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Why are politicians like nappies?                                   October 2008


Why are Politicians Like Nappies? 

The benefits of a good laughThe benefits of a good laugh

There has been a recent fuss in the Wolverhampton area of the Midlands because a mysterious joker has been putting up additional notices on traffic signs and lights. One said “Why are politicians like nappies”; and then 30 yards down the road the answer sign said: “Because they need changing regularly and for the same reasons!”

The local authorities took a dim view of this and have been removing them, but the philosophy of making an effort to get people to laugh is a good one. Mental health professionals are saying today that humour is one of the best ways to relieve stress and other research shows that laughter can play a key role in keeping people healthy.

Laughter increases circulation and improves blood flow, and therefore the delivery of oxygen and nutrients, to tissues throughout the body and also to the heart. Other research shows that humour can help to lower blood pressure – with women benefiting more than men.

A book by Mike Adams, called the Five Habits of Health Transformation, looks at the five most effective yet effortless strategies for enhancing health; and one of the areas he covers in depth is the benefits of laughter.

Mike says that laughter operates on at least three different levels – biophysical, biochemical and bioenergetic and the following is an extract from his book which explains things better than I can!

Laughter moves lymph and oxygenates your organs

At the biophysical level, laughter moves lymph fluid around your body simply by the convulsions you experience during the process of laughing; so it boosts your immune system function and helps clear out old, dead waste products from organs and tissues. Your lymph system doesn't have a separate pump; your body needs to move around to properly circulate lymph fluid so that your immune system can carry out its natural functions. Laughter is a great way to support that.

Secondly, laughter increases oxygenation of your body at both the cellular and organ level. By laughing, you intake vast amounts of oxygen in huge gulps, and you repeat this process in a sort of temporary hyperventilation session. This is the natural result of laughter, and if you watch someone laugh, you will notice these biophysical effects.

Oxygen is good for your body because it is one of the primary catalysts for biological energy. Remember, we breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, so oxygen is an element of intracellular energy that's absolutely necessary to sustain human life.

It's also interesting to note that cancer cells are destroyed in the presence of oxygen. In fact, many parasites and bacteria don't survive well in the presence of oxygen, and to the extent that you can circulate extra oxygen throughout your body, you can help prevent, or in some cases treat, these diseases.

Laughing also boosts circulation, so at the same time that you're distributing oxygen around your body, you're boosting the circulation of your blood; you're exercising abdominal muscles; you're exercising the muscles of your face; and you're enhancing the flexibility of various joints throughout your body. So it's a bit of physical exercise and healthy body movement as well.

The harder you laugh, the greater this effect. If you can find a way to put yourself into a state of rolling, outrageous laughter, you're going to get a fantastic physical workout from it. In fact, the next day, you may even find your stomach muscles are sore. Have you ever laughed so hard that your stomach hurt and your facial muscles were exhausted? That's some serious exercise, and it's the kind of exercise in which we should all engage on a regular basis.

The chemistry of laughter

When you laugh, there's a lot more going on in your body than just the physical effect. You're also experiencing a biochemical benefit.

Your body manufactures chemicals based on certain needs and then distributes them throughout your body. When you laugh, you generate a wealth of healing biochemicals. For every minute of laughter, you produce somewhere around £7,000 worth of healthy body chemistry, meaning if you had to go out and actually purchase these refined chemical compounds from labs or pharmaceutical companies, you would have to pay at least £7,000 for the very same chemistry that your brain is producing free of charge when you engage in laughter.

Some of these are brain-altering chemicals such as serotonin; others are immune-boosting chemicals such as interleukins. If you were to make a long list of all the chemicals created by engaging in healthy laughter, you would have quite a list of healthy body chemicals that would carry a hefty price tag if you purchased them retail. And yet, once again, you can create these chemicals for yourself at no cost by simply engaging in laughter.

You will find that these chemicals have extraordinary positive healing effects on your body and mind. They will boost immune system function; they will improve your outlook on life; they will tend to diminish any symptoms of depression; and because they help reduce stress, they will also prevent all of the various diseases and disorders that are caused by chronic stress. 

This all sounds so good to me that perhaps comedians should be provided on the National Health!

Mike’s book was published by Truth Publishing in America. If you want to know more about it, you can contact them through



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