|Laughter is the Best Medicine:
science confirms it
According to Psychologist Steve Wilson, authour of The Art of Mixing Work and Play and Super Humour Power, "the immune effect of laughter stays with us for a lifetime. In light of the data about how stress defeats the immune system, the saying 'laughter is the best medicine' contains indisputable scientific backing."
"A hearty laugh relaxes muscles, reduces levels of stress-creating hormones and lowers blood pressure." Furthermore, people simply get along better and perform more creatively in a fun environment. Have you ever noticed how a well-timed joke can cut through tension and misunderstandings?
Kathy Simmons, "How to deal with stress at work", Vibrant Life (September-October, 2000), p.31.
Laughter Stimulates the Immune System
Studies at Loma Linda University School of Medicine have shown that laughter stimulates the immune system. It does so by increasing the number of activated T lymphocytes, T cells and the number and activity of killer cells that attack viral or cancer cells. In her article 'Humour: An Antidote for Stress', Patty Wooten wrote: 'We know that, during stress ...... elevated levels of [cortisol in the bloodstream] have an immunosuppressive effect .....Laughter can lower cortisol levels and thereby protect our immune system.' "
Lesa Burnham, "Stress: Your Worst Enemy", Vibrant Life (March-April, 2001), p.13
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Breast-feeding Protects Women's Heart
Physicians, midwives scientific societies, the World Health Organization ...... all recognize the superiority of breast-feeding over any other option. The advantages for the child are evident, but the mother also benefits.
The results of a broad study carried out with 121,700 women of the Nurses' Health study that began in 1976 in the United States has demonstrated that women who breast-feed for more than twenty-three months during their lives have a twenty-three percent lesser risk of suffering from a coronory disease than women who have not nursed a child.
Several studies have proved that breast-feeding children is related to a lesser risk of diabetes (fifteen percent less for every year of breast-feeding) and to an increase of HDL----good cholesterol.
Presently, cardiovascular disease constitute the primary cause of death so breast-feeding has an enormous positive effect on the health of women.
Dr. Ramon C. Gelabert, doctor of medicine and surgery.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple
Ask the individual to SMILE!
Ask the person to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE!
Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS!
Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue... if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke or the onset of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency services immediately and describe the symptoms. This is URGENT
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