Laughter may improve blood flow

This Week In The HSI Healthier Talk Community

Feeling tired and stressed? Could you go for a laugh?

An HSI member named Jim says he knows the reason why you always seem to have too much to do and too little time to do it. In a posting in the Humor forum in the HSI Healthier Talk community, Jim started a thread titled “I’m so tired!” He writes:

“For a couple years I’ve been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out the real reason: I’m tired because I’m overworked.

“The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the work. There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work. Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work. 2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work. Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work. At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work. Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me.

“And you’re sitting at your computer reading jokes.”

If Jim’s statistics gave you a laugh, you might have just experienced a slight improvement in blood flow (especially if you add a few more laughs), according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

A Washington Post article that details the UM humor study has been posted in the Humor forum by a member named Rosie. The UM team found that subjects who enjoyed a few good laughs while watching a funny movie experienced a marked increase in blood flow, equivalent to the improvement in blood flow prompted by a light physical workout.

Other topics being discussed this week in the Healthier Talk community forums include:

  • Food Questions: Titanium cookware
  • Vision: Wheat free with greatly improved vision!
  • Stomach Problems: Acid reflux
  • Fibromyalgia: Mind-body connection
  • General Health Topics: Ultrasound used to detect plaque buildup
  • Vitamin Questions: Liquid multi-vitamins and minerals

To join in with any of these discussions, just go to our web site at, choose “Forum,” and add your own insights and comments about health, nutrition and natural treatments.



Fire the cannons! Grab the tickertape! Pop the champagne!

That’s the reaction most people expected from me following the Ravens victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Alas, I was out of tickertape.

Seriously, it was a good game (not for either offense, really) and I’m thrilled they won (especially against the Steelers), but that’s not the point I want to make today.

For me the best thing about Sunday was that the traitor fans who “protested” the team’s performance — by selling their seats to about 15,000-20,000 Steelers fans — missed out on seeing an important victory and didn’t accomplish their goal of shaking the Ravens at home.

Personally, I’ve been ashamed of a lot of my fellow fans most of the season. People cheering when Boller got hurt in week 1, booing when Jamal Lewis came on the field this week, and purposely selling tickets to opposing fans to try and “ice” our own team. It’s disgraceful — and it’s a reason teams leave cities.

If Baltimore wants — and thinks it deserves — a football team, then the fans need to show up and support the Ravens whether they are headed for the SuperBowl or not. Green Bay’s fans are still turning out in droves; loyal baseball fans supported the White Sox and the Red Sox for over 80 years waiting for championships. If Baltimoreans are going to be so angry and impatient, we will have to prepare for the day the Mayflower vans pull up to M&T Bank Stadium to move all things purple to their new home, and we will have to admit that Paul Tagliabue was right.

Here’s hoping that day never comes.