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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Laughter is Truly the Best Medicine: new research proves it!

Breaking news suggests that laughter truly is the best medicine!

A new study by Lee S. Berk, DrPH, MPH, director of the molecular research laboratory at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., shows that laughter effects the body similarly to physical exercise by boosting the immune system. Berk's research found that laughter (or "Laughercise" as Dr Berk's team refers to it) can significantly elevate mood, reduce stress, boost immunity and blood pressure, and reduce cholesterol. It also stimulates appetite for the malnourished.

"We are finally starting to realize that our everyday behaviors and emotions are modulating our bodies in many ways," Berk said.

The study was presented at the 2010 Experimental Biology meeting, April 24 to 28, in Anaheim, Calif. Dr. Berk, a preventive care specialist and psycho-neuro-immunology researcher, has been working on studies related to laughter for close to three decades.

Read 'WebMD' article here

Read 'The Medical News' article here

Read 'US News & World Report' article here

4 comments:

  1. Thanks... fwded 2 my daughter who was ill last week.

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  2. Kevin Toppenberg, MDApril 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Hey, that's from my Alma Mater!
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    Hey Rochelle,
    It has been good to gets posts from you. Sounds like you are busy again, and that is always good medicine too!
    Have a great day!
    Kevin

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  3. I'm laughing to get in shape for lots more laughter Sunday.
    John Eric

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  4. THAT'S why I feel healthier after talking to you! ; ) xo

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