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The Duke SMILE Studies: Can Exercising Replace Antidepressants?

2016-02-25T09:21:54+00:00 Blog Laughter Therapy|

Blumenthal and colleagues conducted several randomized controlled trials in 2000 comparing the effects of aerobic exercise to antidepressant medication. These were called the SMILE (Standard Medical Intervention & Long-term Exercise) studies. For the record, depression is a common disorder that is associated with compromised quality of life, increased health care costs, and greater risk for [...]

Laughter Yoga: The Trouble With Research

2017-01-26T20:58:10+00:00 Blog Laughter Therapy|

Laughter Yoga is a very interesting phenomenon from a scientific perspective, because it’s so challenging to study in a rigorous way. There are various reasons for this, which I get into in greater detail in the podcast. I also delve into some of the existing research on the subject and I ask to what extent [...]

Poem: Lymphatics And Laughter

2015-12-18T09:22:55+00:00 Blog Laughter Therapy|

Inspired By Sue Carter Ansari Written By Marie Kratz-Jezierski and Sue Carter Ansari The Lymphatic Mystery Will Now Be Exposed. What Are Those Lil’ Nubbins? The Question’s Been Posed. Hundreds Of Lymph Nodes Ceaselessly Cleaning In Neck, Arms And Groin Send Invaders Careening. Without These Nodes, Our Immune Systems Won’t Work. Lymph’s Filtered Through Them [...]

Japanese Study Says Laughter Therapy Efficient Low-Cost Medical Treatment

2017-01-26T20:58:18+00:00 Blog Laughter Therapy|

A Japanese research study showed that laughter therapy is an efficient low-cost medical treatment that cuts health costs. Geneticist Kazuo Murakami considers that laughter is a stimulant, which can trigger energy inside a person's DNA potentially helping cure disease. "Laughing therapy has no side-effect, meaning it is an epoch-making treatment for clinical medicine," he said. "If [...]

On Epigenetics and why laughing now on a regular basis could change the lives of your unborn children

2016-02-03T21:06:08+00:00 Blog Laughter Therapy|

This may be far-fetched, but then again maybe not. I read today with great interest about the (still fairly new) science of epigenetics that has proven that powerful environmental conditions (near death from starvation, for instance) can somehow leave an imprint on the genetic material in eggs and sperm. These genetic imprints can short-circuit evolution and [...]