In the forward to Charles and Frances Hunter's book, "Healing Through Humor", Dr. Contreras writes: "Science has definitively confirmed the potent healing factor of laughter. Whether studies were conducted in Japan (1) or Loma Linda, California (2), objective results indicate that patients who experience laughter receive a boost to their immune system as measured in the elevation of natural killer cell activity and immuno-globulin" [a complex group of proteins that serve as antibodies in your immune system].
He adds: "There are so many objective clinical trials that support the healing power of humor that it surprises me that few doctors take advantage of this 'medication.'"
(1) K. Takahashi, M. Iwase, et al, "The elevation of natural killer cell activity induced by laughter in a crossover study," International Journal of Molecular Medicine, December 2001, 8(6):645-650.
(2) L.S. Berk, D.L. Felten, et al, "Modulation of neuroimmune parameters during the eustress or humor-associated mirthful laughter," Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, March 2001, 7(2):62-72, 74-76.
Fun Facts: What Happens When You Laugh
Research confirms the following health benefits reaped from a hearty chuckle:
* Your heart and lungs are stimulated.
* You breathe deeper and oxygenate more blood.
* Your body releases endorphins, your own natural pain killers, and you produce more immune cells.
* You burn seventy-eight times as many calories as you would in a resting state.
* The residual effects of laughter are also something to smile about -- your muscles and arteries relax, which helps ease pain, and your blood pressure lowers and your pulse drops below normal, all of which some researchers think helps your digestion.
"A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones."
— Proverbs 17:22
The New English Bible translation says, "a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but low spirits sap a man's strength."
Tips For Getting More Laughter Out of Life
+ Don't take yourself so seriously.
+ Look for at least one bright spot in every circumstance.
+ Rent wholesome humor videos and read books with clean jokes (such as the Hunters' "Healing Through Humor").
+ Practice doing a hearty belly-laugh.
+ Make an honest effort to adopt an attitude of gratitude and joy.
Some Jokes to Get You Started.....
Here are excerpts from Charles and Frances Hunter's book, "Healing Through Humor":
HUMOR IN THE BIBLE
Q. Is baseball recorded in the Bible?
A. Yes. In the BIG-inning, Rebekah took the pitcher to the well, David struck out Goliath, and the prodigal son made a home run!
Q. What time of day was Adam created?
A. Right before Eve.
Q. Where is the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible?
A. When Joseph served in Pharaoh's court.
Q. Who was the wealthiest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everybody else was in liquidation.
A man's teenage son just got his driver's license and asked his father for the keys.
"Son," replied his father, "after you get your grades up, start reading your Bible every day and get a haircut, I'll let you drive the car."
Some time went by, and the son repeated his request. "And father, I'm getting better grades, and I'm reading my Bible every day!"
"Indeed you are," replied his father, "but you still haven't gotten a haircut."
"Aw, Dad. Samson had long hair, and so did Moses. In fact, Jesus had long hair, too!"
"Yes, son, and they walked everywhere they went."
Life is like a mirror; we get the best results when we smile at it.
"Healing Through Humor" is 178 pages of good, clean humor, compiled by Charles and Frances Hunter. You may order the book through Hunter Ministries at (281) 358-7575.
Tips on Strengthening Your Immune System
These tips are from nutritionists Dr. Bruce Miller, DDS, CNS, Dr. Richard Brouse, researcher and lecturer, Dr. Richard Duff, D.C., and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. These tips also are good to build up your health to prepare for emergencies:
+ Wash hands after touching any publicly accessible surface (e.g., shopping cart handles, check-out counters, handrails, ATMs, mail/bank deposit receptacle handles, buffet line serving utensil handles, doorknobs, etc.). Tests have shown these surfaces are known to harbor mucous, saliva, urine, blood and/or fecal matter, according to microbiologist Chuck Gerba from the University of Arizona. Washing hands is therefore the best FIRST DEFENSE against germs.
