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The University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine released a groundbreaking report. “There have been claims that laughter is the best medicine,” Dr. Karen Wong said earlier today. “Now we have empirical evidence showing that while laughter is good for you, it’s not better than medicine.”
Dr. Wong and her team of researchers held clinical trials over the past two years with volunteer cancer patients. The patients were split up into three different control groups: one group received essential medication; another group was treated with laughter; and the final group was treated with love.
The medical team was able to stimulate laughter by screening the movies Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire and Patch Adams back to back on a nightly basis hosted by an Ed Sullivan impersonator. Patients being treated with love received warm baths with scented candles and soothing music after taking sexual stimulants. They also received get well greeting cards from friends, co-workers and family.
The study reported that many patients receiving the essential medication were on the road to remission and a few patients reported a full recovery. While patients receiving only love or laughter instead of the essential medication were all declared terminal. “The study has been quite conclusive,” Dr. Wong said. “Medicine is indeed the best medicine.”