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 we prove people can switch genes on and off by an emotion like laughter, it may be the finding of the century which should be worth the Nobel Prize or even go beyond that.”
His research is published in the January 2006 edition of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, a US academic journal. The ministry of economy, trade and industry believes that laughter therapy could be used as preventive medical care. With the ministry’s financial support, Osaka Sangyo University in western Japan formed a joint venture with researchers, firms and doctors in 2004 to provide elderly people with a complete medical care program combining physical training and laughter therapy.
According to project officials, the 92 participants polled said their combined annual medicare costs fell 23 per cent after they joined the program.
Kazuo Murakami is a world-class geneticist who developed a sense of wonder as he learned more about the machinery of the Universe. It is great to know that such a person believes that biology is not destiny.