters into my own hands by spending out of pocket for an EFT practitioner. Two sessions later my anxiety had greatly diminished and I became instantly hooked on this newish self-care tool. I continued to read about and practice EFT, and eventually I took a workshop. It felt like I had just been handed a magic wand so stunned and delighted by how quickly I was able to release and clear my old beliefs, patterns, and obstacles.

When I completed my video project on homelessness, I had an epiphany: I needed to find a teacher, learn this incredible healing tool and become certified so I could help others. What better way to prevent the ravages of what I had witnessed than helping struggling families to heal and thrive today? I chose to study with Rob Nelson, who was certified by Gary Craig, the founder of EFT who also happens to be one of four Matrix Reimprinting trainers in the entire US and Canada.

In January 2020, after completing my training and required client sessions, I earned my certification through Rob’s Tapping the Matrix academy in both EFT and Matrix. Previously in 2018, I had earned a certification in Mystic Shamanism and Reiki under the tutelage of Dr. Raven Lee, Ph.D. LCSW, DCEP. I’ve also been a student and teacher of Kundalini Yoga and meditation for over 20 years.

Now, besides EFT and Matrix Reimprinting, I offer clients a variety of self-healing knowledge and tools, as well my own life experience and healing adventures. Firmly rooted in science, nutritional balancing and reducing toxic load, I have a good understanding of our body’s amazing ability to detox from environmental pollution and how to best achieve that in the safest way. I’m also highly intuitive, clairsentient and have empathic abilities — which allow me to tune into your emotions. This gift comes in pretty handy when engaged in working with a client, because pain is also the source of our healing potential. In Rumi’s words: “The wound is the place where light enters you.”

I believe we are all born wired for healing but there are a few conditions that help facilitate this and speed things up.

The first is that each of us needs to take responsibility for our own process. No one else can heal YOU but YOU. We are all created equal in this way with the same capacity. As a healing practitioner my job is to support and guide you while being a compassionate witness to your process.

The second condition is to respect Mother Nature’s ways. The more closely we live to her and in accordance to her rules, the more health and well-being we experience However, with so much environmental pollution and with today’s culture being so dependent on chemistry, pharmacology and technology, this is becoming increasingly challenging. The key is detoxing mind, body and soul. However, if we’ve also received bad programming in our formative years, this really gets in the way by creating self-limiting beliefs that sabotage our health and happiness. That’s where EFT and Matrix come in — as two of the most awesome tools I’ve discovered thus far for “in-powering” ourselves.

Prior to becoming an EFT, Matrix Reimprinting, shamanic practitioner, and intuitive health consultant, I was a photojournalist and writer /producer for network television on many award winning documentary and reality shows. I still write and produce projects that are close to my heart – on topics including health, healing and social justice. Both of my previous careers enhance the health consulting work I do now. My journalistic background supports my curiosity in being a good detective for my clients’ issues as I enjoy interviewing people, listening closely to their stories while looking for clues that might reveal the root cause of their challenges. I’ve also always been a very empathic, intuitive and sensitive person, and people share their troubles with me without my even asking. With clients, I now often just seem to know what’s challenging them and how to proceed. I believe this help may also come from spirit guides — both my own and my clients’— as I have a strong connection with all of my deceased grandmothers who were also highly intuitive and psychically gifted.

If you feel you’d like to work with me, please contact me to schedule a free 20-minute consultation to explore how we might work together.  

Please Note: I am NOT a licensed health care provider, counselor, or psychotherapist. I do not accept any form of insurance and do not diagnose or treat any medical, psychiatric or psychological condition. I offer my services as an EFT, Matrix Reimprinting, Shamanic Practitioner, Health Consultant and a self- help educator. I do not diagnose or treat illness, disease, or psychological disorders. EFT and Matrix Reimprinting are not a substitute for professional health care. Information provided in this website is for general education and not intended to replace qualified medical or psychological advice.

