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Laughter as Medicine

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Joner and Tony Laughter as Medicine Why We Chose Laughter Using Laughter The Effects of Laughter "Laughter has shown physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits. Adverse effects are very limited, and laughter is practically lacking in contraindications." (Source #1) "The physiological study of laughter has its own name: "gelotology." Research has shown that laughing is more than just a person's voice and movement. Laughter requires the coordination of many muscles throughout the body." (Source 3) "Before, now, and after...
enjoy the power of laughter !!!"
-Ramon Mora-Ripoll http://themaskmasters.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/party-hat_edited-1.png http://www.patchadams.org/sites/patchadams.org/files/images/Patch_Adams_1.jpg http://www.colourbox.com/preview/2024938-646502-background-with-party-streamers-and-confetti-vector-illustration.jpg Our group chose laughter as medicine as we were both moved by the movie Patch Adams: the story of a man working on becoming a doctor and intent on healing patients using laughter. We decided to see if there was any actual evidence or current methods of using laughter to cure/help patients. Bibliography 1. " National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 29 May 2013. "Laughter Is the Best Medicine." : The Health Benefits of Humor. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013. 2. http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280463 In addition, we want to find out exactly what laughing does to your body. What are the positive effects? Are there any negative effects? Can you laugh too much? What is laughter? http://www.careerhubblog.com/.a/6a00d834516a5769e20154371c7658970c-pi Beneficial Effects Lowers Blood Pressure "Neuroscience For Kids." - Laughter. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013 3. http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/laugh.html Why Do We Laugh? Increases Heart Rate Laughter is triggered by different thoughts and sensations throughout our body.The "mechanics" of how laughter works are still a mystery to scientists but, researchers have a general idea of how laughter works. The reason behind a persons laughter varies from person to person, so coming up with a specific reason is challenging. What makes someone laugh all comes down to their personal feelings and experiences. Reduces Muscle Tension Relieves Stress Negative Effects http://twovinylchicks.blogspot.com/2011/01/live-laugh-love.html Can Cause Heart Attack Can Cause Stroke Disclaimer It should be mentioned that laughter only triggers heart attacks and Strokes in those who have heart disease. In all but freak accidents laughing is NOT going to give you a heart attack or stroke. You are not at risk unless you are prone to strokes or have heart disease, and regardless nobody should be afraid to laugh. http://www.wingsdailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Woman-with-Cancer.jpg http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=49646309 http://www.maryellenmark.com/images/375px/208B-002-040.JPEG Laughter helps turn many lives around, it helps raise the additude of those who have given up. Its sometimes the last resort patients have. Can Tear Stiches Lowering blood pressure and increasing heart rate can effectively reduce the risk of heart disease Relieving stress is always a good thing as well! http://markhodder.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/laugh1. Boosts Immune System "In this era of evidencebased medicine, it would be appropriate for laughter to be used as a complementary/alternative medicine in the prevention and treatment of illnesses, although further well-designed research is warranted." (Source 4) Even though laughter is not widely used in todays medical world, it is an efficient and completely free method of healthcare. Mora-Ripoll, Ramon. "The Therapeutic Value of Laughter in Medicine." Alternative Therapies Nov.-Dec. 2010: 56-64. Web. 3 June 2013. 4. Laughter- A Message to You From Dr. Know http://health.discovery.com/tv-shows/specials/videos/dr-know-is-laughter-the-best-medicine.htm He knows everything! The Science of Laughter When you laugh... Your Muscles Tense Endorphins are Released Levels of Cortisol and Epinephrine Decrease Your Inner Blood Vessels Dilate Laughter makes people distracted, which means they are focusing on something other than their pain. When a patient is terminally ill, sometimes there is no other way to treat them than to make them laugh.

Laughter Therapy improves the overall attitude of the patient, as well as provide general physical wellness and distract them from their pain, and if nothing else serves to make them happy! Laughter Therapy Laughter is used in the medical world today in something called Laughter Therapy... "Today more than ever before, people are turning to humor for therapy and healing. Medical journals have acknowledged that laughter therapy can help improve quality of life for patients with chronic illnesses. Many hospitals now offer laughter therapy programs as a complementary treatment to illness." (Source 5) "Laughter Therapy." Laughter Therapy: Cancer Treatment Centers of America. N.p., 01 Jan. 0001. Web. 05 June 2013. <http://ww2.cancercenter.com/treatments/laughter-therapy/?source=RNTNET>. 5. In Conclusion... Laugh a lot to live longer! http://strictlymotivationalquotes.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/quote_george-laughing.jpg?w=593 http://data.whicdn.com/images/14120970/children-cure-doctor-laugh-quote-saying-Favim.com-107680_large.jpg Your move Patrick 5.
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