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Maria-Elaina St. John
16869 S. 65th Ave.+ #245
Lake Oswego, OR
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International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT)

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Kerry Pulliam
(503) 320-6825
10330 Southeast 32nd Avenue+ #205
Portland, OR
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Paul Thomas
(503) 643-2100
11790 Southwest Barnes Road+ #140
Portland, OR
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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David Boston
(503) 935-8121
9135 Southwest Barnes Road
Portland, OR
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Rebecca Harder
(503) 222-3311
1750 SW Harbor Way+ #230
Portland, OR
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International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT)

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Rebecca Neborsky
(503) 216-0700
18040 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road+ Suite 100
Tigard, OR
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Ellen Wilson Sauter
(403) 939-9708
20932 Southwest Winema Drive
Tualatin, OR
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Jennifer Kuenz
(503) 552-1551
3025 SW Corbett Ave.
Portland, OR
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International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT)

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Dawn Ley
(608) 251-6100
2223 Southeast Sherrett Street
Portland, OR
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Katherine Hall
(865) 789-9401
3181 Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR
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LOL: It's Good For You

Ever since the writer Norman Cousins’ groundbreaking Anatomy of
an Illness
shed light on laughter’s medicinal qualities nearly 30 years ago,
the sick—and people who don’t want to be—have been mining the benefits
of mirth in greater numbers. Now researchers are drilling deeper to
understand the healing power of humor and laughter, both artificial and real.

By Allan Richter

March 2008

In late January, in a small triangular meeting room of a Philadelphia hospital, a dozen cancer patients and some of their family and caregivers suspended reality for 45 minutes. Urged on by a therapist who assumed the role of tour guide, the group escaped on a much-needed vacation to Hawaii without stepping foot out of the room. They laughed all the way there.

Mimicking an airliner carrying them off, they extended their arms and flew in circles around the room; imaginary welcome drinks awaited their landing. They scampered on sun-baked sand and fished along the Hawaiian shoreline. They fluttered around a tropical garden like butterflies and hummingbirds. At the suggestion of therapist Gerri Delmont to “key down,” they ended the trip, gathering handfuls of sand and gazing calmly into the ocean.

Each exercise began with artificial laughter—a series of prompted “hee hee, ha ha, ho ho” chants. Those gave way to the genuine giggles, cheer and glee that were the real aim of the therapy. A half-hour after the session ended, patient Mary Domina still wore a broad smile that pushed up her round red cheeks. “I feel bright, jubilant, alive,” she said. “It was just like a shot of oxygen. When I get in a bad mood, I’m going to think ‘hee hee, ha ha, ho ho.’”

Standing near Domina in the Philadelphia branch of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Scot St. Pierre said the laughter therapy was like a religious cleansing of the soul. “It almost feels like you’ve been to church,” said St. Pierre, whose mother Madona, a patient, likened the therapy’s effects to the tranquility she feels from watching the sea.

With chuckles that sometimes lead to bliss, the sick and ailing—as well as those who don’t want to be—have been tapping the healing power of laughter with increasing fervor since the writer Norman Cousins famously recognized laughter as a source of vitality in his groundbreaking 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness (W.W. Norton & Company). In that work, Cousins chronicled his recovery from ankylosing spondylitis, a deterioration of the connective tissue in the spine that struck him in 1964, with the help of loads of vitamin C and pain-reducing laughter sessions that let him sleep peacefully and that he repeated each time his discomfort would return.

Today, laughter is known to have a wide array of healthcare applications. And it has become more apparent why so many comedians who have had troubled and sometimes tragic upbringings, from Charlie Chaplin to Rodney Dangerfield and Carol Burnett, were so drawn to their line of work.

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