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The Science behind EFT and Matrix Reimprinting Tue, 20 Apr 2021 01:25:47 +0000 Read more]]> More and more scientific studies are being done every year on the benefits of EFT and Matrix Reimprinting. Below are a few study links with summaries:

The effect of emotional freedom techniques on stress biochemistry: a randomized controlled trial

This study examined the changes in cortisol levels and psychological distress symptoms of 83 nonclinical subjects receiving a single hour long intervention. Subjects were randomly assigned to either an emotional freedom technique (EFT) group, a psychotherapy group receiving a supportive interviews (SI), or a no treatment (NT) group. Salivary cortisol assays were performed immediately before and 30 minutes after the intervention. Psychological distress symptoms were assessed using the symptom assessment-45. The EFT group showed statistically significant improvements in anxiety (-58.34%, p < 0.05), depression (-49.33%, p < 0.002), the overall severity of symptoms (-50.5%, p < 0.001), and symptom breadth (-41.93%, p < 0.001). The EFT group experienced a significant decrease in cortisol level (-24.39%; SE, 2.62) compared with the decrease observed in the SI (-14.25%; SE, 2.61) and NT (-14.44%; SE, 2.67) groups (p < 0.03). The decrease in cortisol levels in the EFT group mirrored the observed improvement in psychological distress.

Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD Using Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

According to published reports, systematic reviews of the published evidence, a meta-analysis of seven RCTs, and practitioner consensus, most cases of PTSD are remediated in ten EFT sessions or less. As a safe, efficacious, and easily learned self-help method, EFT should be offered to clients as an initial treatment option immediately after diagnosis.

Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health

EFT has been extensively investigated for anxiety and depression. In the first large-scale study of 5000 patients seeking treatment for anxiety across 11 clinics over a 5.5-year period, patients received either traditional anxiety treatment in the form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with medication if needed, or acupoint tapping with no medication. An improvement was found in 90% of patients who received acupoint tapping therapy compared to 63% of the CBT participants. Only 3 acupoint tapping sessions were needed before an individual’s anxiety reduced, while an average of 15 was needed for CBT to show results. Complete relief of symptoms was seen in 76% of people in the acupoint taping group compared with 51% of people in the CBT group.

Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD Using Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

Combining acupressure with elements derived from cognitive and exposure therapies, EFT has been validated in more than 100 clinical trials and has demonstrated efficacy for a range of populations and psychological conditions. Treatment effects have equaled or exceeded those obtained from pharmacological interventions and conventional psychotherapy.

Clinical EFT is generally effective with PTSD in four to 10 sessions. After completion of a high quality yet relatively succinct certification program, it can be responsibly applied in individual or group settings by licensed psychotherapists, allied health care professionals, or qualified life coaches. Simultaneous improvement in comorbid conditions typically accompanies EFT treatments of PTSD.

PTSD Treated Successfully in 10 Sessions or Less

Many randomized controlled trials (RCT) of EFT have shown that it is extremely effective at treating PTSD in just a few treatment sessions. In one clinical trial, veterans’ symptoms dropped by 64% after just 6 hour long sessions (Church, Hawk, et al., 2013). A replication of that study found that 90% of veterans were free of clinical symptom levels after completing treatment and that they did not relapse later (Geronilla et al., 2016)


This pilot study of Iraq and Vietnam veterans found that six sessions of EFT treatment resulted in statistically significant drops in participants’ levels of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and overall psychological distress. Ninety day follow-up showed that participants maintained their gains on these measures, and also showed improvement in paranoid ideation and interpersonal sensitivity.

Can Matrix Reimprinting Be Effective in the Treatment of Emotional Conditions in a Public Health Setting? Results of a U.K. Pilot Study


Despite the limited sample size and other limitations, significant improvements were shown. The results support the potential of MR as a cost-effective treatment to reduce the burden of a range of physical and psychological disorders. Further larger studies are called for, with protocols to minimise drop-outs

Recent research has shown that EFT significantly increases positive emotions, such as hope and enjoyment, and decreases negative emotional states, including anxiety. EFT is particularly powerful for treating stress and anxiety because it specifically targets your amygdala and hippocampus, which are the parts of your brain that help you decide whether or not something is a threat. If you recall NIMH’s explanation about how your amygdala and hippocampus are involved in anxiety disorders, you can see why tapping is such a powerful tool. EFT has also been shown to lower cortisol levels.

