Friday, June 15, 2007

Laughing Mothers' Milk

or The Effect of Charlie Chaplin on Melatonin Levels in Lactating Mothers.

According to New Scientist, a Japanese researcher in Osaka has found positive effects on atopic eczema in babies fed by mothers who had laughed hours before breastfeeding them. Hajime Kimata of Moriguchi-Keijinkai Hospital reports his findings in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 62, p 699. Using a Charlie Chaplin film (which one?) as the experimental condition and the weather information channel as a control, he took samples of breast milk and…

Two milk feeds later, he also measured their babies' allergic reactions to dust mites and latex. Those infants whose mothers had laughed had markedly reduced reactions.

Kimata also found significantly higher levels of melatonin in the laughing mothers' milk. The hormone is associated with relaxation, and levels are reduced in people with eczema.

Laughing Mothers' Milk sounds like a good name for a band. It only gets 2 results on Google as of now but once the Star-(*$$)-bucks execs get wind of this information you'll find it in your latte con madre grande. Laughing mothers' milk -- the best medicine.

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