The Best Medicine?

28 03 2011

A small study just presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta suggest that while maybe not the best medicine, laughter and song can be effective therapies[i]. A Japanese study looked at 79 adults and divided them into three groups. One got no additional intervention, one got music sessions and one got laughter sessions. Both the music and laughter groups saw an over 5mmHg reduction in blood pressure, while none was seen in the group with no intervention.  That is within the range of other therapies like medication, weight loss and reducing salt intake. Cortisol levels, a marker of stress, were also reduced after the respective therapies. Grab your iPod (or pad), crank some tunes and laugh along with Charlie. It’s all good medicine. The best medicine, you can argue about that but at least do it


[i] (Eguchi & Ciccone, 2011)

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28 03 2011
Jen Fletcher

#grin# stuff the pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know 😉 Love it.

29 03 2011
What's Cooking with Dr. Mike: The Grassroots Gourmet™

@JEN: 😉
@Suse: Well saud
@Amy:Thanks, how do I get to the site?
@TOB: Agreed
@Rebecca: Enjoy that Aussie trip!

28 03 2011
Suse

Support live music in your community. Go out, listen to some fine musicians ply their craft, have a glass of wine (designate a driver) dance, sing along. It does a body good.

29 03 2011
tasteofbeirut

I believe it! that’s why I like to hang out with people that I can laugh with and shun the ones that are negative.

29 03 2011
rebeccasubbiah

great news 🙂 added another post my friend

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