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Today, we're looking at a study that explored whether or not laughter helps folks with IBS and we'll look at this from it GNM perspective.
IBS is Common
Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorder.
According to the Mayo clinic, symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea or constipation or both.
The main objective of the study was to see what was more effective for physical, GI tract symptoms and to reduce the anxiety that is often associated with IBS:
Each of them was assigned randomly to either the laughter yoga group, the antianxiety medication group, or the control group, which experienced nothing.
The severity levels of their anxiety and the GI tract symptoms before and after laughter yoga and the meds were determined and compared among the three groups.
And the results were that the severity of the IBS symptoms were more greatly reduced in the laughter yoga group than in the anti-anxiety medication group and the control group.
They concluded that laughter yoga is more effective than antianxiety meds in reducing the GI tract symptoms of patients with IBS.
So the question is: Why would laughter be more effective than meds at reducing the severity of the physical symptoms?
The answer from a GNN perspective is because laughter addresses what we'll call the root cause of IBS. In other words, it addresses the conflict shock that was experienced.
Let’s go deeper!
Why Laughter Won
The conflict that initiates what is known as "IBS" is an indigestible morsel conflict. It's also known as an indigestible chunk conflict.
What the heck is that, right?!
In the animal kingdom, it’s some sort of distress about food such as not catching their prey, not having enough to eat, etc.
For humans it's usually figurative. It's an idea, an event, some news, a situation, something that's difficult to accept, something too difficult to digest in your life.
In the case of the colon, which is where “IBS” takes place, it's a rather ugly conflict such as a horrible divorce, fighting with siblings about an inheritance, betrayed by someone that you love. All are distressing events that are difficult to accept in your life.
Let’s say Jane & Jim are having a nasty divorce. Lots of disputes about the house, the kids, and it's been dragging on for a year.
Jane experienced a conflict shock when she learned Jim was contesting the divorce. She is now getting letters from Jim’s attorney and it’s a difficult experience.
Because we know GNM, we know that Dr. Hamer discovered there is cell growth in the conflict active phase for this particular program.
Her body knew exactly what to do to help her get through this easier so her brain directed her colon to grow extra cells to increase the amount of digestive juices so she could digest that morsel.
It makes no difference if it’s a physical morsel (food) or a figurative morsel (an event). From a biological standpoint, they are both threats to which our hardwiring responds.
Once the conflict is resolved, the divorce is sorted out and resolutions reached, Jane’s microbes are turned on and they will remove these extra cells because they are no longer needed.
This healing phase may be uncomfortable with diarrhea, blood in stools, abdominal cramping, and night sweats. This is what is commonly called, “being sick,” or “having a disease.”
If Jane isn’t able to resolve this quickly, she may have conflict relapses which will start the program over again.
Jane realizes that going to the mailbox is incredibly stressful because there may be another letter from her husband’s attorney. The first one she received was a shock and now the mailbox is seen as a danger from your psyche.
Heading to the mailbox is now anxiety-ridden and the program is activated again. If this occurs enough, Jane’s body will be stuck in a cycle of cell growth, then incomplete cell breakdown, then cell growth, then incomplete cell breakdown. This is when her doctor gave her the label of “IBS.”
What does laughter do?
We already know that the medications didn't reduce the anxiety enough to reduce the physical symptoms. But the Laughter yoga, made an impact. Why?
I checked out laughteryoga.org which hosts the Laughter Yoga University.
I've experienced Laughter Yoga before, and it’s really a lot of fun.
What's interesting is your body doesn't see the difference between real laughter and fake laughter……just like it can’t tell the difference between a physical or figurative morsel conflict.
Real or fake – your body knows to respond.
The benefits of laughter include:
So how would laughter yoga help Jane? It would give her hope and optimism so she could better cope with the stresses due to the divorce.
Her conflict shock and conflict active phase would have been less intense. Thus, her healing phase would also not have been as intense. Perhaps she wouldn’t have even received the label of “IBS.”
If Jane did laughter yoga right before checking the mailbox, her feel-good biochemicals are increased which means the shock of seeing another letter from the attorney may not be seen as such a threat which downgrades the entire program.
Laughter, then, plays a part at minimizing or interrupting the cycle of cell growth and cell breakdown.
Please pass this on to anyone you know who's been diagnosed with IBS and maybe it can help them and share this on your social media.
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Hope to see you next time. Until later.
Links to Resources:
Pubmed Study on Laughter Yoga and IBS: