Laugh your Way to Health June 24, 2009
In his classic book, "Anatomy of an Illness", Norman Cousins describes his process of self-healing---when all his healthcare professionals had given up hope.
Reprinted with permission Herman Trend Alert
The second study found that watching comedies improved dilation (expansion) of the blood vessels); constricted blood vessels can be a cause of high blood pressure. "Not only did comedies improve vascular dilation, but watching a documentary about a depressing subject was actually harmful to the blood vessels," said Takashi Tarumi, lead researcher on the second study. "[Watching] these documentaries constricted blood vessels by about 18 percent".
In both studies, the positive effects of laughter lasted for 24 hours.
Add to this evidence, the results of a 2006 study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center. This study showed that laughter, along with a healthy sense of humor, is good for your heart. The Maryland researchers found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease.
Our forecast: we will continue to discover these types of low-tech, non-pharmaceutical ways to heal human bodies. Those discoveries, combined with high-tech advances in personalized medicine will improve life spans and quality of life.
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