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Dr. Funshine, aka Caroline Meeks, MD, prescribes Laughter Yoga for SeniorsLaughter is the Best Medicine. Physicians around the World are joining Dr. Kataria in promoting the Health, Wellness & Integrative Medicine benefits of Laughter Yoga. On November 26, 2010, Sarah Tippit reporting for Reuters profiled Dr. Funshine and how she is prescribing Laughter Yoga for Seniors.
SAN DIEGO (Reuters Life!) –

It's a Thursday afternoon at the Live Well center in San Diego and a group of seniors are skipping, clapping and hooting in the recreation room.

That's precisely what Dr. Caroline Meeks, aka "Dr. Funshine" ordered. As part of her holistic practice, Meeks, a physician and author, visits senior centers and hospitals aiming to treat chronic seriousness.

Her prescription: Frequent doses of "laughter yoga," -- an hour-long, mind-body exercise class that combines yogic breathing with simulated physical laughter and silly banter.

The exercises, combined with playfulness, singing, dancing and eye contact, usually induce authentic cackling, which Meeks and others believe is good medicine for everybody from cancer patients to people with dementia and depression.

"It's hard to laugh and worry at the same time, or be angry or be profoundly sad, or in pain at that moment. Laughter makes you shift toward ... feeling more connected, grateful, positive," said Meeks.

Dr. Funshine also has a passion for Integrative Medicine. Laughter Yoga International would love to hear more about how you are using Laughter Yoga with Integrative Medicine and Laughter Yoga with Seniors. To Read More about the Article, Click Here.

To Read Dr. Funshine's Biography, Read Below:

Dr Funshine, aka Dr. Caroline Meeks, MD, San Diego, CA USA

She is a lifestyle coach and Certified Laughter Leader who has been helping San Diegans to appreciate the health benefits of Laughter for over three years now. Her passion is in helping stressed out people to transform their fears into joy and relaxation!

As a Laughter Yoga Teacher Dr. Funshine has trained and certified people from states all over the U.S. to be Laughter Yoga Leaders and has lead 100’s of free laughter classes for seniors all over San Diego county.

Dr. Funshine now focuses her attention on Integrative Medicine and is a Life Style Coach with a passion for giving workshops and retreats emphasizing therapeutic stress reduction, and joy production through laughter.

Having practiced traditional medicine in Pediatrics for over 20 years, Dr Meeks presently serves as a member of the volunteer faculty for the UC San Diego School of Medicine in the Department of Social and Behavioral Medicine. She is a former member of the National Speakers Association and has appeared on OPRAH in conjunction with a book she wrote, Prescriptions for Parenting.

Dr. Funshine provides weekly Laughter classes to the community in Mission Bay Park and has lead laughter programs in varied centers for healing and wellness including the Chopra Center for Well-Being, Kaiser Permanent and UCSD Moores Cancer Center.

As a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher her mission is to encourage adults to rediscover their inner child as a portal to self-empowerment and revitalization.

Submitted By: Dr. Funshine aka Caroline A. Meeks, MD email: drfunshine@earthlink.net T. 858-490-6288 website: www.drfunshine.com

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