Laughter, humor and Healing

December 29, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Health maintenance requires more than exercise and a healthy diet. Stress reduction, mindfulness and humor are important additions for optimal health. Norman Cousins cured his debilitating autoimmune diseases with the help of laughter. Laughter increases endorphins, oxytocin and can burn calories to assist in weight reduction. Laughter can reduce anxiety, depression, stress, as well as reducing blood glucose levels, pain perception, and the risk for heart attacks. Learn about humor, how it affects our brain and physiology and its health benefits.

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Susan Downs, MD

Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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