Laughter Yoga and the Placebo Effect

Merv Neal, Australia
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Monday, 6 May 2013 08:31:20

I try not to watch the news. It's too depressing. The top five items that they will usually start with are, a murder, a rape, a burglary, a war, and a scandal. The order may change, but the content rarely does. Quite by accident, the TV was on the other morning on one of those early morning breakfast shows, and a person from the Australian Homeopathic Association was about to be interviewed. I thought this would be interesting so I sat down to watch. The interview soon turned into an attack on alternative and/or complementary therapies, of which Laughter Yoga is one

Alternative V Complementary Therapies

The debate, and it’s been a confusing one, has been raging for a long time about what is “alternative”, or what is “complementary” medicine. It’s quite easy really. An alternative therapy is one that is sought instead of our traditional mainstream health medicine system, and complimentary is sought in conjunction with existing treatment

Shams and Scams and Hocus-Pocus

Anyway back to the interview. The point that the journalist was trying to make, and I’m not sure why, was that there was a lack of scientific evidence to prove that any of the alternative and/or complementary therapies actually work. He referred to shams and scams and hocus-pocus. The point that the lady was making back to him was that “we have all of the evidence that we need, through our therapists and clients, to show that it does”. But then a point was put forward that maybe they were just a “placebo effect”. That was enough for me. I got up and did what I should have done in the first place. I turned the TV off

The Placebo Effect

According to the Oxford dictionary, a “placebo effect” is something produced by a drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to any drug in particular, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in the treatment. According to the Skeptic’s Dictionary (yes there is such a thing), it is the measurable, observable, or felt improvement in health or behavior that is not attributable to a medical intervention or invasive treatment. It is not mind over matter, nor is it mind-body medicine. It is merely the catch phrase for a positive change in health “not attributable to medication or treatment”

So is Laughter Yoga a Placebo Effect???

Looking at the two explanations above, you could say YES, or you could say NO that Laughter Yoga is a placebo effect. My opinion is, I DON’T CARE ! ! ! While this debate continues, people are becoming sicker, and often dying, in and out of our health system. So let’s just get on with it please

It’s a joint belief that works

In summary, a person’s health and wellbeing should be a partnership between the health provider, and the individual, that works. If Doctors and drugs does it, then GRRREAT. If Laughter Yoga and laughter does it, then GRRREAT. Find out what works for you, and then do it. Oh by the way, did I mention that Laughter Yoga is the only one that’s FREE. Now there’s something worth laughing about ha ha ha

Keep laughing

Merv

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