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Probiotics improves immunotherapy
01/02/2017
Soy might reduce breast cancer risk for recurrence
31/01/2017
Acupuncture and arthralgia due to aromatase inhibi
30/01/2017
Acupuncture helpful in cancer related fatigue
27/01/2017
Additive homeopathic treatment in cancer
05/07/2016
Stress reduction- Does it affect survival?
01/07/2016
Exceptional patients- updated link
29/06/2016
Acupuncture in cancer care
31/05/2016
Stress reduction can affect genes
31/05/2016
Acupuncture in cancer related pain
30/04/2016
Fish oil and breast cancer
31/03/2016
Fatigue affected by Biofield Healing
29/02/2016
Fasting and chemotherapy
12/11/2015
Meat consumption and breast cancer risk
15/09/2015
The evolving field of integrative oncology
02/06/2015
Do cancer survivors use CAM?
30/05/2015
Ginger might have a role in Colon Cancer
28/05/2015
Acupuncture is helpful with hot flushe in patients
06/05/2015
Chemobrain and complementary therapies
01/04/2015
The Value of Presence
01/04/2015
Homeopathic remedies affect breast cancer cells
04/03/2015
Fish oil may prevent weight loss during cancer tx
04/03/2015
Integrative Medicine in cancer care
02/06/2014
Lack of sleep and breast cancer
27/05/2014
Soy might reduce lung cancer risk
18/04/2014
Hot flushes relieved with magnesium
01/01/2014
Integrating Dietary Supplements into Cancer Care
24/12/2013
Social isolation can affect mortality
21/06/2013
Nutrition and reducing risk of death
08/05/2013
Social environment can affect survival
07/05/2013
Nutrition and reduced risk of breast cancer
03/01/2013
Stress reduction affect genes
02/01/2013
Exercise can reduce prostate cancer death
30/11/2012
Does diet affect colorectal cancer?
30/11/2012
Protective effects of control beliefs
06/11/2012
Ginseng eases cancer related fatigue
20/07/2012
Selenium and prostate cancer
15/06/2012
Additional studies show effect of homeopathy on ca
05/06/2012
Guidelines for nutrition - physical activity 2012
15/04/2012
Mindfulness and stress in cancer
08/03/2012
The Benefit of Exercise
20/01/2012
Massage in cancer care
15/01/2012
Mindfulness and stress reduction in breast cancer
19/11/2011
Stress and cancer progression
28/09/2011
Qigong, cognitive function and quality of life
29/08/2011
Phone consultation is helpful in managing symptoms
24/04/2011
Rye and breast cancer
21/04/2011
Mindfulness in cancer care
13/04/2011
Omega-3 Formulation Has Antineoplastic Activity
31/03/2011
Long term effects of acupuncture on hot flushes
07/01/2011
Guidelines for Integrative Oncology
28/07/2010
Is sugar and soft drinks good for you?
25/07/2010
Broccoli and bladder cancer
17/07/2010
Nutrition in the prevention of colorectal cancer
15/07/2010
Managing Radiation Therapy Side effects
Humor
Laughter really can be the best medicine. Laughter and humor can and does enhance our overall well-being. Humor is the ability to find joy and amusement in life, while laughter is the body’s way of expressing what is found humorous. Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective on problems in life and can help take your mind off discomforts and stress. Humor and laughter are a state of the mind, body and soul. They can encourage a positive and hopeful attitude, give a sense of perspective on problems in life and can help take your mind off discomforts and stress. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. As Bill Cosby says, "If you can laugh at it, you can survive it".
 
Benefits of Humor
Humor and laughter are not only enjoyable; they can and do enhance our overall well-being and promote health. Studies have shown that adding humor and laughter to your life can lead to many positive health benefits. Humor and laughter can:
·         Reduce stress, anxiety and muscle tension- A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
·         Increase pain tolerance triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
·         Enhance the immune system - Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
·         Improve food digestion
·         Relax arteries - resulting in increased blood flow and decreased blood pressure
·         Be an internal workout - A strong laugh also gives the muscles of your face, shoulders, diaphragm and abdomen a good workout. Laughter burns up as many calories per hour as brisk walking.
 
Tips to Add Humor to Your Life
Think about whom you laugh with, what you find funny, and where and when you feel most happy. Then put yourself in those situations. Try the following to help create opportunities to laugh:
 
·         Watch comedies on television, or go see a funny movie.
·         Listen to comedy audiotapes in your car while driving.
·         Learn to laugh at yourself.
·         Read cartoons, joke books or funny novels.
·         Do something silly, like making funny faces at yourself in the mirror.
·         Collect cartoons and jokes that you like.
·         Surround yourself with others. People tend to laugh more in groups than when they are alone.
·         Goof around with children. The average child laughs 400 times a day while the average adult laughs 15 times a day.
·         Go to a "laughter yoga" class.
·         Seek out funny people.
·         Share a good joke or funny story.
·         Check out your bookstore’s humor section.
 
Most importantly, think about whom you laugh with, what you find funny, and where and when you feel most happy. Then put yourself in those situations.
 
Resources
Books
Medicine is the Best Laughter, by G. Bosker
Medicine is the Best Laughter: A Second Dose, by G. Bosker
A Treasury of Texas Humor, by B. Cannon
Laughter, the Best Medicine: More than 600 Jokes, Gags & Laugh Lines for All Occasions From America’s Most Popular Magazine, by Reader’s Digest
You’re Only Old Once, by Dr. Seuss
 
Movies/Videos
Patch Adams, by Universal Studios.
 
Audiotapes/CDs
Plenty of Pretty Good Jokes, by Prairie Home Companion
 
Web Sites
Comedy Cures  
www.comedycures.com
 
World Laughter Tour  

Laughter Yoga on CNN

The use of Laughter in MD Anderson Cancer Center
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