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Celia Green
(505) 986-0775
P.O. Box 22088
Sante Fe, NM
Membership Organizations
International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT)

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Shanti Bannwart
(505) 466-2705
200 Ojo De La Vaca
Santa Fe, NM
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Dennis Kramer, N.D., HT
(505) 424-8808
2308 Camino Vado
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Electro-dermal screening, Guided Imagery, Herbology, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Nutrition, Wellness Centers
Associated Hospitals
Holistic Healing Solutions

Fiquet Hanna Duckworth, D.O.M.
(505) 982-9626
1510 S. St. Francis Dr.
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Bioidentical Hormones, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, MicroCurrent Therapy, Myofascial Release, NAET, NHRT, Nutrition, Shiatsu, Wellness Centers

Forouz Jowkar, PhD, PA-C
(505) 955-8560
404 Brunn School Rd #D
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Bioidentical Hormones, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Integrative Medicine, NHRT, Nutrition
Associated Hospitals
Hyperbaric Medical Center New Mexico

David Riley
(505) 983-0546
3600 Cerrillos Road+ Suite 712
Santa Fe, NM
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Pat Burkitt
(505) 471-4965
Santa Fe, NM
Services
Very supportive gemstone therapy for humans and animals; Colorworks
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Peacefulmind.com

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Southwest Acupuncture College
(505) 438-8880
1622 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Acupuncture, Herbology, Qi Gong, Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na
Associated Hospitals
Student Clinic

David Riley MD
(505) 983-0546
3600 Cerrillos Road, Suite 712
Santa Fe, NM
Services
Yoga, Supplements, Stress Management, Research, Preventive Medicine, Physical Exercise, Nutrition, Mind/Body Medicine, Meditation, Internal Medicine, Homeopathy, General Practice, Functional Medicine, CranioSacral Therapy, Biofeedback
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Freida Payne
(505) 887-3291
205 W. Church St.
Carlsbad, NM
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International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT)

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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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