FamilyI’ve written about energy vampires before – a provocative term I use purposefully to highlight an enormously under-exposed environmental impact on our health: relationships with other people. In clinical practice, I found that the most common block to recovery from fatigue wasn’t people’s ability to upgrade their diet, begin meditation, complete home chemical and electromagnetic clean-ups, or even implement a supplement regime. It was dealing with tricky relationships – whether that was a parent, sibling, friend or other key person.

A landmark study published in 2010 in PLOS Medicine involving more than 300,000 participants found that social support was a stronger predictor of survival than physical activity, body mass index, hypertension, air pollution, alcohol consumption, and even smoking fifteen cigarettes a day!

The researchers found that people with adequate social relationships had up to a 90 percent greater likelihood of survival than those with poor or insufficient relationships.

It’s been well established for sometime that adverse or stressful close relationships increase the risk of heart disease. Studies like this show us why we should be just as picky about “who we hang out with” as what we eat!

The Power of Supportive Friendships

If close family members have been problematic for you  – fear not! The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging tracked 1500 male and female seniors for a full decade and found that having good friends is more likely to increase longevity than even close relationships with adult children and other family members.

Those people with the largest number of close friends outlived those with the fewest by 22%! Even major life changes such as the death of a spouse could not erode the “friendship advantage.”

Another landmark study at UCLA showed that having a good circle of friends tended to negate the flight and flight impact of stress in women. They called this the “tend and befriend” phenomenon. Women who spend time with other women and children have higher levels of oxytocin – the mother-love hormone which has a marked calming effect.

Speaking of children, I discussed ways parents can have healthier relationships with their children with Carla Atherton, host of the 3rd Children and Teen’s Health Summit starting on May 2nd this year. More on this below.

For vital information on building healthy relationships for health, read my article:  How to Clean up Toxic Relationships and Avoid Energy Vampires.

The Children’s Health Summit


childrens-health-summitThis year I am very happy to be a speaker on Carla’s latest children’s summit focusing on the all-important adverse childhood events (ACEs) and the impact on health across a lifetime.

I really enjoyed this interview, we had a lot of fun while discussing the serious topic of how parents can protect their children from ACEs and also not become energy vampires to their own children!


Join the Children’s Health (R)evolution!


CHS3-Attend-Banner-600x60027 NEW interviews! What could be more important than the health and wellbeing of our young people?

ADHD, Autism, mood disorders, autoimmunity are on the rapid rise in our young population. Our children are now affected by obesity, diabetes, depression, addictions to sugar, media, and technology, the list goes on.

What is happening to our kids? And what can we do about it?

We need a children’s health revolution!

The answer is not more meds or quick fixes; it is about building health from the roots, nurturing and caring for our children, mind, body, and spirit, and giving them the tools they need to care for themselves and each other.

By sharing information and lending support to each other, parents and caregivers can most certainly do something about this!

Learn more at The 3rd Biannual Children’s & Teen Health Summit, online and FREE from May 2-9, 2016!

Register for free now: 

Carla Atherton created The Children’s & Teen Health Summit for parents, caregivers, and the children and teens they care for. This this the third, free, online event and with 27 new interviews, will continue to address a diverse buffet of topics during a week of interviews with leading experts in many health fields including:

  • Sleep problems
  • Brain health
  • Healthy hormonal development
  • Chiropractic care
  • Asthma and breathing
  • Electromagnetic pollution
  • GMOs
  • Toxicity and childhood cancer
  • Screentime and electronics
  • Becoming a (r)evolutionary parent
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Mental health
  • Gut health
  • Nutrition
  • Chronic illness
  • Supplementation and testing
  • And more!

Register for FREE now at the following link:

Here are a few of the incredible presenters and their topics:

  • Beth Lambert: The “Perfect Storm” That is Creating Childhood Chronic Illness and How We Are Documenting Hope
  • Dr. Jill Carnahan: Autoimmunity, Infection, Dysbiosis, Oh My! How the Bacteria in Your Child’s Gut Affects Their Health
  • Niki Gratrix: How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Negative Energy Can Affect Your Child’s Future Health
  • Dr. Toni Bark: How Fearless Parents Can Stand Up to Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Farming
  • Sayer Ji: Playing with Fire: The Devastating Facts About GMOs and Their Effects on Our Future Generations
  • Jim Kwik: Yes, Teaching Your Children Speed Reading, Memorization, and How to Learn will Change the World: How to Help the Struggling Child and Boost the Rest

With 27 NEW expert presentations, the Children’s & Teen Health Summit is a wealth of knowledge you do not want to miss! This invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for parents, children, and teens everywhere!

Come listen to The 3rd Biannual Children’s & Teen Health Summit for FREE from May 2-9, 2016, and be inspired and empowered!

Register for FREE at the following link today:

See you all again soon!





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