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My Conception Journey Wed, 31 Mar 2021 16:54:14 +0000 Read more]]> “We each have the power to render the impossible possible, and it’s time to learn how to unlock that gift.” Kelly Brogan, M.D.

Women’s fertility in the U.S. has been negatively impacted by a society that does NOT value motherhood, ​forcing women to delay pregnancy to benefit careers despite our time sensitive biology​. Widespread toxic environmental pollution and stressful modern lifestyles also adversely affect fertility.

I was no exception, as I focused my post-college years almost exclusively on my career as a journalist and TV writer / producer, to the detriment of my love life and dreams of starting a family. Being a workaholic who stayed late at the office every night — and not being able to imagine marrying anyone in my industry — raised obvious red flags I chose to ignore. The alarm finally sounded loud and clear one morning in between freelance gigs, whilst reading a magazine article about Angelina Jolie’s decision to adopt despite being single, to honor her primordial need to nurture. Suddenly realizing my biological clock was seriously ticking with no prospective dads in sight, and that despite my best intentions, I had failed to achieve the wealth necessary to choose Jolie’s path of single parenthood, I burst into tears. Obviously I was doomed to remain a single career woman, a fate which suddenly felt worse than HELL. I speed dialed “Yaya” — my grandmother in Spain — to share my new fear and seek her wisdom. “Maybe, I could move back in with my mom in New York and adopt a child OR perhaps I could persuade one of my more successful single gay male friends to donate sperm and co-parent with me?” Yaya did her best to hide her disapproval of my modernistic approach and comforted me with “Si Dios quiere….you’ll be lucky to meet your husband soon…”

Lucky for me, Yaya had a knack for predicting the future, and I met my hubby shortly thereafter. I met him exactly one month after casting a love spell to attract true love, but that’s a story for another time…<img draggable=

When we married, I was over 35, he was over 40, so we didn’t waste too much time before focusing on the baby project. We managed to get pregnant within the year and were ecstatic. However, this first attempt at motherhood woefully ended at 6 weeks with a spontaneous miscarriage.

We took a break for a few months to grieve and eventually were able to conceive again. I made it past the 6 week mark, and was starting to breathe a sigh of relief but at a 9 week check up our hopes were dashed when the doctor announced the fetus no longer had a heartbeat. And because I hadn’t miscarried naturally, this time I ended up requiring a D&C or Dilation and Curettage, a painful procedure to remove tissue from inside your uterus. I was heartbroken, not to mention feeling broken.

We decided to consult with Dr. D, an infertility specialist at KAISER. After a barrage of medical tests we learned our eggs and sperm were less than ideal. ​Getting and staying pregnant was not an assured outcome. Dr. D flatly suggested we immediately seek IVF — short for In Vitro Fertilization — something that would require paying out-of-pocket because our insurance would not cover it. Having watched another friend go through her life’s savings and break up with her partner over fertility treatments, we were both turned off by the idea. Additionally, the hormone injections had caused health challenges for others we knew, which​ didn’t feel right for us. My research at the time revealed that assisted reproductive technology (ART) was an industry almost completely unregulated in the U.S. (1), and a 2006 review of 3 decades of IVF concluded that “there is increasing evidence that children conceived through ART might “be at greater risk of perinatal complications than naturally conceived children and that knowledge on long-term health effects of ART is incomplete.” (2)

I cried and grieved deeply, not just because of the loss two potential offspring, but also in realizing I might never achieve my cherished desire of becoming a biological mother. Now that I had finally met the love of my life — a man I knew without a shadow of a doubt would make a wonderful father — facing this reality was all the more bittersweet.

