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Health Benefits of Smiling

Did you know that the United States spends trillions of dollars annually on healthcare? We spend more than any other country in the world, yet our life expectancy falls far behind those of countries that spend significantly less money on their healthcare systems. Here at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center we like to focus on prevention of diseases and on finding more affordable and effective ways to improve our patients’ overall health and well-being. As healthcare providers we’ve seen that our patients’ health is impacted not only by their diets and lifestyle choices, but also by the way they interact with those around them. We would like to emphasize the importance of fostering positive relationships that bring happiness to your life. A strong, genuine indicator of happiness is laughter!

A recent clinical study looked closely at the overall impact of laughter on cancer patients undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. Cancer patients generally have significantly compromised immune systems and unfortunately both surgical procedures to remove tumors as well as chemotherapy tend to further compromise their immunology. This particular clinical study focused specifically on the immunological measurements (white bloods cells, t-cells, ect.) of 41 patients between the ages of 65 and 70 suffering from gastric or colorectal cancer. Half of the patients were treated with chemotherapy and the other half with surgery. All Initial blood cells counts were taken to compare their immunological responses throughout the study. Twelve randomly selected patients from both the chemotherapy and the surgical treatment groups were subjected to laughter therapy. After receiving laughter therapy for a period of 30 days, the immunity counts for the surgical treatment group either decreased or remained constant while the counts for the surgical control group decreased significantly. On the other hand, the immunological counts for the chemotherapy treatment group increased compared to the control group, whose counts decreased. The results of this study suggest that patients with gastric or colorectal cancer, who undergo surgery or chemotherapy, benefit from a formal program of psychotherapeutic laughter therapy during the in-patient hospital stay in terms of immunological measurements. Other research studies indicate that laughter can also be beneficial for stress relief, muscle relaxion, pain relief, and sleep patterns.

We are collecting unsold flowers that will otherwise be disposed of and delivering them to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Why? To simply bring a smile to others. If you have flowers to donate, please contact us at Seattle Naturopathic And Acupuncture Center.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23984543
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25107703
  3. https://www.cancercenter.com/treatments/laughter-therapy/
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