Archive for December, 2011
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – no, not the time we get to break into Santa’s stash of sugar-free candy canes (although that’s pretty awesome too!) It’s book release season! I’m super excited to tell you that my latest book, What’s So Funny About Diabetes? A Creative Approach to Coping With Your Disease is now available!
What’s so funny about diabetes?
Maybe nothing. Then again, maybe everything.
Especially if you understand the premise that so much of our humor comes from pain and discomfort—our own, or somebody else’s. And let’s face it; if you’re a diabetic, you’ve got more than your fair share of pain and discomfort.
Currently one in 10 US adults has diabetes, but those numbers could go as high as 1 in 3 by the year 2050. A long-term solution can only come from getting people to change their lifestyles: better diets, exercise and coping mechanisms to deal with this serious illness.
The good news: Humor and laughter have been shown scientifically to have positive benefits for diabetic patients. Laughter has been shown to lower blood glucose in diabetics, as well as decrease hormones that can be harmful. Humor is recognized as a healthy coping mechanism. And humor has also been proven to increase the retention of information.
For these reasons, and more, author Karyn Buxman has written the first in a series of books for patients with chronic illness: What’s So Funny About Diabetes? When you’re a diabetic, you need to arm yourself with all the tools that you possibly can to become the healthiest person that you can be. You need a large repertoire of skills. Humor isn’t the be-all, end all; it’s not meant to replace your medical regime, but rather to be a complement to all the efforts you’re already making.
Now Karyn Buxman shows you how you can strategically use humor everyday to better manage your diabetes and live a healthier and happier life. And you don’t need to be funny. You just need to be able to see funny.
“If we took what we now know about laughter and bottled it, it would require FDA approval,” says psychoneuroimmunologist, Dr. Lee Berk. The perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, this book is filled with wise, witty, and life-saving advice. Whether you are a diabetic, a pre-diabetic, or the cheerleader for a diabetic, there is something in this book for you.
The obstetrician examined the patient and reported: “You have an ovarian fissure. If you deliver, it will be a miracle.”
At home, her husband asked for a report. She hesitated.
“I’m not sure. I think he said I have a fish, and if I deliver it, it will be a mackerel!”
Phil had no time to train a hunting dog, so he called Joe’s Rent-A-D0g. “I want one that will obey every order, anticipate every need, work until the job is finished, be gentle, not stop to rest or eat…an expert that enjoys work in the field.”
Joe answered right away. “Her name is Nurse – just like you want. But she costs $100 a day.”
Phil took Nurse out to the woods, and he was satisfied. She was just right.
A year later, he requested her again. Now she was twice as much – $200. But he took her again and was just as happy with her performance. In fact, he hired her every year, even though the price kept rising $100 a year. She was a good dog.
On the sixth year, Phil called again. “Is she gonna be $600 this year?”
“No,” said Joe, “Just $10.”
“Nurse?! How can that be? What happened, Joe?”
“Oh, this guy had her out one day and the jerk forgot her name, called her Doctor. Now all she does is sit on her tail and bark orders!”