Thankfully, my pain quickly turned to anger and defiance. If Dr. D wasn’t supportive of our dream to conceive naturally, she was OFF our team. I fired her, so to speak, and chose to focus instead on any lifestyle changes and holistic practices that could help me conceive the way I intuited was possible. I quit my hectic stressful life style as a field producer, choosing to invest generously in self care while taking some time off to reflect. I doubled down on my efforts to become as healthy as I could and did some major lifestyle changes including:

  • quitting sugar and gluten
  • cooking my own meals and eating mostly organic veggies, pastured meats & wild fish
  • doing a candida cleanse
  • juicing wheat grass shots
  • exercising and meditating daily
  • replacing our old mattress with an organic wool fire retardant free one
  • installing a drinking water and shower filter

In addition, Davi Kaur Khalsa, my fellow Yogi friend and the midwife whom I dreamed of hiring if we succeeded in getting pregnant, suggested I work with Behnaz Forat an acupuncturist specializing in fertility. This warmhearted and jovial Iranian woman lavished me with much needed emotional pampering. So I bravely drove out to to the West Los Angeles and back — almost an hour each way — for twice monthly treatments. My inner guidance also suggested I reach out to Dr. Scher, my former OB / GYN in NYC for counsel. He was also a top fertility specialist and someone I trusted. After reviewing my test results, he told me that I shouldn’t worry: “Your overall health is good and your menstrual cycle is still regular; you just had some bad luck with a couple of rotten eggs. Doesn’t mean you won’t have a healthy baby. Just keep trying! And don’t forget to have fun while you are at it,” he chided me over the phone in a cheerful tone. The importance of Dr. Scher’s mind / body approach was profound. He was a top expert in his field, and his confidence in me being able to do this, gave me hope.

My long-time chiropractor, Dr. Kenny, also supported me on my journey to motherhood with nutrition and supplement tips throughout. Highly intuitive in her approach, she told me one day she felt nothing was physically getting in the way of my pregnancy and recommended I try a new energy modality called Bio-Decoding which might help me release any emotional or ancestral blocks interfering with my becoming a mother. The practitioner Marie Anne Boularand was a lovely French woman who counseled me in releasing any remaining sadness and guilt about an abortion I’d had as teenager, as well as my most recent miscarriages. She instructed me to plant seedlings in our backyard as an offering to Mother Earth and in remembrance of the potential of these beings. At the time, this felt so woo woo, but I fully embraced it regardless.

Just a month later, we conceived again on a playful and romantic weekend in Santa Barbara. This time the pregnancy stuck and progressed nicely. During the first trimester, I was pretty tired and gave myself permission to nap daily, something unheard of for my type A personality. But I reminded myself I might be growing eyes or a brain at that moment and chilled out. With each passing week I grew empowered.

Finally, we reached the 12-week mark and, with a sigh of relief, started letting people know. During the rest of the pregnancy, I felt incredible. I don’t ever remember feeling as happy or well as I did while being pregnant. The love I felt for my body, and the baby it was making, was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. My midwife recommended I walk 5 miles, 5 times a week, and I dutifully committed to doing that. Most of the time my hubby joined me as well!

Then the next challenge came. Where and how to birth? After reading countless books on the science of healthy birth outcomes, taking a couple of birthing classes and touring KAISER SUNSET’S brand new MATERNITY WARD, we chose to do a home birth with nurse midwife Davi Kaur Khalsa from Tender Loving Childbirth.  Davi had worked in both private practice and county hospitals. She had seen it all and gave us confidence that she could handle any complication that arose. We also hired Margie Levy, a fierce doula, for support. If I ended up at the hospital during an emergency transport, I knew Margie would advocate for me and my baby like the badass she was.

Our choice to home birth was predicated by my deep desire to breastfeed. There were so many things that could go wrong in a hospital birth that could get in the way of successfully breastfeeding. I just didn’t want to risk that. It’s funny since most people feel the other way.

Finally, one week shy of my “official” due date (which really is a “due range”), I went into labor at 1:47am. After hearing the number of contractions per minute, my midwife advised we try and go back to sleep to conserve my energy till morning. At 5AM, Davi showed up bright eyed to check in on me and had my husband start filling the birthing pool. Davi then convinced me to walk up and down our street, which I was dreading. I remember feeling so embarrassed to be in labor and somewhat terrified. “I don’t want to be here, Davi. I want to go on vacation,” I pleaded with her. “But honey,” she wisely reassured me, “this is YOUR labor. No one can do this but you.”

