Feeling depressed? Can't sleep? Heartburn acting up? You may not need to see a doctor, just find a set of drums and beat and bang you way to good health. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, creative ways to heal yourself, from drum circles to humor breaks. Also, how love mends a broken heart -- literally.
Dean Ornish is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California - San Francisco, and the author of "Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy." He tells Jim Fleming that lonely, isolated people have much greater rates of illness and premature death, and that even joining a bowling league can prolong your life.SEGMENT 2:
Joe Marshall and Margaret Norris run the Omega Boys Club in San Francisco, and co-host the national call-in radio show "Street Soldiers." They tell Steve Paulson that their approach is to consider violence a disease and that they help callers indentify and eliminate risk factors from their lives. Their goal is to help callers stay alive and out of jail.SEGMENT 3:
Loretta LaRoche is a consultant in the field of stress management and the author of "Relax: You May Only Have A Few Minutes Left." She tells Jim Fleming how she uses humor to help people loosen up and explains that laughter causes changes in the body's physiology. Also, Arthur Hull, founder of Village Music Circles, tells Steve Paulson that drumming is good for you, that certain rhythmic patterns are universal and that drumming in groups creates a powerful psychological dynamic.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 98-06-07-A.
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