+ Wash hands before and after eating and handling food.
+ Keep cold foods cold, and hot foods hot. Use a food thermometer to ensure food has reached proper temperatures; details are available online* at: www.fsis.usda.gov/food_safety_education/thermy/index.asp
+ Continually keep kitchen surfaces sanitized to prevent cross-contamination.
+ Avoid sugar and products containing sugar whenever possible. Sugar can destroy the white blood cells’ capability to attack bacteria and viruses. Example: One healthy white blood cell can destroy up to 14 bacteria. But eating just 1/2 cup of sugar can render white blood cells almost useless -- one white blood cell can destroy only one bacteria after eating sugar!
+ Avoid sugary sodas -- just one soda contains 11 teaspoons of sugar (only 10 teaspoons of sugar have been shown to shut down 50% of the immune system, according to Dr. Chris Enriquez, cardiologist. Even worse on the health are diet sodas, which have Nutrasweet / Aspartame, a known “excitotoxin” and brain toxin). Both sugary and diet sodas also contain phosphoric acid, which may cause osteoporosis and serious bone fractures later in life, according to a Harvard University study. Consider healthier choices such as pure water, diluted fruit juice, and herbal tea without caffeine.
+ Get plenty of rest, at least 7-9 hours of quality sleep nightly. Health experts recommend sleep especially during the 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. window of time when the body heals and repairs itself most efficiently. One wellness professional said the time you are in bed sleeping before 12 midnight is like putting money in the bank health-wise.
+ Maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle (balanced diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, drink lots of healthy fluids, exercise, family, faith, prayer, hobbies, learn to relax and enjoy life).
+ Laugh often. Dr. Francisco Contreras M.D., cancer specialist, says, “One bout of anger will diminish the efficiency of your immune system for six hours, but one good laugh will increase the efficiency of your immune system for 24 hours.” He recommends to his patients the book entitled, “Healing Through Humor” by Charles and Frances Hunter (178 pages of clean jokes; book can be ordered at (281) 358-7575).
+ Supplement for nutritional assurance. Basic nutrients are simply too important to leave to chance by getting from the diet. Go with a reputable supplement company that has published, clinical studies done on their products and voluntarily publishes the number and type of tests they conduct and the amount of dollars they have invested in research and development (please see “Criterial for Choosing a Reliable Supplement” below). You owe it to yourself to get the very best nutritional supplements for the only body God has given you here on earth!
*Please note: Website links such as the one mentioned above will take the visitor to an outside site that is not affiliated in any way with our website, healingandhealth.org. Healingandhealth.org has no jurisdiction regarding the content of what is posted on these outside sites.
Healing of God-given Electrical & Chemical Frequencies in the Body
The following is adapted from a teaching by Charles & Frances Hunter:
Scientists have discovered the important physics principle that electrical and chemical “frequencies” revolve and hover above each and every one of the body’s 125 trillion cells. God created each cell to have its own unique and special set of frequencies, and as long as they are in harmony and balance, no disease can survive. Disease occurs when these God-given frequencies get out of balance.
Jesus said in His Word that believers [those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior and have been empowered by the Holy Spirit] shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:18). Therefore, believers can lay hands on themselves, commanding sickness to leave in Jesus Name!
Every day when you get up in the morning, lay your hand on your head and say these powerful life-giving words:
“In Jesus' Name, I command
all electrical and chemical frequencies
of every cell in my body to be in balance
and to be in perfect harmony.
I command all bad cells to be digested and eliminated,
in the Name of Jesus.
I speak a new immune system into my body, in Jesus’ Name.”
Note: Chemotherapy “eats” both good and bad cells.
On the other hand, when commanding in Jesus’ Name all bad cells to be digested and eliminated, it works only on the bad cells and will not adversely affect the good cells.
KEY: It is essential to say “THANK YOU JESUS” right after being ministered to, and to BELIEVE Jesus for your healing and keep thanking Jesus for your miracle!