Back at home, on the toilet, emptying my bowels and bladder in between powerful contractions, I vaguely remember my hubby coming in and out in a panic because he had forgotten to put the liner in the birthing pool and had to start all over again. Fortuitously, the drugs kicked in right about then — those really awesome custom ones my brain was producing— and I was able to tune him out, surrendering to what was happening within.

Finally submerged in the warmth of the tub, I sighed with relief. My hubby eventually joined me. As we floated together, his body supporting mine, he lovingly caressed my shoulders and kissed my forehead. Deeply meditating, I breathed long and deep into my fear and it melted away into the water. The experience remains a blur of intense bliss.

Eventually, Davi ordered me out of the water as my dilation had stopped progressing at 8 centimeters. It was time to labor. My doula massaged my lower back and belly with lavender oil and frankincense, and fed me coconut water to keep my strength up. At times we chanted along to the Adi Shakti, a favorite Kundalini mantra for birthing which played on a loop.

As my delivery climaxed, the baby struggled with shoulder dystocia. This happens when after vaginal delivery of the head, the baby’s anterior shoulder gets caught above the mother’s pubic bone. My doula, sensing some potential danger, whispered intensely into my ear: “I need you to push as hard as you can — as though you baby’s life depended on it.” The tonal change snapped me from my out-of- body experience and I grunted and wailed through one final push as Davi performed the Gaskin maneuver, a technique that involved tucking her fingers under the baby’s arms to quickly turn and pull him out. Through this and my herculean effort, our baby boy finally emerged to be caught by his father’s hands. As our son squealed into the world, Dad let out the most heartfelt laughter. Our son had been born in our sun-drenched living room in South Pasadena after I labored in and out of the tub for about 13 hours. The elation, blissful energy and confidence I felt after giving birth was the best high I have ever experienced and supported me for months during the challenging learning curve of new motherhood.

Birthing at home remains the most “In-Powering” and cherished experience of my life. Facing myself and my fears with courage, awakened my soul deeply. I was transformed.

The Maiden died. Mother Goddess was born.




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How I became certified as an EFT practitioner Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:50:47 +0000 Read more]]>

On a cold, drizzly January morning, I was walking Teeka, our 150 lb. beast, when she suddenly lurched forward, startling me. I tried to hold on to her in vain, but the leash was wet and slippery. I landed face-forward on the muddy unfinished sidewalk watching in horror as she ran towards a street with oncoming traffic on both lanes.
By some mysterious force, the cars slowed to let her pass. Teeka managed to cross without getting hit only to sniff another dog and her walker. But then she abruptly backed off, heading back across the street towards my direction this time. I quickly rose and managed to grab hold of her. The hooded person in the khaki raincoat looked around briefly and kept walking her dogs. Grateful no one was hurt and eager to get out of the rain, I headed back towards my house.

I must have been in shock because as soon as I was in the safety of our home, I began sobbing and shaking. I started tapping: Even though I blame myself for letting go of  Teeka…I still love and accept myself….and choose to reach a more calm and peaceful place…Within 10-15 minutes, all the upset of that hot mess was gone, so I moved on.

Teeka is a rescue dog we adopted when she was four months old. My 5-year-old son, Rafa, had picked her out at the Pasadena Humane Society. Our family was hoping for a medium-sized dog and the adoption team identified her as a Catahoula / Pointer mix that would grow into a 50-60-pounder. But Teeka kept growing and growing. A mere eight months later, she no longer fit into the extra-large cage, and I had to special order a custom size. She eventually matured into a 150 lb black and white Marmaduke goofball, and people often wisecrack, that she looks like a pony. Through a DNA test, we discovered she is a Great Dane / Akita mix, the latter, one of the most notoriously difficult breeds to train. <img draggable= Lucky for me, I got stuck walking her because hubby has an arthritic hip.

So we poured countless money into a wide variety of puppy training classes, private dog trainers, and all types of leashes with little improvement. If Teeka wanted to go after a cat or squirrel, unless I was 100% present and never distracted, I was flying in the wind behind her or hitting the pavement as I had on that soggy day. Teeka even landed my poor 4ft 9 inch, 90 lb mom in the urgent care with a bruised eye socket <img draggable=<img draggable=

The following morning, I received this email:

I’m not sure if you saw what happened from your vantage point across the street. Teeka grabbed one of my dogs in her mouth by the back, but I don’t see any injuries on my dog. She also bit me on the arm, but it wasn’t hard and it’s just a bruise. I’m not sure why she slipped away from you….

