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Heart Health Newsletter 
Jan. 11, 2005

Laughter, the Jest Medicine

The ancient scriptures give us some good advice about laughter. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

When we’re laughing, natural killer cells that destroy tumors and viruses increase, as do Gamma-interferon and T-cells, which supercharge our immune function to protect us from a host of diseases, flu and cold viruses and upper respiratory problems.

A dose of the giggles also lowers blood pressure, triggers a flow of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well being.

A touch of levity also gives us a perspective on our problems and helps us to accept the things that we cannot change.

Author Patty Wooten writes,

“The ability to laugh at a situation or problem gives us a feeling of superiority and power. Humor and laughter can foster a positive and hopeful attitude.”

Laughter is a complex response that involves many of the same skills as problem solving. Enjoying a good joke is a mind-altering experience, which involves the whole brain. 

Humor researcher Peter Derks has shown that there is a unique pattern of brain wave activity that actually jumps back and forth through the various processing centers of the brain to follow the pattern of a joke from the beginning to its punch line.

Norman Cousins, who has written extensively on this subject, says that a good belly laugh is a “kind of internal jogging” and is a good source of cardio exercising.   

Researchers estimate that laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine. This is no doubt good news for some of you out there who show exercise at the bottom of your “I’ll do this later when I’m not so busy” list.

Bernie Siegel MD, cancer survivor and author of “How To Live Between Office Visits says, "The simple truth is that happy people generally don't get sick."

Dr Siegel tells the following story. A famous surgeon presented his patient with a bill. The patient said, “I’m sorry but I cannot pay.”

The doctor then asked, "Can you pay half?” and the patient said, I’m sorry but I cannot pay that either.”

The doctor tried again. “How much can you pay?" ”Nothing" said the patient. The doctor was very upset and exclaimed, “If you couldn’t pay, then why did you choose me, the most renowned surgeon in the country to perform the operation. The patient answered, “ When it comes to my health, money is no object.”

Humor is a universal language. In countries such as India, laughing clubs -- in which participants gather in the early morning for the sole purpose of laughing -- are becoming as popular as Rotary Clubs in the United States.  

Try it sometimes with your friends. Sit together in a room and start making funny faces at one another. It won't take long before you all find yourselves immersed in deep belly laughter.

Laughs but not least, jest for the health of it, take time out to add a little more humor to your life.

 Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it!


NEW PAGES ADDED

1. Policosanol Research Report

Most physicians are unfamiliar with policosanol or its benefits and we have found that when they review the evidence they feel more comfortable with the idea of using a natural product rather than a statin drug.

This extremely comprehensive 13 page report references 52 clinical studies.

You can also receive the report by e-mailing Gene at: [email protected]

2. Heart Attack Risk Factors

This interactive report rates a number of heart attack risks into "low risk", "average risk" and "high risk" classifications. You can enter your own numbers and the program will compute your personal risk.

If there is any information on heart health that you think would be helpful just let me know and I will try to come up with it.

Gene

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A little humor

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(AND THE BEST ONE)

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Dog in a Bind

A Very Sad Tail.
by Gene Millen

That this sad dog is in a bind it’s not too hard to see.
 

I’ll bet you’d be the first to help if you found him in this tree.
 

You strike me as the kinda person who’s got a heart of gold.
 

So I’m gonna ask you straight, and I hope I’m not too bold.
 

I’m a needin’ a favor from you and it’ll only take a minute.
 

If you think this website’s worth a darn, that it’s got some good stuff in it.
 

Tell a friend or two or three, it’s alright if you plead.
 

I’d be as grateful as that poor hound the day that he was freed!

 

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Gene

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