Thursday, November 29, 2007


"A cheerful heart is good medicine." - King Solomon (Proverbs 17:22)

King Solomon gave us one of the earliest recorded accounts regarding the healing power of humor and laughter. In the 1300's, surgeon Henri de Mondeville reportedly told jokes to his patients in the recovery room. In the 1600's, educator Richard Mulcater recommended laughter for those suffering from head colds.

Throughout the centuries court jesters have been hired to relieve the royalty's stress from governmental duties. Perhaps the most insightful recording of the benefits of laughter and humor healing came from Dr. Norman Cousins in his book, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.

Laughter And Humor Can And Does Enhance Our Overall Well-Being

In 1964 Dr. Cousins was diagnosed with a crippling and extremely painful inflammation of his body. With his physician's assistance, he checked out of the hospital and into a hotel to utilize as many natural resources as possible to treat his condition. His experience became a controlled study in pain management and overall healing.

Dr. Cousins had a strong will to live and knew if he focused on love and faith, he could generate positive emotions. He decided to experiment with laughter to create a positive factor in altering his body chemistry to be in a healing mode. Dr. Cousins systematically watched Candid Camera classics, Marx Brother films, and read books like E.B. and Katharine White's Subtreasury of American Humor and Max Eastman's The Enjoyment of Laughter. He later wrote, "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep." He recovered from this condition and spent the next 20 years teaching about the merits of laughter and humor in healing.

Experts now agree, Laughter:
-Is good for you
-Boosts your immune system
-Can be shared
-Relieves tension
-Benefits the mind, body and spirit
-Is free!

"Me, Funny?"

OK, let's go with that to start. It's a proven fact that a person can completely heal themselves with humor, they can sit down to a plate full of sitcoms and get up healed of the worst diseases. Also habitual smilers have sweeter kinds of wrinkles. It doesn't take a portrait of Dorian Grey to see that our lives are writ upon our countenances. Look at the Rolling Stones, I rest my case.

I have a couple of well; amusing stories I want you to read, you will be tested on this so don't try wiggling out of it. This is an experiment so just see if it helps you.

"The Duck that Flew before it Hatched"
Part II~Time in the Well etc

But if humor cures are there other ways to get well with any outside agents? Yes!

We can implant positive feelings and outcomes in our minds to effect healing. Personally when I'm out I have a short mantra I repeat, I say to myself, over and over, "I'm Healthy and beautiful". Hey, why not, it is good to balance one word with a complimentary word, and it reminds me to suck in my stomach [good for the abs, Bunky] and when I smile I get postive return from others around me, it reinforces my own feelings of well-being. Why not try it for one day. What have you got to lose? I'm not asking you for anything that costs anything whatsoever to do. And you might lose that cranky look you've been carrying on your old old mug. Or don't your choice, Hee is someone else's thoughts on this subject:

Holistic approaches to health have been tapping into the brain's control over every cell for centuries in a way that supports the brain=behavior line of thinking, external behavior controlled by the brain influencing internal behavior. The common name for such a tapped resource is called imaging or visualization, and is most helpful in cancer patients. More and more studies, such as the work going on at the Mind Science Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, are proving that using such a technique, in conjunction with other treatments, works by "boosting the body's natural immunity and actually increasing the activity of natural killer (NK) cells, which then attack tumors". Studies are proving people can actually send hormones or chemicals to respond to the problem area by just "thinking them up," signaling the nervous system and the organs/immune system in the body necessary to the defense to either respond or work harder. Of course, in most cases, medical course of action on the disease is necessary to truly fight off the cancer or illness, a healthy dose of positive imagery directed to output in a system response has been proven on numerous studies to aid in the healing process. This is the most often heard of use of positive thinking and the one that I have had second hand experience with, a friend of mine battling cancer and winning for longer than expected. A prolonged and better quality life is actually possible if you will it enough to force the brain to be stimulated with the thought and begin the necessary action potentials that send the messages to the immune and endocrine system. By the autonomic capabilities of the brain it does not take much conscious effort to produce the desired healing output, it is an unconscious process.

Then there's prayer, and it has been shown to really make a difference in the outcomes of many people's healing, another try it it's free kind of things. Reported in The Washington Post:

Many studies done over the years indicate that the devout tend to be healthier. But the reasons remain far from clear. Healthy people may be more likely to join churches. The pious may lead more wholesome lifestyles. Churches, synagogues and mosques may help people take better care of themselves. The quiet meditation and incantations of praying, or the comfort of being prayed for, appears to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, slow the heart rate and have other potentially beneficial effects.
But the most controversial research focuses on "intercessory" or "distant" prayer, which involves people trying to heal others through their intentions, thoughts or prayers, sometimes without the recipients knowing it. The federal government has spent $2.2 million in the past five years on studies of distant healing, which have also drawn support from private foundations.
San Francisco cardiologist Randolph Byrd, for example, conducted an experiment in which he asked born-again Christians to pray for 192 people hospitalized for heart problems, comparing them with 201 not targeted for prayer. No one knew which group they were in. He reported in 1988 that those who were prayed for needed fewer drugs and less help breathing.
William S. Harris of St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and colleagues published similar results in 1999 from a study involving nearly 1,000 heart patients, about half of whom were prayed for without their knowledge.
But these and other studies have been called deeply flawed. They were, for example, analyzed in the most favorable way possible, looking at so many outcomes that the positive findings could easily have been the result of chance, critics say.
"It's called the sharpshooter's fallacy," said Richard Sloan, a behavioral researcher at Columbia University. "The sharpshooter empties the gun into the side of a barn and then draws the bull's-eye. In science, you have to predict in advance what effect you may have."

Basically it boils down to if you believe it helps if not, well you are on your own,

Well I'm doing all those things and still hedging my bets with:

~coconut oil

I am very regular in my CellPower™ and
~4 essential minerals for diabetics
~SELENIUMhelps immune system,fights infection and aids circulation
~MAGNESIUMhelps to relax you, aids stress and muscle relaxing
~CHROMIUMimproves insulin sensitivity, and helps lower blood sugar.
~ZINC especially to help you heal.
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~~~Jokes and Inspiration~~~
What did the zen master say to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything."
"We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees," -- Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks.


"Half this game is ninety percent mental." -- Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark [Danny was never really good at the stats]


"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."
After a year in therapy, my psychiatrist said to me: "Maybe life isn't for everyone." Larry Brown


Is the key to the bathroom called a can opener?”


"Everything is funny," said Will Rogers, "as long as it is happening to someone else."


Tug McGraw, former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, was asked by his father, if he liked pitching on astroturf or grass better. His response was "I don't know, I've never smoked astroturf."


"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named, "Bush", "Dick", and "Colon". Need I say more?"

Fools rush in where fools have been before.
-- Unknown

His lack of education is more than compensated
for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.
-- Woody Allen

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood,
place it in the navel of a firefly and still have
room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's
-- Fred Allen

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity
over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the
criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the
well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.
-- Herman Melville
Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see
them being made.
-- Otto von Bismarck

On the whole human beings want to be good, but
not too good, and not quite all the time.
-- George Orwell

1. Never tell everything at once.
-- Ken Venturi, Ken Venturi's Two
Great Rules of Life

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis
and I don't deserve that either.
-- Jack Benny

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed
to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
-- Will Rogers

Science is facts; just as houses are made of
stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of
stones is not a house and a collection of facts is
not necessarily science.
-- Henri Poincare
A witty young egghead sold his books when short of money. He then wrote to his father, "Congratulate me, father. I am already making money from my studies.”
Q. Do you know how the Roman Empire was cut in half?

A. With a pair of Caesars!

****************************************************************************************If I had any really funny, clean jokes I'd include them, I'm not holding out on you.
Today be someone else's Santa Claus. Bless like there's no tomorrow.


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