The Healing Power of Love – A True Story

This true animal-experiment story led to an amazing realization that urges us to rethink the value of animal testing. Investigators at Ohio State University were researching the effects of diet-induced atherosclerosis in rabbits. All was going well–which, in this case, means the rabbits were getting diseased–in all studies except one. Find out what these researchers discovered here:

The researchers were able to induce atherosclerosis by feeding rabbits high-cholesterol diets, but one group inexplicably had 60 percent less atherosclerosis. The experimenters were baffled and tried to find the responsible factor. Nothing they tried proved to be it–not diet, not room temperature, not anything they could change and measure.

Finally they discovered that the particular researcher in charge of that group really liked rabbits. He would talk to them, pet them, give them lots of love. So the experimenters staged other experiments in which control rabbits were ignored while other groups were cuddled and talked to while all other variables were kept the same. Sure enough, in every case the rabbits that had been loved had at least 60 percent less incidence of atherosclerosis than those that were not shown affection. Atherosclerosis, by the way, is statistically the disease that kills the most Americans.

The lesson here is that love is powerful medicine. Love and compassion are necessary to us all and can even affect research. Caring and loving feelings can reach out and affect diseases and create healing–even when you are experimentally trying to induce illness.

Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Laland (Conari Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Stephanie Laland. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Laland (Conari Press, 2005).

13 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

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Gabriela Baldaia
Gabriela Baldaia3 years ago

I really don't understand what is the point of writing the same sentence over and over again, Teresa W. .................

I truly believe in this story. I know that I can feel love, and I feel the love of others.
The comforting sensations of feeling loved, can heal mind and body :)
Thanks, Annie !

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.5 years ago

Love really doesn't exist.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.5 years ago

It can't be true in the first place.

Debbie Peddicord
Debbie Peddicord6 years ago

GREAT STORY !!!

Lynda W.
Lynda W.6 years ago

Love Makes The World Go Round with out what would we have ...Hate !

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.6 years ago

Of course, some people call sex 'love', but that doesn't heal and one may catch a sexually-transmitted disease.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.6 years ago

Of course, some people call sex 'love', but that doesn't heal and one may catch a sexually-transmitted disease.