Sunday, February 15, 2015

An enjoyable way to reduce stress and improve immunity

It is well accepted that stress can make us more susceptible to disease.

The participants in the reviewed study were 404 adults who were exposed to a virus that causes a common cold(Cohen S,et al. 2014). They were monitored in quarantine to assess infection and signs of illness.

It was found that perceived support protected against the risk of infection.
What was very interesting was that more frequent hugs also resulted in less severe signs of illness.

Maybe we should not worry about getting sick from being touched. We may, instead, run more of a risk of getting sick if we don't get touched.

Hugs sounds like a nice prescription.

Cohen S, Janicki-Deverts D, Turner RB, Doyle WJ. Does Hugging Provide Stress-Buffering Social Support? A Study of Susceptibility to Upper Respiratory Infection and Illness. Psychol Sci. 2014 Dec 19. pii: 0956797614559284. [Epub ahead of print]

Published with permission by Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac : Dr. Marsh has worked with and referrers patients to Dr. Sopler for co-management for years . . . He is quite simply San Diego's top functional medicine consultant.

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