Suddenly, I was disoriented, realizing the email was from a previous dog trainer we hired. How could I be so clueless about what had transpired across the street? A wave of guilt washed over me. But wait, wasn’t this lady a DOG TRAINER!? <img draggable=

I immediately called to apologize. Thankfully, the trainer, whom we’ll call Sandy, was very understanding. She also admitted she was still feeling shaken because she had not only been attacked by Teeka but another dog on her block the same week. <img draggable=  Now, that struck me as unusual, and I impulsively offered her a free EFT tapping session, sensing I might be able to help her feel calmer. I had just completed my EFT training workshops and had considered certification as a practitioner. However, the deadline had just passed. Sandy graciously accepted my offer, and suddenly, I was emailing my teacher, begging him to make an exception. Needless to say, he accepted me into his program, and my session with “Sandy” ended up being my first with a “real client,” other than practice sessions with classmates and friends thus far. Not only was she able to release the shock and blame she was carrying, but by the end of our session she felt relaxed, she could hardly believe it. When I checked in with her the next day, she emailed me the following note:

Hi Clarymond,

I am feeling better. And while I will be more vigilant on my walks now, I am not panicked like I was. My biggest takeaway was that I was blaming myself. Right after the pit bull incident, I watched the movie “Goodwill Hunting,” and the scene that kept sticking out to me was when Robin Williams was hugging Matt Damon and telling him over and over again that it wasn’t his fault. It just occurred to me today that the Lord was trying to tell me something all along… but you helped me see it. Thank you.

I couldn’t help but think of the Chinese Zen proverb: Good Luck? Bad Luck? Who knows?

This incident at first appeared like bad luck, yet there was this quick turnaround. To this day, I remain appreciative of Teeka for inspiring me <img draggable= to take action and get certified, as well as to Sandy, the dog trainer for her willingness to be my first client.

I subsequently learned while getting certified that working with a client with whom we have a pre-existing relationship is best avoided. In practice, this is considered a dual relationship, which could get in the way of one being objective when working with a client.

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Light At Night and Your Health Mon, 28 Jan 2019 05:54:07 +0000 Read more]]> Modern living has seriously impacted our body’s activity and repair cycle. Indoor lighting is much dimmer than sunlight, and has a different color spectrum than natural light, failing to meet our daytime light needs while being too bright for our nighttime requirement for darkness. Melatonin production is especially sensitive to blue and green light, which has been rapidly increasing in our night time environment from fluorescent and LED lighting and computer and phone screens. The consequences of our disrupted and shortened repair cycle range from insomnia and children who can’t get to sleep at night to depression, cancer, (especially breast and prostate cancer) and all types of degenerative illnesses and chronic infections. There is also a very likely link between unhealthy light exposure and ADHD and autism.

What to do?

1)  Get sunlight during the day

2)  Shield from outdoor light pollution while sleeping. Do not use nightlights in bedrooms; never leave computer or television screens or any lights on overnight.

3)  Change electric light bulbs to low light and low blue and green light. Keep LED lights <350 lumens and less than 2300 K color temperature. Only use one light bulb per room or area. Our tested and approved light bulbs are: Feit electronic LED 2000K, 125 lumens; best choice, available at Home Depot. Other approved lights, available on Amazon: Phillips LED, 2000K, 350 lumens ; Westinghouse amber incandescent party light, 25 Watts; Zoostliss mini salt lamp night light, can be used for evening room lighting but do not use overnight. Nite Nite light bulb close runner up.

4)  Optimal: use beeswax candle or olive oil lamps. See Lehman’s olive oil lamp for an excellent example of a good lamp with a well recessed flame. Olive oil is cheaper and safer than beeswax. Never use candles with a metallic wick, which may contain lead.

5)  Avoid screens after sundown; if must use download night light filters. Use blue shielding glasses if no other options. Do not use these glasses outside during the day, however!

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